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 An event you will not want to miss – an Outdoor Concert of World Class Music in one of the most beautiful locations in western Pennsylvania – stately RiverStone Farms, Foxburg.

 Come on up-river to Foxburg on Sunday, August 17th and enjoy an unforgettable afternoon of Bluegrass Fiddling at its Best – an outdoor concert at the scenic and elegant RiverStone Farm at 4:00PM by the nationally acclaimed DePue Brothers Band.  Their eclectic blend of “progressive bluegrass”, jazz, rock and roll – and classical genres is guaranteed to lift your spirits and free your soul.    

General Admission, $25, Students $20 – and ARCA Members discount price $20. Children under 12 are Free. Concert tickets will be for sale at the RiverStone Farm Gate.  

 

6th Annual Cooperative Chamber Mixer in Foxburg, PA!

Wednesday, August 13th from 5pm-7pm, Foxburg will be hosting the 6th Annual Cooperative Chamber Mixer. 

The forecast is predicting the rain will clear out in the afternoon, so don’t let the rain stop you! We have indoor accommodations for activities. We hope to see members from AK Strong, Butler, Clarion, Franklin, Grove City, Pittsburgh North, and Venango Chambers of Commerce.

Exhibitors will be set up inside the First Floor of The Foxburg Inn Hotel along the Riverdeck,  They include Oil Region Alliance with Blueprint Community Initiative and the Trailtown Initiative, Democratic Party, Republican Party,Emlenton Businesses including Amazing Stitches, The Barnard House, The Emlenton Mill and Emporium including antiques, books and crafts, Farmers National Bank and Allegheny Riverstone Center for The Arts (ARCA).

There will be free samples at all Foxburg Businesses and HUGE Door Prize drawings around 7:00pm.

You don’t want to miss out, sign up today!

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Become A Member

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Become an ARCA member today!

It is the support of ARCA’s Members that enables it to present enriching arts and education programs and concerts which touch the lives of thousands of people and contribute to the economic growth and vitality of our six county region.

Become a Member of ARCA by Sunday, August 3 and attend the post-concert Membership Picnic – Pig Roast (with all the trimmings and chicken too) and the Dance in the H-Barns Event Center at RiverStone Farm. The picnic is $15 per person and an ARCA membership entitles you to discounted concert tickets for the DePue Brothers Band concert and the remaining 12 concerts of the 2014 season.

Call 724 659-3153 to become an ARCA member and reserve your place at the dinner and picnic.

As an ARCA member, join your friends, and make new friends, at ARCA events – attending concerts, viewing exhibits at the Red Brick Gallery, or volunteering on our Committees. Take pride in helping sustain music, art, and culture where we all live and work.

Your membership, or major gift, opens the door to a full year of benefits created especially for you. Included are ticket discounts; mail, e-mail, and if requested phone notice of upcoming events; the ability to mingle with performers and artists; and formal acknowledgement of your generosity in ARCA publications and on our website (unless you request otherwise). Contributions above a base $25 membership may have tax advantages, and we will acknowledge your deductible gift in writing.

The following benefits are yours during the 2014 Season when you join, renew, or upgrade your level of support of ARCA:

$25 – ARCA Individual Membership

Notice of upcoming Events; Member Discount for Select ARCA Events; Invitation to Appreciation Picnic – ticket price to be set to only cover actual cost of the event; and recognition in ARCA’s publications.

$50 – ARCA Family Membership

All benefits of Individual Membership, for your entire immediate family unit.

$100 – ARCA Bronze Membership

All benefits of Family Membership; PLUS an invitation to a pre- or post-concert reception.

$250 – ARCA Silver Membership

All benefits of Bronze Membership, PLUS an Invitation to an ARCA Guided Tour of the DeBence Museum of Antique Mechanical Musical Instruments in Franklin, PA and a reception afterwards in the DeBence Ballroom.

$500 – ARCA Gold Membership

All benefits of Silver Membership, PLUS an invitation for two to an ARCA Donor Dinner and Performance at RiverStone Estate with hosts, Dr. Arthur and Patricia Steffee.

