Braddock's Crossing of Yough re-enacted
The 10th annual Braddock's Crossing will be going on Saturday and Sunday at the Balsley Pavilion area of Yough River Park. You can sign up to cross the river with the re-enactors, or you can watch from the banks of the Youghiogheny. Either way, it is interesting to imagine being back in that time period, in the mid 1700s, in Connellsville. The Connellsville Area Historical Society members work hard to present this event. There are campsites set up with people dressed in the garments of that time, with demonstrations, games and music. If you would like to volunteer, helpers are needed. Please call Karen Hechler at 724-628- 5640. Food will also be sold. On Saturday, the opening ceremony is at 11 a.m. Activities continue until 5 p.m. At dusk on Saturday, there will be Indian stories and legends told around the campfire at Crawford's Cabin. On Sunday, the activities will begin at noon and end at 5 p.m. River Crossings will take place both days at 1 p.m. The River Crossing is held under the direction of New Haven Hose Company.
Art On The Yough will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with Braddock's Crossing. There will be artisans, including Linda Carson's beautiful bead creations, a children's craft area, refreshments and music, including the Del Sols on the Yough Park stage 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the sixth year that Fayette County Cultural Trust will hold this unique event.
Saturday night is the Cait Cuneo concert at Edwin S. Porter Theater in the Community Center. Organizers are urging you to buy your tickets now. They don't want to have to turn people away in the event of a sellout. Cait will have her entire band with her. This is a show that everyone will enjoy. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students — a good price to see a great performance. Tickets are available at Atkins Music Center and ArtWorks.
Sunday night, the Sugar Mountain Band will appear at Lions Square, 7-9 p.m. The concert is free. Refreshments will be sold by Lions members at their concession stand. If you have any eyeglasses that you don't need, please bring them along to donate to the Lions efforts for the blind. Next Sunday's band is Travelin' Road Show.
Friday night is a free movie night at East Park. “Field Of Dreams,” sponsored by Hutch's Tap Room, will be shown. The refreshment stand will be open. July 5 is “Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure,” sponsored by Faris Distributor. Bring a blanket and join the fun.
Now that summer has arrived, plan to take a walk around town to visit some of the local businesses. T & A House Of Treasures has opened the downstairs and has bait and tackle for sale, as well as complete archery supplies and an indoor archery range for girls, boys and adults to enjoy. Hobbys N' Stuff has easy replacement mechanisms for your favorite battery-operated clock, so don't throw it out if you think it can't be fixed because it probably can! Pat's Bridal has beautiful dresses for all occasions. ArtWorks has outstanding creations by local artists. Be sure to stop there with any out-of-town visitors. Salvatore's Sewing Center has a great selection of fabric. Blushie Boutique has been getting in new merchandise almost daily. Atkin's Music Center sells guitars and other instruments; doesn't the new awning look great? There are quite a few special businesses on both sides of the bridge. I can't mention them all now.
The West Side has La Boheme with beautiful gift ideas. West Side Jewelry and the Boutique upstairs have so many beautiful items, you just have to stop in. And talk about too many to believe, a visit to Riverwalk Antiques and Collectibles will leave you in awe of the selection there. A lady from Maryland was shopping and buying when I stopped in. There are antique toys, trains and games, including vintage games from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, such as LeMans, Captain Gallant, Alfred Hitchcock Presents “WHY,” old electronic games such as a pinball machine, hockey, baseball, race car and other tabletop favorites. There are also Andy Warhol vintage ladies canvas totes in designs such as the Warhol self-portrait and the Campbell Soup Cans, but sorry, the Elvis design has left the building. The store is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Peanut's Pizza has extended summer hours. Don't forget to try the Dunbar Wings. They have pizza by the slice, and that's a popular choice for trail riders. Right now, they have an all-day pickup special — a large plain pizza and 10 wings of the same flavor for $14.99.
There are more businesses and restaurants to explore around town, too. I'll remind you of others in upcoming weeks.
Don't forget to go to Scott C's Auto Sales “Cruize In” every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rock Starz. You'll see some great custom and antique cars, trucks and bikes.
The Connellsville Area High School Class of 1968 Reunion Committee is actively seeking the following members who are missing from its address list: J. William Basinger, Linda M. Clark, Charles Clement, Linda Franko, James Lint, June Martin, Sheran Martin, James McCormick, Ronald McLean, Tim Miller, Barbara Rosendale Mulroy, Linda Shank Fogle, John Thomas Snoody, Carol Snyder Gemas, Robert Snyder, Shirley Snyder Soisson McLaughlin, Larry Upton, Paul Williams and Mary Yurchak Evans. If you have contact or other information about these class members, call Cathy (Keffer) Thomas at 724-439-5829 or Lynne E. (White) Ritenour at 724-277-0352 as soon as possible. The reunion will be held in the Connellsville area the first weekend of October.
The 31st annual John Woodruff 5K Run/Walk race is 7 p.m. July 10 at Falcon Stadium. There is a Kids Fun Run at 6 p.m. for 9 years and under. This 2013 race benefits the 25th annual Woodruff Scholarship award to a female and a male CAHS graduate. This year's scholarship winners are Lauren Harvey and Matthew Cramer. Congratulations to them.
Daniel Cocks and Judy Keller painted the light poles between Arch Street and Pittsburgh Street. They look great, very shiny! Believe in Connellsville has been placing marble chips around the trees between Arch and Pittsburgh streets.
Donnie Ringer, president of the South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Company, wants to remind residents that the 2013 fundraising letters will be mailed out at the beginning of July. He asks that when you see the envelope to please consider a donation of any amount which helps with bills and new equipment. It is a sincere request, and SCVFC members will greatly appreciate residents taking time to read it and consider donating. I know that this is a very dedicated group, and they are an important part of the South Connellsville community and beyond.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: 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, 30, Braddock's Crossing; June 30, Lions Square Summer Concert Sugar Mountain; July 3, fireworks; July 5, “Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure” at East Park; July 6, ArtWorks Summer Art Camp and Farmers Market 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; July 14, Dunbar Boys at Lions Square.
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Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.