F.M. Kirby Fest draws hundreds to support the arts

F.M. Kirby Heart for the Performing Arts’ Govt Director Joell Yarmel, remaining, chats with Kirby board member Mary Moga in the course of the 5th Once-a-year F.M. Kirby Fest held at the theater on Saturday.

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<p>Patty Martinelli, right, is checking out black and white photos from Bob Wallace Photo Group. Left to right: Debra Maslanko, Bob Wallace, Martinelli.</p>
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Patty Martinelli, ideal, is examining out black and white pictures from Bob Wallace Image Team. Left to ideal: Debra Maslanko, Bob Wallace, Martinelli.

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<p>Cat Sokirka, left, was happy to taste a sample from Eight Oaks Farm Distillery. Left to right: Sokirka, Michele Huzela Keiser, and Tonya Capizzi pouring.</p>
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Cat Sokirka, left, was satisfied to taste a sample from Eight Oaks Farm Distillery. Still left to appropriate: Sokirka, Michele Huzela Keiser, and Tonya Capizzi pouring.

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<p>Tori V and her partner Anthony Picataggio, behind, of Tori V and the Karma Duo, was one of the six acts that played the 5th Annual F.M. Kirby Fest at the F.M Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday.</p>
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Tori V and her companion Anthony Picataggio, driving, of Tori V and the Karma Duo, was one particular of the six acts that played the 5th Annual F.M. Kirby Fest at the F.M Kirby Heart for the Performing Arts on Saturday.

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WILKES-BARRE — F.M. Kirby Heart for the Undertaking Arts’ Executive Director Joell Yarmel couldn’t be happier in the response for the 5th Annual F.M. Kirby Fest: A Night time of Pints, Pinot and Doing Arts held at the theater on Saturday night.

“This is the only fundraiser we host every 12 months,” Yarmel claimed. “We sold out at 500 persons and there are a great deal of businesses below to aid us — and we assistance them. It is a wonderful celebration of the arts and staying downtown.”

People hundreds of friends roamed all 3 lobbies and the primary stage to sample food items, desserts, brews and wines from breweries, wineries, eating places and distilleries.

And it’s all for a excellent induce: Yarmel reported the proceeds from the fundraiser go to children’s programming exactly where youngsters are invited to show up at school demonstrates, absolutely free of cost.

In addition to food, performances and sampling of spirits, a silent auction was done and artists shown their art in the reduced stage.

“Because of our several sponsors, this was a very successful function and we’re grateful,” Yarmel included. “We’re grateful that every person would like to continue to keep coming out each individual year and help the arts but also help the community organizations selling their wares.”

There were overall of 23 restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries participating in the 5th yearly occasion.

6 artists displayed their do the job for sale and 6 performers entertained the a few-hour occasion.

Bob Wallace of the Bob Wallace Picture Group moved back again to Wyoming Valley two-a long time back and was satisfied be back at the Kirby Middle, to which he is no stranger.

“I have a historical past with the Kirby Center,” Wallace admitted. “I was the basic supervisor when it was the Paramount Theater in 1974 and I appreciate coming in this article for shows. I grew to become a member and when I found out about this demonstrate, I wanted to acquire my private function out and display it. This is absolutely great.”

Cat Sokirka was on hand for the event with a number of pals performing at the F.M. Kirby Center.

“I have not been to this party prior to and we’re tremendous enthusiastic to be below,” Sokirka said. “It’s an wonderful resourceful fundraiser and you by no means get to walk around and have access to a theater or arena to get backstage obtain and I’m joyful to be here.”

Sokirka reported it was enjoyable to walk about the Kirby Centre and the food stuff and consume are a reward.

Anthony Murphy and his wife Stephanie Brezinski, new residents to Wyoming Valley, ended up thrilled to consider section in Kirby Fest.”

“It’s a date evening out with me and my spouse, making an attempt out some diverse wines and distilleries and foods,” Murphy reported.

“I uncovered out about this party when I came in this article to see Luzerne County’s Received Expertise a handful of weeks ago,” Brezinski claimed. “The Kirby Middle is gorgeous, I like it.”

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