Shows add to Jazz Fest experience

October 20, 2013
Dan Marakowski enjoys himself while playing the accordion for the Fralinger String Band at the Village of Five Points Oct. 19. BY NICK ROTH

A day of family fun at the Village at Five Points was just one of many peripheral events of the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival weekend in the Cape Region

A light rain did not stop mummers from the Woodland and Fralinger string bands from playing to a large crowd. The event also featured a variety of food vendors and musical performances throughout the day.

The two string bands competed against one another, and when all was said and done, Fralinger came out victorious. Between songs, Fralinger's Chris Lawler tried to win over the crowd by saying the Woodland band was full of Dallas Cowboys fans. During Woodland's performance, Tom Loomis countered by saying Fralinger was playing for the Cowboys Sunday morning then the Giants next weekend.

Fralinger and Woodland each have storied histories in Philadelphia. Fralinger was formed in December 1918 in South Philly. The group has traveled throughout the country and world since. Fralinger won eight consecutive first prizes at the Mummers Day Parade in Philadelphia from 2003-2010.

Woodland was established in February 1926 in southwest Philly. It has performed in the Mummers Day Parade every year since 1927. It won top prize in the 2012 parade and finished third in 2013.