Night Music @ the Library includes a variety of performers
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
This year’s Night Music @ the Library is scheduled to take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 26 at Cambria County Library, located at 248 Main Street in downtown Johnstown.
According to Cambria County Library Director Ashley Flynn, this fundraiser is now in its 16th year, and it serves as the library’s only major fundraising event of the year.
“It’s the community’s biggest opportunity to raise money for our non-profit so that we can put that money to work for the community,” Flynn said.
Flynn, who is helping to organize the event alongside a committee of library staff members, including Chairman Bryan Young, said she’s looking forward to this year’s line-up of bands: Felix and the Hurricanes, The Evergreens, and Jeff Webb and The Delectable Sound.
“What makes this event so unique is that we welcome a variety of performers,” Flynn said, “and this year is no different. There really is something different on each floor.”
Each band has been assigned a floor upon which to entertain ticketholders: Felix and the Hurricanes will perform on the first floor; The Evergreens on the second and Jeff Webb and The Delectable Sound on the third.
Felix and The Hurricanes, of Altoona, play a variety of genres: southern blues, country and classic rock.
“They have such a huge following in the Cresson/Altoona area,” Flynn said, “and people in this area always respond really well to them.”
The Evergreens is a Johnstown-based duo who play indie/folk music.
“They have a sound that’s so unique,” Flynn said. “They put such an interesting spin on what they’re covering and their own original songs, too.”
Jeff Webb and The Delectable Sound’s setlist will include classic rock, soul and pop favorites.
“Jeff and his band are so versatile,” Flynn said. “They cover everyone from Stevie Wonder to John Legend.”
While the bands provide the entertainment, Country Delights of Davidsville will provide the food. Their menu includes a variety of appetizers, plus stuffed chicken breast and sides such as redskin potatoes and soup. Flynn said an extensive selection of desserts will also be available, as will beer, wine and soft drinks. Due to alcohol being served, this event is suitable for those 21 and over.
Flynn mentioned that the owners of Country Delights are providing a portion of the meal to the library at-cost, and other portions of the meal completely free of charge so as to help the library raise as much money as possible that evening.
Included in the ticket price are dinner, drinks and live entertainment.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in advance by visiting cclsys.org or by calling a library staff member at 814-536-5131. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the library. Tickets will also be on sale at the door that evening. Those who purchase their tickets in advance are to receive a nominal discount.
In addition, Friends of the Library, the organization that operates the library’s used bookstore, Inclined to Read, is hosting a basket raffle to help raise additional funds. Nearly 40 baskets are included in the raffle, and each basket is valued at approximately $75.
"Local businesses and other non-profits have donated very generously for our raffle,” said Joe Valentine, Friends of the Library president. "With offerings from St. Francis College Athletic Department, Venue of Merging Arts, and the Pittsburgh Zoo, there are lots of memories to be made."
Library patrons can purchase tickets to win the baskets now through April 26. Attendees of Night Music @ the Library can purchase tickets up until the time of the drawing, which is scheduled for 9 p.m.
Flynn said she’s grateful for the number of business and individuals who sponsor the event. This year’s Crystal Note sponsors are Air Management Inc and USSCO Federal Credit Union.
An event like this, she added, reminds people that libraries aren’t quite “the quiet, dusty places” that people often consider them to be.
“This event drives home the idea that libraries are a little bit cooler than what people give us credit for,” Flynn said.
At Cambria County Library, programming for all ages is offered year-round.
“We have a pretty robust programming calendar ... for infants and for senior citizens and for everyone in between,” Flynn said. “Money we raise from Night Music @ the Library will help us improve the programs that we offer, and to make sure we can give people the resources they need. For example, as of April 1, something new we’re offering our patrons is a music streaming service that gives you three free downloads per week. If this service is well-received and we want to continue it in the long-term, we’ll definitely need funds for that.”
Flynn described Night Music @ the Library as an “extremely fun event.”
“People enjoy it, and many come back year after year,” she said. “It’s not just a fun night out for you ... it’s a great way to give back to the community by supporting the library.”