Connellsville's Farmers Market to open Saturday
The month of June is over, and that means it is time for Connellsville's Farmers Market. Every Saturday morning you can find fresh-picked vegetables and fruits at the PNC parking lot downtown, beside Lions Square.
Local growers, including L&K Farm Garden, Leighty Farms and Duda's, will sell a variety of delicious items. Those with a Buy Local card who are among the first to arrive get $5 in Buy Local Bucks to spend at any vendor there. At the Fayette County Cultural Trust tent, you can buy plants to plant at home, too, including fresh herbs. Anyone can set up any week and every week. The fee is just $10. It's best if you can let organizers know ahead of time that you will be there, so space can be allotted. Contact www.fayettetrust.org to do that. The Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Sept. 28.
The Woodruff Race Committee wants to remind everyone that the early registration deadline for the 31st annual 5K Run and Walk, to be held July 10, is Friday. Entries postmarked by then are $18 and can then be picked from 6 to 9 p.m. July 9 at New Haven Hose Company. The first 500 participants are guaranteed a long-sleeved T-shirt and a souvenir glass.
There are quite a few people who have collected a glass from every year. It takes dozens of volunteers to put this race together. They are a dedicated group that handles the event and makes it a stand-out night for our community. Thanks to every one of them.
July 11 is the first night of the 85th St. Rita's Festival, continuing through Saturday night. The entertainment is lined up, so you can plan now to be there. At 8 p.m., Abacus Jones (www.abacusjones.com) will perform. On July 12, Cool Breeze Entertainment will deejay throughout the evening, and at 8 p.m. July 13, the Sammy Brooks Band (www.sammybrooksband.com) will take the stage.
Last July 3, Coordinated 360 kept the music playing throughout the celebration in Connellsville. It will be back again on Wednesday evening.
“My marketing and event services company, Coordinated 360, will provide a patriotic soundtrack to this year's beautiful fireworks display,” said Matthew Dowling, owner/CEO of Coordinated 360 (Subcontracted Operator for Fayette TV). “We were honored to be asked. Coordinated 360 is also the subcontracted operator of Fayette TV (Atlantic Broadband cable channel 77 and streaming online at FayetteTV.org), and we'll be bringing the TV cameras and allowing you to be the star of a new on-air promotion.
“Together with Fayette TV's management at the Redstone Foundation, we strive to make Fayette TV a true community endeavor that involves and engages local people,” he said. “I'm looking forward to meeting new people and hearing their ideas on how we can collaborate to grow the community TV movement.”
“Connellsville is a proud little town, full of community spirit and good neighbors,” said Dave Slusarick, creative director of Coordinated 360. “Our team at Coordinated 360 and Fayette TV always feels at home when we spend time in the Connellsville area, and we're thankful for the opportunity to do business with our friends there. Being a partner again in this year's fireworks celebration and family festival is a no-brainer for us. We wouldn't miss it.”
Friday is East Park Movie Night when the Recreation Board presents “Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure,” sponsored by Faris Distributor. Bring a blanket. The concession stand will be open.
On Sunday night the free Lions Summer Concerts continue at Lions Square from 7 to 9 p.m. with Travelin' Road Show. The concession stand will be open, offering Domino's Pizza and other food, including ice cream.
Have you seen the nice new information kiosk beside Lions Square?
“The kiosk was a combined effort of the Laurel Highlands Visitor's Bureau Hotel Grant, PNC Charitable Trusts (Remmel) and Downtown Connellsville,” said Mike Edwards. “People can bring their information to be posted to Dan at ArtWorks. We are posting information from nonprofits and entertainment announcements.”
ArtWorks Summer Art Workshops will begin Saturday for kids ages 6-9 and 10-12. The classes are sponsored by PNC Foundation. Advance reservations are required at www.artworksconnellsville.org. Instructors will be Sheree Cockrell and Linda Carson, very talented and creative artists who no doubt will inspire the children.
Congratulations to Travelogics in Connellsville, celebrating its 10th anniversary! Travelogics offers friendly and personalized service and specializes in all-inclusive vacation packages. Call Lisa Forsythe at 724-628-0366 for the latest specials. She has flexible weekday and weekend hours to help you with planning a dream vacation, a destination wedding and honeymoon, a memorable family trip to Disney, a trip to an exotic location and more.
