Christmas in the Woods slated
COLUMBIANA — This month is Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods’ 23rd year of hosting attendees from across the country at Shaker Woods in Columbiana.
More than 200 quality craftspeople and artisans will gather at the festival Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 21-22.
In a manicured, wooded setting, juried costumed crafters will have their booths decorated in an old-fashioned holiday theme. The exhibitors will demonstrate their crafts and sell a wide selection of handmade holiday items as well as traditional crafts. The level grounds feature gravel footpaths for easy walking and access to acres of free parking.
“We’re humbled that the festival has become a traditional gathering place for so many families and friends,” said Ken McGaffic, who along with his wife, Linda, are promoters of the nationally recognized event. “The festival attracts attendees from over 30 states who enjoy shopping, entertainment and delicious food in this magical spot in Eastern Ohio.”
Plenty of favorite craftspeople are returning for the Christmas show. Traditional crafters include candle makers, leatherworkers, woodworkers and doll makers. Hand-made pottery and iron and stone work also will be available. Holiday craft items, decorations and handcrafted Christmas ornaments are featured at the festival, as well as holiday clothing, wreaths and floral arrangements.
In the September 2017 issue of Sunshine Artist, America’s premier arts and craft show magazine, according to officials, Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods was selected as one of the “Top 100 best classic and contemporary craft shows” in the nation.
Vanessa Campagna will perform all four days on the garden stage at the festival, and Jeff Jimerson and Airborne will take the meeting house stage on Sunday and Oct. 22. Hermie Granati, with his dueling pianos, will entertain on Saturday and Oct. 21 on the meeting house stage, and the Ambridge Area High School Steel Drum Band will perform on on Sunday at the simple gifts stage. The Beaver Creek Band returns Oct. 21-22 on the simple gifts stage with its own blend of traditional acoustic music. Abbots Cross, a Celtic music group from Pittsburgh comprised of Alan Booth and Mike Clancy, will entertain on the simple gifts stage on Saturday.
A variety of food vendors will serve traditional and holiday favorites, and holiday baked goods and candies will be available.
Hours for the festival are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine. Daily general admission tickets will be on sale at the gate. General admission for adults is $8 per day. Children age 12 and under are admitted free of charge. There’s no additional charge for entertainment. Bus tours are welcome, and group rates are available.
For information, go to Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods Festival’s website at www.christmasohio.com. The site includes a complete program, driving directions and articles in addition to a layout of the grounds at Shaker Woods. Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods also is on Facebook.
The festival has acres of free parking. No pets or alcoholic beverages are permitted on festival grounds. Strollers are not recommended. The festival location is 44337 County Line Road, just off state Route 7, one mile north of the intersection of state Route 14.
Ghost tours slated at Dennison Depot
DENNISON — The spirit world will be featured at the Dennison Depot Museum on Oct. 20-21, when guests can learn about all of the depot’s supernatural experiences and stories.
Visitors can tour the famous railroad depot in the dark with only the light of a flashlight. A tour guide will lead and tell stories of all of the people who worked on the railroad and at the depot, and those who still remain in spirit.
Guests can climb up into the train cars and listen to tales of spirits past, including in the World War II hospital and surgery car.
Tours will be offered at 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. both days.
Reservations are required to participate. Call (740) 922-6776 for reservations or information.
Admission for the tours is $10 for nonmembers and $5 for members of the museum.
This event is not recommended for young children.
Toronto’s Dark View in third season
TORONTO — Dark View Haunted Attraction, located just outside of Toronto, is celebrating its third season this year with preparations that have been ongoing since the close of last season.
It has expanded to include five themed attractions, plus additional events and activities for all ages.
The 2017 season is already under way, scaring folks from all around the Tri-State Area and beyond, according to organizers. The Halloween attraction is the result of many volunteers who work to make sure every guest’s experience is one to remember.
In addition, Dark View donates to and supports local charities at the end of each season including the area’s Coat’s For Kids cause.
This year’s attractions include concessions from “The Deadly Chew” with a monstrously big menu, a casket simulation ride, games and more, according to organizers. There’s even an “escape room” for those who would rather pass on some of the attractions and join their friends afterward.
