Thursday, August 06, 2015

Rubino at The Rail Road

A short burst of rain touched the area on Monday August 3rd just prior to the beginning of The Eastburg Community Alliance weekly Music on Mondays event which caused many to wonder if the concert would be held on its out doors stage. Yet, the nearly cloudless skies outside The Historic Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg, PA shared a reassurance that the musical talents many have come to experience would be welcomed by the meteorological forces for the remainder of the evening. I arrived early enough to chat with the small number of vendors who populated the grounds adjacent to the depot which included The Spruce Ridge Farm who were new to the venue and The Baarda Farms who shared samples of their delectable fruits with those who were fortunate enough to visit their stand.

As the stage was being prepared, an air of anticipation enveloped the modestly sized gathering. The excitement was quelled as 14 year old Katie Rubino stepped upon the stage with her guitar which she named, “Tucker.” No sooner had she sat upon her chair did she belt out a song that resonated throughout the crowd igniting their eagerness to hear more. And, more they did hear as a mingling of original and established tunes created by other artists poured from her voice and doused the audience with their universal essences. Stories were added as introductions to the original songs which enhanced their already outstanding qualities.

After some time, Ms. Rubino's father arrived with a guitar strap and her mother helped affix it to her instrument. Her ability to stand while singing added a new dimension to her musical interpretations enabling the animated aspects of the songs to become even more apparent. The mood of the gathering was elevated by the new energies Ms. Rubino employed as the sun shown brighter and the clouds that lingered dissipated further with every note she sang. A break in the performance provided an opportunity for Ms. Sonya Kressler Cole of the Eastburg Community Alliance to share her appreciation to Ms. Rubino for enchanting the day through her magnificent performance. This sentiment was echoed throughout the gathering. She then shared information about the concert series and the Eastburg Community Alliance along with coupons offering discounts at various local businesses.

When Ms. Cole concluded her sharings, Katie resumed her performance to the delight of those she had touched with her talent throughout the concert. The conclusion of her performance was met with a loving response that was expressed by an enthusiastic applause. She spent the remainder of the evening appreciatively chatting with those who came to hear her play. You'll find more photographs taken during the event in The Rubino at The Rail Road Gallery at

According to her biography, Katie Rubino has realized at an early age that music connects with everyone and she likes to think her music has the same abilities. Her original songs are mostly driven by the intense, extensive, confusing mess embodied in a 14 year old girl's life which often involves 14 year old boys. Ms. Rubino's musical influences range from Taylor Swift to Etta James. You can learn more about Katie Rubino and her music by exploring her Facebook Page at or her Website at

The Eastburg Community Alliance was established over 30 years ago by local leaders and business owners and is funded through a combination of local grants, direct fund raising, memberships, and local contributions. The next Music on Mondays concert will feature The Lost Ramblers and will take place on Monday August 10th. The Farmers' Market and other merchants will have their wares available to be purchased beginning at 5:30pm while the music is scheduled to begin at 7pm. In addition to their Music on Monday Series, The Eastburg Community Alliance presents a number of events to delight and entertain the overall community. These include their Fall Octoberfest scheduled to take place on Saturday October 10th and a Winter Holiday Celebration which is scheduled to take place Saturday December 12th at the Historic Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg, PA. You’ll be able to learn more about The Eastburg Community Alliance by visiting their Facebook Page at or their Website at

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

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