The Dunmore Farmers Market is underway. The market is open every Saturday from 10 a.m.-2.p.m. through October 2, at the Fidelity Bank Parking lot, 101 N Blakley St., Dunmore.
The market features fresh produce, eggs, meat, jellies/jams, herbs, cheese, honey, maple syrup, and wine. In addition to the food products, there are curated, artisan, local crafters of jewelry, crocheted items, blankets, and soaps.
“The Dunmore Farmers Market is an excellent way to get fantastic quality items while supporting local growers and makers.”, says Marlene Sebastianelli, president of the Dunmore Farmers Market. “We thank our patrons, and community supporters like Fidelity Bank who have made our market such a success.”
This year’s vendors include Mulberry Bush, Buttercup Farm, Blue Magic Farms, Case Quattro Winery, Space Time Mead & Cider Works, Janet’s Crafty Creations, Jazzy Treasures, Crafty Psycho, and Miss Debbie’s Soap.
The anticipated Bucktown Music Fest will kick off at Dunmore Corners on four Sunday evenings July 11, July 18, July 24 and August 1, all from 5 to 8 p.m,
Admission is free. Those who attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to sit and relax, enjoy the music and dance in the streets.
Dunmore Councilman Tom Hallinan, former Dunmore Mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney, and local Dunmore musician Brian McGurl are chairpersons for the event.
Dunmore Borough is sponsoring the four Sunday evenings through a grant from the Lackawanna County Commissioners and donations from local businesses.
“On behalf of Dunmore Mayor Tom Burke and Dunmore Borough Council,” said Hallinan, “we want to thank Lackawanna County Commissioners Notariani, Domenick and Chermak and the local merchants for their generous support of events. We will continue to accept business donations right through the Festival dates to help offset ongoing expenses.”
Opening night on Sunday, July 11 will feature music by the Luongo Brothers Band, Dunmore’s own Pat and Nick Luongo. The duo, formerly of The Poets, have been performing for decades. The Luongo Brothers will be joined by veteran favorites Alan Shield and Rich Marmo.
Sunday, July 18, will feature the Dashboard Mary Duo, the spinning grooves of the popular E.J. the D.J., and a special appearance from “Old Blue Eyes” himself in the form of Chris DiMatteo singing the hits of the late Frank Sinatra. Dashboard Mary features Dunmoreans Rob Roman and Joe Del Rosso who have been performing for the past three decades.
Sunday, July 25, will feature QBall with Dunmoreans McGurl and John Quinn along with Jim Davis and Bob Crossman. QBall plays classic rock, including the music of The Doors, Tom Petty, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones.
Sunday, Aug. 1, will be a “Dunmore Musicians Family Reunion.” Young musical performers will come together for three hours at Dunmore Corners to play together and entertain the crowd. It will be a true celebration.
Dunmore residents have filled the rosters of many of the area’s top bands over the past seven or eight decades. The Shindig shows at Dunmore High School in the 1960’s and 1970’s were incubators for so many talented performers. The same can be said for Dunmore’s marching band and school talent shows, class nights and plays at Dunmore and Holy Cross High Schools. Many young performers show talent and promise which will be exhibited Sunday, Aug. 1, at Dunmore Corners.
“I think it is going to be a great night of music for the young and old,” McGurl said regarding the final event on Aug. 1. “Everyone is volunteering their time and talent and it is going to be a lot of fun.”
Bands, singers and musicians slated to perform the final night include the East Coast Trio, The Violet Sisters, Corner Pocket Blues Band, The Mesos, Dashboard Mary Duo, Pappa, Beckage, and Boylan; English, Tim McGurl, Janice Gambo, Katie Errico, Donna Polizzi Loughney, Luke Tinklepaugh, Emma Pasko, Julia Pasko, Lenny Carlucci, Mike Kwaitek, Dan Zayac, Paul Arduino, Len Nole, Jack Garvey, Kevin Regan, Mike Seamon, Joe Pannick, Marty Ort, Chuck Scrimalli, Brian McGurl, Phil Rossi, Mara Hennigan, Dan Cox, Jim Kernan, Dom Fortese, Rob Roman and Joe DelRosso.
