The First Ever Millheim Record Bazaar Nov. 22 2-6pm

Marah & Stax of Trax Present the First Ever Millheim Record Bazaar!
Shop for records, stereo equipment, musical instruments, and vintage clothing and accessories all in one place—the MIllheim Record Bazaar, Nov. 22 from 2-6pm at the Bremen Town Ballroom in Millheim, PA.  Local collectors and businesses are opening up their record collections for your listening and buying pleasure just in time for the holidays.

Brought to you by Josh Ferko’s Stax of Trax and Marah’s Dave Bielanko & Christine Smith, the first Millheim Record Bazaar has everything the novice and long-time collector will need- Records, 45s, record equipment, vintage clothing, and more!

And, the Record Bazaar will also have a buyer on hand! If you have some records you’re interested in selling, Stax of Trax will be the exclusive professional buyer on hand paying instant cash for your records! (Please, no Classical, Easy Listening or Soundtrack music.)

Dave Bielanko & Christine Smith, musicians and long-time record collectors wanted to sell off some of their records and thought that hosting an event at the Bremen Town Ballroom in Millheim, would be a great way to share all kinds of music—from  old School Country and Western, Early New Orleans Jazz, 60′s Garage bands, EastCoast Doo Wop, 50′s Rockabilly, Stax! Motown!!, surf instrumentals, CHRISTMAS MUSIC, Primative Country Blues, Rock-N-Roll, Bluegrass, pre-war field-recordings! John Coltrane and Miles Davis, PUNK! Sinatra and Little Richard.

Don’t have a record player?  For those of you looking to buy your first or next record player, Paul & Tony’s Stereo will have some used and vintage record players for sale at the Record Bazaar.  All of these record players are guaranteed to be in working order at affordable prices.

Rag and Bone Vintage Shop will be selling vintage clothing and gifts as well as records.  Gus Tritsch will also be selling his handmade Cigar Box Guitars and Diddley Bows.  Be sure to get a demo from this 11-year old prodigy.

Hang out with us and listen to music—either at the deejay booth or at a private listening station.   And be sure to order some food from EcoVents’ full lunch menu.

“In an effort to fight back against the ‘big box’ corporate giants idea of what Holiday Shopping is supposed to be, we have yet again swept in….and saved Christmas 2014!”

Back Roads & Big Dreams–Here’s the Dinner Menu!

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Here is the menu for Wednesday night! Dinner starts at 7pm. Please reserve your spot at

Kale, Quinoa, & Chickpea Salad with Ginger Tahini Dressing
French Lentil Soup with Caramelized Onions (Vegan, GF)
Root Vegetable & Mushroom Pie with Rosemary Biscuit Topping (Vegan & GF Avail)
Homemade Bread
White Wine Apple Crisp

We will also have non-alcoholic drinks available. BYOB.

Oct. 10: Teri Joyce and the Men of Millheim Pie-Bake Off

Friday, Oct. 10, join EcoVents at the Bremen Town Ballroom in Millheim for an evening of bonafide Texas music and a pie-baking contest like no other you’ve seen.

Spitfire and songwriter extraordinaire Teri Joyce provides the music for the evening.  All the way from Austin, Texas, Teri brings her own brand of country and traditional honky tonk songs that’ll keep you two-steppin’ all evening.

Teri Joyce is currently on a tour of the Northeast United States promoting her new album “Kitchen Radio.” John Conquest from Third Coast Music says of Teri and her new album, “
“She’s about as tall as a shotgun, but she’s larger than life behind a microphone. Kitchen Radio solidifies her reputation as a country songwriter.”

Although Teri is small in stature, she likes a big show, and she looms like a giant to those who remember a time in country music when you could still cheat in a song and smoke in a bar.

When Teri rides into Millheim, she’ll be backed by some great local musicians, including Bill Wilgus on guitar, Steve Buckalew on fiddle, John Kennedy on bass, and Kevin Lowe on drums.

Not only will guests see some great Texas music, but they will witness the men of Millheim duke it out to see who bakes the best pie in all of the valley. This contest is greatly anticipated, with men all over town already planning their strategies.

A burrito bar dinner begins at 7pm and the pie-baking judging begins at 7:15.

