The Bogotá, Colombia native plays the traditional arpa llanera, the harp of the plains of Venezuela and Colombia. He has trained scores of young professionals in the song and dance tradition at Academia Llano y Joropo, a well-regarded music school in Bogotá. Audience of all ages enjoy Hildo’s music.
No RSVP is necessary to attend the July 17 performance.
Harping for Harmony, which presents Latin harp traditions to new audiences, is bringing the event to WSCC and arranging for it to be held free of charge.
For more information about the foundation, visit www.harpingforharmony.org.
Beer tasting by Rivertowne Brewery drew new audiences to the Wilkins School Community Center this spring. WSCC invited the Pittsburgh-based brewery to set up a tent in front of the center and offer flights of its seasonal beers as part of WSCC’s special offerings for a Regent Square community event on May 21, 2017.
Residents of all ages (over 21, of course!) tasted the brews, nibbled pretzels and compared notes about the beers. Rivertowne offered the flights at a reasonable $5 per person. More than a few of customers said they left the yard sales and wandered down to the WSCC for a first visit after viewing signs for Books Beer Plants and Dogs.
During the spring community event hosted by the Regent Square Community Center, WSCC traditionally holds its own book sale and leases space to farmers and nurseries to sell vegetables, herbs and flowering perennials and annuals. With clear weather and new crowds, the community center was busy inside and outside on May 21.
WSCC counts on the annual event to generate interest in the community center and to raise funds for programs and classes held throughout the year.
Wilkins School Community Center received a $35,000 Keystone grant in early 2017, thanks to the support of State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Borough of Swissvale officials and council members.
The state grant was used to fund critical masonry work on the 90-year-old building, including repairing crumbling masonry above the entrance and in other exterior areas.
The former school now serves as a community center for residents of Swissvale, Wilkinsburg, Edgewood and Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhoods.
Once again the WSCC’s Gingerbread House Workshop was fun for the entire family! We hope to see everyone again next year!