Shoprite of Brooklawn 2016 Festival

By Sean McCall

     Saturday, May 14, 2016, ShopRite of Brooklawn held their own little festival right outside their store in their parking lot.  The festivities started at 10 am and went until about 6 pm.  The ShopRite of Brooklawn Spring Festival offered plenty of food, games, prizes, tattoos, face painting, and all around fun.  There were a number of sponsors and other businesses that attended offering baked goods, free samples, different kinds of food, etc.  They also had a number of raffles, a number of firetrucks, and even a free photobooth.

Photo courtesy of Shoprite of Brooklawn Spring Festival Facebook page

Photo courtesy of Shoprite of Brooklawn Spring Festival Facebook page

    Pictured above was the pre-show soundcheck before the Spring Festival started.  Live entertainment featured The Cheaters, Timmy Marty Mooney (South Jersey), and John Ellison, who was known for writing the song “Some Kind of Wonderful” back in the day!


Timmy Marty Mooney - "Quick Rip" 

Published on Mar 26, 2016
Two crazy kids, a bunch of loons, and Batman, what can go wrong? All they wanna do is dance. Quick Rip, the new hit single by Timmy Marty Mooney!

Timmy Marty Mooney - "Misty" 

John Ellison - "Some Kind of Wonderful" 

#91 in 1967 Atlantic Records. R&B group from Rochester, New York: John Ellison, Lester Peleman, Von Elle Benjamin, Joe Johnson, and brothers Charles & Harry Armstrong. Lyrics and lead vocal by John Ellison, born in West Virginia. "She's Some Kind of Wonderful" been utilized by countless other artists for a variety of different songs, and the song has also earned the Soul Brothers Six a spot in music history, i.e., more than 50 different artists have recorded "She's Some Kind of Wonderful," making it one of the most recorded songs in the history of music.

One of shoprite’s sponsors, Dunkin Donuts, offering festival attendees their choice of a free donut or free bag of munchkins.  Photo courtesy of Shoprite of Brooklawn Spring Festival Facebook page.

One of shoprite’s sponsors, Dunkin Donuts, offering festival attendees their choice of a free donut or free bag of munchkins.  Photo courtesy of Shoprite of Brooklawn Spring Festival Facebook page.

A young festival attendee determining whether or not he wants to become a firefighter when he grows up.  Photo courtesy of Shoprite of Brooklawn Spring Festival Facebook page.

A young festival attendee determining whether or not he wants to become a firefighter when he grows up.  Photo courtesy of Shoprite of Brooklawn Spring Festival Facebook page.

The Cheaters performing their sound check song.  Photo courtesy of Sean McCall.

The Cheaters performing their sound check song.  Photo courtesy of Sean McCall.

     Shoprite plans to have a spring and fall festival annually, so be sure to be on the lookout once fall comes around!

About the Writer

Sean McCall is a Music Business Technology Major studying at Rowan University with a Minor in Theatre.  He has been attending shows and events since he was in middle school and has had his own band he’s been involved in for about 7 years called Breaking Tradition.  He has been actively involved in the music scene since he was young and holds an overall passion for all types of music.  He has an ear for music and tries to pick up as many instruments as he can.  Sean has sung in multiple competitive honor choirs throughout the country, ranging from All-State Honor Choir to as far as All-National Honor Choir, and plans to take off in the Music Industry in as many ways possible.  Sean also recently helped book a show in Glassboro with his friends, Alex LaVallee and Alex Bradley, and plans to book many more independent shows in the near future.  With a passion for music, bands, and the overall scene, he is adding music journalism to his resumé to contribute even further into this talented area we call home.