The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 26, 2013

Events | Love story


— “Aida: The Timeless Love Story” will be presented through Aug. 10 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.

Showtimes will be 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 4.

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

Information: 472-4333 or

Saturday in the park

Whiskey River Panhandlers will perform for the 2013 Concerts in the Park series from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Central Park, downtown Johnstown.

Founded in 2009, the Americana group includes Chris Verbano on vocals, mandolin and guitar; Mike Giuffre on vocals, guitar and guitjo, a combination of guitar and banjo; and Justin Giuffre on upright bass.

The band’s music blends Americana, folk, alternative country, Appalachian, bluegrass and rock ’n’ roll.

Wandering music

Bronx Wanderers will bring doo-wop and rock ’n’ roll of the ’50s and ’60s to the area at 7:30 tonight at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

Tickets are $30, $32 and $35.

Information: 467-9070 or

Jazz fixture

Cajun Norm and the Jam Session Band will perform at Jazz Along the River at 6 tonight at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church pavilion, Fifth Avenue and Power Street in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Ethnic foods will be available for purchase beginning at 5.

Chairs will be set up, and those who attend also are invited to bring their own chairs.

Homecoming party

Ebensburg Homecoming will be held Saturday at various sites throughout Ebensburg and Lake Rowena.

Festivities will kick off from 7 to 11 tonight with the Downtown Shutdown, a street party with bands Evil Ways and Juke Left.

Saturday will bring a yard sale, farmers’ market, book sale, wrestling, 5K race and children’s activities.

A free concert from 8 to 11 p.m., featuring classic rock band Totem at Lake Rowena, will conclude festivities.

Information: 472-8780 or

Family fights

“Squabbles” will be presented through Aug. 4 at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Showtimes will be 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $14 to $21.25 for preview night, $22 to $34 for evenings and $17 to $30 for matinees, which includes a $2 service charge.

Information: 629-9201, option 1, or

Beautiful bluegrass

The 10th annual Coleman Station Bluegrass Festival will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. today and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at 1144 Coleman Station Road, Friedens.

Today’s lineup will feature Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Stevens Family, Idletymes, Blue Shades and host band Mountain Therapy.

Saturday’s lineup will feature Nothin’ Fancy, The Stevens Family, Northwest Territory, Allegheny Drifters, Blues Shades, The Custer Family & Friends and Mountain Therapy.

Tickets are $15 for today, $20 for Saturday and $35 for the weekend, including rough camping.

Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free.

Information: 444-8509 or

Bandshell blast

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

Rosie and the Jammers will be featured beginning at 5 p.m.

Firemen’s fun

The 92nd annual convention of the Volunteer Firemen’s Association of Cambria County & Vicinity will be held Saturday through Aug. 3 at Adams Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 2, St. Michael.

Saturday’s events will include a classic car cruise-in at 2 p.m., battle of the barrel contest at 3 and queen contest at 7.

There will be a bowling competition at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Richland Lanes and a golf tournament at 8 a.m. Monday at Ebensburg Country Club.

A firefighters proficiency contest will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, with a pumping contest at 6 p.m. Thursday and bucket brigade competition at 6 p.m. Aug. 2.

Admission is free.

Dinner music

The series of Songworks Acoustic Dinners will continue from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Halle, 306 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

 An ethnic dinner will be served at 6:30, and Songworks member Ann Dougherty will perform and host an open mic at 7:30.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $10.

Information: 536-7986 or email

Family festival

The 56th annual Homecoming Festival of St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, Carrolltown, will be held today through Sunday at the church grounds at 100 Main St., Carrolltown.

A garage sale, bingo and basket auction are planned, and there will be a disc jockey and children’s games.

A wing night will be held tonight, and a chicken dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Country concerts

The 39th annual Country Music Show, sponsored by Indiana County Fraternal Order of Police Rhododendron Lodge 33, will be held at 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday at Indiana County Fairgrounds, Mack Park.

The concert will feature country superstar Joe Diffie and country bands Little Texas and North of Mason-Dixon.

Tickets are $22.50 in advance and $25 at the gate.

Information: 724-349-9114.

Drawing the line

“Drawing: Structure and Surface,” a workshop with Kathleen Kase Burk, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

This workshop requires basic skills and prior experience with drawing.

Students will need a pad of white drawing paper at least 11-by-14 inches, a variety of drawing pencils and a kneaded or gum eraser.  

There will a brief tour of Burk’s exhibition and a discussion of the ideas of structure and surface as they relate to drawing.

The cost is $50, and a bagged lunch is needed.

Information: 526-5399.

Sports clinic

Johnstown Lacrosse will offer a clinic from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 7 and 14 at the Richland High School football field, Richland Township.

The introductory sessions for athletes 10-17 years old are  sponsored by East Hills Recreation Commission and will be supervised and instructed by experienced lacrosse players who have played at the collegiate level.  

