5 things to do in Westmoreland: Nov. 8-10 | TribLIVE.com

5 things to do in Westmoreland: Nov. 8-10

Shirley McMarlin
Courtesy of Neon Swing X-perience
Jingle bell rock along with Neon Swing X-perience, as the popular Pittsburgh-based swing band releases its new “O Howly Night” Christmas album Nov. 9 at Four Seasons Brewing Co. in Latrobe.

With Election Day in the rear-view mirror, it’s a good time to cast off the weight of the world (or at least, the weight of local politics) and find something fun to do.

Here are a few events promising a good time this weekend in Westmoreland County:

Step back in time

The soft glow of candles and lanterns, along with costumed re-enactors, will greet guests at a Candlelight Open House from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Historic Hanna’s Town in Hempfield. Westmoreland Historical Society will kick off the holiday season by offering All Saints Brewery beer, wassail and savory snacks in the tavern, along with tea, gingerbread and pound cake with private-label jams and jellies in the gift shop. Browse the shop for unique gift items, educational toys and books on local and American history for both children and adults.

Details: 724-836-1800 or westmorelandhistory.org

Step back in time at the Nov. 8 Candlelight Open House at Historic Hanna's Town in Hempfield.

A good laugh

When “Blue Collar” comedian Bill Engvall hits The Palace Theatre stage Friday night, he says he’ll be trying something new. Instead of his regular guy’s-eye view, he’s going to be looking at things from his wife’s perspective. “She has a tough gig. She’s like the one in the tornado, making sure the farmhouse doesn’t blow away,” he recently told the Tribune-Review. But not to worry, his Greensburg shows at 6 and 9 p.m. also will include some fan-favorite routines, like the classic “Here’s Your Sign.”

Details: 724-836-8000 or thepalacetheatre.org

For those about to rock …

Take in “Back in Black: The True AC/DC Experience” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lamp Theatre in Irwin. You’ll be thunderstruck and shakin’ all night long as you ride this rock ‘n roll train. The Texas-based band says its show ranks above other AC/DC tributes because it covers both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras. In fact, Back in Black vocalist Darren Caperna actually auditioned for the real AC/DC in 2016.

Details: 724-367-4000 or lamptheatre.org

‘O Howly Night’

Get into the swing of the holiday season as Neon Swing X-perience releases a new Christmas album at 8 p.m. Saturday at Four Seasons Brewing Co. in Latrobe. The joint will be jumpin’ to songs featured on “O Howly Night,” along with other NSX horn-infused, big-band favorites. The new album will be on sale, with proceeds going to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. The price is “pay what you want,” but the band suggests a $5 minimum. Don’t forget to dress for the ugly Christmas sweater contest.

Details: neonswing.com

Neon Swing X-perience will release its Christmas album, "O Howly Night," on Nov. 9 at Four Seasons Brewing Co. in Latrobe.

Musical salute to veterans

The Jeannette Community Band will perform its annual free Veterans Day concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at its home base, American Legion Post 344 in Jeannette. Local veterans will be recognized during the program of rousing patriotic numbers, marches and other classics. Founded in 1988, the ensemble comprises musicians of all ages, from teens to nonagenarians. The band is proud to never have charged for a concert, instead supporting its mission with donations, sponsorships and 50-50 drawings.

Details: jcbweb.com

Jeannette Community Band's annual free Veterans Day concert is Nov. 10 in the Jeannette American Legion.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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