Coming events

 

FALL & WINTER Classes and Activities

The success of the Arts Center depends on participation.  Join the fun!  Sign up early to save your spot.


  1. *Preregistration is required for some classes and activities. 

  2. *Nonrefundable  prepayment is required for some workshops and classes.


  1. *E-mail the Arts Center at confluencecreativeartscenter@verizon.net  for more information

  or to register for classes.




CRANKIE FEST and POTLUCK

Saturday, February 9

Potluck at 6:30 followed by crankie show at about 7 pm

by donation

Crankies are a traditional form of entertainment that combines traditional music, stories, or poetry with back-lit art which is scrolled through a viewing box.  We are pleased to host a gathering of crankie performance artists from around the region for a show that will take you on a journey bright and magical.  We welcome crankie artists from around the region and encourage and welcome those who would like to try to make a crankie and share their efforts.  Check out www.thecrankiefactory.com for information about this art form. 


Also...bring an art trading card or two or three to swap and collect. (More information about artist trading cards can be found online at www.atcsforall.com/.  Check out Pinterest for ideas!)    


THE CRANKIE FEST WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A SONG SESSION ON SUNDAY, FEB 10 from 1 to 3 pm!   EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN THE GROUP FOR SINGING AND SOCIALIZING.



SIP AND STITCH & TRAIL TOWN QUILTERS

2nd and 4th Tuesdays  

6:30 - 8

$2 donation


If you knit, crochet, quilt, sew, or darn socks, you’ll enjoy an opportunity to work on your projects and enjoy warm tea and good conversation.   Sip and Stitch is the time and place for starting a new project, finishing an old one, getting inspired or getting advice.  New this season!  The Trail Town Quilters is an informal group meeting on Sip and Stitch nights to work on quilting projects and learn new techniques.  It’s good times and good companyContact the Arts Center to request to be on the mailing list to receive reminders of coming meeting times.  (Sip and Stitch will resume meetings in the early spring.)



FIDDLEHEADS OLD TIME JAM NIGHTS
Third Tuesday of each month

(Also...don’t miss the community jam/uke workshops on Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov., 8. and Dec. 2)

6:30 - 8:30

Do you wanna be a fiddlehead?   Bring a fiddle, rosin the bow and join the crew.  The Fiddleheads meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month during the fall and winter to get and give old-time music mentoring.  All levels of old-time musicians are welcome.  The evenings will start with some informal instruction and progress to a slow jam and finish with faster tunes.  Musicians will find a welcoming and informal atmosphere--a friendly circle of folks working to bring old-time music to the Turkeyfoot region.  We’ll pass the hat for building-use expenses.  It’s so worth it.



CONFLUENCE LITERARY SOCIETY

First Monday of the month

1 pm at the TURKEYFOOT LENDING LIBRARY

please call Joyce Tressler for book details: (814)395-3817


Extra, extra...read all about it!  Join Confluence’s book club for a variety of literary activities.  Each meeting will include a monthly book discussion.  Other activities may include discussion of universal themes in literature, trading of surprise books, writing and reading poetry, book critiques and more.



UKELELE WORKSHOPS

Wed., September 6 (school workshop and evening jam session)

Wed., October 4 (school workshop and evening jam session)

Wed., November 8 (school workshop and evening jam session)

Sat., December 2 (All-day workshops and evening showcase and concert)

The Arts Center has teamed up with the masterful musicians of Simple Gifts and the students of Turkeyfoot Area School District to spread some ukelele love!  Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon--will present a series of workshops for students (during the day) and for all ages and abilities (in the evening). Check ‘em out:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu_8YMWJZc0   Ukes are inexpensive, easy to play, and fun, fun, fun!  The workshop series will culminate with a potluck concert and performances on Saturday, December 2!  This program is made possible in part through the generous and fantastic  Earl and Jeanne Berkey Fund of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and the support of the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance/PA Council on the Arts.



TODDLER TIME: COLORFUL CONNECTIONS!

Thursday, October 12

Thursday, October 26

Thursday, November 16

Thursday, November 30

10:30 – 11:30

$3 per child aged 2 – 4 (no charge for infants)


Join Ms. Jeanie Couchman for fun and games that will engage and amuse preschoolers. Kids love Ms. Jeanie, an experienced preschool teacher. Children aged two to four are invited to bring their Mommy, Daddy, or caregiver to Toddler Time for hands-on art projects, singing, stories and more.  Through creative projects and activities, little artists will develop fine motor skills, focus, and communication skills.  Adults will enjoy interacting with their children and other parents while kids explore all sorts of colorful connections!  Infant siblings are welcome at no charge.



PRINTMAKING: LINO-CUT PRINTINGFriday, December 16

5 pm  - 9 pm

class fee $30 (includes materials)


Learn printmaking from one of the region’s finest teachers and artists.  Eddie “Spaghetti” Maier is back by popular demand to lead a workshop in linoleum printing. Plan on making your Christmas cards or other works of art to use as gifts or to proudly hang in your own home.  Student will learn how to create and print an image.  Limited class size...PREREGISTER TODAY to reserve your spot.






