Sherwood Youth Celebrates 60 Years With Sixth Annual Summer Festival



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.”

5th Annual Dunmore Summer Festival Set for August 17th through 19th

Dunmore Summer Festival

The 5th annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park will be held Thursday August 17 through Saturday August 19. Shown in photo are officers and members of the Sherwood Youth Association at last year’s festival.

By Emily Fedor

For months, members of the Sherwood Youth Association have been preparing for the 5th annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park, and finally party time is right around the corner. This year, the festivities will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. on August 17 and 18, and from 4 to 11 p.m. on August 19.

The festival got its start when the borough of Dunmore celebrated its Sesquicentennial back in the summer of 2012. Ever since, the annual event has become a tradition for many in little old Bucktown a tradition filled with good food and good friends. And the cherry on top is that all that fun benefits a wonderful cause.

“The park’s mission is, and always has been, to keep the children playing,” said Sherwood Youth President Matt Fedor. “The proceeds from the festival will be used to upkeep and improve the park’s facilities.”

Every year, it seems more folks come out to catch up with friends and enjoy a bite to eat. The festival hosts a wide array of vendors, who offer all kinds of sweet, spicy and savory foods.

Villa Maria Restaurant has been a part of the summer festival since it first began five years ago. The American-Italian style eatery is based on Washburn Street in West Scranton, but the business first got its start in little old Dunmore back in 1982.  

Owner Joe Macciocco says he likes coming back to Bucktown each year to pay a visit to those who have helped make his business a success.

“It’s phenomenal. It’s a great time of the year. They raise money for the park, and there’s something for everybody,” said Macciocco.

Members of the Sherwood Youth Association also man a stand, from which they serve up beverages, potato pancakes, wimpies, pizza fritte, fresh-cut french fries, clams and more.

This year, homemade hot wing bites will also be on their menu.

“The success of the festival and the continued improvements at the park would not be possible without the association’s hard-working and faithful members, said Fedor.”  

Members of Keystone UNICO, the Dunmore High School Crimson Company and other non-profit organizations will also be part of the festival.

Another big part of the annual event is the musical entertainment. This year’s line-up features two new-comers and one returning act, who will take the stage at 7 p.m. each night.

Tony Bouselli, Mike Bertha and Dave Arneli make up the band known as Take 3. Together, the rock and roll trio will open the festival on Thursday, August 17.

On Friday, August 18, the Luongo Brothers Band will take the Show Mobile stage. The band features Pat and Nick Luongo, who are founding members of another area band called The Poets, as well as Alan Shields and Rich Marmo. They play a variety of hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The Fabulous Fortunes will return to the Dunmore Summer Festival for the fifth year to close out the festival on Saturday, August 19. The rock group has been performing for decades in Dunmore and beyond.

The Dunmore High School cheerleaders and marching units will also make an appearance at the festival on Friday, and gymnasts with the United Sports Academy will perform Saturday.

“There will also be a bounce house, horseback riding, face painting and lots of games for the kids,” said Fedor. “We hope the community comes out to support our festival and the park.”

Sherwood Youth Prepares for annual summer festival

Dunmore Summer Festival

The Sherwood Park Youth Association is holding its fourth annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park this August 18-19-20.

Robert Plappert is president of the Dunmore Sherwood Youth Association. Matt Fedor is vice president. Mike Ruddy is newly appointed treasurer. Jeanne Jarrow is secretary.

Trish Fedor, a past co-chairperson for the annual event, once again is in charge of the vendors.

“This has been a big success the past three years, and all of the money goes directly back to Sherwood Park,” Fedor said.

The splash pad was a big addition to Sherwood Park last summer. It has become a favorite for local children and even their parents, too.

“This year’s festival will be very similar to the past three years,” said Fedor. “There will be a greater variety of food this year. We are trying to make more of the food on our own. We figure the more we make, then the more funds we raise for the park.”

The event will be held 5 to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, August 18-19 and 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, August 20.

There will be bands starting at 7 p.m. each evening.

The musical entertainment will begin Thursday, August 18, with The Fabulous Fortunes, playing classic rock from the 50s through the 90s. The popular local group has performed several decades in the Scranton Wilkes-Barre area, New York City, New York State and the Pocono Mountains. The well known group has performed at Scranton’s annual La Festa Italiana since its inception and regularly performs at local picnics and fairs and Nay Aug Park. This will be the fourth consecutive year The Fabulous Fortunes performed at the annual festival.

Picture Perfect will perform Friday, August 19. Picture Perfect has been a popular local group for the past couple decades plus performing in various clubs and local picnics and festivals in the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas. The group performs music mostly from the 70s to the present. The group is known for its use of various instruments, including horns and percussions.

Blush, featuring Dunmore’s Anthony Duchnowski on bass, will perform Saturday, August 20. A relatively new and young group of talented musicians, Blush performs in local venues, picnics and clubs. Blush performs both classic rock and a current blend of new music. The group has already developed a following.

The list of food items this year will include pizza, porketta, sausage and peppers, pizza fritta, cotton candy, popcorn, chicken barbecue, pasta fagiole, clams, hot dogs, corn, various ethnic foods, delicious baked goods, cake and brownies and drinks. Beer, wine, water and soda will be available.

There will also be rides for children, horse and pony rides, games and various entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

UNICO once again will be a part of the festivities. There will be information on UNICO as in previous years.

“This is an event that brings the people of Dunmore together,” said Fedor. “People look forward to seeing each other, and it helps bring money to the park. It’s a fun event.”

Bob Plappert said the Dunmore Sherwood Youth Association has been busy planning the event, and everyone is ready to go.

“We expect it to be a big success again,” he said. “There will be great entertainment and an even bigger variety of food this year. I know there will be some new and different food added. We are all working hard to make it a success.”