Hidden Valley Brings Jazz, Artisans And Cultural Organizations To The Laurel Highlands For Weekend Event

Hidden Valley Resort will provide a venue for many local artisans and several non-profit cultural organizations to exhibit and demonstrate their crafts during its Arts and Cultural Celebration 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. November 3 and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 4, 2012.

The celebration will take place in the resort’s Ski Lodge and features more than 40 juried artisan exhibits, hourly demonstrations, food and music. Admission is free (excluding wine event) and includes two live musical performances per day.

The resort’s partners for this unique indoor festival include Touchstone Center for the Arts, the Society for Contemporary Crafts, Laurel Arts, the Westmoreland Jazz Society, the Greensburg Cultural district and ART WORKS in Johnstown. Exhibits include pottery, jewelry, metalworking, paintings,

“In its fourth year, the Arts & Cultural Celebration has established a reputation for quality fine art and crafts exhibits,” Laura Argenbright, Hidden Valley’s marketing manager, said. “Adding the element of live jazz last year attracted more attendees and enhanced the cultural experience for those who attended. This year, in addition to the afternoon entertainment, the ‘All Jazzed Up’ wine and food event features an all-female jazz trio, Velvet Heat.”

The event musical highlights include Pittsburgh jazz musician and national recording artist Kenny Blake who will perform at noon on Sunday Nov. 4.  Blake performed for many years in numerous R&B and jazz ensembles around the U.S. and in Pittsburgh before forming his own group. He recorded three critically-acclaimed releases under the Heads Up label.

On Saturday, Nov. 3 performances include Laurel Highlands’ duo Tim Roberts and Stacey Meyers  noon to 2 p.m. The Harold Betters Quartet 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.  and jazz trio Velvet Heat will perform 6 p.m. during the “All Jazzed Up” event in the Alpine Room. On Sunday, Kenny Blake will perform at noon and Chuck Cantalamessa will play at 3 p.m.

Representatives from the Greensburg Cultural District including the Westmoreland Jazz Society will also be on hand to share their story.

Guests can enjoy “All Jazzed Up!” an Evening of Music, Wine and Gourmet Fare 6 – 10 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Alpine Room. Guests will enjoy a huge array of food, several wine tasting selections presented by Nick Biondi of Majestic Wines and the music of Velvet Heat. Admission to the “All Jazzed Up!” event is $40 per person.

Lodging packages including overnight accommodations in Hidden Valley’s Four Seasons Lodges and the wine event are available at a special Arts & Cultural discounted rate.

Call 814-443-8000, ext. 346 for wine event reservations. A full schedule of events for the Arts and Cultural Celebration and wine event are available at www.hiddenvalleyresort.com.

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