Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Feeling All Right at The Gazebo

A large gathering of music lovers assembled upon the lawn of The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain in Delaware Water Gap, PA on Sunday August 9th. Their mood was a relaxed one filled with the congenial countenance the church's Summer Gazebo Concert Series is known to inspire. Yet, there was a hint of anticipatory excitement in the air as the company awaited for the music that would be played by The Erin McClelland Band that day. This gentle waiting grew until its crescendo peeked by the appearance of Jim Dellaria who took his place upon the stage to welcome the gathering and to introduce the band.

The Erin McClelland Band consists of Erin McClelland on Guitar, and vocals, Tony Marino on Bass, Ed Hudack on percussion, and Daniel Gonzalez on Drums. They began the afternoon by introducing a series of randomly place notes to the listeners' ears that led each person on a musical journey to the realms which are deeply embedded in the nether regions of the human psyche. The musical interludes they employed in this and other songs that followed allowed the imagination of the audience to collectively explore every aspect each instrumental and lyrical adventure offered until they felt all right.

The Erin McClelland Band is best known for its ability to offer songs established by other artists in a new and refreshing way. However, the band has also created a number of original compositions that match and surpasses the qualities of the other songs they perform. You can learn more about The Erin McClelland Band by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/emcclellandband?fref=ts.

The Summer Gazebo Concert Series at The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain began in 1990 and is presented every Sunday evening throughout the Summer months until the end of August in order to support the local musicians and provide a venue where all ages could learn to appreciate Jazz and acoustic music. In reflection of Delaware Water Gap, PA being considered a Mecca for the Jazz community, the concerts has a great number of Jazz performances in their schedule. However, all musical styles are showcased during the summer which includes Blue Grass and Classical Music. The next installment in The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain Summer Gazebo Concert Series for 2015 is scheduled for Sunday August 23
rd and will present The Marty Wilson Trio. The concert is free to the public and begins at 6pm. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during The Erin McClelland Band concert in the Feeling All Right at The Gazebo Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154123685588761.1073741888.91146283760&type=3.

According to their website, The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain is “… a community of disciples illuminated by God’s love who care for others spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially as we explore new avenues of grace and grow in faith through worship and service.” In an endeavor to manifest the goals of this statement, they hold weekly services every Sunday beginning at 10am and provide a hostel for those hikers who travel along the Appalachian Trail as well as holding a Hikers’ Dinner every Thursday evening throughout the Summer Months to replenish their energies. They also support the Kenyan village of Amilo by providing a school feeding program for 15 orphans, a well, housing, and simple medical care and information to the villagers and the church shares a partnership with the Reformed Church located in Cardenaz, Cuba. In addition to all this, they support the local Fire Company and Women’s Resources Center as well as provide community aid funds for residents who are suffering economic burdens. The size of the congregation is approximately 200 people. Please Explore The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain Facebook Page at
www.facebook.com/pages/Presbyterian-Church-of-the-Mountain/234593743269661 or their Website at www.churchofthemountain.org for more information.

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

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