What's going on in and around Somerset County for August?

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Spaghetti dinner

The American Legion Post 946 is holding a spaghetti dinner at the Post Home from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 11. Menu consists of spaghetti, meat sauce, salad, Italian bread and dessert. Eat in or take out. Proceeds go to the upkeep of the building. All are welcome.

Concerts-on-the-Green Summer Concert Series

The 42nd annual free summer concert series, Concerts-on-the-Green, is underway at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County. The concerts are held on the grounds at 7 p.m. and run roughly to 8 p.m. every Wednesday, through Aug. 18. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to listen to these concerts which take place on the new Amphitheatre in front of the M. Josephine Paul Family Museum. Aug. 10: Denise Baldwin. Aug. 17: Denise Baldwin. Aug. 24: Swiggle Mountain Brass.

9th annual Lincoln Highway SupperMarket

The Lincoln Highway Experience’s annual Lincoln Highway SupperMarket is returning to the Route 30-based museum this summer for its ninth year. The popular weekly open-air food festival will take place on 13 Wednesdays until Aug. 24, 5-8 p.m., weather permitting, at the Lincoln Highway Experience’s grounds at 3435 Route 30 East in Latrobe. Guests can enjoy breezy summer evenings on the spacious lawn with great food from local chefs, BYOB, and live music. There is a charge per car for admission. Additional cost for food purchased from chefs’ booths. Tables are limited, so it is suggested that attendees also bring chairs or blankets, especially if you will be arriving late. No outside food or pets are permitted. The 2022 participating local chefs are Aroma Italiano, Chef Dato’s Table, Connections Café, Grateful Smoke BBQ and Simply Good. The live entertainment schedule includes: Aug. 10 — Gary Stewart. Aug. 17 — Gashouse Annie. Aug. 24 — Detention.

Milford UMC annual picnic

Milford United Methodist Church will host its annual picnic from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 13 at the church grove. The meal will include roast beef sandwiches, mashed potatoes, filling, gravy, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and desserts. There will also be grab bags, a bazaar and games. The chuch is located at 368 Bando Road, off of Water Level Road between Somerset and Rockwood.


The Rev. John Knoll at Middlecreek Church of the Brethren, 226 Middlecreek Road, Rockwood, is taking appointments for counseling. The church phone number 814-926-2033.

Somerset Community Band to perform

The Somerset County Community Band will perform at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Springs Farmers’ Market grounds. Along with the performance will be a free soft-freeze ice cream social. Bring your own chair. The event is sponsored by the Springs Mennonite Church and is free and open to the public. The Springs Farmers’ Market is at 1711 Springs Road, Springs. Contact 814-442-4594 with any questions.

Movies Night

Movies night is back during the summer at Keystone State Park. The park will be playing a variety of movies at the beach house. The movies will be shown on a projector screen outside on the lawn. So grab your blankets, chairs and make sure you dress for the weather. The times for the movies are at 8:30 p.m., depending on when it gets dark. Movies will not be shown in inclement weather. Aug. 13: Casper. Aug. 20: Night at the Museum No. 1. Aug. 27: Beethoven No. 1.

Traditional Kolo Dance lessons

St. Rochus Society — Croatian Hall Lodge No. 5 will offer Traditional Kolo Dance lessons at the Croatian Hall in the third floor (air conditioned) social room; 612 Broad St., Johnstown. Kolo Dance is traditional Croatian and Serbian Folk dance. Classes will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dates include Aug. 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 and Sept. 1, 6, 8. Classes will be offered at no charge. Classes will be offered in anticipation of Slavic Fest which will be taking place Sept. 16-17 at the Heritage Discovery Center. Contact Jim Shustrick at 814-421-4958 for information or to register for class.

“The Virtuous Burglar”

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County is bringing "The Virtuous Burglar," a wildly hysterical farce, to life as part of the 2022 Log Art Theatre season. “The Virtuous Burglar” by Dario Fo is an adapted British farce filled with twists and turns. A burglar is discovered when the owner of the flat returns unexpectedly with his mistress. When the owner's wife arrives, the burglar is forced to pretend the mistress is his wife. The show will be in the Community Arts Center’s M. Josephine Paul Family Museum, which doubles as a black box theatre, 1217 Menoher Blvd., in the Westmont section of Johnstown. Aug. 12 and 13, and Aug. 19 and 20 — 7 p.m., Aug. 14 and Aug. 21 — 2 p.m. (matinee).

