Founded in hopes of bringing about a revival of the American brass band, River City Brass aims to share the uniquely joyous art form with audiences across Pennsylvania. And for the past 30-odd years, the group has done just that. River City Brass’s 28-piece ensemble—some of whom have been members since the early ’80s—play more than 50 concerts annually. Their programs span continents and centuries, with every performance bringing a new showcase of styles. Modern music, classical pieces, big-band jazz, and show tunes have all passed through RCB’s bright cornets, chortling tubas, and crisp percussion.
Doug Crytzer holds the rare distinction of being a professional racer. When a local boy scout troop hired him to organize an adventure race for them, he discovered he loved producing races even more than running them. He founded American Adventure Sports in 1997 to indulge his new passion, while raising awareness of nature's beauty and efforts to preserve it.
Today, AAS, as Doug dubs it, organizes adventure races, triathlons, mountain bike races, and camping trips into American wildernesses across the country. The organization also has a brick and mortar store located in Pennsylvania, where staffers provide athletes with all the gear they need to compete in any of the events or go on an adventure of their own making.
With raucous pomp that fills the aisles with smiles, irascible rockers Paul Revere & the Raiders feast the ears and eyes to an elevated concert experience packed with gonzo humor and a litany of hits on their 2012 tour. From being the first rock act signed to Columbia Records to defeating Great Britain in a battle of the bands, ace pianist and gregarious “mad man of rock ‘n’ roll” Paul Revere has led his crew of party mongers through adventures in sound and spectacle since 1958. The band barnstorms though garage-rock stompers such as “Just Like Me,” “Kicks,” and the No. 1 smash “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)” while decked out in their signature matching colonial outfits, tri-corner hats, and functioning muskets, creating a slapstick American Revolution you can dance to. Described by Letterman’s Paul Shaffer as “the greatest show band in the history of rock 'n' roll,” the extroverts covert the lovingly renovated Palace Theatre into a romper room of unapologetic silliness with their outlandish sight gags, jokes, and spry pop songs that never drop their dukes.
A & S Indoor Pistol Range's team narrows its sights on a single target: to make accurate, responsible shooters out of those who line up in the practice stalls of their climate-controlled, 12-lane pistol range. Among the range’s technological enhancements, a high-flow air-filtration system quickly extracts gun smoke and an electric retrieval system sets up targets anywhere between 5 and 50 feet. At the far end of the range, a crushed-rubber backstop helps to muffle the sounds of bullets and trash-talking practice targets. To further prepare guests to responsibly defend themselves with firearms, NRA-certified instructors lead classes in topics that range from basic pistol shooting to advanced defensive tactics.
Center Ice Arena grants skaters plenty of space to perfect their gliding strides with a trio of NHL regulation size ice rinks that host open skates and lessons as well as the home games of the Allegheny Badgers amateur youth hockey. The arena starts beginners of all ages off on the right blade with its Learn to Skate program, which covers the fundamental mechanics common to speed skating, hockey, and figure skating, preparing participants for national programs or a permanent move to the North Pole. The Learn to Play Hockey program focuses the instruction, helping kids learn to turn and make hockey stops. Students and recreational skaters can show off their skills during the arena’s daily public skates, the times of which can be found on the arena’s calendar of events. A comprehensive fitness and entertainment center, the arena also houses a fitness center open to both skaters and the public, a party room, and a video arcade.