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Monday, Aug. 22, 2011

Saturday evening in Greensburg found a group of arts lovers enjoying a picnic dinner at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art before venturing down the hill to St. Clair Park for a "Ballet Under the Stars" presentation by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

This was the first visit to the park by the ballet's free outreach program, long a summer staple at Hartwood Acres in Allegheny County.

"There's a big arts community in Greensburg," said Shayne Souleret, the ballet's development manager. "So, we decided to bring the ballet to them."

The organization's Westmoreland County coordinator Nichole Gantshar said the Saturday performance was a pilot project for bringing ballet to regional hubs, with other prospective locations in Fayette County; Morgantown, W.Va.; and either Beaver or Butler County.

It's a great idea, judging from the warm reception for the mixed repertoire program, featuring "Raymonda Variations," "Ave Maria," "Coppelia Pas De Deux" and "Step Touch."

Representing the ballet at the Westmoreland were artistic directo r Terrence Orr, executive director Harris Ferris, director of development Scott Gluck and principal dancer Erin Halloran, with husband Steven Annegarn and sons Aiden and Leo Annegarn.

Welcoming guests on behalf of the museum was manager of visitor services Jessica Zamiska.

Also seen: Chuck and Nancy Anderson, John and Frances DePaul, Mud and Phyllis Kluska, Donald and Leslie Hoffman John and Judy Morrell, Alquin and Dolores Heinnickel, Jan Taylor and Pat Condo.

— Shirley McMarlin

Girls and pearls

Girls put on their best pearls Monday for the YWCA of Westmoreland County Annual Fashion Show at Greensburg Garden and Civic Center.

Mary Lou Hacker was "Best 20s Flapper," Rosine Dull displayed the "Best Use of Pearls" and Sandy Fisher had the "Swankiest Outfit."

The evening showcased Thriftshop and PA WORKWEAR fashion and accessories.

PA WORKWEAR provides women seeking work with an interview outfit plus clothes after a job has been secured -- from suits to steel toes.

PA Workwear coordinator Dorie Fuchs works with clients such as Rene Mulroy, who was optimistic about a recent interview.

"It's scary getting back into the workforce again," Mulroy, a model in the show, said. "Dorie teaches updated fashion, what colors and what looks best. That experience carries you through when you do your own shopping."

Her advice to women who are graduating, changing careers or re-entering the workforce?

"Dorie actually cares. Please go see her. She does awesome work."

Also modeling were Michael Basick, Bryony Tilzey, Louise Tilzey-Bates, Karrina Booker, Lynn DeFabo, Noah Kuntz, Nicole Reaves, Kira Crea, Emily Giallonardo, Rylee Jackson, Nicolette Miller, Alanna Reynolds and Addison Swackhammer.

Chairwoman was Y President Theresa Rusbosin.

Seen at the show: Mimi Thomas-Brooker, Linda Assard, Bonnie Lewis, Paula Maloney, Barbara Ferrier, Carolyn Falcon, Joelyn Aukerman, Ellen Katter, Jill Briercheck, Linda Austin, Jan Merriman, Michelle Teague, Jan Garlock, Mary Catherine Motchar, Carol Minser, Barbara Flock and Nancy Anderson.

— Dawn Law

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