Concerts in the Park

Discover Downtown Johnstown Partnership Concerts in the Park, Central Park in Downtown Johnstown, from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 12 Cajun Norm. Sept. 9 Midnight Acoustic. Refreshments available for purchase from Stadium Pub and Grille and Stone Bridge Brewing Co.

Benefit auction

A benefit auction for Mennonite Central Committee will be held on the grounds of Kaufman Mennonite Church, 916 Miller Picking Road, Davidsville, Aug. 12-13. Friday from 6-8 p.m., participate in a silent auction and preview live auction items. Saturday at 9 a.m., starts a bake sale and live auction of quilts, collectibles and handcrafted items. Barbecue chicken will be available for take out at 11 a.m. View auction items at Kaufman Church Facebook page.

Antique and Vintage Fair

The Antique and Vintage Fair on the streets of Somerset is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 13. Held rain or shine. No pets. More than 75 dealers of antiques, collectibles, primitives, farmhouse and vintage treasures, food trucks and food vendors. Antique & Classic Car Show from 12-2 p.m. in the Somerset Trust Co. parking lot at 151 W. Main St.

The Fallingwater Soirée is back

Enjoy Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Fayette County during a special fundraising event, the Fallingwater Soirée, from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 13. Attendees will enjoy wine and signature cocktails crafted with local spirits, dine on cuisine curated by Chef Kate Romane of Black Radish Kitchen, and experience self-guided tours of the house, where live music will be provided by MCG Jazz. Tickets are on sale now on the Fallingwater website at Fallingwater.org/Soiree.

Conservancy and Friends of Fallingwater members are asked to call Fallingwater Visitor Services at 724-329-8501 to purchase their specially priced member tickets. Proceeds from the event support the ongoing preservation of Fallingwater, which opened for public tours in 1964, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and was voted the most important building of the 20th century by the American Institute of Architects.

Boswell Community Days raffle

Support the Boswell Volunteer Fire Department and win raffles Aug. 13 and 14. The department will be set up at the bingo hall, 201 Hower Ave., from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 13 with a basket raffle. Winners will be pulled at 1 p.m. Aug. 14.

Jake Martin Benefit

A sporting clay shoot and basket raffle to benefit Jake Martin to assist with medical expenses in his battle with cancer, will be held Aug. 14, at Stonycreek Shooting Center, 510 Kimmel Road, Berlin, 814-279-3020. One hundred sporting clay targets, T-shirt and lunch. Pappy D's catered lunch starts at 12 p.m. Shooting registration from 1-1:45 p.m. Skeet shoot starts at 2 p.m. Basket raffle, snacks, drinks following shoot. Bring own cart or rent one.

Cash Bingo

Cash Bingo at the Meyersdale Elks Aug. 14. Doors open at 12 p.m. Early birds 1 p.m. for an additional charge. Regular Bingo at 2 p.m. Basket raffle and 50/50. Concession stand. Proceeds benefit the Meyersdale Salisbury Berlin Relay For Life.

Somerset County Fair

The 122nd annual Somerset County Fair is Aug. 18-27 at the Somerset County Fairgrounds, 7842 Mount Davis Road, Meyersdale. Judging events and shows, derbys, Central Pennsylvania country music artist Joe Quick, woodcarving, horse pulls, garden tractor pulls, Rafter Z Rodeo, children's pedal power contest, farm tractor pulls, pick up truck pull, horseshoe pitching contest, semi and hot truck night and junior livestock sale. www.somersetcountyfairpa.com.

