ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP — The towns of Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township come together weekly during the summer for a free concert series at Park Lake.

Run by the Gazebo Committee of the Rockaways, the concerts typically draw a crowd, according to committee member Betty Hoffman. 

Concerts feature acts with a variety of styles, but oldies tend to dominate. Performers Jersey Sound and the Cameos filled their recent two-hour sets with a variety of rock, R&B and pop songs that would fit right in on an oldies station. 

“Our people like oldies but we try for diversification,” said Hoffman. Hoffman runs the summer series with Lili Sweet and Rita Wojciechowicz.

According to Hoffman, two of the organizers live in Rockaway Borough and one lives in Rockaway Township. Both towns contribute money, she said.

“We are happy that each town donates to us,” Hoffman said. “We take the ball and run with it and run a tight budget.”

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Hoffman has been involved with the series for 28 of its 30 years. She said that it’s typical for about 200 people to show up each week, even without the help of social media to advertise events.  

Next up is the 18-piece orchestra Reeds Rhythm and All That Jazz on Sunday, followed by country music band Due South on Aug. 6.  

“We play great new country songs and Southern rock with a focus on vocal harmonies,” said Due South band member Karyn Sochacki. 

Vocal group Desire will perform on Aug. 13. According to its website, Desire specializes in music from the 1950s and 1960s. 

Five bands in August will finish out the season. 

Hoffman said…