Dingman Park's Family Entertainment Night


People flocked to the Dingman Township Recreational Park last Saturday evening for some good old family fun.  It was hard to tell what the bigger attraction was; the free outdoors concert, the story telling of David Neilsen, or the large bonfire that provided the ambiance.

The festivities were led by Mason Jar Rebellion. The four member folk/acoustic rock band had the audience clapping their hands and tapping their feet playing covers of classics by Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more.

As darkness approached and Mason Jar Rebellion completed their sets, the crowd gathered together around the bonfire to hear from David Nielsen, a story teller with the kind of tales you’d expect from someone who lives near Sleepy Hollow, New York.

From the beginning, David had the audience in the palm of his hands.  His renditions of family-friendly ghost stories were made even more eerie by the flickering light of the bonfire.  A master performer, David’s characters were further brought to life through a seemingly limitless number of voices and sound effects reminiscent of an old time radio show.

The aroma of tacos, sausage and peppers and home baked cookies wafting from the concession stand run by the Eastern Pike Soccer Club provided an almost irresistible temptation and lured some temporarily away from the entertainment.  But once their hunger was sated, they quickly came back as not to miss any more than necessary.

Twitter went ablaze as appreciative concert goers declared the Mason Jar Rebellion to be “awesome” and expressed the hope that Dingman Township would sponsor more free concerts in the Park.  Many youngsters and their parents went out of their way to express their gratitude to the Recreation Commission for providing a night of free wholesome family entertainment.

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Mason Jar Rebellion  David Nielsen

Mason Jar Rebellion                                                                        David Nielsen performing before the bonfire