GONE!  BYE-BYE!

Recently past activities.

Check out all the cool things we’ve done. 

See the PHOTO PAGE to enjoy highlights of these activities!


CONCERT & POTLUCK FEATURING PEREGRINE ROAD

SUNDAY,  SEPTEMBER 10

SOUP, SALAD, AND SWEETS POTLUCK starts at 6 pm...SHOW starts at 7 pm
Suggested donation $10


The acclaimed Peregrine Road group consists of Karen Axelrod and Rachel Bell who perform energetic Celtic reels, heartbreakingly beautiful waltzes, mesmerizing French village dance tunes, lively originals, elegant English country dance tunes, tasty blues riffs, and more. Outrageous travel stories and interesting tidbits about multicultural traditions add both an educational and entertaining dimension to each concert.  The evening will begin with a soup, salad, and sweets potluck at 6 pm where the community is invited to socialize and visit with the performers prior to the 7 pm show.  There is also a free family magic show scheduled for 2 pm on Sunday, September 10, so spend the day and evening at the Arts Center for non-stop entertainment!



MAKE-A-SCENE PLAYERS (Kids Acting Up)

present....

CHARLOTTE’S WEB!

Rehearsals Monday evenings beginning SEPTEMBER 11

Bulldozer week (intense rehearsals/tech/set) NOV. 6 -10

PLAY PERFORMANCE: Sat., Nov. 11, Sun., Nov. 12, Mon., Nov.13

5:30  - 8:30 pm

$40 participation fee includes script cost


Salutations! The Make-A-Scene Players, our community’s youth theater group, is bringing one terrific pig to Confluence.  Students may attend the information session with their parents on September 11 to be cast for a role in this fall’s show.  Kids aged 5 to 18 are invited to participate.  Everyone gets an important part!   The Make-A-Scene Players is a supportive and welcoming organization which provides opportunities for kids to develop their acting skills, become more confident, learn cooperation, and be part of something big and fun!  Participants must be available for ALL rehearsals and performances.



YOUNG MASTERS ARTISTS SERIES

Third Thursday of the month

September 14, October 19, November 16, December 21

5:30 – 7:30 pm

$6 per student

preregistration required


Youthful artists will explore the world of master artists with activities, amazing historical information, and--best of all-- HANDS-ON ART INSTRUCTION.  The class is geared for students 5 to 15, and the individual art projects are suitable for a range of ages and abilities.  Everyone learns and everyone has a creative and engaging experience.



PUMPKIN FEST!

THE FINE ART OF PUMPKIN CARVING & FREE MAGIC SHOW!

Saturday, October 7

11 am - 4 pm

light up at dark


The Arts Center is where you’ll find the largest patch of pumpkins during Confluence’s famous Pumpkin Fest.  For family fun or individual expression, stop by a pick out a free pumpkin to carve.  Scary or silly, happy or or hideous...come make a face with your friends.  It’s a great way to spend a little festival time.  Be sure to stop back at dark when we light up the night with the county’s greatest display of Jack o’ lanterns!  A special feature this year: a strolling magic show for all ages from 2 to 4 pm!


FREE MAGIC SHOW!

SUNDAY,  SEPTEMBER 10

2 pm
FREE, FREE, FREE!


Abracadabra!  Family fun for FREE!  The Laurel Highlands Magic Club will be doing a promotional video of their magician members.  They are opening up their show to the community and offering kids to be part of the amazing show.  The afternoon will be filled with comedy, magic, and mentalism.  Come with family and friends and enjoy an afternoon of amazement!


TRAIL TOWN QUILT SHOW & MOST AWESOME BAKE SALE

WITH FIBER ARTIST SHOWCASE

Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22

10 am  - 4 pm (Saturday hours) 

1 pm  - 4 pm (Sunday hours)

by donation


Fall colors means it’s time for colorful quilts!  Confluence has an active group of quilters and textile artists, and our Trail Town Quilt Show means everything good will be found at the Arts Center on Saturday, October 10:  chocolate, colors, cookies, quilts, music and you!   Our big fundraising bake sale will feature a room full of treats from the area’s best cooks.  Stock up on pies, breads, cakes, and your favorite goodies, then feast your eyes on a display of quilts made by area textile artists.  Vote for your favorite quilt, enjoy some quiet background music, and appreciate the good things in life.  Quilts must be entered by October 1.  For information about entering a quilt in any category, please contact Amy Childers at achilders54@gmail.com


STAINED GLASS

Friday, November 3

6 pm  - 9 (or so) pm

class fee

Just in time for the holiday season, Diane Bauerle will teach the fundamentals of working  with stained class.  Beginning students will learn how to cut and solder glass and have an opportunity to make an ornament or sun-catcher—a perfect gift.  More experienced students can use the materials and tools to create a small project of their choice.  Class size is limited.  Please preregister early.


