The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 14, 2013

Events | Free music


— Alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs will appear in a free concert at 8 tonight at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St. in downtown Johnstown.

Local group Smooth Sound, known for its mix of jazz, rhythm and blues and classic rock, will open the show at 6:15.

The show, presented by Lift Johnstown, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and Johnstown Area Heritage Association, kicks off the summer concert series.  

Food will be available for sale, and there will be a cash bar.

Tickets are required and are available at Art Works in Johnstown! Heritage Discovery Center, Goodwill Industries and George’s Song Shop.

Information: 539-1889.

Country time

Howdy, Hoedown! a fundraiser for Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center and Johnstown Symphony Orchestra auxiliary, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday on Third Avenue in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

There will be a Texas barbecue, cash bar and bluegrass music by Mountain City Grass of Blair County.

Guests are invited to dress country style and will have the chance to win a trip for two to Nashville for $75.

Reservations are $50 per person.

Information: 536-5399.

Miners’ celebration

The 2013 Miners’ Memorial Day Weekend will be held today through Sunday along Graham Avenue in Windber.

The celebration will begin with a performance by Johnstown Button Box from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the gazebo.

The doo-wop group The Diamonds will perform at 7:30  tonight at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave.                   

Tickets are $24, $26 and $29.

A street dance will be held from 9 to 11.

On Saturday, a parade will begin at 11 a.m., the Legendary Hucklebucks will perform from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and a motorcycle show will be held from 5 to 7:30.

A street dance will be held from 8:30 to 11, with a fireworks display at 9:30.

A classic car show will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, and Full Kilt will perform from 12:30 to 3:30 at the gazebo.

Arcadia Theater Guild will sponsor a jewelry and accessories sale beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the theater.

The fundraiser will feature quality costume jewelry for $5 as well as sundresses, purses, tote bags, men’s ties and leather wallets, sunglasses and scarves.

Ministry flood

The Flood, a nondenominational ministry gathering, will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St. in downtown Johnstown.

There will be a children’s show at 11 a.m., a youth rally at 5 p.m. and prayer groups throughout the day.

Family entertainment will feature music and skits.

Food and beverages will be available, and children will be able to win prizes.

Country musical

“Pump Boys and Dinettes” will be presented Tuesday through June 30 at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Curtain times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

The country musical will feature singer Carrie Tillis, who has appeared in other shows at the playhouse.

Tickets are $14 to $39, depending on day, time, seat location and discounts.

Information: 629-9201, option 1, or

Family musical

“Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented Thursday through  July 6 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.

Curtain times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

The family musical features four sets of parents and their children.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for students younger than age 18.

Information: 472-4333 or

Biker benefit

The 11th annual “Angels Among Us” Patricia McTonic Benefit Poker Run will begin at noon Saturday at Buford’s Saloon in Jerome.

Registration will be held from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m.

The cost is $20 per person or $35 per riding couple.

Proceeds will benefit Windber Hospice.

An after-party will begin at 5 p.m. at Jerome Volunteer Fire Company fire hall.

Information: 479-7667.

Bandshell blast

AmeriServ Free Summer Concerts at Roxbury Bandshell will continue Sunday at the bandshell at Roxbury Park along Franklin Street, Johnstown.

Circus Mutt of Asheville, N.C., will perform from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The trio includes guitar, mandolin, lap steel and congas with vocal harmonies.  

Musical styles will feature bluegrass, rock, jazz and reggae.

 The group also will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Dively’s Tavern, 121 Derby St. in the Roxbury section of Johnstown.                                                                                                  

Book bonanza

American Association of University Women’s 56th annual used book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Galleria, Richland Township.

Hardbacks start at $1, and paperbacks are 25 to 50 cents.

Customers are asked to bring their own bags.

Proceeds support scholarships.

Information: 255-6560 or

Noon series

Pianist Parag Dharbhamulla will perform at noon Tuesday for the recital series at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St. in downtown Johnstown.

Dharbhamulla, 19, of Westmont, will be a sophomore at Penn State, where he is majoring in economics with a double minor in psychology and English.

He has been taking piano lessons since he was 6 years old and also plays the saxophone and guitar.

His last recital at First Lutheran was in 2011.

Guests may meet the artist at a light lunch after the recital.

Information: 536-7521 or

Performance venue

Music is on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

“Rock: Kisses for Charity” will be held from 6:30 to 10 tonight featuring bands Saving Elizabeth, Anchors to Anchors and My Thoughts in Color.

Admission is $7, or $5 for VOMA VIP.

