The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 5, 2013

There's lots of holiday happenings


— Events

Scrooge’s story

“A Christmas Carol” will be presented by Nebraska Theatre Caravan at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Tickets are $39 and $43.

Information: 269-7200 or

Celebrating Christ

The 30th Festival of the Nativity will be held from 6 to 9 tonight and Saturday and 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown.

Tonight’s musical lineup will feature First Presbyterian bell choir, 6 p.m.; Beulah Glory Ringers Quartet, 6:20; organist Richard Kimmel, 6:40; Bedford Community Singers, 7; Bo Moore, 7:30; and  St. Benedict choir, 8.

Saturday’s music will include Michael Facciani, 6 p.m.; Reed Band, 6:30; The Joyful Notes, 7:30; and St. Andrew choir, 8:30.

Music on Sunday will feature a youth recital, 1 p.m.; Polish Heritage Choir, 6; Westmont Presbyterian choir, 6:30; St. Matthew’s Anglican Church choir, 6:45; Forest Hills chorus, 7; St. Clement choir, 7:15; Bishop McCort ensemble, 7:30; First Presbyterian choir, 7:45; and combined choirs, 8.

Christmas ballet

“The Nutcracker” will be presented by Johnstown Concert Ballet at 7:30 tonight and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Tickets are $12.

Information: 269-7200 or

Victorian Christmas

The eighth annual Dickens of a Christmas will be held today through Sunday throughout downtown Ebensburg.

The Victorian-style celebration will feature a light-up ceremony tonight, parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, concerts, craft shows, ice sculptures, sleigh and carriage rides and children’s activities.

“A Cresson Lake Christmas” will be presented at 7:30 tonight and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cambria County Courthouse, 200 S. Center St., Ebensburg.

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


Christmas treats

The Wintergarden celebration at the Grand Halle, 306 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown, will feature several events.

The Giving Gallery, which features a group of nonprofit organizations and vendors selling a variety of handmade items, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $5 at the door.

A Songworks acoustic dinner holiday program held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday will feature Walt Churchey and Jackie Kopko.

Admission is $12 at the door, and no reservations are necessary.

The public is invited to view displays of Christmas trees, gingerbread houses and vintage Christmas toys from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Admission is $5 for adults for this fundraiser for the Steeples Project.

The celebration ends Dec. 15.

Information: 536-7986 or email

Welcome, Christmas

The third annual Christmas Over the City will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Inclined Plane, Johnstown.

There will be free pictures with Santas and free treats, gifts and games.

Children can ride free with a paying adult.

Information: 536-1816 or

A Joy of Cookies Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at various sites in the Cambria City section of Johns-town and Brownstown.

Information: 410-2245.

The sixth annual St. Nick’s Toy Resale will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Visitation of the BVM, 1127 McKinley Ave. in the 8th Ward section of Johnstown.

Admission is free.

 A free Holiday Shellabration will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Roxbury Park Bandshell on Franklin Street in the 8th Ward section of Johnstown.

There will be a tree lighting, Christmas caroling and free cookies and hot chocolate.

“ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas” will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

Tickets are $8.

Information: 467-9070 or

“Christmas Stories 2013” featuring The Parlor Players will be performed at 8 tonight and              2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Dillweed Bed & Breakfast, Route 403, Dilltown.

Performers are Chris Collins of Ebensburg, Theresa Patrick of Indiana and Eric Shawley of Johnstown.  

Refreshments will be available one hour prior to performances.

Johnstown natives and singer/songwriters Walt Churchey and Jackie Kopco will sing selections from their newly released Christmas album, “Take Time,” at the Saturday and Sunday performances.

The cost is $16 per person, and reservations are required because seating is limited.

Reservations: 446-6465.

The 43rd annual Madrigal Christmas Feaste will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Cosgrove Hall, Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

Saturday’s presentation has sold out.

Tickets are $40 per person or $35 for senior citizens.

Information: 886-6319 or

A Ligonier Christmas Town-Wide Open House will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Ligonier.

Ligonier Valley Historical Society’s Festival of Lights will be on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the town hall.

The Valley Players of Ligonier will perform “A Ligonier Christmas” at 2:30 p.m. at Ligonier Theater.

Throughout the day, there will be Christmas music, visits from Santa and horse-drawn buggy rides. Proceeds benefit Valley Youth Network.

Information: 724-238-4200 or

 A Country Christmas Farm Tour will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at McDonald Family Farm, 260 Green Slopes Road, Imler.

The tour will feature a live nativity by the Weyant Methodist Church youth group, an old farmhouse decorated with antiques and dairy barns, outbuildings, the farm office and farm museum, all decorated for Christmas.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be there, and the farm animals will be available for guests to feed.  

Free refreshments will be served in the farmhouse.  

Other vendors will sell apple butter, maple syrup, kettle corn, scarves, jewelry and wooden crafts.

There also will be a church bake sale.   

The cost for the tour is $4.

A donation box for nonperishable goods also will be available for the New Paris Food Bank.  

Information: 937-1446, 322-5607 or on Facebook under  Green Slopes Farm.

Christmas trains

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

The train schedule is 3 to  5 p.m. Tuesday; 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday; 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.

Christmas lights

The eighth annual Festival of the Trees for Jackson Township will be on display through Jan. 7 at Veterans Park, 200 Adams Ave., Vinco.

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 today, with $5 admission 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

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.

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.


Holiday showcase

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

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.

Seasonal sale

Windber Medical Center’s annual arts and crafts sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the third floor registration area of the campus at 600 Somerset Ave., Windber.

The sale, which is open to the public, is sponsored by Windber Health Care Foundation, and  proceeds will benefit hospital projects.

