‘Keeping the spirit alive’
Summer Festival this weekend offers bands, fireworks, and more
DUNNSTOWN — A different time, a different place and a different name.
But still some of the best local entertainment, food and fun is on tap for this weekend.
There’s been a lot of cancellations this year due to the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the country. But there’s also been a lot of new things taking place to help replace events that couldn’t happen because of the virus.
One of them is the Summer Festival sponsored by the Dunnstown Fire Company.
When Woodward Township’s annual Riverfest had to be canceled, the fire company stepped up to come up with an event to show local residents a good time and keep the spirit of Riverfest alive until it can be held again along the banks of the Susquehanna River.
Highlighting the two-day festival to be held at Dunnstown Fire Company, 119 Woodward Avenue, are two bands.
The first is a group of local guys who started performing when they were teenagers and have continued to please crowds with their classic rock and roll for decades.
It’s the “Classic Rock Revival,” made up of Phil Reeder, Mike Romanesky, Wally Grier and Steve Linn. The group is still causing a stir as audiences delight in the familiar rock and roll of the 1970’s and 1980’s.
“I still love it. I just love getting on stage,” Romanesky, the drummer among the band, said as he talked about the music that has brought him so much joy over the years.
“We’re all pretty much the same. We’ve played with different bands through the years, and we just love getting together and doing something we enjoy so much,” Romanesky said.
“Classic Rock Revival” will appear on stage outside the fire hall from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. And the group hopes to bring out a crowd to hear the oldies that continue to take folks back to the good ole days.
On Friday, July 10, another band from the area, “The A Team,” from Muncy will take the stage from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
And if you like rock and roll, you’ll enjoy the sounds of this group, whose repertoir also includes songs of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s along with some of today’s hits.
The A Team includes Ron Lee, April Feigles-Rearick, Adam Rearick and Adam Westover, who met while with another band and when that ended, decided to form The A Team. That was 2016 and they’ve been together ever since.
Now we all know it takes more than entertainment to draw a crowd to a festival. And there’s plenty more in store this weekend.
The famous Duck Derby, which was a big hit Riverfest, won’t happen as it has in the past with colored plastic ducks floating down the river and the owner of the first duck to cross the finish line winning $1,000.
But there are Duck Derby tickets being sold and you can purchase them until July 11, when the drawing of the winner of the $1,000 cash prize will be held at 5 p.m. at the fire hall. There will be a second prize of $250 and a third prize of $100. Tickets are on sale at the Second Cup Resturant, Puff and Snuff, and at the festival.
You do not have to be present to win. The money raised from the drawing will be put toward the cost of fireworks, which will take place at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, following Lock Haven’s Summer Concert on the floating stage.
And what would a summer festival be without food.
There’s sure to be a lot to choose from at this festival, including Dunnstown Fire Company’s famous hot sausage sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs and French fries, and a special treat from Goodwill Hose Co. in Flemington — funnel cakes. Several other vendors are scheduled to be there selling food and other items.
So, don’t plan on cooking supper on Friday or Saturday nights this weekend. Instead, take your family to the Dunnstown Fire Hall and enjoy some good festival food and some of the best local entertainment around.
But please, remember there’s a virus going around, and follow CDC guidelines by wearing a mask and social distancing.