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The Parkersburg Art Center held its first Tastes and Tunes fundraiser of 2021. The event will return for a second year from 7-10 p.m. on 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 Edison Lights on the 700 block of Market Street across from the Art Center.

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

Having an event bracelet entitles you to a concert, a full catered meal, non-alcoholic drinks and a dessert. Valley Catering will prepare five food stations with options such as BBQ Chili Chicken Sliders, Blackened Fish Taco with Cilantro Lime Sauce, Roast Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Balsamic, Meatballs Raspberry barbecue meat and a selection of sweet treats.

Tickets are on sale in advance only and available online at Ticket sales are limited and will be taken offline on July 7, so the caterer can prepare. The entrance gates will be at the corners of Eighth and Market streets. For more information, email [email protected] or call 304-485-3859.

Back by popular demand, the Sour Mash String Band play bluegrass, truegrass and newgrass with a touch of hillbilly funk.

“They were so successful in 2021 that we decided to bring them back once again,” said Jessie Siefert, Executive Director of the Art Center.

“We’ll be selling tickets for drinks and games at the door, so once you’ve walked in and stocked up on tickets, you don’t have to worry about money.”

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

“This fundraiser for the Parkersburg Art Center will take place rain or shine because the PAC is BIG and we can move this whole party indoors if needed,” said PAC Artistic Director Abby Hayhurst. “The shop and galleries will also be open during Tastes and Tunes, so it’s a great time to shop for unique and quirky handmade gifts and enjoy both gallery exhibits.”

The Art Center would like 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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