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September 1, 2011
The Herald-Star

'Merry Wives of Windsor'

scheduled at Frick Park

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks will hold performances of "Merry Wives of Windsor" weekends throughout September at Frick Park in Squirrel Hill.

Shows will begin at 2 p.m., and the play runs an hour and 45 minutes without an intermission.

Dates include Saturday and Sunday at the Blue Slide Playground at Beechwood Boulevard and Nicholson Street; Sept. 10-11 at Allegheny Commons West Park at west North Avenue and Brighton Road; Sept. 17-18 at Arsenal Park at 39th and Butler streets; and Sept. 24-25 at the Blue Slide Playground. The Sept. 18 performance will have a American Sign Language interpreter.

People of all ages are welcome to attend the performances. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated.

Gateway Clipper to hold

Salsa Night dinner cruise

PITTSBURGH - The Gateway Clipper Fleet will hold a Salsa Night dinner cruise with a Spanish-inspired buffet, a performance by Latin band Azucar and Salsa dance lessons with Let's Dance Pittsburgh, at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

Boarding is at 5:30 p.m., and the cruise will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Ticket prices are $48.95.

For information and tickets, call (412) 355-7980 or visit

Smithfield author to

sign copies of book

SMITHFIELD - Richard L. McElroy, a native of Smithfield, a professor, presidential historian and author of 11 books, will be signing his newest book "Battlefield Presidents" at the Friendship Wine and Food Festival at Friendship Park from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 10.

The Friends of Smithfield Community Development Corp., a group of former and present residents interested in promoting and improving the village, is sponsoring the book signing. McElroy is one of the founding members of the group.

He is dedicating the book to all military members who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

"Battlefield Presidents" is about President Zachary Taylor and President Benjamin Harrison and the America of their lifetime.

Tribute band the Chain

at Brooke Hills Playhouse

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Arts Council will host a concert by the Pittsburgh-based Fleetwood Mac tribute band the Chain at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the intimate setting of the Brooke Hills Playhouse in Brooke Hills Park.

According to Arts Council President Julia Barnhart, doors will open at 6 p.m. Seating will be limited to 150 people, and reservations are recommended. For reservations, call (304) 737-3344. Patrons will save $5 by purchasing advance tickets for $15, instead of $20 at the door.

Barnhart said that profits from the concert will go to a good cause.

"Any money raised by this event will be used to make improvements to the barn," she said. "We have a list of projects that we want to see completed for next year."

Barnhart is inviting fans of Fleetwood Mac and the Chain to a tailgate party before the show. A full concession stand will be available with sandwiches, soft drinks and snacks.

The Chain, also known as Harder Edge, has been nominated as best rock tribute band in Western Pennsylvania. They have performed at such venues as the Total Trib Amphitheatre, Hard Rock Cafe and the Altar Bar.

Founded in 1991 as a classic rock band, Harder Edge responded to many positive comments about the similarity of their sound to that of Fleetwood Mac in 2009 by morphing into the Chain for their tributes to the rock icons.

Band members and the Fleetwood Mac members they portray include Kim Scholl as Stevie Nicks, Jim "Doc" Stamps as Mick Fleetwood, Rob Gamerro as John McVie, Anthony Acker as Lindsey Buckingham, Sandy Anderson as Christine McVie and Keith Cole as Peter Green.

The program includes such Fleetwood Mac hits as "Go Your Own Way," "The Chain," "Stand Back," "Gypsy," "Sara," "Don't Stop," "Dreams," "Stop Draggin' My Heart," "Gold Dust Woman," "Hold Me," "Black Magic Woman," "Monday Morning," "You Make Loving Fun," "Say That You Love Me," "Little Lies," "Over My Head," "Oh Daddy" and "Leather n' Lace."

Barnhart said Saturday's concert is part of the Arts Council's efforts to expand its scope to include different artistic expressions.

"The Council wants to showcase more than just theater, and concerts are just another aspect of that goal," Barnhart said. "We are planning, eventually, to have a fall concert series utilizing both local bands and possibly Pittsburgh bands."

Barnhart also noted the Arts Council wants to promote local artists as well.

"Future plans also include an art show and possibly an art club," she said.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre 2011-12 season to begin

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has announced the performances for the 2011-12 season.

