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Chocolate Extravaganza highlights heritage and talent in Waynesboro

Event organizers hope to raise $4,000 for Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc.

March 05, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@heraldmail.com
  • Stephanie David of Silver Spring, Md., dips into the Waynesboro Country Club's chocolate fountain Saturday at Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc.'s Chocolate Extravaganza at the Eagles Club ballroom in Waynesboro, Pa.
By Roxann Miller, Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Chocolate mousse, fudge brownies and buttermilk chocolate cake lured chocolate lovers onto Main Street Saturday for Waynesboro's fifth annual Chocolate Extravaganza.

 Between 125 and 150 attended the fundraiser for the downtown event at the Eagles Club on West Main Street.

 Event organizers hope to raise nearly $4,000 for the nonprofit organization Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc. through the $25 ticket fees.

"Main Street is the heart of your community, and if you have no heart you have nothing left," said Margaret  Schmelzer, owner of Burgundy Lane Bed and Breakfast.

The Neil Wright Band from Reading, Pa., provided music for dancing during the event.

 "The reason we (Mainstreet Waynesboro) exist is to revitalize our downtown business district," said Andrea Struble, administrative assistant for Mainstreet Waynesboro.

"It's a fundraiser for our efforts to redevelop our downtown, but also it highlights the chocolate heritage and talent we have in Waynesboro," said Pat Fleagle, director of economic development for the organization.

"We have been attempting to market Waynesboro as a destination, and our chocolatiers are one of the reasons people come to Waynesboro."

"I came to support downtown Waynesboro, and who doesn't like chocolate?" Margery Benson said.

Purveyors of sweet treats for the event included the 1912 Hoover House, Burgundy Lane Bed & Breakfast, Despina Leos Candy Kitchen, Krystal's Cakes and Confections, the News Agency, TranquilaTEA, Waynesboro Country Club, The Waynesburger and Zoe's Chocolate Co.

Mainstreet Waynesboro has been involved in a number of beautification projects, including work on the new square, sidewalk replacements, streetlights and business facades.

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