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Our 2023 festival occurred September 21-24 2023 in Huntingdon County, PA, with events in the twin boroughs of Rockhill Furnace/Orbisonia, as well as the county seat, Huntingdon! Below is the schedule for the 2023 festival. Please read below to learn about all of the exciting events that occurred.

Purchase Festival Tickets Here!

Ticketed Event Pricing:

All Access Pass | SOLD OUT!!

Thursday Evening| Festival Kick-Off Concert @ 12th Street Church, Huntingdon PA - $20 adults, $16 HCAC members

Friday Afternoon | Afternoon Concert @ Orbisonia Presbyterian Church - $25 per person

Friday Afternoon | Evening Concert @ Orbisonia Presbyterian Church - $25 per person

Friday Evening | Silent Films @ East Broad Top Railroad (Rain location Orbisonia Presbyterian Church) - $20 per person

Saturday Morning | Symposium @ Orbisonia Presbyterian Church - $20 per person

Saturday Afternoon | Afternoon Concert @ Orbisonia Presbyterian Church - $25 per person

Saturday Evening | Ragtime at the Railroad - Dinner Train, Concert & Dancing @ East Broad Top Railroad - $65 per person

Sunday Afternoon | Finale Concert @ Orbisonia Presbyterian Church - $25 per person

 

*Please note: All Access passes do not include regularly scheduled excursions with either the East Broad Top Railroad or the Rockhill Trolley Museum. The All Access Pass ticket DOES include a spot with the Saturday Evening Dinner Train.

NEW 2023! Musical Express Train Rides with the East Broad Top Railroad! - Fri/Sat/Sun - 11:00 AM Each Day

Hop aboard a 1-hour steam train ride with the East Broad Top Railroad and hear select festival musicians roaming the train performing while on board! Departing daily during the festival at 11:00 AM, these scenic train rides with music are a great addition to the overall festival weekend. Tickets for these train rides are NOT included with your All Access Pass and are sold exclusively through the East Broad Top Railroad.

Individual tickets for the Ragtime At The Railroad - Dinner Train, Concert & Dancing and the Musical Express Train Rides are sold through the East Broad Top Railroad's Ticket System. Please follow the link below to purchase those tickets.

Purchase A-La-Carte Dinner Train & Musical Express Tickets Here!

EVENT SCHEDULE​

Thursday September 21, 2023:

7:00 PM - Festival Kickoff Concert at the 12th Street Church, 313 12th Street, Huntingdon, PA - $20 per person ($16 HCAC Members)

Join us for our Thursday Night Festival Kickoff Concert, hosted in partnership with the Huntingdon County Arts Council! 

Friday, September 22, 2023:

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM - Live Music At The East Broad Top Railroad, 421 Meadow Street, Rockhill Furnace, PA - FREE

Join our musicians as they entertain you on the platform of the East Broad Top's Railroad station. Our musicians will rotate throughout the morning and afternoon. And make sure to purchase a ticket and experience America's Oldest Operating Narrow Gauge Railroad: The East Broad Top, as well as the historic trolleys of the Rockhill Trolley Museum (across the street from the EBT Depot).

 

EBT Trains leave at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM, and last 1 hour. Trolley rides depart at 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM, or as needed. Tickets for the trains/trolleys are available on the EBT's website, www.eastbroadtop.com

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Musical Express Train Ride with the East Broad Top Railroad, 421 Meadow Street, Rockhill Furnace, PA - $20/adult, $14/child ages 2-12.

Hop aboard a 1-hour steam train ride with the East Broad Top Railroad and hear select festival musicians roaming the train performing while on board! Departing daily during the festival at 11:00 AM, these scenic train rides with music are a great addition to the overall festival weekend. Tickets for these train rides are NOT included with your All Access Pass and are sold exclusively through the East Broad Top Railroad.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM AND 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Antique Street Organ Demonstration at East Broad Top Railroad Platform, 421 Meadow Street, Rockhill Furnace, PA - FREE!

