Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative progressive neurological disease that, today, effects over 1 million people in the United States. That number is expected to double in just 15 years. While today there is no cure, there are many things that can be done to help people living with Parkinson’s have an improved quality of life. The following stories are just two examples of people living with Parkinson’s.
April 17, 2015
My story begins in 2010 when I started losing dexterity in my right arm and hand. I thought it was from an injury I got while playing softball. A chiropractor thought I had neurological damage in the nerve endings in my arm, and he felt it could be treated with therapy and vitamins. In 2012, I went to a neurologist in Denver, Colorado, who did an MRI and various muscle testing and concluded that I did not have Parkinson’s. But when we came back to Pennsylvania, it was obvious something was wrong, and progressing so I went to a neurologist in Scranton, and he diagnosed me within ten minutes after doing a few tests and just observing me. He told me that I’m not going to die from this disease, but it’s going to be a pain in the butt. I have embarked on doing everything I can to stay healthy and active, limber and positive.
My wife and I went to a Parkinson’s Retreat at Kirpalu in Massachusetts for people recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their care partners. This was a very uplifting experience for me because we got to meet over forty other people with the disease and share stories. The people who provided the programs talked about diet, exercise, meditation, and hope. One person said that he came to the retreat wondering how he was going to die and left deciding on how he was going to live.
In November 2014, we went to a conference sponsored by Michael J. Fox Foundation on current research that’s being done and got to meet Michael at the conference. I had an opportunity to go up and talk with him a little bit about golf. I said, “Michael, there are one million books written on how to play golf but not one on how to play golf with Parkinson’s. Would you consider writing a book on how to play golf with Parkinson’s?” He said he would and added, “People ask me what my golf handicap is, and I just hold my arms up in the air shaking and say isn’t it obvious?”
I’m very positive about making the most out of my situation. I have an excellent exercise book written by David Sid, specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s. I play golf to keep limber and maintain my coordination. I eat a healthful diet and take what I think are appropriate supplements. My wife and I attend a support group on a monthly basis at Wayne Memorial Hospital and have made new friends with a few couples that live in the area. The sharing of how it’s affecting our lives is very helpful. I don’t look forward to the progression of his disease, but I will meet whatever comes with a positive attitude.
April 29, 2015
July 15, 2013 changed my life. I was diagnosed, after four years of symptoms, with Parkinson’s Disease. This was a disease I knew nothing about. It is a degenerative neurological disease with no cure. I knew no one who had it. I was shocked. I was always prepared for heart disease, or cancer. Those were the things my family had, and so I lived my life trying to prevent them as best I could, but Parkinson’s? Are you kidding me?
It took four years to diagnose because, as it turns out, to date, there are no definitive tests to determine Parkinson’s. My first symptoms, leg tremors, appeared only sporadically in 2009. Two years later, I started dragging my left leg. After another year, the traditional hand tremor began and loss of balance occurred. After lots of doctors, MRI’s, physical therapy, and pain management, the final diagnosis was made in 2013 by a neurologist in conjunction with a Movement Disorder doctor.
I began to read everything I could get my hands on about PD. I reached out to the National Parkinson’s Foundation. They were a huge support for me. Their staff counselors, who work on the phone 24/7, were terrific in answering my questions. Their website and online support groups occupied me in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep. I was directed to a week long program in the Berkshires put on by the Foundation. My husband, Erwin, joined me, and together we learned about the disease. We met people with PD from all over the country and one couple from right here in Wayne County.
I wasn’t quiet about my PD. I let my friends and family know. They, in turn, would run into people who also had PD but had not really told anyone. Every so often, I would get a phone call asking if my name and phone number could be given out to someone. “Of course,” I’d say. I began speaking with other PD patients. Sometimes we would meet. They, too, had never met anyone with PD. We would speak about our journeys and share medical information. I would provide resources, both locally and nationally, that were of help to me in hopes that it would benefit them as well. Often, they hadn’t known where to turn so they just isolated themselves.
