and cultural opportunities for adults and children abound in St.
Memorial, Benzinger, Luhr, and Kaulmont Parks offer a wide array
of well-organized programs including swimming, basketball, tennis,
volleyball, softball, baseball, soccer, archery, arts and crafts,
day camp, aerobics, and more.
St. Marys has two golf courses. The St. Marys Country Club is
a private nine hole golf course with excellent dining and banquet
facilities. The Bavarian Hills Golf Course is a newly constructed
18-hole public facility.
Clubs the community has two private health clubs with fitness
rooms, racquetball courts, and a variety of athletic programs.
Programs Boys and Girls Club of St. Marys has long been a
center for youth services and recreational activities within the
Historical Societies have made great efforts to accurately
preserve our local heritage by publishing books, developing historical
presentations, and creating museum exhibitions.
St. Marys Public Library is a modern, well-managed facility
that provides a wide range of cultural and educational information.
Organizations There are numerous groups and collectives for
visual arts and crafts and for the art of the written word.
Elk County Footlighters is a local community theater organization
that has been entertaining area audiences with Broadway productions,
musicals, comedies, and dramas for over 30 years.
County Council On the Arts: Since its inception in 1984, ECCOTA
has successfully established itself as a center for the development
of the arts. As one of Pennsylvania’s most successful rural arts
councils, the Elk County Council on the Arts is dedicated to promoting
the cultural enrichment of the residents of Elk County.
Council enhances the local communities by offering experiences
in the arts, providing educational opportunities, and by supporting
local performers, musicians, artists, and writers. We work with
local industry to bring in topnotch theater performances, cultural
events and children’s programs.
addition to bringing the arts to Elk County, we take Elk Countians
to the arts by sponsoring bus trips to Pittsburgh, New York City
and Toronto. ECCOTA offers classes in calligraphy, drawing, weaving,
painting, fabric decorating, clay, stained glass, writing, photography,
dance and more. We host The Summer’s End Festival annually in
late September. We have doubled the number of attendees and the
number of vendors in just two short years.
Council operates an art gallery/gift shop at 237 Main Street in
Ridgway where works of many local artists are featured. Visitors
can admire and/or purchase handmade pottery, woodworking, stained
glass and paintings. The Council Office/Gallery is open Monday-Friday
10 am to 5 pm and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday (with extended hours
during the Christmas holiday shopping season).
more information you may call (814) 772-7051 or e-mail us at ECCOTA@ALLTEL.NET
or check out our web site at