Tuesday, September 01, 2015

A Blue Gazebo Finale

The mugginess of an August afternoon that followed a brief rain shower filled the lawn of The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain in Delaware Water Gap, PA as it became populated by numerous music lovers on Sunday August 30th. A thoughtfulness permeated the gathering as the recognition that this performance would be the last of the Summer Gazebo Concerts for 2015 filled them. It was during these reflections did Jim Dellaria come upon the stage to welcome the audience and introduce The Tony Dellaria Blues Band.

The Tony Dellaria Blues Band consists of Spencer Reed on Guitar and vocals (who was sitting in for the band's regular member Jeremiah Williams while he was recovering from surgery), Rick Madigan on Bass, Dwight Spencer on Keyboard, and Tony Dellaria on Drums. Together, these talented musicians refreshed the souls of those affected by the climatic conditions as they not only captured the nuance and depth of each piece as it was originally performed by Blues Icons like B. B. King and others but added elements to the compositions of their own design that enhanced them. Their renderings and interpretations created a new essence to the work allowing the audience to rediscover it through a renewed conversation held among its elements. This discourse was a wonderful way to complete the 2015 Summer Gazebo Concert Series.

The Summer Gazebo Concert Series at The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain in Delaware Water Gap, PA began in 1990 and is presented every Sunday evening throughout the Summer months from the beginning of June 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. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during
The Tony Dellaria Blues Band concert in the A Blue Gazebo Finale Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154161644293761.1073741895.91146283760&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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