Talk about a hair-raising good time! Supporters of Animal Rescue League & Wildlife Center (ARL) & Western PA Humane Society (WPHS) ramped up some fun to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve with a ghastly gathering of ghouls and goblins at their masquerade themed party on Walnut Street in Shadyside. The annual Jam on Walnut: Halloween Edition event brought out hundreds of locals to benefit some beasts of another kind – the four legged kind at their local shelters.
The evening celebration featured draft wagons all along Walnut Street for guests 21 and older. A $5.00 wristband was all that was needed to partake to Dos Equis beer specials from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. Guests enjoyed a photo booth, haunted ambulance and were encouraged to come dressed in costume for the contest. First prize boasted a $1,000 winning for the best dressed, followed by $500 for the second place winner.
Also on hand was The Weathered Road to kick off some ‘hauntingly’ great tunes. The group, the brain child of singer-songwriter Christopher Bell, is known for their blue grass and pure folk sound. Although the band is starting to gain some national attention with their catchy signature style and solid hooks, they continue to support local agencies near and dear to their heart, such as the ARL.
“I love to perform music for people but one of my favorite things on this earth is when I am strumming my guitar or writing and all of my dogs just lay down by my feet and sleep. It’s a beautiful thing,” said Chris, who currently owns three rescues dogs. “They help me relax and focus. I think the Animal Rescue League helps animals AND people find the perfect fit for one another. It’s comforting to know that people are selfless enough to rescue these animals that deserve loving homes and the right environments. Sometimes the people need the animals almost as much, if not more, than the animals need a home.”
It was the perfect warm up for the evening’s headliner, Chris Higbee, to take center stage and rock the house. The dynamic, contemporary country music musician is known to play a ‘scary’ good fiddle in addition to guitar and banjo for his fan base, the HigBillies.
Congratulations to Lisa Fowler, Steve Fowler and George Moschak from Cranberry who won first place for their costume dressed as a Rainbow, Leprechaun and Pot of Gold. They were followed by Chris Linderman who was awarded second place for his costume as Gene Simmons.