Hollidaysburg Arts Council hosts three concerts

From Mirror Staff reports

HOLLIDAYSBURG — At 7 p.m. Sunday, the Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council will present an encore performance of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band “It was 51 years ago today!” at Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School at 1000 Hewitt St.

This free show is in association with Altitude Entertainment, produced by Will Jones and musical direction by Rick Wertz. It will feature local artists with narration by Dr. Kenneth Womack who will be doing a book signing from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble for his book “Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926-1966.”

HAAC presents two additional concerts this summer called “Music in the Burg” in the Anne S. Borland Pavilion at the Canal Basin Park, 101 Canal St.

The second concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 5 and features Mama Corn, playing Allegheny Mountain Bluegrass. A popular band on the regional bluegrass festival circuit, it features singer-songwriters using guitar, banjo, dobro, harmonica, mandolin, upright bass and vocal harmonies as the group presents the spirit of traditional roots music.

The final concert is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 25 and features the Altoona Symphony Orchestra.

Established in 1998, the arts council is a volunteer organization affiliated with the Borough of Hollidaysburg.

“We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary and are proud to continue the mission of our founder and President Marie Little,” said publicity chair Jill Bulman.

“Our goal is to enrich the lives of our citizens by bringing the arts and people together. We seek to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts by providing outstanding programs and arts education for residents of all ages. We interact with community and cultural groups to best utilize our combined resources.”

The HAAC is supported through sponsorships by the Borough of Hollidaysburg, area businesses, foundations, and individuals and represent all the arts through programs and presentations by local artists and organizations.

“Our programs provide quality interaction between audience and the artist. We know the arts are also fundamental to the vitality and economic growth of our community. Thus, we offer arts camps, adult workshops, art walks, and free concerts,” she said.

Leadership of the organization is provided by: Marie Little, president; Pat Gildea, vice president and secretary; Christine Liebal, treasurer, Bulman, publicity; and board members Judy Brown, Chabela Grab, Kerrie Kinzle, Helen Liebal, Colleen Parks, and Alice Richardson.

The HAAC accepts new members throughout the year. Meetings are held monthly at the Hollidaysburg Borough Building. For more information visit hollidaysburgartscouncil.org and on Facebook.

HAAC has been recognized by state and local organizations including: Blair County Historical Society “Art in Public Places” (mural) Hollidaysburg Area Education Association; Hollidaysburg Alumni Association; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for Outstanding Community Service to the Arts by a volunteer organization; Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance; and Blair County Arts Foundation, 2011 Inductee into the Arts Hall of Fame.