Friday, July 01, 2016

Riccobono at the Depot

Photography by Paparazzi Paul

On a rain filled early evening, The Eastburg Community Alliance presented guitarist Tom Riccobono who performed on Monday June 27th at The Historic Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg, PA during their Music on Mondays Series. The concert was held indoors due to the inclement weather but the meteorological conditions did little to dampen the spirits of the numerous music lovers who filled the venue to near capacity. The availability of an enticing array of Greek Pastries along with the works created by the event's featured artists, Jim Smeltz and Liz, further enhanced the experience of being there.

The evening began as Ms. Sonya Kressler Cole of the Eastburg Community Alliance stood before the gathering to share her appreciative welcome with them and to introduce Mr. Riccobono. It was upon these concluding words did Mr. Riccobono and his guitar jump into action. A wide variety of music stretching a comprehensive gamut of styles and genres captivated the audience. An intermixing of humor and sing along tunes entwined the gathering intrinsically with the set as they eagerly embarked on a wild man's tour de force of joy.

The event concluded with the reappearance of Ms. Cole who thanked Mr. Riccobono for a great show and made some announcements about future events and handed out coupons to be used at local businesses during purchases. It was after this did a number of conversations populate the depot with many expressing the excitement inspired by the show as well as the anticipation of future occasions. The next installment of the Music on Mondays Series is scheduled for Monday July 11th at The Historic Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg, PA with music by Woodrow along with the work of Tonya Little You'll find more photographs taken during the event in the Riccobono at the Depot Gallery at

Tom Riccobono was born in Brooklyn and moved to the Poconos when he was three. He started his musical career while a student at Churchman’s Business College in Easton, PA and began working as a full time entertainer within a year. After 10 years of performing in the Poconos, Mr. Riccobono moved to Hell’s Kitchen in New York City, NY to study voice and acting. He currently performs a one man show in the Tri-State Area. You can learn more about Tom Riccobono by exploring his Facebook Page at or his Website at

The featured artists are Jim Smeltz and his daughter Liz. Jim is a long time impressionistic painter in the area who has also served as an excellent teacher of hundreds of blooming artists. Liz's delectable jewelry are beauties to behold as her many styles fits a variety of tastes. You'll be able to view Jim Smeltz's work at and his daughter's work at

The Eastburg Community Alliance (ECA) 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. 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 the 2016 Freedom Festival scheduled to take place in The Dansbury Park in East Stroudsburg, PA from July 2
nd until the 4th offering music, carnival rides, food, and much more. You’ll be able to learn more about The Eastburg Community Alliance by visiting their Facebook Page at or their Website at

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