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Music to fill the air at West Overton Village

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

It doesn't take much to make beautiful music — just a few odds and ends, some creativity and a little imagination.

Award winning educator and performer Paula Purnell will be hosting an entertaining and educational event starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the West Overton Village and Museums. She will display how anyone can make music, or a least a musical instrument, out of items not considered to be traditional means of creating entertainment.

“This presentation will be fun, interactive and very informative for both children and adults,” said Jessica Kadie-Barclay, West Overton Village and Museums managing director. “In the past, people didn't have radios or the opportunity to download music for the internet. They made music out of raw materials.”

Purnell, of Greensburg, performs folk music and is an educator, and for the past 12 years has written songs and performed in area libraries, schools and at community events.

Purnell also conducts fun and interesting hands-on workshops and also is an expert on the history of folk music and songwriting.

The talented musician also is an outreach artist and professional development instructor for the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

For the West Overton program, Purnell will demonstrate how to give life to cast away items as she will show how to reduce, reuse and recycle items such as soda pop bottles and toilet paper rolls, turning them all into instruments for making music.

The program is great for participants of all ages, as everyone will be invited to create their own instrument and join in the musical fun.

Over the past year, the members of the West Overton Museums and Village have made a concerted effort to reach out to the community by offering many different programs and events, inviting all to come to the historic site and enjoy its unique and one-of-a-kind offerings.

Referred to by many as the “gem of the area,” the site is the only one of its kind in the county and offers everything from history to the beauty of the grounds itself.

The event will be held in the Overholt Room that is located at the rear and bottom area of the museum.

The event is free to attend.

“We like to provide low cost or no cost events and program for the public to enjoy,” Kadie-Barclay said.

For more information, call 724-887-7910 or visit the website at

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.