The 2016 WindUp/WineDown/MusicOnTap – Another Successful Event!

As it’s been said, good things just keep on getting better and better!

This year’s event featured music by The Good Guys duo, which received great reviews from those who attended! Wine sampling and sales by the Greenhouse Winery, beer by the glass from Full Pint Brewery, the food from 2 Ladies and a Gentleman catering, and the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company popcorn buffet, and some room and process redesign made the evening a delight, and a great kickoff to the holiday season!

Our sincere thanks go to our corporate sponsors:

Cochenour Law Offices, P.C./Pamela G. Cochenour

Mrs. Phyllis Bertok

The Elliott Group

Burkhart’s Auto Body

Our Door Prize Sponsor:

The Gibson Foundation

Our Event Contributors:

Senator Kim Ward

Dr. John Boylan

Duane & Kerry Price Gojsovich

CSX/Beyond Our Rails

Irwin Business and Professional Association

Mrs. Janet Zidansek

Steve & Linda Grindle

Certa Pro Painters/Dave Herchko

Murphy’s Music Center

This event would not be possible without the support and the work done by The Committee – but more than just a committee, these friends demonstrate what great things can happen when a shared vision energizes them and brings them closer together:

Sharon Parisi Bass

Janice Calhoun

Randy & Chris Daniels

Steven Daniels

Ron & Judy Giuliana

Doris Kurinko

Fallie Princeton

John & Mary Russo

Lauren Steiner

Tom & Paula Steiner

Mike and Clare Vranesevic

The Ziemski Family

Plans are already underway for the event in November 2017, and a big change is on the way – it’s the event date!  Mark your calendars for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017 (a week earlier).  The Good Guys will be back, and the Greenhouse Winery is the place!  Tell your friends, and we look forward to seeing you there!


Bottled exclusively for the Norwin Play it Forward Fund by The Greenhouse Winery.

Perfect for Holiday giving, Thanksgiving dinners, Graduations,

and your favorite musician’s 21st Birthday


Cooperation Chambourcin

A full bodied, dry red wine, a good fit for anything from

pasta to burgers.

Cranberry Conflict

One of Greenhouse’s signature fruit wines, perfect for a Thanksgiving table.


You may pick up/pay for your wine at the Greenhouse Winery’s Jacktown Plaza location on Rt. 30 between 11/14 and 11/20


If you are attending the Norwin Play it Forward Fund event at the Winery’s Irwin location on November 19th, your preorder will be ready and waiting for you!!

A very limited supply will be available after 11/20, so pre-orders are requested.

Visit this link – npiff-wuwd-2016-wine-order-form

– to download a copy of the order form.

Then, complete, scan

and email to Sharon Bass at

Put the word “wine” in the subject line


The 2016 Wind Up/Wine Down/Music on Tap – Tickets on Sale Now!

The 2016 Wind-Up, Wine-Down and “Music on Tap”, an adults-only wine-tasting, beer-sampling and live music benefit for the Norwin Play It Forward Fund, will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Greenhouse Winery in off Pinewood Road (off Mars Hill Road) in Irwin, PA.

Our 7th year features music by The Good Guys duo (think Beatles, Eagles, CSNY, and other classics of the pop/rock genre), wine sampling and sales by the Greenhouse Winery, beer sampling by Full Pint Brewery, food from 2 Ladies and a Gentleman catering, the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company popcorn buffet, and some very nice prizes!

Tickets are only available online this year, at $40 per person.  The event has sold out every year, so make plans now to attend.  Reservations can be made by ordering your tickets on Eventbrite by visiting this link.

Corporate sponsors and donations in-kind for the event are sought as well.  If your business has put a package together for the Norwin Play It Forward Fund in past years, we’d appreciate your kind consideration once again.  All proceeds from the event benefit the fund.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Suite Cafe 2016

While it’s taken some time to post a review of the event, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great one!  Ask anyone who attended.  The student performers were awesome, and the evening was enjoyable!

Because some changes were put in place last year, and the event was more successful than ever, we kept them in place for 2016 – focusing on the students in the Norwin Band, and keeping the admission price low to accommodate as many supporters as possible to participate in the experience.

With desserts provided once again by Kings Family Restaurants and the Popcorn Bar featuring popcorn from the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company, the evening featured great music performances, as the students of the Norwin Band created their own ensembles to provide the evening’s entertainment.

The only auction of the evening was the “Almost Famous” Cake Auction, with cakes and desserts from local bakeries, some bringing over $100 to benefit the Norwin Play It Forward Fund.  The evening’s door prizes were also a hit, and our thanks goes to ProBikes and Main Street Music and Sound.

We hope to see you at the Wind Up/Wine Down/Music on Tap to be held at the Greenhouse Winery’s new location on November 19.  It’ll be a little different this year.  If you’d like a sneak preview of the music, come to the Greenhouse Winery on Sunday, September 11 in the afternoon!

The 2015 Wind Up/Wine Down/Music on Tap

With the 2016 Suite Cafe on the horizon, this seemed like a good time to take a look back at the Wind Up/Wine Down/Music on Tap held in November 2015.  In a word, it was “Awesome!”

It’s been a tradition that the Norwin Play It Forward Fund’s fall event sells out, so this year’s event held at the Greenhouse Winery’s new venue held the promise of holding more people…and it was still a sell-out!  Chris Thomas and friends provided the music, and wine sampling and sales by the Greenhouse Winery, the popcorn buffet catered by Pittsburgh Popcorn Company, and many prizes were featured, as has been the tradition.

