Immaculate Conception Church Festival to be held this weekend
The Immaculate Conception Church Festival will take place Friday and Saturday. It's where you'll see lots of people you know and enjoy all kinds of ethnic food. Don't miss the Sammy Brooks Band performing Saturday night. The band has a smooth sound that will take you back in time. Bingo starts at 6 each night, and there will be dozens of great baskets in that raffle.
Wednesday is a big day at Carnegie Free Library. The children's summer reading weekly programs begin with registration and the Backyard Carnival. There is no charge for participating. The kids spend an hour each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon enjoying shows especially for them. They keep their reading logs up to date through Aug. 3. The Awards Picnic will then be held Aug. 7, when children celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program and the fun that they have had. There are prizes and food.
Saturday is the second annual Lions “Bike With Bud's.” Bobby Bubarth has put together a scavenger hunt system for riders to find ribbons along the bike trail to Camp Carmel and back that can then be redeemed for prizes. After the bike ride, everyone is invited back to Bud Murphy's for a picnic and barbecue. If you don't want to join in the ride that starts at 10 a.m., you can go to Bud's around lunchtime and pay $7 to be a part of the picnic, hear about the ride and be eligible for prizes. For more details, go to www.youghrivertrail.com or www.budmurphys.com.
It seems like we've been waiting for a long time for the Lions Sunday Night Summer Concerts to begin again, and this week, they do. Nashville Past will be the band, and the concession stand will be open. The following week is Sugar Mountain, playing blues, country and rock. The concerts are all held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Lions Square. Bring your chair — there is no admission charge. Here is the rest of the schedule: July 7, Travelin' Road Show; July 14, Dunbar Boys; July 21, Wally Gingers Orchestra; July 28, Molinaro Band; Aug. 4, Del Sols; Aug. 11, The New High Ryder Band; Aug. 18, Dawson Creek; Aug. 25, Eric Harvey & Band; and Sept. 1, Harold Betters.
Sunday afternoon is the Connellsville Police Officers Association Poker Ride. Everyone is welcome to participate. Entry forms are available at Bikes Unlimited or at the police department. Sign up now for $15 or for $20 the day of the event, starting at noon at Yough River Park. It is not a race. You have the option of two, 10-mile courses to get the best poker hand.
The East Park Movie Night, which was scheduled for June 14, was postponed until Friday night due to weather. There is no admission charge to attend the movie. Bring a blanket or chair. The recreation board will show “Harry Potter,” and the concession stand will be open. Hip Hop Hooray has donated the use of one of its Bounce Houses for Friday night, too.
On Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Christian W. Klay Winery will be celebrating its new lavender crop by hosting its second annual Lavender Festival. “We invite everyone to come to our Lavender Festival, browse our collection of lavender products, including baked goods, food, soap, sachets, lavender plants and much more. We will also be featuring our lavender wine, Lavender Mist,” said winery owner and winemaker Sharon Klay. Cooking with lavender will be demonstrated by Chef Jeremy Critchfield, who is now the chef and operating partner at The Stone House, the historic restaurant and inn located in Farmington. He has also applied his talent and skills at some of the country's finest resorts, including Nemacolin Woodlands and The Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Live entertainment will be provided by jazz legend Harold Betters, who will perform at the festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, visit www.cwklaywinery.com or call the winery directly at 724-439-3424.
The recreation board wants to fill the house on June 29 when Cait Cuneo comes home to Connellsville to perform at the Porter Theater. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available at Atkins Music Center and ArtWorks — so get yours now. Board members say this promises to be a great show in a great venue. Cait will perform with a band that includes her brother, Vince. The show will be enjoyed by all ages.
Pete Casini told me that the first flea market of the summer held at the South Connellsville Playground was a big success, so plan now if you would like to be a seller there at the next one on July 13.
The Lions and Bud Murphy's Kid's Fest at Rock Starz was a big hit, too. The rainy day turned into a beautiful night, and Jim Stefano said he didn't know who was having more fun, the kids attending or the Lions members playing all the games with them. The Connellsville Lions appreciate all those who attended, including the community groups who volunteered to participate. This was the seventh year for Kid's Fest to benefit the blind.
