J.D. Verazin looks out on Patriot Park in Nanticoke at this time each year and loves what he sees.
"Everyone's just hanging out, enjoying music, food and each other's company," he said. "It's a great time to be a part of this community."
Verazin is a committee member of the Nanticoke Music Festival, which will take place tonight and tomorrow. This year marks the 14th for the festival, a highly anticipated tradition.
From music of the '70s to today's hits, country beats and fresh talent, the music festival has it all.
Verazin is part of Tyme Band, a classic-rock cover band that will play the festival on Saturday night. He is on vocals, Tom Cipriani is on bass guitar and backup vocals, Rick Wells plays lead guitar and backup vocals, and Steve Cipriani is the drummer.
The guys formed Tyme Band in the 1970s and have played consistently up until 1996 before taking a break. They've met up here and there during the past couple of years, then finally decided to come back in full swing in the fall of 2010.
The band is looking at its latest batch of shows as the "It's About Tyme World Tour."
"We have T-shirts made up," Verazin said. "It's just like any T-shirt you'd find at a big concert, with all the venue names and dates on them. Instead of something like ‘Madison Square Garden,' we have ‘Bentley's in Ashley,' which I think is much, much cooler."
Entertainers for this year also will include Farmer's Daughter, a country band; Johnny Unit and Pop Rox, two high-energy cover bands with set lists that consist of new music of nearly every genre; and the contestants of the Greater Nanticoke Area Educational Center Idol. For the past six years, the Ed Idol contest has been organized for sixth- and seventh-graders. This year 12 finalists were picked from 28 auditions. That number was then whittled to three.
For 2011, Bailey Cunningham took third place, Taylor Brown came in second, and Michaela Buckley was the winner.
The final 12, as well as last year's Ed Idol winner, sing at the festival.
Although the festival is focused mainly on music, Verazin said, there's much more to it.
"It's a way to get the community together and involved," he said. "We want people to enjoy this beautiful park, check out some very talented locals and relax. We've got a lot to offer, and we look forward to keeping the tradition alive."
What: Nanticoke Music Festival
Where: Patriot Park, Broad and Market streets, Nanticoke
When: 5-11 tonight; 4-11 p.m. Saturday
5-8: Farmer's Daughter
8-11: Pop Rox
4-5 p.m.: Ed Center Idol on Tour
5-8 p.m.: Johnny Unit
8-11 p.m.: Tyme Band