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Library hosting open house on Saturday

MIFFLINTOWN — The final celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Juniata County Library is scheduled to take place on Saturday.

The public is invited to an open house beginning at 1 p.m., and ending with a special ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

Senior center needs

vendors for bazaar

MILROY –Vendors are needed for the Milroy Senior Center Christmas Bazaar, scheduled for Dec. 2 and 3.

The fee is $10 per table.

For more information, call 667-2547 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays.

Singers sought for Let Christmas Ring concert

LEWISTOWN –The Lewistown Community Choir is looking for adult singers for the annual Let Christmas Ring Concert, to be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 4.

Rehearsals are at 6:30 p.m. on all  Sundays in November at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 120 N. Main St., Lewistown.

The group is always looking for new members.

‘The Mousetrap’ now on Stone Arch Players stage

LEWISTOWN — The Stone Arch Players start their 50th season with a production of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” at the Theatre in the Park at Kish Park.

Remaining show dates are

Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Saturday show times are 8 p.m., and Sunday show times are 2 p.m. at the Theatre in the Park at Kish Park.

Tickets are $10 for reserved seating.     Reserve tickets by calling 248-2224 during box office hours between 7 and 9 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Email requests for tickets may be sent any time to Email requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are highly recommended.

All tickets will be available for pick-up at the box office on the night of the reservation. On show nights, the box office opens at 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at noon on Sundays.

Theatre-goers are reminded to be at the theatre no later than 15 minutes before the advertised start of the show. Late arrivals will be seated at the discretion of the house staff.

Anyone who has made reservations and is unable to attend should call the box office as soon as possible to cancel, so the seats can be resold. A complete copy of the ticket policy can be found in every edition of the SAP playbill at each show.

U.S. Army band to

present free concert

LEWISTOWN –The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus will present a free concert at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Mifflin County High School auditorium.

Tickets must be obtained prior to the day of the performance. To receive free tickets,  call the main office at the high school at 242- 0240 or stop by the office.

Dennis Cash to

present concerts

LEWISTOWN — Dennis Cash will perform at the Mini Mountain Laurel Concert Series Friday and Saturday in Lewistown and Newport.

The musician will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 120 N. Main St., Lewistown, and at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Highland United Presbyterian Church, 11 Church Road, Newport.

All concerts are free and open to the public. A free will offering will be accepted at the door.

Cash was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is the oldest of four children born to Leslie and Ethel Mitchell Cash. Dennis’ musical inspiration came from his father, who loved music and played guitar, autoharp, banjo and harmonica.

Cash taught himself to play the guitar, and learned other instruments, including bass, mandolin, autoharp, resonator guitar and banjo.

Through the early years of his adult life, he played both guitar and bass in many local groups whose music spanned country, folk, southern rock, old time and popular bluegrass. He also began to hone his vocal skills, singing lead, tenor and baritone.

His musical endeavors crossed many genres, but he kept returning to the music he grew up with: the roots music of the Carter Family; traditional bluegrass of people like Lester Flatt and Earl scruggs; traditional country music; and the gospel music that influenced all of these styles.

Living in North Carolina in 1997, Cash met a local musician named Wayne Ratley, and together they launched Carolina Sonshine, a bluegrass gospel band.

The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America nominated Carolina Sonshine six consectutive years as the Traditional Gospel Band of the Year. They were also invited as showcase artists at the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Cash has recorded two albums, “Songs of Home,” in 2007, and “Sing Me a Carter Family Song,” in 2012, paying homage to the Carter Family.

In August, 2014, Cash was inducted into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame for having made significant contributions to his musical genre.

In addition, a three-hour instructional autoharp workshop  will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday  at Orthey Instruments in Newport. All levels are welcome. The cost is $20. To reserve a space, call George Orthey at 567-6406 or 567-9469.

Deadline to enter contest is Friday

LEWISTOWN –Registration continues through Friday for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Juniata Valley’s inaugural Gingerbread House Competition.

The categories are: Professional, Amateur, Family and Children, and very specific guidelines must be followed.

All gingerbread houses will be on display at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lewistown during the Festival of  Ice on Dec. 1 and 2.

