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Country Memories Day is Saturday

McVEYTOWN — The streets of McVeytown will come to life on Saturday for the 32nd annual Country Memories Day.

Festivities will kick off at 6 a.m. with registration at the corner of Queen and Holiday streets, as vendors arrive.

Breakfast will be served near the town square from 6 to 10 a.m.

More than 175 stands, including food, craft booths and demonstrations will be set up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the streets of McVeytown.

The opening ceremony, to start at 9 a.m., will feature Carrol “Sis” Norton as master of ceremonies, flag-raising by Boy Scout Troop 104, the national anthem by Greta Stimely and a prayer by Curt Brower.

Other scheduled events are:

10-11 a.m. — Music by Kenzie McCarter;

11 a.m.-noon — Music by Flip-Side;

1-2:30 p.m. — Music by Flip-Side;

3 p.m. –Festivities end.

Activities will include:

¯ Tractor and wagon rides by the Barnyard Corn Maze;

¯ Displays of antique and classic automobiles, antique tractors, antiques and quilts on Queen Street;

¯ Old-time demonstrations by a jeweler, broom maker, blacksmith and potter;

¯ McVeytown Museum open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

¯ Street vendors featuring antiques, collectibles, ceramics, crafts, folk art, garden stones and wood crafts;

¯ Music at the square;

¯ Antique and classic car cruise-in;

¯ Music from the ’50s and ’60s with D.J. Mel Thomas all day on Queen Street.

Country Memories Day wooden replicas and baskets will be on sale at the information booth.

Due to very crowded streets, people are asked to leave pets at home. Proceeds benefit community projects.

For more information, visit the Facebook page Country Memories Day.

Big Tree Festival planning underway

PORT ROYAL — The Big Tree Music and Art Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 14 at the Lion’s Club Park in Port Royal.

Music, craft vendors, activities for children, food vendors, art exhibits and more will be featured.

Admission is $10; children 12 and younger are free.

More details will be released soon. Visit or

Knitting event to be held at JC Library

MIFFLINTOWN — The garden behind the Juniata County Library will be the setting for the county’s World Wide Knit in Public Day event, organized in memory of Carlene Hack, who was an avid and talented knitter.

Held on the second Saturday of June, this event encourages participants in the solitary activity of needlecrafting to come together in a social setting.

The local event will be hels from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 9. Participants may stay as long as they would like. Bring a comfortable chair, snacks and drinks. In the event of rain, participants will move indoors.

The first WWKIP Day was in 2005, with 25 separate events. In 2017, there were 1,125 registered events in 54 countries. The events are coordinated by Astrid Salling in Copenhagen, Denmark. More about them may be found at

This event is open to any type of fiber and needle crafting that is portable enough to bring along. Anyone interested in participating, or learning how, is welcome to attend.

For more information, call (717) 463-3885.

Local museums list hours for the season

The McCoy House Museum, located at 17 N. Main St., is open for the season from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday through September.

The museum is a two-story brick house and is the birthplace of soldier-statesman Maj. Gen. Frank R. McCoy. The 1841 McCoy House is operated by the Mifflin County Historical Society. The society’s motto is, “Preserving the Past for the Future,” and the organization endeavors to conserve the heirlooms of a county established in 1789.

For more information, or to make arrangements for a special tour, call the society office at (717) 242-1022.


The Juniata County Historical Society’s Tuscarora Academy Museum opens for the season on June 3, and will be open every Sunday through Aug. 26.

Hours are 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Upcoming special events include:

June 10 — Juniata Valley Quilt Guild display.

July 1 — Brian Strawser will highlight events surrounding his grandfather, Harry Strawser, who served during World War I in Supply Company, 314th infantry of the 79th division. Harry was what was called a “mule skinner.”

July 22 — American Indian Artifact collectors display and flintnapper.

Aug. 5 — Austin Willi will present “Yanks, Rebs, and a Carpet Bagger,” as he highlights the lives of several Academy students, the part they played during the Civil War and the impact their Academy education had on their lives.

The Tuscarora Academy’s address is 472 Academy Road, Mifflin. For those using Google Maps, simply type in Tuscarora Academy into the search.

