Meyersdale's Maple Festival taps into heritage

The 72nd Pennsylvania Maple Festival kicks off Saturday, March 30, 2019, at sites throughout Meyersdale. The festival continues Sunday, March 31, 2019, and Wednesday, April 3, 2019, through April 7, 2019. Last year, Bob Edwards, a festival director, talked about how maple syrup is made.

Live music

Tree will perform during Last Friday at the Ethnic Social Club, Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Doors opens at 5 p.m. and the music begins at 5:30.

Brian Subich will be the guest bartender.

There is no cover charge.

Sweet times

The 72nd annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday and Wednesday through April 7 at sites throughout Meyersdale and Maple Festival Park along Meyers Avenue.

The festival will open each day at 8 a.m. with the Lions Club pancake house.

Admission: $5 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger.

Information: www.pamaplefestival.com.

Community benefit

Baubles, Bangles, Beads and More will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Meyersdale Masonic Temple, 226 Beachley St., Meyersdale.

Information: 814-634-8416.

Load of laughs

Stand-up comic, magician and ventriloquist Andy Gross will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the Pitt-Johnstown campus, Richland Township.

Tickets: $39 for premium, $35 for regular.

Information: 814-269-7200 or www.upjarts.org.

Reworked classic

Mount Aloysius College Theatre will present “ William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Alumni Hall on the college campus in Cresson.

Tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for children and seniors and free for Mount Aloysius students and faculty.

Information: 814-886-6684.

Performance venue

The following will be held at Venue of Merging Arts, 307 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown:

• Bluegrass band Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers will perform at 7 p.m. Friday. 

Special guest will be Justin Giuffre and the Pilgrimage.

Admission: $8 for VIP and students, $10 for general public.

• Blues band The Moore Brothers Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Admission: $8 for VIP and students, $10 for general public.

Information: 814-410-2245 or www.thevoma.com.

School performances

The following plays or musicals will be performed on area high school stages:

• Berlin Brothersvalley High School will present “High School Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium, 1025 E. Main St., Berlin.

Advance tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for students and $10 at the door; information: 814-267-4073.

• Conemaugh Township High School will present “Newsies” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the auditorium, 300 W. Campus Ave., Davidsville.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $11 at the door; information: www.onthestage.com/show/conemaugh-township-area-school-district/newsies-8967.

• Conemaugh Valley High School will present “The Music Man” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the auditorium, 1342 William Penn Ave., Johns-town.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors; information: 814-535-5523.

• Greater Johnstown High School will present “The Little Mermaid” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Cochran Auditorium, 222 Central Ave., Johnstown.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for Greater Johnstown School District students and staff.

• Ligonier Valley High School will present “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5 and 6 in the auditorium, 40 Springer Road, Ligonier.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $5 for children 5 and younger.

• Somerset Area High School will present “Fiddler on the Roof” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the auditorium, 645 S. Columbia Ave., Somerset.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

• Westmont Hilltop High School will present “The Music Man” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium, 200 Fair Oaks Drive, Johnstown.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students; information: 814-255-8726 or www.whsd.org.

Women’s day out

The 13th annual Women’s Showcase and Basket Bash will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St. in downtown Johnstown.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Information: www.johnstownwomensshowcase.com.

Working history

Johnstown Area Heritage Association will host a public workshop for the upcoming “Johnstown: Where We Work” exhibition from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Attendees will be able to learn more about the exhibit and share stories about working life in Johnstown.

Information: 814-539-1889.

Motown memories

Shadows of the ’60s: A Tribute to Motown will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

Tickets: $42, $39 and $35.

Information: 814-467-9070 or www.arcadiawindber.com.

Cultural cooking

Kids Cultural Cooking – Ireland will be offered at 1 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johns-town.

A guest chef will speak on the culture and history of Ireland and show participants how to make Irish soda bread.

Cost: $8 for members for JAHA, $10 for general admission.

Information: 814-539-1889 or www.jaha.org.

Organ performance

Gordon Turk will present an organ recital at 7 p.m. Sunday at Westmont Presbyterian Church, 601 Luzerne St., Johnstown.

The concert will present works by Bach as well as French and English organ repertoire.

A critically acclaimed concert organist, Turk has performed throughout the United States, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine and Japan. The concert is free.

Lunch recital

Greater Johnstown High School Jazz Band will play selections from its upcoming spring concert at noon Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., downtown Johnstown.

A light lunch will follow.

An offering will be taken.

Information: 814-536-7521.

Ethnic learning

Mesaros Arts & Entertainment will host a “Brunch with the Arts” lecture series at 2 p.m. April 7 at Venue of Merging Arts, 307 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johns-town.

Karen A. Mesaros will present a learning and arts experience about Slavic European Easter traditions, including a brief lecture on worship, food, basket blessings and a folk art display.

Advanced registration is required by Thursday.

Cost is $28 for adults and $15 for students.

Information: https://mesaros-voma-brunchslaviceaster-april7.eventbrite.com.

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.