The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 18, 2013

Camelot sendup at Cresson Lake Playhouse


JOHNSTOWN — Monty Python’s “Spamalot” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and Thursday through Oct. 26 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.

The musical comedy is taken from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

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

Information: 472-4333 or

Oktoberfest party

Brews and Blues in the Valley will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St., downtown Johnstown.

There will be samples of beer from 20 breweries, Oktoberfest-style food and live music under the Polacek Pavilion.

Tickets are $25 plus fees in advance, $30 plus fees on Saturday and $15 for designated drivers.


Season opener

“A Heroic Opening” will be performed by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

The guest artist will be Croatian-born guitarist Robert Belinic.

Tickets are $37 and $32.

Information: 269-7200 or on the web at

Spooky nights

The 44th annual Halloween parade will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in downtown Johnstown.

The parade will march up Main Street from Point Stadium, turn left onto Clinton Street and conclude on Washington Street.

Worship concert

Christian worship artist Chris Tomlin will bring his Burning Lights Tour to town at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

He will be joined by popular Christian speaker Louie Giglio.

Tickets are $43.85 with fees.

Information: 536-5156 or

Noon series

Them Preachers will perform for the noon recital series on Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., downtown Johnstown.

Group members are five Blair County pastors who sing and play praise songs, Celtic tunes and rock.

The free program will be followed by a light lunch and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Information: 536-7521.

Blood run

The Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region will host the seventh annual Vampire 5K to benefit the local Red Cross Keystone Chapter on Saturday at the John P. Murtha Donor Pavilion, 250 Jari Drive, Richland Township.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9.

Participants are encouraged to dress in costume.

Registration is free for those who donated blood or platelets between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30.

For others, registration is $25.


Fall fun

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

Children will ride the Incline free with a paying adult and receive free treats.

Costumes are encouraged, and there will be free fall-themed pictures on the observation deck.

Information: 536-1816 or

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The annual harvest festival will be held during October at Faranda’s Farm, 1171 Penn Ave., Hollsopple.

Hours are 4 p.m. to dusk Fridays, 11 a.m. to dusk Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Fun Farm admission is $11 for adults and youngsters and free for children younger than 2.

Barnyard admission is $7 for adults and youngsters and free for children younger than 2.

Information: 479-7109 or

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Vale Wood Farms Pumpkin Patch will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday at the farm, 517 Vale Wood Road, Loretto.

Locally grown fall decorations and dairy store treats will be available.

Admission is $3 per person, with ages 2 and younger admitted free.

Weekend hayride farm tours are an additional $2 per person, with ages 2 and younger also admitted free.

Information: 886-7171 or

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Hoover’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze will be open from 10 a.m. to dusk daily through Nov. 2 at 772 Carroll Road, Patton.

Flashlight tours through the corn maze will be offered Friday and Saturday evenings, with the last admission at 8 p.m.

Admission is $5 to the corn maze.

Information: 674-5962.

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For those looking for a good scare, Huston’s Haunted Hollow, 126 Woodland Road, Rockwood, will be open from 6:30 to 10 p.m. tonight, Saturday and Oct. 25-26 and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 27.

The four attractions included with admission are Haunted Boarding House, Twisted Barn 4D, Toxic Swamp Haunted Hayride and Dead End Cornfield.

Tickets, which may be purchased online or at the event, are $17.80 for general admission.

Information:  926-3133 or

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Idlewild’s Hallowboo will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 26-27 at the amusement park on Route 30 in Ligonier.

There will be trick-or-treat through Story Book Forest and themed rides and attractions.

Shows will include “Rock the Graveyard” at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. at the Hillside Theater; “Molly’s Wacky Witch’s Brew” at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. at the Gazebo Stage; “Hallowboo Hoedown at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. at Story Book Forest entrance; and “Monster Mash” at the Hillside Theater immediately following the 6 p.m. Rock the Graveyard show.

Tickets are $29.99 plus tax or $24.99 for general admission and $22.99 senior citizens online.

Information: 724-238-3666 or

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The 29th annual Autumnfest will be held Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 26-27 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

There will be music and novelty acts, an arts and crafts bazaar, chairlift rides and food.

Information: 800-452-2223 or

Musical night

A Soundstage Coffee House and Open Mic hosted by Brad Rhea will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Pages & Light Bookstore, 314 Georgian Place, Somerset.

The evening is sponored by Laurel Arts.

The cover charge is $5, and those who wear a Halloween costume will receive a $1 discount.

Information: 443-2433.


Jim Henson’s “Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy’s Big Adventure” will be performed at 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

The production has been adapted to a live stage show from a popular animated television series on PBS.

