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St. Patrick’s Parade festivities continue at free Scranton Cultural Center party on March 11

St. Patrick’s Parade festivities continue at free Scranton Cultural Center party on March 11
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From a press release:

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple is once again the place to be after this year’s St. Patrick’s Parade. The SCC’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade Day Party will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 11.

Celtic music will be provided by the Old Friends Band from Binghamton, New York, and several parade performers will continue their acts at the SCC for all party-goers to enjoy, from bagpipers to step dancers and more.

Admission is free to the public as the Scranton Cultural Center’s gift to the community. A cash bar and light fare will be available for purchase.

The Old Friends Band offers an acoustic folk/rock foundation with many elements of Celtic and Irish music, country, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll. Jim Hull and Tom Dimock joined former bandmate Tim Emmons and the three share lead vocals, a la Crosby, Stills and Nash. Hull handles rhythm guitar and many of the demanding vocal impersonations. Dimock excels on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and banjo. If threatened with a Guinness cut-off, he’ll also pull out the tin whistle. Emmons is a very talented keyboard player, guitar picker, and certified Foosballian.

Over the years, these musicians have built a solid following and reputation in the Greater Binghamton area, packing clubs beyond capacity in clear violation of local fire codes. With the home turf comfortably secured, the band is branching out regionally with festivals, fairs, and other special shows.

So, if there’s something missing in your life, and you’re feeling down and blue, maybe it’s time you spent an evening with Old Friends.

The 2017 St. Patrick’s Parade Day Party is presented by Toyota of Scranton and sponsored by Gerrity’s Supermarkets, ERA One Source Realty, Judge Julia Munley, The Society of Irish Women, LT Verrastro, and Giant Floor.