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Out & About: Westmoreland Symphony gala celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Shirley McMarlin
| Monday, May 7, 2018, 9:06 a.m.
(from left), Endicott Reindl, WSO Executive Director, joins event steering committee members, Linda Assard, Jody Keating and William Friedlander, for a photo during the Cinco de Mayo gala, hosted by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, held at the Westmoreland Country Club in Penn Township on Friday evening, May 4, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Endicott Reindl, WSO Executive Director, joins event steering committee members, Linda Assard, Jody Keating and William Friedlander, for a photo during the Cinco de Mayo gala, hosted by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, held at the Westmoreland Country Club in Penn Township on Friday evening, May 4, 2018.
Event committee members, (from left), Jo Ellen Numerick, Jill Briercheck and Jan Taylor-Condo, gather for a photo, during the Cinco de Mayo gala, hosted by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, held at the Westmoreland Country Club in Penn Township on Friday evening, May 4, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Event committee members, (from left), Jo Ellen Numerick, Jill Briercheck and Jan Taylor-Condo, gather for a photo, during the Cinco de Mayo gala, hosted by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, held at the Westmoreland Country Club in Penn Township on Friday evening, May 4, 2018.
(from left), Craig Falatovich, Steve Hough, Nachum Golan and Donald MacLeod, gather for a photo during the Cinco de Mayo gala, hosted by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, held at the Westmoreland Country Club in Penn Township on Friday evening, May 4, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Craig Falatovich, Steve Hough, Nachum Golan and Donald MacLeod, gather for a photo during the Cinco de Mayo gala, hosted by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, held at the Westmoreland Country Club in Penn Township on Friday evening, May 4, 2018.
(from left), Jan Nigrelli, Jill and Jim Cook, WSO board president, and Linda Blum, gather for a photo during the Cinco de Mayo gala, hosted by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, held at the Westmoreland Country Club in Penn Township on Friday evening, May 4, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Jan Nigrelli, Jill and Jim Cook, WSO board president, and Linda Blum, gather for a photo during the Cinco de Mayo gala, hosted by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, held at the Westmoreland Country Club in Penn Township on Friday evening, May 4, 2018.
Event committee members, (from left), Michael Philopena, Nancy Jamison and George Shaner,   gather for a photo during the Cinco de Mayo gala, hosted by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, held at the Westmoreland Country Club in Penn Township on Friday evening, May 4, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Event committee members, (from left), Michael Philopena, Nancy Jamison and George Shaner, gather for a photo during the Cinco de Mayo gala, hosted by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, held at the Westmoreland Country Club in Penn Township on Friday evening, May 4, 2018.
(from left), Dr. Patrick Christy, Donald MacLeod, Rich Charneicki and Drew Sloan, gather for a photo during the Cinco de Mayo gala, hosted by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, held at the Westmoreland Country Club in Penn Township on Friday evening, May 4, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Dr. Patrick Christy, Donald MacLeod, Rich Charneicki and Drew Sloan, gather for a photo during the Cinco de Mayo gala, hosted by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, held at the Westmoreland Country Club in Penn Township on Friday evening, May 4, 2018.
(from left), Amy and Brian Beeghly join event committee member, Janie Belden, for a photo during the Cinco de Mayo gala, hosted by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, held at the Westmoreland Country Club in Penn Township on Friday evening, May 4, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Amy and Brian Beeghly join event committee member, Janie Belden, for a photo during the Cinco de Mayo gala, hosted by the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, held at the Westmoreland Country Club in Penn Township on Friday evening, May 4, 2018.

It was May 4th, but they were partying like it was May 5th at the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra's annual Cinco de Mayo Gala.

The inaugural party was so popular last year, that organizers decided to bring it back to the Westmoreland Country Club near Export for a second round.

What's not to like? Great food, margaritas and dancing to live music.

Board and event committee member Linda Assard pointed out that one of the members of EBT Jazz, Michael Matteo , is also the symphony's principal percussionist and its incoming board president.

Barbara Ferrier stood out in a crowd that was dressed in everything from black tie to resort casual. She confided that she bought her red embroidered jacket in Mexico a few years back — when she was 8 years old! — and her sombrero for $1 at a garage sale.

One silent auction item was something not often seen — a song to be written personally for the winner by the bluegrass band, One Grass, Two Grass.

Serving with Assard on the event steering committee were William Friedlander and Jody Keating .

Seen: WSO Executive Director Endy Reindl, James Cook, Pat Condo and Jill Taylor-Condo, Barry and Jo Ellen Numerick, Jill Briercheck, Linda Blum, Jan Nigrelli, Gerald andTeri Bowes, Scott Ludwick, George Shaner andMichael Philopena, Nancy Jamison, Mark andKaaren Tintori, Jess andJoan Stairs, Anita Manoli, Art andSheila Caramella, Brian and Amy Beeghley, Patricia Smiy andMichelle LaRue .

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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