SECOND SATURDAY COMMUNITY MARKET: Second Saturday’s ‘Kids’ Day’ is Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 pm. at the Meadville Market House with free admission and parking. The young and young-at-heart will enjoy family entertainment and activities, with appearances by the Erie Clowns and Magic Steve, as well as live music by Lori Burke and Frank Marzano. Kids are invited to pucker up for a pickle eating contest at noon. Live reptiles by Rebel Reptile Rescue, face painting, an on-site photo booth and plenty of activity stations will keep visitors busy throughout the day. Vendors of locally-produced items and the farmers’ market will be open for business. More information: Visit fb.com/MeadvilleSSCM or call (800) 332-2338.
BOOK SIGNING AT TATTERED CORNERS: John M. Persinger, a former White House staffer, will sign copies of his political thriller, ‘The Saint Joseph Plot’ on Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tattered Corners Bookstore, 247 Chestnut St., Meadville. The book is about the final days of an election campaign in South Bend, Ind., after a Notre Dame priest is accused of assaulting the local Congressman’s daughter. The book is the first for Persinger, who worked in the West Wing of the White House and as the political attaché to the U.S. Ambassador to Australia before settling in Erie to practice law. More information: Visit johnmpersinger.com.
CANAL PARK SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: The 13th annual event is Aug. 10 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Conneaut Valley Historical Canal Park grounds, less than a mile north of Conneautville. Both parking and admission are free. This family event features music in the park gazebo, historical games for all ages, educational demonstrations of turn-of-the-century crafts, teepee tours by Boy Scout Troop 210, raffles, a silent auction and food for lunch and dinner to benefit Boy Scout Troop 210 and Canal Park.
FASHIONS OF DOWNTON ABBEY: For those who are fans of the hit show Downton Abbey, the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum has an extensive clothing collection and within it, many items from the ‘Downton Era’ of 1890 to the 1920s. This season’s summer exhibit is a fashion show of ladies and men’s clothes for all seasons throughout the mansion with special events to tie in. Exhibit hours are through Aug. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. Admission cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
A DOWNTON ABBEY SUMMER: Through Aug. 10, an exhibit on Downton Abbey is at the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum. The museum also will have a special Downton-themed raffle with an actor autographed photo, Seasons 1 through 3 of the hit show on DVD and more in a special basket that can be won. Tickets are $1 each. The winner will be drawn the last night of the exhibit on Aug. 10. More information: 333-9882.
ANTIQUE DISCOVERY DAY: Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baldwin-Reynolds House with Colleene Fesko of Antiques Roadshow. Those who have something in their attic that they’ve always wondered about have their chance to find out.
SQUARE DANCE: Every Friday, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., bring a dish to share, Wild Country Dance Hall, corner of routes 19 and 198, Saegertown. More information and fees: Ed or Jan, 282-4608 or 398-1463.
MEADVILLE VICINITY PENNWRITERS: Meets the first Saturday of every month at the Tim Hortons restaurant, 16447 Conneaut Lake Road, Vernon Township, 1 to 4 p.m. Members learn new techniques, encourage each other and share their writing and other information about the state of publishing today. The meetings are open to members of the statewide Pennwriters group; those interested in learning more may visit as a guest. More information: Call Babs Mountjoy at 332-0032.
RAILROAD SPEEDER RIDES: The Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad holds speeder rides on Aug. 10 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. departing from the Perry Street Station. Seating is limited and reservations are required. No flip-flops or sandals and no children under the age of 6. Cost is $30.
SHAKER WOODS FESTIVAL: Aug. 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25, a nationally recognized craft festival that celebrates its 31st year. Shopping, food and entertainment are featured during this six-day event. The Shaker Woods Festival, founded to honor the 18th century Shaker community, offers more than 200 craftspeople, representing artists and crafts from all across the country. Crafters demonstrate their unique skills without the use of modern conveniences — not even electricity. Three stages will also host entertainment, from bluegrass to cloggers. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Shaker Woods grounds are located at 44337 County Line Road in Columbiana, Ohio, minutes from the Pennsylvania state line. More information: Call (330) 482-0214, email email@example.com or visit shakerwoods.com.