Visitors also can come during daylight hours on select Saturdays for games, food and activities for the entire family.
Visit Dark View’s website at www.welcometodarkview.com for a complete schedule, special offers and coupons.
Dark View is located at 2257 county Road 68, and is open on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28.
The box office opens at 6 p.m. with attractions opening at 7 p.m. Call (740) 537.0235 for information.
BHP becomes haunted hay ride
WELLSBURG — The Brooke Hills Playhouse’s 2017 edition of the Haunted Barn has undergone a name change to reflect a change of emphasis for the event, according to the project’s director, Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the title of our event has been changed to ‘The Haunted Barn presents The Haunted Hay Ride,'” Barnhart said. “The barn, of course, is the pre-Civil War apple barn in Brooke Hills Park that houses the playhouse, but the hay ride in the title emphasizes the newest event in the evening’s program, just added this year.”
The Haunted Barn will run every Friday and Saturday during October from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission to the event is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under. No reservations will be accepted.
Patrons will purchase tickets at the Bald Eagle Shelter, near the swimming pool at Brooke Hills Park. No tickets will be sold after 10:30 p.m. Concessions, including s’mores packs, will be available for sale.
Barnhart described the evening as “family-friendly, with a few scares,” adding some advice for parents of younger children: “Parents know their own children, and should use that knowledge to decide about the suitability of the ‘Haunted Hay Ride’ for each individual child.”
“Along the hay ride, our patrons will encounter a diverse cast of characters, ranging in age from teens to mature adults, with many family members working together as costumed characters and behind the scenes,” Barnhart said. She also reminded patrons of this year’s theme: “Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it can’t hurt you!”
Phantom Fright Nights return
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — The award-winning Phantom Fright Nights are back at Kennywood. The amusement park transforms into the ultimate Halloween experience with haunted mazes, scare zones filled with more than 200 costumed actors and thrill rides in the dark.
All the scares that have made PFN one of the top-rated theme park Halloween events in the country return, along with an addition: Raina’s Trap, an escape room. Also debuting is the Sky Rocket VR Experience, a race through a futuristic virtual world while riding the launch coaster. Both are upcharge attractions, and Raina’s Trap will not be available opening weekend.
Signature haunts such as Villa of the Vampire and Kennyville Cemetery return, along with journeys to Camp Crystal Lake for a date with Jason Vorhees in “Friday the 13th” 4-D, showing in the Kennywood 4-D Theater.
Phantom Fright Nights will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28.
Tickets are available online for $29.99 or at Kennywood for $33.99. Discount coupons are available at local Spirit Halloween locations, and a Fright Nights Season Pass can be purchased for $49.99 online or at the park. Group rates are available.
Phantom Fright Nights is not recommended for children younger than 13. No food or beverages may be brought into Kennywood during Phantom Fright Nights. Halloween masks, makeup and costumes are prohibited. For a full list of rides and information, visit www.kennywood.com/pfn or call (412) 461-0500.
Algonquin festival offers fun for all
CARROLLTON — Tucked into the rolling hills of Carroll County and surrounded by fall foliage, the 47th-annual Algonquin Mill Fall Festival set for Friday through Sunday will feature a pioneer village, homemade foods, craft demonstrations and a photo and art show, among other attractions.
There will be live entertainment, juried craft vendors, antiques cars and more, and the historic steam-powered flour mill will be grinding corn, wheat and spelt at the mill complex located four miles south of Carrollton on state Route 332.
Festival-goers also can view steam engines making wooden shingles, and log cabins and the two-story log house at the complex will be open to visitors. Children can enjoy train rides, pony rides, alpacas, llamas, face painting and sand art.
Festival fare will include favorites such as apple butter, sauerkraut, cookies and bean soup.
Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $8 per vehicle. Primitive camping is available at $15 per night.
For information, call (877) 727-0103 or visit www.carrollcountyhistorical society.com or the Carroll County Historical Society Facebook page.