Education Showcase at American Legion Fair

The Cambria County Conservation District is hosting an Educational Showcase at the American Legion County Fair in Ebensburg, Sept. 4– 10. Each day a different presenter will be featured with interactive displays and short educational presentations. The week schedule includes: Sept. 4 – Critter Connections; a live, hands on program featuring unique animals. Labor Day will feature “The Bug Guy,” Ryan Bridge and his very large display insects from around the world. Sept. 6 REA Energy Services will show the shocking experience of electric lines. Sept 7 the Conservation District will open eyes to what lies in water. Sept. 8, Penn State Master Gardeners will show techniques to put gardens to rest and prepare for next spring. Sept. 9, artist Helen Barlick will lead a Wildflower Painting Class. (Prior registration is required to participate) Saturday wraps up the showcase with students from the St. Francis R.O.C.K. program with hands on science experiments. The showcase is geared to all ages and participants are encouraged to visit while spending time at the fair. To register for the painting class, call 814-472-2120 or email shhall@co.cambria.pa.us. Deadline to register is Aug. 19. To check the schedule for the daily programs, visit the Facebook Page.

Somerset County Tourism Grant Workshop

Go Laurel Highlands will host a Tourism Grant Workshop to review the 2023 Somerset County Tourism Grant Program at 9 a.m. Aug. 22, at the Somerset County Technology Center. All Somerset County-based tourism businesses and organizations are encouraged to attend this free workshop. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Marissa Roberts at mroberts@golaurelhighlands.com or 724-238-5661 ext. 101. The deadline to RSVP is Aug. 18. GO Laurel Highlands Executive Director Ann Nemanic will lead the workshop by outlining the program’s guidelines, criteria, application and reporting process. Attendees will have a one-on-one opportunity to ask specific questions pertaining to their businesses. Tourism grant applications will be available online at www.golaurelhighlands.com/grants on Sept. 1 and completed applications are due by 4 p.m. on Oct. 7. Awards will be announced and presented in early December. The tourism grant program is funded by 40% of the Somerset County lodging tax, which became effective September 2002. Awards are granted annually on the basis of merit by the Somerset County Tourism Grant Review Committee and administered by the Somerset County commissioners and GO Laurel Highlands, the county’s official destination marketing organization. Since the inception of the program, 772 grants have been awarded totaling more than $5.5 million.

Richland Community Days Festival

The Richland Community Days Festival returns for the 13th year, Aug. 19-20, at the corner of Schoolhouse Road and Theater Drive in Richland Township, by the Richland Township building and Richland High School. There will be a variety of activities for all ages including high quality musical entertainment both days on two stages, a parade on Friday evening, a spectacular fireworks show on Saturday evening, a children’s area with many fun things to do, inflatable rides, a classic car cruise on Saturday, games, displays, and many food, craft, and business vendors. A full schedule of entertainment includes Stacy & The Rejects, Shades Of June, Johnstown Civic Concert Band and Ole 97 Johnny Cash Tribute Band on Friday and Cajun Norm & The Jam Band, Octane, Giants Of Science, Manic Mango, Ground Zero, Three Of Hearts, and Jeff Jimerson & Airborne on Saturday. Visit the festival website at www.rcdays.com and follow them on Facebook for more information.

Pirates at the Park

Uptown Painting Party features Pirates at the Park, 11 a.m. Aug. 20, at the Paul E. Fuller Playground in Meyersdale. All ages welcome. Paint class, costume contest, lunch included, treasure hunt, photos with pirates, and play on the new playground. Tickets must be reserved by calling 1-877-81-party.

RVFD 10th annual Benefit Golf Scramble

The Rockwood Volunteer Fire Department 10th annual Benefit Golf Scramble is Aug. 20 at Oakbrook Golf Course with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. First, second and third place winners will receive a foursome of golf to a premier golf destination. Kickers and greenie prizes. Contact Nicholas Foreman to reserve your team. 814-233-2511, foremantreecare@gmail.com.

Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival

The annual Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival is Aug. 20-21, at Laurel Hill State Park, Somerset. Marshelle Bradford Exchange, Colebrook Road, NuBlu, Midnight Rooster, Robert Mabe Band, Tiger Maple String Band and Echo Valley are on tap. Re-enactors, children's area, food, Mountain Laurel 5K, demonstrations and vendors. www.laurelhillbluegrass.com, 814-445-7725.

Annual Joyful Church Bazaar

Joyful Church located on the Garrett Shortcut Road, will be holding its annual bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug 20. There will be live music, hay rides, children's activities along with various vendors, crafts and flea market items. Food will be available including apple dumplings.

