Take a step back in time. Try some exotic fare. Twist and shout. There’s truly something for everyone this weekend. (And the forecast is looking pretty good, too.)
Flax scutching is something of a lost art — everywhere but in Stahlstown, that is.
What is flax scutching, you ask? According to the Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival website, it is the process of making linen from the flax plant. Intrigued?
You can get an up close and personal look at the flax during the 112th annual festival held at Monticue’s Grove in Stahlstown Sept. 14-15. In addition to the “scutching,” there’ll be the always-popular buckwheat pancakes, entertainment and a church service. It’s worth a trip to the mountains to take a step back in time.
Come hungry to the Westmoreland County Food Truck Festival Sept. 13-14.
The third annual festival promises some old staples, like burgers and ribs, as well as exotic specialties from around the globe. And it’s all at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Mt. Pleasant Township. On the some of the unique menu(s): Zanzibar-style boneless coconut chicken, crawfish, gumbo, muffalettas, jambalaya and/or a few gator bites. It’s the perfect chance to eat your way around the world without ever really leaving home.
The West Newton Community Festival spans the bulk of this weekend — Sept. 14-15.
The annual event is centered in Vine Street Park and is open noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. There’ll be a tea party, parade, plenty of music, caricatures, children’s crafts, a puppet show and a talent show, just to name a few of the activities. There will be food, too, of course!
The Sept. 13 event will also include a plethora of food trucks, artists and vendors. Starting at 5:30 p.m., a special edition of the Downtown Greensburg Project’s Night Market is set in the Buncher Lot on Pennsylvania Avenue.
A classic car cruise highlights the final Hempfield Township summer concert at Hempfield Park.
The event will kick off Sept. 14 at 5 p.m., and performers will include Aubrey Burchell, who competed on American Idol last year, and local favorites Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers.
All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome to the car cruise. Registration is $5 and dash plaques will be available for the first 50 registered vehicles.