$1,000 – ARCA Platinum Membership

All benefits of Gold Membership, PLUS two free tickets to a Sunday afternoon Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) concert in Pittsburgh and post-concert reception with PSO Musicians/Chamber Players in Heinz Hall, AND two free tickets to an ARCA concert in Lincoln Hall.

$1,500 – ARCA Sponsor

All benefits of Platinum Membership, PLUS sponsorship of a 2014 ARCA Concert, with recognition in program listing, AND use of Lincoln Hall for a private party without an ARCA rental charge (other applicable hall usage charges apply).

$2,500 – ARCA Guarantor

All benefits of Platinum Membership, PLUS sponsorship of a 2014 ARCA Concert Series, with recognition in program listing, AND a dinner with the artist(s) after one of your sponsored concerts AND use of Lincoln Hall for a private party without an ARCA rental charge (other applicable hall usage charges apply).

$5,000 – ARCA Benefactor

All benefits of Platinum Membership, PLUS sponsorship of a 2014 Festival, including program acknowledgement, media credits and prominent display and recognition, AND use of Lincoln Hall for a private party without an ARCA rental charge (other applicable hall usage charges apply).

Recognition of Significant Business, Foundation, and Governmental Agency gifts and grants will be tailored to best meet the need of the business or institution. Depending on the nature and size of the gift, benefits will be comparable to those given to individuals contributing at the same level, and may take the form of promotional advertisements, verbal thanks at events, and listings in event programs and the annual report.

 

BLUEGRASS AT ITS BEST!!

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Allegheny Riverstone Center for the Arts presents an event you will not want to miss – an Outdoor Concert of World Class Music in one of the most beautiful locations in western Pennsylvania – stately RiverStone Farm, Foxburg.

Have an unforgettable day at the scenically beautiful RiverStone Farm, and enjoy the nationally acclaimed Bluegrass musicians and recording artists, the DePUE BROTHERS BAND, in an outdoor concert at 4:00 PM, Sunday, August 17, in the outdoor arena by the RiverStone H-Barns.

Enjoy original blue grass tunes featuring the DePue Brothers Band and the most amazing “Orangeblossom Special” on their CD, “Weapons of Grass Construction” – http://www.depuebrothersband.com/

Here’s what the critics have said: David Rogers, Blowing Rock News: “The most complex “Orangeblossom Special” you have ever heard, mere textual descriptions cannot do it justice.” Hal Real, President, World Cafe Live: “This band of brothers and symphonic friends gives real meaning to the phrase “progressive bluegrass”, bending genres while delivering a powerful mix of classical chops, blazing bluegrass and rock and roll.”

For those not familiar with this musical iconic family from northwest Ohio (Bowling Green, to be exact) one is in for an ear-bending revelation. These four violinist brothers encompass a vivid blend of bluegrass, classical, and rock genres.

Each brother is a classical virtuoso in his own right, and brings rich and diverse talents to their sound. As a family they have been making music together for over 25 years. They were named “Musical Family of America” in 1989 by presidential decree, were the subject of a nationally televised PBS documentary in 1993, and two brothers (Jason and Zach) were featured in the film documentary Music From the Inside Out in 2005. Their first album as brothers, Classical Grass, sold out of its first printing.

Coming together with Tony Trischka, Mark Cosgrove, Don Liuzzi and a variety of bass players, the band began performing and recording in 2004. Weapons of Grass Construction, with its progressive mix of genres, gives a direct nod to their bluegrass tradition and their classical training, while adding a deeper infusion of rock and blues.

You can hear for yourself – bringing your family and friends and lawn chairs and a picnic basket for what will be unforgettable summer afternoon of Blue Grass in one of the most beautiful spots in all of western Pennsylvania. The elegant natural beauty of RiverStone Farm in Foxburg, PA will serve as the backdrop for an afternoon of a vivid blend of bluegrass, classical and rock genres performed by the DePue Brothers Band on Sunday, August 17 at 4:00 PM.

IF YOU ACT BY SUNDAY, AUGUST 3 AND BECOME A MEMBER OF ARCA, you also may attend the post-concert ARCA Membership Picnic (Pig Roast Dinner) and Dance in the Event Center at RiverStone Farm. Call 724 659-3153 to become a member and reserve your concert and dinner tickets.

