JazzPA continues to stage a summer musical tradition.
In its fifth year, the local nonprofit organization will hold its annual Summer Jazz Celebration on July 26-28, featuring veteran tenor saxophonist Houston Person. Noted for his soulful recordings for the Prestige label in the 1960s, Person also backed legendary vocalist Etta Jones for more than 30 years, and has 75 albums to his name.
Person will play at 7:30 p.m. July 28 at the American Philatelic Society/ Match Factory in Bellefonte. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at Websters Bookstore Cafe in State College and Cool Beans in Bellefonte.
The Phil Haynes Trio kicks off the festival at 7:30 p.m. July 26 at the Palmer Museum on Penn States campus. The event is free and sponsored by WPSU and the museum.
Tickets are required and information is available at wpsu.org/ jazzatthepalmer.
On July 27 and 28, in addition to being at the Zola New World Bistro at 324 W. College Ave. in State College, the music will move to Bellefonte to several venues:
APS/Match Factory, 100 Match Factory Place
Centre Crest, 502 E. Howard St.
Gamble Mill, 160 Dunlop St.
Gazebo, Talleyrand Park
Governors Pub, 211 W. High St.
Main Stage, High Street at the train station
In addition to Person, pianist Russ Kassoff, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Dennis Mackrel will be guest artists.
Local artists will include Catherine Dupuis, the Bellefonte Area High School Jazz Band, Kevin Supina, The Tarnished Six, Arthur Goldstein Quartet with Steve Bowman, JT Blues, State College Area High School Jazz Band, Carl Ector and Chip Love and Zeropoint.
Go to JazzPA.com for complete schedules.
St. Johns Summer Festival
The annual St. Johns Summer Festival returns Thursday to Bellefontes Hyde Park on Blanchard Street.
Through Sunday, the hours will be 5-10 p.m. The church has worked hard to re-create the old-fashioned family oriented carnivals of years past. Visitors will find games, food booths, bingo, and sit-down dining (in Lambert Hall). There will be a yard sale each night and live local entertainment.
A special stage has been built for the performances.
Best of all, there is no entrance fee.
There is nothing like a festival on a summer evening to relax, have some great food and meet your neighbors.
Earth and Fire art exhibition
The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County has announced an exhibit of ceramic art by five central Pennsylvania artists.
On display in the Windows Gallery, the show will open Friday and continue through Aug. 12. An opening reception will be held 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the museum.
Artists exhibiting in this show are Jake Johnson, of Potters Mills; Jack Troy, of Huntingdon; Carolanne Currier, of Huntingdon; Ian Stainton, of Bellefonte; and Chris Staley, of State College.
Thousands of years ago artists began shaping and molding clay into pots and other items.
Over time, the artisans have refined and modified the techniques of shaping, glazing and firing. The artists in this show, through their varied styles, produced stoneware, porcelain and classic pottery for your appreciation.
Connie Cousins writes a weekly column on happenings in the Bellefonte area. Send her news at firstname.lastname@example.org.