Cool down with Jazz Fest Weekend in Foxburg. On stage next for ARCA this week end is another genre of music of friends as Jazz comes to Foxburg. Catro a local jazz quintet hits the Allegheny Grille river deck Friday July 26th from 6 to 9 PM. Catro led by Mark DeWalt on key board and features Dave Kano on tenor sax. It is a great way to spend a Friday summer evening with cool jazz along the river.  Saturday night at 7:00 PM on the Foxburg Green it is the icon Harold Betters and his still sweet trombone. He is celebrating being eighty five years young. He and his band play familiar tunes which every time they are refreshed as he plays with so much heart and soul. In a way he is as old and as new as jazz can be. It’s a great opportunity to bring your favorite lawn chair, meet family and friends for a cooling river’s evening of entertainment. If it is hot like the past week or should rain be the weather the concert will move inside the air conditioned Lincoln Hall. Plan to come early or stay late to visit other Foxburg shops and restaurants. Stop by the Red Brick Gallery and Shop to see the new exhibit show in the Upstairs Gallery. Through mid-August it is A Multi-Artist/Mixed Media Exhibit Featuring Photography by Daniel Stainer and Mixed Media Works of Art by the Artists of the Saxonburg Area Artists Co-operative. 

 

Also for Saturday there will be Jazz at the Foxburg Wine Cellar, The Eric Krouse Trio comes to downtown Foxburg on the winery patio at 2:00 PM. Sunday the music continues again at the winery with guitarist Ron Shoup and Friends rounding out the weekend with easy listening light jazz sound at 2:00 PM.  All Jazz Fest performances including Catro and Harold Betters are “donation-Pass the Hat” events. ARCA appreciates your support to bring Jazz to the Allegheny River valley.

 

Coming up in August, Enjoy Dog Days of Summer at the Scottish Festival, Saturday, August 17th at RiverStone Farm. Scottish dogs come to Foxburg. As in years past the Scottish dogs will be in the ring with obedience and agility trials and rally time. In addition there will be sheep dog demonstrations during the day.This year the sheep herding dog handler is a local 17 year old young lady who is gaining recognition at the national level. Kyra Costanzo of Ford City and her grandmother Carolyn Lash will bring their dogs to RiverStone Farm highlighting the festival.

Carolyn Lash lives on a farm with her husband who is a veterinarian in Adrian, PA.  Years ago she learned to spin and weave wool and soon she had her own sheep. Being a dog lover all of her life, she began the process of learning how to handle a border collie with the sheep and began to compete in field trials. Her granddaughter, Kyra, at the age of two showed a great passion for the dogs, and at six years old, she begged her grandmother to go along to trials.  By 8 years old, she was going to trials with Carolyn, watching and learning quickly. She took a real liking to a dog named Skye. For the next two years she mastered how to handle Skye and they became a team. At age 10, on her birthday, she went to her first competitive field trial with Carolyn in northeast Pennsylvania. Out of 29 competitors and 10 possible places, she placed 6th. According to her grandmother Kyra has a gift of how to read stock and time herself. She has earned the respect of her older competitors. Kyra is now 17, and a high school senior at Lenape Technical School in Ford City, in Allied Health/Sports Medicine.

 

In the North Eastern Border Collie Trials there are 4 classes of competition: Novice/Novice, Pro/Novice, Ranch, Open. In each class a new obstacle is introduced. By the time a handler reaches Open class the handler and the dog are experienced with all of the obstacles. All the classes are timed event, normally allowing 8 minutes to complete an Open run. A judge sets up the course and is steadily watching deducting points when handler or dog is less than perfect. In each class the handler stays at a post and directs his dog through the course by voice or by whistle, or both. Kyra is the only young person Carolyn has seen in the northeast U.S. to compete with adult trainers.

They will travel to Canada in August to Grass Creek Park along the St. Lawrence River. Amanda Miliken, a top competitor from Canada, will host this five day event. In September they hope to be at the U.S. nationals in Belleview, Virginia where they will be helping with the event. They travel to these events in a motor home with their 4 dogs, Huck, Sue, Tess, and Cade.

 So come and see Kyra and the dogs in action. It is a full day of events, enjoy Scottish music, athletic competitions, food, carriage rides, storytelling, face painting, Soccer shoot-out and golf hole in one contests. For Saturday August 17th the gate fee is Adults $10, Children 6 to 12 $5 under 6 Free. The Ceilidh on Friday night features Carl Peterson and the Maidens IV on the Foxburg Green in downtown Foxburg at 7 PM.      

 

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