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The Crackers host night of Americana, country, roots, and bluegrass to benefit Toys for Tots

The Crackers host night of Americana, country, roots, and bluegrass to benefit Toys for Tots
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From a press release:

The Crackers, Wayne County’s own Americana roots band, will host the second annual “Christmas with The Crackers” benefit concert, which will help support Toys for Tots of Wayne and Pike Counties.

The show will be held at The Cooperage (1030 Main St., Honesdale) on Friday, Nov. 21 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. and will also feature performances by country duo The Stantons, eclectic accordionist Doug Rogers and his band the Hoy Polloy, and rising bluegrass stars the Coal Town Rounders. Price for admission will be $10 or one new unwrapped toy (worth $10 or more) per person over 16.

Last year’s effort garnered 300 toys and more than $1,000 in donations. Crackers bassist Ron Huber, who initiated last year’s event after his nephew Kyle graduated from Marine Boot Camp, couldn’t be more pleased with the response.

“Community support was amazing last year, and so far this year is going even better,” he says. “Most businesses in town don’t even ask questions. They hear ‘Toys for Tots benefit’ and they want in.”

Ron says that he and the rest of the band are “very thankful to everyone who helps make our event so successful for the kids of our area.”

There will again be raffle baskets supplied by local businesses, and cookies and coffee will be available for sale.

The Crackers keep American musical traditions alive, performing Appalachian fiddle tunes, coal miners’ laments, old-time blues, and modern folk songs. The Stantons are a husband-and-wife duet who perform country and gospel classics with a simple elegance and heartwarming vocal harmonies. Doug Rogers and the Hoy Polloy have a unique sound and zany stage presence. The Coal Town Rounders, who perform grouped tightly around a single microphone, feature a raw and energetic style that satisfies both bluegrass purists and curious passers-by and never fails to leave audiences wanting more.

For more info or to help sponsor the event with a donation, contact The Crackers via e-mail at or call 570-642-1410.