What could be better than enjoying a pleasant summer evening in the park while listening to some great music with two or three hundred of your friends and neighbors? Twice a week throughout the summertime, that’s the scene in Honesdale’s Central Park (weather permitting), when the “Summer Festival of Park Events” is brought to you through the work of the Wayne County Creative Arts Council.

The series, and the organization, had humble beginnings. In 1967, the Honesdale Chamber of Commerce presented a one-week-long Music Festival under the direction of a committee led by Arthur Fasshauer, owner of Main Street clothing store “Art’s For Him.” Performances were held in the parking lot of what was then the Stourbridge Elementary School (now the Park Street Complex) on Park Street. Audiences sat on planks supported by cinder blocks. All performers donated their time, and contributions collected during the festivities were donated to Wayne Memorial Hospital.

In later years, along with a growing number of musical performances, the WCCAC also produced plays at the Honesdale High School, including The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music, The Odd Couple, and The King and I.

In 1973 the WCCAC was formally incorporated as a non-profit corporation, with Art Fasshauer as President. The performance venue moved to Central Park in 1977 when the Wayne Choralaires performed on the steps of the Wayne County Court House. In 1979 the first temporary stage for performances was placed near the Civil War Monument in Central Park. A flatbed trailer was later donated to the group, wired for electricity and finished off with portable backdrops donated by Honesdale High School. The WCCAC festivities celebrated Honesdale Borough’s 150th birthday in 1981.

After many successful years as director and president, Art Fasshauer retired from the organization in 1997, turning the reins over to Mae Figura, Kandy Smith and Dawn Carmody. Mae Figura has continued as the Project Manager to the present date, supported by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Starting in 2000, WCCAC has also provided games and entertainment for the annual Independence Day celebration, in conjunction with the Business Men’s Association (later the Greater Honesdale Partnership).

In 2012, we replaced the old flatbed stage with a new, semi-enclosed structure, built with labor donated from Honesdale Borough. This stage was formally christened the “Art Fasshauer Stage” at the start of the 2015 season, in honor of the man who started it all.

Through the years WCCAC has featured some perennial favorites, such as the Old Time Fiddlers, Wayne Choralaires, and Northeasters Barbershop Chorus, along with a variety of dance groups, choirs, twirlers, gymnasts, and bands from local high schools. Now our seasons feature many kinds of music, from big band to folk, traditional Irish to polka, Appalachian fiddle music to good ol’ rock’n’roll. Performances now start in June and continue every Monday and Thursday evening until the end of July – just in time for the Wayne County Fair!

We would like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance and support we have received from Honesdale Borough and its employees, the Wayne County Commissioners, the Greater Honesdale Partnership, and our many donors, as well our audiences, our performers past and present, our local news media, and all the volunteers behind the scenes who make the Summer Festival of Park Events possible.


President: Allen Waiter

VP: Skip Mendler

Secretary: Mike O’Day

Treasurer: Mitzi Kielar

Project Manager: Mae Figura

Auditor: Vannie B. Williams

Food Stand: Monique & Paul Lautenschlager

Sound & Lights: Dave Figura


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