By Bill Rettew, WEST CHESTER>>It’s never too early to start preparing for the upcoming New Year’s celebration “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center.

Co-chairs, and husband and wife team, Sandy Riper, of Sunset Hills Jewelers, and lawyer and board member, Joe Riper, have been planning the 2018 celebration to support Uptown! since the 2017 version ended.

Guests will enjoy dinner from John Serock Catering, drinks (“you can’t have New Year’s Eve without cocktails,” Sandy Riper said), dancing on the stage to the band New Street Heat, entertainment, a raffle and a Broadway in the Borough performance by RTC, the Resident Theatre Company. The 327-seat non-profit theater opened its doors to coincide with the gala on New Year’s Eve 2016-17.

This is the third year the event has been held at the theater and a tradition since plans for showplace commenced about a decade ago. For the first year at the theater it was a black tie event and this year patrons of the arts will wear cocktail attire.

Sandy and Joe Riper have been with the theater since the planning stages. “It’s was an elegant event–the first night the theater was finished,” Sandy Riper said. Read more from…

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