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Zoostock XII gets by with a little help from friends

  • The band Story of Another entertains the crowd at the 12th Annual Zoostock concert in Lansford Monday. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
    The band Story of Another entertains the crowd at the 12th Annual Zoostock concert in Lansford Monday. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS
Published September 07. 2010 05:00PM

A Labor Day tradition of fun and festivities geared to aid in the battle against cancer continued Monday in Lansford.

The 12th annual edition of Zoostock was held in all its tie-dyed glory on the grounds of The Sports Zoo, not far from Panther Valley Stadium.

The concert, which is held from 12-8 p.m., is organized by the Zoo Crew each year as a fundraiser to benefit the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society.

A good-sized crowd took advantage of the warmth of the sunny, 80 degree weather to enjoy a day of music, food and family fun. Many brought lawn chairs to get in good position in front of the stage.

"The weather is perfect. We were concerned about rain and cooler temperatures, but we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day," said Ann Marie Calabrese, a member of the Zoo Crew and Zoostock committee, who served as master of ceremonies for the event once again. Sports Zoo owner Jesse Hiles joins Calabrese on the committee, as do Dave and Lisa Hiles.

The first Zoostock, held in 1999, raised around $1,000, but the Labor Day concert has become an annual fixture and has grown considerably since then.

"We usually raise around $12,000 from Zoostock, and our goal is to raise as much money as we can," added Calabrese, noting that the Zoo Crew presented a check for $23,000 from all of its events, among them Zoostock and Putt'n'Brew, to the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit during its annual telethon in April.

This year's musical line-up included Kathy Rimm, Colin Jones, Cody Scott, Brad & Luke and the Jersey Cartwrights, Story of Another, Asking Andy and YMI.

The event also included food and beverage vendors, face painting, temporary tattoos, the sale of silly bands, guitar bubbles and bracelets, children's games and the sale of Zoostock's popular tie-dyed T-shirts. This year's shirt included The Beatles' lyric, also appropriate as a motto for Zoostock's mission: "I Get By with a Little Help From My Friends."

"We've always tried to make this an event the whole family can enjoy," said Calabrese.

Rodney Green, who lives on nearby Ridge Street, carried his 4 month-old daughter Natessa around the event.

"I love it," said Green. "I've been coming every year since I moved here three years ago. It's a good event. It's a shame there aren't more things like this around the area."

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