Check mate

A concert version of the musical “Chess” will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday at Richland  Performing Arts Center, One Academic Ave., Richland Township.

The concert will feature Broadway performers originally from the Johnstown area and Richland performing arts students.

Tickets are $15, $22 and $24.

Proceeds will benefit the Kiersten Robertson Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Information: 269-0300 or

Cabaret music

“Paris on the Conemaugh” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The concert has been rescheduled from a previous date because of inclement weather.

Italian singer Clelia Cicero will sing the songs of Edith Piaf, accompanied on guitar by Neter Calafati.

Doors open at 6:30, and guests may bring their own adult beverages and snacks.

Tickets are $10 for Art Works members and $12 for nonmembers.

Tickets purchased from the previous show will be honored.

For those who can’t attend and previously purchased a ticket, a refund will be made.

Reservations: 535-2020.

Story time

A drop-in family storytime session will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday in the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

“Knights, Dragons and Princesses, Oh My,” a medieval storytime adventure, will feature books and activities about princesses, knights and fire-breathing dragons.

There is no age limit, and no registration is required.

The programs are free.

Information: 536-5131, ext. 205.

Performance venue

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

“A Very Mary Christmas,” a World AIDS Day benefit for Community Care Management of Conemaugh Hospital, will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

The Stray Birds, a folk music group from southeastern Pennsylvania, will perform from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Johnstown band Striped Maple Hollow will open the show.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door for the all ages show.

Information: 410-2245 or

Book bargains

Holiday, religious, children’s and coffee-table books will be featured at Inclined to Read Bookstore at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Santa’s elves will visit from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, with books for each child.

Baked goods from the Batter Bake Shop also will be available for purchase from 10 a.m. to             3 p.m. Monday.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

The store will be closed Dec 24-25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Coffee-table books are $3, hardback books are $1, children’s books are 50 cents and paperbacks are 25 cents.

Information: 536-5131.

Continuing ed

St. Francis University will host an adult degree and continuing studies open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the JFK Lounge on the Loretto campus.

The event for current and prospective students will feature door prizes and the opportunity to meet with university staff about certificate, associate, bachelor and degree completion programs.

University staff from the career services and financial aid offices also will be available to answer questions, and information about the master of business administration and master of human resources programs will be provided.

The adult degree and continuing studies program holds evening and weekend classes in Loretto, Altoona, Johnstown and State College, and online courses also are available.

Information: 472-3012 or email

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Acting call

Altoona Community Theater will hold auditions for its production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the rehearsal hall at 1213 12th St., downtown Altoona.

The play revolves around the Salem Witch Trials, and a large cast is needed for the show, especially adult males.


Classical concert

An All-Bach Concert will be presented by St. Vincent Camerata and the Academy Chamber Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Vincent Basilica and at 4 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Church, Shadyside, Pittsburgh.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Information: 724-805-2177 or

Fairytale magic

Disney Live! will present “Three Classic Fairy Tales” at 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, 711 Pratt Drive on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus.

The show will bring to life three fairy tale adventures, Snow White, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, featuring more than 25 Disney characters.

Tickets are $22, $37 and $52.

Information: 800-298-4200 or

Keeping fit

Yoga and belly dancing classes are starting up for fall at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

A yoga class taught by Judy Hunter will be held at 5:45 p.m. Mondays.

Two yoga classes taught by Adriann White will be held at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week.

The cost for either yoga class is $10 per class or $7 per class with the package.

A belly dancing class taught by White will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

Classes are $25 a month.

A new children’s yoga class for ages 3-8 will be taught by Kristen Panek next door at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave., at the same time an adult class is held at 5:45 at Bottle Works.

The cost is $5 per class.

Information: 536-5399 or for children’s yoga.

Whimsical art

“Wonderful Whimsy IV,” a mixed-media exhibition, will be on display through Jan. 7 at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Information: 535-2020 or

Allied art

The 81st annual Allied Artists of Johnstown Juried Exhibition will be on display through Dec. 13 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

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

Information: 421-1523 or

Comfortable art

“Comfort Zones: Pennsylvania and the ‘Foreign’ Landscape” will be on display through Jan. 25 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.

The exhibition features around 60 paintings, prints and photographs from the museum’s permanent collection.

Hours are 10 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 472-3920 or visit

Regional art

Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts 18th annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition will be on display through Feb. 9 at  Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier.

The exhibition will feature 71 works by 71 individual artists from the 19 southwestern counties of Pennsylvania, spanning a variety of media.  

This will be the 10th consecutive year the Ligonier museum has  hosted the exhibition.

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 visit

Christmas art

“Christmas in America,” a holiday exhibit allowing visitors to experience the history and traditions of Christmas in the 19th century, will be on display through Jan. 10 at the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery on the first floor of the Fred M. Rogers Center, St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

There will be 24 coverlets on display and an array of whimsical decorations, including decorated Christmas trees, greeting cards, Santa Claus figures and other vintage-inspired decorations.

Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Gallery will be closed Dec. 24-26, and private tours during all other times are available by appointment.

 Admission is free and open to the public.

Information: 724-805-2569 or

Twice the art

Two exhibition are on display at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 Eleventh Ave., Altoona.

“Rogues, and Colleagues: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” which will be on display through Jan. 4, features more than 35 paintings and photographs by dozens of local and regional artists.

“Artists in Our Midst: Art in Common Annual Juried Exhibition and Friends,” which will be on display through Jan. 11, features almost 80 works in a wide variety of media by members of Art in Common, an arts organization based in Central Pennsylvania.

Information: 946-4464 or

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