Minimum equipment required includes a hockey helmet and gloves and a lacrosse stick.  

East Hills Recreation has a limited number of sticks, which can be borrowed.

There is the possibility of assembling travel teams to play in a short, spring season against other teams from western Pennsylvania and developing clinics for younger age groups.

The cost is $25.  

Information: 269-0303 or

Nature days

Junior Ranger Nature Discovery Days will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the picnic area at Johnstown Flood National Memorial.

The free event is designed for children ages 7-10.

Participants will learn about the natural surroundings enjoyed by members of the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club more than 100 years ago.

Reservations are required, and a parent or guardian must accompany each child.

There will be a limit of 12 children, and lunch will not be provided.

Reservations: 495-4643.

Performance venue

Art and music will merge on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

StudioPM guided art event featuring acrylic painting will be held from 7 to 10:30 tonight.

Admission is $35 for ages 21 and older only and includes instruction and materials.

Advance reservations are required at

Scott Jeffreys will lead the Blues Gathering from 8 to 11  Saturday.

Tickets are $7 at the door or $5 VIP.

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

Concessions will be available.

Information: 410-2245.

Dog-gone reads

“Tales with Tails,” a special literacy initiative that encourages children of all ages and abilities to read stories to AKC Canine Good Citizen dogs, will be held between 4 and 5 p.m. Monday in the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johns-town.

There will be 15-minute time slots to read to a dog.

Registration is required and may be done in person or by phone.

Information: 536-5131.

Outdoor music

The 35th free summer Concerts on the Green will feature the Civic Concert Band from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Summer Music on the Square concert series will feature country singer Ray Owen at 2 p.m. Sunday at the gazebo in downtown Bedford.

Penn Trafford Community Band will perform big band music at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Diamond in Ligonier.

Johnstown Reed Band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday in Central Park, downtown Johns-town.

At the hop

An Oldies Record Hop, sponsored by Windber Area Visioning Experience, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Windber Recreation Park Ballroom.

A car and motorcycle cruise-in will begin at 4. Tickets are $5.

Book bargains

Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight children’s books and all types of VHS tapes during the month of July at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

The selection of fiction and nonfiction includes art, business, classics, cooking, gardening, health and well being, history, religion and sports, and there is a murder/mystery/suspense room.

There also will be CDs, DVDs and cassettes.

Hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are 25 cents each.

Children’s books and VHS tapes will be 2 for $1.

Bookstore hours will be 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 536-5131.

All’s fair

Bedford County Fair will continue today and Saturday at the fair grounds, West Pitt Street, Bedford.

One-price admission is $9, and parking is $3 each day.


Park programs

A van tour of the historic Allegheny Portage Railroad will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the visitor center at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, 10 miles west of Altoona off the Gallitzin exit of Route 22.

This three-hour tour follows the entire route of the Portage Railroad from the canal basin in Hollidaysburg to the canal basin in Johnstown.

The tour is free, but reservations are required.

 “Pennsylvania: Keystone of Transportation Innovation” will be presented by park ranger Nathan Koozer at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Summit Level visitor center theater at the Allegheny Portage Site.

Koozer will speak on the development of transportation in Pennsylvania, from Native American trails to the Pennsylvania Railroad.

 Admission is free.

A ranger-guided bike trip on the lower rail at the Allegheny Portage Site will begin at 2 p.m. at the lower trail head in Williamsburg.

Bikers will explore the remains of the Juniata Division of the Main Line, with a side trip to the Etna Furnace complex, which was served by the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal.

The tour is free, but reservations are required.

Participants should bring their own bike, dress appropriately and bring water and a snack.

Information: 886-6150 or

“Path of the Flood” van tour will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at the visitor center at Johnstown Flood National Memorial, South Fork.

The three-hour tour tracing the path of the 1889 Johnstown Flood will begin at the site of the South Fork Dam and the remaining structures of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club.

The tour will travel through South Fork, Mineral Point, East Conemaugh and Franklin, Woodvale and Johnstown, concluding with a stop at Grandview Cemetery.

Reservations are required, and the tour is included with park admission.

Information: 495-4643 or visit

Van tour

“Journey Around Lake Conemaugh” van tour will be held at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. 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 Aug. 11 and 25.

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

Information: 495-4643.

Finger-lickin’ good

The fourth annual Rib & Wing Festival will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 777 Water Wheel Drive, Champion.

 This festival will feature ribs and wings of all styles including dry rubbed, saucy, brined, hot, sweet and hot and garlic and butter.

 There will be live music, games, crafts and a beer garden and face-painting and crafts for children.

Thirteen bands will serve up nearly 20 hours of music varying from classic rock and country to blues and oldies.

 Admission is $7 per person, and children age 11 and younger will be admitted free.

