Day Trip

August 16, 2009

AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival

Where: : Festival Park in Johnstown, Pa.

When:: 5:30 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23

What:: The AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival, formally known as Folkfest, is a three-day celebration of music, boasting a variety of genres from folk to blues to Celtic rock. Performers include the Derek Trucks Band, Ruthie Foster, Todd Wolfe, Scrapomatic, Seven Nations and more. Food is a big part of the festival, including a Community Kitchen, as well as vendors offering gyros, quesadillas, curry, cheesesteaks, barbecue, pierogi and more.

How much: : Suggested donations for Friday are $5 per person, and $10 per person for Saturday and Sunday. Children under 16 or with an adult are free.

What's nearby: : Johnstown Inclined Plane, 711 Edgehill Drive, Westmont, Pa. The Johnstown Inclined Plane is the steepest vehicular plane in the world, and was used during the floods of Johnstown, including the Great Flood of 1889, to help evacuate the downtown area. The incline offers spectacular views of Johnstown, and rides are free during the music festival. Go to or call 814-536-1816. The Johnstown Flood Museum has exhibits that detail the town's historic flood and its aftermath.

Also, the Heritage Discovery Center, in the city's West End, houses interactive exhibits, a children's museum, galleries, a cafe and a social club.

Information:: Johnstown is about a three-hour drive from Baltimore. For details, go to or

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