 

 

Mini-Vacation

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Do you need a short summer getaway? Take advantage of our mini-vacation rate at the Foxburg Inn Hotel! Stay more than one night Sunday through Thursday to be eligible for our mini-vacation rate.

Enjoy better pricing without the hustle and bustle of the busy weekend. Check out Foxburg River Tours to schedule an afternoon segway or pontoon tour. Another option is to rent a bike to ride on the beautiful bike trail along the Allegheny River. You could also spend your afternoon golfing at the historic Foxburg Golf Course and Country Club. Join the Allegheny Grille on their patio Tuesday evenings for live entertainment. 

Then, come relax in one of the hotel’s popular suites with the gas fireplace and two person Jacuzzi Tub. Bring a pizza back to your room from the Foxburg Pizza Shop while enjoying the river view from your room, or have a nice sit down dinner at the Allegheny Grille with seating along the river. After dinner visit the Foxburg Wine Cellars for wine tasting or ask about purchasing a wine basket that will be ready in your room upon arrival.

Please call the Foxburg Inn Hotel at 724-659-3116 for more details and to book your stay today!

 

Tania Grubbs coming to Foxburg JazzFest!

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Tania Grubbs 

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts Presents: Tania Grubbs, Jazz Vocalist & her swinging Trio.

Saturday, July 26th at 7:00pm in the air conditioned Lincoln Hall in Foxburg, PA

Tania will be performing with her husband Jeff (Pittsburgh Symphony bassist and jazz bassist extraordinaire), Tom Wendt (drum set player0, and Daniel May (Jazz Pianist). Tania and the Trio will be performing selections from Tania’s new recording “Lost in the Stars”, in which they are all featured artists.

Tania has been singing for as long as she can remember, appearing at many different venues. She was a student at Youngstown University and focused on American Songbook. It was there that Tania focused on jazz by listening to every great artist she could study.

After meeting her husband, Jeff Grubbs, Tania established a solid reputation in the Sunshine State by singing in many jazz clubs, concert settings and theater productions. She was a featured vocalist with the Florida Philharmonic and a “voice” of the Boca Raton Pops Orchestra for three years.

Currently, Tania is the Co-Director at Pittsburgh’s Fairmont Hotel four-night-per-week jazz series “Jazz at Andy’s.” Grubbs also is the Music Director at the Mansions on Fifth Avenue hotel. She has also been a featured vocalist for the Pittsburgh Symphony, Civic Light Opera, and the Cultural Trust’s “JazzLive” series.

Plan for a relaxing, romantic mid-summer evening in the beautiful Allegheny River Valley by having a wine tasting at The Foxburg Winery, enjoying drinks and dinner at the nearby Allegheny Grille or for lighter fare, at Foxburg’s Pizza Shop – and cap it off with gourmet coffee and dessert at Divani’s Chocolates.

To reserve tickets, call 724 659-3153 Adults: $25 Members: $20 Students: $10

 

2014 Foxburg JazzFest!

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Pictured Above: Tania Grubbs

 

This weekend is packed full of entertainment! Saturday & Sunday, July 26th-27th come join ARCA in their 2014 Foxburg JazzFest!

Saturday, July 26th

Kicking off the JazzFest will be Eric Krouse and his trio from the Clarion area. Come enjoy the Foxburg Winery and music by the award-winning Eric Krouse Trio from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Eric Krouse is a young pianist that just returned from the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. His keyboard technique and interpretive style has earned him national attention.

The main highlight of the Foxburg JazzFest will be The Tania Grubbs Quartet playing at Lincoln Hall at 7:00pm. Call 724-659-3153 to reserve your tickets. Prices are as follows: Adults $25, ARCA Members $20, and Students $10. Tania Grubbs and her husband reside in Pittsburg. She recently released a new CD “Lost in the Stars.” Tania is the Co-Director at Pittsburgh’s Fairmont Hotel four-night-per-week jazz series “Jazz at Andy’s.” Grubbs also is the Music Director at the Mansions on Fifth Avenue hotel. She has also been a featured vocalist for the Pittsburgh Symphony, Civic Light Opera, and the Cultural Trust’s “JazzLive” series.