In addition to Greenhouse Winery’s new venue, hors d’oeuvres from Woody’s Catering and beer sampling by Full Pint Brewery added a few new touches to the evening.  Pittsburgh jazz saxophonist Mike Tomaro also attended the event, and brought his saxophone along too!

Plans are already underway for the event in November 2016, and we’re changing it up a little bit more to keep it interesting.  You and your friends won’t want to miss it.  Stay tuned for more details!

The Suite Cafe 2015

What a great night!   What a great cake auction!  What great students!  What great volunteers!

Thanks especially to Tom and Paula Steiner who chaired this event this year!  It sounds trite to say, but very literally, we couldn’t have done it without you!

This year’s event was a little different, in that the focus was on our students, and the admission price was kept as low as possible to allow as many supporters to attend to experience the music as performed by members of the music program in the Norwin School District.

With desserts from Kings Family Restaurants and coffee from Coffee to You Barista, the evening featured some incredible music performances, with some original compositions and some original arrangements created by the amazing students in the Norwin Band.

While there were no Chinese auction prizes as there were in the past, the “almost famous” cake auction took another step toward infamy with cakes and desserts from local bakeries, some bringing hundreds of dollars to benefit the Norwin Play It Forward Fund.

The prizes will return this fall at the Wind Up Wine Down, to be held at the Greenhouse Winery’s new location!  We hope to see you there!




The 2014 Wind Up/Wine Down

We hope you have your tickets reserved for this year’s Wind Up Wine Down!  Our 5th anniversary event will be held once again at the Greenhouse Winery in Rillton, PA on Saturday, November 22nd (the Saturday before Thanksgiving) from 6:30 to 10 PM. When we said this 21-and-over event sells out quickly since seating is limited, we had no idea it would sell out even before the Norwin Band’s marching season was over!

Our apologies to those who may have been planning to attend, but a waiting list has been started.  If you’re still interested, please contact Fallie Princeton at 724-864-1426, and thank you for your continued support!

A Great Dinner With Some Great Friends

It’s hard to believe that our Mad Mex Dinner was two weeks ago.  We’d like to thank the big Burrito Restaurant Group who chose the Norwin Play It Forward Fund to benefit from one of their Benefit Dinners, the 36 folks that made plans to attend this unique evening, and a especially thank a generous benefactor who donated the use of a motorcoach to get all of us there and back safely.  We’d also like to extend our gratitude to Dr. William Kerr and the Norwin School District for allowing the attendees to park their cars in the Norwin High School parking lot, providing a convenient pick-up and drop-off location.  The folks at Mad Mex in Robinson Township couldn’t have been nicer, even bringing out take-home containers so all could make “to go” plates to take the leftovers home!

The Suite Cafe 2014

And the fun-d just keeps on growing!  One parent who was there commented, “Wow!”

The Norwin Play it Forward Fund’s fifth annual Suite Café, a family-friendly coffeehouse event to benefit the fund, took place Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Norwin High School in the “Suite Caféteria.”  You know we’ve been waiting to say that!

Musical entertainment was provided by Norwin instrumental students and their instructors, attired in their prom finery, since the event is held the day after the high school prom.  We’re unbelievably blessed here to have students that will sacrifice their “day after the prom” activities and actually audition for the opportunity to play for parents in a musical setting that’s not typical of a high school band or orchestra program.  Doing so gives musicians the experience of both a recital for those who have come to specifically hear them and their friends in solo performance or in combos that they put together, as well as the experience of enhancing the ambiance for an event where people come to share time with their friends, and enjoy coffee and dessert.

Coffee beverages were provided by locally-owned Barista to You, and the popcorn bar from the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company popularized at the NPIFF’s fall event was featured, along with desserts from area restaurants.  Chinese raffles, a 50/50 drawing, and the “almost famous” live cake auction will rounded out the evening.

The door prizes for the evening were especially popular, featuring a guitar signed by The Clarks and donated by Main Street Music; a Pittsburgh Pirates basket with a Jordy Mercer autographed ball; a tablet computer; a Cannondale bicycle; and a Kindle reader!


The Wind Up/Wine Down 2013

What can you do to commemorate an incredible year for the Norwin Band?  Create a limited-edition wine!

This year saw Tim Daniels appointed as the new Norwin Director of Bands.  A product of the Norwin High School Band and a field conductor during his student years, Mr. Daniels went on to study music at Youngstown State University, and began teaching in New York.  He returned home this year to shape the Norwin Band’s aptly-named show, The Rise of The Knight.  Prophetic indeed, since Norwin took first place in the Music for All/Bands of America competition at Gateway High School, as well as the PIMBA Championship competition to cap off the year.

The 2013 Wind Up/Wine Down, a benefit to support the Norwin Play It Forward Fund, Inc., was held on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at The Greenhouse Winery in Rillton, PA, and commemorated with a specially-labelled wine, “Riesling of the Knight,” in a “Norwin blue” bottle.  A portion of all the wine sales from the evening also benefitted the fund.

And, once again, the event was a sell-out!  Music was provided by Dwight and Jan Hackett, along with special guests Joshua Gillott and Jeremy McCall, offering a variety of jazz standards along with music of the Christmas season.  Wine tasting and sales was provided by Hazuza’s Greenhouse Winery at this over 21 event, along with prizes and raffles, hors d’ouvres from Pasqualino’s Italian Eatery and a gourmet popcorn bar from the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company.  Special thanks goes to Kohl’s Associates in Action program as volunteers were the servers for the evening!  This year’s door prize was a 50″ LED TV with special thanks to Don’s Appliances in Canonsburg.

At the end of the event, about $5,500 was raised to benefit the Fund, which this year is supporting 23 students with subsidies for private music lessons, and allowed students to attend music camp experiences this summer.