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Sinatra impersonator to headline arts center gala

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Bo Wagner, an impersonator of Frank Sinatra, is soon to perform in Westmont.

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Community Arts Center of Cambria County is set to host an inaugural fundraising event April 1 at Sunnehanna Country Club in Westmont.
“Ocean’s 11” is a one-night-only, Las Vegas-themed gala that will feature a buffet dinner, a professional Frank Sinatra impersonator and casino games.

“I really like offering two events per year that are very special and unique,” said Angela Godin, executive director of the arts center. “So many different groups and organizations have done the gaming or casino night events and this year, I really wanted us to put a new, fresh spin on an event that people have really enjoyed.”

“Ocean’s 11” is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Guests are to have an opportunity to enjoy a cash bar, play slots and participate in table games, such as roulette and craps, until 6:30 p.m.

“Participants can buy as many chips or as much ‘fun money’ as they want, and the tickets they receive from their winnings on the slots or table games can then be placed in baskets that will be raffled off at the end of the night,” Godin said.

Dinner, catered by Sunnehanna Country Club, will begin at 6:30 p.m. The buffet menu features: watercress soup, chicken with acini de pepe, garden salad with assorted dressings, Caesar salad, beef brisket, pulled pork, roasted red potatoes, green beans with matchstick carrots, penne pasta with marinara and alfredo sauces, meatballs, shrimp scampi primavera and assorted desserts.

“The Sunnehanna staff really came up with such a unique buffet that has so much variety,” Godin said. “It reflects exactly the type of buffet you’d find in Las Vegas.”

Sinatra impersonator Bo Wagner is to take the stage around 7 p.m.

Wagner, who has been singing and performing since the late 1960s, served as the lead singer of the international recording group The Four Coins beginning in the late ‘70s. The Four Coins performed at major casinos in Las Vegas and Reno, as well as at resorts in Lake Tahoe, and Wagner even had the opportunity to perform in front of Sinatra himself.

“I’ve seen Bo perform numerous times, and he truly sounds like Frank Sinatra,” Godin said. “He continues to perform multiple times a month in Las Vegas, and word has it that he might even be relocating soon, so we’re excited to bring him to Sunnehanna before he leaves the area.”

At 8 p.m., the evening’s basket winners are to be announced.

Tickets for “Oceans 11” are on sale and can be purchased by calling 814-255-6515. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 29.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Community Arts Center of Cambria County.

Godin said she’s looking forward to the event and hopes it will be a success.

“I think this event will cater to so many people,” she said.

“Some people will really enjoy the gambling portion of the evening. Some people are true Rat Pack fans and will enjoy every minute of Bo Wagner’s performance. This event is going to hit two really different demographics in one exciting evening.”

New mystery awaits at Westmont arts center

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BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County, in conjunction with Mystery Theatre Pittsburgh, will present a murder mystery dinner theater event at Sunnehanna Country Club on Jan. 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Arts center Executive Director Angela Godin said that the nonprofit’s first murder mystery dinner theater took place last year and was such a success that she and her staff decided to host another.

“Last year was the premier of our murder mystery dinner theater fundraiser, and it was an astounding success,” Godin said. “Those who attended were extremely pleased with the interactive experience.”

This year’s performance, titled “Diamonds to Die For,” will once again be fully interactive. A few lucky audience members will even have an opportunity to perform alongside the cast.

During the performance, audience members will be introduced to mega-celebrity and stylist to the stars Philippe Le Fleur. Le Fleur will debut his brand-new jewelry collection, and those in the audience will include world-famous supermodels, ex-lovers and Minnesota housewives. 

Rumor has it that the launch of this collection will be his final.

“This year’s show, ‘Diamonds to Die For,’ was written specifically for the center’s 2017 murder mystery dinner theater,” Godin said. “As the Community Arts Center grows through its new ventures in the performing arts, we are continuing to develop ourselves by branching into new areas. We are overwhelmed by the positive response of the community and attendees from last year’s dinner theater. 

“We are also excited to continue growing the future of the performing arts here at the community arts center.”

To coincide with the performance’s “jewelry” theme, arts center staff members have invited jewelry vendors to sell their jewelry during the duration of the event. Vendors are to offer a wide selection of jewelry for purchase.

“We’re hoping to get a good response to the jewelry vendor idea,” Godin said, “and we’re excited to promote their items because it definitely goes with the theme of ‘Diamonds to Die For.’”

The evening’s dinner menu features flank steak and chicken caprese, plus green beans, carrots, herbed potatoes, salad, rolls and refreshments. A dessert trio rounds out the menu; desserts include diamond-shaped cookies, mini crème brulee and salted chocolate caramel pie. The food is to be prepared by the chefs at Sunnehanna Country Club.