STAINED GLASS

Friday, November 3

6 pm  - 9 (or so) pm

class fee

Just in time for the holiday season, Diane Bauerle will teach the fundamentals of working  with stained class.  Beginning students will learn how to cut and solder glass and have an opportunity to make an ornament or sun-catcher—a perfect gift.  More experienced students can use the materials and tools to create a small project of their choice.  Class size is limited.  Please preregister early.


PYSANKY EGG DECORATING

Tuesday, July 25

6:30 pm - 8 pm

JUST $10!

Nancy Enscoe will teach the Ukrainian art of egg decorating using hot wax, vibrant dies, and beautiful patterns.  The craft produces amazing and elaborately decorated eggs, but with Nancy’s experience and easy-to-follow directions, everyone can leave with a beautiful project and the skills to produce more pysanky eggs for decorations or gifts.  Preregistration is requested.  confluencecreativeartscenter@verizon.net


NEEDLE TATTING

Tuesday, August 22

6:30 - 8 pm

fee TBD (less than $10)

Learn a craft from the past!  Nancy Enscoe works in a variety of mediums and has offered to teach students how to do needle tatting.  Needle tatting is done by using thread to make rings and chains which form lovely ornaments and decorations.    Tatting was once used for lace-making, and there are lots of ideas (see Pinterest!) for using tatting today!  Please contact the arts center to preregister.  confluencecreativeartscenter@verizon.net


STORY TIME!

Fridays

11 -12 noon

donations accepted

The Turkeyfoot Lending Library will coordinate Friday morning Story Time for preschool and elementary school students at the Arts Center.  Come listen to some really good tales of adventure and excitement.  Make an art project.  Play a game.  Have fun with books and friends.  Don’t miss these unplugged Friday mornings.  You’ll live happily ever after!  (Be sure to check out the pictures on our photo page!)

THEMES:
June 23 - Fun with Rhymes

June 30 - Water Safety with Bob the Water Dog

July 7 - Fun with Balloons

July 14 - Guest storyteller

July 21 - Summer Fun

July 28 - Visit the Confluence Fire House

August 4 - Scavenger Hunt


UKELELE WORKSHOPS

Tuesday, September 13

Wednesday,Octoner 12

Monday, November 7

Monday, December 19

Saturday, January 21 (final concert!)


What a harmonious team! Individuals in the Confluence region and elementary grade students at Turkeyfoot Area School District will have an opportunity to learn to play a ukelele!  The masterful musicians of Simple Gifts--Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon--will present a series of workshops for students (during the day) and for all ages and abilities (in the evening). Check ‘em out:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu_8YMWJZc0   Ukes are inexpensive, easy to play, and fun, fun, fun!  The workshop series will culminate with a potluck concert and performances on January 21!  This program is made possible in part through the generous and fantastic  Earl and Jeanne Berkey Fund of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and the support of the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance/PA Council on the Arts.  Interested in making this kind of music happen?  Join the workshops or consider making a donation to the Arts Center which will be earmarked to buy instruments and pay for music instruction for area youth.



YOUNG MASTERS ARTISTS SERIES

Saturday, November 19    9  to 11 am

Friday, January 27  5 to 7:30 pm

Friday, February 24 5 to 7:30 pm

$6 per student

preregistration required

Youthful artists will explore the world of master artists with activities, amazing historical information, and--best of all-- HANDS-ON ART INSTRUCTION.  The class is geared for students 5 to 15, and the individual art projects are suitable for a range of ages and abilities.  Everyone learns and everyone has a creative and engaging experience.


PENNSYLVANIA MUSIC AND OLD-TIMEY HISTORY

CONCERT AND COMMUNITY POTLUCK

Saturday, November 19

6:30 pm

by donation

Mark Tamsula, Richard Withers, Dave Krysty and Ellen Gozion are talented Pittsburgh-area musicians well-known for their engaging presentations about the history behind Western Pennsylvania fiddle and fife tunes.  Much of their repertoire has been collected by Penn State professor Samuel Bayard between the 1920's and the 1960's.  Nothing dry and dusty about this history lesson, though.  We promise you will be toe-tapping and hand-clapping! This will be a great performance and a great way to get your daily recommended dose of history!


FIGURE DRAWING CLASS with LIVE MODELS

Sunday, December 4

1 to 5 pm

$20 per student

preregistration required

With the guided instruction of retired art professor Joseph Shepler, students will have an opportunity to work on developing the skills needed to draw the human figure.  Live, clothed models will pose for the class and techniques will be given for working with pencil and charcoal to capture a likeness.


