July 17, 2019

The Tull Family Theater Seeks Food & Beverage Partner

Entrepreneurs interested in launching and operating a food and beverage venue at The Tull Family Theater in Sewickley soon will be submitting their proposals.

“With so many talented food entrepreneurs and innovative dining experiences in the region, The Tull Family Theater is eager to receive an interesting array of concepts,” says Carolina Thor, executive director.

The venue will be located in the Theater’s 2,044-square-foot auxiliary space, which is utilized for performances, events and rentals. With special event and rentals continuing to be available, proposals will include coordinating and catering them.

“As a nonprofit, we continue to seek ways to diversify our revenue and increase the organization’s sustainability, while enhancing the experiences of those we serve,” Thor says.

Ideal prospects will present a synergistic proposal, including their financial viability. The full RFP is on the film-driven cultural center’s website, www.thetullfamilytheater.org/rfp. The proposal deadline is Friday, Aug. 30, at 5 p.m.

 The Tull Family Theater
The Tull Family Theater, a 501(c)(3) Pennsylvania nonprofit, is a film-based arts organization created to strengthen cultural, educational and entertainment experiences in the region northwest of Pittsburgh. Supported by diverse private, public, corporate and foundation revenue streams, the independent cinema in Sewickley offers two screens and an event/performance space.

Contact: Karen Ferrick-Roman, Karen@thetullfamilytheater.org, Cell 412.671.1456


Moderator Dr. Morgan Mihok, a member of the geriatrics team at Allegheny Health Network, works with patients and their families in hospital, rehabilitation and long-term care settings. She moved back home to Pittsburgh after pursuing fellowship training in geriatric medicine at the University of Rochester, where she also completed the family medicine residency program. Dr. Mihok made the career change into medicine after receiving her undergraduate education in chemistry at Penn State University, a master’s degree in chemistry from Columbia University, working an as environmental analyst in Massachusetts and serving as a research scientist in environmental litigation. She is passionate about people continuing to enjoy a high-quality life as they age.

Elizabeth (Betty) Asche Douglas is a familiar face in the art and music circles of Southwestern PA. Professor of Fine Arts and Coordinator of Humanities at Geneva College from the 1960s-1990s, Betty has a full performance schedule and creates art in her Rochester studio. She serves on many boards including the Beaver Valley Musicians Union, Pittsburgh Center for Arts, Sweetwater Center for the Arts and Merrick Art Gallery Associates. An archived artist in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, she has exhibited in dozens of invitational and solo shows.

Margy Law, a USAir flight attendant for 34 years, retired after 9/11, attended culinary school and operated a personal chef business for a decade. Her life took another significant turn when her husband became ill and passed. Although she had long been drawn to ceramics and pottery, Margy didn’t pursue this interest until 10 years ago. Now she has a small studio in her Economy home, teaches at Stray Cat Studio in Beaver Falls, volunteers in the ceramics studio of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and signs up for “all types of art classes to keep the little gray cells active.”

Don Maue, director of Computing Support Service at Duquesne University and a faculty member teaching Sound Design.  Don has produced hundreds of recordings, from punk to classical. He is an award-winning film and theater sound designer, a WQED and WYEP radio personality, author and lecturer. Don is a classical guitarist and a member of Desperado, a touring Eagles tribute band. Music and sound captured his heart in the early years and looks like they won’t ever let go.

Bob Rupert will be the first person in the room to tell you the difference between a farrier—someone who makes horseshoes—and a blacksmith, whose metal artistry is built on the tradition of tool-making. Bob is instrumental in the blacksmith shop at the Hookstown Fairgrounds’ South Side Historical Village and is dedicated to sharing this craft with newcomers of all ages. A longtime leader of the Pittsburgh Area Artists Blacksmith’s Association and the Artists Blacksmith Association of North America, Bob has taught seminars, led classes at Touchstone Crafts and authored several articles and books.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 25, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Tull Family Theater, 418 Walnut St., Sewickley, PA  15143

A limited number of wheelchair and companion seats are available. The entire facility is accessible. Metered parking is available on the street and in the municipal lot next to the Theater.

ADMISSION: Free, but reservations requested at hello@thetullfamilytheater.org or by calling  412.259.8542

WHY: Today—and every day for the next 10 years–10,000 Americans will turn 65, says the Pew Research Center. As we age, so do our brains.

An aging brain can be more easily distracted and less inhibited, more willing to speak its mind, say researchers. It can use skills, knowledge and experience to make different and new connections. The aging brain can look much like a creative brain, writes Harvard instructor Shelley Carson.

Expressing creativity has benefits. Research from around the world shows that seniors involved in creative activities—making art, playing music, writing and telling stories, practicing needlecraft, gardening and more—are less lonely, less depressed, more dexterous and confident, and more likely to have good family relationships.

In Beaver and Butler counties, the percentage of elderly residents exceeds state and national averages. In Allegheny and Washington counties, the percentage is even higher. So it’s fitting that the first senior event at The Tull Family Theater connects creativity and seniors.

We hope you can join us!


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The Tull Family Theater
The Tull Family Theater, a 501(c) (3) Pennsylvania nonprofit, is a film-based arts organization created to strengthen cultural, educational and entertainment experiences in the region northwest of Pittsburgh. Supported by diverse private, public, corporate and foundation revenue streams, the Theater counts among its donors Allegheny Regional Asset District, Huntington Bank, Esmark and the Bouchard Family, more than 700 individuals and its patrons. Their support sustains and expands programming at this independent cinema in Sewickley offering two screens and an event/performance space.

Contact: Karen Ferrick-Roman, Karen@thetullfamilytheater.org, Cell 412.671.1456