5 things to do in Westmoreland this weekend: Sept. 27-29 | TribLIVE.com

5 things to do in Westmoreland this weekend: Sept. 27-29

Mary Pickels
Tribune-Review file
Chris Bell of Mount Pleasant, an assistant cutter with the local O’Rourke Glass and Crystal studio, uses a rotating stone wheel to etch deep cuts and create a decorative pattern in a bowl intended to hold a floral centerpiece. Bell demonstrated his skills Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, at the Mount Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival in Mount Pleasant Borough.

It looks to be a fabulous fall weekend, and early leaf peeping, long hikes in the cooler temperatures and grilling dinner or assembling s’mores around the bonfire might be in order. And, of course, if it’s autumn in Westmoreland County, festivals and outdoor markets are getting ready for their last hurrahs. Music, lots of music, is in the air as well.

Mt. Pleasant’s time to sparkle

Established in 1986, the Mt. Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival will celebrate the borough’s glass history Sept. 27-29.

Visitors can enjoy demonstrations by professional glass cutters, three stages of performing acts, along with strolling musicians.

Food and vendor booths will line Washington and Diamond streets and the gazebo area. Musical performances range from polka to rock, and activities include Wide World of Animals, a Kidsfest and queen pageant.

The festival parade kicks off on Main Street at 2 p.m. Saturday with parade marshal Col. Bill Lozier of the American Legion Post 446.

Weather permitting, lanterns will be launched each evening, and the festival will conclude with fireworks at 7:20 p.m. Sunday.

Details: mtpleasantglassandethnicfestival.com

Market wrapping up season

Ligonier Country Market will draw to a close for the season on Sept. 28.

Special features this week include singer-songwriter Cathy Jane, a western Pennsylvania native.

Jane returns to the market for a third time, blending a love of American folk and early country with soothing vocals, raw guitar and percussion using a suitcase kick drum. She will perform songs from her EP “Back Home,” along with new originals that will be released on her upcoming album, according to market officials.

The Hollow Tree Players will share with visitors details about their upcoming fall play, celebrating 50 years of performances.

And, an activity children await all season, it will be time to paint the pumpkins market visitors watched grow in the Children’s Garden this year.

Details: 724-858-7894 or ligoniercountrymarket.com

Season draws to a close

The Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society Inc. will host its final open-air market of the 2019 season on Sept. 28.

A variety of artisans and vendors will be set up at the Penn Township site, and visitors are encouraged to visit the grounds of the battlefield, site of a historic 1763 battle between British and Native American forces.

The final market day will feature a special section dedicated to used books and vendors limited to selling reading material, planners say. The battlefield gate will open at the usual time of 7 a.m. for vendors and 8 a.m. for guests. The market will conclude at noon.

Limited food items will be sold through the concession stand, and visitors can enjoy free coffee and tea.

The visitor center will be open for regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with regular admission fee.

Details: 724-527-5584 or bushyrunbattlefield.com

Tribute concerts abound

Irwin’s Lamp Theatre has tribute acts performing Sept. 27 and Sept. 28.

At 8 p.m. Friday, The Petty Breakers, who pay tribute to the late Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers, will perform.

The Southern California band is expected to give the audience the “sights, sounds and concert experience of a Tom Petty concert,” according to the theater website.

Those attending can anticipate hearing Petty’s classics, including “American Girl,” “Break Down,” “Free Fallin’” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” “Refugee” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream.”

The Linda Ronstadt Experience will showcase hits including “You’re No Good,” “When Will I Be Loved,” “That’ll be the Day,” “Blue Bayou” and more. That show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The group teams with two young Nashville talents, fronted by vocalist Tristan McIntosh.

A then-15-year-old McIntosh earned a ticket to the 2016 season of “American Idol” by auditioning with the Mickey Guyton song “Why Baby Why,” and finished in the Top 6.

Details: 724-367-4000 or lamptheater.org

Gather together

Various churches from across Westmoreland County will gather to worship God as one church at The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg, at 7 p.m. Sept. 27.

The event will include musicians and worship leaders blending together from a number of area churches, including Calvary Church, Word of Life Church, Community Church and Greensburg Alliance Church.

While admission is free, those attending are asked to bring a canned good to donate to the Westmoreland County Food Bank to help meets its efforts to serve the region’s disadvantaged families each month.

Details: 724-836-8000 or thepalacetheatre.org

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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