FIDDLEHEADS OLD TIME JAM NIGHTS
Third Tuesdays of each month

(regular meeting  of Fiddleheads will resume later this winter after the

uke instruction and community jam workshops)

6:30 - 8:30

Do you wanna be a fiddlehead?   Bring a fiddle, rosin the bow and join the crew.  The Fiddleheads meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month during the fall and winter to get and give old-time music mentoring.  All levels of old-time musicians are welcome.  The evenings will start with some informal instruction and progress to a slow jam and finish with faster tunes.  Musicians will find a welcoming and informal atmosphere--a friendly circle of folks working to bring old-time music to the Turkeyfoot region.  We’ll pass the hat for building-use expenses.  It’s so worth it.


CRANKIE FEST and POTLUCK

Saturday, February 18

7 pm

by donation

Crankies are a traditional form of entertainment that combines traditional music, stories, or poetry with back-lit art which is scrolled through a viewing box.  We are pleased to host a gathering of crankie performance artists from around the region for a show that will take you on a journey bright and magical.  We welcome experienced artists as well as anyone who would like to try to make a crankie and share their efforts.  Check out www.thecrankiefactory.com for information about this art form.  Thefun continues on Sunday, January 19 with a COMMUNITY FOLK SING at 12 noon at the Creative Arts Center.  Stop by, enjoy a late morning snack, and sing out!  (see below)


COMMUNITY FOLK SING

Sunday, February 19

noon

by donation

The hills are alive with the sound of music!  Folk Sings are an afternoon of singing those songs everyone knows and loves:  old campfire tunes, folk music, gospel, and classic and old-timey favorites. Bring an instrument if you play--there's always a guitar or two to keep things going.  The setting is informal, the atmosphere is friendly and the music is grand.  You'll leave in good spirits and whistling a happy tune.  Bring a potluck dish to share  for a short lunch break


Special Sip and Stitch Classes:


CHRISTMAS IN JULY: FABRIC ORNAMENT

Come join the Sip and Stitch group on Tuesday, July 12th  from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and get a jump on your Christmas decorations.  Debbie Strickland and Diane Silbaugh will be teaching how to make a folded fabric ornament.  No sewing skills needed.  There will be a $5 fee for supplies and preregistration is needed. Please contact Diane Silbaugh at rayanddiane3511@gmail.com or 395-3309 to register.  See photos of the ornament on the “Spotlight” page.


LANDSCAPE TOTE

August 9th and August 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30,  come make a landscape tote with the Sip and Stitch group at the Art Center.  It will take two sessions to complete the bag, so you will need to attend both evenings. You will need a sewing machine, basic sewing supplies, and a beginner's knowledge of sewing.  We will use a prepaid tote bag and appliqué fabric to create the landscape.  The class fee is $30 which covers your tote bag and fabric.  Feel free to bring some of your own fabric to incorporate into your design. Preregistration is needed, so please contact Amy Childers at achilders54@gmail.com or 814-395-5238.  Indicate whether you want to do a beach scene or a mountain scene. See photos of the totebags on the “Spotlight” page.


BOARD GAMES for ONE AND ALL
Tuesday June 30

6:30 - 8:30

Free evening of fun

Spend an evening having fun with classic board games.  Revisit some old favorites or learn some new games.  Fun for all ages.


AUGUST TWENTY MEANS ART!  Mark your calendar for art-citement in Confluence!  The following activities will be held on August 20. 

Be there or be square.

ZENTANGLES
Saturday, August 20

9:00 - 4:00 (with a hour lunch break)

$35

Zentangle is a relaxing and easy way to create beautiful images by drawing structured and repetitive patterns.   Certified Zentangle teacher and artist Mary Kay Brown-Barnes will lead students on this art adventure.  No experience is necessary, and zentangles are perfect for individuals who want to draw but don’t know where to start.  The class promises to be a joyfulway to get in touch with your creative side!  Register at confluencecreativeartscenter@verizon.net or with Amy Childers at achilders54@gmail.com

For more information about the art of zentangles, see this site: https://www.zentangle.com/.


PLEIN AIR PAINTING

Saturday, August 20

all day

(Artists are invited to informally check in at the Arts Center at about 10 am)

free

Plein Air painting is simply “painting in the open air”--outside, in direct contact with nature and the subject being painted.  The Confluence area offers glorious opportunities for plein air painters.  Our town offers scenes of rivers and bridges, trails, historical homes and buildings, rolling hills, a quaint gazebo...here where “Mountains Touch Rivers” is a painting waiting to be created.  Plein Air painters (veterans and novices alike) are invited to PAINT OUT in Confluence on August 20.  Pack your easels and your palettes and find your spot to paint.  All artists are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with fellow artists at noon in the town square.  Even better, plan to spend the night in town!  Attend the reception for our local artists show (see below) and spend the night in any of Confluence’s charming bed and breakfast establishments.  For more information lodging:  http://www.visitconfluence.info/.


