The Glaze to Be Tour Wrap-up

Pottery creations at the Glaze to Be

Pottery creations at the Glaze to Be

WLYP toured a new business in town, The Glaze to Be, on Aug 12. Members had fun learning about the business and even getting to paint their own pottery (check out the photo on the right!).

WLYP has some great events planned for September, including a wing night cruise aboard the Hiawatha, a couple of volunteer opportunities, and the annual members’ meeting. Be sure to check out our events calendar and RSVP for these events. We hope to see you soon!

Community Arts Center Tour Wrap-up

WLYP at Community Arts Center

WLYP members touring the Community Arts Center


Story by Josh Brokaw

Williamsport Lycoming Young Professionals toured the Community Arts Center the evening of July 30. CAC executive director Rob Steele told the group stories of the historic theater’s past, from its opening as the Capitol Theatre in 1928 to its resurrection as a destination venue as the CAC in 1993, and offered insight into his own work behind the scenes of show business.

Steele began the tour in the lobby, where he shared a bit of his personal career history. A Michigan native, Steele spent 13 years in banking, then owned and operated several grinder (i.e. hoagie) shops as a franchisee. He applied to work as the director of a community theater on a whim, and to his surprise, got the job. Eight and a half years ago, he applied to work at the CAC on “a crummy day,” and after a rigorous interview process found himself in Williamsport.

The tour moved into the auditorium, where Steele told of the $12 million renovation project needed to turn the Capitol Theater from an aged, nicotine-stained space which had never fully recovered from a 1936 flood into a place worthy of world-class entertainers.

Beautiful and colorful designs were discovered on ceilings and restored with great care. Plasterers, an artisan species near extinction, were brought in to restore the entry hall walls to their original, leather-like appearance. The original carpet design was discovered, undamaged, under a file cabinet and now CAC patrons walk on the same lush red carpet as did those entering the Capitol Theatre in 1928.

In Steele’s first year at the CAC, he often received complaints about sound and temperature levels at intermission.

“You’d have one guy coming up and saying ‘I paid $45 for this ticket and I can’t understand a thing they’re saying,’” Steele said. “And I’d say I have my best man upstairs working on it. Then the next came up saying ‘my lawyer’s in section 4 and when this show is over I’m going to sue you for damage to my hearing.’ And I’d say, I have my best man upstairs working on it.”

Since then, the CAC has installed a quarter-million dollar Bose distributed sound system and improved its climate control; complaints at intermission have been reduced significantly.

Steele says the CAC is up there with any theater on the Eastern Seaboard for looks – stars often come across the stage at sound check time, usually on the phone, and pause their conversation when they look up – yet the work of improvement is never over. Recently, the 10,000 lightbulbs at the CAC were replaced with LED lights, a $110,000 project that’s saving the venue $3,000 per month in electricity costs. The next big project the CAC has in the works is replacing upper-level balcony rows with corporate-sponsored lounge-style table and couch seating.

In the star dressing room, backstage, Steele told about the strangest request he’s ever received in a hospitality rider: Willie Nelson requested two gallons of organic aloe vera.

After searching in vain for so much skin-soothing lotion, Steele called Nelson’s tour manager:

“He said ‘That’s supposed to be two gallons of aloe vera water. Willie figures he can drink that, and he can drink and smoke whatever he wants, and be cleansed from the inside.’”

Wine and Design Tour Wrap-up

WLYP at Wine and Design

WLYP members show off their artwork at Wine and Design

WLYP had the opportunity to meet with Jodi Rakoski, frachise owner of Wine and Design in Williamsport, PA. Jodi had worked for years in the restaurant scene before deciding to start this franchise in Williamsport. Having opened only recently, Wine and Design has already become popular in the area, offering step-by-step classes to adults, private painting parties, and even summer camps for kids.

After a Q&A with Jodi, WLYP members got a chance to unleash their artistic side. Members worked together in teams to recreate a painting of colorful buildings lining an idyllic canal. Check out the talented WLYP members in action here. And be sure to pay a visit to Wine and Design, conveniently located in the heart of Williamsport’s downtown arts and restaurant district.

And don’t forget, WLYP will be touring the Community Arts Center on Wed, July 30 at 5:30 pm!

Lots of Upcoming WLYP Events!

WLYP social at Rum Runners

WLYP social at Rum Runners

Have you checked out our events calendar recently?

We have some great stuff planned for the rest of this summer including local business tours, member socials, volunteer opportunities, and Chamber sponsored PM Exchanges. If there are other kinds of events you’d like to see, let us know. We hope to see you at an upcoming event!

WLYP at Cutters 5k Wrap-up

Nick Troiano Birthday Bash

Some WLYP volunteers at the Cutters 5k

The Williamsport Crosscutters, in partnership with the Children’s Development Center, held the 4th Annual Cutters 5K on Saturday, June 28th at Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field. WLYP volunteers had a great time helping to staff the event, working registration tables and handing out refreshments.

Nick Troiano Birthday/Eligibility Bash Wrap-up

Nick Troiano Birthday Bash

Nick Troiano Birthday Bash

On June 3, WLYP members attended a discussion of Nick’s completely citizen-funded independent campaign for Congress at his campaign’s Williamsport headquarters. June 3 also happened to be Nick’s 25th birthday, making him the youngest candidiate for US Congress this year. WLYP members had a great time learning and asking questions about Nick’s campaign and journey so far. Learn more about Nick’s campaign here

(Note: WLYP does not affiliate with any political candidates or political parties)

Peter Herdic Tour Wrap-up

Peter Herdic House

Peter Herdic House

Williamsport City Councilwoman Liz Miele, owner and chef of the Peter Herdic House, hosted WLYP for an extensive discussion of her path to her current position, city politics and also the ways in which the young people of Lycoming County can be participants in the political process.

Ms. Miele invited members to reach out to her with any questions they had regarding the business of the City Council and asked many questions of the members present.

WLYP members also enjoyed a sampling from the menu and the atmosphere of one of Williamsport’s best preserved Millionaire’s Row homes during the discussion.

Alabster Coffee Roaster & Tea Company Tour Wrap-up

Alabaster Coffee

Alabaster Coffee

Alabaster owner Karl Fisher welcomed WLYP to his coffee shop on Wednesday, April 30th. He explained the process of starting his business, how he sources and roasts his beans and what makes a great cup of coffee.

In addition, there was a tasting of his current favorite blend (Nicaragua) for all that attended. While tasting the coffee, there was a brief question and answer period with topics like how to make a great cup of coffee at home, what “organic” really means and others.

After the event, Karl continued to talk to attendees and the shop was open for purchases of coffee and accessories.

To check out all that Alabaster offers, go to alabastercoffee.com or visit the shop at 410 Pine Street, Williamsport, PA.

Eagle Rock Winery Wrap-up

Eagle Rock Winery

WLYP at Eagle Rock Winery

On April 9th, WLYP members visited the Eagle Rock Winery for a Small Business Spotlight event. Owner Anna Falat was kind enough to explain her business and treat members to a wine tasting.

The business is located on Millionaires Row and the building was gutted and completely restored to house the business as well as apartments. The Williamsport location has a tasting room, shop and a gallery that showcases local artists. In addition, the basement is set up to handle banquets, weddings or other events.

Eagle Rock Winery also has a location in Laporte, PA. For more information on Eagle Rock Winery, visit them at 414 W. 4th St, Williamsport, PA 17701 or check out their website at http://www.eaglerockwinery.com/