"Songs & Stories of the American Hobo"

"Songs & Stories of the American Hobo" by Matthew Dodd 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24, at Springs Historical Society. Dodd sings and tells the true stories of the "Knights of the Road" who rode the rails using period songs and stories from hobo autobiographies. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Springs Historical Society, 1711 Springs Road, Springs, 814-442-4594, www.springspa.org and on Facebook.

Jackie’s Garden Works Rooftop Concert Series

Jackie’s Garden Works Concert Series invites music lovers of all ages to enjoy live performances, food and drinks in one of Johnstown's unique venues. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. at the rooftop terrace atop of the ArtWorks Building, 413 Third Ave., Johnstown. The rooftop garden includes a large deck, native plant garden, a pergola, and a live flower feature wall. Aug. 27 — Matt Otis & The Sound. Sept. 24 – Jason Kuuch Quintet with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.

Hot Rod Hootenanny For Hunger

Conemaugh Home Health presents the third annual "Hot Rod Hootenanny For Hunger," Aug. 27, at Alum Bank Community Fire Department Picnic Grounds (Route 56 and 96), Pleasantville. Showcar/motorcycle/Big Rig Cruise-in starts at 3 p.m. Classics, customs, hot rods, antiques, tuners, lowriders, racers, motorcycles and new this year, big rigs, are welcome. Bring your chairs and easy-up canopies and enjoy the afternoon. Truck and tractor pulls at 5 p.m. Concessions, restrooms, parking, special musical guests, oldies and classic rock by "The Laurel." Admission is a donation of unopened, non-perishable food items to be presented to the Bedford Food Outreach. Car cruise information at 814-659-9802. Pulling event information at 814-285-0044. Big rigs information at 814-322-7765.

Military families

The Rockwood American Legion Post 279 would like to recognize the families with loved ones in the military. So for those who have a husband, wife, brother or sister in the U.S. military, contact the post Chaplain Fred Weber either by phone/text at 724-797-1172.

101st annual I.O.O.F. picnic

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows 101st annual I.O.O.F. picnic, celebrating 203 years of Oddfellowship will be held Sept. 3 at the Kingood I.O.O.F. Grove, Route 281, Kingwood. Dinner that includes chicken barbecue, pies and more, will be served at noon. Also available will be hamburgers, hot dogs, hot coffee, ice cream, soft drinks, French fries and pizza. Somerset County Community Band will perform at 11:30 a.m. The Feels from 1:30-2:45 p.m.; Reality Band from 3-4:15 p.m.; Country Express from 4:30-5:45 p.m.; Reality Band again from 6-7:15 p.m. and Country Express from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Local craft vendors demonstrating crafts, Big Bingo, novelty stands with toys, trinkets, gadgets and may items for children

Hyatt's Angels 5K and 1 mile run/walk

Registration is now open for the "Hyatt's Angels" 9th annual 5K and 1 mile fun run/walk, 9 a.m. Sept. 10, in Jennerstown. Set at Pine Springs Camp, the landscape is a 3.1 mile out and back course that weaves through the countryside. The course includes "Hyatt's Hill" right after the half-way point. The chip-timed 5K includes online registration here https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Jennerstown/HyattsRunWithTheAngelsSomersetcounty

Packet pick-up and same day registrations will be offered. Each participant will receive a run or walk bib, commemorative T-shirt and goody bag filled with promotions and swag items. After the run, free fruit, snacks and cold beverages will be available for participants to enjoy, including the cinnamon buns from the Coal Miner's Diner in Jennerstown.

Cambria County Arts and Heritage Festival

The Laurel Highlands' Historical Village's 4th annual Cambria County Arts and Heritage Festival is Sept. 10-11, at Duman Park, north of Route 422 along Route 271 in Northern Cambria. Bring your chair. Food, arts and craft vendors, nonprofits, music, historic groups, dance and many others will be present. Civil War church service at 9 a.m. Sunday under the main tent. The Pennsylvania Unexplained returns with speakers including Stan Gordon, author and Bigfoot researcher, and guest hosts of the History Channel show Ancient Aliens. Dress in renn fair attire. Food and paper products will be collected during the weekend for needy veterans. For information, call 814-288-7917.

This article originally appeared on The Daily American: Somerset County events for August 2022