The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 28, 2013

There's plenty to see and do this weekend

Christmas lights

Overly’s Country Christmas will be open through Jan. 1 at Westmoreland Fairgrounds, 116 Blue Ribbon Lane, Greensburg.

Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. today through Thursday, then 5:30 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5:30 to 9 p.m. weekdays.

The grounds will be closed Monday and Dec. 9.

After walking through the light displays, guests can visit  the Christmas Village.

Admission is $12 per car Mondays through Thursdays, $15 per car Fridays through Sundays and $20 per commercial vehicles and vans, limousines and recreational vehicles.


The eighth annual Light Up Night for Jackson Township will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Park, 200 Adams Ave., Vinco.

The Festival of the Trees, which features 20 entries, will be on display through Jan. 7.

After the tree lighting, there will be Christmas caroling, refreshments and a visit  from Santa.

The 17th annual Holiday Lights on the Lake will be open nightly from 6 to 10 through Jan. 5 at Lakemont Park, 700 Park Ave., Altoona.

The 51-acre display is filled with holiday lights and animations and can be seen as visitors drive through.

Guests also can stop at Santa’s Village, which includes a gift shop, refreshments and model train displays by the Alto Model Train Museum.

Children can visit with Santa and get their picture taken every night through Dec. 23.

A Toys for Tots event will be held Dec. 6, with admission of $5 and the donation of a new, unwrapped toy.

Regular admission is $10 per car, $20 per commercial van, $25 per school bus and $75 per motorcoach.

Unlimited visitor passes are available for $34.95.

Information: 800-434-8006 or

Roller action

The first bout of the Johnstown Roller Girls women’s roller derby league will be held Saturday at Windber Community Center, 1605 Graham Ave.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with a bout between the Highland Heartbreakers and the Coal Miners Slaughter at 7.  

Live music will be provided by the band Inside Out.

Admission is $5 at the door, with children younger than 12 admitted free.  

Rootsgrass music

Young rootsgrass band Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys will perform Thursday at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in  Cambria City.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., with opening act The Pilgrimage at 6:45 and Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys at 8.

The Flatbellys’ music is based on bluegrass traditions and swing jazz and is known for distinct vocals, tight harmonies, instrumental expertise and creative arrangements.

Guests may bring their own snacks and beverages.

Tickets are $10 for Art Works’ members and $12 for the public.

Information: 535-2020.  

Shopping day

“The Art of Holiday Shopping” will be held Saturday at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

A children’s time from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature holiday crafts.

An adult reception from 2 to 6 p.m. will have a cocktail party atmosphere with appetizers, adult beverages and live entertainment.

Guests will browse a variety of handcrafted gifts.

Admission is free, and children’s crafts are $5 per craft.

Information: 535-2020 or

Holiday showcase

The 43rd annual Holly Bazaar will showcase holiday crafts through Dec. 24 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Children’s author Judy Weaver will be available for autographs and woodcrafter John Sinosky will give demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The 11th annual Basket Bonanza will feature 90 baskets, with tickets available for $5.

The annual book sale will include new and used books.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is free.

Information: 255-6515.

Christmas trains

The Christmas Town Railroad Display will be puffing away Saturday through Jan. 1 at Arbutus Park Retirement Community, 207 Ottawa St., Richland Township.

The train schedule is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday; 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday; 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday; 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 12; 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15; 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 17, 19, 21 and 23; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 25; 1 to 3 p.m.   Dec. 27; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 29; and 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 1.

Information: 266-8621.

Welcome, Christmas

Children can have cookies with Mrs. Claus and shop at the Christmas Craft Shoppe from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Laurel Arts’ Dressler Center, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.

Children can write a letter to Santa and mail it in the special mailbox to the North Pole and do Christmas shopping of their own.

Gifts will be $5 and under, and there will be free gift wrapping.

Information: 443-2433.

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