SALMON FRANK: Oct. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m., Sprague Farm and Brew Works, Venango; Oct. 12 from 3 to 6 p.m., Lago Winery, Jamestown; Oct. 16 from 8 to 11 p.m., WXCS Radio Open Mike and Jam Session, The Villa Tavern, Cambridge Springs.
ERIE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: In the first concert performance of its 100th anniversary season, the Erie Philharmonic presents a Pops program as part of the Friends of Music Concert series on Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Edinboro University’s Louis C. Cole Auditorium, Memorial Hall. Conducted by Daniel Meyer, the orchestra’s music director, the concert will include performances of Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, a suite from ‘Carmen’ by Georges Bizet, Cole Porter’s ‘Begin the Beguine,’ selections from ‘West Side Story’ by Leonard Bernstein and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov ‘Capriccio espagnol.’ In addition, John William’s ‘Escapades’ from ‘Catch Me if You Can’ will be performed featuring a saxophone solo from Dr. Patrick Jones, assistant professor in Edinboro’s Music Department. The concert is free and open to the public.
BLUEGRASS AND ARTS FESTIVAL: The third annual festival is Oct. 11 at Elizabeth’s Restaurant in Conneaut Lake Park. Artisans and bluegrass bands are needed for this event. Proceeds will benefit Hospice House of Crawford County. Donations are being accepted for the auction. More information: Call (814) 853-5833, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ConneautLake.com.
MARCHING BAND SHOW: The 22nd annual Fall Classic Marching Band Show is Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at Bender Field/Barco-Duratz Athletic Complex. The rain location is the Meadville Area Senior High School gym. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors and childnre under 5 are free. Participating high schools include Cambridge Springs, Conneaut, Ft. LeBoeuf, James A. Garfield (Garrettsville, Ohio), Maplewood, Meadville, Oil City and Titusville.
LIMITED EDITION: A premier Ohio bluegrass gospel band, Limited Edition, will put on a free concert at High Street Community Church, Conneaut Lake, on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. No tickets are needed but a love offering will be taken and a donation of two canned goods to help support the Samaritan's Group of Conneaut Lake will be accepted. The band has performed at various venues in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The sounds of Dan Garrett, lead singer, musician and songwriter, and his group is part of a concert series promoted by the Church to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through the love of music.
FRENCH CREEK BRASS: First Presbyterian Church of Meadville has named the French Creek Brass its artists-in-residence for the 2013-14 season. This quintet of players comprises Jennifer Dearden and Daniel Honeycutt of Meadville, trumpets; Ken Russo of Pittsburgh, horn; Ronald Stitt of Edinboro, trombone; and Gary Viebranz of Erie, tuba. This quintet will provide special music on several Sundays throughout the church year. Its first appearance will be Oct. 20 at the 11 a.m. worship, with music by Jeremy Bankson, John Cheetham, and Percy Grainger. More information: Contact Kevin Dill at 333-2161 or email@example.com.
FREE JAM: Every Thursday, 7 to 10 p.m. for anyone looking to play, sing, dance or just sit back and watch, at Wild Country Dance Hall, corner of routes 19 and 198, Saegertown. More information: Ed or Jan, 282-4608 or 398-1463.
RED DUST MOUNTAIN BOYS: Two Roses & Two Thorns presents The Red Dust Mountain Boys performing a two-hour country and bluegrass concert on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of Juniper Village of the Shenango Inn, 1330 Kimberly Road, Sharon. More information: Call Larry at (724) 456-2571 or John at (724) 866-4666.
ELTON JOHN: Nov. 18 at Erie Insurance Arena. Tickets on sale Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Erie Insurance Arena box office, erieevents.com or by calling (814) 452-4857.
GROVE CITY COLLEGE ORCHESTRA: Performing its fall concert on Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pew Fine Arts Center at the Ketler Auditorium on campus. The College Orchestra is conducted by Instructor of Music and Fine Arts Jeffrey Tedford. The concert will begin with the Chamber Orchestra performing several movements from Beethoven’s ‘Fifth Symphony.’ After a brief intermission, the College Orchestra will perform three works: Dvorak’s ‘Carnival Overture,’ the fourth movement of Sibelius’ ‘Symphony No. 2,’ and the ‘Theme from Superman’ by John Williams. The concert is free and open to the public along with parking. More information: Call (724) 458-2084.
MERCER COUNTY CHAMBER PLAYERS: Announce their fall concert on Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. in the Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel at the society’s headquarters in Mercer. The MCHS Chamber Players are led by Richard Konzen, who also plays piano and organ. After the program, a cookie and punch reception will occur in the social hall of the chapel. The program is free and open to the public. More information: Call (724) 662-3490.
SOPRANO LAYLA CLAIRE: Thiel College presents world-renowned soprano Layla Claire in concert on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the David Johnson Memorial Chapel. This event is free and open to the public. Claire is a regular soloist with the world’s leading orchestras. In recital, she has appeared at Weill Hall/Carnegie Hall, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and as a featured artist in the Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series. More information: Call (724) 589-2240 or visit thiel.edu/about/con-spirito-concert-series.
RASCAL FLATTS: With special guests The Band Perry and the winner of The Voice season 3, Cassadee Pope on Oct. 17 at Erie Insurance Arena. Tickets: Visit ticketmaster.com or the venue box office; or call (800) 745-3000.
