Latrobe's Yellow Tie Gala ties in to Banana Split Festival
Few things are more cheerful than the color yellow, and the 800 block of Latrobe's Ligonier Street was as cheerful as it gets Aug. 28 as it was blocked off for Latrobe Art Center's third annual Yellow Tie Gala.
Yellow is the gala's signature color not only for its fun and festive properties, but also because it ties in to the concurrent Great American Banana Split Festival, celebrating the legendary 1904 creation of that American favorite confection in a humble Latrobe drug store.
Yellow mums lined the art center's entrance, yellow balloons floated above the outdoor tables. Ladies wore all manner of yellow apparel, from shoes to frocks to jewelry, and the men gamely sported those yellow ties.
Don Orlando, PR director at nearby St. Vincent College, pointed out that his tie not only was yellow, but also adorned with banana splits.
Arriving unadorned, Bill McGarrity quickly found himself with a bow tie fashioned by veteran art teacher JoannaStillwagon from a yellow napkin and a clip she found in the depths of her purse.
Dancing in the streets came courtesy of the jumpin', jivin', polka-playin' sounds of Neon Swing X-perience. Orlando pointed out that founder and lead singer Mike Urick sheds the zoot suit for his day job as an assistant professor in St. Vincent's McKenna School of Business.
Art center directorGabrielle Nastuck said the gala, a sellout success with 225 attendees, came to fruition through the talents and efforts of art center staff. She thanked Latrobe native and civic supporter William Hamilton Jr. for sponsoring the event.
Gallivanting at the gala: Latrobe Mayor Rosie Wolford, Rosemarie McGarrity, Joanie Orlando, Josie Funari, Karen O'Connor, Jesse Peles and Jennifer Mulcahy, Sam and Cathy Sarraf, Mandy Newcomer, Jim and Janice Newcomer, Shawn and Megan Erney, Nick Myers and Katie Hauser, Toni Lazarchik with sons Andrew andTom Jr., Kathy Rafferty and Brian and Hope Aston.
Also, Dave and Johnette DeRose, Dr.Carol Fox, Gary and Linda Hayden, Linda McKenna Boxx, John and Gretchen Kline, Michelle Knupp, Jim and Kathy Koontz, Dr. John Parker, Joanne Hartman andEugene Colborn, “Malt Shop Marty” Singer and “Ice Cream Joe” Greubel.