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THE BRASS KNUCKLES BAND WAS A KNOCK-OUT!
GREENSBURG, PA –
The Brass Knuckles did NOT disappoint at
Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s first Spring Fever Dance
on a beautiful April 27th evening. The band was just
getting started as people arrived, and, as Lyn Emrick exclaimed, “it
really revved up the crowd!” Their class act, managed by band
leader, Rich Miller, pleased the crowd of well over 100. Dancers of
all ages congregated on the huge dance floor at Ferrante’s Lakeview.
Brass Knuckles Band is
comprised of 10 local musicians, many of them music teachers from
local school districts. Their variety of songs from the 40’s through
the 00’s kept the slow dancers and fast dancers asking for more when
the band announced its final number. In between dancing, guests
visited the light buffet of tempting treats including roast beef
sliders, shrimp tempura, fried ravioli, tortellini alfredo and
Swedish meatballs. Cupcakes and delicious crème puffs filled the
dessert table. Roger McGuire expressed the sentiments of many
saying, “I’m so glad I can dance off all these crème puffs tonight!”
This first time fundraiser for
the Westmoreland Cultural Trust was a big hit according to all those
attending. “My friends and I had a ball and they all said they
will do it again next year.” Thanks, Mary Lou Hugus, we’ll be
counting on you! Look for it on next years’ schedule!
PARTY - A SALUTE TO THE PALACE!
GREENSBURG, PA –
Our 8th annual Hollywood Party was a
celebration of The Palace Theatre, past and present, and a toast to
the future. WQED producer Rick Sebak, our host for the evening,
raised a glass of champagne during the pre-party to honor the 87
years of the theatre and to the anticipation of its 100 year
Barchiesi and Stage Right performers entertained on the stage during
the pre-party as a slideshow presentation of nostalgic Palace
memorabilia served as a backdrop. Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald,
Tex Ritter, Sally Rand, Woody Herman and Lionel Hampton are just a
few of the stars to have graced this stage. Hors d’ ouevres prepared
by Caffe Barista and Chef Mark’s Palate were served to guests.
WCT President Mike
Langer welcomed the guests and thanked co-chairs Dawna Saunders and
Peg Colosimo for another year of successful party planning.
The doors opened
to the main event at 7pm. Guests were tempted by a huge array of
delicious treats compliments of Chef Dato’s, Duane’s On Grove,
Greensburg Country Club, One Eleven, and Pallantia. Caffe Barista, J
Corks, Libras and Peking Garden provided additional delicacies.
Sebak kicked off the evening by introducing the Vaudeville acts
including an unforgettable tap dance number by Sophie Tucker
(otherwise known as Renata Marino.) Entertainment by Stage Right
performers, the Sensations and John Noble went on throughout the
evening in the Megan's Suite (Manos Ballroom), Grand Staircase and
Upper Megan's Suite (Strand Sweets Shop). Eric Barchiesi on piano
continued to please listeners and couples on the dance floor in the
The second floor
of The Palace was transformed from the Mezzanine into a speakeasy -
(reportedly to have been housed in the basement during Prohibition
years). Fedoras, ostrich plumes, and boas adorned the Mezzanine.
Coffee donated by Sun Dawg Café was available in the Strand Sweets
Shop. This candy shop was formerly housed in the original Manos
Theatre (now The Palace) built and opened by Greek immigrant candy
makers in 1926 to attract business for their confectionairies. Penny
candy in apothecary jars lined the shelves and George Church, in
soda jerk attire, encouraged guests to help themselves. Party goers
were amazed at the tables of fabulous desserts generously donated by
Enrico Biscotti, Cakes by Colby, The Cupcake Shoppe, Barb Manko, One
Tough Cookie, Pastor’s Special Order Bakery and Steel Penny Cakes.
Kevin Jansma, PNC
Bank Senior Vice President and Group Manager of Corporate Banking
and first time guest at Hollywood Party, voiced these sentiments:
"Everything was very well done and the turnout was a great tribute
to the role of the Trust within the community." We thank all of our
guests for making this event a successful fundraiser.
