Thursday, July 02, 2015

It was a Lost and Rambling Gazebo

A threat of torrential rains filled the modest gathering who populated the grounds of The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain in Delaware Water Gap, PA on Sunday June 14th as they prepared to enjoy another segment of the Summer Gazebo Concert Series. This threat was somewhat dispelled as The Lost Ramblers tuned their instruments and conducted sound checks which touched the audience with rays of musical sunshine that illuminated the heart with its warmth. It was after a time did the evening’s host, Jim Dellaria, stepped upon the stage in order to share his welcoming words and to officially introduce the eagerly awaited musicians to the crowd.

The rejuvenating sounds of Bluegrass flowed among the assembly touching the smiles that greeted them. The Lost Ramblers consists of Neil Armstrong on Vocals and Guitar, John Updike on Banjo and Vocals, Jim Schaefer on Upright Bass, and Dave Husic on Fiddle. Together, the blending of their talents brought a joy and poignancy to the compositions they performed that transcended the times they were written while simultaneously maintaining the zeitgeist their eras. This was evident by the amount of toe tapping and hand clapping that took place as the rains were held at bay until the final selection for the afternoon was played.

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 July 5
th and will feature Spencer and Nancy Reed. The concert is free to the public and begins at 6pm. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during The Lost Ramblers concert in the It was a Lost and Rambling Gazebo Gallery at

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, 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 or their Website at for more information.

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

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