Godin added that a themed drink will be available for purchase that evening; the specialty drink will be a sugar cubed champagne garnished with mint. A portion of the proceeds from these drinks will be donated directly to the arts center.

“Sunnehanna does this to help us as a nonprofit,” Godin said.

This year’s murder mystery dinner theater corporate sponsor is Stifel. For more information about the show or to purchase tickets (table sponsorships are available as well), call an arts center staff member at 814-255-6515 or visit www.caccc.org.

The deadline to purchase tickets is Jan. 17. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Community Arts Center of Cambria County.

“I’m very pleased with Mystery Theatre Pittsburgh overall,” Godin said. “This is going to be a great experience, and I think everyone’s going to have a wonderful time.”

Arts center working with Sunnehanna for car cruise

Photo credit: Community Arts Center of Cambria County Facebook page
Photo credit: Community Arts Center of Cambria County Facebook page

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Classic car owners will have an opportunity to unite at Sunnehanna Country Club in Westmont on Aug. 27.

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County’s “Classic Car Cruise” is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

Owners can register for the show on the day of the event beginning at 10 a.m. The owners of the first 25 registered cars are to receive a dash plaque and T-shirt.

Arts center Executive Director Angela Godin said she and her staff are excited to offer their second car cruise to patrons this summer, and what makes this one special is that it will be held at Sunnehanna.

“As two longstanding iconic locations in Westmont, we are elated to partner with Sunnehanna Country Club for such a unique event,” Godin said. “Sunnehanna Country Club has been so supportive of the arts center for years, and we are so pleased with each and every outcome. This is just another of many events that our members and community enjoy.”

Ron Meyers, who serves as general manager at Sunnehanna Country Club, said that he and his staff are also glad to be involved.

“Sunnehanna Country Club is a great classic golf course and country club, so we are very excited to host an amazing collection of great classic automobiles on our storied grounds,” Meyers said. “Since 1923, Sunnehanna has always been associated with the best of the best, so as you make your way up our winding drive, you and your prized automobile are now amongst the best of the best.”

Food vendors, live music, and a 50/50 raffle are to round out the event. Also, a children’s coloring contest is set to take place at 1:30 p.m.

For more information about the car cruise, call 814-255-6515 or visit www.caccc.org.

Arts center to hold American Girl doll-themed event

Submitted photo An American girl doll set up outside of the log cabin at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County in Westmont.
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An American girl doll set up outside of the log cabin at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County in Westmont.

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Community Arts Center of Cambria County is to host its inaugural “American Girl Doll Family-A-Fair” April 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sunnehanna Country Club in Westmont.

Angela Godin, the arts center’s development director, anticipates strong attendance.

“A lot of people are excited about this,” Godin said. “It’s going to be an all-encompassing, wonderful event that will reiterate arts, American Girl and family fun.”

“American Girl Doll Family-A-Fair” is designed to give American Girl doll fans an opportunity to bring their dolls and enjoy a fun-filled “girlie” afternoon.

“Girls aren’t required to bring their dolls, but the dolls are meant to be included in the event,” Godin said.

A buffet luncheon is to be available beginning at 1:30 p.m. Throughout the event, those who attend are to be able to enjoy free arts and crafts, participate in hair and beauty stations, and browse vendor booths that will feature American Girl doll clothing, accessories and more. At 2:30 p.m., girls and their dolls are to participate in an American Girl Doll parade.

“They can parade around the Sunnehanna ballroom, show off their dolls, wave to everyone and just have a fantastic time,” Godin said.

Those who attend may also register to win door prizes such as the 2016 American Girl Doll of the Year, Lea Clark, as well as miniature American Girl dolls and American Girl doll movies.

Anyone interested in attending “American Girl Doll Family-A-Fair” can call the Community Arts Center of Cambria County at 814-255-6515, or visit the arts center’s website, www.caccc.org, for more information or to purchase tickets. 

There is limited seating, and the registration and payment deadline is April 13. Pre-registration is required. No tickets will be sold at the door.

“American Girl Doll Family-A-Fair” is partially funded by the Alan Gordon Memorial Fund, and proceeds from the event will benefit the arts center.

“I honestly think that from the moment the girls and their families get there to the moment they leave, they’re going to wish that they could stay longer. That’s how jam-packed this event is going to be. There will be so many things to see and do and awesome food to top it all off,” she said.

Godin said that if “American Girl Doll Family-A-Fair” goes as well as she’s expecting, it will likely become an annual event for the nonprofit organization.

“What we’ll do is just expand it year after year,” she said.