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Parkersburg Art Center hopes Tastes and Tunes reverberates for a second year

The Parkersburg Art Center held its first Tastes and Tunes fundraiser in 2021. The event will return for a second year from 7-10 p.m. July 9 in the 700 block of Market Street in downtown Parkersburg. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center is hosting a fundraising event on Saturday, July 9, under the Edison lights on the 700 block of Market Street in front of the Art Center.

In its second year, Tastes and Tunes will be an evening of live music, yard games and food from 7-10 p.m.

Having an event wristband entitles the holder to a concert, a full catered meal, non-alcoholic beverages and dessert. Valley Catering will be preparing five food stations with options like chili BBQ chicken sliders, blackened fish taco with cilantro lime sauce, roasted pork tenderloin with blackberry balsamic, raspberry BBQ meatballs and a selection of sweet treats.

Tickets are advance sale only and available online at www.parkersburgartcenter.org. Ticket sales are limited and will be taken off-line on July 7, so the caterer can prepare. The entry gates will be at the corners of Eighth and Market streets. For more information, email info@parkersburgartcenter.org or call 304-485-3859.

Back by popular demand is the Sour Mash String Band that performs bluegrass, truegrass and newgrass with a twist of the hillbilly funk.

“They were such a hit in 2021 that we decided to bring them back once again,” said Jessie Siefert, Managing Director for the Art Center.

“We are going to be selling drink and games tickets at the gate so once you have entered and stocked up on tickets, you don’t have to deal with money again.”

A selection of wines from Wine Down on Market and beers from Parkersburg Brewing Company as well as domestic labels will be available for purchase with these tickets, though water, tea and lemonade are provided with the meal. Tickets can also be used for games inside of the event for prizes.

“This fundraiser for the Parkersburg Art Center will happen rain or shine because the PAC is BIG and we can move this whole party indoors if needed,” said Abby Hayhurst, Artistic Director at the PAC. “The shop and galleries will also be open during Tastes and Tunes, so this is a great time to shop for unique and original hand-made gifts and enjoy the two exhibits in the gallery.”

The Art Center wants to thank its event sponsors, Mary Riccobene, Jan Dils Attorneys at Law, Hughes Properties, WVU Medicine Camden Clark, Dan Marshall, Sir Speedy Printing, Wine Down on Market, Apricot Lane, SMP Live Productions, United Bank, Holl’s Chocolates, and Ace of Heart Designs.

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