AND THE WINNERS ARE....
held the winning ticket for the
"Wheelbarrow of Cheer."
Tickets for our
"Salute to The Palace" –
5 Days of Prizes were available throughout the evening. Our
sweepstakes winners are:
Darlene Pahel - SPA
PACKAGE donated by Sharp Image
Hair Design & Day Spa, Renew Spa, Dr. John Tollari and Pat Condo &
Carmen Eisaman -
CUISINE PACKAGE - Private dinner
at Rizzo’s for 6-8 prepared by Rizzi, Omni Resort at Bedford
Springs, St. Vincent Grist Mill and LeJardin Florals
Dawna Saunders - SPORTS PACKAGE
donated by Seven Springs, Matt Starry, St. Vincent College, Tony
DeNunzio & Terrell Pryor
(Winner wishes to
remain anonymous) - GET-AWAY PACKAGE
donated by Westmoreland County Airport Authority, Mountain Play
House, Green Gables Restaurant, St. Vincent College Summer Theatre,
Jim Duffy - ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE
donated by Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Zoo, Laurel
Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, The Palace Theatre
and sincere appreciation go to our volunteers who cheerfully took on
the task of decorating and planning the monumental task of Hollywood
Party. Thank you to all of our sponsors and underwriters, the
extremely generous food and dessert vendors, the merchants who
donated items and services to our sweepstakes, all of The Palace and
Greensburg Garden & Civic Center staff and to our wonderful host of
"Salute to the Palace" - Rick Sebak.
A special thanks to these volunteers:
Nancy Anderson, Keith Biskup, Jeanie Bock, Kevin Bock, BettyAnn
Bridge, George Church, Jane Church, Peggy Colosimo, Lyn Emrick,
Ginny Gabriel, Barb Genter, Elinor Giovannini, John Herrmann, Kathy Hollahan, MaryLou Hugus, Pam Jennings, Lisa Mensch, Paula Pedicone,
Dawna Saunders, Jan Taylor-Condo, Rob Trainer, David Vale, Magdelyn
Vale, and Anne Marie Welty
OF DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS!
GREENSBURG, PA –
Our volunteers were treated to an evening of
fun, friends and fine food at the Greensburg Garden & Civic Center
on Monday March 18th. “Cherries & Chocolate”
has been the theme for the past 9 years of Westmoreland Cultural
Trust’s celebration of their special group of dedicated
individuals. They include committee members of fundraising events,
Palace Theatre ushers, special project builders and helpers working
with children’s art projects. Volunteer bartenders, cookie bakers,
Santa Claus, storytellers, all have donated their time, energy and
creativity to the Trust.
Marty McGuire, Special Event
Coordinator, welcomed the large group of over 100 volunteers.
Co-chair of the Hollywood Party, Peg Colosimo and co-chair of the
Fashion Show, Jane Church gave a birds-eye view of their events for
the benefit of those who have never attended. The co-chairs were
presented with a gift in recognition of their commitment to these
important fundraisers. Bocce nel Giardino, TGIS and Golfin’ A Round
for the Arts were briefly described and garnered much interest- 11
new recruits for the these events!
Eileen Patrick, Manager of
Palace Administration, thanked the ushers for welcoming and seating
our guests at The Palace Theatre. In particular, she recognized
Elinor Giovannini for all the years she has served as head usher.
The volunteers presented Vonnie
Goldsborough, assistant to the president of WCT, with a special gift
of thanks in recognition of the many hours she
devoted to her role organizing and working with fundraising
committees. This role will now be assumed by the special event
WCT President Mike Langer
stressed the importance of the volunteers; the work that they do and
the financial savings for the Trust. “We could not keep the doors of
The Palace Theatre open without the help of our volunteers. We
simply could not afford to operate.” Mike expressed his sincere
thanks and hoped that the volunteers would continue their support of
Barista’s delicious dinner started with Organic Green Salad topped
with fresh strawberries and raspberries drizzled with balsamic
vinaigrette dressing. The main course was Italian herb roasted
chicken, whipped parmesan potatoes and green beans. All leftover
food items were donated to the Welcome Home Shelter in Greensburg.