Striplight Theatre to hold auditions
WINTERSVILLE — The Center of Music and Art, along with Weirton’s Striplight Theatre will hold auditions for the holiday hit “A Christmas Story.”
Auditions are planned from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Center of Music and Art, 264 Main St., Wintersville.
Auditions must be scheduled in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Information also can be found on the Striplight Theatre Facebook page.
Those planning to audition must arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time to fill out all auditions forms. If available, those auditioning can provide a headshot and a theatrical resume, and provide all scheduling conflicts from Sunday through Dec. 17 at the audition. Actors do not need to come prepared with a monologue. Sides will be provided and learned at auditions.
Those auditioning should dress in clothes allowing easy movement and wear closed-toed shoes.
Performance dates for “A Christmas Story” are Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. Cast members chosen must be able to attend all performances to take part in this production.
All performances will be at the Center of Music and Art. Striplight Theatre’s Jeffrey Holmes is directing.
“The holiday season is about sharing special memories with friends and family. This year, our family has grown, as Striplight Theatre collaborates with a truly special friend, the Center of Music and Art. Together, we will present this classic Christmas piece made famous through story, television and stage,” Holmes said.
Roles available for this production include:
¯ Narrator: Age 40-60s — adult version of Ralphie. Charismatic storyteller with a dynamic speaking voice who can draw an audience in to the world of the play.
¯ Ralphie: Age 10-13 — a regular kid. He wouldn’t be lost in a crowd, but he wouldn’t stand out either.
¯ The old man: Age 35-45 — he has a good heart, but it is buried under a rough exterior.
¯ Randy: Age 8-10 — Ralphie’s younger brother. Can be a bit awkward and offbeat; admires his big brother.
¯ Scut Farkus: Age12-14 — the classic bully; tough.
¯ Miss Shields: Mid-30s-early-50s — she is Ralphie’s elementary school teacher. Great with comedy.
¯ Ralphie’s friends, Schwartz, Flick, Esther, Mary Beth: Ages 10-13.
¯ Santa: Age 25-50s/ ill-tempered, inebriated, department store Santa.
‘Frozen’ on ice coming to Wheeling
WHEELING — Disney’s “Frozen” will come to life, as Disney On Ice will bring the show to the city Oct. 26-29 for seven performances at WesBanco Arena.
Tickets are on sale now at $15 per person.
“In our more than 30 years of producing Disney On Ice shows, Feld Entertainment has been waiting for a film like this,” said producer Nicole Feld. “While it might seem obvious that ‘Frozen’ is well suited for the ice, this Disney On Ice production will touch audiences emotionally through innovative show elements and world-class skating.”
In Disney On Ice presents “Frozen,” Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take the audience through the magical story based in Arendelle, with special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and favorite characters from Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo” and Disney’s “The Lion King,” who come together to prove that true love is the greatest power of all.
Director Patty Vincent said, “Our goal is to showcase these heartwarming characters in a way that allows the audience to cheer and sing along throughout this emotional journey.”
Performance are planned at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27; 7 p.m., Oct. 27; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Oct. 28; and noon and 4 p.m., Oct. 29.
The arena is located at 2 14th St.
To order tickets online go to www.etix.com.
Cultural Trust presents ‘Black Violin’
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Black Violin, as the Classical Boom Tour is brought to the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St. at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, with a student matinee performance at 10:15 a.m.
This event is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, part of the 2017-18 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.
Black Violin is composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev Marcus, who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” Live on stage, these instrumentalists will be accompanied by their band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer.
The duo shared stages with top names including Kayne West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, and Alicia Keys.
Their third studio released album, “Stereotypes,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and No. 4 on the Billboard R&B Chart.
In 2016, Black Violin’s Unity Tour played throughout the U.S. and Europe to sold-out audiences. During that year alone, the artists also played for nearly 100,000 students.
For information about Black Violin and their 2017 Classical Boom Tour, visit: www.blackviolin.net.
Tickets, costing $25-$40, are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at TrustArts.org; by calling Guest Services at (412) 456-666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Ave.
For groups of 10+ call (412) 471-6930, online at TrustArts.org/GroupSales or in person at Theater Square Box Office.