Reunion 2014 – A big success – Thanks to You

by Jerry Deane on November 17, 2014

The Mod Mill Reunion Sunday November 9th  at The Meadows was so great and there are so many to thank for making it fun and meaningful to everybody.  I thanked as many people as I could in person but there are so many more I couldn’t get a chance to thank and to hug. Here is a partial list of those very special Mod Mill Supporters:

The VIP Host Emcees that have had a huge success in their entertainment career and were very important to the Mill when it was open:  Joe Colarusso, Fred Milander, (Freddie Frederick, Sr.) and Tommy Zito.

The many musicians that gave us their time and talent: (not quite a complete list – sorry) First among them is Rich Kerecz who stepped up and spent a lot of time organizing the Jam Session players and Solo Performers.

The Dooley Invention original rhythm section – Along with Richie it was Dave Wagner, Wayne Achey, and Amedeo Borsetti

Gina Ross and Nan GerHart of I, She & Me – Still sounding great!

The Band Called Clyde – Paul Greig (Liberty), Jim Brekus, Vince Parke, Ron Shirey

Jim Young with his son Marc Young with Tommy Crist, Wayne Maura, Joe Mayernik, Rick Mizur, Danny Frederick

Joe Colarusso with June Thomas, Kevin Lang, Jim Lance, Emmitt Harris and others who jumped in.

A BIG thanks to the great 60’s music show from The Large Flowerheads.  I never heard them better!

To those original Mod Mill Staff members and Membership Committee who came to reminisce – John Barry, Dale Schuman, Dave Moyer, Kim Winzer, Jim Stocklas, Steve and Maryann Hacker

And to those who said they really wanted to be there but could not – Steve Molchany and Kelly Molchany – Steve, battling enormous health problems and Kelly, always there for him.  My thanks for the huge contribution they made to the 2010 Reunion. It was Mike McKenna who spearheaded a very big poster board for everyone to sign as a “Get Well Card” for Steve.  A collection was taken up to help with his medical expenses. Others on this list are Bob Mohr, Pam DiMenichi, Hub Wilson, Dave Fry, Joe Drumheller, Lynette McKeever Clark, Dave Sestak and many more. And to Rick Levy of The Limits who phoned in to speak to us all from his home in Florida.

Others to thank are those that worked behind the scenes and added so much – Marty Bennicoff and his crew from Rock & Roll Farmer Productions – Extra special sound work; Colleen Zajacik with the Large Flowerheads for handling the tickets perfectly;  Russell, Denise and Kim of The Meadows for doing extra for a very reasonable cost.

To Bill Carmody and his staff at TechniCom Audio & Visual for sponsoring the big screen monitors and stage lighting.

To Michael McKenna and Kris Hilliard for all the great photography

A special “thank you” from me to my friend and fellow club owner from the 60’s, Ken Bray.

I promise to spend a lot of time on our web site www.modmill.com adding pictures of this reunion and more original photos of The Mill.  Check in often and please keep in touch with me with your news and memories – send electronic copies of any photos you may have.

Thank you, everybody who joined in our celebration!

It has been an honor to know you.  Until we meet again.

Jerry Deane

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The Large Flowerheads , Lehigh Valley Music Awards winner of ‘Best Entertaining Band” and “Best Cover band” 3 years in a row, will be doing their Groovy ’60s Music Show in the West Ballroom all night long. Plus on the stage in the other large ballroom,  extraordinary talent from the Mod Mill era will be doing short sets and jam sessions that will bring back memories of all the Clubs in the late 60’s.

Three Lehigh Valley Entertainment Celebrities will be Host Emcees,

Joe Colarusso,  Tommy Zito and  Freddie Frederick, Sr. (DJ Frantic Freddie Milander)

Tommy may do some songs with the Large Flowerheads and Freddie may do a lip-synch of one of his hit records. Joe Colarusso has said he will probably also do some music with his long time friend Kevin Lang.   Joe was a HUGE part of the success of The Mill as Co-chairman of the Membership Committee and of course on stage with THE HIGH KEYS and other bands. Joe has had an extensive career as a headline entertainer in New York City, Pocono Resorts and is a monthly attraction with TOWER SUITE at the Bethlehem Sands Casino.

The original members of The Dooley Invention will play again after 45 years with the exception of lead singer Steve Molchany. “It can’t be called a true and total Reunion Performance without Steve. He said he would love to do it but he has health problems to fix first”. He posted on Facebook that he has a ”previous engagement with a neurosurgeon”.

Richie Kerecz, guitar and vocals for the original Dooley Invention will be managing the night’s Jam Sessions and appearing with him will be Amedeo Borsetti (Keyboards), Dave Wagner(Bass) and Wayne Achey (Drums). The Dooley Invention always considered The Mod Mill its home base.

Jim Young, keyboards with The Misfits, Perpetual Care, Unfurnished Apartment, Slim Pickins, etc. confirmed that he will be there and so will his son, Mark Young who now plays with the James Supra Band and other top current groups. Appearing with him will be Skip Romagnoli who played with Jim in many of these original bands.

Jim Young’s father also had a big connection with The Mill. Rag-Time Charlie Young played honky-tonk piano sing-along shows regularly for Eddie Sachs, the famous Indianapolis race car driver, who was the prior owner of the mill, then known as “The Old Mill”.  Later when it was changed to The Mod Mill, Charlie would be featured entertainer at “Old Timer’s Night” held every few months. These were the nights when the “Kids” would invite their parents or older friends to The Mill to show off the spot where they frequented.

Tommy Crist, the amazing vocalist from “Slim Pickins” has said he will be coming to join in as well as Rick Mizur on his bass guitar. Rick got his start in the late 60’s band “The Brimstones” and now plays in “The Chase”

Gina Ross and Nan GerHart said they will be there. They were part of the girl trio “I, She & Me” who performed at The Mod Mill. Gina is now with Big Valley Bluegrass Band and Nan jams regularly with various top Lehigh Valley Musicians.

The “Band Called Clyde” will perform a few songs featuring:

J Paul Liberty (Greig), Vince Parke, Jim Brekus, and Ron Shirey.

Other well known names in area music who will also probably be there are June Thomas on keyboards and vocals, Joe Mayernik on drums and Bill Lance on saxophone. Bill had played with Jay and the Techniques. Wayne Maura, Wayne Smith and Dave Frederick have just let us know that they will be there also.  This evening will certainly be star studded!

Any questions, contact Jerry Deane  484-929-4910

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