Innkeeper's Blog

The Barnard House – Grand Opening!


I was fortunate enough to sit down and have a talk with Cathy Kentzel this past Saturday and get some information on the Grand Opening of The Barnard House. This quaint Bed & Breakfast is located on River Street in Emlenton, PA.

Paul & Cathy Kentzel have experience in Historic Renovation and have really made The Barnard House look amazing! They have been busting their butts doing 16 hour work days to get ready for their Opening today, June 19th.

With reclaimed Furniture and other recycled elements, it is sure to look magnificent and have a different feel to it than anything we’ve had in the area before!

There are 5 rooms in the Bed & Breakfast, The Emlenton Mill Room, The Allegheny Room, Hannah Fox Room, Minnie Barnard Room & The Crawford Suite. Unfortunately, the Suite will not be finished for the Grand Opening, but won’t be too far behind.

To visit their website click here, and like their facebook page as well!

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Tickets are moving quickly…

So get yours today!

The River City Brass Band will be at The Emlenton Crawford Center this Friday, June 20th at 8:00pm. Get your tickets today! Prices are $18.00 per adult, and $8.00 per student. Call (724)659-3116 or stop in at the Foxburg Inn Hotel to purchase!

See you on Friday!


Blueprint Community Initiative Meeting!


Join the Oil Region Blueprint Communities (Emlenton, Foxburg and Parker) Team to learn how we are going to be Keeping our Communities Informed of the Blueprint Communities Initiative as well as an Organizational Development Overview. This second workshop will begin to address how our communities should organize ourselves as we prepare to implement our Blueprint Communities strategy. These workshops will be conducted by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center. As a statewide non-profit, PDC accomplishes their mission to build and support the capacity of local non-profit organizations, municipalities and individuals to enhance the overall well-being and sustainability of Pennsylvania’s “core” communities by engaging local community leaders and volunteers.

When: Thursday June 19th from 6 -9 pm

Where: Lincoln Hall – 31 Main Street Foxburg, PA.

RSVPs: appreciated to Deb Lutz at the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism at 814-677-3152 ext. 115, or by email at dlutz@oilregion.org


Don’t Miss River City Brass!

River City Brass performs a 56-concert series in eight different venues in Western Pennsylvania. In addition, the 28-piece ensemble tours extensively throughout the United States with more than 40 performances each year as part of community concert series, major symphony pops series and arts festivals. From California to New York (as well as everywhere in between), River City Brass Band has delighted audiences with its signature style. Every performance features superb soloists and powerful repertoire from classical to pops and from jazz to marches. A River City Brass performance, whether in Pittsburgh or Poughkeepsie or Pensacola, is a memorable event!

Here is their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/River-City-Brass-Band/154069789295

From June 1st through June 20th, tickets will be $18 for adults and $8 for students.

To purchase tickets, please call The Foxburg Inn Hotel at 724-659-3116.


Listen to a Sample of the River City Brass Band!

Do you have your tickets to go see the River City Brass Band in concert on June 20th @ 8:00 at the Emlenton Crawford Center? You better hurry! Tickets are selling fast and seating is limited!

Sit back and enjoy a sample of the RCB playing. This piece was performed at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in 2013. Listen to the sample here!

Tickets are $18 for adults and $8 for students.
To purchase tickets, please call The Foxburg Inn Hotel at 724-659-3116.



Early Bird Pricing Deadline is Tomorrow!

If you want to get your tickets for The River City Brass Band at the Early Bird Pricing, do it before tomorrow May 31st at Midnight. The prices are $15.00 for adult and $5.00 for students.

Regular Priced Tickets will start June 1st and are $18.00 for adult and $8.00 for students.

To order your tickets, call the Foxburg Inn Hotel at (724)659-3116.

The concert is being held by ARCA and will be at the Emlenton Crawford Center Auditorium June 20, 2014 at 8pm.


Attention Community Members of Emlenton/Foxburg/Parker!

Our communities have been chosen for the Blueprint Communities Initiative. Our community was chosen as 1 of 7, out of 66 communities all over Pennsylvania.

What do we need you to do?
http://www.padowntown.org/pdc-testing/perceptions – Take this survey about the communities and share this with your friends/family who live in the area. It wont take any longer than 15 minutes and it’s a really big help! This will help the Initiative and the Team of Community Members figure out what they need to work on.

If you want to read more about the Blueprint Community Initiative, click here.


Do you have students that play brass instruments?

What about taking them to see some of the best Brass players around?

ARCA is having The River City Brass Band play at the Crawford Center in Emlenton on June 20th.

Early Bird Ticket Sales end this Saturday!

Prices are as follows: Adults $15.00 and Students are $5.00

To purchase tickets, please call us at (724)659-3116




Want To Win 2 Free Adult Tickets To See River City Brass?

1112-RiverCity2Do you want to win 2 free Adult Tickets to see River City Brass at the Crawford Center in Emlenton on June 20th? Here is your chance!

We are holding a quick Facebook Contest.

What the contest entails is this: You get your friends to like our page, then message us with your name as the referrer, and the person who recruits the 4,500th person to like our page wins!

Simple as that! Share our Facebook page and get your friends to like it!

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to see River City Brass Band so close to home!

Click here for their website and watch a video of them below!

Tickets are on sale now! Early bird tickets last until May 31st. Prices are $15.00 for adult and $5.00 for students! Call (724)659-3116 to purchase tickets today!




River City Brass Band History

The River City Brass Band (RCB) was founded in 1981 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania under the direction of Robert Bernat. They took the stage at Carnegie Music Hall in determination to bring about the revival of the grass-roots tradition of American brass band.

The mission of RCB’s 28 member band was to entertain, educate and engage citizens locally, nationally and internationally in the American musical culture. Their local annual tradition was to present 51 regional concerts over seven months to citizens at seven regional venues, and to maintain an acclaimed youth band and Saturday Music Program. .  Nationally, RCB has routinely conducted concerts at venues including Pennsylvania’s Musikfest, New York’s Chautauqua Institution, Michigan’s Interlochen Center for the Arts, Indiana’s Conner Prairie, and North Carolina’s Thalian Hall, and has appeared on The Today Show and NPR’s Performance Today.  Internationally, RCB tours every several years, most recently in Italy last summer. 


Early Bird Tickets are available until May 31st. Prices are $15 for adults and $5 for students.

From June 1st through June 20th, tickets will be $18 for adults and $8 for students.

To purchase tickets, please call The Foxburg Inn Hotel at 724-659-3116.