From singing to space history: An arts-filled weekend at Abington

A cultural arts filled weekend at Penn State Abington begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 when the AbingTones -- Penn State Abington's a cappella group -- takes center stage in 112 Woodland Building. The students will perform Broadway standards, contemporary pieces and pop music including solo performances. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. To listen to a clip of the AbingTones singing the Penn State Alma Mater, visit hear the sounds of the AbingTones, visit online.

At 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21, the fun will continue with astronaut and Penn State Professor James Pawelczyk, who served aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia studying the effects of microgravity on the brain and nervous system. Pawelczyk will present "Space History in our Backyard."

Attendees also will have the opportunity to learn about the little-known story of the Warminster Naval Air Development Center with its top-secret labs and training facilities for the original Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts. Hear stories about these heroes as told by retired aerospace research psychologist Don Morway, who worked exclusively with these astronauts.

To register, call 215-881-7800. Easy parking is available on campus. For information and a complete listing of events for the Abington Cultural Arts Series, visit online.