Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods

Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods will perform a free concert at Kutztown Park on Saturday, June 15.

The Shoemakersville Fire Company Auxiliary will be holding a fundraising event in November. Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods will be returning to entertain Nov. 17.

Funds raised from the event will go toward the purchase of gear and equipment for Shoemakersville firefighters and the community, as well as benefit one of their firefighters.

“The purpose of the event is to purchase needed items for the firefighters in protecting the Borough of Shoemakersville and Perry Township residents and their property. We will also be helping one of our active firefighters who has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease,” said committee chairman Susie Lutz. “We hope this event will show the camaraderie of the firefighters and Auxiliary working closely together for one common goal to enrich the lives of the firefighters and make their work easier with new equipment.”

Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods, a 50s and 60s Rock-n-Roll party band, will perform a variety of music from the years of 1955 to 1968 at Shoemakersville Fire Company Banquet Hall, 300 Church Ave., Shoemakersville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Music will be performed from 8 to 11 p.m.

“Flamin’ Dick is well known in this area playing Rock-n-Roll, 50s and 60s era up to the present,” said Lutz.

The band consists of Dick “Flamin’ Dick” Weatherholtz of Robesonia on lead vocals and guitar, Keith “Spike” Rentschler of Robesonia on guitar and vocals, Glenn Paul “G.P.” Balthaser of Lebanon on bass guitar and vocals, John “Squeek” Zaneski of Pottstown on sax, keyboards and vocals, Jack “Flash” Keller of Reading on drums and vocals, and Lee Auchenbach of Robesonia on vocals.

The Auxiliary and firefighters will be serving food, including homemade chicken noodle soup, vegetable soup, hot dogs, roast beef sandwiches, French fries and hamburgers. Homemade cakes and pies will be available for purchase.

The committee consists of John Lesher, David Rubright, Woodrow Lutz, Julie Hoffert, Sandra Masters, Lucille Gough, Debra Phillips, Barbara Keim, Tiffany Gruber, Ruth Hill, and Susan Lutz.

Must be age 21 or older to attend. No bottles may be brought into the facility that night. The bar will be open to accommodate anyone with a purchase of an alcoholic beverage.

Purchase tickets in advance at Shoemakersville Fire Company, calling 610-562-3998, or call Ruth Hill at 610-926-6800 or call David Rubright at 484-645-0117.

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Lisa Mitchell is an editor for Berks-Mont Newspapers, covering news and events in the Northeast Berks County area.

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