Wallace Venerable of the Carousel Organ Association of America demonstrates his vintage street organ on the platform of the East Broad Top Railroad. Free to listen to! Please note that this time overlaps the 2:00 PM formal concert.

2:00 PM - Afternoon Concert at the Orbisonia Presbyterian Church, 324 Ridgley Street, Orbisonia, PA - $25 per person

Our pianists perform an afternoon concert of ragtime & American music favorites. Program lasts 2 hours including intermission. 

5:00 PM - Classic Ragtime Concert at the Orbisonia Presbyterian Church, 324 Ridgley Street, Orbisonia, PA - $25 per person

Our pianists perform an evening concert, themed to the music of Scott Joplin and the "Classic Ragtime" composers. Program lasts 90 minutes.

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Antique Phonograph Demonstration at the East Broad Top Railroad, 421 Meadow Street, Rockhill Furnace, PA - FREE!

Vintage music machine collector Shawn Patrick will demonstrate a variety of antique phonographs inside the Orbisonia Station's Baggage Room. FREE to listen to!

7:30 PM - Silent Movies at the East Broad Top Railroad Station, 421 Meadow Street, Rockhill Furnace, PA - $20 per person

Join us for an evening of movies under the stars at the East Broad Top Railroad’s Orbisonia Station! A trio of tantalizing silent comedy shorts from the 1910s and ‘20s will be screened, with live musical accompaniment by musicians of the Central Pennsylvania Ragtime & American Music Festival! Bring a chair and a blanket for this evening of movie and musical fun! Grab a bag of popcorn and a hot drink, sit back, and enjoy the show! In the event of inclement weather, the program will be presented at the Orbisonia Presbyterian Church.

Saturday, September 23, 2023:

9:30 AM - Saturday Morning Symposium at the Orbisonia Presbyterian Church, 324 Ridgley Street, Orbisonia, PA - $20 per person

Pianist and historian Andrew Greene presents his lecture on the art of motion picture accompaniment with an orchestra during the silent era. 

 

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM - Live Music At The East Broad Top Railroad, 421 Meadow Street, Rockhill Furnace, PA - FREE

Join our musicians as they entertain you on the platform of the East Broad Top's railroad station. Performers will rotate throughout the morning and afternoon. And make sure to purchase a ticket and experience America's Oldest Operating Narrow Gauge Railroad: The East Broad Top, as well as the historic trolleys of the Rockhill Trolley Museum (across the street from the EBT Depot).

 

EBT Trains leave at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM, and last 1 hour. Trolley rides depart at 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM, or as needed. Tickets for the trains/trolleys are available on the EBT's website, www.eastbroadtop.com

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Musical Express Train Ride with the East Broad Top Railroad, 421 Meadow Street, Rockhill Furnace, PA - $20/adult, $14/child ages 2-12.

Hop aboard a 1-hour steam train ride with the East Broad Top Railroad and hear select festival musicians roaming the train performing while on board! Departing daily during the festival at 11:00 AM, these scenic train rides with music are a great addition to the overall festival weekend. Tickets for these train rides are NOT included with your All Access Pass and are sold exclusively through the East Broad Top Railroad.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM AND 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Antique Street Organ Demonstration at East Broad Top Railroad Platform, 421 Meadow Street, Rockhill Furnace, PA - FREE!

Wallace Venerable of the Carousel Organ Association of America demonstrates his vintage street organ on the platform of the East Broad Top Railroad. Free to listen to! Please note that this time overlaps the 2:00 PM formal concert.

2:00 PM - Afternoon Concert at the Orbisonia Presbyterian Church, 324 Ridgley Street, Orbisonia, PA - $25 per person

Our pianists perform an afternoon concert of ragtime & American music favorites. Program lasts 2 hours including intermission. 