In November 2014, we were invited to attend a research roundtable presented by the Michael J. Fox Foundation in New York. We asked our new friends from Wayne County to join us. We listened to a panel of doctors, scientists, and administrators from both the United States and Canada talking about the latest developments in the field of research. We learned about the importance of participating in Clinical Trials. It is estimated that each trial only has one new participant each month. The bonus of the day, for me, was meeting Michael J. Fox. What an honor! As an Early Onset Parkinson’s patient, someone diagnosed at a very young age, he has been the driving force in finding a cure for this disease that effects over one million people in the United States, and in fifteen years is anticipated to have that number double.
Today, my husband and I participate in Clinical Trials through the Michael J. Fox Foundation. These trials are trying to find ways to diagnose, slow, or prevent the disease completely. The Foundation coordinates studies being done around the world to bring all the information together so scientists are coordinated and not working in a vacuum re-creating the wheel. Fox’s mission is to put themselves out of business. Right now, I am participating in one that will last for five years seeking biomarkers for diagnosis. All in all, I’ve probably participated in about twenty clinical trial thus far. This participation helps me feel like my Parkinson’s has a reason for existence and really educates me on what’s happening in the field.
As a community, we are holding a 5k fun run/walk and one mile community walk and Resource Fair on June 20 in Milford. Our hope is to make people with PD and their care partners aware of resources in this area to be of help. We would also like others with PD not to feel isolated and help remove some of the stigma people with PD feel. Our financial goal is to raise $10,000 to help with the fight. Check us out on our website at www.poconofoxtrot5k.org.
As for me, it has become a big part of who I am. I exercise and do yoga to try to maintain where I am, do specific therapy for my balance, and rest more than I ever thought I’d want to. While, to date, it has not stopped me from doing much of what I want to do, I do wonder about the future. I try not to go there. I try to stay in the moment and enjoy all life has to offer today. After all, isn’t that all any of us have?
SAVE THE DATE
Pocono Fox Trot
June 20, 2015 – 8 AM
Ann Street Park, Milford
5k run/walk & a 1 mile community walk will be held to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. www.poconofoxtrot5k.org.
Once upon a time, in a deep and dark forest, in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky, not far from the village of Edmonton, stood a psychedelic shack where the only rock and roll band in Metcalfe County rehearsed.
The year was 1968, and the band was called Itchy Brother. The shack was really a farmhouse now known as the infamous Practice House, and The deep and dark forest was a place on Richard and Fred Young’s family farm.
Together, with cousins, Anthony Kenney and Greg Martin, armed with a pickup truck load of amps, drums, and guitars, and a stack of American and English rock records, they set out to conquer the world by creating their own brand of rock and roll.
As the years went by, they made good on their promise to each other, and the record companies came. First, from Cincinnati, then Atlanta and Macon, Georgia, California, New York, and England, but something always stopped them from leaving the rock club circuit and becoming a national recording act. Presidential elections, plane crashes, the death of a record executive and disco, but most of all, their ages, the train hauling the heyday of Southern rock had come and gone. Itchy Brother got caught in the changing of the guard. They never got to ride the train, but they never gave up.
“In the early 80s, we started to hang out in Nashville. Because it wasn’t known as one of the rock and roll cities, we had always avoided it like the plague. Our only bout with Nashville was a TV show called ‘Young Country’,” said Richard Young. “Itchy Brother played Robert Johnson’s Crossroads on the show in 1970, and though it was fun, it opened our eyes and pointed our hearts in a different direction,” he recalls.
“Nashville was only 85 miles from Edmonton, but it seemed a million miles from where we started. Greg, then Fred, later took jobs as sidemen where their Southern rock skills proved to be handy and exciting to those acts who wanted to follow in the footsteps of Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams, Jr. Richard took a different route by hanging around writing houses.”
