5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Appalachian traditions and sustainable living will converge at the High-Energy Hoe-Down on Thursday, October 16th.
It’s a first-time benefit bash for Conservation Consultants Inc., a nonprofit organization based on Pittsburgh’s South Side that promotes responsible energy and resource use in homes and buildings. Taking place at the The Mayernik Center in the North Hills, the High-Energy Hoe-Down will feature an evening of foot-stomping fun along with a presentation of CCI’s inaugural Conservation Luminary Award.
Providing the night’s vibrant soundtrack of Appalachian-style mountain music will be The Lackawanna Longnecks, who will showcase a cultural part of our region’s heritage. An old-time string band from Pittsburgh, The Lackawanna Longnecks play music in the traditional style of rural Appalachia. The group, which have been performing at concerts, square dances and parties in and around the region since 1987, features Frank Falvo (fiddle), Mike Reing (guitar) Mark Tamsula (banjo), and Taylor Runner, who is also a Morgantown square dance caller.
Also livening up the family-friendly event will be a traditional Appalachian Cake Walk. The couple dancing closest to a mark when the caller shouts, “stop” will win one of the cakes made or freshly purchased by CCI board members. Attendees can also vie for prizes in the 50/50 raffle and Appalachian-themed contests (think best flannel and best beard).
In keeping with the night’s theme, Hoe-Down-goers will also enjoy “tasty country vittles” from Remo’s, including Virginia smoked ham, cheese skewers, pulled pork sliders, sweet potato tots, corn fritters with maple syrup, hard and soft cider, and beer and soft drinks.
Jeaneen Zappa, executive director of Conservation Consultants Inc., says that proceeds from the event will be used to serve lower income families across this region. “We visit more than 4,000 homes annually, teaching lower income families how to save money save, how to become more energy efficient and be more comfortable, and about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning,” says Zappa.