Turnout encouraging for concert in park
SHAMOKIN - Dreary autumn-like weather didn't keep people of all ages from turning up Saturday for an outdoor evening of swing music.
At least 80 people brought their lawn chairs to Claude Kehler Memorial Park to watch the two-hour performance of After Hours, a 17-piece swing orchestra.
The band, which is made up of members from across the region, including musicians from Shamokin, played a variety of tunes ranging from early '30s classics to swanky '70s radio hits.
Most of the spectators remained seated in their lawn chairs in a wide ring around the dance floor area, and some remained in vehicles parked across Arch Street with their windows down so they could hear.
Few audience members had the courage to get up and shake a leg.
After band leader Dave Spotts announced that "the dance floor is open" numerous times, a brave couple gave their best at some swing moves.
"You just made my night," Spotts said to the couple at the end of the number.
Among the toe-tappers in the crowd was city councilwoman Barb Moyer, who said she was thrilled with the concert.
"I'm very happy to see the number of people that came despite the weather," said Moyer. "This is what the event space is supposed to be."
Moyer said council would like to do a 2015 "concert in the park" series and potentially incorporate food stands and community-created acts in the events.
"I would love to see After Hours come back," said Moyer, adding that the appearance of so many locals was a sign that the band had a local fan base.