5 issues to do in Westmoreland County: September 2-5

Arts and crafts

The 29th Annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Labor Day Festival is held Friday through Monday at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds in Mt. Pleasant Township.

More than 200 exhibitors from 14 states will be in attendance selling jewelry, embellished apparel, home and seasonal decor, floral arrangements, candles, lotions and soaps, pet treats and accessories, and food and beverages.

The festival also features food stalls, live music and children’s activities, including a petting zoo, barrel train rides, fishpond games and face painting with the clowns Glitter Dot and Dapper.

Festival opening hours are Friday and Monday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Admission is $6.50, $6 for those 65 and older, $3 for 12-15 year olds. Tickets are available at the box office or online at familyfestivals.com.

Fred Rogers fine art

The 12th Annual Mister Fred Rogers Fine Arts Juried Exhibition runs through September 30 at the Latrobe Art Center, 819 Ligonier St. The exhibition features 75 works by nearly 50 artists, selected by judge and juror Susanne Slavick, an artist, curator and Andrew W Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

A reception with drinks and light bites is planned for September 8th from 5pm to 7pm. Awards are announced including the Ned J. Nakles Award for Excellence in Oil/Acrylic, Mister Fred Rogers Award of Distinction and Best in Show.

Select artists have the opportunity to be chosen by students in the Greater Latrobe School District to have their work on permanent display in the district’s Special Arts Collection, a program designed to introduce students to original art.

The opening hours of the center are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 724-537-7011 or visit latrobeartcenter.org.

Goodbye Summer Sounds

The Sea The Sea, an indie folk-pop duo from New York State, will perform at SummerSounds’ Friday season finale at 7 p.m. at St. Clair Park in downtown Greensburg.

The couple’s 2020 release and third full-length album, Stumbling Home, was dubbed “otherworldly” by Rolling Stone. They’ve also received praise from Buzzfeed, Huffington Post and Pitchfork and have more than 20 million streams on Spotify to date.

Cathy Jane will provide pre-show music from 6:15pm to 6:45pm

Admission is free; Donations will be accepted in support of the annual summer concert series on Friday. Visit summersounds.com for more information.

Royal treatment

Children 12 and under are guests of honor at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival this weekend and are admitted free with paid adult admission. The children’s ticket can be picked up at the festival cash desk.

Special activities from Saturday to Monday include costume contests for princes, princesses and pirates; the royal quest; Knight ceremonies and photos with the king and queen. Medieval entertainment also includes fairground rides, games of skill, food, costumed characters, arts and crafts demonstrations, a marketplace, tournaments and entertainment.

It’s also union and labor appreciation weekend. Union members can buy a free ticket at the festival box office, buy one; Your children under the age of 12 have free entry.

Festival opening times are Saturdays and Sundays until 25 September and Labor Day from 10.30am to 6.30pm at the festival site at 112 Renaissance Lane, South Huntingdon. Adult tickets are $15 and are available at pittsburghrenfest.com.

Color me fabulous

Artist-in-Residence Janel Young will host a coloring book party Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg.

The all-ages session will feature Young’s self-illustrated Color Your Crown: A Natural Hair Coloring Book, which she created to help women and girls of color think positively about their natural hair. The contestant with the best coloring page will win a copy of Color Your Crown.

The session is free. To register, call 888-718-4253 or visit thewestmoreland.org.

Shirley McMarlin is a Contributor to the Tribune Review. You can contact Shirley via email at smcmarlin@triblive.com or via Twitter.

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