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Fun, food and ‘All That Jazz’

Serendipity Cafe set for July 13 at Steubenville Country Club

June 27, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

The Steubenville Country Club will come alive with "All That Jazz" as the Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild hosts its annual Serendipity Cafe on July 13.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. and continuing through 9 p.m. courtesy of the Clayton Powell Quintet and local songsters Teresa Kropka and Joel Smith.

The cost is $35 per person for the event featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres - a large selection of filling food and desserts, according to organizers. Snack foods - popcorn, pretzels and mixed snacks - also are readily available at no charge.

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Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild committee members for Serendipity Cafe are, from left, Nan Watzman, Lina and Joe Leonard, guild president Mary Jo Rinaldi and Joyce Ryan-Orlando.
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Table reservations for parties of eight or more are available with tables arranged with seating for four, six and eight or guests are invited to pull up a chair at any table they choose to join friends at another table.

Valet parking will be available.

Reservations are due by July 10 by calling Joyce Ryan-Orlando at (740) 264-0292 or Anita Jackson at (740) 284-5861.

The guild program provides a "super casual" evening where the country club is transformed, they say, into "an intimate cafe venue" with "lots of candles, couches and high-top tables" in a "very relaxed atmosphere."

Dress is office casual.

"The music is playing as entertainment and also as background music" with attendees at liberty to mingle, talk, eat and enjoy.

The Clayton Powell Quintet is a collaboration of Pittsburgh's finest musicians who have teamed together to create a solid music foundation that encompasses several genres with style and flair, according to a press release. Along with Clayton Powell, music director, the group of independent national recording and performance artists have toured and shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the music industry.

The ensemble that plays smooth modern jazz features Howie Alexander, Rick Clark, Bobby Yates and guest vocalist Teresa Kropka.

Kropka started her musical journey at the age of 8, taking classical flute and percussion lessons. During high school she sang in choirs, ensembles and was a church cantor. She briefly attended Akron University School of Music but returned home to broaden her education in the medical field and continued taking voice lessons for three years at the Center of Music and Art in Wintersville, always keeping music in the forefront.

Kropka launched her professional singing career when she was invited to sing for NBC in Washington, D.C., for the Unity Festival after 9-11. She was bitten by the music bug once again and began touring London and Los Angeles, auditioning for pop icon Christina Aguilera and singing with bands that opened for P Diddy and other hip-hop artists. She also was mentored by jazz artist Reggis Bullen who toured with Marvin Gaye and Quincy Jones.

Joel Smith is a Michael Buble type singer, crooning smooth classics from the 1970s and '80s. Smith will join Kropka on some numbers.

The committee organizing this year's edition of the Serendipity Cafe are Mary Jo Rinaldi, guild president; Anita Jackson, first vice president; Joe Leonard, treasurer; and Lina Leonard and Nan Watzman, board of directors members.

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