MINGO JUNCTION - Mingo's Community Days in August will be one for the local history books, given Hoodstock 2014 will feature the first-time reunion of Wild Cherry and Mingo son Rob Parissi in 30 plus years.
But there will be plenty of fun during the two days leading up to the concert at the Mingo Knights of Columbus Hall on Aug. 10 when Wild Cherry and a number of other local groups take to the stage from 5 p.m. to midnight. (See related story on Page 1E.)
Mingo's Community Days will be held in the village's downtown area on Aug. 8 with festivities under way from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and then on Aug. 9 with entertainment running from 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., according to Jim Freiling, vice president of the Mingo Business Association, which is hosting the event for the sixth consecutive year.
The Aug. 8 lineup at 6 p.m. will feature Mingo's own Rose Angelica straight from Nashville to perform her hit songs "The Wish" and "Girls Just Want to Drink Beer" followed by AllEndsWell and then local favorite Vanilla Sounded Chocolate closing the evening.
Vanilla Sounded Chocolate is a psychedelic rock band that consists of five members from the Ohio Valley, including Ty Carney, lead guitar; Anita Cunningham, lead vocals; Mike DiCarlo, rhythm guitar; Devin Delatore, bass; and Matt Fitzgerald, percussion. Together the five invoke the sound of the early to late 1970s, according to Freiling. In 2013, Vanilla Sounded Chocolate took first place out of 36 bands in the Pittsburgh Battle of the Bands at the Rex Theater. The band is in the process of recording a full-length album and plays regularly throughout the area.
AllEndsWell, meanwhile, is a homegrown Mingo Junction garage band that plays local venues and loved performing at last year's installment of Mingo Community Days, according to Freiling. They also are a previous winner of the Pittsburgh Battle of the Bands, and with that victory, received studio time at the Lava Lounge in Cleveland. With that, they recorded their first demo, "Keepin' It Classy," and brought back a second consecutive win to the Mingo area right behind Vanilla Sounded Chocolate.
Festivities on Aug. 9 get under way at 12:30 p.m. in the south end of Commercial Avenue with a parade that will feature the Indian Creek Marching Band and contestants for the Princess Aracoma and Little Chief Logan pageant sponsored by the Woman's Club of Mingo Junction, Freiling said.
"All the contestants for Princess Aracoma and Little Chief Logan will receive a certificate from the woman's club, a one-day pool pass compliments of the village of Mingo and two tickets for the pony rides or the train ride, compliments of the MBA," Freiling said.
Eligible contestants are Hills Elementary School pupils in kindergarten through fifth grade. For information, contact Diana Taylor at (740) 282-4195.
"This pageant was a tradition that got lost for a while, but the woman's club re-established it last year, and we're hoping it continues to grow," he said.
A car show is scheduled for 4 p.m. with the popular Hank Vincent and the Stone Street Station taking the stage at 5 p.m. followed by Rich Treglia singing songs made famous by Dean Martin. Then come the Spinning Jenny, whose performing resume includes opening at the Pepsi Roadhouse for American Idol contestant Casey James.
Closing out Saturday's festivities will be Never Wake, a local hard rock/metal band that signed on recently with Melodic Revolution records out of Florida. Their most recent release, "Sleep Walker," is a 13-song semi-conceptual album and a follow-up to "Vitality," their first release in 2011. For information, visit their website at www.neverwakemusic.com.
Other attractions for children will include pony rides, the Spirit of America train ride, face-painting and tattoos, and vendors selling glow sticks along with funnel cakes and shaved ice. There will be a variety of foods to select from, according to Freiling, who said vendors will be offering their specialties, and patrons can enjoy sit-down dinners at the Schutzen Club and Townhouse Bar and Grill, The Hillsboro Grill and Tavern on McLister Avenue and the Mingo Senior Citizens Center.
"Community Days are a tradition in Mingo that have an impact on the community in a variety of ways," Freiling said. "It brings the community together and lifts everyone's spirits; it's a way of promoting the village and our businesses; and it generates revenue for all local businesses, organizations and vendors," he said.
Aside from Freiling, the planning committee includes MBA President Frank Bovina, Secretary/Treasurer Kathy Freiling, Mayor John "Wiz" Fabian, and Bobby Pizzoferrato, Tom Fitzgerald, Jeff Schuetz, Chris Fabian, Diana Taylor, Denzel Lynn, Adam Peeler, David Ferroni, Drew Karras, Rose Angelica and John Balzano.
Freiling said community and family traditions are Mingo's backbone.
"Our event means people and families coming together as a community. The adults enjoy seeing old friends they haven't seen in a while, and the children get to play with classmates they only see at school," he said. "Community Days are truly an event that lifts people's spirits whether you're from Mingo or a neighboring village. Community Days are possibly the biggest days of the year for downtown businesses, and we've been told other businesses have had a spike in their businesses, too. The woman's club, Mingo Lions Club, Senior Citizens Center and the revitalization committee all participate and use Community Days as their fundraiser," Freiling said.
The business association is thankful to all who help make the event happen, including the sponsors and the musicians donating their time and talent.
"Without all their help, Community Days would be lost," he said.
As for Hoodstock, "it is the icing on the cake for Community Days. It's going to be special," Freiling predicted. "This will be the first event of this kind at the Knights of Columbus. Food vendors will be set up outside. You will be allowed to go purchase your food and bring it back inside if they choose. We wanted to do everything possible to insure people would feel they were at something special," he said of the Aug. 10 concert.
"I'd like to thank Rob Parissi and Fran Carinci for bringing Hoodstock to the Community Days," Freiling said. "It's going to make for an amazing weekend that everyone can be proud of."
Presenting sponsors of Mingo Community Days are WTOV-TV 9 and Apollo Cleaning while gold sponsors include Francesca Carinci and Fraley & Schillings Trucking.