Cupcake centerpieces decorated each table and under 12 of these
cupcakes was a special surprise.
Then came the exciting part of
the evening when the cupcakes were upturned and each special prize
Cupcake #1 - Teresa
Shaffer - 2 tickets to our new Spring Fever Dance
Cupcake #2 - Louise Smith - Decorative jar of lottery
Cupcake #3 - Linda Blair - $50 gift certificate to
Cupcake #4 - Alice Tranchini- Spring basket
Cupcake #5 - Sib’s Sweet Shoppe boxed candy
Cupcake #6 - Pat Good - $50 Palace gift certificates
Cupcake #7 - Helen Stetina - Spring Fever Dance tickets (2)
Cupcake #8 - 2 tickets to Bocce nel Giardino
Cupcake #9 - Mary Gilmore -2 tickets St. Vincent Summer
Cupcake #10 - LeighAnn McCulty - 2 tickets to Hollywood
Cupcake #11 - MaryAnn Long - 2 tickets to Holiday Fashion
Cupcake #12 - Rita Berquist - Theatre in the Mountains
We look forward to another year of fun with our
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like more
information, call the Westmoreland Cultural Trust administrative
office today, 724-836-1123.
Release November 2012
8TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY
ALL NEW RUNWAY SHOW!
Greensburg, PA -
Greensburg Garden & Civic Center was all decked
out for the holidays in preparation for the fabulous Holiday
Fashion Fantasy on November 1st. Lovely ladies,
beautiful children and distinquished gentlemen graced the new
was a welcome addition to the venue. Flanked with LED lights, it was
a wonderful platform for the models to show off their festive
attire. The stage was ablaze with dozens and dozens of bright
crimson poinsettias set amidst marble columns against a black
dramatically set stage was a perfect backdrop for each of the 40
party-goers were greeted by champagne steward, Keith Biskup and
treated to a glass of the bubbly. Rizzo’s provided the sumptuous
banquet of delicious appetizers along with chicken marsala, giant
raviolis, polenta and much more.
Reese, Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s Board Chairman and guest host
for the evening introduced himself and thanked all for coming to
support the Trust. He commended the volunteers for their efforts in
organizing this popular event as he introduced event co-chairwomen,
Jane Church and Susan Dickson-Houser. Our emcee for the evening,
Jennifer Miele, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at
Excela Health began by introducing the presenting store and a brief
description of the collection the models were showing. Lapels - A
Fine Men’s Clothier, Sears, Golf for Her, Crossroads Boutique,
Katwalk, New Attitude Dress Salon and Aw Else Boutique were the
retailers for this year’s show. Although the adults were
outstanding, the kids were the ones to stand out! Who can’t resist a
scrubbed up, dressed up child?!
show, guests were invited back to the Laurel & Iris Rooms for
dessert, coffee and drinks while Terry pulled the winning lucky
ticket raffle numbers. Show retailers, along with Beeghly and
Company Jewelers displayed a sampling of their merchandise and
guests got a jump start on their holiday shopping!
team Karl and Carmen Eisaman, Keith Biskup and Steve DeRosa deserve
a round of thanks for their service during the evening. Thank you to
our models, retailers, event sponsors and underwriters.
A very special thank you to our
Fashion Show committee. You make these wonderful events
Underwriters: Jamie DiAndreth, Physical Therapy, Linda & Bobby Iezzi and Kepple-Graft Funeral Home
and Spectrum Materials International.
For photos of the evening's
festivities, visit our Event Gallery at
www.westmorelandculturaltrust.org . Photos compliments of
Release August 2012
ELEVEN YEARS AND STILL
BOCCE NEL GIARDINO!
