The Update | Holiday Parade Date Set; ‘Brier Hill’ Art Exhibit; Jazz Concert Postponed

YOUNGSTOWN – Downtown Youngstown will kick off the Christmas season on Friday, Dec. 2, with its annual holiday parade, light-up night and holiday market.

Activities will begin at 4 p.m. on Central Square.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m. and run the length of Federal Street.

The holiday market will run from 4 to 8 p.m. on the Phelps Street walkway, with many vendors and unique gifts.

The lighting of the Christmas tree on Central Square will take place after the parade, at approximately 7:15 p.m.

Children will be able to get their photo taken with Santa Claus.

Pernotto Art Show at Tyler History Center

YOUNGSTOWN – “Brier Hill Works: Art and Artifacts from Jim Pernotto” opened this weekend in the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., downtown.

The exhibition spotlights the work of Pernotto, of Youngstown. Pernotto grew up on the south side before leaving to pursue an art career.

When he returned in 1979, two years after the steel mills closed, he found a changed landscape that came to inform and influence his artwork.

“Areas like the Jeanette blast furnace at Brier Hill were abandoned and the sites were left virtually open and able to be explored,” Pernotto said. “I went down there with my van and did drawings for several summers and began to reclaim some of the objects that were left behind.”

Pernotto recently donated to the Mahoning Valley Historical Society his collection of steel workers’ tools and equipment salvaged from Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company’s Brier Hill Works.

The Brier Hill plant produced iron and steel from 1859 to 1979.

Pernotto’s exhibition at The Tyler includes  artifacts from the mill along with the artwork it inspired. It will run through March 31.

Vijay Iyer Trio Concert Postponed

YOUNGSTOWN – Friday evening’s concert by the Vijay Iyer Trio has been postponed, according to an announcement from Youngstown State University.

The jazz concert was to take place at Kilcawley Center, on the YSU campus.

An announcement will be made when the concert is rescheduled. Previously purchased tickets will be honored on the new date.

Iyer’s appearance is part of the Pipino Performing Arts Series at YSU.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.