EDINBORO CONCERT SERIES: The fall 2013 semester’s First Friday Concert Series is free to Edinboro University students. There is a fee for all others. The following is the schedule for the concert series: Nov. 1, Erik Mann (guitar); and Dec. 6, Music Major Student Showcase. Concerts begin at 12:15 p.m. in the William P. Alexander Music Center Recital Hall. More information: Visit edinboro.edu/departments/music/first-friday-concerts.dot.
CHURCH MUSIC JAM: A free, open-to-the-public country, gospel and bluegrass music jam is the first Saturday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. at the New Apostolic Church in Greenville across from The Medicine Shoppe. No drugs, alcohol or smoking is allowed. All are invited to enjoy and/or to bring their instruments and play.
PATRIZIO BUANNE: Monday Musical Club presents International singing star and Italian crooner Patrizio Buanne, who plays Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Stambaugh Auditorium Concert Hall stage in Youngstown. Buanne, who has sold more than 1 million albums worldwide, is taking America by storm with his seductive Julio Iglesias meets Dean Martin mixture of ballads and bravado. He dances, plays instruments and sings in English. He’s also dropped two triple-platinum CDs, performed for Pope John Paul II, anchored his own PBS special and garnered a boatload of followers throughout northeast Ohio. Tickets: Available at mondaymusical.com or by calling the office at (330) 743-2717.
CONCERT BAND OF NWPA: The Concert Band of Northwest Pennsylvania concludes its 2013 fall season in with ‘A Concert in the Broadway Mode’ on Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. at the H. O. Hirt Auditorium at Blasco Memorial Library on the Bayfront Parkway. The concert is free to the public and no reservations are needed. Donations to the band are always welcome. More information: Call (814) 734-4389.
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED: Formed by original members of the iconic rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, the band performs on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. Tickets may be purchased by calling (330) 259-0555 or by visiting stambaughauditorium.com.
ZAC BROWN BAND: Permoing Dec. 13 at Erie Insurance Arena with special guests Dugas & AJ Ghent. Tickets: Visit the Erie Insurance Arena box office or call (814) 452-4857.
JAY Z: Jan. 8 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland; Jan. 21 at CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh; Jan. 30 at First Niagara Center, Buffalo, N.Y.; and Jan. 31 at Bryce Jordan Center, State College. Tickets at livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or (800) 745-3000.
PEARL JAM: CONSOL Energy Center on Oct. 11. Tickets: livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or (800) 745-3000.
DRAKE: CONSOL Energy Center on Oct. 18. Tickets: livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or (800) 745-3000.
JOSH GROBAN: Nov. 2 at CONSOL Energy Center. Tickets: livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or (800) 745-3000.
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA: Dec. 7 at 3 and 8 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center, performing ‘The Lost Christmas Eve.’ A portion of the proceeds from every ticket benefit Dollar Energy Fund and WQED programming and community services. Tickets: livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or (800) 745-3000.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: The 20/20 Experience World Tour at CONSOL Energy Center on Dec. 14. Tickets: livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or (800) 745-3000.
Friday's Light Up Night Meadville officially kicks off Christmas season
It’s once again time to welcome the holiday season to downtown Meadville with community spirit, excitement and fun.
Turkeys are funny-looking and tasty, but can they fly?
Turkeys are an ungainly mess of a bird. Their bodies appear too big for their scrawny legs, and they are pocked with all manner of bizarre anatomical structures, including snoods (fleshy bumps on their foreheads) and a dewlap (that distinctive flappy wattle under its neck). But amazingly, the bird - at least in its wild form - can fly.
Fellowship, fun and blessing of the crèche planned for Sunday Light-up Night in Conneautville
Conneautville’s annual Light-up Night and blessing of the crèche is Sunday at 6 p.m. in the borough on Main Street across from the library.
Conneaut Area Senior High School students offer holiday dinner to residents of Conneaut School District
A community dinner that’s open to individuals from the Conneaut School District area is Dec. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Conneaut Area Senior High School cafeteria.
A short course on the history of Thanksgiving foods
Ask the people around the table on Thursday about the history of Thanksgiving, and most will say something about the Pilgrims.
Historical society offers holiday sale and open house
A Christmas open house with inventory reduction sale is Nov. 30, Shop Local Day, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society Museum, 150 N. Third St., Conneaut Lake.
Benefit book sale set for library Saturday
The Cochranton Area Public Library used book sale is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday is $3 bag day with bags provided by the library.
VIDEO: Holiday travel costs down this year
Traveling this Thanksgiving? Prepare to be stuffed along the way. Forty-three million people are expected to make the annual pilgrimage to the dinner table. Travel experts say costs are down this year and volume is expected to be high.
Old-school toys dominate holiday lists
There are two requests Don Mahoney, otherwise known as Santa Claus, keeps getting day after day: Barbies and Legos.
ARTS: Here's your listing for area exhibits and more for the week starting Nov. 21
ART SHOW: Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church in Conneaut Lake hosts its second annual art show on Nov. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. More than 25 artists and crafters from the parish are featured. The show includes a wine reception and music. The public is invited. The show will remain in plae on Nov. 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for additional viewing.
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