“When this old world starts getting me down and people are just too much for me to face, I climb way up to the top of the stairs, and all my cares just drift right into space.”
With apologies to The Drifters, they’re not the only people who feel drawn to a “peaceful-as-can-be” place, far from the bustle of the street.
“The view is the big thing. It’s a unique vantage point of the city,” said Chris Kelly, development director of the Osterhout Free Library, which will benefit from “Raising the Roof,” a fund-raiser set for tonight at the Intermodal Transportation Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
“You get the sunset and the open air,” Kelly said. “Being outdoors, it’s great for a summer party.”
The library party will include food and beverages from about two dozen local restaurants and brewing companies, as well as music from the Sperrazza Band.
As it has for the past three years, the event will raise money for the North Branch of the Osterhout Library, which was destroyed in a 2007 fire and re-established in a former church on Oliver Street in the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre. Last year, the committee reached the $80,000 goal it had set, Kelly said, and this year’s funds will go toward upkeep.
Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 in advance. You can still buy advance tickets as of 2 p.m. today, Kelly said.
While members of the library fund-raising committee like the rooftop setting, Kelly said, next year a late-summer party may take place at the central library on South Franklin Street in honor of the library’s 125th anniversary.
“A lot of us are saying let’s do something at the main building and celebrate what we have here,” he said.
By the way, don’t worry about any rain in tonight’s forecast.
That’s the beauty of having the rooftop party at a parkade.
If the skies are threatening, Kelly said, “We’ll just move down a level.”