Out & About: Latrobe Art Center paints the town (and ties) yellow for the annual gala

Usually when a guy wants to be more fancy, he puts on a black tie.

In Latrobe, they prefer yellow – at least once a year, when the Latrobe Art Center hosts his signature yellow tie Gala.

The ninth annual event took place on Friday, taking over the 800 block of Ligonier Street on a balmy late summer evening perfect for an outdoor party.

The gala takes place in conjunction with the annual Great American Banana Split celebration, honoring Latrobe as the birthplace of decadent ice cream.

About 190 guests were on hand to partake in numerous appetizers from Ricolita’s Cafe, which calls the center home, as well as a signature cocktail and, of course, banana splits provided by Latrobe Dairy Queen.

For guests who remembered their dancing shoes, Mike Urick and the Modelaires played a lively mix of vintage Americana music styles, including big-band, swing, rockabilly, hot jazz and blues.

Among the crowd were Sarah Cafe and Jordan Haedtlertraveling from Washington, DC, for the gala.

Shirley McMarlin | Tribune-Review

Jordan Haedtler and Sarah Caffee, both of Washington, DC, attended the Latrobe Art Center’s Yellow Tie Gala on Friday, August 19.

Several years ago they were in Latrobe to visit the grave of Caffee’s grandmother and came across the split banana sculpture just down the street from the art center. Intrigued, they discovered the history of the Latrobe banana split and the celebrations associated with it.

“We’ve dreamed of getting to this point for three years, and we finally did it,” Caffee said.

Dressed in crisp yellow pants and a blue jacket, the center’s general manager Michael Tusay welcomed the guests, as well as the gallery assistant Janet Mason.

Skyler From Malta and Kenzi Rullo served the banana splits, while Joe Bellack, Anthony De Vittis and Seth Rupert stretched bar.


Shirley McMarlin | Tribune-Review

The Latrobe Art Center’s annual Yellow Tie Gala took over the 800 block of Ligonier Street in downtown Latrobe on Friday, August 19.

I saw bananas: richard and Joanna StillwagonBill and Rosemary Garrity, Don and Doreen Currie, Bill and Peg Panasiti, Denis and Kathy Rafferty, Jessica Rafferty, Joyce Rives, Sean and Sherrie Gallagher Jim and Janice Newcomer, Jim and Mandy Falensky, Alan and LuAnn Mann and Helene Conway Long and Tom Long.

Also, David and Janet Seremet, Dave and Debbie Delisi, Danish and Beth Summerville, Marc and Karen White, Tom and Donna Bailey, Lee Bickerstaff and Maria Graziano-Bickerstaff, Joe and Diane Swetz, Lisa Graziano, Marian Bellack, Dennis and Lorie Dablock, Len and Debbie Miller and Andrew and Arissa Miller.

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