Folk music tradition
Free concert set for Sunday at Sweet Arrow Lake
Astate park conservation group invites the public to come enjoy a post- holiday hootenanny this weekend in southern Schuylkill County.
Vinegar Creek Constituency, a Lancaster- based bluegrass/ folk band, will be playing at 2 p. m. Sunday at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse, 108 Clubhouse Road, Pine Grove, as part of Sweet Arrow Arts in the Park program. The performance is free and open to the public, according to Denise Donmoyer, president of the nonprofit Sweet Arrow Lake Conservation Association, which organizes arts in the park. The program is made possible through an arts grant from the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation, she said.
Vinegar Creek, which just returned from a tour in Europe, “channels the venerable old ghosts of American bluegrass and folk music tradition through imaginative, emotive original songs delivered with rock ’ n’ roll intensity,” according to the band’s website.
“They are very energetic entertainers and they do good, traditional bluegrass melodies. … Some foot- stomping is going to be going on,” Donmoyer said excitedly of the five- piece band. “We’ve had a great arts program this past year and Vinegar Creek will probably be the culmination of this year’s round of entertainment.”
And quite a fitting culmination it’s set to be, Donmoyer said, considering the 2018 acts Vinegar Creek is following, which were unique in their own right.
“We try to bring performing arts here that people might not otherwise get to see in the county. The grant funding helps us to do that. But we do go out and scout our groups, so to speak, and try only to bring in the very best for the people. Because of the help with the funding, we’re usually able to offer these programs free to the public. We like to do that since we are a county park. We try to bring in different genres of music and different cultural things” such as Kaska Ukrainian Dancers and Irish dancing groups, Donmoyer said.
In keeping the performances free and the acts greatly varying, Donmoyer hopes the arts in the park program will draw visitors to the park who may not otherwise get to enjoy its serenity.
“Our purpose is to protect and preserve the lake, but also to make it a place for people to come and enjoy, because historically, that’s what it’s always been,” Donmoyer said, adding that she and the conservation group are grateful for the grant from SACF that helps them fulfill that purpose.
“I think we are so fortunate to have the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation here,” she said. “They do a lot of good, and they have certainly helped us out quite a bit to pull off” these performances.
The next Sweet Arrow Arts in the Park event has yet to be announced as the group is awaiting the next round of grants, Donmoyer said, but the Groundhog Day celebration will be held again at the lake in February with musician Matthew Dodd performing.
Vinegar Creek Constituency will perform a free concert at 2 p. m. Sunday at Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse, Pine Grove, as part of the park’s Arts in the Park program.