Monkee-ing around

BEAVERTOWN – On Saturday, Snyder County residents and many out-of-towners came together at the Beavertown Carnival Grounds to honor the 1960s icon Davy Jones and raise money with a series of events held in his honor.

Jones, who is most well known for acting and performing with the musical group “The Monkees,” and for his signature song, “Daydream Believer” spent more than 20 summers living in Beavertown.

Residents of Beavertown gathered to experience one of New York City’s British Invasion and Monkees tribute bands, “The Blue Meanies” perform a set of “Monkees” standards and deep cuts.

Following an afternoon of musical entertainment, a statue was unveiled after an introductory speech was presented by all four of the late singer’s daughters, Talia Elizabeth, Annabel Charlotte, Sarah Lee, and Jessica Lillian Jones.

The sculpture, which features an energetic Jones holding his signature tambourine was crafted by Altoona resident and artist, Chuck LaMark. The sculptor described the current statue as a test piece.

“I was going to have the foundry cast the piece in bronze, but I found out later that I had used a type of clay that was not suitable. I think this prototype at least shows people roughly what the final product will look like,” said LaMark.

LaMark also said the final bronze cast would cost more than $20,000 and that he is looking into another method of crafting the statue to reduce the cost to around $2,000.

Also on display at the event was a Monkeemobile replica, a car that was often featured on the classic television series.

At the conclusion of the unveiling ceremony, many families jumped in their cars and traveled to the Beaver Springs Dragway to witness a bed race that was to raise money for the Middlecreek Area Community Center. The event, which also borrows from the television’s folklore, is slated to become an annual event.

This year’s race featured six home-crafted beds with teams consisting of five members: four to push the bed and one to ride on the mattress. The purpose of the rider was to change the sheets at the halfway mark. Davy Jones’ daughters also entered the contest this year under the name Davy’s Dangerous Daughters. Two of Davy’s daughters live in England and two are residents of California, so it was a unique experience to have all of their schedules align and be present at this year’s festival.

Many smiling faces could be seen throughout the day and classic Jones and Monkees tunes could be heard playing from car speakers and portable CD players all around. It is clear that Jones was deeply respected by his neighbors in addition to his loving and adoring fans who continue to be entertained by his contribution to popular music.