Directions to Tuscarora Academy from the JCHS website:

From Mifflintown area: Take Route 75 south/west about 5 miles through Port Royal. Continue on Route 75 until reaching the Spruce Hill Lunch. Turn slightly right onto Spruce Hill Road (SR 3013). Drive 1.5 to 2 miles to a stop sign at the intersection of Spruce Hill Road and Groninger Valley Road (SR 3008). Turn left. Go a very short distance, then turn right onto Academy Road (SR 3015). At next stop sign, the intersection of Academy Road and Academia Road, turn left. The academy sits at this intersection on the left.

For more information, call 436-5152 or visit

Senior Games to

include new events

LEWISTOWN — The 33rd annual Senior Games, hosted by the Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging, is scheduled for June 4 through 8.

Open to all adults ages 55 and older, the event will kick off at 8:30 a.m. on June 4 at the Moose Family Center No. 143, in Lewistown, with an opening ceremony. Health screenings and information booths, which are available to the public, will be open from 8 to 10 a.m., on opening day as well.

New events this year include pickleball, bucketball and soccer kick. Returning favorites include bowling, bocce, table tennis, billiards, miniature golf and more.

Applications are available at the following locations: Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging office and senior community centers, Juniata Valley YMCA, Fayette Area Lions Den, Body and Soul Community Center and Geisinger Lewistown Hospital.

For more information, call Randie Warner at (717) 242-0315 or visit

Singers needed for Let Freedom Ring

LEWISTOWN — The Lewistown Community Choir is once again looking for adult singers for the annual Let Freedom Ring Concert.

The concert will be held at7 p.m. on June 29 in front of the Embassy Theatre on South Main Street in Lewistown. The rain date is July 1. The concert will feature the Lewistown Community Band and the Lewistown Community Chorus.

This year the choir showcase American folk tunes with a medley of well-known and well-loved folk songs entitled “An Americana Songbook.” The arrangement is written for choir and band.

Chorus rehearsals will be held at St. John’s. The rehearsal schedule is tentatively as follows: 4 p.m., June 3; 6:30 p.m., June 10; 6:30 p.m., June 17; and 6 p.m., June 25 with the band.

There is no cost for participating, and all adult singers are welcome.

Art exhibit open all month at Ohesson

LEWISTOWN — Ohesson Manor Nursing Home, 276 Green Ave., Lewistown, is sponsoring an art exhibit by area artists, “Art Along The Juniata,” running through May 29.

The public is invited to view the artwork during daylight hours.

Many of the works of art will be for sale.

Young dancers to perform in recitals

Margaret McCann School of Dance will present #Undercover at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on June 9 at Juniata High School, Mifflintown

Young dancers, ages 4 to 18, will be featured in all genres of dance, from hip hop to classical ballet. Every piece of music is a cover song. Tickets are $8.50 each by calling (717) 436-9806, with any remaining tickets to be sold at the door. All seats are reserved.


Studio Thirty-Two School of Dance will present From the Barre to the Beat at 3 p.m. on June 10 at East Juniata High school, Cocolamus. Tickets will be available at the door for $7; veterans and children age 5 and under are free.

Music on the Beach to begin at Whipple

WHIPPLE DAM — The Music on the Beach Summer Concert Series kicks off on Memorial Day weekend, when the Stone Valley Pickers appear on Saturday.

The Stone Valley Pickers play tunes for everyone, with a blend of instruments featuring music from Irish fiddle tunes to old country to the soul of Appalachia and more.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. on the beach. Snacks and drinks will be for sale by the Friends group.

The summer concert series began in the summer of 2015 to increase awareness and to raise funds for projects in Whipple Dam State Park. A $5 donation is suggested. The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by the Friends of Greenwood Furnace, Whipple Dam, and Penn-Roosevelt State Parks. All donation proceeds go to the Friends group for projects at Whipple Dam State Park.

Information about this and other park programs can be found on the park’s Facebook page at or on the Calendar of Events at the State Parks website at

Vendors wanted for community day

REEDSVILLE — Reedsville Community Day organizers are seeking food and craft vendors, baked goods, produce and organizations to participate in the annual Reedsville Community Day, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 9 at Bender Park.

The day begins with a townwide yard sale, kids’ contests, pet show, live music and a chicken barbecue.

