The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 20, 2013

Music with a mission in Millheim

By Jeffrey Allen Federowicz
For The Daily Item

MILLHEIM — Music with a mission will flow freely at the St. Luke’s Cultural Center in Millheim this Sunday as harmonies and melodies combine for the third Annual Riversongs Festival.

Setting sail at 1 p.m. and running until 7 p.m., the music event will feature three talented bands, a raffle, music and environmental information for the kids and more with proceeds going to the Penn Valley Conservation Association, which for more than 15 years has worked to protect the upper Penns’ Creek watershed and provide environmental education in the Penn Valley community and school district, said Gary Gyekis, Riversong’s coordinator of music and MC for the event.

Things get under way at St. Luke’s at 1 p.m. with the youthful band 3 Kitties, comprised of Gus and Huck Tritsch, Nettie Albertin-Vernon and accompanied by Gyekis with a musical theme, naturally, of environmental music and education geared toward children and how they can become good stewards of the land.

At 3 p.m. the activities and music move to the Elk Creek Café for several hours of toe-tapping music from three local acts that have each earned a strong fan base. “There will be  bluegrass, alternative country and rock from the band Grain as well as The Poe Valley Troubadours and Erin Condo with the Hoofties,” Gyekis said. “These are all terrific bands and very entraining.”

Condo, a Millheim-based singer and songwriter, has performed across the Keystone State and regularly holds gig in Millheim and State College where she has become known for her new spin on country music that has an underlying current of rock and a bit of blues.

Throughout the afternoon a raffle and drawing for five nature-related prizes will be held with top prizes being a kayak and rugged mountain bike.

“This is our third year,” he said. “ People come for music, fun, food, beer, prizes, good company and good cause. Why wouldn’t anyone want to come?”