When you visit Art on the Yough June 29, you'll get to hear Del Sols performing on the Yough River Park stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shop at the artisans tents, then sit, relax and enjoy. It is presented by Fayette County Cultural Trust. Then head over to Braddock's Crossing and sign up to make the walk across the river if you like. There will be plenty to see there, sponsored by the Connellsville Area Historical Society. Refreshments will be sold.
This July 11-13, the St. Rita Festival will be held for the 85th year! Amazing! The entertainment is already lined up, so you can plan now to be there: July 11 at 8 p.m., Abacus Jones (www.abacusjones.com); July 12, Cool Breeze Entertainment will D.J. throughout the evening; and July 13 at 8 p.m., the Sammy Brooks Band will perform (www.sammybrooksband.com).
The annual Woodruff Race will be held on July 10. I know a lot of people put that on their list of things to do every summer.
The 19th annual Bud Murphy Memorial Golf Outing will be held at Duck Hollow July 20. All proceeds from this event benefit Wesley Health Center. Your $65 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, beer, pop, lunch on the patio, steak dinner and a souvenir hat. Cash prizes are awarded, so sign up early. Pick up a form at Bud Murphy's.
One additional perk of participating in the youth, teen and adult Summer Reading programs at Carnegie Free Library is discount tickets to a Pirates game. July 30 will be the 10th annual Library Night at PNC Park, which is now a double-header and starts in the afternoon. The library that has the most participants in attendance at the game will receive a visit from a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates during the month of August. For more information, call the library at 724-628-1380.
On June 26, from 6-8 p.m., West Overton Village and Museums will celebrate the kickoff of Wednesdays at West Overton. The premiere event will feature a collection of photography by the Rev. Bob Lubic. “We look forward to Wednesdays at West Overton, which will be a monthly event here during the summer. We invite you to come out, bring your friends and family for an evening of entertainment,” said Jessica Kadie Barclay, managing director there. The photographs that will be displayed were taken by Father Bob, and they depict the beauty of the outdoors in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Most of the photographs on display will be available for purchase that evening. Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. A $5 donation benefits West Overton Village and Museums.
Sign up for the summer sports programs, sponsored by the recreation department, which begin next week. You can do that at The Health Insurance Store on North Pittsburgh Street, at the City Garage or at www.connellsville.org.
Be thinking about what you might want to sell as a vendor when the Farmers Market starts July 6.
Children should register now for the wonderful summer art camp classes that ArtWorks has scheduled. To find out about all of them, visit www.artworksconnellsville.org
As summer arrives, why not stop in to Connellsville's hobby shop, Hobby's n Stuff, in downtown and buy a kite, a flying model rocket, a remote control helicopter or truck, nitro or electric airplane or even a Lionel train or coin supplies. If you have any questions, call 724-628-0228.
The Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce will have lots of fun activities for kids starting at 6 p.m. July 3 before the big Keystone Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Everything will be set up on Arch Street in front of City Hall. For more information, call Ronn at 724-629-5500.
Summer Scrapbooking and Cardmaking Day will be held by Creative Memories consultant Lisa Malago on July 27 at Greater Connellsville Community Center as a fundraiser for the former high school. Included in your registration is one 6-foot table to scrapbook or make cards, a Continental breakfast with Danish, bagels, whole fruit, juice, coffee and water; also dinner, including pizza, hoagies and beverage. It will be a day-long event with workshops to learn to use new tools and new techniques, door prizes, raffles and more. Register online at Creative Memories Facebook page, or call the community center at 724-626-0300.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: June 21, East Park movie; June 21 and 22, IC Festival; June 22, Lions Bike With Buds and Miss / Mister Liberty at Community Center; June 23, Lions Square Summer Concert Nashville Past, Connellsville Police Poker Ride and Lavender Festival at Christian Klay; June 26, Father Bob photography at West Overton; June 28, “Field of Dreams” at East Park; June 29, Art on the Yough and Cait Cuneo concert at Porter Theater; June 29 and 30, Braddock's Crossing; June 30, Lions Square Summer Concert Sugar Mountain; July 3, fireworks; July 5, “Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure” at East Park; July 6, ArtWorks Summer Art Camp and Farmers Market to begin; July 7, Travelin' Road Show at Lions Square; July 10, Woodruff race; July 11-13, St. Rita Fair; July 13, South Connellsville flea market; July 13, triathlon / cornhole; and July 14, Dunbar Boys at Lions Square.
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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.