Music and merriment at DCDC’s dueling pianos – Sunbury Daily Item

What could be better than a beautiful evening, great food, wonderful people, and the raucous fun of Dueling Pianos? The Danville Child Development Center brought Dueling Pianos back to the Pine Barn Inn on Friday evening, April 21. And, again this year, everyone who attended had Fun with a capital F.

DCDC Executive Director Diana Verbeck welcomed me and gave me my table number. The lobby area was already busy as guests looked over the silent-auction items. There was quite an array, including BTE tickets, a wine basket, art, jewelry, Kate Spade accessories, getaways, massages, and much more. People could purchase raffle tickets, and funny money to use when requesting a song or two. All tips for the Dueling Piano team and song-request funds went to DCDC.

I met Rose and Barry Davis of Mifflinville who were ready for a night of fun. They were repeat guests, having attended last year. Melissa and Bill Rahe were enjoying the cocktail hour and perusing the silent-auction goodies.

While sipping adult beverages or soft drinks, guests could munch on assorted cheese and crackers and mixed fruit with dip. Hot hors d’oeuvres were available as well and they were yummy—almond chicken (my fave), spanakopita, egg rolls, and stuffed mushrooms.

DCDC board president Jeff Emanuel thanked me for being On the Scene. Jeff and his wife, Lauren DiMarino, were welcoming the guests. Everyone was in high spirits as they anticipated a night of music and comedy.

The banquet room looked lovely. Soft music was playing in the background. The pianos took center stage. I met Nathan and Lindsay Hoy who were looking forward to the evening. It was nice to see Bob Snyder. Last time I saw Bob and his wife, Mary, was at Holiday Happenings last November. This was a mother-daughter evening for Lisa Leighton and her mom, Mary Zubowicz. Holly and Drew Barbella were making the rounds, meeting and greeting.

I knew this group was ready for an evening filled with fun as soon as we began to kibbitz. Neil and Susi Shultz, Lisa and Chris Carver, Amy and Roger Dent, Sam and Donna Kramer and Tom Dent planned to enjoy every minute.

I haven’t seen Jim Minniti and Sharon Hanley for quite a while. It was nice to catch up with them, and for Sharon and I to compare hair streaks.

I enjoyed spending the evening with my tablemates: Jay Reed and Gloria Piredda, Heather Tucker and Dave Shope, and Elizabeth Hittle and Lance Hemmen. Dinner was excellent and included carving stations for turkey and roast beef, a pasta bar, a potato bar, salmon, salads, and more.

Jeff Emanuel welcomed everyone and talked about DCDC and how it has grown. DCDC serves families in Montour, Columbia and Northumberland counties and provides child care and early childhood education for over 400 kids each year. Jeff thanked the excellent staff and all of the supporters who received a well-deserved round of applause.

After Jeff’s talk, it was showtime. The two guys at the pianos immediately got the crowd warmed up with a mix of music, patter, and jokes. Guests were encouraged to request songs, and honor friends who were celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or other milestones. So many great songs — “Brown-Eyed Girl,” “Ice Ice Baby” (remember that one?), a medley of TV themes, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Dancin’ Queen” and “It’s Raining Men” complete with umbrella hat and dancing. “Super” Dave Spearing was terrific on the cow bell for a Led Zeppelin number. The piano guys knew it all—from ska to classical to oldies to big band and swing. There were props and shtick, and lots of laughter. People were dancing, singing along, clapping, and cheering.

Kudos to DCDC for a wonderful night. The Pine Barn Inn was rockin’ as people boogied and sang, all for a great cause, Danville Child Development Center and the children and families they serve.

Thanks to the DCDC board: Jeff Emanuel, president, Erin Fitzgerald, past president, Renee Beisswanger, secretary/treasurer, and members David Brokus, Laura Campbell, Lisa Leighton, Rob Lunger, Dodie Mead, Lynn Miller, and Brian Paulhamus. Thanks also to Diana Verbeck and her staff. This musical evening was a big hit!

Until next time…

Look for Freddi Carlip, of Lewisburg, at coming “scenes.” She can be reached by e-mail at


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