Parking is free, and the lots will be serviced by resort shuttles.

Information: 800-452-2223 or

Fairy tale musical

Students from six different area high schools will present Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at the Mishler Theater, 1208 12th Ave., Altoona.

 Altoona Community Theater’s super musical program provides an opportunity for senior high students who are active in their schools’ theater programs to work collaboratively in a conservatory-like program, culminating in a fully-staged production.

Participating schools include Altoona Area, Bellwood Antis, Cambria Heights, Central Cambria, Glendale and Hollidaysburg Area.

Tickets are $23 at the door one hour prior to the two performances.  

Information: 944-9434 or visit

 Farm fresh

The fourth annual Farmers Market will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday through mid-October at Strongstown Homecoming & Historical Society, 14895 Route 422 Highway East, Strongstown.

There will be locally grown and produced bedding plants, perennials, annuals, herbs, fresh produce, sauces, seasonings, baked goods, fresh breads and pies and crafts.

Information: 243-0289.

In shape

Fitness programming is shaping up at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Summer yoga classes will be held from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays and 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays.

Monday sessions are July 8-29.

Wednesday sessions are Aug. 7-28, with no classes Wednesday.

Classes are held in sessions, but drop-ins are welcome.

Registration: 536-5399.

Summer Belly Dancing classes will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Summer sessions are Aug. 7-28.

There will be no classes held Wednesday.

The four-week sessions are $25.

Registration: 539-0924.

Berlin celebration

St. Vincent Summer Theater will present “I Love a Piano,” a celebration of the music of Irving Berlin, 8:10 p.m. today and Saturday at the performing arts center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the college’s Latrobe campus.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $10 for students.

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

Reservations: 724-537-8900 or

Artistic etchings

“Fantasy Etchings” by J.D. Donnelly will be on display through Aug. 8 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The 24 black-and-white etchings in the exhibition were used to illustrate Donnelly’s fantasy novel, “The Dragon Prince.”

Donnelly will do a presentation on etching at an opening reception, which will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. July 29.

Information: 255-6515.

Wearable art

“Art to Wear ... One of a Kind Jewelry for Men and Women” will be on display through Aug. 17 at Arts Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The five exhibiting regional artists are Lisa McChesney, Lisa Mull, Lisa Pierce Rutledge, Bob Shamey and Heather Thompson.

All of them work in a variety of materials and produce one-of-a-kind jewelry, bolo ties and belt buckles that appeal to men and women.

Information: 535-2020.

Healing art

“The Art of Healing Exhibition: Reflections 2013” will be on display through Aug. 23 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.

This exhibition will showcase some of the works created by patients from Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Arts for Healing program.

The program provides patients with an opportunity to work side-by-side with professional artists in residencies designed to improve the quality of life for patients with chronic conditions and pain.

Information: 269-7234.

Pencil art

“From There to Here” by still life artist Kathleen Kase Burk will be on display through Aug. 10 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibit, which will have as many as 24 pencil and colored-pencil drawings, will show her progression from realistic to abstract drawing.

Viewing hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 536-5399.

Portrait art

A portraiture exhibit by local artist Diana Williams will be on display through Wednesday 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.

Information: 536-5131.

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. seven days a week.

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.

Quilt art

“The Quilts of Theresa Kristof Prah” will be on display through Nov. 1 in the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery on the first floor of the Fred M. Rogers Center at St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

Many of Prah’s quilts closely resemble original works of art, and she is known for her fine hand quilting, willingness to disregard a pattern when inspiration strikes and fantastic use of color.

Gallery hours are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Information: 724-805-2569 or

Symbolic banners

“Stories Joyfully Embroidered: Shaanxi Folk Textiles from Northern China” will be on display through Oct. 12 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto, on the campus of St. Francis University.

The exhibition features contemporary fabric banners that were originally shown at Beijing’s National Museum of China in the mid-1990s.

Information: 472-3920 or

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

Art retrospective

A retrospective of the art of the late Sister Maria Josephine D’Angelo, RSM, will be on display through Sept. 20 in the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

The exhibit will feature more than 20 pieces, ranging from watercolors and oils to wood engravings, woodcut prints, cardboard collage and mixed media.

D’Angelo taught art at Mount Aloysius, serving as chairperson of the art department.

She founded the Mount Aloysius Art Alliance and started multi-cultural summer art camps for children.

D’Angelo obtained her bachelor’s degree from Moore Institute of Art in Philadelphia, and then earned a master’s in fine art from Notre Dame.

She was a member of Allied Artists of Johnstown and received numerous awards for her work.

D’Angelo designed a number of logos and insignias for organizations and communities, including a distinctive cross still used by the Sisters of Mercy internationally for identification of their community.

The Wolf-Kuhn Gallery is open to the public.

Information: 886-4131.

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 Eleventh 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 Eleventh 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