Sherwood Youth Celebrates 60 Years With Sixth Annual Summer Festival

 

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Members of the Sherwood Youth Association invite the community to attend the sixth annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park. The festival runs August 16, 17 and 18 from 5 to 11 p.m. each evening.

By Emily Fedor

In February of 1958, the Sherwood Youth Association was formed by a small group of men here in the borough. Their goal? To supply the children of Dunmore with one of the finest playgrounds in the area.

At the group’s first fundraiser in 1958, a plain hot dog cost 20 cents. Sauerkraut would run you an extra nickel. Highballs and whiskey were also being served for less than 50 cents a pop.

sherwood 1Now the year is 2018, and some things have changed. But over the past 60 years, the mission of the Sherwood Youth Association has remained the same – to keep the children playing.

This month, residents of the borough and surrounding areas are invited to celebrate Sherwood Youth’s 60th anniversary at the sixth annual Dunmore Summer Festival. The event runs Thursday, August 16 through Saturday August 18 from 5 to 11 p.m. each evening.

Matt Fedor, president of Sherwood Youth, says the festival offers something for the whole family.

“For the children, we’re offering pony rides, face painting and bounce houses. For the adults, there are basket raffles, great food, drinks and entertainment.”

On Thursday, August 16, the Wanabees will open the festival with mix of music from the 50’s through the 80’s guaranteed to get you up and dancing.

On Friday, August 17, Dunmore High School’s cheerleaders and marching units will perform. Kayleigh Carey is also set to make one of her first public appearances as Miss Buck for the 2018-2019 school year.

Later that night, Ron Morgan & Crossroads will take the Show Mobile stage later that night to play a mix of classics from the 70’s and 80’s.

On Saturday, August 19, gymnasts with the United Sports Academy will be on hand to wow those in attendance with various flips and tricks.

Members of the Fabulous Fortunes, who have rocked the Dunmore Summer Festival for the past six years, will then close out the event.

sherwood 2Various vendors will be selling a tasty selection of food each night of the festival.

Members of Sherwood Youth will also man a stand, serving up beverages, potato pancakes, fresh-cut french fries, clams, pizza frita and more. New additions to the menu this year include porketta, broccoli and shells, clam chowder and Texas wieners.

We’re sorry to report the prices have gone up just a bit since 1958.

“Come out and have a great time,” said Fedor. “The community’s support will be greatly appreciated in our effort to keep the children playing for another 60 years.”

Ballet Theatre of Scranton Marks 60th Year with Anniversary Production

Ballet TheatreBallet Theatre of Scranton will celebrate its 60th anniversary with their production of “Jewels” on Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 pm at The Theater at North. Under the Artistic Direction of Joanne Arduino, excerpts from ballets performed in the company’s history will include Romeo and Juliet, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Phantom of the Opera, Moulin Rouge, Tales of Beatrix Potter and Dracula.

Guest professional alumni will join the Ballet Theatre senior company dancers and include Karen Keeler, Theo Lencicki, Jennifer Cadden, Colin Bolthouse and Matt Lynady. These NEPA alumni have performed at the Metropolitan Opera and Radio City Music Hall in NYC and have credits that include National Broadway tours.

Christian Zimmermann (formerly of Boston Ballet) and Giovanni Ravelo (of Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo) are professional dancers who performed with BTOS in the past and will also make guest appearances. The Scottish Reel from La Sylphide will be performed in tribute to the company’s late founder Constance Reynolds.

Tickets are available beginning April 9 online at tututix.com . For information, call Ballet Theatre at 570-347-2867. http://www.balletscranton.org