The performances include "Peter Pan," Oct. 28-30; "The Nutcracker," Dec. 2-23; "Uncommon Baroque" with the Chamber Orchestra, Feb. 3-12 at August Wilson Center; "A Streetcar Named Desire," March 9-11; and "Coppelia," April 13-15.

Single tickets go on sale Tuesday.

To purchase tickets, call (412) 281-0360 or visit the website at

Indoor yard sale and flea market, Salem

SALEM -The indoor fall yard sale and flea market is set from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Salem Memorial Building, 785 E. State St.

Reservations to participate are now being taken. A $10 donation secures one 8-foot table with chairs. All items are subject to approval. Set-up time is from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. that morning. To reserve a space, send a check payable to the Salem Memorial Building and mail to 785 E. State St., Salem, OH 44460. For information, call (330) 332-5512.

Celebrate the

Constitution at Historic Fort Steuben

STEUBENVILLE - The Historic Fort Steuben is celebrating the Constitution with videos and an exhibit in conjunction with the Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Monday through Sept. 17.

On Sept. 11, the annual memorial concert will be held at 2 p.m. in the Louis and Sandra Berkman Amphitheater. Organized by the Council of Christian Churches of Steubenville and Vicinity and partnering with Jefferson County RSVP, the event will recognize those who died and those who served in the rescue and recovery efforts of that day 10 years ago. Music will be performed by the Tri-State Community Band.

Algonquin Mill Fall Festival upcoming in


CARROLLTON - The 41st-annual Algonquin Mill Fall Festival will take place Oct. 7-9 at the mill farm 5 miles south of Carrollton on state Route 332.

Activities for the festival will include crafters displaying a range or items from weaved rugs to chair caning, quilting and more in an old-time country store.

Food will include timeless country cuisine such as pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, barbecued chicken, bean soup, chili, sandwiches, snacks, fresh bread, cookies and apple dumplings, old-time soft drinks, sauerkraut, pickles, apple butter, maple syrup, stone-ground cornmeal and buckwheat flour.

Plenty of children's activities are planned, including pony rides, face painting, sand art and miniature train rides. The pioneer village setting includes log cabins, an antique print shop, one-room schoolhouse, steam-driven flour mill, sawmill and shingle mill as well as antique tools, steam engines, wagon rides, cars and tractors. An art and photo show also will be held in the barn.

Music will include high school bands, choirs, country and bluegrass bands and cloggers. Admission is $8 per vehicle, and all exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No pets are allowed on festival grounds, and a church service will be held on the stage at the mill grounds at 8 a.m. Oct. 9. For information, call 877-727-0103 or go to

Vendors sought

for St. Aloysius

fall festival

EAST LIVERPOOL - St. Aloysius School is seeking vendors, including those specializing in crafts, farmers' market, antiques, housewares, jewelry, cosmetics and more for its fall festival, scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 16.

A table and two chairs are available for $20, while a table, two chairs and electric are available for $25.

To register, call Chris Bell at (330) 385-7962 or send an e-mail to The deadline to register is Oct. 2.

Sock hop at

East Palestine

on Saturday

EAST PALESTINE -Ozer Ministries of East Palestine will host its sixth-annual Sock Hop from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the East Palestine City Park Community Center.

Music from the 1950s will be offered as well as food, including black cows, homemade ice cream, peach cobbler, hot dogs and tacos. Games and prizes for children ages 5-6 will be part of the fun. Other activities will include a silent auction and drawings for sports memorabilia, tickets and other goodies. Admission is free. For information, call (330) 426-2147.

Stumptown Steam Threshers Reunion and Show


NEW ATHENS - The Stumptown Steam Threshers Reunion and Show will be held Sept. 10-11 on the club show grounds, 1 mile west of New Athens on state Route 519 between state Route 9 and U.S. Route 22.

The Stumptown Steam Threshers Club was founded 50 years ago to preserve, restore and display antique farm and power equipment.

The event features live steam equipment such as a saw mill and threshing machines as well as antique tractors and more.

The event also features demonstrations of a bygone era, including lumber being cut, straw bailing by hand and other older American farmer duties. A church service will be held the morning of Sept. 11.

Other activities will include a flea market and food. Admission for adults is $3 per day with children younger than 12 free when accompanied by an adult. For information, call (330) 488-0301.

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