In 1981, with the help of their longtime friend and manager, Mitchell Fox, the boys were signed as writers to Acuff/Rose Publishing Company. Nashville didn’t know it, but there was a roots movement starting to happen, and the “No Depression Era” was just over the hill. “It was during this time that we learned a lot about the music business and that Nashville was really only three streets wide,” said Fred Young.
In 1986, Greg introduced Richard and Fred to Doug Phelps. Prior to this, the plan had been to record an Itchy Brother album and go for it again, but Anthony declined. Doug Phelps was asked to join in Anthony’s place.
“We couldn’t see using the Itchy Brother name without Anthony. At the time, I was reading a book called ‘Deep Blues’ by Robert Palmer. It spoke about the head chopping ritual and the fact that Muddy Waters band was nicknamed the Headhunters. I told the other guys about the story and it struck a nerve with all of us,” said Greg Martin.
The HeadHunters started rehearsing in March of 1986 in Greg’s basement then moved to the Practice House when the weather warmed up.
“We were determined to create a whole new sound just like Itchy Brother had in the 70s. I knew there was a true passion from the first rehearsal; the fact that the other three were relatives and had spent their whole lives playing together made it like a fast-drying glue. For me, it was magic from day one,” said Doug Phelps.
“The mid-to-late 80s were very special. If you go back and look at the musical diversity going on, especially the roots and college music scene, even country music was allowing things to happen. Their guards were down. This spilled over into the local scene around here. Bowling Green, KY, Louisville, and Nashville were all hopping, as well as the rest of the country. This had a huge impact on us and helped fuel the formation of the HeadHunters,” observed Greg.
“We are who we are and that’s what makes us what we have become. From our life experiences and how we approach and interpret music is how we became a band that tells real life stories. We are a band of many styles: rock, blues, country, jazz, bluegrass, rockabilly, and other roots music. That is the foundation of our sound. Johnnie Johnson once told me, “Music has no color. If I had to color the HeadHunters, I’d color us music with a feeling.”” says Fred.
“It started to gel from the first rehearsal. When you can’t put a label on it, even when you create it, you know you’ve got something special,” says Richard.
Doug had a brother who also loved music. Ricky Phelps was a wandering soul, West Coast-type folkie who had a knack for bluegrass and a love of the Beatles. “He had moved to Nashville to try his hand as a country songwriter/performer and like the rest of us, wasn’t having much luck. I suggested he should ride up to Kentucky with me and jam with our band, the HeadHunters, for kicks,” says Doug.
“You know, Doug and Ricky had never really had a chance to sing together in a band. When he came up and jammed with us the first time and we put those brother harmonies together with our rock and roll music, the room literally went neon,” observed Richard.
“Ricky joined the band, and the very next month, we had a great opportunity presented to us to record in Acuff/Rose’s Hickory Records Studio. They were literally dismantling the studio around us, but we still managed to record a demo of “Walk Softly”, “Dumas Walker”, and “Oh Lonesome Me,” the latter being in recognition of all the help Wesley Rose had been to Richard over the years. After that, we started playing more and more gigs locally, but it was really our live radio broadcast, ‘The Chitlin’ Show’, on WLOC in Munfordville, KY, and the Practice House that brought it all together,” remembers Greg.
In the earlier part of 1988, the HeadHunters met a very interesting fellow by the name of Jonathan D. W. Lyle. He was a huge blues music fan and fell in love with the HeadHunters music. He had a history of helping struggling bands and ended up giving us $4,500 to go into the studio and record our music. We booked time at the Sound Shop with Mike Bradley and had just enough money to record for three days. We recorded eight tracks and called it ‘Pickin’ On Nashville’, Doug remembers.
In late 1988, after much coaxing from Tom Long at ASCAP and song publisher, Larry Shell, the HeadHunters agreed to do a record company showcase at Douglas Corner, a local Nashville hangout.
