In between enjoying the balloons coming and going at Robertson Athletic Complex for the Thurston Classic, there are plenty of special events set for here and across the region for Father’s Day weekend.
ANNUAL FLY-IN: Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Port Meadville Airport. Airplane and helicopter rides available. Breakfast and lunch available from Pampered Palate. Also, balloons from Clown City Clowns, Bean Hill Flyers model airplanes, lots of pilots to talk to about flying and plenty of airplanes to see up close.
MEADVILLE MARKET HOUSE: New works by Arts for Everyone artists now on exhibit at the gallery located on the first floor of the historic Meadville Market House. Selections include works by the more than 20 A4E participating artists, including hand-spun weavings of Judy Hanninen, crystal glass sculptures by Becky Schellhaas, and the most recent creations by Carolyn Nowack and Cheree Frizzell. Also included are works by the newest A4E artists Karen Hoagland and Donna Donofrio.
MEADVILLE FINE ARTS: Exhibit of new watercolor paintings by Cathy Acker of Saegertown on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 242 Chestnut St.
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BLUES FESTIVAL: Two local bands and plenty of local wine on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at Conneaut Cellars Winery, 12005 Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake.
n More Information: Call 382-3999 or visit ccw-wine.com.
ANTIQUE EQUIPMENT CLUB SUMMER SHOW: Admission is free to the event, which is Friday through Sunday at Cochranton Fairgrounds. The event includes a flea market, crafts, tractor pulls, kiddie and adult pedal pulls, exhibits, classic cars and trucks, garden tractor games and refreshments. There’s also music by the Slim Brothers on Saturday, church services on Sunday and a Cochranton Food Kitchen canned goods dropoff.
n More information: Call Ron at (814) 432-5868 or Bev at 425-7517.
FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR ENCAMPMENT: Relive the days of yore on the Pennsylvania frontier at the Eighth Annual Custaloga Town French and Indian War Encampment on Saturday and Sunday at 7 Boy Scout Lane, Carlton. Thrill to the crash of musketry and the boom of artillery as the British, French, and Indians battle for control of the Ohio River Valley. See colonial-themed artwork, learn how to make a quill-pen or carve a powderhorn, and watch artisans and tradesmen practice their crafts from days gone by. Acquaint yourself with local colonial history. Children will enjoy the Native American kids games program where they are instructed how to play authentic games from the time. Walk among the tents of more than 200 re-enactors and view camp life of the 1750s. Listen to lectures on local 18th century history by respected historians. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
n More information: Call (814) 694-3684 or go to fclha.com.
RED BARN GALLERY & STUDIO: Located on the grounds of the Conneaut Lake Bark Park, Foust Road, Conneaut Lake. Featuring the works of more than 24 local and regional artists, including the newest works by Arts for Everyone participating artists Karen Hoagland, the Conneaut Lake paintings of Donna Donofrio and fiber art by Cheree Frizzell. Weekly demonstrations by local artisans, including fly-tying by Derek Gladysiewski, carousel carving by G. Nowack, wood sculpture by Don Valentine, spinning/weaving by Judy Hanninen and more. Well-mannered canine companions are welcome. The Red Barn is open Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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ST. BERNADETTE’S STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Celebrating its 47th year, the festival is Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. at St. Bernadette’s Church, Saegertown. In addition to fresh strawberries, homemade cakes and ice cream social, the food menu has been enhanced to include a barbecue chicken dinner, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, and Italian sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions. A children’s drumstick meal is also available. A ticket auction, specialty theme baskets, small games of chance and a grand prize raffle round out the day’s activities.
TRAIN SHOW AND RIDES: Show is Saturday and Sunday, Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad, 409 S. Perry St., Titusville. Everyone is welcome. Come spend a day looking for those hard to find trains and accessories. This is a great time to ask the experts or just to look around. Check out the show and then ride the train through “the valley that changed the world” either day.
n More Information: Call (814) 676-1733 or visit octrr.org.
OIL REGION INDIE MUSIC FESTIVAL: Sixth annual festival features more than 40 independent singer-songwriters performing all-original work in eight venues Friday at 5 p.m. in downtown Oil City. Music continues as long as the lights are on, with some venues not wrapping up until 2 a.m. Saturday. The festival also features a street fair and an art show on Seneca Street. Musical acts will perform at six spaces inside restaurants and bars and two outdoor spots, the main stage on Seneca Street and at the local skate park. Admission to all venues is free.