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Mt. Pleasant's bright future reflects in Glass & Ethnic Festival

| Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, 3:24 p.m.

A woman approached a man and asked him what was new. This happens a lot to Jeff Landy.

It's not what you think.

"I was at the bank downtown and she just walked up to me," Landy said, recalling the interaction.

"She got right to it. 'Hey, I can't wait for the festival. What's new?'"

As anybody who has met Landy might suspect, his response was for the woman to " check the schedule ."

"Of course," Landy said, laughing, "then she asked me for some hints."

None were given.

To find out what is new at the Mt. Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival , the women, men and children of Western Pennsylvania will have to see for themselves. But in its 31st incarnation, the festival really hasn't changed what it does best: stay fresh.

"That's the point of the festival, "Landy said. "I'm proud that it always has something new to help people make memories."

Those memories will be awaiting people at Washington and Diamond streets from Sept. 22-24.

And while, indeed, there will be glass-making demonstrations, the Glass & Ethnic Festival offers much more than a tipping of the cap to Mt. Pleasant's celebrated history .

Landy, one of the festival's founders and now serving Mt. Pleasant as borough manager will spend the three days and nights informally gauging visitors' likes and wishes for next year. Though admission to it is free, the Glass & Ethnic Festival is intended to make people feel as though they were given a bang for their bucks.

Music lovers will never want to leave the festivals Gazebo State. Day 1 features the Andy Davis Band then Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors . Day 2 brings Beatlemania Magic followed by the Crystal Blue Band (formerly Tommy James and the Shondells). Day 3 will provide hour-long tribute performances of songs by Paul McCartney, David Bowie and the Bee Gees.

Each evening includes an illumination launch, and the festival's final day will be accompanied by a closing fireworks display. Throw in an embarrassment of riches from over 120 vendors, and what more could anybody ask? Oh, right... food.

Well, the Mt. Pleasant Glass & Festival always satisfies the most curious of connoisseurs, even those with the pickiest of palettes.

"Every year, we have people visiting just to get some of the same great food from years past, " Landy said. "Their shopping lists keep getting bigger because the new items are always so good. "

The Glass & Ethnic Festival does provide a showcase for a revitalized Mt. Pleasant community. Attractions include the largest veteran's wall outside of Washington, D.C. , unique Doughboy statue and those breathtaking views of the Laurel Highlands .

Three days almost don't seem like enough to get in everything the Glass & Ethnic Festival offers. But that's nothing new.

It's the same old "problem" for Westmoreland County's biggest autumn bash.

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