It feels like a good weekend to have a Jamboree


We are in that little “lull” time of our calendar.

An early Easter has left a little gap before the craziness of summer hits, and even in a year where the holiday does fall a little later, this is still a period of many people collectively catching their breaths before the mayhem descends. Add in a schizophrenic spring as far as weather goes, and it results in a bit of a slow time.

What we need is a good-old-fashioned jamboree.

And a good-old-fashioned jamboree is exactly what we will get this weekend. The Annual Springtime Jamboree will celebrate its 34th year this weekend, April 8 and 9, and will take place at Indian River High School. This year’s beneficiary? The Millsboro Little League, which is symbolic in that state Sen. Gerald Hocker first started this event to raise money for improvements to the Little League field in Roxana.

For those of you unaware of the Jamboree, Hocker and his family and friends put together a show every year, with an emphasis on country, Western and gospel music, with a healthy dose of humor sprinkled throughout. Former Millville Mayor Gerry Hocker, the son of the state senator, often performs on his steel guitar and sings duets with his sister, professional country singer Beth Ann Cahall. While it is a blast for the family to perform together, the focus of the Jamboree is to raise funds for local organizations, and to better the community as a whole.

“We’ve always said what keeps us in business is the loyal support that we have from the community,” explained Gerry Hocker. “We absolutely love the community that we live in; we absolutely love the community that we have our businesses in. ... We just feel like we want to do our part. Every nonprofit group that comes into our stores asking for donations or help, we strive to always do that.”