Greensburg, PA - Bocce nel Giardino (Bocce in the
Garden) continues to be a favorite summertime gathering for friends
This year’s theme, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, added a tropical
paradise atmosphere to the Greensburg Garden & Civic Center
landscape. Pink flamingos, parrots and palm trees decorated the
lawn. A beach theme centerpiece with live fish, sand and seashells
transformed each table into a mini-seashore! The huge white tents
were lit up with sparkling lights as the sun began to set.
Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett and of course Sinatra music played
throughout the evening as Linda Kubas “deejayed” favorite summer
Rizzo’s provided a sumptuous buffet beginning with a variety of hors
d’oeuvres, antipasto, fresh fruit, Bruschetta and herbed frittas
followed by dinner at 7 pm. The buffet featured Chicken Marsala,
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Eggplant Parmigiana and plenty more Rizzo
specialties. Thanks to the many generous restaurant vendors we once
again had a huge selection of fabulous desserts. Large posters of
the past 10 years of Bocce champions flocked the Buffet area.
This year the bocce competition was fierce as the championship was
narrowed down to Team Anderson and Flock against Team Tidwell and
Guiher. Referee Mike Langer crawled on all fours, carefully
measuring the distance between bocce balls to the entertainment of
the crowd and the anxiety of the final players. Chuck Anderson and
Dick Flock prevailed leaving Donna Tidwell and husband Tom Guiher
vowing to be next year’s winners.
Besides Bocce, food and music, the silent auction tent was a popular
attraction. Twenty nine interesting and very desirable gift baskets
were offered in a range of prices. Bringing in the highest bid price
was the “Head to the Beach Basket” which included a week in Myrtle
Beach compliments of Thomas Tours & Travel and round trip airfare
for two donated by Westmoreland County Airport Authority. Our
second highest bid item was a bucket of Buffett‘s personalized items
from Margaritaville, sent by Jimmy himself.
At the end of the final bocce match, after the silent auction
baskets were sent home with their new owners and the tents emptied
of guests, the beautiful night was still filled with music and
light. Volunteers and their families, staff and their families, and
even our bartenders all joined in the “unraveling” of Bocce nel
Giardino 2012. Many hands make light work and we are ever
grateful to all the people who help to make this event a success
from start to finish.
We wish to thank our sponsors, Aaron’s Rug Care, Amcom/Xerox,
Dollar Bank, Francis R. Johns, D.M.D., M.D., McDowell Associates
Insurance, Private Wealth Advisors and S&T Bank and a
very special thank you to our primary sponsor, First Commonwealth
Westmoreland Cultural Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
whose mission is to stimulate cultural and economic development in
the Westmoreland County region. We promote the performing arts; we
preserve and enhance our region’s assets for the benefit of the
Release July 2012
GARY PRATT FANS CAME
POURING IN FOR T.G.I.S.
PA - Rainy weather didn’t stop Gary Pratt’s
fans from pouring in the doors to TGIS last Thursday evening.
By chance, a dance floor had been set up in advance of a weekend
wedding reception in the Megan's Suite, making the transition from
outside to inside an unanticipated gift.
Gary’s country line dancers took full advantage of that opportunity
and danced the evening non-stop.
Gary provided cowboy hats to spectators, convincing
them to get up and dance along with the other western- clad
folks on the dance floor. That was all Janet Mascia and daughter
needed to join in the fun. These newcomers to the TGIS scene assured
us they will return with more friends to experience new bands in the
courtyard (or inside the Megan's Suite- weather doesn’t stop the
For more photos of Gary Pratt's show and all our past
T.G.I.S. concerts -
Turtle Tree Fine Foods (Café
Barista) provided delicious pizzas, nachos, roast beef melts,
toasted ravioli, fresh fruit, Italian deli clubs and spinach
artichoke dip from their new summer menu. Thank you to Lisa Hegedus
and her attentive waitresses.
Each week our Bartender
Challenge becomes more and more competitive.
Rita Berquist, a regular at
TGIS, stepped in to take on the bartender challenge along with
daughter Eryn and friends Mary Lee Zasada and Marian Halas.
