The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 12, 2012

Events | Autumn treat


— The 48th annual Bedford Fall Foliage Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in downtown Bedford.

There will be food and craft vendors, live music and children’s activities.

An antique car parade will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Parking is available for $7 at Old Bedford Village and Bedford County Fairgrounds, and free shuttles are available.



Musical storyteller

Local songwriter Tim Dabbs will perform at noon Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., downtown Johnstown, for the church’s recital series.

Many of his songs are inspired by the Johnstown area, such as “The Day the Rumors Came True,” a haunting tale of the Johnstown Flood of 1889, or “Cambria Bells,” about the rise and fall of the Johnstown steel industry and the immigrants who built it.


Precious memories

Jimmy Fortune, former member of the Statler Brothers, will perform in memory of Richland student Kiersten Robertson at 7 p.m. Saturday at Richland Performing Arts Center, One Academic Ave., Richland Township.

Proceeds benefit the Kiersten Robertson Memorial Scholarship.

Tickets are $24 for adults and $22 for students and senior citizens.

Information: 269-0300 or


Symphony debut

The opening concert by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township. The concert will feature Romanian-born violinist Lenuta Ciulei.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for students.

Information: 535-6738 or 269-7200.


Sumptuous sewing

“Ex Machina – 34 Years of Costuming by Winnie Voytko” will be on display Saturday through Nov. 5 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 536-5399.


Canine cleanliness

“Harry the Dirty Dog” will be presented as part of the Coal-ala-Bear Children’s Series at 2 p.m. Sunday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

The show will benefit the Somerset County Humane Society.

Tickets are $6.

Information: 467-9070.


Spooky hikes

Spirits of the Summit evening walking tours will begin at 6 Saturday at the visitor center at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, off the Gallitzin exit of U.S. Route 22.

Tours will be held at 6, 6:20, 6:40, 7, 7:20, 7:40, 8, 8:20 and 8:40.

Space for the 50-minute tours is limited to 15 people per tour, so reservations are required.  Tours will be held rain or shine. 

The cost is $2 per person,

Information: 886-6150 or


Graphic drama

“The Pillowman” by Martin McDonagh will be presented at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Oct. 19 and 20 at Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The play centers on a writer in a totalitarian police state who is interrogated because of a series of brutal child murders based on his stories.

Due to graphic violence, mature themes and coarse language, no one younger than age 17 will be permitted.

The cast features Wes Layton, Paula Carroll, Scott Jeffreys, Ethan Leydig, Randy Jeffreys, Jennifer Johnson and Lisa Polaski.

The play is directed by Kate Davis.

Michele Johnston is stage manager; Sarah Elston, assistant stage manager; Bruce Standley, set design/tech director; and Michael Nicholson, makeup artist.

Tickets are $10.

Information: 410-2245.


Creepy costumes

A Spooktacular Sale of Haunts from the Past will be presented from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Second Sunday Antique Boutique at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Admission is free.

Information: 536-5399.


Basket benefits

A basket party to benefit 3-year-old Dexter Horner will be held Sunday at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Doors will open at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $10, which includes 25 tickets, food and door prizes.

A basket party to benefit the Hollsopple Train Station will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Restaurant, 1600 Cambridge Drive, Davidsville.

Doors will open at 1.

Tickets, which are $10, include a light lunch and 26 basket tickets.


Fall fun

An Oktoberfest Celebration will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at LaurelWood Care Center, 100 Woodmont Road, Upper Yoder Township.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Rhythm Masters.

Refreshments and tours will be provided, and reservations are required.

Information: 255-1488 or

Vale Wood Farms Pumpkin Patch will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 21 at Vale Wood Farms, 517 Vale Wood Road, Loretto.

Admission is $3 per person, and hayride farm tours are available for an additional $2 per person.

Children ages 2 and younger will be admitted free.

Information: 886-7171 or (800) 861-MILK.

A corn maze presented by Weakland Farms, Route 164, Portage, is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. The farm closes at 9.


HallowBoo, the family-oriented Halloween event, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28 at Idlewild Park, Route 30 East, Ligonier.

The cost is $26.99, and children ages 2 and younger will be admitted free.


An Old School Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Strongstown Homecoming & Historical Society, 14895 Route 422 Highway East, Strongstown.

There will be food, children’s activities, door prizes, fall and Christmas decor and crafts, fall produce and theme baskets.

The 28th annual Autumnfest will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21 and 27-28 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

There is a fine arts theme this weekend, and other themes will feature antique tractors and cars for Oct. 20-21 and chocolate and chili for Oct. 27-28.

There is a $5 per car parking fee during Autumnfest weekends, and complimentary shuttle service will be available throughout the parking lots.

Information: or (800) 452-2223.


Benefit news

A free Social Security seminar will be held at 1 p.m. today at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

A representative from the Social Security Administration will be at the 55 Plus Classic Corner to answer questions regarding Social Security benefits.

The program is informal and free to the public, and no reservations are necessary.

Information: 536-5131.