Sunday, July 27th

By popular demand, join the Allgheny Grille in welcoming Mark DeWalt and Catro. They will be playing on the deck of the Allegheny Grille from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. They are among the most talented musicians in the region appearing at venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, Disneyland Park in Anaheim, CA, Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival, and The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.

 

Enjoy A Peaceful Sunday!

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Need a Peaceful Sunday? Don’t sit around the house. Here are some ideas of things to do in the Foxburg Area. 

From Noon – 4pm visit the Car/Truck/Bike Cruise on Main Street in Emlenton. Enter a car yourself, or take a stroll down Main Street viewing all the classic vehicles. Registration starts at 10:30am. Look for the signs! There will be a $4.00 entry fee and awards in various categories.

Donaldson Motors on River Ave. in Emlenton will be holding a Model Car and Truck Display. There are close to 200 models! The Summer Festival train display will also be running. The display will be open from noon to 4:00pm.

Take a walk or bike ride on the Emlenton or Foxburg bike trails along the Allegheny River.

Visit the Foxburg Winery (open noon to 8:00pm) for wine tasting and enjoy the talent of Acoustic Highway from 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

Eat dinner at the Allegheny Grille with a great view of the river, or order a pizza from the Foxburg Pizza Shop to eat on the Foxburg Inn Hotel river deck or in your room.

To reserve your room at the Foxburg Inn Hotel, call 724-659-3116.

 

Can’t Get Enough Parades & Fireworks?

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Who doesn’t love parades and fireworks? Less than 5 minutes away you can visit the 2014 Emlenton Summer Festival. After you’re stuffed from festival foods and tired out from the entertainment & activities, come back to a beautiful room at The Foxburg Inn Hotel. Rooms are booking fast! Call 724-659-3116 to reserve your room for the evening now!

Don’t forget the Adult 5K Walk/Run starting at 8:00am with a starting line at Hughes Park in Emlenton. See below for more details.

Donaldson Motors on River Ave. will be holding a Model Car and Truck Display. There are close to 200 models! The Summer Festival train display will also be running. The display will be open from noon to 5:00pm.

Also, check out Amy’s Closet for her Annual Summer Clearance Sale! Open Friday from 10:00am to 3:00pm or call for an appointment. She is offering 50% off select spring & summer items as well as selected gifts, jewelry & accessories and a 75% off rack for great savings! Amy’s Closet is located on Main Street in Emlenton right next to the Emlenton Mill.

The Emlenton Volunteer Fire Department firemen will be serving up their famous Hot Sausage, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and French Fries. Sales start at 11:00am until sold out. For more information on the Emlenton Volunteer Fire Department, click here to visit their Facebook page.

The Parade starts at 6:00pm with fireworks beginning at dusk. Something the entire family will enjoy!

 

Saturday, July 12th Activities

8:00am – Softball Tournament on top of the hill – Come watch the annual Softball Tournament. It is a single-pitch, double elimination tournament. In event of rain, the tournament will be held on Sunday, July 13th.

8:00am – Adult 5K Walk/Run – Rain or Shine. Registration and Starting Line are located at Hughes Park on top of the hill by the ball fields. The out-and-back rolling course will be run on paved and gravel roads. It’s a newly designed course! Medals will be awarded to the top 3 in each category. Race Day registration is $25.00. Contact Carrie 724-867-0929 for more information.

9:00am – Raft Race – Emlenton to Parker. Watch to see whose homemade raft will make the float from Emlenton to Parker.

10:00am – Kids Mini Marathon – This is a free activity open for kids ages 7 to 12. The race will take place at Hughes Park. Children ages 7 to 9 will compete in a ¼ mile run and ages 10 to 12 will run a ½ mile race. Each participant will receive a finisher’s medal.

10:00am – Kids Bike Race – This event will take place on Main Street in front of the bank. To participate you MUST wear a helmet. There will be NO exceptions. Registration begins at 9:30am for children ages 6 to 9. Registration begins at 2:00pm for a race time of 2:30pm for children ages 10 to 12. Kids participating in the race are invited to ride in the parade!

