Junior League holds ‘Cocktails and Creations’ event

PARKERSBURG – Local artists were on display at the Parkersburg Art Center on Friday for the Junior League of Parkersburg’s “Cocktails and Creations.”

“Not only do we have artists with their work, but also local food and wine vendors showing off their products,” said Shari Pfalzgraf, chairman of the event.

Unicorn Wine Guild of Belpre was on hand, not with a sampling of its more than 40 homemade wines, but with English garden black tea and signature gluten-free cake, said owner Barbara Whitaker.

“Because of West Virginia state laws we couldn’t bring our wine across the state line, but we wanted to be here to support the Junior League,” she said. “So we brought some of our other products and hope to have a great night.”

Andi Roberts and Jesse Hyde of Hot Tomato Pin-up Academy attended the fundraiser as a way to get out into the community.

“We like to support the local community organizations and it’s a great way to get out and shake off the winter blues and do something good,” Roberts said. “With it being a new event, it feels good to support it from the beginning.”

Pfalzgraf said this first-time event came about as a way to promote local businesses while also raising much-needed funds for the Junior League’s programs.

“We wanted to try to do something new that would let the community know what is out there as far as local businesses as well as help the programs we provide and work for,” she said.

The goal for this first “Cocktails and Creations” was $3,500, which will go toward Junior League of Parkersburg charities the historic Cook House, Kids in the Kitchen at the Downtown Farmer’s Marketplace and the organization’s largest project JuLePs Pathways Playground to create an accessible playground at City Park, which has a goal to offer children of all abilities an opportunity for play.

There was a silent auction that featured items provided by the local artists.