After the festival, entries will be on display in downtown Lewistown store windows throughout December. Photographs of each entry will also be posted online, starting Dec. 1, at

Visitors to the website will be able to view the photographs of each entry until Dec. 31, and make donations/votes, to be collected online via Paypal, MasterCard, VISA or Discover. Winners will be determined by the amount of donations each entry gets. Proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

For more information, or to register, contact Judy Fitzgerald, program coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of  Juniata Valley, at, call  248-4034, or visit

Save Thanksgiving bands announced

MIFFLINTOWN — The 9th annual Save Thanksgiving Benefit Concert to raise money and/or food for the Juniata County Food Pantry will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday at the CJEMS Building in Mifflintown.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation and/or a non-perishable food item.

Bands scheduled to perform include Sasparilla, Conrad Fisher, Pishima & Resilience, Landing Leslie, Blue Heron, The Heggs, Little Chicago Band, Starcrossed Losers, with guest appearances by Kyle Morgan, Dave Crane, Dave Groninger, Erica Shellenberger, and more.

30th annual craft show scheduled

MILLERSTOWN –It will be shop until you drop when the 30th Annual Holiday Craft Show in Millerstown opens its doors for one of the largest shows of its type in central Pennsylvania  on Saturday.

At least 100 vendors from central Pennsylvania and beyond will set up shop for the day at Greenwood Elementary School in Millerstown to help shoppers of all ages find the perfect gift for everyone on their holiday shopping list.

Whether it’s pottery, ceramics, jewelry, wooden items or stained glass, visitors will find unique gifts. The event will be held from 7:45 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Vendors remain well stocked until the end of the show.

Many old favorite vendors are coming back, and many new vendors have joined the mix. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day, donated by the  vendors, but visitors must be present to win.

Greenwood High School’s popular musical group, “Out of the Blue” will perform their holiday show on the stage in the large group instruction area at 10 a.m.

The sponsors, Millerstown Community Success, Inc., will sell breakfast and lunch foods.

For more information, call 589-3598.

Generoo invites show participants

BEAVER SPRINGS –Generoo, a local non-profit arts group, invites the public to participate in the 4th annual Winter Extravaganza.

Performances must be winter and/or Christmas-themed and may include songs, dance, skits, instrumental numbers, storytelling or other talents.

To register for a performance slot or for more information, call or text Michelle Bixler at (570) 541-6972.

Deadline to express interest is Nov. 25. Dress rehearsal is at 6 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the West Snyder Elementary auditorium.

The Winter Extravaganza will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9, in the West Snyder Elementary auditorium, 645 Snyder Ave., Beaver Springs.

The Generoo Organization ( is a non-profit group that produces musical presentations, theatre camps, song writing workshops, and other cultural and educational events throughout Snyder County.

Friend Generoo on Facebook at “Friends of Generoo” or visit the Generoo website at:

Festival of Ice is Dec. 1-2 in Lewistown

LEWISTOWN — The 20th annual Festival of Ice, with the theme “Honoring Our Military,” is set for Dec. 1 and 2 in downtown Lewistown.

The event, sponsored by the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, will include traditions like the live nativity, STAR Country hay wagon rides, kids’ activities and petting zoo, The Crazy Parade, The Chillin’ 4K Race/Walk, the Parade of Wreaths, live music in the historic courthouse, St. John’s Lutheran and St. Mark’s Episcopal churches, Mifflin County Model Railroad Club display, Santa’s House at West Side Gallery, and more.

New events include:

≤ Display of entries in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Gingerbread House Competition at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Dec. 1 and 2 (more details available at;

≤ Book signing by Larry Schardt, whose essays have appears in two “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Snowflake’s on the Square, Lewistown.

The patriotic theme will meld with the vintage theme that started two years ago, but this year’s focus will include every era of American military, including possible Revolutionary and Civil War re-enactors, and a performance by an Army band. Last year’s Sock Hop will be turned into a USO Club.

Even the main attraction — the ice sculpture gallery that will line Market Street, will include the military theme.

Anyone interested in sponsoring an ice sculpture, or being a vendor, should contact Jenny Landis at the Visitors Bureau, 248-6713, or at

MC Railroad Club open house slated

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Model Railroad Club will hold free open houses in the lower level of the former Montgomery Ward Building on the square in downtown Lewistown:

¯ Dec. 1 — 5-9 p.m.;

¯ Dec. 2 — 5-9 p.m.;

¯ Dec. 3 — 10 a.m.-3 p.m.;

¯ Dec. 4 — 1-4 p.m.;

¯ Dec. 10 — 1-4 p.m.;

¯ Dec. 11 — 1-4 p.m.;

¯ Jan. 14 , 2017– 1-4 p.m.;

¯ Jan. 15, 2017 — 1-4 p.m..

There will be numerous trains running during the open house. For more information, call Ed Forsythe at 248-4862.

