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BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Folk fest, concerts, Bethany, Trimarchi, etc.

by on July 19, 2013 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —

Organizers are planning the first Northern Appalachian Folk Festival to be held in September in the 500 block of Philadelphia Street.

The event will offer musical performers, artists, food vendors, films and educational workshops and will be Sept. 6 and 7.

A children’s alley organized by the Evergreen Boys and Girls Club of Indiana County will feature music, dance and art.

The event will be offered through the IUP Center for Northern Appalachian Students and several other community groups. Professor Jim Dougherty is chairman of the festival’s planning committee.

Space is still available for vendors, artists and performers. For more information, visit northernappfolkfest.org.

YOUR WEEKEND CALENDAR

Christ Our Savior Orthodox Church will host a roast beef and holupki dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, Tanoma Road and Route 286, Rayne Township. The cost is $10 for adults, $3 for children 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. The public is welcome, and takeout is available.

TERRY SABO, guitarist and vocalist, is the featured performer at Marion Center’s Summer Concerts series today at 7 p.m. at Marion Center Park. … Dr. Michael Stalteri will play saxophone with the Kupkake Jazz band today at 9 p.m. at the Coventry Inn, and 8 p.m. Saturday at Spaghetti Benders. … The I Dunno Band will play classic rock at the Concerts in the Park series at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Park in Indiana.

BUSINESS BYTES

In celebration of 50 years in business, Foremost Consumer Discount Co. is holding a food drive for the month of July to give back to the community.

The public is encouraged to drop off a nonperishable food item to benefit the Indiana County Community Action Program’s “Backpack for Kids” effort.

The loan company, family-owned by Julia Trimarchi Cuccaro, was founded in July 1963, and the 50th anniversary is Monday.

EVERYONE IS invited to join Bethany Lezanic and her staff for the grand opening of the newest Allstate location in Indiana County at 1490 Old 119 North, White Township.

The grand opening will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be face painting, refreshments and giveaways, including a diamond pendant necklace.

MADRES MEXICAN, which offered burritos, tacos, nachos and more, has quietly closed its doors after a year in business. The restaurant opened July 16, 2012, at 734 Philadelphia St., and recently had been operating under reduced hours after IUP let out for the spring semester.

SAVE THE DATE

County residents are invited to the Indiana County Democratic Committee’s Summer Picnic next month, when participants will have the opportunity to speak with the 2013 Democratic candidates.

The evening of food and fun is set for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Red Barn Sportsmen’s Club, south of Homer City.

Organizers stressed the importance of getting to know your candidates.

“The leaders we elect in Indiana County have a direct impact on our daily lives,” according to a news release. “They are our friends and neighbors stepping forward to be responsible for community services like public safety, roads and bridges, human services and the educational environment for our children.”

Tickets are $15 for adults and teens, $7 for children 5 to 11, and free for children under 5. The menu includes barbecue chicken and shredded roast beef, a variety of salads along with watermelon and homemade desserts prepared by the Federation of Democratic Women.

An auction of a variety of items will also be a part of the event.

Checks for reservations should be written to Indiana County Democratic Committee and mailed to Box 315, Indiana, PA 15701 by July 30.

While walk-ins are welcome, the advance reservations are needed to assure ample preparations.

Further information is available at (724) 349-3535 or www.indianapadems.org.

SHOP TALK AT SIX

Gasoline prices in Indiana today were at $3.69 a gallon for regular unleaded. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says he heard it elsewhere: Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it!

Good evening!



Bill Hastings is columnist for Gazette and a former longtime managing editor. His column, Inside Indiana, appears every Friday. hastings@indianagazette.net
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