The team to beat is Teresa Baughman and Cindy Strayer, bartenders on
a standing room only night with Bad Boy Blues Band.
Thank you for volunteers Peg
Colosimo, Mary Lou Hugus and Jane Church, volunteer bartenders, Gary
Pratt and Gary’s accompanist, vocalist Raquel.
Special thanks to summer sponsors: Amcom/Xerox,
Dollar Bank, First Commonwealth Bank, Integrity Estate Advisors
McDowell Associates Insurance, John Noble Family, Private Wealth
Advisors and S&T Bank.
For a complete schedule of
upcoming T.G.I.S. performers -
Release June 2012
"THANK GOODNESS IT'S
WESTMORELAND CULTURAL TRUST FREE CONCERT SERIES!
PA - Thank Goodness It’s Summer opened on a sunshiny evening with
alternative rockers Life of Brian. Life of
Brian performed cover and original music at the first of
fifteen weeks of our summer fundraising event and brought friends
and family, all newcomers, to The Palace Theatre courtyard.
Life of Brian members include: Kevin Ridilla (lead
vocals/rhythm guitar), Kristy Ridilla (vocals), Kevin Poole (bass
guitar), Alec Henderson (lead guitar), Robert Vasinko (keys) and
Daniel Vasinko (drums). It truly is a family affair with dad, Ray
Vasinko, as sound man. Visit
www.reverbnation.com/lobband for more on these talented
There were a lot of familiar faces in the 152 guests in attendance…
Kevin and Jeanne Bock, Jerry and Cindy Butler, Candace Cassidy, Mary
Lou Hacker, Don and Pat Hrosik and Kent Platos to name a few. Also
in the crowd were soon to be guest bartenders Rita Berquist on July
19th for Gary Pratt returning for his 7th year
and Dave and Dixie Leonard on June 21st for the acoustic
duo of Detention returning for their 6th year!
We would like to welcome and thank The Supper Club for providing a
delicious menu of wraps, fruits, salad and an assortment of pizzas
by the slice.
Thank you to Peg Colosimo and Dawna Saunders, our volunteer
bartenders currently in first place in the bartender challenge!
Special thanks to our summer
sponsors: Amcom/Xerox, Dollar Bank, First Commonwealth Bank,
Integrity Estate Advisors,
McDowell Associates Insurance, John Noble Family, Private Wealth
Advisors and S & T Bank.
Join us on Thursday, July 19th for Gary Pratt. Visit our
website for a complete list of summer performers:
Release April 2012
Updated May 9, 2012
WESTMORELAND CULTURAL TRUST
"GOLFIN' A ROUND FOR THE ARTS"
PA - Westmoreland Cultural Trust invites the community to its
inaugural golf outing…Golfin’ A Round for the Arts, to
be held on Monday, May 21st at the Hannastown Golf Club in
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by the shotgun start at
noon. Entry fee is $125 per person which includes cart, greens fees,
prizes, hole in one chances and dinner.
Enjoy the Shamble format with all players teeing off then selecting
the best drive. Each player plays in from the best drive until the
balls are holed for each player. The best two of four gross scores
are recorded. The sure to be coveted, Trust Golf Classic signature
jacket will be awarded to the winning women’s and men’s foursomes!
Skills contests include Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive in Fairway
and Longest Putt. Hole in One winners will be awarded a fabulous
Mazda3i Sport compliments of Smail Auto Group, $10,000 in cash and
Perfect that swing for the putting skills contest at $10 per person.
Pay and play as many times as desired to win the $1,000 jackpot!
Take a chance on winning a luxurious golf package at the magnificent
Eagle Rock Resort or an opulent overnight at beautiful Nemacolin
Hotdogs, snacks and beverages will be provided. Dinner will be your
choice of steak or chicken.
Hannastown is a private golf club located in Hempfield Township on
the north end of Greensburg and is considered to be one of the
finest courses in Westmoreland County.
