Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Spring Frolic Event Promises 'Jitterbug All Night Long'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Spring Frolic Event Promises 'Jitterbug All Night Long'

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Almost immediately after the April 2014 Spring Frolic, the event's planning committee began searching for a theme for this year's fundraiser for the Westmoreland County Historical Society.

"We were looking for a date that wouldn't compete with events held by other nonprofits and picked May 16," said Lisa Hays, executive director from Cook Township. "When we discovered that date is Armed Forces Day, we decided on a World War II theme. It also helps that we like swing music."

With the motto of "Jitterbug All Night Long!" the seventh annual Spring Frolic starting at 6 p.m. at the Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg will feature the 15-piece Murphy's Music Center Tribute Band, specialists of swing and big band music. Adding to the 1940s atmosphere, three female crooners from Stage Right will perform as the Andrews Sisters, singing that group's signature songs, such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree."

"The wearing of WW II-era fashion is invited but not required," Joanna Moyar, education coordinator from Greensburg, said. "Servicemen and -women who served in the Pacific experienced a variety of new flavorful foods, and the Supper Club of Greensburg will prepare a luau theme complete with roast pig and all the accouterments for our guests to savor.

"The USO Dolly Donut girls will be on hand to pass around the coffee and doughnuts to reinforce our USO canteen dance theme."

As part of the entertainment, actors from Stage Right will perform a one-act play titled "Dreams Before Breakfast." Virginia Leiner of Greensburg wrote the play based on a collection of round robin letters written by the 1936 class of Greensburg High School. The letters, donated to the society by the late Ned and Hazel Booher of Greensburg, focus on one of the young men, an airman, who was lost over the South Pacific.

"The letters are beautifully and passionately written to people they may never see again," Stage Right artistic director Tony Marino of Greensburg said. "Through them, our audience will regain an understanding of how people poured their hearts and souls out in letters in the days before email and social media. …

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