CONFLUENCE CREATES
LOCAL ART SHOW RECEPTION

Saturday, August 20

6 - 8 pm

by donation

Confluence is a small town with a big heART!  Locally-produced fine art will be displayed at the Arts Center from August 18 through the Pumpkin Fest in October.   Regional artists are invited and encouraged to submit works to be displayed at the Arts Center from August 18 through the Pumpkin Fest in October.  A selection of paintings, drawings, photographs, and other fine art mediums will be selected to represent the talent in the Confluence region.  Please contact the arts center for detailed information on how to submit your work. confluencecreativeartscenter@verizon.net An open house reception will be held on August 20 from 6 to 8 pm.  Enjoy viewing the art, meeting the artists, listening to music, and sharing light refreshments.


STORY TIME

July 8...July 15...July 17...July 22...July 29...August 5...August 12
Friday mornings from 11 to 12

donations accepted

The Turkeyfoot Lending Library will coordinate Friday morning Story Time for preschool and elementary school students at the Arts Center.  Come listen to some really good tales of adventure and excitement.  Make an art project.  Play a game.  Have fun with books and friends.  Don’t miss these unplugged Friday mornings.  You’ll live happily ever after!  (Be sure to check out the pictures on our photo page!)


Starry Night Stained Glass Workshop

Friday, December 4

6 pm to 9 pm 

$25 

Beginners and all levels 

Learn to cut, grind, fit and foil stained glass pieces using the Tiffany method.   Taught by experienced teacher and glass artist diane Bauerle, this class will show how to create beautiful, colorful, free form star ornaments for gifts or decoration.  You'll take home something beautiful!  Limited class size...PREREGISTER TODAY to reserve your spot!  confluencecreativeartscenter@verizon.net


Lino-cut Printmaking 

Thursday, December 17

6 pm  - 9 pm 

$25

Beginners and all levels

Art teacher and professional printmaker Eddie Spaghetti is back for an evening of fun and creativity.  Plan on making your Christmas cards or other works of art to use as gifts or to proudly hang in your own home.  Student will learn how to create and print an image.  Limited class size...PREREGISTER TODAY to reserve your spot!  confluencecreativeartscenter@verizon.net


CRANKIE FEST and POTLUCK

Friday, February 26

7 pm

by donation

Crankies are a traditional form of entertainment that combines traditional music, stories, or poetry with back-lit art which is scrolled through a viewing box.  We are pleased to host a gathering of crankie performance artists from around the region for a show that will take you on a journey bright and magical.  We welcome crankie artists from around the region and encourage and welcome those who would like to try to make a crankie and share their efforts.  Check out www.thecrankiefactory.com

for information about this art form.  The crankie fun continues on Sunday, January 28 in Pittsburgh at the Wilkins School Community Center’s Crankie Fest, held in conjunction with our Arts Center event.  Totally cranked!  http://ellengozion.com/wordpress/crankies/


HARMONY SINGING WORKSHOP

Saturday, February 27

2 pm (tentative)

$10 workshop fee


We are privileged to offer a folk harmony class by two master artists and folksingers. Channing Showalter and Annie Schermer of North Carolina will present a workshop that promises to inspire and amaze.  Channing and Annie are renowned for their vocal arrangements and will teach participants how to use their voices to harmonize.  Lots of songs, lots of fun.



APPLE TREE GRAFTING WORKSHOP

and informal SEED SWAP

Saturday, April 2

11 am -2 pm

$10 for tree and instruction (additional trees are $6)


Learn an old-fashioned skill and enjoy the satisfaction of growing your own apple tree!   Pumpkin Sweet, Tompkins King, Maiden Blush, Rustycoats . . .Somerset County has a long tradition of apple growing, with cider presses and copper kettles once found on most farms.  Today there is renewed interest in the apple varieties that our grandparents grew. 


Do you have a special old apple or pear tree that you would like to propagate?  Then it's time to learn the ancient art of grafting!  Contact Sara Wetzel (smstahl32@gmail.com) for information about how to collect cuttings from your fruit tree, then come to the Confluence Creative Arts Center on April 2 from 11-1 for individualized and hands-on instruction in grafting a cutting onto the provided root stock.  


Please register immediately to ensure a spot and help with planning.  

Register at  confluencecreativeartscenter@verizon.net or (814) 395-3575 or contact Sara Wetzel to register and receive pre-workshop instruction.



Bonus activity on April 2!

1st annual Turkeyfoot Valley seed swap!  Are you a seed saver?  Do you plant your Grandma's pink tomatoes or your Uncle Ted's beans?  Or maybe you'd like to swap the extra seeds in that pack of zucchini for a few pumpkin seeds?  Come to the center with your seeds clearly labeled.  We'll swap seeds and ideas for the coming growing season.



CELLO  and VIOLIN with Mia and Ari Friedman

and COMMUNITY POTLUCK

Saturday, April 9

WORKSHOPS for CELLO, FIDDLE, VIOLA,  BASSS:  4:30 - 5:45

POTLUCK : 6:00

PERFORMANCE : 7:00

Mia and Ari are Boston-based musicians who are renowned for using their classical training to interpret traditional and folk music.   They are both outstanding teachers and will present workshops in the afternoon to area musicians and perform at a potluck coffeehouse that evening.  If you are a stringed musician, don't miss this opportunity!  Attention cellists and violin/fiddlers...yer gonna love this show! Workshop price $15.  Preregistration requested.   Concert by donation.


