Happy Halloween and More!

If 2020 hasn’t been scary enough yet – with COVID, the Presidential election campaigns, wild fires, hurricanes, social unrest, impeachment and crashes in the stock market – get ready for Halloween weekend with lots of Tricks and Treats! Here are just a few of the happenings – check our Facebook page and website calendar for more.

DelGrosso’s Park Trick or Treat

DelGrosso’s aka Del-Ghoul-So’s Park Drive Thru Trick or Treat is happening Thursday night from 6:30pm to 8pm. It is a safe, family friendly drive through event. Buddy Bear will be there to greet you as you pick up your goodie bag filled with treats from local businesses. All of the details are on the DelGrosso’s Facebook page.

Fort Roberdeau Halloween – Choose Your Own Adventure

Friday evening at the Fort has many aspects to it. From 6:30 to 7pm there will be a Trick or Treat Night between the Fort cabins for students 12 and under (with admission). At 7pm an Opening Presentation will take place at the Mountain Lion Observatory, then guests will journey to one of four areas. From 7:45pm to 9pm you can Learn About UFOs from Jim Krug (Director, Neil Armstrong Planetarium) at the Observatory; Learn About Ghosts and Other Halloween Monsters from Jason Geis and Brock Seese (Altoona Area High School teachers) inside the Fort; Learn About Bigfoot from Fred Saluga (Bigfoot Expert) at White Oak Hall; or Listen to some Halloween Folk Tales and Ghost Stories from Major Cluggage (portrayed by Glenn Nelson, Director, Fort Roberdeau) at the Back of the Barn. The Mountain Lion Observatory will be open from 9 to 10pm (weather permitting) with Tom Kasner from the Starlight Astronomy Club. Admission charge is $5 and attendance is limited to accommodate social distancing. Be sure to bring your face mask, folding chair and/or blanket for seating! Details can be found on the Fort Roberdeau Facebook page.

Hollidaysburg Halloween Parade

The Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department has announced that their 84th annual Halloween Parade will take place on Saturday, October 31st starting at 6pm. It’s always a great event. This year there will not be any activities at the fire station after the parade. Check the Fire Department Facebook page for the details.

Altoona Symphony Orchestra Musician Spotlight Concert Series

The next performance in this series is coming up on Sunday, November 1 at 2:30pm in the historic Mishler Theatre or streaming online. This concert features Alabaster Trio presenting Revelations. The Trio includes Lenny Young, ASO Principal Oboe, his very talented wife, Raquel Winnica Young a mezzo-soprano and Jack Kurtz on piano. Revelations will feature works from Schumann, Vivaldi, Rachmaninov, Piazzolla, and more. For tickets to the live performance call the Mishler Theatre box office at 814 944 9434. Only 250 seats are available to accommodate social distancing and masks are required. Check out the Mishler Theater Facebook page for information on tickets for the live streaming.

New Leadership for Altoona Community Theatre

ACT has announced that Tara Enedy has accepted the position of Director of Operations to begin on Monday, November 9. Their announcement states “Enedy, a native of Hastings, Minnesota, holds a degree in theatre from Minnesota State University. She worked for L&M Production Design Group in Alexandria, VA, starting as a production coordinator/assistant and eventually becoming an executive producer. Since moving to the area in 2004, Enedy has worked in various roles with several local businesses, including Champion Enterprises, the Summit Tennis & Athletic Club, the U.S. Census Bureau, and most recently, the Lutheran Home in Hollidaysburg.

Enedy’s involvement with ACT spans more than 15 years. It includes her work as a volunteer, board member, director, director mentor, stage manager, and actor. Her ties to local business and her history with ACT uniquely qualify her to assume the role of director of operations.

“Through a deliberative and competitive process, Tara arose as our most vibrant, experienced, and forward-thinking candidate. She brings a distinctive passion for the arts, a love of Blair County, and holds an unmistakable desire to lead ACT,” said Jim Watt, president of ACT’s Board of Directors.

Assuming a new professional role with ACT represents the fulfillment of a long-held dream for Enedy. She considers Steve Helsel to be one of her artistic mentors. Helsel served as the organization’s executive director for more than 30 years. He passed away after a brief illness in Nov. 2018.

“I’m thrilled to be taking on this leadership role in an organization I believe in and dearly love,” says Enedy. “I look forward to promoting ACT’s current programs throughout our community, enhancing our membership benefits, and developing new programs to carry us on through these unprecedented times.”

As director of operations, Enedy is responsible for maintaining and managing board and membership relations, managing ACT’s finances, development and fundraising, marketing, and managing the organization’s many programs and productions.”

ArtsAltoona is very excited for ACT and for Tara and we are looking forward to developing a strong working relationship with both. Congratulations!

Chipotle Fundraiser for ArtsAltoona

Thanks to all who supported our fundraising evening at Chipotle Mexican Grill. While we didn’t make a lot of money from the event, those of us who participated enjoyed the food and contributing to the cause!

Thanks for your support!
Donna Gority
President, ArtsAltoona Board