FEZZIWIG’S CHRISTMAS PARTY: Mr. Fezziwig’s annual Christmas Party on Nov. 29 and 30 at the Baldwin-Reynolds House features a full dinner, music and everyone from Scrooge to Bob Cratchit in attendance. Cost for this event is $25 per person with reservations required. More information or for reservations: Call 333-9882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DESANTIS BOOK SIGNING: Meadville author and Tribune columnist Gary DeSantis will be at Tattered Corners, 247 Chestnut St., Meadville, on Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m. for a book signing of his novel ‘The Sixth Floor.’ Special FBI Agent Peter Rinella is assigned by direct order of J. Edgar Hoover to investigate any conspiracies made on the life of the president of the United States. During a routine investigation, Peter stumbles onto one of the most heinous plots in the history of the United States of America. Plagued by a personal life in turmoil, Peter must cope with his inner struggles while unknowingly becoming a key player in one of the most historic events the country has ever faced. Racing against the clock on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas; Peter Rinella is standing on the precipice of history. There, on the 6th floor of the Texas Book Repository, Peter will face his demons and history will be written; and Peter’s place within it sealed. DeSantis is a 1970 graduate of Allegheny College, with a bachelor of arts in history.
SPRINGIRTH BOOK SINGING: The history of the regional railroad systems is celebrated on Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when Tom’s Train Terminal, 940 Park Ave., at Shops @TheBank, hosts a book signing event by local author Ken Springirth. Springirth is the author of 20 books on railroads and trolley car systems, including his latest book, ‘Erie to Cleveland by Trolley.’ This book is a photographic essay covering the systems from Meadville to Erie, Buffalo and Cleveland. This is the third year Springirth has visited Meadville for a book signing. Remembering the Erie Lackawanna Railroad and Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad are some of his recent books that will also be available at the book signing event. The author has agreed to be a ‘Meter Feeder’ for anyone who purchases a book from him at Tom’s Train Terminal that day.
COCHRANTON MUSIC BOOSTERS AUCTION: The Cochranton Cardinal Music Boosters host the seventh annual community auction on Dec. 7 at Cochranton Community Church. Preview and food sales begin at 4 p.m., followed by the auction at 6. Items to be auctioned off include Dec. 16 Pittsburgh Penguins tickets, a wooden carved eagle statue, movie passes and more. The winner of the beef/cash raffle sale will also be announced. All proceeds benefit the Cochranton Cardinal Music Boosters.
BALDWIN-REYNOLDS HOUSE 50TH ANNIVERSARY: The Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum officially turns 50 on Dec. 27. The museum will hold a formal reception to celebrate as Ellie Davies shares her memories of John and Katherine Reynolds from when the museum was still a private residence. Social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the program following. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance. Major sponsors for the museum’s 50th anniversary season receive complementary tickets. More information: Call 333-9882 or email email@example.com.
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.
EDINBORO FILM SERIES: The fall 2013 semester’s Edinboro Film Series is free to Edinboro University students. There is a fee for all others. The following is the schedule: Nov. 21, ‘Waltz with Bashir’ (2008); and Dec. 5, ‘Broken’ (2013). All screenings start at 8:30 p.m. in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center’s Scot Cinema. More information: Visit aux.edinboro.edu/filmseries.
LIGHT UP NIGHT: Nov. 23 marks the official beginning of the holiday season in Franklin, which celebrates its annual Light Up Night starting with an early visit from Santa from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Barrow-Civic Theatre. Jones Party Magic will be on 12th Street for the kids at 4:30, and The Franklin High School Black Knight marching band will perform the pre-parade show at 5 on Liberty Street. The Electric Lights Parade begins at 6. The Franklin library will also host events. Thousands of colorful lights and other creative materials are used by local schools, service groups, churches, businesses and community organizations to create impressive holiday floats. Following the parade, the Franklin High School Madrigal Singers share their gifts of music and song leading up to the countdown for Light Up, which includes the fireworks extravaganza launched from Fountain Park. Information: Call (814) 437-1619 or visit franklinpa.gov.
HURRY HILL FARM MAPLE MUSEUM: It will be open each Sunday afternoon until the end of November. Located at 11380 Fry Road, a couple of miles north of Route 6N in Edinboro, the museum features educational exhibits with maple sap producing tools, maple syrup related antiques, actual sections of maple trees and illustrated American Indian lore about syrup production. Members of the Edinboro Area Historical Society will offer maple sundaes for sale, a treat that gives visitors to chance to taste pure maple syrup made at Hurry Hill Farm. Hurry Hill Farm Maple Museum is northwest Pennsylvania’s only museum dedicated to preserving and interpreting the art and craft of making pure maple syrup and related products.
EDINBORO UNIVERSITY PLANETARIUM: The planetarium’s upcoming Christmas shows are Dec. 3 and 10 at 7 and 8:30 p.m. each day at 161 Cooper Science Hall on campus. More information: Call (814) 732-2493, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit edinboro.edu and search ‘Planetarium.’
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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