Schedule of Events at WAHF

Thursday, July 3

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - OPENING CEREMONY - Island Stage. A Festival tradition. Aubrey Mary Burchell will sing the National Anthem. Commonwealth Ancients Fifes & Drums will lead our guests to the stage. The recipient of the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival Visual Arts Scholarship will be announced.

11 a.m. to Noon - Books Come Alive –Children’s Stage. Stage Right! of Greensburg acts out a beloved children’s story. 

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Paul E. LaViolette – Heritage Trail. Meet the author of Sink or Be Sunk and other self-published books.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Brian & Judi Lloyd – Heritage Trail. Meet the authors of The Cliffs of New Alexandria, PA.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - RedHot Ramblers - Island Stage . An 8-piece New Orleans Jazz band from Pittsburgh. 

Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Portrait of Patsy Cline - Hillside Stage. Cathi Rhodes channels the late Patsy Cline in this tribute show. 

Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Food Awards - Laurel Stage. The revived food awards are going strong in their third year now. Returning judges Chef Mark F. Henry (Chef Mark’s Palate) and Chef Regis M. Holden, Jr. (Senior Director of Culinary Services, Eat ‘n Park) will be joined by a surprise guest.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.- Carnegie Science Center “Rockin’ Robots - Children’s Stage. An educational program for children.

1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – The Freeport Theatre Festival will perform a scene from “Spirit of the Revolution” – Along the Heritage Trail.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Penn-Trafford Community Band – Island Stage. 

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.- Broke, Stranded and Ugly – Laurel Stage. Bluegrass duo.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - A Conversation with Curt & Chris of Pittsburgh Dad - Hillside Stage. Curt Wootton and Chris Preksta will talk about their success with Pittsburgh Dad and other projects. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.- Laurel Valley Academy of Dance - Children’s Stage

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Meet and Greet with Curt Wootton & Chris Preksta of Pittsburgh Dad – Festival Store. Free autographs and a variety of merchandise on sale.

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.- Noel Quintana - Hillside Stage. A folkloric Latin music group.

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  - Mean Mary – Laurel Stage. The strolling banjo player returns to spend another four days at the Festival.

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - The Marcels - Island Stage. In their first Festival performance since 2011, the guys who made Blue Moon a hit will sing your favorite oldies. 

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Alicia Stankay – Heritage Trail. Meet the author of Tales of Twenty Women: Reflections of Love, Between Two Bears: Short Stories on the Journey of Life.

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Jennifer Sopko – Heritage Trail. Meet the author of Ligonier Valley Vignettes: Tales from the Laurel Highlands.

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.- Shane Speal - Hillside Stage. “The King of the Cigar Box Guitar” returns to bring us some fresh tunes. 

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. - KleZlectic - Laurel Stage. Traditional Klezmer music. 

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Carnegie Science Center – Rockin’ Robots - Children’s Stage

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Scott, Rob, & Greg of the Clarks – Acoustic Show - Island Stage. Many will remember that the Clarks rocked the Island Stage back in 1995. Three of the guys come back to bring back memories from 19 years ago.

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Temujin - Hillside Stage. African storytelling.

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Dixon’s Violin - Laurel Stage. Dixon, the world's premier digital violinist, has captivated audiences at Burning Man and has given two TED talks/performances. 

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Dewayne Hill - Children’s Stage. Magic show.

Friday, July 4

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Flow Band - Island Stage. Reggae from “the island of Pittsburgh.”

11 a.m. to Noon – Stan Gordon - Hillside Stage. “A History of UFO sightings, bigfoot and strange creature encounters from Westmoreland County and surrounding areas.” A question and answer period will follow the lecture.

11 a.m. to Noon - Me & My Dog – Ohkom Farms - Children’s Stage. Teaching kids to be responsible pet owners.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Carole Waterhouse – Heritage Trail. Meet the author of The Tapestry Baby, Winsome's Delight, Without Wings, Paradise Ranch, and Horse Crazy.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Compass Inn/Ligonier Valley Historical Society – Heritage Trail.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Denise Baldwin - Laurel Stage. Pop/rock covers mixed with original tunes. 

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Mean Mary - Hillside Stage.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Jay Smar - Children’s Stage. Interactive program with audience singing, children performing on mandolin and fiddle (preceded by the instruments’ origin), the origin of and the teaching of a very simple clog-dancing step, as well as some coal mining stories such as the invention of the first roller-coaster from a coal train called the “Switchback” in Jim Thorpe, PA. 

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Hamilton Ave. - Island Stage. An acoustic classic rock band featuring Tim Bush on vocals/guitar, Mike Scimmi on bass/vocals/tangled cords, and Tom Pastor on drums and vocals.

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Black Horse - Laurel Stage. Plays classic country music ignored by mainstream country radio. 

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Books come Alive – Stage Right! - Children’s Stage

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Jemeena - Hillside Stage. Belly dance. 

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.- Jay Smar - Children’s Stage

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Jessica Saenz- Laurel Stage. Talented young singer covers pop songs and shares original music. 

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Neon Swing X-perience - Island Stage. This band is “relentlessly devoted to updating and preserving vintage American genres such as swing, rockabilly, hot jazz, horn rock, and blues.” 

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Steel Clover - Children’s Stage. Celtic music. 

4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – The Freeport Theatre Festival will perform a scene from “Spirit of the Revolution” – Along the Heritage Trail.

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Joy Ike - Hillside Stage. A singer-songwriter “who purposely refuses to be pigeon-holed into any one specific genre.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.- Temujin - Laurel Stage.

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Brian & Judi Lloyd – Heritage Trail. Meet the authors of The Cliffs of New Alexandria, PA.

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Jay Smar - Children’s Stage.

