There’s a new sound in Honesdale’s Central Park on Thursday, June 25 — the sounds of swing and big bands — sounds of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman and a host of other big swing band artists of the 1930’s, ‘40’s, and 50’s. 


There’s a new sound in Honesdale’s Central Park on Thursday, June 25 — the sounds of swing and big bands — sounds of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman and a host of other big swing band artists of the 1930’s, ‘40’s, and 50’s. 

The newly formed band, Moonlight on the Poconos Big Swing Band, will bring back an era when tv hadn’t been invented yet and radio ruled the airwaves. Organized just this year for the purpose of preserving and propagating the sound, ambience and grandeur of the Big Band era, they perform the period music as it was originally intended to be played by the original artists. Their 20 members are led by Hank Grilk in such favorites as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.”

Moonlight on the Poconos marks the fourth in a series of fourteen free concerts presented by the Wayne County Creative Arts Council’s Summer Festival of Park Events. Every Monday and Thursday evening from June 15 to July 30 will feature a different musical performance ranging from bluegrass to classical, country to rock and roll.  Each evening’s program will begin at 7:30 pm.  Refreshments will be available. The concerts are free, but a free will offering will be taken. In case of rain, the venue will be moved to the Episcopal Parish House adjacent to the Park.

The WCCAC’s full schedule can be found on http://www.honesdaleparkevents.org.