A vendor application is available on Facebook under Reedsville Community Association or call Dave McNitt at (717) 667-6791, (717) 250-5020; or JoAnn Smith at (717) 667-2390 or (814) 880-6754. The deadline for applications is May 12.

M-J Arts council workshops slated

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin-Juniata Arts Council has announced its spring workshops as follows.

¯ June 2 — Art Journaling 101, 1-3 p.m. at Gallery 3West.

Nationally published mixed media artist Kate Yetter, and Jane Cannon Mort, will teach participants how to make their own art journals by altering old books, as well as techniques to break the pages and fill the journals with their own artwork. Contact: Yetter at, by Saturday.

¯ Novel Escapes: A New Kind of Book Club — Dates and times are determined by the group at meetings Contact:Staci VanArt at (717) 994-1225.

Proceeds benefit the arts council.

PCCA to host spring art-related classes

NEWPORT — The Perry County Council of the Arts is offering a variety of art classes at Landis House, 67 N. Fourth St., Newport this spring and summer.

To register for a workshop, call (717) 567-7023, visit PCCA Gallery, One S. Second St., Newport, or go to

Flower Pounding

Instructor: Jane Shull, Perry County Master Gardeners–Penn State Extension

June 13, 6-8 p.m.

Register by June 2; limited to 12 students

Use a flower pounding technique to design up to three individual muslin wall hangings using fresh seasonal flowers and plants growing in your environment as a paintbrush. Cost: $25, or $20 for PCCA members. For students ages 18 and up.

Funding sought to support fireworks

LEWISTOWN –The Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce is raising money for the 2018 Independence Day fireworks display.

The event is slated for June 30, with a rain date of July 1.

Once again, the fireworks will be launched on the banks of the Juniata River in the MCIDC Plaza, just across from Victory Park.

The show will begin at 9:30 p.m. and will last one half hour.

Make checks payable to JRVCC Fireworks Fund, and mail to Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce, 1 W. Market St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Liberty Fest to take place in Lewistown

LEWISTOWN –​The historic Embassy Theatre will host Liberty Fest, starting at 11 a.m. and running until the fireworks in Lewistown are over on June 30.

The event will be held in front of the Embassy Theatre on South Main Street, Lewistown, from the square to Water Street.

There will be live music all day​, the Juniata Valley Idol contest finals, a Classic Car Cruise-in, vendors, bounce house and activities for children, and food vendors

Vendor and car spaces available. For vendor information, call (717) 348-0185.

For more information, visit Facebook@embassyltwn.

Registration open for annual theatre camp

SELINSGROVE — Registrations are now being accepted for high school, middle school and elementary school students for the GENEROO Organization’s annual Theatre Camp.

Campers will learn theatrical basics, such as voice projection, script reading, lighting, costuming and set design.

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 9 to 14, at The Degenstein Theatre at Susquehanna University.

Cost for the weeklong camp is $60 per camper. Deadline to register is June 15.

For more information or to register, call (570) 658-5300 or visit

Juneteenth slated for the 16th of June

HUNTINGDON –The 9th Annual Huntingdon County Juneteenth Celebration is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. on June 16, at Portstown Park in Huntingdon.

“The celebration this year will be especially poignant as we celebrate the life of Greg Banks,” said Anthony Bullett, who served with Banks as co-chairperson of the event. Banks, who succumbed to cancer last month, conceived this event as a way to bring together families and friends for a joyous gathering. His wish was that his memorial service be held at Juneteenth.

“In keeping with Greg’s wishes and continuing his legacy, his memorial service will not be a time for mourning, but we will celebrate his amazing life and his passage to eternity,” Bullett said.

In addition to the memorial service, the Juneteenth Celebration will feature live music, crafts and information vendors, food and dancing. There will be drawings for cash and prizes throughout the afternoon. Tickets for the drawings may be purchased now from committee members.

Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas, in 1865. It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending in slavery in the United States, marking the day, June 19, 1865, that General Granger and the Union soldiers reached Texas with news of the Emancipation Proclamation — more than two years after it was signed.

The Huntingdon County Juneteenth Celebration welcomes everybody and draws people from throughout the central Pennsylvania region. Attendees to this free event may bring their own picnic lunch or purchase food at the park. The event is funded through the donations of attendees and friends.

For more information, contact the Huntingdon County Juneteenth Celebration Committee at