(Honesdale, June 5th, 2017)… For the third consecutive year, sign language interpreter Kim Hodder will be on stage at Honesdale’s Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival. Kim will interpret the beginning and the close of the 12th annual festival on June 17th. The free family event will officially open in Honesdale’s Central Park around 1:30 pm with a welcome from PA State Representative John Fritz and the singing of the National Anthem. Then, the first act, The Bruce Katz Band will kick off an afternoon and evening of entertainment.
Hodder, Physical Therapist Assistant, is employed by Wayne Memorial Rehabilitation Services. She trained for one year in an Interpreter for the Deaf program at Lackawanna College and really looks forward to helping the hearing impaired enjoy Roots & Rhythm. “It’s a pleasure,” she says, “and everyone is so nice!”
After the opening, Hodder will return later in the afternoon, after Thomas Wynn & The Believers and No Good Sister to help announce the winners of the Roots Raffle and interpret some of the songs by the headliner, Larkin Poe.
While the main schedule is focused on Central Park, the Roots event has grown to encompass much more: a morning of local bands playing downtown on Main Street, tethered hot-air balloon rides offered by Re/Max Wayne and this year, a free movie night at Black & Brass Coffee Roasting Company the night before. Black & Brass, 520 Main Street, and Canaltown are also sponsoring an evening of music the day of the festival, on the opposite end of Main Street from the Roots’ Late Night Ramble at the Cooperage, 1030 Main Street, with the Bruce Katz Band.
Roots & Rhythm is a non-profit music and arts festival produced by volunteers and supported by donations, sponsors, grants and the sale of raffle tickets and Roots merchandise. It includes artist’s wares on display and for sale, food vendors and Tunes & Tales for the whole family.
For more information about the festival, visit www.honesdalerootsandrhythm.com or visit the festival on Facebook.