Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is relishing the marvelous early spring weather. Upcoming events will benefit from this good weather. In years past, ARCA endeavored to celebrate the beginning of spring with a Maple Syrup Festival event in March at RiverStone Farm. Inclement weather did impact the events. This year, ARCA is joining with the businesses in Foxburg to expand into the first Foxburg Maple Syrup Festival to be held Saturday, April 28th. The Festival will be an all day event with activities from 8 AM until 8 PM. ARCA will participate in the days’ fun-filled events by opening Lincoln Hall and the Red Brick Gallery and Shop. There will be Wurlitzer Theater organ demonstrations starting at noon, with repeat performances at 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM.
At 2:00 PM, ARCA member, Ray Rossi, an intrepid Foxburg traveler will present a slide documentary presentation of his recent trip to the base camp of Mt. Everest, “ Onward to Everest” or “No maple syrup for my pancakes at the Everest Café.”.Later at 4:00 PM there will be a bluegrass old country music hour on stage at Lincoln Hall. Events have no admission charge with a donation always appreciated,
The Red Brick Gallery and Shop will be open for visitors, along with a preview of the first photo show of the season “My Feathered Friends” in the Upstairs Gallery. The show will feature wonderful bird photos by Pittsburgh birder and photographer, Steve Gosser. The public is also invited to an Opening Reception with an opportunity to meet Mr. Gosser on Sunday April 29th from 2 to 5 PM.
Foxburg will be filled with visiting vendors with maple themed products and all the businesses will be offering Maple Festival day specials. A pancake breakfast to benefit the Foxburg free library will held from 8 AM to12 Noon. Good weather will make everything maple more sweet.
The following weekend has a full schedule of ARCA events. Friday evening, May 4th at 7:00 PM, ARCA will present on the Lincoln Hall stage, Amy Claussen, from Pittsburgh’s City Theater in her one person play, “The White Elephant.” Following her performance will be a Meet the Artist moment including a question and answer period. Tickets are: adults $10 and students $5. Ms. Claussen will also be participating in a theater workshop during the day in an ARCA outreach program at Allegheny Clarion Valley High School.
Saturday morning, May 5th, early-bird bird watchers will gather at 8:00 AM at Riverstone Farm for the ARCA Foxburg Birdfest weekend. Highlights will include the Blue Heron rookery, bald eagles along the river and the search for migrating song birds. Tickets are $20 and includes lunch. In the evening at 8:00 PM a special birding event an Owl Prowl is planned rain or moonshine. Travel deep into the woods at Riverstone and in the evening stillness, wait with anticipation to be visited by a Great Horned or Bard Owl called in by experienced owl prowlers. A mere $5.00 will offer you a unique life’s moment, possibly one on your “bucket list.” On Sunday morning, a second bird walk will be underway at 8:00 AM at Mount Zion / Piney Tract, Sligo PA. For more information visit www.gofoxburg.com and www.foxburginn.com.
Sunday afternoon, returning birders can join the enthusiastic audience for the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Players spring concert at 2:00 PM in Lincoln Hall. This marks the third season for the chamber players. Their superb music resonates within and from the Hall. It is a wonderful music moment deserving a pause from our often fast-paced schedules. ARCA hopes this world class musical group will bring classical music supporters from the yard, garden or sofa to be part of the fortunate audience. Tickets for this concert are $25 for adults, $20 for members and $10 for students.
With many people asking, ARCA also announces its first Wurlitzer Theater Organ concert of the season. The masterful and entertaining Ken Double returns to play Saturday May 19th at 7:00 PM the Lincoln Hall’s mighty Wurlitzer. Tickets are: adults $10 and students $ 5.00.