The upcoming walk at Central Fellowship Church, called “Light the Way,” will be held on July 28. Registration will begin at 7 p.m.; the walk will start at 8 p.m. at Central Fellowship Church. This is not a race; it is simply a walk through Connellsville. All proceeds from the walk will be divided between the National Foundation for Cancer Research and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“We would like to see as many people as possible participate, so we are really trying to get the word out. We would also like to get a lot of local business sponsors if possible. For a donation of $30 or more, a business can get their name on the back of the event T-shirt. We would need these donations no later than July 5th,” said Colleen Murphy. For more information, call her at 724-438-3567 (day) or 724-626-1213.
Something I forgot to mention that I saw in Riverwalk Antiques and Collectibles was the beautiful Fiesta dinnerware. A table is set to display the colorful pieces, and it is all for sale. The shop is at 308 W. Crawford Ave. and on Facebook at riverwalkpa.
The CooCoo's Nest at 1052 Morrell Ave. has terrific patriotic items. They also have brown strand with white lights twig garland, large lighted saltbox houses and more ideas than you can imagine for decorating indoors and outdoors.
In the same plaza, Pizza King offers everyday lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., including a small chef salad and breadsticks with sauce for $4.25 and a six-cut white pizza for $3.75. You can stop at Pizza King, order your lunch, shop at CooCoo's Nest while you wait, then pick it up to go! Dave's Quality Carpet and Flooring is also there in case you are looking to make home improvements. He's got a great selection, free in-home shopping and professional installers.
A 5K, 10K, 1-mile family fun run and picnic will be held at Yough Park on Aug. 24 with all proceeds benefiting Finley's RDH12 Fund for Sight foundation. The day will include the races, beautiful basket raffles, a signed Malkin Penguins hockey jersey, a delicious lunch, a bounce house, face painting, tractor rides and hair feathers and games for kids.
Uniontown's Farmers Market sets up on Main Street opposite Storey Square each Monday, beginning July 8, and opens at 4 p.m. The first 20 people who use their Buy Local card get $5 free at the Farmers Market. The vendors stay until 7 p.m., and there is a concert each week until 7:30 p.m. A different restaurant sets up next to the vendors every Monday. Keno's Hawaiian Shaved Ice serves cold treats. Monday's restaurant is Hot Diggity Dogs, and the music is the VFW Post 8543 Band. The concerts will be aired online at FayetteTV.org on the following Monday at 9 p.m. The Sammy Brooks Band will be there July 22.
A reminder that Trendy Trades has infants through teens and young adults consignments, a great selection of summer clothes, including shorts, tank tops, swimsuits, trunks, accessories and sports equipment such as baseball and soccer cleats. The store is at 297 Connell Ave. and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. You can like them on Facebook for a chance to win giveaways such as gift certificates.
Jalyn's Closing Sale continues with savings on all merchandise, including Vera Bradley. Yankee Candles tarts and votives are all two for $1, and all sizes of jars are $10. The store is at 134 N. Third St.
The Connellsville Area School District Falcon Foundation will hold its fourth annual Night Time Golf Outing on Aug. 17 at Donegal Highlands Golf Course. The cost is $65 per player. It will be a four-person scramble, nine-hole event. Registration and dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a shotgun start at 9 p.m. Every golfer will receive a door prize. If anyone is interested in playing in this year's outing, call John Ellis at 724-628-8832 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July, everyone!
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Wednesday, fireworks; Friday, “Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure” at East Park; Saturday, ArtWorks Summer Art Camp and Farmers Market begin; Sunday, Travelin' Road Show at Lions Square; July 10, Woodruff Race; July 11-13, St. Rita Fair; July 13, South Connellsville Flea Market and Triathlon/cornhole; July 14, Dunbar Boys at Lions Square; July 20, East Park Rock The Park and Disney Pixar's “UP” movie; July 21, Wally Gingers at Lions Square; and July 28, “Light The Way” Cancer Walk at Central Fellowship Church and Molinaro Band at Lions Square.
Every Wednesday and Saturday, weather permitting, Yoga at Yough Park. Each Wednesday night, weather permitting, Scott C's Cruize-In at Rock Starz.
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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.