4:15 PM to 5:00 PM - Antique Street Organ Demonstration at East Broad Top Railroad Platform, 421 Meadow Street, Rockhill Furnace, PA - FREE!

Wallace Venerable of the Carousel Organ Association of America demonstrates his vintage street organ on the platform of the East Broad Top Railroad. Free to listen to!

5:00 PM - Ragtime At The Railroad - Dinner Train, Concert & Dancing - 421 Meadow Street, Rockhill Furnace, PA - $65 per person

Hop aboard a 1 hour round trip excursion on the East Broad Top Railroad, America’s oldest operating narrow gauge railroad! Once you reach Colgate Grove, step into our newly-constructed picnic pavilions, sit down to a catered dinner, and enjoy the syncopated stylings of the Grammy-award winning performers of the Central Pennsylvania Ragtime & American Music Festival! Bring your dancing shoes and strut your stuff on the dance floor, tap your feet to the music of America’s past, and enjoy our second Broad Top Ball!  Attendees are encouraged to be in vintage dress for this event. Attendees will then ride back to the Orbisonia Station.

Dinner Options Are Your Choice of Either:

1) Pasta (Spaghetti) with choice of Marinara or Alfredo Sauce, Optional Meatballs, Dinner Salad and Bread

2) Baked Chicken with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Dinner Salad & Bread.

All Meals come with your choice of Lemonade, Sweet Tea, or Water.

Schedule for the Dinner Train: 

Train Departs Rockhill Furnace: 5:00pm
Train Arrives Colgate Grove: 5:30pm
Dinner & Performances: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Train Departs Colgate Grove: 7:00pm
Train Arrives Rockhill Furnace: 7:30pm

8:00 PM to 10:00 PM - Ragtime Afterglow at Water's Edge Restaurant & Tavern, 48 US-522, Mt. Union, PA - FREE!

Join our musicians for an informal ragtime after-glow event at the Waters Edge Restaurant & Tavern in Mt. Union. They are opening up just for us this evening! Libations will be available for purchase, while our musicians casually "jam out" on their instruments.

Sunday, September 24, 2023:

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM - Live Music At The East Broad Top Railroad, 421 Meadow Street, Rockhill Furnace, PA - FREE

Join our musicians as they entertain you on the platform of the East Broad Top's railroad station. Our musicians will rotate throughout the morning and afternoon. And make sure to purchase a ticket and experience America's Oldest Operating Narrow Gauge Railroad: The East Broad Top, as well as the historic trolleys of the Rockhill Trolley Museum (across the street from the EBT Depot).

 

EBT Trains leave at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM, and last 1 hour. Trolley rides depart at 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM, or as needed. Tickets for the trains/trolleys are available on the EBT's website, www.eastbroadtop.com

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Musical Express Train Ride with the East Broad Top Railroad, 421 Meadow Street, Rockhill Furnace, PA - $20/adult, $14/child ages 2-12.

Hop aboard a 1-hour steam train ride with the East Broad Top Railroad and hear select festival musicians roaming the train performing while on board! Departing daily during the festival at 11:00 AM, these scenic train rides with music are a great addition to the overall festival weekend. Tickets for these train rides are NOT included with your All Access Pass and are sold exclusively through the East Broad Top Railroad.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM AND 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Antique Street Organ Demonstration at East Broad Top Railroad Platform, 421 Meadow Street, Rockhill Furnace, PA - FREE!

Wallace Venerable of the Carousel Organ Association of America demonstrates his vintage street organ on the platform of the East Broad Top Railroad. Free to listen to! Please note that this time overlaps the 2:00 PM formal concert.

2:00 PM - Festival Finale Concert at the Orbisonia Presbyterian Church, 324 Ridgley Street, Orbisonia, PA, PA - $25 per person

Our Festival Finale brings together our fantastic line-up of musicians one last time for an "Anything Goes" concert of ragtime, jazz, blues, stride, and more. 

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