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.”

12th anniversary of Scranton Jazz Festival

Scranton Jazz Festival will celebrate its 12th anniversary on Aug. 5, 6, and 7 at the Historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, featuring a “main stage” and “jazz walk” including numerous downtown Scranton venues, including Adezzo, Ale Mary’s, Back Yard Ale House, The Bog, POSH and the Radisson Trax Patio.

Legendary jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat, and Tears featuring lead singer and American Idol star Bo Bice will headline the festival on Sunday, Aug. 7. This group is well known for platinum-selling records “God Bless the Child”, “Spinning Wheel” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” to mention a few.



“Little” Jimmy Heath of Philadelphia.

The Festival will also feature the Alexis P. Suter Band and the Tizer Trio on Friday, Aug. 5, as well as the 17-piece Scranton Jazz Festival Big Band with special guest artist and saxophone legend “Little” Jimmy Heath on Saturday, Aug. 6. Jazz master Jimmy Heath was recently seen on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.


Also starring at the Festival will be the Jason Miles Kind of New Band, The Jost Project, The Organik Vibe Trio, The Work in Progress group and many more.  

Friday night ticket are $10 General Admission; Saturday night, $25 general admission, and Sunday night, $35 for gold seating and $25 for general admission. Tickets are available at Joe Nardone Gallery of Sound locations and through the Scranton Jazz Festival box office by calling (570) 575-5282 or online at Sponsorship opportunities are also available on our website.