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Benefit to be held for Juliana Square Historic District

PARKERSBURG — A benefit for the Juliana Square Historic District will be held 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Herceg Home, 112 13th St., the second consecutive year the outdoor event has been held at the residence.

Tickets are $40 and are available at www.smoottheatre.com or by calling the Smoot at 304-422-PLAY (7529). Food will be provided by Belaire’s Bistro from Belpre. Party-goers should bring their own bottle of wine, but non-alcoholic drinks will be served.

The evening will feature three performing groups. New to this event is the guitar duo of Jesse and Chad. Jesse DeBarr is locally known as a soloist guitarist, but will perform with his brother-in- law, Chad Stevens, and the duo will play jazz standards.

Returning for a second year from the Charleston area, Stolen Moments is a quartet featuring vibraphonist Scott Milan. During the last few years it has performed at the Blennerhassett Hotel, in the Kanawha Valley and the Huntington area.

The last group of the evening will be the Smoot Theatre House Band, which performs each year in the Hometown Christmas program at the Smoot. The ensemble, made up of music teachers and retired members of service bands, will play big-band standards that feature jazz soloists.

Among the soloists are trombonists Rick Lillard (The U.S. Airmen of Note) and Wayne Smith (NATO Band and former director Tyler County High School). Also new in the band is saxophonist Jason Barr, professor of jazz studies at Glenville State College.

Marsha Parsons will be the main vocalist with the House Band. New this year is high school senior Jesse Eaton, who will add Sinatra tunes that have become standards. For the past three years Eaton has been the baritone in the Smoot Theatre Barbershop Quartet.

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