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Our Town Correspondent

“Third Avenue Arts Festival,” hosted by Bottle Works—Arts on Third Avenue, is to take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 13. 

The festival’s kick-off party, “All American Ethnic Dinner and SongWorks Concert,” will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. July 12.

The kick-off party will feature a picnic-style dinner and live music provided by members of SongWorks, a local songwriting group that meets monthly at Bottle Works. 

Cooks throughout the community will prepare a variety of dishes, and a cash bar will be available (please note that this is not a BYOB event). 

The concert is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be titled “Primary Colors.” It is being organized by local musician Barry Poglein. 

In addition to Poglein, SongWorks members participating in this concert are: Sam Coco, Monica Shabella, Malcolm Crittenden, Scott Hoover, Judy Deangelo and Denise Baldwin. 

Poglein said the aforementioned songwriters will be joining him on a few of his original songs, including the “bluesy” song that shares the name of the concert itself.

“‘Primary Colors’ is a song that I wrote for my elementary school art classes when I taught in Johnstown, and then at United,” Poglein said. “We (SongWorks members) don’t typically play on each other’s songs, but during our last meeting, I invited them to write additional verses to my song. Gosh, it was so much fun that I couldn’t stand it. They came up with outstanding verses. So, we jammed a little bit, and now ‘Primary Colors’ will be the opening song for our set.”

Poglein’s friends will join him for “Don’t Put Your Photomontage Out in the Garage,” and “Songs Work.” The latter is a song Poglein wrote about why musicians write songs, he said. 

“I ended a recent show with it (“Songs Work”) and it was very well-received,” Poglein said.

The remainder of the concert will feature the participating musicians performing their own originals, as well as some cover songs.  

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Poglein said. “It’s summertime, and everybody needs to feel good about something, and it might as well be our songs.” 

There is a cost to attend “All American Ethnic Dinner and SongWorks Concert.” A concert-only ticket, however, is also available for purchase.  

To purchase tickets to “All American Ethnic Dinner and SongWorks Concert,” call a Bottle Works staff member at 814-535-2020. 

The third annual “Third Avenue Arts Festival” is free and open to the public. It will take place on Third Avenue in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood. During its inaugural year and then in its second year, the festival spanned three days. This year, however, a “Pop Plaza Parking Lot Project” is currently underway at Bottle Works, so organizers have made this year’s festival a one-day-only event.

Attendees can still expect to see what they’ve saw in the past: juried artisan booths; live art demonstrations; Italian street painting exhibits and more. 

As of press time, this year’s art demonstrators include: Joanne Mekis (painting/ Italian street painting), Jo Novelli-Blasko (writing/watercolor), Jaime Helbig (painting/Italian street painting), Alan Rauch (painting), Richard Hower (stone carving), Carol Churchey (fiber arts) and Glen Klimeck (comic book artist). 

Art vendors include all of the above artists, plus Motions in Glass and Portraits by Marci, with more to be announced.

For news and updates about “All American Ethnic Dinner and SongWorks Concert” and “Third Avenue Arts Festival,” visit Bottle Works’s official Facebook page or

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