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Posted: Friday, October 19, 2012 1:03 am

Haunted Illusions with David Caserta will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Before the show, a Halloween party hosted by the arts center and Pitt-Johnstown theater department will be held at 5:30 in the studio theater.

The show is not appropriate for children younger than age 5.

Tickets are $15 and $25.

Information: 269-7200, (800) 846-2787 or

Smooth harmonies

The Letterman will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

Tickets are $32, $36 and $40.

Information: 467-9070 or

Seasonal stories

“October Tales!” will be presented by The Parlor Players from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at Dillweed Bed & Breakfast, Route 403, Dilltown.

A harvest refreshment and mingle hour will begin at 7, with performances at 8. 

Chris Collins of Ebensburg will present the chilling Poe classic, “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

Eric Shawley of Johnstown will interpret the monologues from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”

Kyra Kozielec-Gilmore of Johnstown will share the poetry of Poe, including “The Bells” and “The Raven.”

Collins also will give a special preview of “A Tribute to Jimmy Stewart,” his one-man show that is scheduled to be performed at The Cabaret in Pittsburgh and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Proceeds will benefit The Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana.

The cost is $16 per adult, and seating is limited. 

Advance reservations and payment is required. 

Information: 446-6465 or

Recital series

Tenor Paul T. Fockler will present a recital of religious and secular songs at noon Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., downtown Johnstown.

The Johnstown native is a tenor soloist at First Presbyterian and also performs as a guest soloist in the Greater Pittsburgh area from time to time.

Fockler was a math teacher in the Shade Central City School District, retiring in 1996 to become owner/operator of a Johnstown restaurant for five years.

His accompanist will be Elaine Mostoller.

A light lunch will follow the performance. 


Race for blood

The sixth annual Vampire 5K, sponsored by Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region and the local American Red Cross, will be held Saturday at the American Red Cross Blood Services John P. Murtha Donor Pavilion, 250 Jari Drive, Richland Township.

Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m., with the race at 9. 

All participants are invited to dress up in their favorite costumes and bring their entire family to enjoy the Halloween festivities.

The Red Cross will present medals to the top three male and female finishers in each run-walk and walk age group.

Registration is $25, and forms can be picked up at the donor pavilion, at various Johnstown businesses or at

Registration also will be accepted at the time of the event.

All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross, Keystone Chapter.

Information: 262-2811 or email

Song and dance

“Broadway: Here & Now” will be presented by Greater Johnstown Community Chorus at 7 tonight at This Is It, 1300 Frankstown Road, Johnstown, and 7 p.m. Saturday at Westmont Middle School, 827 Diamond Blvd., Westmont.

Tickets are $8 at the door or $6 in advance from chorus members.

All jazzed up

“An Evening of Cole Porter” will be presented by the David Leonhardt Jazz Trio as part of Chamber Music Series of Greater Johnstown at 7:30 tonight at Grove Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 Grove Ave. in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

This will be the only concert in the series at the Moxham church.

Tickets are $15 or two for $25 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

Information: 467-7943 or

Snap shots

A “Get the Inspiration” seminar by noted professional photographer Tony Sweet will be presented from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, 101 Community College Way, Richland Township.

The event is being hosted by Greater Johnstown Camera Club.

Tickets at the door are $35 for adults and $20 for students.

Information: 539-5685.

Fall fun

Celebration of Life Kids Fall Party will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Mock’s Greenhouse, 602 Adams St., Windber.

There will be walk-through giant pumpkins, a costumed stuffed animal parade and contest and a pet photo contest.

Contest registration is $3 in advance or $5 at the door.

Information: (412) 513-6438.


Halloween will be celebrated  from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Johnstown Children’s Museum at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

 The afternoon will include seasonal crafts and games, a fortune-telling gypsy, a magic show and costume contest.

The drop-in event is free to JAHA members or with museum admission.



Somerset Halloween parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Somerset Area High School athletic field.

