Weekend Events and Learning Pods

By September 10, 2020 Around the Area, Arts, Education, Music

Lots of things to do this Weekend!

As summer is coming to an end and a touch of fall weather has made a visit, many outdoor events are scheduled for this weekend.

This Friday, September 11, The Blair County Chamber of Commerce (www.blairchamber.com) and Lakemont Park (www.lakemontparkfun.com) are hosting A Day in the Park from 4 to 8pm. This family friendly event will feature food trucks, music, and access to local businesses and organizations selling products and providing information. Be sure to find us at our ArtsAltoona (www.artsaltoona.org) table to learn about what we are doing and what we are planning for the future.

While you are at the park on Friday night, go over to the C2 Trolley House for an Acoustic Special by Steph and Bob Onkst of Stephanie & the Wild Hearts from 6 to 8pm. C2 Trolley House is the former bumper car building at Lakemont Park. There is a full weekend of music, food and beverages to close out the 2020 season. Saturday features a Leave No One Behind event, a fundraiser for local veterans. Much more about the musical schedule and the food menu can be found on their Facebook page.

Fort Roberdeau (www.fortroberdeau.org) in Sinking Valley is holding their Distaff Day on Saturday, September 12 from 10am to 3pm. It’s a great opportunity to learn about women’s 18th Century domestic skills. The event will be held outdoors to allow for spatial distancing. Check the Fort Roberdeau Facebook page for more detailed information.

Asbury Lane will be performing outside at JJ Hadley and Co. Brewers in downtown Altoona on Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30pm. Get some great, creative wood fired pizza, and sample their brews while enjoying the music. Reservations are recommended.

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra (www.altoonasymphony.org) is holding their final FREE Outdoor Cushion Concert Saturday at 1pm on the small stage at Lakemont Park (by the pavilions near the Skyliner). This event, featuring a string quartet from the symphony, is traditionally geared towards families with children, but will be enjoyed by all. The theme for this concert is Meet Me at the Movies. Be sure to bring your own seating.

This Sunday, September 13 and the following Sunday, September 20 at 2pm brings “Grit and Grace” to the outdoor stage at Baker Mansion. This show written by local playwright Kathrine Muller celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution granting suffrage (the right to vote) to women. Valerie Stratton, co-founder of Things Unseen Theatre Company (www.thingsunseentheatre.com), is the Director. Drew Baker of the Iron Bridge Dinner Theatre (www.ironbridgetheatre.com) is providing the period costumes and sound technology. The performers are Gigi Campbell, Michelle Dugan, Mara Guinard, Amy Misera and Jessie Waters. The trio “Simply Grace” including Chris Rhykerd, Jimmie Wills and Sandy Dodson will provide musical selections from the timeframes portrayed. Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

ArtsAltoona Learning Pods

Our first Learning Pod is up and running. We still have room for a few more 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and, if demand is high enough, we will open one or two additional pods. Each pod consists of up to 15 students with a room monitor to ensure that the students are logging on to their distance learning classes and following up with their homework. Fridays we will be providing a variety of arts related enrichment activities. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity for working parents, please email us at info@artsaltoona.org. See last week’s special edition newsletter, the ArtsAltoona web site or our ArtsAltoona Facebook page for more details.

Thanks for your interest,
Donna Gority
President ArtsAltoona