Washington and Greene counties will host the 42nd annual Covered Bridge Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 10 historic locations.
There are 30 bridges in Washington and Green counties, some dating to 1875.
Festival highlights include more than 125 local craft vendors, musical and theatrical performances, Revolutionary War re-enactments, a petting zoo, wagon rides and an antique car show.
Activities will be held at Brownlee Bridge, McGuffey Community Park; Carmichaels Bridge; Ebenezer and Henry bridges, Mingo Creek County Park; Hughes Bridge, Amwell Township; Krepps Bridge, Mt. Pleasant Township; McClurg Bridge, Hanover Township Park, Burgettstown; Pine Bank Bridge, Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village; White Bridge, Garards Fort; and Wyit Sprowls bridge, East Finley Township Park.
For the seventh year, Hickory United Presbyterian Church will sponsor the Krepps Covered Bridge Festival, a working bridge near Hickory. There will be craft and home product vendors; fall decorating items, produce and plants; a silent auction; classic and antique cars and trucks; children’s activities, including inflatables, games and a zip-line; and free entertainment by local artists.
Claysville and Zion United Methodist churches will make and sell apple butter at Brownlee Bridge until 5 p.m. Saturday. A revival service, sponsored by the Association of Claysville Churches, will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Brownlee Bridge.
For a complete list of locations, directions and itinerary, visit www.visitwashingtoncountypa.com.
Oktoberfest in the air in Canonsburg
The annual Pennsylvanian Bavarian Oktoberfest will be held in downtown Canonsburg Friday through Sunday.
Traditional German dishes, such as potato pancakes, kielbasa and bratwurst, will be available, and craft beer brewer Leinenkugel will offer a special beer it created just for the Canonsburg event: the Button-Box Brew. The beer was named by Houston native Seth Fosmire and was described as “an ale rich in flavor with an amber color.”
There will be accordion-driven music and performers clad in traditional dress, and after being absent from last year’s festivities, the Alpen Schuhplattler German Dance Group from Pittsburgh will return to perform Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on the Oktoberfest Beer Garden stage.
Sunday at 3:30 p.m., officials will announce which songs will be on the ballot for the 2013 induction into America’s Pop Music Hall Of Fame, the Canonsburg-based group that hopes to honor the cream of the crop in popular music during the past 60 years.
Oktoberfest hours are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For those who can’t find parking near Pike Street, the festival is providing free shuttle service from the PA Transformer Technology lot at the corner of Curry and Morganza roads.
For more information on Canonsburg’s Pennsylvanian Bavarian Oktoberfest, visit www.CanonsburgBoro.com.
Tragic mystery ?to be ‘solved’
Forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht will be among those examining one of Pittsburgh’s greatest unsolved mysteries as part of a special event Saturday at the Senator John Heinz History Center.
The program will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.
A series of explosions on the afternoon of Sept. 17, 1862, rocked Lawrenceville’s Allegheny Arsenal, where many of the community’s women and girls worked to make gunpowder cartridges, munitions and supplies for the Union Army during the Civil War. The explosions killed 78 workers, most of whom were women and girls. It was the war’s worst civilian disaster.
Wecht will be joined by Andy Masich, president and CEO of the History Center, and a team of historians and forensic experts, who will hold a “cold-case” inquest. Visitors will serve as the jury, and based on the evidence, they will decide what caused the tragedy. The event is free with regular History Center admission.
‘Arthur’s Halloween’ ?at Little Lake
“Arthur’s Halloween” will be performed at Little Lake Theatre in Canonsburg at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, 29 and 30 and Oct. 6, 7, 13, 20, 21, 27 and 28.
The play is part of Little Lake Theatre Company’s fall family matinee series.
For more information, call 724-745-6300 or visit www.littlelake.org.
Concept Art Gallery?marks anniversary
Concept Art Gallery is kicking off its 40th anniversary with “Curator’s Choice: An Exhibition Forecasting the Next 40 Years” at Concept Art Gallery, 1031 S. Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, which will be shown through Oct. 7.
Twenty-three local arts professionals were invited to curate equal-sized exhibition spaces within Concept. The result celebrates diversity in art and taste with a wide range of styles, periods and medium.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays.
For more information, call 412-242-9200 or visit www.conceptgallery.com.