Monday afternoon on the green, blue skies, warm sun on your back .as
you and your friends golf to benefit the Arts programs in
Westmoreland County. What better reason for getting out of bed on a
Thanks to our Golf Outing sponsors:
County Roofing & Heating Inc., First Commonwealth Bank, Overly Manufacturing Company, S&T Bank, Smail Auto Group and
Westmoreland County Community College! Sponsorships are still available at every level. Sign up early
for our newest fundraising event! Please call the Trust office for
information on the outing or sponsorship opportunities at 724
Contributions through membership, donations and
taking part in our fundraising activities help to fund cultural,
historical and artistic programs throughout our community. Support
these efforts by Golfin’ A Round for the arts!
Release January 2012
WESTMORELAND CULTURAL TRUST
BACK TO THE FUTURE AND THE 1980s!
GREENSBURG, PA -
totally!This year, Hollywood Party at The Palace presents Back
to the 80s. Our annual, signature event will be held on
Saturday, February 25th at The Palace Theatre and will
include a lavish evening of fun, food, and entertainment. Just like
an Academy Awards night, arriving guests,
the true stars of this event,
walk the red-carpet amidst paparazzi and applause and are soon
mingling among a rich tapestry of friends, fellow patrons, “actors”
and performers. Our guests will eat, drink and be merry while
rubbing elbows with Lionel Ritchie, The Terminator, Indiana Jones,
Marty McFly, Doc Jones and The Ghostbusters! The grand staircase of
the theatre turns into the MGM Backlot where guests will see numbers
from classic 80s musicals like Fame, Footloose and
Flashdance as well as a performance from the ultimate 80s music
video - Michael Jackson's Thriller. Our Megan's Intermission
Suite will be transformed into the setting for the Senior Prom circa
1985 where one of the musical guests will be Madonna! The upper
Megan's Suite will host live performances from The David Letterman
Show, The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live.
And for those who
need a break to hang out where "everyone knows your name", they can
stop upstairs in the mezzanine for a drink in our Cheers
bar! Join, Coach, Cliff and of course Norm while enjoying classic
80s TV like the Cosby Show, The Facts of Life and Baywatch
on the big screen.
What a blast!
Admission is just $75! And for $125, enjoy the main event PLUS the
exclusive Backstage Party where guests will enjoy a cavalcade of
MTV's biggest and best stars from the 80s prior to the main event,
AND a professional portrait, AND a special program listing AND a
ticket to Stage Right’s production of Joseph and The Amazing
We thank and ask you to support our sponsors:
* Excela Health * First
Commonwealth Bank * Trib Total Media *
* Age-Craft Mfg., Inc. * Amcom/Xerox * East Otterman Chiropractic *
* First National Bank * Francis R. Johns, D.M.D., M.D. *
* McDowell Associates Insurance * The Rick Neish Family *
* The John M. Noble Family * Private Wealth Advisors, Inc. *
* The Marjorie Reese Family * S & T Bank * Smail Auto Group * Stage
* The Supper Club * Westmoreland County Community College *
Join us for this
gnarly great time at Hollywood Party at The Palace! Back to
For more information or to buy tickets call the Trust at
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Release September 2010
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CAT'S MEOW COLLECTIBLES
Cat’s Meow collectors can add The Palace Theatre and the Greensburg
Train Station to their assortment of local sites for $21 each this
PALACE THEATRE GIFT CERTIFICATES
What do you get for the person who has everything this holiday
season? Palace Theatre Gift Certificates could be just the
gift you’re looking for!
Valid only for tickets sold through The Palace Theatre Box Office,
gift certificates are valued at $25 each with no expiration date and
are ideal for the friend or family member with a variety of
theatrical tastes or a busy schedule. Service charges do not
apply at point of purchase but will apply when certificates are
redeemed as with all ticket sales.
A great gift for those who enjoy a night at the show. Perfect
for stocking stuffers or a “just because” gift!
Visit The Palace Theatre Box Office and get your certificates today!
Or call 724.836.8000 for more information.
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