“Lee Roy Parnell was showcasing that night, and we were a last minute tag on. After Lee Roy played, we sat up and kicked off with ‘Walk Softly on this Heart of Mine.’ It was like someone had said there’s a bomb in this place! The room cleared out in about two minutes, except for the sound man, waitresses, Tom, Larry, Harold Shedd, and a few hangers-on,” remembers Richard. “Lee Roy later told us that when he heard us that night, he thought, ‘Oh, my God, Heavy Metal Bluegrass!'” Greg recalls.
Harold was the President of Mercury Records and had a reputation and success record for taking chances on the unlikely. He called us the next day and said we may be cooking hamburgers next year, but I’ve got to try this. The HeadHunters signed with Mercury in July of 1989. We added the Kentucky part of our name at this point because Herbie Hancock was already using it as a stand alone.
“‘Pickin’ On Nashville’ came out in October 1989. It blew up like an atom bomb and changed our lives forever. The rest is history. Well, almost,” says Richard.
After the release of the HeadHunters’ second album, ‘Electric Barnyard’, all hell broke loose. On June 2, 1992, Doug and Ricky Phelps left to start a duo career.
Longtime friend and cousin, Anthony Kenney, came to their rescue to play bass, and buddy, Mark Orr, was recruited for vocals. “It felt good to have Anthony back in the band, and we were proud to have a great blues rock singer like Mark Orr,” say Fred, Richard, and Greg.
Mark should have been one of those great Southern rock singers of the early 70s, but he missed the boat because of Vietnam. “When we were listening to the Beatles’ ‘White Album in the Practice House, Mark was fighting on Hamburger Hill with the 101st Airborne Division,” says Fred.
During this time, the Kentucky HeadHunters returned to their blues-rock roots. They released two albums in 1993: the first entitled, “Rave On, on Mercury, and the critically acclaimed blues record, ‘That’ll Work’ on Elektra-Nonesuch, with legendary blues pianist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Johnnie Johnson.
“Recording and playing with Johnnie Johnson has been one of the highlights of our musical journey. He was like your old uncle, laid-back and cool offstage, but when he sat down at the piano, he was in charge and anyone who ever played with him became a better musician.” said Richard Young.
In 1994 and 1995, there were a lot of changes in store for the HeadHunters. Mark Orr left the band, Harold Shedd left Mercury; Luke Lewis came in as president; and during this time, Mercury released a greatest hits package called ‘Still Pickin’.
“When Mark left, I called the Phelps boys and asked if they would like to make another go of it. You gotta love Ricky. He said, “!*?^* yeah! Let’s change the name and start all over!” Now the HeadHunters have big balls, but I don’t think anyone (including Doug) wanted to risk losing the HeadHunters brand,” says Richard.
In the end, it was Doug who came back. He has and always will be our friend, band mate, and a team player. Ricky will always be our friend, and we love him for who he is.
In 1996, the HeadHunters were signed by Joe Galante at BNA in Nashville after hearing what they had been up to since Doug’s return. “Joe had always liked the HeadHunters, and he had us record a song for Roy Roger’s last album early on. We will never forget him
for that opportunity,” said Fred.
“The BNA record was called ‘Stompin’ Grounds’. It was a trek back to the HeadHunters more country roots. Joe heard the record in his office and signed us on the spot. To set it up at radio, he and Connie Bradley at ASCAP got us on the New Faces Show. In 1989, we had blown the roof off of the place. We didn’t get the same reaction the second time around. “When we kicked in, it reminded us of Douglas Corner in 1988. If the doors had been locked, those radio folks would have knocked them down to get out! Joe walked up at the end and said, “Boys, that’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. What a class act!””
In 2000 and 2003, the HeadHunters came back with two of their best ever. ‘Grass String Ranch’ was a rebel rouser’s dream that saw the band dig deep into their Southern rock bag of tricks. Then came ‘Soul’, lauded by many to be the Heads at their best since ‘Pickin’ On Nashville’ and ‘That’ll Work’. The record was an experiment to re-create the vibe, sound, and style of the early Muscle Shoals recordings. Once again, the rub of being from Kentucky created something all together different. Both records were on Koch Records.
