Cambria City Cultural Center owners plan events and tours at the end of the market season
October 25 — JOHNSTOWN, PA – Now that the 2021 SundayMarket @ CambriaCity calendar is complete, Stella, the organization that hosts the monthly fairs, is preparing to open the Casimir Cultural Center in the Cambria City section of Johnstown to the public this fall and winter.
Chad Pysher and Steven Biter, owners of Stella, worked for six years to convert the former SS. Casimir & Emerich Roman Catholic Church in its new incarnation.
A private reception has already taken place on the site. Next up is the first public event – “A Macabre Evening” on November 4th, starting at 7pm. . The price is $ 50 per person.
“We really want to showcase the amazing acoustics that we have in the cultural center, but also the organ, the piano, the bells,” Pysher said. “The building itself is actually part of the production. So we’re really excited about that.”
The center will be open for free public tours – donations of non-perishable canned goods are appreciated – from noon to 6 p.m. on November 6.
“We’re starting to have events there now,” Pysher said. “We are in the process of relaxing them now. “
The centre’s opening follows six months of SundayMarket @ CambriaCity events – with vendors selling crafts and food – which ended on Sunday.
Bob Sechrist, owner of the Disobedient Spirits distillery, called it a “nice little market”.
Jordan Shaulis of Ligonier entertained passers-by by playing his electric guitar.
“I love to play the guitar,” Shaulis said. “And this is a good opportunity to do that, and I love Johnstown.”
Barbara Zaborowski, dean of learning resources at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, provided information on a Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission marker that will be installed next year to commemorate the anniversary of the Rolling Mill mine disaster which killed 112 men – many of them from Cambria City – on July 10, 1902.
“I’m amazed at how many people know a little more about the story, but not a lot about the story,” Zaborowski said. “So they were surprised at the number of people killed. They were surprised at the historical significance of this.”