REDISCOVERED TREASURES: WORLD WAR II QUILTS: Aug. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Conneaut High School, 381 Mill St., Conneaut, Ohio, put on by the Conneaut Quilters Guild Forty vintage World War II military and patriotic-theme quilts plus war-time memorabilia from the collection of Sue Reich of Washington Depot, Conn., will be shown as part of Conneaut’s D-Day activities. Admission is $5, which includes guided tours each day by Reich at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. More information: Visit DDayOhio.us, coveringquilthistory.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
WILD WIND FOLK ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL: Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. at the Warren (Pa.) County Fairgrounds, Route 6, Pittsfield. The 34th annual Wild Wind Folk Art & Craft Festival features 140 juried craftsmen, delectable foods, live music, bird of prey exhibit and lectures, chainsaw carving demo, children’s activities and more. Held rain or shine. Go to wildwindfestival.com for more information.
JOHN PINETTE: Presents an evening of stand-up comedy on Nov. 15 at the Warner Theatre in Erie. When describing his own standup, Pinette says ‘I talk about my life; it it the funniest thing I can think of.’ His latest comedy special ‘Still Hungry’ debuted on Comedy Central in 2011. The food-obsessed, storytelling Pinette is billed to deliver smart, original, Bill Cosby-influenced observations on everyday life. ‘Still Hungry’ is a follow-up to his successful ‘I’m Starvin’!’ and ‘Show Me the Buffet’ CDs and DVDs. Tickets: Presale through today at 10 p.m. with password of food at erieevents.com; also call (814) 452-4857.
Organizers ready to stimulate Meadville with next weekend's Thunder in the City
Started six years ago by Dave Stone, owner of Mickey’s Central Station, as an event to “increase commerce and stimulate the economy,” the annual Thunder in the City Classic Car and Motorcycle Show in Meadville has done that — and lots more.
Conneautville celebrating 200 years
Thursday was a relaxed opening day at the Conneautville Bicentennial Celebration, but things will get hopping today — literally. A frog jumping contest is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Weekend festival at Pymatuning takes you back in time
Want to party like it’s 1799? This weekend’s Pymatuning Pioneer and Art Festival on the shore of scenic Pymatuning Lake is the place to do it.
Emmy nominations: 8 snub shockers
A lot of beloved shows and stars got Emmy nominations on Thursday morning but there were definitely some snub shockers.
Once-small Townville Old Home Days now a summertime staple
Frog jumping, outhouse racing and beauty queens are just a few of the events in store for participants of what has become a Crawford County summertime tradition: Townville Old Home Days.
Custaloga Town French and Indian War Encampment set to take you back in time this weekend
Coordinators of the ninth annual Custaloga Town French and Indian War Encampment believe this year’s event will have all the historical thrill of its predecessors and more with the addition of an exciting new feature — visitation from members of the New York-based Seneca Nation of Indians.
Thurston Classic memorabilia purchases assure event remains in Meadville annually
Buying a Thurston Classic shirt or hat helps keep hot air balloons flying over Meadville at no cost to the public, according to officials of the Classic.
Regional Juried Photo Exhibit opens Friday night in Meadville
Meadville Council on the Arts' Regional Juried Photo Exhibit opens Friday the Heeschen Gallery (second floor of the Market House) and runs through May 24. The photography show features photographs from artists living with 250 miles of Meadville. The public is invited to a reception on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. when the awards will be announced.
Robo-repeat: Cochranton tops at RoboBOTS
As the final metal-grinding match of RoboBOTS 2014 sent the last sparks of battle into the plexiglass arena, Cochranton High School made history by becoming the only school to take home the first place trophy in two consecutive years.
Hunter Hayes headlines Crawford County Fair 2014 on Aug. 16
Country music performer Hunter Hayes, accompanied by guest stars, will be the first concert act to hit the stage at the Crawford County Fairgrounds on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m., as announced Friday morning by the Fair Board.
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