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Shane Speal  - Laurel Stage.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - The Hillbilly Way - Island Stage. Several members of the Povertyneck Hillbillies have reunited to form a new country band. 

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.- Dewayne Hill - Children’s Stage.

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Wisaal - Hillside Stage. Mediterranean fusion music from Lansing, MI. 

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. - BalloonRideFantasy - Laurel Stage. An emerging “fantasy rock” band from Pittsburgh. 

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Steel Clover - Children’s Stage.

Saturday, July 5

 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – The Freeport Theatre Festival will perform a scene from “Spirit of the Revolution” – Along the Heritage Trail.

11 a.m. to Noon - Augsburg German Band - Island Stage. Authentic German music.

11 a.m. to Noon - Shane Speal - Hillside Stage.

11 a.m. to Noon - Me & My Dog – Ohkom Farms- Children’s Stage.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Poetry & Short Story Reading/Awards - Laurel Stage. Award recipients from the 2014 Poetry & Short Story Contest will share their work.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Mary Ann Mogus – Heritage Trail.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Nora Podkul  & Debbie Saville – Heritage Trail. Meet the authors of Tripping Over Enlightenment.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Derry Area Historical Society – Heritage Trail.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Live painting by Gabe Felice – Near the Westmoreland Art Nationals Gallery.

Noon to 1 p.m. - Temujin (African Storytelling) - Children’s Stage.

Noon to 1 p.m. – Dick Hoak – Festival Store. Meet the Steeler legend and Jeannette Jayhawk as he signs autographs for sports fans.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Crush - Hillside Stage. “Five people trying to reinvent cover music.”

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Mean Mary - Laurel Stage.

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Westmoreland County Community College Jazz Band - Island Stage. Big band and jazz selections.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.- Youth Award Ceremony - Children’s Stage. Winners of the 2014 Youth Poetry and Short Story and Youth Art Contests will be announced.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.- Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers - Hillside Stage. Pittsburgh-based bluegrass band that has a 50+ year history. 

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Adler & Barath - Laurel Stage. Adler plays solid rhythm grooves and occasional leads in support of Barath’s superb harmonica playing, while the duo churns out their versions of blues classics.

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Laurel Ballet - Children’s Stage.

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Almost Sinatra - Island Stage. John Noble is about as close to Ol’ Blue Eyes as you can get these days.

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.- Books Come Alive – Stage Right! - Children’s Stage

4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest - Hillside Stage. Fiddlers compete in three age divisions for cash prizes in a contest that started at the Festival back in 1979. Mean Mary will perform at intermission.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.- Sentimental Jukebox - Laurel Stage. Cathi Rhodes & Diane Paul sing standards and oldies from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Singing along is encouraged. 

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Steel Cover - Children’s Stage.

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Joe F. Stierheim – Heritage Trail. Meet the author of The Finding of the Blue Feather, A Matter of Time, Jeremy Willikins' Adventures in the Land of Little, Mountains, The Time of the Mist, and The Song of Ailee.

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – L. Joanne McGough – Heritage Trail. Meet the author of A Bed and Breakfast Affair.

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Stage Right Sensations - Island Stage.

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – “Starting an Art Collection” – Laurel Stage. Guests from the Western Pennsylvania art scene will discuss starting an art collection on a shoestring budget. Discussion will be followed by a tour of the Westmoreland Art Nationals juried art exhibit. This program was made possible by The Visionary Fund of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.- 7 Bridges - Island Stage. A Nashville, TN-based Eagles tribute band making a long-awaited return to the Greensburg area.  

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.- Dewayne Hill - Children’s Stage.

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Jim Haner, the Banjo Man - Hillside Stage.

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Steel Clover (Celtic) - Children’s Stage.

Sunday, July 6

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Grkmania - Island Stage. Slovenian-style polka. 

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Acoustic Showcase - Hillside Stage.

11 a.m. to Noon - Dewayne Hill - Children’s Stage.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Shane Speal - Laurel Stage.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Ed Kelemen & Bev Gorga – Heritage Trail.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Brian & Judi Lloyd – Heritage Trail. Meet the authors of The Cliffs of New Alexandria, PA.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Patty A. Wilson – Heritage Trail. Meet the author of Totally Bizarre Pennsylvania, Haunted Pennsylvania, Haunted North Caroline, Haunted West Virginia, Where Dead Men Walk, and Pennsylvania's Lost Treasures.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Derry Area Historical Society – Heritage Trail.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Books Come Alive – Stage Right! Children’s Stage.

1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - East Coast Turnaround - Island Stage. Band from Jeannette known as “the Fathers of Trucker Rock.” 

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.- Philippine American Performing Arts of Greater Pittsburgh - Laurel Stage. Traditional folk dances will be performed. 

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Pittsburgh Steel Man – Familly Fun Zone. Steel Man will meet and greet his young friends and demonstrate the art of balloon tying. 

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Steel Clover - Children’s Stage.

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Special Programming - To Be Announced - Laurel Stage.

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Temujin (African Storytelling) - Children’s Stage.

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra - Island Stage. A treat for all ages, the WSO performed at the first Festival in 1975.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Mon Valley Cloggers - Children’s Stage. Traditional dance set to children’s favorite tunes.

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Brian & Judi Lloyd – Heritage Trail. Meet the authors of The Cliffs of New Alexandria, PA.

4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. - J. McCall - Laurel Stage. A mix of rock, folk, funk, and Christian.

5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Agape League – Children’s Stage. The Word of Live youth choir performs selections from a superhero-themed musical.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Lovebettie - Island Stage. The “Pioneers of Swagger Rock” have been touring several parts of the US this year. Catch them as they return home to the Greensburg area.

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Steel Clover - Children’s Stage.

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Mean Mary - Laurel Stage.