On Monday, July 1, Wayne County Creative Arts Council is proud to present The Hickory Rose Band.

— On Monday, July 1, Wayne County Creative Arts Council is proud to present The Hickory Rose Band.

Phyllis Pitch, lead singer of the band, will sing some new songs, and the old traditional ones she likes best. She feels that songs of new singers such as George Strait, Brad Paisley, Trisha Yearwood and LeeAnn Womack are keeping traditional country songs alive and well.

Her bassist is Pat Fino, Jim Hindmarch is her drummer and Gerard Drury is on the pedal steel guitar. Spend an evening under the stars and enjoy their mellow sound.

In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the Episcopal Parish House across the street. Refreshments can be purchased near the park. The concert is free, however, a free-will collection will be taken during the performance.

Wednesday, July 3 is a special Independence Day Celebration, proudly presented by the Wayne County Creative Arts Council and The Greater Honesdale Partnership in Honesdale's Central Park.

Activities start at 5 p.m. with free, old fashioned games and prizes for the kids, featuring water balloon tossing, cotton ball pick-up and a fish pond for the very youngest children. Food and specialty items will be available from local vendors on the street between the Park and the Courthouse.

Starting things off from 5 to 6:30 is Honesdale's own Local Boys Band.

On guitar is Wyman Smith, bass is Clark Taninies, Brian Smith lead guitar and Dave Seber on drums.

Recently, Scott Bennett joined them on electric banjo. They play a mixed bag of music interspersed with comedy. They have done free benefits for the community including one to help the GHP with the refurbishing of the town's Christmas lights.

At 6:30, Doug Smith's Dixieland All-Stars will add to the July celebration with patriotic music and songs and America's only original art form, Dixieland.

Doug, a full time musician for over 30 years, has played in jazz festivals, nightclubs, concerts, colleges and resorts.

The band features Doug Smith on Bass, R. J. Kennedy on drums, Dave Lantz on trumpet, Tom Hamilton on woodwinds, Tony Ardito on trombone, plus a surprise banjo or piano. More information may be found on www.lexingtonentertainment.org.

The Crystal Band will start at 8 p.m. and play until fireworks. The all-volunteer band has 50-plus woodwinds, brass and percussion members ranging from high school students to senior citizens. This year will mark their 134th anniversary.

Under the direction of Doreen Hughes Ignatovich, the band will play a wide variety of patriotic, pops, Broadway, light classical and Big Band music. For further info check online at www.crystalband.com

Around 9:30 the finale — fireworks — will be ignited from Irving Cliff courtesy of the Greater Honesdale Partnership. The rain date is July 6.

There will be no concert on Thursday, July 4.

For photos and more information on the Wayne County Creative Arts Council go to www.honesdaleparkevents.org.