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Unusual Suspects to play at Milroy Center
MILROY — The Milroy Senior Center will present a night of music on Friday. The Unusual Suspects will play bluegrass, country and gospel tunes at the center at 283 Broad St., Milroy.
The kitchen opens at 5 p.m. Music is from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is a $2 donation at the door. For more information, call (717) 667-2547.
MC Library holding kick-off celebration
LEWISTOWN –The Mifflin County Library will hold its Summer Reading Kick Off Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at the library in Lewistown.
There will be face painting from noon to 2 p.m.; games; a temporary tattoo station; bring a chair for music by Sasparilla; enter to win a Kindle Fire HD; Fitness Run with the U.S. Army; Brownie Contest (bring your coins to vote for your favorite); free popcorn, hot dogs, snow cones and cookies.
Strawberry Festival to be held at MACC
BEAVER SPRINGS –A Strawberry Festival will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on June 9 at the Middlecreek Area Community Center, 67 Elm St., Beaver Springs.
The festival will feature strawberry shortcake, strawberry jam, strawberry pies, homemade ice cream, along with an assortment of other strawberry desserts. Soups and sandwiches will also be available for purchase.
For more information, call the MACC at (570) 658-2276.
Hike is planned at Greenwood Furnace
GREENWOOD FURNACE — Greenwood Furnace State Park Manager Mike Dinsmore will lead a hike at 9 a.m. on Saturday, beginning at the visitor center. The hike on Brush Ridge is part of the 50th anniversary of National Trails Day.
This is a moderate hike that combines the beauty of the Rothrock State Forest with the historic Brush Ridge Ore Mines, one of the main sources of high quality iron ore for Greenwood Furnace in the 19th century.
Information and historic photos on the ore banks will be presented in the area of the mines.
As part of the event, the group will do a litter pickup along the trail, to leave it better than you found it. Allow three hours for the hike. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and a snack.
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 held 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 www.wwkipday.com.
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.
Carrie Furnaces topic at Greenwood
GREENWOOD FURNACE — The public is invited to the Greenwood Furnace Campground amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. on June 9 for a look at the history of the preserved Carrie Furnaces through a series of artistic photos taken of the site.
Greenwood Furnace represents the iron furnace technology of the mid to late-19th century. By the 1870s, newer design furnaces that were much larger soon eclipsed the old stone stacks and could produce the yearly output of Greenwood Furnace in a day.
Towering 92 feet above the Monongahela River in Swissvale, Carrie Furnaces No. 6 and No.7 survive as the last examples of pre-World War II iron furnace technology. Operating between 1907 and 1978, they were a part of the famous Homestead Works, and provided the iron for the Bessemer converters across the river.
Today, they stand eerily silent as ghosts of Pittsburgh’s once industrial might. They are planned to become the focal point of a mixed-use heritage site and museum, with commercial and residential development.
Information about this and other park programs can be found on the park’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/greenwoodfurn or on the Calendar of Events at the State Parks website at www.visitPAparks.com.
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 www.juniatacountyhistoricalsociety.org.
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 offce 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 www.mymjrsc.com.
Summer Art Camp continues this year
MIFFLINTOWN –Summer Art Camp for children and adults will continue for the sixth year at Lost Creek Mennonite Church. Sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 18 to 20.
There will be five classes to choose from. New this year for teens and adults is a Beginner Portrait Drawing class led by art teacher Aimee Hubley.
A Drawing Skills class is available for teens and adults and will focus on drawing a detailed rose.
Photography 101 is open to teens and adults and will teach beginner composition and lighting for still life and landscape photography.
An adult’s Beginner String Art class is also available.
The Children’s Class is open to children age 7 to 12. Students will use acrylic paint, watercolor, and paper to create three lighthouse projects.
There is a small fee to cover supplies for each class. An Art Show will take place for the public on the last day of classes,7:30 p.m. on June 20.
More information and a registration form can be found at www.LostCreekMennonite Church.org, on the church’s Facebook page, and by calling Judy Mummau at (717) 734-2122.
Proceeds will be donated to Friendship Community, which provides value through artistic expression to artists with intellectual disabilities.
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 at 7 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 are 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.
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.
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.
Band to perform concert in Milroy
MILROY — The Lewistown Community Band will perform at 7 p.m. on June 24 at Milroy White Memorial Church, South Main Street, Milroy.
The concert will be followed by ice cream social in the fellowship hall.
Bring lawn chair.
In case of rain, the concert will be held in the fellowship hall.
.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 www.generoo.homestead.com.
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.
In addition to a memorial service celebrating the life of the late Greg Banks, who was a co-chairperson of the event, 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 info@HuntingdonCountyJuneteenth.org.
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 www.facebook.com/events or www.bigtreemusicandart.com.
Academy fundraiser slated at winery
MIFFLIN — The Fourth Annual Tuscarora Academy fundraiser will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Juniata Valley Winery.
Faces-4-Radio will provide live entertainment. Several food trucks will be on site. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at the Juniata County Library, Juniata County Historical Society Archives office any Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or Wednesday from 10 a.m. to1 p.m., or by calling either (717) 734-0057 or (717) 497-0915.