The summer of 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting season for the Wayne County Creative Arts Council in Honesdale’s Central Park.
It is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the organization, which began as the brainchild of Arthur Fasshauer as a way to bring music to his community in the summer.
The group has come a long way from seating on boards on cinder blocks at the old Stourbridge School to a beautiful stage in the park.
The first groups included the Wayne county Mixed chorus under the direction of Maxine Riefler, the Maple City Band led by B. Ray Minnich, and a variety show.
Over the years the WCCAC has gone through several permutations to become the Summer Festival of Events that brings 14 free concerts to Honesdale every year.
This year’s concert series kicks off on Monday, June 12th, with the Northeasters Barbershop Chorus under the direction of Tammy Ebert in their 38th year of park performances.
In addition to their lineup of close harmony tunes, the WCCAC will celebrate their 50th with a history of the organization narrated by Mark Zimmer. Refreshments are sure to follow.
Every Monday and Thursday, with the exception of the Independence Day celebration, from June 12th to July 27th, Honesdale’s Central Park will be filled with neighbors and new friends coming to enjoy a relaxing musical evening under the stars.
The concerts are free, however a free will collection will be made. All the concerts begin at 7:30, but come early to grab a bite of pizza or a hot dog and enjoy homemade ice cream from Yatsonsky’s farm.
The lineup for the bands is as follows:
June 12th – Northeasters Barbershop Chorus
June 15th – The Little Big Band
June 19th - Jazz Assassins
June22nd – Fiddlin’ Around
June 26th – The Wayne Choralaires
June 29th – TheVon Storch Project
Sunday, July 2nd will be the Independence Day celebration, which will begin at 6:30 this year.
The Dixieland -All -Stars will perform at 6:30 and the Crystal Band of Scranton will begin at 8pm and play until the fireworks, sponsored by the Greater Honesdale Partnership, around 9:30.
There will be food and novelty vendors and activities for children. The rain date is Monday July 3rd. There is no concert on July 4th.
July 6th– The Crackers
July 10th – Irish Balladeers
July 13th – The Pharm
July 17th – Flashback
July 20th – Old Time fiddlers
July 24th – Joe Stanky and the Cadets
July 27th – The Bill Arnold Band
In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will move to a rain location which will be announced on WDNH, 95.3, radio.