The Steeples Project continues to make progress in the preservation of the three Cambria City church structures under their care: The Grand Halle on Broad Street (former Immaculate Conception), SS. Casimir & Emerich’s, and St. Columba’s. It’s been my privelege to help support the Project through my photography, and to explore these monuments of Johnstown’s heritage in that pursuit.
Next up on our list of the Best Scenic Views of the Southern Highlands is my favorite vista anywhere. Nothing I’ve seen has come close to watching the sun set fire to the hills surrounding the Conemaugh Viaduct. Best part is, it’s only 10 miles and a twenty minute walk from my back door. In my opinion, it’s the best view around Johnstown.
The character of Yoder Falls changes with the weather from day to day and season to season, but always offers stunning views. And it’s not just the falls. Views include vistas from Carpenter’s Park Road, the Stonycreek River valley and the McNally Bridge, the highest bridge in Cambria and Somerset Counties.
“What a delightful prospect it must have afforded…when the morning sun
first touched with its rays the summit of the Allegheny, and in its setting,
flooded the heights of the Laurel Hill with a sea of gold, and bathed
the whole intervening country with its soft and mellow light.” -Hon. Wm. H. Koontz, 1895
Roxbury Bandshell Marks 75 Years
This year marks the Roxbury Bandshell’s 75th anniversary and I am thrilled the Roxbury Bandshell Preservation Alliance has chosen the Laurelight photo Bandshell Flag to feature on this year’s t-shirts, programs and flyers. Continue reading “Celebrating the Roxbury Bandshell”
Johnstown’s Stone Bridge From the Banks of the Conemaugh River
“…in beauty like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies” -Lord Byron (George Gordon)
Kayaking down the too-shallow Stonycreek at night is a scream. Kayaking back up the Stony is something else all together, but that’s another story for another time. Got my feet wet under Johnstown’s Stone Bridge last week and loved it. Continue reading ““…and I’ll Raise You a Bridge”
A different view of Johnstown’s Point at the confluence of the Stonycreek and Conemaugh Rivers
“Going up that river was like traveling back to the beginning of the world, when the plants ran wild and the trees were kings.” -Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness Continue reading “I See Your Point”
Johnstown’s V.O.M.A Rocks the 2013 Ethnic Fest
If you’re heading down to this years Ethnic Festival in Cambria City, make sure you stop in at the Venue of Merging Arts to check their entertainment, visual arts and basket raffle. Not only does Johnstown’s VOMA offer some extraordinary events and exhibits, Read on Garth