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Fun, food and 'All That Jazz'

Serendipity Cafe set for July 13 at Steubenville Country Club

July 2, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - The Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild will host the annual Serendipity Cafe July 13 at the Steubenville Country Club located at 413 Lovers Lane.

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 vocalists 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.

Table reservations for parties of eight or more are available with tables arranged with seating for four, six and eight.

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 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 and eat.

The Clayton Powell Quintet is a collaboration of Pittsburgh musicians who have teamed together to create music encompassing several genres. Along with Music Director Clayton Powell, 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.

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 began touring London and Los Angeles, auditioning for pop musician 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," singing smooth classics from the 1970s and 1980s. Smith will join Kropka on some numbers.

The committee organizing this year's edition of the Serendipity Cafe are Guild President Mary Jo Rinaldi, First Vice President Anita Jackson, Treasurer Joe Leonard and Board of Director members Lina Leonard and Nan Watzman.

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