HONESDALE -  On Monday, June 12, the Wayne County Creative Arts Council presented their first performance in the park, celebrating 50 years of bringing the arts to Honesdale.

After the salute to the flag and the singing of our National Anthem, directed by Tammy Ebert and the Northeasters Barbershop Chorus, Monique Lautenschlager invited Eloise Fasshauer, Tom, her son, and her two daughters, Mary and Jane, to join her on stage to pay tribute to the late Arthur E. Fasshauer, who founded the Wayne County Creative Arts Council in 1967.

He was the "spark plug" which started the summer series of events in Central Park. His initial purpose in creating these musical park events was "to give young people a chance to perform for the enjoyment of the community." After guiding and directing the Council for 30 years, Art retired from the organization and left it in the capable hands of Mae Figura.

Sadly, Mae passed away in January of this year. After pausing for a moment of silence in Mae's memory, Monique read a poem entitled "The Comfort and Sweetness of Peace," by Helen Steiner Rice. Lautenschlager then invited Mae's four sons, Mark, Tom, Dave and Dan to the stage to present them with a plaque in memory of their mother, for her leadership and dedication to the organization.

Mayor, Melody Robinson was then invited to the stage to present a proclamation in Mae's memory and milestone anniversary on behalf of the Borough. Next, Mark Zimmer, emcee for the evening, presented the Figura sons with another memorial plaque donated by Patti Bursis and Quality Printing and Design.

With Tammy Ebert directing, the Northeasters concluded the evening's performance with some old time Barbershop favorites of Art and Mae, along with a variety of patriotic songs.

Wayne County Creative Arts Council bring 14 free concerts beginning June 15 and running through July on Mondays and Tuesdays.
For their schedule see their brochure or their Facebook page.