The Wayne County Creative Arts Council announces their lineup for their 51st summer of presenting music and entertainment in Honesdale. The Northeasters Barbershop Chorus has provided the kick off to the season for many years. Their close harmonies will bring back memories of a kinder and gentler time in our history. Come on out on Monday, June 11th at 7:30 pm to Central Park in Honesdale.

The Little Big Band also conjures up a by gone era with their mixture of swing, jazz and classics in the tradition of Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. They will take the stage on Thursday, June 14th.

For a more contemporary take on music, take in the improvisations of The Jazz Assassins on Monday, June18th. On Thursday, the 21st of that week, a spin off of the Old Time Fiddlers, Fiddlin’ Around will bring you the best of the best in their bluegrass, country and traditional music.

Under the direction of Betsy Black, the Wayne Choralaires bring you some of the finest voices in the area on Monday, June 25th. Two new acts debut on WCCAC’s stage on Thursday, June 28th. Black Sage and Bob Tellefsen share the stage and show us some new and diverse sounds in the Park.

Independence Day will be celebrated a few days early on Monday, July 2nd beginning at 6:30 with Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars. Scranton’s Crystal Band will lead into the fireworks starting at 8. The pyrotechnics, provided by the Greater Honesdale Partnership, will fire up from Irving Cliff at about 9:30. The day will be marked with bounce houses, provided by Rent-E-Vent, for children, craft and novelty vendors and plenty of food choices to be made. The rain date is Friday, July 6th at the same time. There will be no concert on July 4th.

The local band, The Barn Cats will appear on Thursday, July 5th. Monday, July 9th brings back the sounds of the old sod with the Irish Balladeers and Honesdale’s own the Pharm will perform on Thursday, July 12th.

If you remember the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s you will recognize the tunes by Flashback on Monday, July 16th. Get to the Park early on Thursday, July 19 because The Old Time Fiddlers bring in a huge crowd.

If do-wop is your thing, the New Paramounts will get you out dancing on Monday, July 23rd. The polkas of Joe Stanky and the Cadets round out the season of 14 concerts on Thursday, July 26th.

Come early, bring a blanket or chair and pull up a patch of grass in the Park. Grab a hot dog or slice of pizza and a soda. and top it off with homemade ice cream from Yatsonski’s or a hot coffee from Black and Brass.

A free will collection will be made to help defray the cost of presenting 14 concerts this summer. Generous grants from the Pocono Mountain Vacation Bureau and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts also give a big boost to the summer’s events.

The rain locations will be announced on local radio stations WYCY 105.3 and WDNH 95.3. Information will also be posted on http://www.honesdaleparkevents.org. or on their Facebook page.