PUMPKIN FEST!

THE FINE ART OF PUMPKIN CARVING

Saturday, October 3

11 am - 4 pm

light up at dark


The Arts Center is where you’ll find the pumpkins during Confluence’s famous Pumpkin Fest.  For family fun or individual expression, stop by a pick out a free pumpkin to carve.  Scary or silly, happy or or hideous...come make a face with your friends.  It’s a great way to spend a little festival time.  Be sure to stop back at dark when we light up the night with the county’s greatest display of Jack 0’ lanterns!


TRAIL TOWN QUILT SHOW & MOST AWESOME BAKE SALE

WITH FIBER ARTIST SHOWCASE

Saturday, October 24

10 am  - 4 pm

by donation


Fall colors means it’s time for colorful quilts!  Confluence has an active group of quilters and textile artists, and our Trail Town Quilt Show means everything good will be found at the Arts Center on Saturday, October 10:  chocolate, colors, cookies, quilts, music and you!   Our big fundraising bake sale will feature a room full of treats from the area’s best cooks.  Stock up on pies, breads, cakes, and your favorite goodies, then feast your eyes on a display of quilts made by area textile artists.  Vote for your favorite quilt, enjoy some quiet background music, and appreciate the good things in life.  Quilts must be entered by October 1.  For information about entering a quilt in any category, please contact Amy Childers at achilders54@gmail.com


PLAY TIME!  A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22

Saturday’s show: 7 pm

Sunday’s show : 3 pm

by donation


Venture into Shakespeare’s wild and wacky woodlands for the funniest version of A Midsummer’s Night Dream ever seen...in Confluence.  Really.  The Make-A-Scene Players, our community’ youth theater group, is bringing fairies, asses, tradesmen, and lovers to the stage.   You gotta see it to believe it!  And, yeah, “The course of true love never did run smooth...!”  Support our kids and see the show.


BIG FAT YARD SALE

WITH MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC & an INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO for the kids
Saturday, June 27

9:00 - 3:00

The Arts Center Yard Sale is the biggest, baddest yard sale in town.  Everything is priced to move, and all funds go to providing our community with programs and activities for families and visitors.  You can feel good cleaning out your house and helping out our non-profit organization.  We are seeking donations of CLEAN items, sorted, priced and ready to move.  No clothing, please.   Items can be dropped off at the Arts Center on Thursday or Friday, June 25 or 26 in the late afternoon.   Volunteers needed throughout the day to work the sale.  Please consider helping out...and scope out the good deals early!


ART IN THE PARK

Sunday, July 12 (Please note...this is a change from previously scheduled date of July 11!)

1 - 4 pm

by donation

Come on out and get creative.  Bring a bunch of kids!  Bring a bunch of teens! Bring the old geezer who lives next door!   All sorts of hands-on creative art projects are planned for all ages and abilities!  Help us pom-pom bomb a tree!  Paint a cow!  Try plaster casting or birdhouse building.  Lots of fun for all. 



BRINGING BOOKS ALIVE: MUSIC, MOTION, & STORYTELLING!

Wednesday June 24 and July 22

10 -11:30

$5 donation

Miss Mary Mack and Swimmy the Fish are really great stories for fun and games. Early childhood educator Jean Couchman has planned a morning of music, motion, and more using these stories to inspire  young readers.   A good time is guaranteed.  Preregistration is requested, but drop-in students are welcomed.


MAKING MAGIC!

Saturday, July 18

9:30 -11 am

$12 (includes magic show, magic class, and tricks to take home)

Abracadabra!  It’s time to watch magic and make magic.  Turn your mom into a toad.  Turn your broccoli into gold.  Come and be amazed  and laugh  and see some fast action with a magic wand!  Somerset county’s premier magician The Great Weimerini (Gary Weimer, in real life) will be performing a show which will be followed by a class teaching how to do magic tricks.  Kids will go home with some magic props and the the skills to do a trick or two...even if they don’t turn broccoli into gold.


REBECCA WUDARSKI

PAINTINGS & PERFORMANCE

POTLUCK MUSIC PARTY & OPEN STAGE
Saturday, March 28

7 pm

Rebecca Wudarski is an artist and  folk musician originally from West Virginia. Her guitar playing is fresh, energetic, and soulful--especially when it comes to flat-picking and swing! She is a non-classically trained cellist unique influenced by her study  of traditional fiddle music. An accomplished clawhammer banjo player and multi-instrumentalist, Rebecca brings to the stage a sweet old-timey singing voice, creative arrangements, and original rootsy songwriting.  Her colorful oil paintings and prints will be displayed and are available for sale.  Following Rebecca’s act, we’ll open the stage to musicians and performers...share your talent!  A potluck feast will begin at 7 pm.  Music will start around 7:45.  Don’t miss it...our potluck music parties are guaranteed good times!



