The date is set! The new mural celebrating the iconic song and dance, the “Bristol Stomp” will be revealed on April 27th at 5:30, it was announced Wednesday.
Work on the mural at William Penn Bank on Pond Street has been ongoing as Tony Napoli, a longtime teacher in the Pennsbury School District who was raised on Wood Street, works on the mural with Borough native John Ennis, a nationally-known portrait artist, and borough resident AnnieRose Kruzinski, a former student of Napoli’s.
The painting , spanning 24- feet in height and 28-feet in width faces out on to Old Route 13 and the Grundy Building.
Raising the Bar President, Bill Pezza, said, “We were thrilled when William Penn Bank approached us with the idea. Promoting art in outdoor spaces where people can enjoy it every day has been one of our goals. We’re grateful to the bank for advancing and financing the idea, and pleased that we can showcase a team of truly gifted artists.”
“It’s been a difficult year for everyone. The bank wanted to do something to bring a smile to people’s faces while celebrating Bristol’s pop culture heritage. Judging by the initial response, I believe we’ve accomplished that,” Ken Stephon, William Penn Bank’s CEO, said.
Inspired by the “Bristol Stomp,” the 1961 Billboard Top 100 song performed by The Dovells, went gold and has become a symbol of borough pride.
Tuesday’s ceremony will feature comments by the artists, bank and local officials, a DJ, vintage cars of the era, hot dogs and pop corn for the kids, and a Bristol Stomp contest for willing participants. There will be prizes and a possible guest appearance by one of the Dovells who sang the song.
The public art initiative is far from complete, said Pezza, in a social media post saying the next mural will be unveiled in May.
The event will take place at the mural location, Market Street. and Old Rt. 13.