2005 saw the release of ‘Big Boss Man’. “Sony music’s Tom Long called us and asked if we would take the Sony catalog and “HeadHunterize” a bunch of classics for movie tracks. Once they heard it, they put it out as a record. We had a lot of fun messing with all those old songs, and it was great working with Tom, who was first to discover our talents back in the 70s,” said Fred.
In 2006, ‘Flying Under the Radar’ was released. “This CD was a mixture of album cuts from the previous three CD releases that we hoped would get a second chance to be heard. We’re glad we put the record out. A lot of folks come up and say, “Oh, I like this song or I like that song.” That’s proof that if you put a great song on a record when the times and the way people are thinking are off, it will go right over their heads,” said Doug.
“2007 saw our cousin, and life-long bandmate, Anthony Kenney, retire from the Kentucky HeadHunters. Anthony is truly one of the greatest musicians and songwriters we have had the honor to share the stage with. We will always miss his talent and quick wit.”
Fred, Doug, Greg and Richard found themselves right where they were when the HeadHunters started… A four piece band. They made a pact with each other that this was the way the Heads would stay.
Back in 1990, a landmark live album was recorded at the legendary Agora Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio. While the heads were writing on a new album, they decided to also use this time to dust off the live multi-tracks, mix them, and present them to Universal Records. Luke Lewis heard the concert, made a call to California, and in 2009, the album was released on the prestigious “Live Bootleg Series” that had previously spawned great live albums from the likes of Muddy Waters, Kiss, Cinderella, and many others.
2010 saw The Kentucky HeadHunters take two giant and much needed steps. Finally, after many years of recording in large studios for major labels, the boys formed their own record label, Practice House Records, and headed to the farm to record for the first time in the Practice House. The result was “Dixie Lullabies,” released October 19, 2011.
Being in the old farm house with no restrictions and no time limits allowed the Heads to be themselves in the truest form. For an inside look at this adventure, Google “Kentucky HeadHunters epk.” The Kentucky HeadHunters are currently working on two exciting new album projects.
Stay tuned. You know this bunch is pretty unpredictable!
SAVE THE DATE
Honesdale Roots & Rhythm
Music & Arts Festival
Saturday, June 21st
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
1:30 – 9:30 PM – Central Park
Rain or Shine
Northeastern Pennsylvania is the place to be for eclectic live music this summer. Whether it is an outdoor festival or an intimate show at a wine bar, our scenic mountainous region has something for everyone and attracts talented musicians of all styles and genres, from jazz and bluegrass to modern rock and folk.
Residents and visitors of all ages enjoy the pulsing music combined with the lush landscape. Here is just a taste of what is happening locally throughout the summer.
The Amphitheater at Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary
Long Ridge Road and Elizabeth Street, White Mills
The Wildflower Music Festival is an annual festival held on the grounds of the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary. In addition to the festival, the Sanctuary is also home to the Dorflinger Glass Museum and Gift Shop, the 1867 Glassworker’s House, and the Historic White Mills Firehouse.
The festival is held outdoors, and people are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Picnics and beverages are permitted and light beverages are sold at the festival. In case of rain, the concerts will be moved to the Wallenpaupack Area High School.
All concerts are held on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with the exception of the Steppingstones Concert, which is held at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Summer Music Schedule:
July 4: The Patriot Brass Ensemble
July 11: Dali String Quartet-Mostly Mozart
July 12: The 10th Annual Steppingstones Concert- This is a free concert on Sunday at 4 p.m.
July 18: Swingtime Big Band- Down Memory Lane
July 25: Incendio-Latin Rhythms
August 1: Jimmy Webb: The Glenn Campbell Years
August 8: The Boxcars- Bluegrass
August 15: Ann Hampton Callaway- Great Ladies of Song
For information on ticket prices and other details, call (570) 253-5500 or visit www.wildflowermusic.org.
