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Guests enjoy Twilight tour of Fallingwater

| Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Vice President and Fallingwater Director Lynda Waggoner, center.

Sometimes, it's hard not to employ an overused or hackneyed phrase to describe something — especially if you are trying to describe Fallingwater, that world-renowned jewel of art and architecture that we are so proud to have in our Laurel Highlands backyard.

What to say but that it is “unique” and “breathtaking” and “awe-inspiring”?

On Aug. 23, about 300 guests traveled the Fayette County byways and walked the winding, wooded path to behold and marvel at Frank Lloyd Wright's masterwork during the 19th Annual Twilight Tour.

Hosted by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy with sponsor Huntington Bank, the event followed the simple, but successful, formula perfected over the years.

First, attendees enjoyed wine and hors d'oeuvres under a catering tent, then crossed the Bear Run foot bridge to explore the premises at will — from plunge pool to terraces, from stone-floored living room to glass-walled sleeping room among the trees at the top of the house.

As dusk fell, a lantern-lit path led to a nearby meadow for an upscale picnic prepared by the Fallingwater chef, accompanied by jazz from the David Bach Trio hailing from Washington, D.C.

Greeting guests were Fallingwater Director Lynda Waggoner and WPC President and CEO Tom Saunders, with Lisa Auel.

On the guest list: Huntington Bank President Susie Shipley with Neal, Susan Fitzsimmons, Jack Millstein, Jim and Francine Abraham, Franklin and Bonnie Blackstone, Michael and Amy Couch, Steve and Bev Elliott, Caryle Glosser, Scott and Sue Lammie, Lewis and Kate Lobdell, Bill and Lyndy Stout and Matt and Kim Wagle.

Also, Lawrence and Martha John, Wally and Bonne Gurzenda, Britton Wean and Jarrett Orzechowski, Chantel Ventura-Garofalo, Karl Bonsell, Kashana Kopac, Harry and Donna Morrison, Joseph Bellack, Marian Bellack, Tim and Diane Landers and Bob and Susan Klebacha.

Shirley McMarlin

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