PARKERSBURG - More than 100 people braved the cold temperatures, gusting winds and slick roadways Saturday for the second annual Junior League of Parkersburg's "Cocktails and Creations" at the Parkersburg Art Center.
"Surprisingly, even with the terrible weather, we only had two vendors back out and I had people calling all day to make sure the event was still going on and to let me know they planned to be here," said event chair Amber Haid. "So, we have all of the vendors and, hopefully, people will come out."
One of the vendors who risked the dangerous road conditions was Stone Road Vineyard in Elizabeth.
Photo by Jolene Craig
Bobby Pierce, sitting, owner and baker of Hometown Cake of Parkersburg, speaks with Junior League of Parkersburg member Sheri Pfalzgraf, right, and Judy Pfalzgraf, middle, on Saturday evening at the Parkersburg Art Center for the Junior League of Parkersburg’s second annual “Cocktails and Creations.”
"Supporting the community is really important to us and participating in this, helping the Junior League, helps us support a local organization," said proprietor Dave Stone, who owns the winery with his wife Lynne Stone.
Bobby Pierce, baker and owner of Hometown Cake of Parkersburg, said he did not want to lose the opportunity to interact with the community by canceling his participation in the event.
"It's a great chance to meet with people and let them know about my business," Pierce said. "I was afraid they would cancel the whole event and very glad they kept it going."
* Many supporters of the Junior League of Parkersburg braved the cold temperatures, gusting winds and slick roadways to attend the second annual "Cocktails and Creations" at the Parkersburg Art Center on Saturday.
* Nearly a dozen vendors - including area restaurants, wineries and companies - provided information and samples of their products.
* Last year's event raised about $3,200 for the Junior League of Parkersburg with hopes this year's event will raise as much, if not more, despite the weather.
This was the second year of the event, which allows local artists as well as food and wine vendors to show off their work and products, Haid said.
"We started it as a way to promote local businesses while raising funds for our programs," she said.
The Junior League hoped to raise about $3,500 with Saturday's event. Last year's program raised roughly $3,200.
All of the money raised through "Cocktails and Creations" goes toward Junior League of Parkersburg charities, including the historic Cook House, Kids in the Kitchen at the Downtown Farmers' Marketplace and the organization's largest project, the JuLePs Pathways Playground, which is an accessible playground at City Park with a goal to offer children of all abilities an opportunity for play.
Along with the wine, beer and food, the event included music from a jazz trio, displays from local artists and a silent auction.