Last year, pouring rain swept Arts on the Square away, forcing Scranton’s largest arts festival to close down before it ever really got started. The fifth annual event on Saturday, July 29, however, was quite the opposite, bringing thousands downtown to enjoy over 100 vendors, live art demonstrations, a variety of food, family activities, and free live music on a beautiful sunny day.
With local businesses selling everything from original artwork to handmade furniture to jewelry to homemade popcorn to people made of wire, Courthouse Square was already hopping, but bands like Grupo Zona, Rogue Chimp, MiZ, Starbird, and Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense made the bustling festival even more fun as they performed on a gigantic stage that took over North Washington Avenue, with the William J. Nealon Federal Building and United States Courthouse as a unique backdrop.
NEPA Scene photographer Jason Riedmiller shot all the local musicians throughout the day…
…while fellow photog Tammy Heid-Malloy focused on the rest of the festival and Start Making Sense, who came from Bethlehem and attracted a large crowd of dancers of all ages throughout their energetic sing-along set of hit songs by the legendary new wave group.
See NEPA Scene’s photos from last year’s Arts on the Square here.
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, practicing poet, adequate photographer, and podcast co-host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.