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Waynesboro kicks off Sunday Serenade

September 24, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - For at least three hours Sunday, Main Street had a pulse.

Rudy & The Bluefish's instruments provided the actual musical pulse, but it was more the figurative pulse that proved rather exciting for some.

"It's a good thing for Waynesboro. It shows people we have activity going on," Barb Persun said.

She and her husband, John, hosted the inaugural Sunday Serenade at their West Main Street (Pa. 16) restaurant, the 1912 Hoover House. The event, held in partnership with nonprofit organization Main Street Waynesboro Inc., was designed to draw people to the downtown, which is often criticized for not having enough to do.

"We wanted to do it here because this was the one place we could have drink, food and the band," said Carole Malin, manager for Main Street Waynesboro Inc.

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The challenge will be finding other suitable locations and ways to expand Sunday Serenades to the center and eastern sections of town this spring, Malin said.

The event officially kicked off at 4 p.m. on the restaurant's wraparound porch and front lawn, where 30 people stood, sat on lawn chairs and lounged in the grass. Small groups broke into conversation during band breaks.

"Downtown is a place you can get out and talk to your neighbors on a Sunday afternoon," Persun said.

Some ordered off the full menu and others paid $13 for access to a buffet. Servers took bottles of beer to the guests outside, since the Persuns received permission for the special service from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

A light breeze carried the music down the block.

"It's nice to do the outdoors gigs," said Tom Borum, a member of the band.

Rudy & The Bluefish formed in 1998 and typically plays rhythm and blues, he said.

Banners hung downtown - including at event sponsor Craig, Friedly, Potter & Moore Insurance - drew Dan Mowen, Penny Starliper and Bob Mowen to hear the band they've enjoyed previously.

Starliper, of Waynesboro, said they had never been to the 1912 Hoover House.

"We've heard the food's really, really good," she said.

Nancy Cifolilli praised the restaurant's crab dip, as well as the band.

"I've heard Rudy & The Bluefish play several times and they're great," said Cifolilli, of Waynesboro.

Rudy & The Bluefish "are good, really good. It's nice they did it right here downtown," said Alexa Dickinson, of Waynesboro.

"It's a relaxing afternoon," said Colleen French, of Waynesboro.

"I think it's fantastic. I hope they do it again," Cifolilli said.

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