Viva Las Vegas in Steubenville

Imagine being in Steubenville and seeing Dean Martin, Sonny and Cher, Sammy Davis Jr., Anne Murray, June Carter, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias and Nancy Sinatra all in one room.

Either you’re wildly hallucinating or you’re me – a guest at the Academy of Lifelong Learning’s end-of-the-fall-semester celebration held Nov. 16 at the Steubenville Country Club.

The event was billed as a Las Vegas-style revue and brunch buffet for current, new and prospective members, and what a great turnout it was.

Fun, too.

The First Impressions were Suzanne Laughlin of Wintersville and Buster Maxwell of Pittsburgh, who put on a heck of a show imitating and sounding like all those famous people I mentioned. A very talented duo they are.

Another entertaining duo were the Rev. Nathan Malavolti, vice president of community relations at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and the Rev. Ed Rudiger in their comedy skit as “The Reverends.”

And if all that music and comedy weren’t enough, it wrapped up with some great selections, courtesy of the academy’s choir directed by Joel Everly.

Then there was Francesca Carinci as a throwback cigarette girl, daring to wear a getup in which breathing seemed hardly a viable option. How cute she looked, fishnet hose and all.

The decorations were terrific, too, thanks to a committee headed by Frances Hughes, who does an outstanding job as well with pictures, scrapbooks and poster boards at academy events. Keagler called Hughes to the front to present her with a token gift for all her hard work.

Hughes’ committee was applauded, too – JoAnn Stives, Joanne Ransom and Kyle Lucas, and Hughes would tell me earlier that her husband, Odie, and daughters Valerie Hughes and Cheryl DeFrank deserved credit, too.

Donna Keagler was the event chair with committee help from Marge Bedortha, Iris Craig, Patricia Fletcher, Mike Florak and Jan Glaub Rainbolt.

The Academy of Lifelong Learning is sponsored by the university and is an organization of Tri-State Area senior citizens enjoying a variety of educational and social activities.

Stay tuned to this page for news on its spring semester.