Local dance expert Annie Mascelli will be giving two-step dance lessons at 7:30.  Even those with two-left feet are sure to come away with some new dancing skills that they can use all night long.  Dance lessons will start at 7:30pm.

Dinner costs $10 and the concert costs $10.  Voting tickets for the Pie-Baking contest are included with dinner or can be purchased for $5.

For more information and pie-baking contest rules, please visit

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Men of Millheim Pie Contest Rules

Contestant and Pie Maker must identify as a man, and said man must work alone to make his pie.
Please submit 2 pies (1 for judging and one for auction).  It would probably be smart to use a disposable pie pan.
Men who submit pies get free admission for himself and one guest (kids get free admission).
This is a pie contest.  When you enter a pie, it must be a pie, including a bottom crust and a filling of your choice.
All pies must use homemade pie crust.
Any kind of pie can enter (seasonal, fruit, savory, custard, funky, etc).
One entry per person
Contestants must live or work within 15 Miles of Millheim Borough
We encourage contestants to rsvp to
We encourage contestants to  wear an apron.

How it will hopefully work:
Everyone who buys dinner for the event gets one ticket that they can use to vote for their favorite pie.  Those who do not buy dinner, can purchase a tasting ticket for $5.  The pie with the most tickets wins.  (We are working out how to win in other categories as well).

In the event of a tie, our special guest Teri Joyce will be the final judge. .

The second pie will be auctioned off and the prize money will be split among the winners and the band (‘cause we need to pay the band, y’all!).

Millheim Fiber Festival, Sept. 13 at Bremen Town Ballroom

The inaugural Millheim Fiber Festival on Saturday, September 13 has it all–a fiber show full of yarn, clothing, and craft vendors, live spinning demonstrations, kids crafts, knitting areas, and live sheep.  Festival events take place all over downtown Millheim.

Millheim Fiber Fest Banner jpgThe importance of fiber crafts in our daily lives has increased dramatically in the past 10 years. A goal of the show’s co-sponsors — Ecovents in Millheim and Main Street Yarn in Rebersburg — is to promote the life-cycle of fiber arts, from the farmers who raise sheep and other fiber animals to the spinners to the artisans that create crafts and clothing.

Shoppers can choose from a variety of vendors at the Fiber Show at the beautiful Bremen Town Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Whether you’re looking for that perfect wooly gift or beautiful hand-dyed wool or hand-spun yarn to start your own projects, the fiber show is the place to start.  Some vendors at this year’s show include Main Street Yarn, Steam Valley Fibers, Bald Eagle Valley Alpaca Ranch, Lazy O Ranch, Live Creative, Turtle Made, and Tamarack Farm.

Stock up now on hand-dyed fibers from Steam Valley Fiber Farm. For many years yarn and roving from Steam Valley have been hugely popular with local crafters. The Millheim Fiber Festival is the last stop in Central PA for the farm and its creative genius Phylleri Ball as she and her husband are selling their farm and moving to Colorado to be near their sons.

There also will be beautiful ready-made knitted and crocheted items for sale from “Live Creative” and “The Knotty Knitters.” “Scraps and Skeins,” a fund-raising project for Strawberry Fields in Centre County, will have a booth of yarns and fabrics for sale. All of their sales table items were donated and proceeds will help support their worthwhile program.

In addition to providing clothing to keep ourselves and our families warm, we need to think of our neighbors who may be less fortunate. There will be an area in the ballroom set up for charity knitting. Scarves will already be on the needles so sit and knit a bit. All items will be donated to the Outreach Center in Aaronsburg as part of a project started in 2005 by the Penns Valley Area Knitters.

The Fiber Festival will also have fun and free demonstrations. Joy McCracken of Hughesville will demonstrate spinning beginning at noon at the Green Drake Gallery & Arts Center. Spinning is fun to watch and also is educational – she will show how processed animal fibers are spun into yarn which eventually is used to make clothing.

Accordion Fest—Saturday, August 23!

accordion banner all 4 jpgJoin us for a unique musical experience at the Bremen Town Ballroom. Local accordionists come together to celebrate all things accordion. Different music styles and bands all feature their accordion player on this night.

