There was dinner and dancing in the streets of Latrobe June 10 during theMister Rogers' Neighborhood Gala.
Red trolleys and roses were the centerpieces of tables on Ligonier and Main streets, and, after dinner, Dr. Zoot played at the intersection.
The event was hosted by the Latrobe Art Center, where there were food stations prepared by Sun Dawg Cafe, a pop-up exhibit of photos of Fred Rogers, and a first look at The Puzzle Art Installation and Collaborative Project.
Started seven years ago, the project has grown to 15,000 pieces in 20 countries. Schools, galleries, corporations and families have participated. Puzzle Project team members Tim Kelly and Julian Zee traveled from New York to direct installation of the exhibit at the art center.
More than 2,000 pieces were created by members of the community.
“Each one is a story,” said Kelly, clad in a black suit and blue sneakers. “Every piece is different, just like us.”
The crowd was treated to a skit, “Feels Like Home, Remembering Fred Rogers,” featuring David Seremet, John Carasella and art center director Gabrielle Nastuck.
Desserts were from Happy Camper Cakes and Dainty Pastry, and libations were from Four Seasons and All Saints Brewing Companies.
Among the VIPs in attendance: Laney Crozier with her son, Daniel Crozier Jr., Lee and Kim Markosky, Bob and JoAnn Lightcap, Dan andKay Yates, Don Orlando, Ernie and Georgia Teppert, Wayne and Ellen Sautter, Dennis and Kathy Rafferty, John and Dorris Parker, Wylie and Marilyn Overly, Linda Boxx, Nathan Boxx, Emmy DePolo, Rose Flodin, John Anspach, Lou and Joanne Congelio, George and Olive Conte, Anita Manoli, Tom and Donna McClure, Barbara Nakles, Joe Bellack, Roseanne Bodziak, Luanne Murtha and Sister Mary Alice Ackermann.
Dawn Law is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.