BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Indiana Tuxedo, kings and queens, reunions, etc.
July 12, 2013 10:30 AM
by BILL HASTINGS

To whom it may concern —

AFTER 14 years of witnessing a “revolving circle of growth,” watching boys come in for prom tuxedos and then back years later for their own weddings, Patty Morris is closing her Indiana Tuxedo shop at 1081 Philadelphia St. at the end of the month.

Seeing those boys come back as men is what she will miss the most, as well as talking to her customers, many of whom became friends along the way.

There have been many memories in those 14 years, especially of weddings and people that she will remember for their interesting characteristics.

In her business, she said, you meet those from all walks of life, with wedding themes from bikers to farm tractors to fairy tales.

“It’s been a pleasure working with everyone,” she said. “Thank you to all of my loyal customers.”

SQUEAKY CLEAN

If your car is dirty and your belly empty, stop by Sherman Street Park in Clymer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, where a fundraiser will offer a car wash, food and raffles to benefit the annual Son Day in the Park event and the CMA youth group.

Hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, nachos, ice cream and cookies will be available, as well as a basket raffle and tickets for the Community Basket, filled with gift cards donated by Clymer-area merchants and civic organizations.

The fifth annual Son Day in the Park will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 under the big pavilion at the park with a casual prayer, praise and worship service.

The main event, which offers a free day of family fun, will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4.

WHAT’S COOKIN’?

Do you have the skills to be crowned the King or Queen of Barbecue of Indiana County?

If so, enter the rib and chicken cookoff to be held from noon to 6 p.m. July 27 at the Chevy Chase Community Center.

And if cooking isn’t your thing, a King and Queen of Card Tournaments will also be crowned for spades and bid wiz.

Admission is $5 per person, adults and children, and includes sides, a roll, salad and sample of all rib and chicken entries.

There will also be a special guest music group appearance, door prizes, basket raffles, and fun activities for kids. To enter the contest, or for more details and guidelines, call (724) 463-0674.

CONNECTING CLASSMATES

Indiana High School’s Class of 1988 will hold its 25th reunion July 27 in Indiana, with events that include a family breakfast at Getty Heights Park at 10 a.m. with doughnuts, juice and fruit.

A 7 p.m. cocktail reception will be at the La Prima Room at Rustic Lodge with appetizers and a cash bar.

Classmates and friends of the class can register for events at www.ihs88.myevent.com.

Also on the website, attendees can pay for tickets, post a profile or add photos and messages to the group. There is also a Facebook page at “Indiana High School Class of 1988 – IHS.”

Updates are emailed regularly to those with email addresses on file, as well as posted on the Facebook page.

Questions regarding the reunion can also be emailed to Ann Kozusko Kuhn at IHS88@comcast.net.

LET’S MINGLE

The Indiana County Tourist Bureau is inviting the public to its August Mingle, which offers the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening at Mack Park with presentations by the Indiana County Fair Association and Indiana Community Garden Club.

Participants will also tour the community garden at the park, and a picnic supper and door prizes will be available. The event is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Mack Park pavilion. RSVP by Aug. 5 at (724) 463-7505 or email Info@VisitIndianaCountyPA.org.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Dillweed Bed & Breakfast in Dilltown is celebrating its 20th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 20 with a special event.

American folk artist Billy Jacobs, of Ohio, will be on hand for a meet and greet.

Get your print of his work signed, as his collection of primitive American landscapes have made him a very recognized folk artist in America.

TREE, a band from Johnstown that was voted best local performer by Johnstown Magazine for 2013, will play a traditional blend of Irish, bluegrass and Celtic rock at 4 p.m.

The work of chainsaw artist Walt Smith, of Mineral Point, will also be on display. This event is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be available for sale all day.

“Dillweed Bed & Breakfast wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to its many patrons who have become valued friends and supporters over the years,” according to a news release. For more information, visit www.dillweedinc.com.

SHOP TALK AT SIX

Dr. Michael Stalteri will play saxophone with a new group he started, “Kupkake Jazz,” beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Coventry Inn in Indiana. … Gas prices were hovering around the $3.49 mark this morning across the area. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says deep thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson got it exactly right when he said, “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

Good evening!

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