The Update | Water Park to Add 305-Foot Slide; Several Dana Ensembles to Perform

WEST HOMESTEAD, Pa. — Sandcastle water park will open its newest attraction, Bombs Away, in the 2022 season.

Bombs Away is a 305-foot-long freefall drop water slide. Sliders step into an enclosed capsule when, without warning, the floor beneath their feet abruptly vanishes and drops them down into a twisting, turning loop through a closed-tube fly-by down six stories at speeds up to 26 feet per second.

Sandcastle, Kennywood Park and Idlewild amusement park will have a Black Friday sales one week early on Nov.19. For details, go to

Chamber Brass Ensembles in Free Concert

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Dana Chamber Brass Ensembles, directed by Andrew Mitchell, will give a free concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown.

The repertoire includes Fanfare from “La Péri” by Paul Dukas; “Fancies, Toyes and Dreames” by Giles Farnaby; “West Side Story Suite” by Leonard Bernstein, and more.

Wind Ensemble at Stambaugh Auditorium

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The YSU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Michael S. Butler, will perform a concert on Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave.

Tickets are $8, $7 for senior citizens, free for anyone with a valid YSU ID, and available at the door or in advance at

The Ensemble includes almost 60 students and will feature music by Turina, Oquin and Thomas, among others. 

Opera Students to Present Scenes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Dana School of Music will present “The Seven Deadly Sins,” a performance by the Dana Opera Ensemble, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in Bliss Hall’s Spotlight Theater.

The Ensemble is under the direction of Misook Yun. Kathy Miller is the collaborative pianist.

The students in the Opera Ensemble will perform specific scenes selected from Bizet’s “Pearl Fishers”; Mozart’s trio of operas “La Clemenza di Tito,” “Don Giovanni” and “Cosi fan Tutte”; Mascangi’s “L’Amico Fritz” and Offenbach’s “La Périchole.”

In addition, students will perform the “Seven Deadly Scenes,” including selections from several operas.

Pictured: Bombs Away water slide will open in 2022 at Sandcastle.

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