Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Next to the Last Time We Meet

The Celebration of the Arts (COTA) held a General Meeting on Monday August 24th to continue placing the final preparations for their 38th Annual Jazz and Arts Festival which is scheduled to be held September 11th - 13th throughout the town of Delaware Water Gap, PA. The meeting was held at the town's The Deer Head Inn where the festival founders, Phil Woods, Rick Chamberlain, and Ed Joubert, had a couple of beers and thought it would be nice to perform in the off season when the many venues they and their friends played were closed for the season. The conversation led to a small gathering of musicians who perfromed in front of a number of family and friends. This small show grew into the gigantic jazz festival that entertains thousands of people that is it nearly 40 years later.

It was against this backdrop did a large gathering of festival lovers come together to explore some of the remaining issues and task needing attention before the festival begins. After a while, the meeting came to an adjournment and those who were in attendance bade each other adieu while catching up on what each other had been doing since the last time they met. The final General Meeting of 2015 to plan for The Celebration of the Arts 38th Annual Festival will take place on Tuesday September 8th beginning at 6:30pm at The Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA. All are invited to attend, share their views, and learn how to become a part of the festival. I hope to see you there. In the meantime, you’ll find more photographs taken during the August 24th meeting in The Next to the Last Time We Meet Gallery at

The mission of The Celebration of the Arts (COTA) is to present and to support the art of jazz in all its forms and historical breadth through youth education, performing arts presentations, scholarship opportunities, and community outreach throughout the Pocono area. Please Explore The Celebration of the Arts Facebook Page at, their Website at, or by calling 570-424-2210 to learn how you can become a volunteer and to learn for more information all about COTA has to offer.

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

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