Artistic kids

The first of two three-week series of Saturday Art Classes for Kids will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 at The Learning Lamp, 2025 Bedford St., Stonycreek Township.  

In “Self Expression in Painting,” which will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, students will explore the basics of color mixing and Native American imagery while creating a self-portrait with acrylic painting on canvas.

Children in Pre-K and kindergarten will meet from 9 to 10 a.m., and children in Grades 1-3 will be in session from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Tuition for both age groups is $25.

Extended classes for Grades 4 and older will be held Saturdays from noon to 1:30 p.m., and tuition will be $38.  

All tuition includes cost of supplies for three sessions per month.  

Information: 262-0732 or


Camp benefit

A Quilt Auction and Chicken Barbecue will be held Saturday at Camp Sequanota, 368 Sequanota Road, Boswell, near Jennerstown.

Craft vendor sales will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and quilt auction will begin at 2, with other handcrafted items also available for purchase.

Chicken barbecue will be available for eat-in or takeout beginning at 4.

Information: 629-6627.


Dining sampler

“Taste of the Laurel Highlands” fundraiser to benefit the Somerset auxiliary of Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Green Gables Restaurant, 7712 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Food from 16 area restaurants will be showcased.

Tickets are $25.

Information: 443-2433.


Through the lens

An exhibition of works by members of the Greater Johnstown Camera Club will be on display through Sunday at The Galleria, 500 Galleria Drive, Richland Township. The display will be located near Bon Ton on the first floor.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.


Book bargains

Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will feature murder mysteries and Halloween books for the month of October at the library at 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

There also are books by R.L. Stine in the children’s section.

Hardbacks are $1, and paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1.

Bookstore hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Information: 536-5131.


Rock musical

The rock musical “Next to Normal” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.

Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door.

Information: 472-4333  or


Country sisters

“Sister Mary Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree” will be presented at 2 and 8 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Mountain Playhouse, Jennerstown.

Ticket prices range from $17 to $39.

Information: 629-9201, option 1, or


Stewart tribute

“Jimmy Stewart & Friends,” featuring comedian Rich Little, will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Toretti Auditorium at Kovalchick Convention & Athletic Complex on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Little will re-create Stewart and 25 other celebrities in the benefit for the Jimmy Stewart Museum.

Special guests will be Nick Clooney and Judy Stewart.

Tickets are $45.

Information: (800) 298-4200 or


Artistic variety

“In All Directions,” wood carvings, watercolors and pencil drawings by Sally Stewart, will be on display through Oct. 26 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 255-6515.


Artistic display

 “Retrospective” by Johnstown artist Mark Ed will be on display through Nov. 3 at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibit will cover 30 years of Ed’s work and will feature more than 200 pieces, including oil paintings, mixed media paintings, sculptures and other art work.

Admission is free.

Information: 535-2020.


Historic exhibit

“125 Year of Organized Jewish Life: 1888 to 2013,” the Johnstown Jewish Community Heritage Project, will be on display through September 2013 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.


Artistic views

“A Sense of Place” featuring work by Willi Singleton and Joyce Werwie Perry will be on display through Nov. 2 at the Philip Dressler Center for the Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.

Singleton makes ceramics using unprocessed clay forms with plant ashes.

Perry takes inspiration from photos to craft small encaustic, or painted, wax pieces and also will exhibit large oil paintings done with knives.

Information: 443-2433 or


Paints and prints

The work of Jan and Jonathan Heath will be exhibited by the Bedford County Arts Center through October 27 at the Anderson House, 137 E. Pitt St., Bedford.

Jonathan Heath has painted professionally since 1972 and is a self-taught painter, working in watercolor, oil and acrylic.

Jan Heath has been making prints for more than 30 years, and all of her prints are hand pulled, signed and numbered.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Information: 623-1538.


Lifelong art

A collection of Colleen Browning’s works will be on display at several locations of Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

“Colleen Browning: Early Works” through Nov. 3 at the Ligonier Valley location, One Boucher Lane, Ligonier.

“Colleen Browning: Magic Realist” through Saturday at the Loretto location on the campus of St. Francis University.

“Colleen Browning: Drawings” through Jan. 12 at the Altoona location, 1210 11th Ave.


Artistic faith

“Seeing and Believing: Art Encounters Faith” will be on display through Dec. 8 in the Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.

The 45-piece exhibition features paintings, drawings, prints and photographs representing Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and American Indian spirituality.

Information: 472-3920 or


Varied art

The annual juried exhibition “Artists in Our Midst” will be on display through Jan. 19 in the Shirley and Fred A. Pechter Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 Eleventh Ave., Altoona.

The exhibition will have 77 works created by 27 local and regional artists who are members of Art in Common.

The wide variety of media will include photography, watercolor, wood, acrylic, oil, clay, fiber arts and mixed media.

The museum will celebrate the exhibition at a Blue Monday program at 6 p.m. Monday featuring a light dinner set to the music of Stormy.

The cost of the program is $20 per person or $10 for Art in Common members.

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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