10:00am – 4:00pm – Pony Rides- Pony rides will take place behind the Emlenton Mill. For more information about the Emlenton Mill, click here.

10:00am – 6:00pm – River Golf – This event will take place at the Riverfront Apartments until 6:00pm or until golf balls run out. See if you can make a hole in one on the Allegheny!

10:30am – Kids Scavenger Hunt – This event will take place at Hughes Park. It is open to all children 12 years of age and younger.

Noon – Frog jumping Contest – Must be under the age of 14 to enter. Bring your own frog to the Emlenton Crawford Center Gym. If your frog doesn’t jump, you will be given a second chance after all contestants have been given their turn. The age groups will be 7 and under and 8 to 14. Prizes will be given for 1-3 longest jumps, most unique, smallest, and largest frogs.

Noon – 3:00pm – Make-Your-Own Tie-Dyed T-Shirt- Amazing Stitches will be holding sign ups Monday – Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm. You will select your T-shirt size at registration. One T-Shirt per child. Cost will be $3.00 for children 12 and under and all others $5.00. Click here for more information about Amazing Stitches.

1:00pm – 8:00pm – Kiddieland – Visit the Emlenton Crawford Center Parking Lot for a children’s area full of games and activities. This is free to all kids!

1:30pm – Ice Cream Eating Contest – visit the Emlenton Mill Creamery for an Ice Cream Eating Contest. For more information about the Emlenton Mill, click here.

4:00pm – Rubber Duckie Race – This event will take place at Mineral Springs Park. Race will start at the walking bridge. Each duck costs $5.00.

6:00pm – Summer Festival Parade on Main Street

7:00pm – 9:00pm – Music on the Patio of the Emlenton Mill. For more information about the Emlenton Mill, click here.

Dusk – Fireworks by Pyrotecnico

 

Did You Forget Something?

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View from Foxburg Inn Hotel River Deck.

 

Did you forget to book your room at The Foxburg Inn Hotel for Friday night? There’s still time! Call 724-659-3116 to book your room now. After all the fun Emlenton Summer Festival Activities, you will want a nice room to relax in at the Foxburg Hotel. Enjoy the view of the river from your room or while sitting on the river deck.

Don’t forget to stop at the Emlenton Volunteer Fire Department to try some of their fabulous Strawberry Shortcake! Sales start at 11:00AM until sold out. The firemen will also be serving up their famous Hot Sausage, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and Loaded Fries. For more information on the Emlenton Volunteer Fire Department, click here to visit their Facebook page.

Also, check out Amy’s Closet for her Annual Summer Clearance Sale! Open Friday from Noon to 5:00PM or call for an appointment. She is offering 50% off select spring & summer items as well as selected gifts, jewelry & accessories and a 75% off rack for great savings! Amy’s Closet is located on Main Street in Emlenton right next to the Emlenton Mill.

Friday, July 11th Activities

8:00am – 5:00pm – Townwide Trash & Treasure Sales

8:00am – 6:00pm – Digital Scavenger Hunt – Any team (2 or more people of any age) can enter the digital photography scavenger hunt. Stop to register at the yard sale map table (on Main Street, corner of UniMart parking lot). The team with the highest number of points wins.

10:00am – Noon – Jr. Fishing Derby – Open to any child ages toddler to 16. The Derby will take place at the North Shore of Kahle’s Lake. Arrive before 10:00am to register. Age groups will be Toddlers thru age 7, 8 to 11 year olds, and 12 to 16 year olds. Prizes will be awarded in each age group for first fish caught, most fish caught, and biggest fish caught. Each child will receive a hotdog, chips, and pop for participating.

6:30pm – Little It Deli’s Pizza Eating Contest – You must pre-register so there is enough pizza prepared. Little It Deli is located on Main Street in Emlenton. Click here for more information about Little It Deli.

7:00pm – Emlenton’s Got Talent (Kids Only Talent Show- Located at the Emlenton Crawford Center Auditorium. The performance is open to the public. Join us and enjoy tomorrow’s performers today!

8:00pm – Street Dance – Located at the Emlenton Crawford Center Parking Lot. Entertainment provided by Best Entertainment.