HIROYA TSUKAMOTO

ACOUSTIC “CINEMATIC GUITAR POETRY”

OPEN STAGE GUITAR SHOWCASE & POTLUCK
Sunday, April 26

7 pm

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a young guitarist and composer from Kyoto, Japan who is a recipient of the Professional Music Achievement Award.   Hiroya travels internationally performing a style recognized as "cinematic guitar poetry”...aptly named...be prepared for some beautiful guitar playing!  He will present his amazing arrangements at the Arts Center...as well as perform some traditional Japanese folk songs and stories. The evening will finish up with open stage opportunities for anyone who would like to perform with a guitar.  The evening promises to be a showcase of styles!


MONDAY BOARD GAME NIGHT

Mondays

6 - 9 pm

by donation

Strategy or chance?  Whatever your age, whatever your game...Mondays are the time to play!  Everyone is invited to bring a favorite board game or learn to play one of the ones available.   Monday evenings in the summertime are perfect to unplug and connect with some friends over a game.  See you at the


SIMPLE GIFTS ETHNIC POTLUCK

Thursday, October 23

6 pm

suggested donation $10

Simple gifts=Simply magnificent!  Bring an ethnic dish to our potluck music party and prepare to fly on the wings of music to far and remote places.  Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon will play

twelve instruments and will  bring the folk music from around the world to right smack dab into Confluence, PA.  Tradition and innovation are heard in every tune: Romanian, Klezmer, Greek, Irish, Scottish, Scandinavin, Appalachian, and more. You will be hard pressed to find an evening of more diverse talent and nicer people.  Audience participation is part of the game!


CHRIS HADDOX COFFEEHOUSE

Saturday, November 8

Potluck @ 6

music @ 7

followed by open stage opportunities

Hailing from Morgantown, WV, Chris plays traditional and original music on fiddle and guitar.  His traditional sense is influenced by the music of West Virginia and his original work is apt to be influenced by nearly anything.  This evening’s session will be a mix of tunes and songs old and new, telling stories of people, places and events.  Chris is a talented performer who teaches fiddle and guitar at Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia. 


TRAIL TOWN QUILT SHOW, FIBER SHOWCASE,

& MOST AWESOME BAKE SALE

Saturday, November 22

10 - 4

Quilts of all types will be displayed at the Trail Town Quilt Show.  Inspect the magnificent stitches in heirloom pieces and admire the contemporary artistry of quilted wall hangings.  Lots of color and fun shapes!  Plus, the town’s biggest and best offering of baked goods will be available to visitors.  Pick out some treats, listen to some music, and feast your eyes!


CONFLUENCE READS
Sunday, November 23

3 pm

Living With a Wild God

Best-selling and highly acclaimed author and scientist Barbara Ehrenreich wrote this thought-provoking memoir based on an experience she had as a teenager which made her question her place in the universe.  Subtitled “A Nonbelievers Search for the Truth About Everything,” the book’s smart descriptions and probing questions provide plenty of topics  for discussion and debate.  Cliff  will moderate the discussion. 


MUSIC PARTY & POTLUCK JAM
December 4

6:30 - 9:00

Back by popular demand...the Bumper Jacksons will be riding through town again.  Last fall, this swing band made a hit here in Confluence when they performed at the Arts Center.  They were bicycling from DC to Pittsburgh with their instruments and playing at venues along the way.  Save the date for great music, great food, and some fun jam time.


TOY SWAP
December 5

7:00- 8:00pm

$1 admission plus toys

Just in time for the holidays!  Santa’s helpers can shop smart this year.  Swap out clean toys in good condition for new (to you) toys.  Wrap ‘em up and feel good about your savings or set ‘em aside to pull out on a snowy day in February.   Adults will get one ticket to swap for a new toy for every toy they bring. 


MAKE-A-SCENE PLAYERS (Kids Acting Up)

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CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN
Sat. December 13 @ 7 pm

Sun. December 14 @ 3 pm

Rehearsals on Mondays 5:30 - 8:30 pm

This season promises plenty of laughs for the audience with the presentation of the classic show “Cheaper by the Dozen.”  Support our communities talented young actors and actresses as they dramatize the true story of the Gilbreth family:  efficiency expert father, psychologist mother, and twelve kids! 