Costumes will be judged and prizes awarded, and parade participants will receive a treat bag donated by area merchants.

 Refreshments will be available.


A corn maze, presented by Weakland Farms, Route 164, Portage, will be 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.

Featured events include hayrides, feeding the animals, a pumpkin patch and an indoor straw maze.

Mums and fall decorations also will be available.



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

Fall decorations available for purchase include pumpkins, mums, cornstalks and straw bales.

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.


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.

There will be trick or treating through Story Book Forest, live entertainment, costumed characters, themed rides and attractions and a hay bale maze.

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



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

Antique tractors and cars will be featured this weekend, and chocolate and chili will be featured Oct. 27-28.

There is a $5 per car parking fee and complimentary shuttle service will be available.

Information: or (800) 452-2223.

Intimate drama

“The Rimers of Eldritch” by Lanford Wilson will be presented by Westmont High School Theater Club at 7:30 tonight at Westmont Hilltop High School, 200 Fair Oaks Drive, Westmont.

The play, which is about a shooting and its impact on a small midwestern town, will feature a cast of 17 actors. 

The drama is directed by Rodney Eatman.

Tickets, which are $5, will be available at the door.

Information: 255-8726.

Post presentation

The 22nd annual show by Greater Johnstown Postcard Club will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael Sportsmen’s Club, Main Street, St. Michael.

There will be 11 postcard dealers from Pennsylvania and Virginia who will be buying and selling picture postcards.

Club members will have noncompetitive displays and the history of the picture postcard.

Food and refreshments will be available.

An admission fee of $2 will include a free door prize ticket.

Information: 266-2366 or 248-6843.

Acrylic designs

“Acrylic Painting: Design Your Paintings with a Strong Individual Style” will be presented by graphic artist and painting instructor Alan Rauch from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Rauch will demonstrate how to take an ordinary reference picture and re-create it in the artist’s own distinctive style.

Participants will need to bring reference pictures, acrylic paints, brushes, two 16-by-20 inch canvases, water jar, paper plates, table easel and black Sharpies.

The cost for the workshop is $65 for Bottle Works members and $75 for nonmembers.

Information: 536-5399 or

Graphic drama

“The Pillowman” by Martin McDonagh will be presented at 8 tonight and Saturday 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 play is being directed by Kate Davis.

Tickets are $10.

Information: 410-2245.

Sumptuous sewing

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

The exhibit includes more than a dozen costumes created for Johnstown Concert Ballet as well as wedding dresses and Pennsylvania Junior Miss gowns.

Information: 536-5399.

Creative kids

Saturday Art Classes for Kids will be held Saturday and Oct. 27 at The Learning Lamp, 2025 Bedford St., Stonycreek Township. 

Children in prekindergarten to 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 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

Theater benefit

“Taking the Show on the Road,” a fundraiser to benefit Mountain Playhouse, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Halle, formerly Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 308 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Tickets are $99 a person.

Information: 629-9201, ext. 100.

Book bargains

Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will feature murder mysteries and Halloween books during October at the library, 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.

Scary fun

The 21st annual Scarecrow Contest sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce will be held Saturday through Oct. 31 around the Diamond in Ligonier and along surrounding streets.

The public will vote by ballot for community favorite at participating shops or the chamber office. 

Information: (724) 238-4200.

Belle of the ball

The Bedford County Players will perform the classic children’s play “Cinderella” at 8 tonight and Saturday and Oct. 26 and 27  and 3 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 28 at Harrison Township Community Center, Manns Choice.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Seating is limited.

Information: 623-7555.

Art’s allies

The 80th annual Allied Artists Juried Exhibition will be on display through Jan. 5 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.

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

Information: 269-7234 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.

30 years on 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 and sculptures.

Admission is free.

Information: 535-2020.

Historic exhibit

“125 Years of Organized Jewish Life: 1888 to 2013,” the Johns-town 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.

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 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: 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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