Founded in 2002 at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, Kindred Spirits Arts Programs has been bringing a variety of top quality events to wide audiences and enlightening music programs to local schools. This is a certified non-profit organization of volunteers supported in part by private donations from individuals and businesses as well as support from local and state agencies.
Summer Music Schedule:
June 13: 5:30 p.m., Ancien Regime Baroque Ensemble at Grey Towers
June 14: 3 p.m., Ancien Regime Baroque Ensemble at the Hawley Silk Mill in Hawley
July 18: 7:30 p.m., Shirim Klezmer Orchestra at Milford Theater
August 22: 5:30 p.m., Kavak Harp Trio at Grey Towers
August 23: 3 p.m., Kavak Harp Trio at Hawley Silk Mill
For more information, visit www.kindredspiritsarts.org or call (570) 409-1269.
4 Main Avenue, Hawley
Every summer, music lovers anticipate the Jazz on the Deck series as talented musicians entertain on the comfortable, spacious deck overlooking the Inn’s lush gardens. This eight-week series is held on Wednesday evenings throughout July and August from 6 to 9 p.m., rain or shine. There is no cover charge so relax and take in the sounds of jazz. While you’re listening, enjoy a refreshing beverage and a wonderful farm-to-table snack or meal.
July 1: The Gypsy Jazz Quintet
July 8: Compass Jazz Quartet
July 15: The Gary Rixner Trio
July 22: Kelly Suttenfield
July 29: Ralph Liberto Trio
August 5: Nick Niles and JJ Keyser
August 12: Judi Silvano Quartet
August 19: Robert Kopec Trio-Modern Jazz
August 26: Thos Shipley
September 2: The History Of Fishes
Sunday, September 6 (A Special Night): Jazz Trio featuring Stefan Bauer
Due to the popularity of this series, reservations are suggested. For more details, visit www.thesettlersinn.com or call (570) 226-2993.
Central Park, Honesdale
Forty-eight years and counting. The Wayne County Creative Arts Council is still going strong, presenting another stellar summer schedule of free music under the stars in Honesdale’s Central Park. In what is now a local tradition, people will be flocking to the Park to spread their blankets or set up their chairs to hear some fiddlin’, close barbershop harmonies, Irish ballads, and perhaps even doing a polka or two.
The festivities kick off every Monday and Thursday from June 15th to July 30th at 7:30 p.m. Hot dogs, soda, water, and ice cream will be available. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved to the Episcopal Parish Hall, the United Methodist Church, or The Cooperage. Listen to the local radio stations for information.
June 15: Northeasters Barbershoppers
June 18: Gypsy Jazz Quintet
June 22: The Bill Arnold Band
June 25: Steve Jacoby and Friends
June 29: Wayne Choralaires.
July 2: Doug Rogers and the Backseat Drivers
July 3: Honesdale’s traditional Independence Day celebration with music, food, children’s games, a “bouncy” house, novelty vendors, and fireworks presented by the Greater Honesdale Partnership.
The afternoon will start at 5 p.m. with free games and activities for the children. A new, young musician will be making his hometown debut in the park with his band, Rowan Lynch and The History of Fishes.
Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars return at 6:30 p.m. with traditional celebratory music followed at 8 p.m. by Scranton’s own Crystal Band playing until the fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.
The rain date is Monday, July 6th. In the event that the weather cooperates on the 3rd, there will be an Open Mic event on Monday.
July 9: Hickory Rose
July 13: The Irish Balladeers
July 16: Old Time Fiddlers as the park fills up quickly for this favorite group.
July 20: Flashback
July 23: The Pharm
July 27: The Crackers
July 30: Joe Stanky and the Cadets
For more information and photos check out www.honesdaleparkevents.org.