PAINTING WORKSHOP INTENSIVE

Friday, January 23@ 6 -9 pm

Saturday, January 24@ 9 am -3 pm

$35

Give the gift of shape and color!   Register yourself or an aspiring artist you know for an intensive weekend painting workshop.  Taught by retired Chatham University art professor Joseph Shepler, this class is open to all, regardless of accomplishment and experience.  Beginners will be offered a more structured approach dealing with basic materials and simple exercises.  The class will focus on acrylics, watercolors, and gouache--all water-soluble mediums. Practicing painters may want to bring their paintings at any state of completion for further development and/or discussion.  All instruction will be individualized and focus on developing the skills to work independently.  Enroll early--limited class size.  Contact the Arts Center for more details on the class and a basic material list.   www.confluencecreativeartscenter.org


DRYPOINT PRINTMAKING WITH EDDIE SPAGHETTI

Friday, February 13

5 -9 pm

$30

Make artwork like Rembrandt!  Even if drawing is challenging for you, this printmaking class guarantees success.  Drypoint printmaking uses plexiglass to imprint images.  Because Plexyglass is clear artwork can be traced from sketchbooks, photographs, or other images.  Using the dry point printmaking method, we will scratch into plexy glass to create an image. To make a print, the scratched plate is inked all over, then wiped off the surface leaving only ink in the scratched lines. The plate is then put through a press together with a sheet of paper, making a print. This process can be repeated many times to make several prints. Drypoint offers the ability to explore line quality and detail in drawing.   You will leave with prints perfect for framing.  Make a personal gift for someone or create a masterpiece for your own walls.  Or sell your drypoint print to a museum for big bucks!  Contact the Arts Center to register.   www.confluencecreativeartscenter.org


APPLE GRAFTING WORKSHOP
Sunday, March  30

2:00

$5 suggested donation

Interesting in fruit trees?  Planning to start or expand an apple orchard?

Sara Wetzel will be grafting apple trees at the Arts Center beginning at 2:00 Sunday, March 30.  Stop by to learn the basics of this ancient method of propagation and to talk apples with aspiring fruit growers. This gathering will be a demonstration, but perhaps we'll lay the foundations for the preservation of old apple varieties of the Turkeyfoot region!    Bring a sharp utility knife (or grafting knife, if you have one). Sara will have root stock to demonstrate and resources to share.

Contact Sara with questions - smstahl32@gmail.com.  


SPRING COFFEEHOUSE
Friday, May 16

7 pm

by donation

The Irish band Aran will be our featured performer on Friday, May 16 at 7:00.  These amazing acoustic musicians will leave you convinced that "when you've got music, you've got friends for life!"  Great fiddling, singing,  strumming and drumming!  Following  Aran's performance, there will be open stage opportunities.  Share your talent--sing, play, recite, perform.  Stick around for a late-night jam after the show.  Bring along your favorite snack to share.  



MAGIC PARTY!
Sunday, June 29

3:00 - 4:30

$5

Calling all kids who are looking for a fun afternoon of magic and fun. If you love balloons, clowns, games and funny tricks, you’re sure to have a great time. Pinky the Clown is making a special appearance at the Arts Center just for all our younger friends.  The show is geared for children aged 4 to 10. 


MUSIC & DANCE PROGRAMS

Little Feet with a Beat                 &         JAZZ DANCE CLASS with MISS ALIX
Thursdays, July 3, 10, 17                        Thursdays, July 24, 31 and August 7

10 to 11 am                                                  10 am to 11am

Little Feet with a Beat will introduce preschoolers and youngsters to music and rhythm.  Geared for kids aged from about 3 to 6, this class makes music fun with games and activities designed to get little feet moving.  Parents are requested to join their kids in the class.  By donation.


Jazz Dance Camp is the perfect introduction to dance lessons.  Bring your little dancer to Miss Alix’s summer workshop.  Kids will learn a simple jazz routine and some fundamentals of dance.  This is the perfect way to have lessons without a big commitment of time and money.  Lots of fun geared for kids aged 3 to 7.


PEACE, LOVE, & UNDERSTANDING
MUSIC PARTY & POTLUCK JAM
August 7

6:00

Looking for a groovy evening of songs and socializing?  The Newlanders, a Pittsburgh’s favorite, is coming to town on their Peace, Love, and Understanding tour.  They’ll be playing all those tunes you remember from the days when you were cool!  Bring your best covered dish to share with your neighbors.  You’re gonna love it!


SEWING LESSONS

Saturday, August 30

9 am  - 11 am

$6 per student

Kids, teens, and adults  who are interested in learning to sew or who want to help with a fun service project are invited to join this class.  The project will be to make a bib which will be donated to babies at an orphanage in Haiti--the perfect combination of skills and service!  Participants will have a great time selecting fun, colorful fabric, tracing a pattern, using a machine to sew, and learning how to do a blanket embroidery stitch and sew on a snap to finish the bib.   These fundamentals can be used to work on other sewing projects.  If you have a machine you know how to use, bring it along.  Preregistration required.


CONFLUENCE READS
Sunday, August  31

3:30

by  donation

This season’s featured book is My Beloved World, an autobiography by Supreme Court justice Sonya Sotomayor.  The inspiring story describes Sotomayor’s journey: a Latino child who grew up in a troubled family in the tenements of the Bronx and went on to Princeton and Yale law school.  She became a federal judge at age 38.  Anne Marschik will lead the discussion.