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February 1, 2004

DELAWARE WATER GAP A decision made "across the pond" is forcing an historic business out of this little borough, and 15 people out of their jobs. Music Sales Corp., based in England, is shifting the warehouse operation of Shawnee Press to its distribution center in Chester, N.Y. The music publishing company started by famed band leader Fred Waring is moving from the old Castle Inn property in downtown Delaware Water Gap to an office in Jay Park Plaza in Marshalls Creek. The former Waring estate includes 3.74 acres, the main building which contains the Shawnee Press offices the building that housed the inn's restaurant and dance hall, and a storage building. The old inn burned to the ground in 1985.

For more than 30 years starting in 1947, Waring used the Castle Inn to host workshops for musicians and teachers. Those workshops continue to this day, but they are now held around the country and at East Stroudsburg University. The workshops have become a forum for introducing choir directors and teachers to Shawnee Press' new offerings. Shawnee Press grew out of Waring's own musical life. He started it in response to the many requests he got for printed versions of his music.

Posted by acapnews at February 1, 2004 8:55 AM

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