"In Harmony" Heritage Music Festival -
Go to InHarmonyFestival.com for details and tickets!
Guitars, fiddles, and vocals will be ringing from the rafters in one of the oldest barns west of the Allegheny Mountains on July 28 and 29 as more than a dozen groups perform at the In Harmony Heritage Music Festival. This first annual festival is sponsored by the Harmony Museum and will bring old-time heritage music to historic buildings in and around Harmony, Pa.
Headlining Friday night’s concert is the popular Pittsburgh group the Allegheny Drifters, singing Appalachian-inspired music. Saturday’s headline group is the exciting Cello Fury, bringing high energy and new perspectives to heritage music.
Other performers at the festival include The Hill and the Rivers, Old Song Rescue Society, Pittsburgh Historic Music Society Orchestra, Snappin’ Bug String Band, Sarah Sternaka and Devin Sherman, “Gertrude Rapp” and the Silk House Singers, Well Strung, Pittsburgh Banjo Club, South Wind, Midnight Rooster, Mirror Trio, and The Wayward Companions.
Weekend passes are just $10 and cover festival admission to all concerts, both days. Harmony Museum members, seniors and youth get admission for $7. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door, and starting June 20 though EventBrite.com. More information is at InHarmonyFestival.com.
Performances will take place at the 1805 Harmonist Barn at 303 Mercer Road, and the nearby Mennonite Meetinghouse on Wise Road. Last year the Meetinghouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The two venues are connected by the Harmony walking trail.
The festival will also showcase local talents. Students from Seneca Valley High School, McPharlin Music Shop, and Lazier's Harmony Music Studios will perform. Plus, a beer garden will feature local brewers North Country Brewing, Harmony and ShuBrew, Zelienople. Food and other vendors will be set up near the Harmonist Barn just north of Harmony Borough.
The music festival came about through an anonymous grant. “We have a donor who had discussed this kind of festival with our long-time president John Ruch,” tells Rodney Gasch, current president of the Historic Harmony and the Harmony Museum. “When John passed away last fall, this donor didn’t want that dream to die. The festival is dedicated to the historic vision of John Ruch and his widow, Shelby.”
“The festival’s goal is to celebrate the music inspired by, or performed by, the Harmonists,” says Cheryl Speir, festival chair and board member of Historic Harmony. “The Harmonists were a Lutheran separatist group who established Harmony as a communal settlement in 1804. They left a broad musical legacy, some of which will be performed at the festival. We are pleased to have WYEP as our media sponsor of the event.”
Harmony Museum Weavers Make It -
Take It Classes Offered
These classes continue on the third Saturday of every month. Weave a wool scarf or rag rug, or a bag on a pre-warped loom with
the assistance of instructors at the Harmony Museum’s
Weavers Log Cabin annex -- and take it
home with you.
Capacity is limited. The 210-year-old log house is
at 245 Mercer St., two blocks from the museum. Proceeds
benefit museum operations.
Registration is by e-mail at email@example.com, and
should specify interest in weaving a scarf or rug or bag.
Village Post Office Open at Harmony Museum Shop
The Village Post Office returns the convenience of basic
postal retail services lost to residents and businesses when
lease expiration closed Harmony’s Post Office at the
Municipal Building in mid-2009.
Harmony’s former Post Office occupied the same Wagner House
space for many decades before being moved to the Municipal
Building in 1967.
As the Postal Service is informing area customers, the new
Village Post Office offers "popular Postal products and
services. With convenient hours and location, you can mail
letters and ship your Flat-Rate Priority packages right
where you shop." Customers can buy Forever stamp booklets,
obtain free Priority Mail Flat Rate supplies, drop off
postage-prepaid packages for Postal Service pickup, and
deposit mail in a sidewalk collection box. They will also
enjoy free parking adjacent to the Museum Shop.
Retail postal services are available during regular Museum
Shop hours: Tuesday-Saturday noon-4 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4
p.m.. It is closed on Mondays and holidays.
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