Irwin might approve Dancing in the Street

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Downtown Irwin could be filled with the sounds of a disc jockey spinning “The Electric Slide” and a live band playing Motown favorites this September.

Dancing in the Street, billed as a dance party for people of all ages, could take over Fourth Street in downtown Irwin on Sept. 7. Council is scheduled to vote on the event after this week's deadline.

“It popped in my head one day that there's different things we can do to bring more business to Irwin, but you don't have anything where you're focusing on kids,” Tory Eiland, a downtown Irwin business owner, said. “I want to have a dance party in Irwin. I figured that would be one great way to bring people together.”

The event would feature a disc jockey, a singer and at least one band playing Motown music. Eiland said he is trying to secure another band.

Eiland, who owns Amelia Maes Deli on Fourth Street, proposed the idea to council during Thursday's planning workshop.

Instead of a monetary donation, Eiland told council he will ask participants to bring a donation for the food drive scheduled later that month. Also, donations raised from a raffle will go to the Irwin Volunteer Fire Department, he said.

“No one anywhere in the state of Pennsylvania has ever done anything like this,” Eiland said. “I would like for Irwin and also Amelia Maes to pioneer this. I think it would be awesome.

If approved, council member Gail Macioce said, the Irwin Business and Professionals Association would pay the insurances and fee to have the event in downtown Irwin.

The event is slated to take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Officials discussed closing Fourth Street from Main Street to Oak Street to hold it.

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626.

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