 A teen open mic night will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 Tuesday.

The first half will be an open mic for anyone, and the second half will feature a local teen band performing.

Concessions will be available.

Information: 410-2245.

Free events

Local Americana group Whiskey River Panhandlers will perform at 6:30 tonight in the parking lot at Moxham Lutheran Church, 500 Park Ave. in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

Admission is free.

In case of rain, the concert will be held in the church’s fellowship hall.

A thank you community carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Mom’s House Inc. of Johnstown, 1325 Franklin St., Johnstown.

There will be clowns, music, games, prizes and food.

Admission is free.

Pre-thunder events

The ninth annual Wheels and Wings will be held Thursday at Penn Eben Park, Julian and High streets, and West Sample Street in downtown Ebensburg.

This event is a car, truck and motorcycle show combined with a wing-off between local restaurants and vendors.

Vehicle registration, which is $7, will begin at 4:30 p.m., and the show will be held from 6 to 8.

The wing-off will be held from 5 to 10 p.m., with awards at 8:30.

There will be live entertainment from Totem from 6 to 9:30 on West Sample and North Center streets.

Information: 472-8414 or

Richland Bike Bash 2013 will be held Wednesday through June 21 at Richland Township fire hall, Scalp Avenue.

Full Kilt will perform from 7 to 8 and 10 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, with the Michael O’Brian Band from 8 to 10.

PIVOT will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday.

Tree will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. June 21, with North of the Mason Dixon from 9 to midnight.

Shades of June will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. June 22, with Giants of Science from 9 to 12:30 p.m.

History day

An Underground Railroad recognition and Juneteenth celebration will be held Sunday at Sandyvale Memorial Garden, Hickory and Horner streets in the Hornerstown section of Johnstown.

Johnstown and Geistown will be recognized as Underground Railroad stations by the National Park Service.

A Juneteenth celebration and recognition by NAACP Johns-town will be held at 2 p.m.

Juneteenth is a United States holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery.

A free community family picnic will be held from 1 to 5.

Guests should bring blankets, chairs, picnic baskets and umbrellas for shade.

There will be a DJ, children’s activities sponsored by the NPS, gospel music and a puppet show.

Folk music

Mandolin Orange, a contemporary folk band from North Carolina, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Art Works in Johns-town! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Admission is $10 at the door, and seating is limited.

Van tour

“Journey Around Lake Conemaugh” van tour will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. through Aug. 24 beginning at Johnstown Flood National Memorial Visitor Center.

Visitors will board the van at the visitor center and travel to the north and south abutments of the South Fork Dam, as well as the clubhouse building.

They will learn the history of the dam, interesting facts about the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club and its members and the events of May 31, 1889.  

Tours will not be offered Sunday and July 14 and 28 and Aug. 11 and 25.

The tour is included with park admission, and reservations are encouraged, but not required.

Information: 495-4643.

Dad’s day

Somerset County Community Band will presents its annual Father’s Day concert at 5 p.m. Sunday on the lawn stage of the Phillip Dressler Center for the Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.

There will be free ice cream sundaes for everyone in attendance, courtesy of the band.


Hill music

“Stills in the Hills Appalachian Jamboree” will be held Saturday and Sunday at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 777 Water Wheel Drive, Champion.

Entertainment will feature more than 20 live acts, and there will be tastings and presentations by the country’s finest distillers.

Admission is $85 for two-days and $65 for one day. Children age 11 and younger will be admitted free.

Information: 352-7777 or

Band music

 Blairsville Community Band will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Diamond in Ligonier.

The concert is sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, and guests should bring their own seating.

In case of rain, the performance will be held inside the town hall auditorium.

Information: 724-238-4200 or

Fun day

The 15th Coalport Street Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Coalport, 30 miles south of Clearfield on Route 53.

The fair is sponsored by the Coalport Community Decorating Committee, and proceeds will go to Christmas lighting in the borough.

The parade will form at 12:30 at the VFW and step off at 1.

Free entertainment will feature the Moore Brothers from Clearfield from 2 to 4 p.m.

There will be a Giant Crazy Auction, craft vendors, a chainsaw artist and a dunking tank.

The Kids’ Corner at Beechwood Park will feature a petting zoo, jumping castle, games, prizes, projects, finger painting, face painting, tattoos and ice cream.

Food will include pierogies, haluski, hot sausage, pizza, funnel cakes, hot dogs, popcorn, sno-cones, candy apples and fries.

Art for lunch

A Mommy (or Daddy) and Me Lunch will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. June 22 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier.