All tickets for all shows are $6.

Information: 269-7200 or

Homey exhibit

“Quilts & Other Home Furnishings” will be on display through Nov. 2 at Arts Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The show features quilts by Barbara Yerger of Westmont, pottery by Helen Gorsuch of Altoona and woodworkings by Terrence Werner of Johnstown.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

Information: 535-2020.

Nature hike

 A guided hike through Stackhouse Park to learn more about wildflowers and fall leaves will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the park entrance on Luzerne Street in Westmont.

No reservations are required.

Information: 536-1674.

Recovering art

“The Art of Recovery,” art work by those recovering from mental illness, will be on display from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Bottle Works is collaborating with Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley Inc. to put on the exhibit.

The artists are participants of Goodwill’s Recovery and Community Integration Services.

The event is free and open to the public.

Information: 536-3536, ext. 229.

Performance venue

 Spoken words and music are on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

A spoken word/acoustic open mic with featured speaker Barbara Purbaugh will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Purbaugh will be giving a presentation on Edgar Allen Poe.

Guests may share poems, spoken word pieces or music.

Admission is $3 or free with VOMA VIP.

Information: 410-2245.

Healthy evening

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, is sponsoring a free evening out from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Johnstown Children’s Museum at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The Learning Lamp is bringing its Imagination Playground.

CHIP covers doctor visits, immunizations, prescriptions and dental and eye care for free or at low cost for children up to age 19.

Enrollment specialists will be available to answer questions, provide information or help with the application process.

Admission and food will be free.

Information: 539-1889.

Worthy causes

“Brothers and Sisters Unite For Breast Cancer,” a dance to benefit the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

There will be a spaghetti dinner, entertainment will be provided by an oldies band and there will be about 50 baskets to auction.

Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door.

Information: 619-5943.

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The 34th annual arts and crafts show and sale to benefit St. Michael Home School Association in Loretto will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Our Lady of Loretto Community Hall next to St. Michael School.

There will be many hand crafted items on display and refreshments will include homemade pies, cookies, apple dumplings, soup and sandwiches.

Parking and admission are free.

Information: 472-9117.

On the farm

The children’s theater production “Babe, The Sheep Pig” will be performed by St. Vincent College Players at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the performing arts center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center, St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

Information: 724-805-2229.

Monster mash

The Monster Bash Movie Marathon will be held from noon until after midnight Saturday at The Ligonier Theater, 210, W. Main St., Ligonier.  

The marathon will feature rare classic films such as “Nosferatu,” the first Dracula movie made in 1922, and the rare “Frankenstein” made by Thomas Edison in 1910.

Other films are “The Old Dark House” with Boris Karloff, “The Mystery of the Wax Museum” with Fay Wray, Edgar Allen Poe’s “Tale of Terror” with Vincent Price and a rare British version of “The Fall of the House of Usher” from 1949.  

All movies are for general audiences, and guests can feel free to come in costume.

There also will be spooky creatures roaming the theater, historical backgrounds to the films and free giveaways of monster magazines, posters and DVDs.

Creepy Classics and other vendors of classic monster merchandise will be set-up on the second floor of the theater.  

Guests may leave and return after paying admission.

Admission for one feature or the entire 13 hours is $12 at the door or $10 in advance.  

Information: 724-238-4317, 724-516-9147 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.

Book bargains

Vintage books from the early 1900s will be featured for October at Inclined to Read Bookstore at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

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

Hardback books are $1, paperbacks and National Geographics are 25 cents and children’s books are 50 cents.

Information: 536-5131.

Stitch in time

Sit and Stitch, a laid-back time of quilting, knitting and cross- stitching, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 15 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The sessions will be facilitated by Beth Elston.

Admission is free.

Information: 536-5399.

Photo ops

“Through the Lens,” photographs by Greater Johnstown Camera Club, will be on display through Oct. 26 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Information: 255-6515 or

Solo art

“Mazes to the Motherlode” by Westmont artist Brandon Locher will be on display through Nov. 5 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Locher will have more than 25 works in his first solo exhibition.

Information: 536-5399 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

Environmental art

“Layers: Places in Peril” will be on display through Nov. 9  at the University Museum on the first floor of John Sutton Hall at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Artist Judith Waller and earth scientist James Brey have collaborated on several projects to explain and illustrate the environmental threats confronting many of the world’s natural landscapes and vital cities.

 Museum hours are 2 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 724-357-2397.

 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 variety of media by members of Art in Common, an arts organization based in central Pennsylvania.

Information: 946-4464 or