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Delaware Touts Sinatra Concert Next Month

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by Wayne Witkowski, Pike County Dispatch – 7/16/20

DINGMANS FERRY — It is anticipated to be the biggest music event for the Delaware Township vicinity since the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra, joined by rock music star Linda Rondstadt, performed at nearby Mountain Laurel Performing Arts Center about 10 years ago.

Before that, Crosby Stills & Nash as well as the Allman Brothers graced the Tamiment amphitheater stage in Lehman Township.

This time, residents will see Jim Manfredonia give a free tribute concert performance of Frank Sinatra on the evening of Aug. 22 at Akenac Park. There are many highly regarded renditions of the “old blue eyes” swing music legend who died in 1999 but Dennis Lee of the Dingmans Ferry Theater, who has led the way in putting the show together, says Manfredonia’s characterization is “legit.

Lee gave an update of the preparations for the show during last week’s Delaware Township Board of Supervisors meeting.

“It’s the biggest thing in a long time here,” said Lee of Manfredonia, who already has established a big reputation of himself in the Philadelphia area.

“People have been shut in from the COVI(D-19) virus for so long and want to come and enjoy a night out.”

A backdrop of film clips from the Sinatra era will enhance the show.
He said about eight volunteers from the theater company have put together a 20-foot by 20-foot stage that will have theatrical lighting. Lee said he is auditioning local talent that will give complementary performances with Manfredonia.

“This will come together,” said Lee afterward.

The concert idea began when Manfredonia reached out to Lee, a former schoolmate and Manfredonia offered to perform a rendition of Sinatra songs for Lee and his neighbors.

To support Lee’s efforts, the supervisors at last week’s meeting approved an Akenac Park use request by Lee and the Dingmans Ferry Theatre under the Delaware Township Recreation Committee for performance rehearsals 5-9 p.m. Monday through Sunday effective immediately and then from 5-11 p.m. for two weeks through Aug. 23 when the stage will be taken down.

Board of Supervisors Chairman John Henderson made it clear that this is not a private entity putting on a show in a municipal venue as some may question. “It’s being done by the (township) Rec Commission and the Dingmans Ferry Theater is sponsoring it,” said Henderson.

“It’s like what we do for Harvest Fest and for our Christmas at the park.”

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