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.”

Scranton Shakespeare Festival Ends Season with Cast Party

La Cucina pic

Paolo Lepri, seated at left, owner of La Cucina Restaurant, Dunmore, is shown with host John Hart and members of the Scranton Shakespeare Festival at a season-ending cast party.

La Cucina donated food to the event which followed a successful SSF season that included Measure for Measure, Two Gentlemen of Verona, the musical Damn Yankees, and two one-act original plays, Cheeks and Skin of the Teeth.

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.”