The Line-up
7:00 – 7:30 Bill Ritzman
7: 45- 8:15: The Strayers
8:30- 9:00 Christine Smith
9:15- 10:00 Spider Kelly

The cost is $10. Bring your dancing shoes!

Food will be served as well (optional). Menu tbd.

This Friday! (August 15) Burritos at the Bremen!

This Friday we’ll be serving burritos in front of the Bremen Town Ballroom! Join us for the usual toppings–great veggies, enchilada chicken, and carnitas pork as well as our vegetarian chili and rice.
We have all thMark eating a burritoe sauces too: pineapple-ginger-cilantro, fresh tomato, chimichurri, and lime-cilantro sour cream.

Special this week: Banana “Ice Cream” Come and try it out–it’s vegan!

From 5-8pm at the Bremen Town Ballroom (105 E. Main St, Millheim PA 16854)


Nathan Salsburg & Joan Shelley Concert

10515315_10204263296608352_2672469777145751432_oJoin us for a lovely evening of acoustic music with Joan Shelley and Nathan Salsburg from Kentucky. Nathan is a virtuoso guitar player and Joan Shellley is a wonderful singer and player as well.

Dinner will be available before the show (menu tbd). Bring Your own Libation!

More on Joan:
Ginko is Joan Shelley’s much anticipated 2nd album, and her Ol Kentuck debut. The stellar performances delivered by Joan and her backing band (featuring Ben Sollee, Cheyenne Marie Mize, Daniel Joseph Dorff and several other amazing musicians) mark an artistic turning point and are further testament to the great music coming out of Louisville, Kentucky. (Read Archivist Nathan Salsburg‘s take on the project right here.)

The album ranges from gentle moments of quiet beauty (Into the Sea), to crushing drums (Ginko) and swirling strings (Siren). And at the center of it all is Joan’s singular voice and brilliant songwriting. These works move agilely between darkness & light, hovering just long enough to draw us in and keep us rapt and curious to hear what will come next. There are worlds in each of the 11 songs presented here, and we’re able to look more & more deeply into them with each listen.

Captured for recording by Kevin Ratterman at The Funeral Home, Ginko sounds amazing. It manages to shimmer and feel well-worn all at once.

More on Nathan:
I suppose it’s not terribly difficult to play a guitar – to hold the thing in your arms, to move your hands across its body in all the prescribed and proven ways, to coax a little melody into being.

But what Nathan Salsburg – an acoustic guitarist and the curator of the Alan Lomax archive, a Pennsylvania-born Kentuckian who has logged good time in coastal Maine – does with his instrument is singular, nearly mystic: his are agile, engaging compositions, songs that feel desirous and questioning and vital, as if they weren’t just channeled into being, but demanded revelation.

Nathan’s 2011 solo debut, Affirmed, directly addressed a trio of thoroughbreds – Affirmed, Eight Belles, and Bold Ruler – which also made it at least in part about Salsburg’s Kentucky: the land that sustained and nurtured those horses, the ancient traditions that anointed and sometimes undid them. Its follow-up, Hard For To Win and Can’t Be Won, is also a record about place, although its landscapes are less specific. Some of them are memories, even: spaces that were real once, but have to be conjured now, willed to or from mind. Most of the album’s songs are instrumental, save two re-workings of older material: “Coll Mackenzie,” written and first performed by Archie Fisher, and “To Welcome the Travelers Home,” a composite of two traditional nineteenth-century pieces; one sacred, one less so. Both songs concern homecomings, what it feels like to be enveloped by a place that you know will sustain you, will nurture what needs nurturing.

Musically, Nathan has emerged from a venerable tradition that includes Lena Hughes and Frank Hutchison, John Fahey and Ry Cooder. I’m reluctant to make too much of his virtuosity – and he is virtuosic, a staggering craftsman – because he is also in the unique position of having that be the least interesting thing about his playing. There are moments in Nathan’s pieces – these nimble rhythmic shifts, steps from one place to another – that make my knees quiver. Listening to him play, it’s hard not to feel subsumed by gratitude.

I’m just as hesitant to frame his work as subversive, and yet – he is such a remarkably courageous writer and musician, and Hard For To Win and Can’t Be Won is so matchless a document, so inimitable in its moves. This is the sort of record that could change the course of your year. It certainly changed mine.