119 Falls Avenue, Hawley
This luxury hotel in a historic former glass factory faces serene waterfalls, the gorge, and rock ledges. On Sundays, from 6 to 9 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the on-site restaurant Glass will present its Blues, Brews & BBQ music series. The event combines a rotating lineup of live music on the deck with breathtaking views of the waterfalls, delicious BBQ set up buffet style and local breweries featuring beer tastings.
May 24: Norman Taylor & Blue Soul
May 31: Lighten Up Blues Band
June 7: Compass
June 14: Ken Bowles Bluebone Band
June 21: Jeremy Langdale
June 28: Bobby Kyle Band
July 5: Teddy Young & the Aces
July 12: Scott Weis Band
July 19: Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio
July 26: Merchants of Groove
August 2: Joe Kopicki Band
August 9: Dan Brother Band
August 16: Randy Lippincott & Joey “Hotbox” Simon
August 23: Slam Allen
August 30: Merchants of Groove (Wally Lake Fest) Special times are 2 to 5 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m.
September 6: Bobby Kyle Band
The price is $32.50, which covers the music, food, and beer tasting. Reservations are suggested. Some of the featured breweries include Stegmaier, Stoudts Brewing Company, Shawnee Craft Brewery, Ithaca Brewing Company, Nimble Hill, Free Will, Victory Brewing Company, and others. For more information, visit www.ledgeshotel.com or call (570) 226-1337.
Throughout Town, Milford
The anticipated 2015 Milford Music Festival will take place June 26th through the 28th. Once again, the lush, tree lined streets of Milford will be filled with the sounds of many genres of music. The weekend festival is one of Milford’s most popular events with live music, shopping, food, and activities.
This is a free festival with something for everyone. The festivities kick off Friday evening with live music at area restaurants and the historic Milford Theater. Each evening features music at Milford establishments, such as the Waterwheel Café, Hotel Fauchere, and the Grotto. Other venues featuring music are the Dairy Bar, Fretta’s Italian Specialties, Davis Chant Realty, Ambience Fine Furniture, the Frisky Goat Coffeehouse, the Malibu Dude Ranch, Lahr’s True Value Hardware, and various shops and businesses around town.
Throughout the weekend, shopkeepers invite festival-goers into their stores for shopping along Broad and Harford Streets and at the historic Upper Mill, Old Lumberyard Shops, and Apple Valley Village.
Some highlights include “Brooklyn Day in PA” in Jorgenson’s at the Dimmick Inn on Saturday, the “Indie Stage” at the Dairy Bar with over eight bands throughout the weekend, and on Sunday, Milford Music in the Park will kick off at the Ann Street Park.
Festival Schedule Highlights:
June 26: 5 to 7 p.m. at Hotel Fauchere, Dr. Glenn Heller SOlo Jazz Guitarist on the porch
5 to 7 p.m. at Patisserie Fauchere, Travis Love Benson weaves tales of everyday life through eclectic songwriting and twisted harmonies.
5 to 7 p.m. at Frisky Goat Coffeehouse, Wesley–a tri-state band playing punk rock and 90s alternative rock.
7:30 to 10 p.m. at Milford Theater, Pike Stock 4
June 27: Noon to 8 p.m. at Jorgenson’s at the Dimmick, 7th Annual Block Party featuring “Brooklyn in PA”. Music by Big Things
1 to 4 p.m. at the Upper Mill Shops, Sara Hulse Band (Singer-Songwriter)
2 to 9 p.m. at the Milford Dairy Bar, “Indie Stage”
June 28: 1 to 4 p.m., In its 10th season, Ann Street Park hosts Music in the Park bringing talented, big name musicians, as well as local acts to entertain people out in the grassy open. In the past, Vanessa Carlton, a popular Grammy nominated artist and Pike County native played here. Last year, American Idol’s Kendall Phillips took the stage. This year, local performer Sarah Hawthorne will play just before the headliner; recording artist and The Voice’s season four contestant, Christian Porter.
There are many more music events throughout the weekend. For a complete festival schedule and other information, “like” Milford Music Festival on Facebook or visit www.milfordmusicfest.org.