Concerts by the Creek wraps for the summer

By on August 20, 2015

The Concerts by the Creek summer music series wrapped its seventh season Tuesday night with a performance by The Underwater Sounds, a Philadelphia five-piece band that blends reggae, jazz and funk sounds.ER20150819_Concerts4

The crowd was a bit thinner than it was for the June 28 and July 23 concerts, but that was okay with Penny Talbert. Talbert, executive director of the Ephrata Public Library, is the engine that keeps the concerts going.

Musical eclecticism is her goal for the series. As The Underwater Sounds were closing their last set, Talbert sat for a brief interview, and said she was happy with the turnout for each of the three summer shows.ER20150819_Concerts3

Concerts by the Creek are funded by seed money from Ephrata borough, business sponsorships and donations collected during each event by members of the library staff. A loose collaboration of volunteers from the library, Ephrata Performing Arts Center, the Eicher Arts Center and the Rec take care of setting up, tearing down, collecting trash and all the other mundane chores that need to be done.

Talbert said she likes the fact that people can gather on a summer evening to connect with each other, the music, the musicians and the community. While not of the scope of Lancaster’s Long’s Park performances, she said Concerts by the Creek have a similar feel and appeal. And they’re free and open to all.ER20150819_Concerts2

Dick Wanner is a staff writer and photographer for The Review. He welcomes reader feedback at


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