“I first thought about this while driving through Dunmore Corners one Sunday about 5 p.m.,” said Hallinan. “It looked desolate, like a bit of a ghost town. I thought it would be nice to bring some life back to Dunmore Corners. What better way than with music?
“Music would be the best way to bring people back together after months of isolation due to COVID. I ran the idea through Brian McGurl. He thought it was great and we ran with it.
“Now Dunmore Borough can’t wait for all of the music and entertainment. It’s going to be a lot of fun at Dunmore Corners.”
Dunmoreans Vito Ruggerio, Sally Judge and Jean Hill also assisted with the coordination of events.
As the Scranton Shakespeare Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary year this summer, two Dunmoreans have been an integral part of the professional company from the beginning.
Camille Reinecke appeared in Scranton Shakes’ very first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2011, and Joe McGurl joined the ensemble the following year for A Comedy of Errors.
Both are graduates of Dunmore High School and the University of Scranton where they met Michael Bradshaw Flynn, a member of the University Players who went on the found the Shakespeare festival.
Camille Reinecke, who holds a degree in counseling and human services and a minor in theater, is director of the Youth Theater Program at the Scranton Cultural Center.
“I feel like theater and counseling go hand-in-hand,” she explains. “In counseling, you are working to understand people, and in theater you are working from the inside out to build your character.”
Camille appeared in the very first show presented by Scranton Shakespeare Festival in 2011. She played Moth, a fairy, in that show, and will play Francis Flute, a mechanical, in the newest staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is particular enjoying the experience of working with director Simone Daniels of New York City, who is a Scranton native.
“Simone is incredible to work with,” she explains. “She has a very clear vision of what she wants, but she also allows each actor room to explore their character. It’s a great dynamic.”
Camille still recalls the excitement surrounding that inaugural play which was staged at Nay Aug Park.
“It was a beautiful experience and we felt so committed to serving the community by presenting free professional theater. Revisiting the play this year reminds me very much of that first year,” she continues. “Scranton Shakes remains deeply dedicated to the concept of free theater so that absolutely anybody can attend.”
She has many fond memories of her SSF tenure, which includes comedies, drama, and musicals. “We did a show called The Tavern that was a favorite experience,” she recalls. “I loved that dark, stormy melodrama.”
Her favorite role, however, was as the courtesan in A Comedy of Errors. Her other Shakespearean roles were in Macbeth and Measure for Measure.
“I love being part of a Shakespearean ensemble,” she says. “I know some audiences are afraid it will be too difficult to understand, but our responsibility as a cast is to make each play clear and accessible, and I think SSF does that very well.”
Joe McGurl, who majored in broadcast communications, has found the experience of presenting free theater to the community deeply gratifying.
“It feels like a privilege to be able to give back to the community that has supported me as an artist from my days in high school and college to the present,” Joe explains. “There are people who have seen every show I’ve ever done.
“It is such a gift to be able to present free quality theater to everybody, especially those who cannot afford to go to Broadway or to take their families to a show.”
Through the years, McGurl has played Sir Toby in Twelfth Night; Applegate in Damn Yankees, and Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, among others. This season they are appearing as Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and as the gravedigger/ ensemble in Hamlet.
Joe’s two favorite experiences with SSF thus far have been As You Like It and Richard III, both directed by Emma Went, who they describe as an “actor’s director.”
“Emma provided such a lovely bonding experience during As You Like It, and everyone in the cast felt very connected,” Joe notes. “It was at a point where I really needed that.”
Joe portrayed Lord Rivers and Brackenberry in Richard III, which received a great audience reception as the only history play presented thus far by Scranton Shakes.
“The audience really connected with the history and weight of Richard III,” McGurl recalls.
A playwright, Joe’s original play, Relationships, was presented a few years ago at the Scranton Fringe Festival, and received the Best Local Author Award from Electric City.
McGurl has also appeared Off-Broadway in two shows that began their run at the Scranton festival—Two Gentlemen of Verona and Commedia Rapunzel.
Joe very much admires his friend from college, Michael Bradshaw Flynn, founder of SSF, and says the two support each other. Looking forward to this hallmark season, Joe says, “I’m glad he’s brought me along for the ride.”
“It’s been a hard year, but theater is coming back!” Joe promises.