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Sounds of music benefit U.S. armed forces

Sixth annual MayDay Music Festival helps U.S. troops and their families.

May 25. 2013 11:10PM

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WILKES-BARRE — The 6th annual MayDay Music Festival rocked Kirby Park on Saturday despite the below average temperature, and at times, heavy winds.

The annual Memorial Day weekend event, free of charge, benefits the men and women of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, as well as their families.

The five stages — the Live Stage, Hip Hop Stage, Dub Step Stage, House EDM Stage, and the Drum and Bass Stage — featured musical acts from around Northeastern Pennsylvania. Sector One Entertainment organized the musical performances.

This year, a new staging area, the Community Arts and Open Mic Pavilion, is being displayed. This stage features local theater and dance groups and an open mic for amateur musicians and comedians to perform.

The children enjoyed the day with pony rides, a bounce house, scavenger hunt, games, yoga for kids, and a hula hoop contest.

Pam and Mike Castellani of Sweet Valley, were first-time participants with the event. They came to advertise their craft business, “The Country Frog,” of Hunlock Creek, which consists of a variety of retail and homemade artwork such as wheat weaving, straw craft, candles, wreaths and other original handcrafted items and gifts. Pam Castellani, who is originally from Kingston, said she enjoys returning to her home town and that she has many wonderful memories of the area. Castellani added that she and Mike “do a lot of shows and decided to try this one out.”

Thomas Luddy Sr. drove from Mahanoy City to attend the function. Luddy stated, “I came to watch live music and enjoy a nice day out…the band Subtonics was pretty good and I enjoyed listening to them.”

Sandy Sutton, who just moved back to the area from Florida, came to the park with her friend of 47 years, Pat Slempa, of Pittston. They came to watch Slempa’s daughter, Tracie, sing the national anthem at the beginning of the day’s events. Tracie has served with the Army and the National Guard for the past 7 ½ years, according to her mother, who has attended for the past 2 years.

Sutton added that she is enjoying the event, and that it is “cold but great…and they have good potato pancakes.”

Art Young of Hazleton was asked to represent his company, “Bath Fitters,” for the second straight year. Young said that he “enjoys the event and would have enjoyed it more if the weather was nicer, like last year.”

Today’s entertainment will include 38 live bands on the five stages, the Community Arts and the Open Mic Pavilion featuring Riot Hooping and Aerial Dance. These performances, as well as admission to the event, are free to the public. The children’s entertainment area, along with food and craft vendors, will also be available from noon to dusk.

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