Lions Square Summer Concert Series will conclude Sunday
Sunday will be the grand finale of a very successful Lions Square Summer Concert Series. The Del Sols will play at the gazebo, starting at 4:30 p.m. You can relax and listen to classic rock, a few country favorites and other selections while you enjoy a late summer afternoon.
At 7 p.m., Harold Betters will close out the season as he always does, playing all the great music you love to hear from his trombone and interacting with friends in the audience.
As always, both concerts are presented at no charge by Connellsville Lions and the many area sponsors who contribute to make these weekly shows possible. When you see them, tell them thanks. Refreshments will be sold. Don't forget to bring your chair, your friends and a nonperishable food item to be donated Connellsville Area Community Ministries.
• Isn't it great to live in a trail, river and railroad town? We can hear the trains every day. People in many communities don't have that. The river is busy and alive with activity, and the trail is awesome. I see bicyclists all over town now — restaurants, grocery and hardware stores, Bike's Unlimited and at the Farmers Market. We are very lucky to live in Connellsville where good things are happening.
• The Farmers Market will be going on for three more Saturdays. From 8 a.m. to noon, a variety of vendors have a terrific array of items. It is held in the PNC bank parking lot on Crawford Avenue.
• Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church, 327 Laurel Hill Road in Dunbar Township invites everyone to its flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be lots of items and the kitchen will be open. Proceeds will benefit the Laurel Hill Cemetery.
• The Care and Share Boutique at Connellsville Area Community Ministries will hold a stuff-a-bag sale now through Saturday. Customers are given a bag and can stuff it full for only $1.
• Spaces are still available for food and craft vendors for the fifth annual Mum Festival to be held on Sept. 6. Forms are available at www.downtownconnellsville.org. The 50th anniversary Mustang parade, which is sponsored by Davies Ford, will set out from the South Side at 9 that morning.
• A great time was had by the attendees of the second Savor the Avenue, sponsored by the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce. An amazing dessert buffet was presented in the Connellsville Canteen where the theme was Hawaiian inspired and included caramel sea salt truffles, coconut cake, palm tree sugar cookies, passion fruit gelee, iced Kona coffee and so much more. The dessert buffet was made possible through a donation by the Downtown Connellsville Initiative of the Fayette County Cultural Trust. Planning is already underway for Savor the Avenue number three.
• The Connellsville Canteen will now be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The train display will continue to be open on Saturdays only. New memorabilia continues to be donated to the Canteen collection, so there is always something new to see. Most recently the Betters family donated pictures from Harold. Last week the Canteen hosted the Class of 1957 for its 57th anniversary celebration. Please call Dan at 724-320-6392 if you are interested in renting the facility for an event.
• Connellsville Canteen presents a lecture series featuring Jeff Monahan from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 9. The presentation is free and includes a light dinner. Jeff Monahan, a professional actor, screenwriter, producer and director, will talk about the role the arts play in shaping society and will discuss how you can unleash your artistic side in whatever art form you choose. If you are interested in attending this free program, register at either the Connellsville Canteen or ArtWorks Connellsville. For more information about upcoming shows and the lecture series, visit www.connellsvillecanteen.org.
• Gayle Music Festival is a one-day music festival dedicated to Gayle Cuneo's 35 years of music education. The concert will be held Sept. 20 at East Park and will feature Cait Cuneo, Harold Betters, The Lay Jains, Fungus and Red Lion Reggae. Tickets are available at Atkins Music Center, Artworks Connellsville and Lynn's Pub & Grille. Find more information at www.gaylemusicfest.com
• This came from Phyllis Kovall: “Thank-you to all our family and friends from Connellsville and areas around us that came out to support, participate and enjoy our event for Finley, helping us fight to save her vision. We are thrilled to say that with your help we were able to raise $16,000 for our foundation!”
• The Connellsville Armory at 701 Petersburg Road will hold a Red Cross blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13. Giving blood helps save lives. Please call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) to schedule your appointment.
• Bring It Fitness invites you to check out the new fall class schedule at www.bringit-fitness.com.
• Another summer is winding down, but in Connellsville there will still be lots to do into the fall and winter, so keep reading and sending your event information and remember to drive carefully and patiently. The kids are at school bus stops again.
Mark your calendars for these dates: Wednesday, West Overton Museum artist Guglielmo Botter, music by Gene McFadden; Sunday, Lions Square finale with The Del Sols followed by Harold Betters, CAHS Band, JROTC and four chorus members appear at Pirates game; Sept. 6, Downtown Connellsville Mum Festival and Mustang Parade; Sept. 9, Jeff Monahan at Connellsville Canteen; Sept. 11, Davies Ford charity golf outing; Sept. 13, Red Cross Blood Drive at Armory; Sept. 14, CAHS Band mini golf tournament; Sept. 20, Gayle Music Fest; and Sept. 24, Susan Zylka at West Overton, music by Gene McFadden. The Farmers Market is held each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Yoga class is held at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at Yough River Park.
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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.