Reservations are required by Monday.

In addition to lunch, there will be a paper-making demonstration by former art teacher and artist, Jean Coursey Beaufort.

Children also will have an opportunity to create a piece of artwork.

Admission is free.

Information: 724-238-6015.

A lunch a l’art program with artist Christian James will be held at noon Wednesday at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave.

The program includes lunch and a presentation by the artist.

The cost is $13 per person, or $12 for SAMA members, and reservations are required.

Information: 946-4464.

Canadian farce

St. Vincent Summer Theater will present the Canadian farce “Too Many Cooks” at 8:10 p.m Thursday, June 21-22 and 25-29 and July 2-3 and 5-6 and 2:10 p.m. June 26 and 30 at the performing arts center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the college’s Latrobe campus.

Tickets are $22.

Senior citizens are eligible for a $2 discount, and student tickets are $10.

Free van shuttle service will be provided to and from the parking areas.

Reservations: 724-537-8900 or

Summer art

The summer exhibit of Allied Artists of Johnstown will be on display through July 6 at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

There are 77 pieces from Allied Artists members and five pieces from local students who are scholarship-award recipients.

Information: 535-2020 or

Portrait art

A portraiture exhibit by local artist Diana Williams will be on display through July 31 at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Williams grew up in New Florence and began working as an artist  after raising five children.

Her exhibit will be on display from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Folk art

“Crafts of Regional Artists” will be on display through June 27 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibition will feature selections from Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art’s permanent collection as well as crafts from more than a dozen regional artists.

Information: 536-5399.

Colorful art

“Colored Pencil and Beyond” by Donna Whitford Housel of Bedford will be on display through June 29 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Housel’s subject matter will feature portraits, animals, landscapes and still life and mediums will include colored pencil, pastels and encaustic, which features pigments mixed with hot wax.

All the pieces will be for sale.

Information: 255-6515.

Industrial images

“An Industrial Revolution: The Photography of Amelia Patsy” will be on display through July 6 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, located at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.

The exhibit features 55 gelatin silver prints and cyanotypes chronicling much of western Pennsylvania’s industrial heritage and includes several Johnstown landmarks.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Information: 269-7234.

Mystical art

“Seeing the Invisible: Paintings by Barbara Wachter” will be on display through Dec. 7 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University, Loretto.

The exhibit includes 35 oil paintings of contemporary impressionism, featuring landscapes and figure studies.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 472-3920 or

 Historical mail

“Letters to Sala: A Young Woman’s Life in Nazi Labor Camps” will be on display through Aug. 31 at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The traveling art exhibit, which features postcards, letters, photographs, documents and other artifacts, is on loan from the Sala Garncarz Collection of the New York Public Library’s Dorot Jewish Division.

Center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students. JAHA members are admitted free.

Information: 539-1889.

Historic exhibit

“125 Year of Organized Jewish Life: 1888 to 2013,” the Johnstown Jewish Community Heritage Project, will be on display through September at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibition illuminates the history, traditions and achievements of Johnstown’s Jewish community.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Information: 539-1889.

Donated art

“Highlights from the Permanent Collection: Celebration of the Wolf Family Donations” will be on display through Aug. 4 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South, Ligonier.

The exhibition includes more than 60 works encompassing paintings, prints, drawings and photographs.

Featured artists include Will Barnet, Thomas Hart Benton, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Rockwell Kent, Reginald Marsh, Thomas Moran, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and Grant Wood.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends.

Information: 724-238-6015 or

Registered artists

“Rostered Artists Revealed” will be on display through Aug. 10 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave., Altoona.

With nearly 40 works in a variety of media, the exhibition highlights works created by artists rostered with SAMA and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Featured in the exhibition are Michael Allison, Deb Bunnell, Peter Frantz, Rita Haldeman, Adrienne Heinrich, Terry Johnson, Jan Kinney, Evgeny Krayushkin, Lynne Magee, Tom McCarty, Martha Murphy, Susan Novak, Sue Pollins, Kathy Trexel Reed, Harriet Rosenberg and Ann Van Kuren.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 946-4464 or

Photo shoot

“Journey of a Lifetime: The Photography of Christian James” will be on display through Sept. 7 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona,  1210 11th Ave., Altoona.

A Bedford County native now living in Altoona, James has captured the most picturesque locations throughout the United States and Canada.

He is a self-taught photographer, receiving the award of Master Photographer from the Professional Photographers of North America.

His photographs are in the collections of several presidents, celebrities and billionaires.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 946-4464 or


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