McCoy House open for Festival of Ice

LEWISTOWN — The McCoy House Museum will have special hours during the Festival of Ice. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Military.”

The museum will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3; and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.

Authors to sign

historical books

LEWISTOWN — The authors of new books published by the Mifflin County Historical Society will be available to sign books at upcoming events.

Authors will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the society’s library in the Mifflin County Historic Courthouse.

Forest Fisher will sign copies of  his latest book, “Tombstone Tales from the Cemeteries of Mifflin County,” and Dan McClanahen will sign copies of his new book, “Dear Mary, the Civil War Letters of A.T. Hilands.”

In addition, Fisher and  Nathaniel Thierwechter will be available to sign their books, “Mifflin County Then & Now,” and “More Mifflin County Then & Now.”

They will also appear from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Friendship Bookstore  in Mifflin County Commons, Burnham.

Sales of all publications directly benefit the Mifflin County Historical Society.

For more information, contact the society office at 242-1022 or check out announcements on the society’s Facebook page.

Mrs. Claus plans a visit to the library

LEWISTOWN –Cookies and Cocoa with Mrs. Claus is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Lewistown branch of the Mifflin County Library.

During the ticketed event, Mrs. Claus will have her picture taken with children and will also read “The Polar Express.”

During the event the children will decorate their own cookie, enjoy hot cocoa, make reindeer food and a fun craft.

Tickets are a $5 donation for the children. Caregivers who wish to enjoy the refreshments may feel free to make a donation on the day of the event. Tickets are available for purchase at both Lewistown and Kish locations.

For more information, call Lewistown at 242-2391 or email Kelly Rodenbaugh at

Kids can make

holiday ornaments

LEWISTOWN –A Holiday Ornament Workshop for Kids will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 3 at Gallery 3West in the Montgomery Ward Building.

Instructor Staci VanArt will lead the students in making ornaments with fabric, water-soluble glue, and embellishments. It is a messy project, so children should wear old clothes or bring a smock.

The workshop is for children in grades K through 5, and the cost will be $10 per child. All materials will be provided. Each child may make up to two ornaments, as time allows.

Parents may stay to help or to supervise their children if they want to, but if they leave, children should be picked up at 11:30. The Christmas parade will begin at 1 p.m., so families will have time for lunch before the parade.

Children who are registered for the workshop will not be permitted to leave  the room without an adult because there will be a lot of foot traffic in the building that day, including the  Mifflin County Model Train Club’s display in the basement.

To register, go to the Mifflin Juniata Arts Council’s Facebook page and click “Going,” and then send a message with the names and grades of the children, or call 994-1225, or send an email to

Final open stitching session scheduled

LEWISTOWN — The final open stitches session is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m.  on  Dec. 4 at Gallery 3West on Monument Square, Lewistown.

All needle crafters, age 12 and older, are welcome. All skill levels are welcome, but this is not a class. This is a time to relax and work on projects in the company of other crafters.

Participants are welcome to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. For more information contact the host, Staci VanArt, at 994-1225, or

‘Messiah’ scheduled in Centre County

STATE COLLEGE –The Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra will present two performances of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” in December.

The first performance will be at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11, in Schwab Auditorium on Penn State’s University Park campus.

The second performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 in the Faith United Methodist Church, 512 Hughes St., Bellefonte.

Tickets are $25 in advance and are available for purchase online at Tickets are also available at the door for $30. For more information, call the orchestra office at (814) 234-8313, or visit

‘Gingerbread House’ theme for contest

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Garden Club is once again hosting an annual Christmas Door Decorating Contest for Lewistown residents.

This year’s theme is “Gingerbread House.” Judging for best overall design will take place on between 5:30 and 9 p.m. on Dec. 14.

The best overall design will be awarded the Helen Buffington Award, which comes with $100 in prize money. Buffington was a longtime member of the Mifflin County Garden Club, resident of the Lewistown Borough, and a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her family is presenting the prize in her honor.

The judges ask that participants send a brief e-mail to with the address to be judged and name(s) of those participating.

Any questions about the contest should also be forwarded to that address.

The porch lights must be on at the time of judging.

Christmas show to feature area youth

LEWISTOWN — The inaugural Cafe Madora Christmas Show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 17.

Area youth from kindergarten through grade 12 are welcome to perform. The performance can be any form of art.

A $3 donation will be collected at the door of the restaurant on Market Street in Lewistown. Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata.

For more information, call Mark Knarr at 437-4483.