By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Thousands of people are set to converge on the Community Arts Center of Cambria County’s grounds for the art center’s annual Log House Arts Festival.
This year, organizers are hoping that the turnout is just as good as in years past, especially because the festival serves as a major fundraiser for the nonprofit.
“The proceeds will help us move forward and support new programs and projects we’re going to venture into,” Executive Director Angela Godin said.
The 46th Log House Arts Festival is scheduled for Sept. 3-4 at the arts center, located in Westmont at 1217 Menoher Blvd.
Godin seemed particularly excited to announce that she has revived the festival’s shuttle service.
“In the past, when there was a shuttle available, a lot more people were able to come to the festival because they didn’t have to worry about parking,” Godin said. “It has been a number of years since the shuttle service has been here, so this year we partnered with Senior Life to bring it back. Senior Life is a business that does great things in the community, and we couldn’t be happier to offer these shuttles once again.”
The arts center is to offer festival-goers an opportunity to catch one of two shuttles, courtesy of Senior Life. Parking and pick-up locations include the Senior Life parking lot, located at 401 Broad St., and the Hiram G. Andrews Center parking lot, located at 727 Goucher St. The shuttles run approximately every 15 minutes, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., both days of the festival.
Saturday’s live entertainment is scheduled to be Somerset Roof Garden Chorus, Rosie and the Jammers and The Sharptones.
On Sunday, Satrycon and The Desperadoes are set to perform. Satrycon will be accompanied by West African dance troupe Kulani, as well as Kulani Kids, and Belly Dancing with Adrianna’s Arabian Jewels.
“Satrycon’s performance will be a fusion between his wonderful music and their performing arts pieces,” Godin said.
Godin said that Satrycon and his fellow performers are bound to keep audiences clapping their hands and tapping their feet.
“The Roof Garden Chorus is a super talented barbershop chorus, and Rosie and the Jammers, a polka band, is one of the most popular in the community,” Godin said. “The Sharptones have such a great sound. The Desperadoes . . . they are truly one of Johnstown’s favorite bands. Between all of our performers, we have hit almost every genre that people would really want to hear.”
Family-friendly entertainment is to be provided throughout the weekend by Unicycle Sam, who will show off approximately 10 different unicycles of various heights and sizes. Strolling magician Richard Benninghoff will walk around the grounds during both days, and also offer magic shows inside the arts center. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Spiderman and the Dunkin’ Donuts mascots will make appearances.
Children can participate in the various activities that will be made available to them inside “Kid’s Kingdom,” such as canvas art, spin art, tie-dye T-shirts and face painting. Caricatures, henna tattoos and other exciting offerings will round out “Kid’s Kingdom.” Godin said that the purpose of the “Kid’s Kingdom” is to inspire a creative arts and crafts environment.
“‘Kid’s Kingdom’ is a really special place because the parents get to interact and aid their children in the projects they’re working on,” she said. “It’s very family friendly.”
Food is to be sold by Clark’s Corner Store, Papa John’s Pizza and Szechuan East. An assortment of other foods and desserts are also to be for sale.
Various craftsmen and craftswomen are to sell handcrafted items and demonstrate their artistic process. Organizers remain committed, Godin said, to giving people an opportunity to purchase works of art directly from the artists.
“I think people really appreciate the quality craftsmen,” Godin said. “This festival is truly about them, and their handmade items, and we really try to preserve that. We have well over 80 vendors this year, including 20 new ones.
“We try to encourage these artists, so we don’t take commission. We really respect and appreciate what they can do, and we love the variety of what we have in these artists.”
For more information about the festival, call 814-255-6515 or visit arts center’s official website at www.caccc.org.
This year’s corporate sponsor is 1st Summit Bank. Co-sponsors are Atlantic Broadband, Somerset Trust Co., Conemaugh Health System, First Commonwealth Bank, First National Bank, Highmark, Northwest Savings Bank, CTC, Dr. Mary Berge and Associates and State Farm Donna Christopher.
“We always have a really great group of sponsors,” Godin said. “And it’s important to note that we not only have recurring sponsors, but also new sponsors . . . they recognize, too, how wonderful this festival is.”
Godin said that she’s expecting more than 10,000 people to attend the festival.
“It’s going to truly be a wonderful weekend,” Godin said. “Whether you are a child or a parent or a young adult or an adult or a grandparent, everyone will find something to enjoy. There’s so much to do, and we’ve really tried to make it all-encompassing.”