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Connellsville Community Center prepared for Cait Cuneo concert

| Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 5:48 p.m.
Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier
Denise Friel, owner of Atkins Music, prepares to display one of many concert posters advertising Cait Cuneo's upcoming show being held at the Porter Theater in Connellsville on Saturday, June 29, 2013.
Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier
Uniontown Area High School Art Teacher Rebecca Gartley, addresses the crowd that gathered at Storey Square in Uniontown during the Rally for Public Education on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Gartley was speaking her concerns as a concerned citizen and the budget cuts of the arts programs in public school.

The Connellsville Area Community Center is welcoming Cait Cuneo and her eight-piece band. She will perform in the Edwin S. Porter Theater on Saturday night to an expected sellout crowd.

The theater has been renovated, and the stage floor has been totally replaced, piece by piece by volunteer William Colvin, Community Center Building Manager Gary Barker and Connellsville City Councilman Greg Ritch.

“We are pleased to have Cait Cuneo performing at the Porter Theater,” Ritch said. “This will be a wonderful opportunity for all residents to enjoy the talents of one of Connellsville's very own. The stage is still being worked on this week with some minor upgrades, but it is 98 percent completed and ready at this point. Additionally, the building manager is checking all air conditioners to ensure the comfort of all attending. It is so nice that Cait is taking time out of her busy schedule to come back to her hometown to perform,” said Lori Kosisko, contracted administrative assistant at the community center. “She is a wonderful young lady with an awesome voice. I am looking forward to her performance.”

Connellsville Recreation Board President Melissa Tzan said that advance ticket sales are going well.

“There will be tickets available at the door if the show does not sell out before Saturday night,” she said. “We highly encourage anyone who would like to see the show to purchase their tickets ahead of time and get to the show early for the best seats. The newly installed stage floor is ready to be used. We will be selling refreshments before and after the show. Fans and friends can greet Cait after the show. CDs, T-shirts and posters will be available for purchase.”

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and are available at Atkins Music Center and ArtWorks. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Recreation Board members say that this promises to be a great show in a great venue. Cait will perform with an eight-piece band that includes her brother Vince. The show will be enjoyed by all ages.

“This is the kind of professional entertainment that we want to occur at the Porter Theater on a regular basis,” said Greg Lincoln, a member of the Connellsville Recreation Board. “This will only happen if our community supports these shows. It will be a fun night for the whole family or a great date night, too. Cait will be backed by musicians from all over the East Coast.

This will be the first performance on the new renovated stage,” he added. “There will be a meet and greet with Cait immediately following the show. We will be selling Cait's ‘Violet' CDs and T-shirts. There will be drinks available for purchase, too. We hope to fill the Porter for Cait Cuneo's hometown show. We will have tickets for sale at East Park Friday night.”

Proceeds from Cuneo's appearance will benefit the recreation board.

Friday night the recreation board will hold another movie night at East Park. The movie will be “Field Of Dreams.” An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come. The movie stars Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta and James Earl Jones. The movie is sponsored by Hutch's Tap Room.

“We will be giving away four tickets to the St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates game on July 29. The drawing will be held before the movie starts,” Tzan said. “We're asking everyone to wear their favorite team jersey or gear when they come on down for a fun night at East Park.”

Information on upcoming events is available on the Connellsville Recreation Board Facebook page.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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