Davy Jones statue still a work in progress in Pennsylvania town
BEAVERTOWN – The four daughters of Davy Jones are to unveil a statue of the late Monkees singer Saturday afternoon, but what the public will see is not close to the finished product.
It will be a work-in-progress clay model, explained Charles J. LaMark, the Altoona sculptor who is doing the life-size statue for free.
“I’m doing it because I love Davy,” he said.
His goal is to have a bronze statue on display a year from now in a former church Jones planned to turn into a museum before his Feb. 29, 2012, death from a heart attack in Florida. He was 66.
LaMark estimates it will cost upwards of $21,000 to complete the bronze statue project and fundraising has yet to start.
Although he has a bank account in which to deposit donations, he said he purposely held off fundraising until after Saturday’s unveiling so he has the opportunity to explain the process to avoid any misunderstanding.
LaMark plans to take the clay replica back to Altoona after it is unveiled about 3:30 p.m. and continue working on it so it is ready when money is available to have it bronzed.
Beavertown, a Snyder County borough of about 1,000, is honoring Jones because he spent much of his last 20 years of his life there raising horses and mingling with residents.
His four daughters, Talia, Sarah, Jessica and Anabel, not only will unveil the clay model of their father but will enter as the Davy’s Dangerous Daughters team in a bed race scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Beaver Springs Dragway.
The image of Jones riding on a bed with the Monkees during the opening montage of the television show sparked the idea for a bed race according to Middlecreek Area Community Center, the event sponsor.
Mayor Cloyd O. Wagner anticipates a fun-filled afternoon beginning at noon at the firemen’s carnival grounds with a concert by at least a half-dozen musical groups.
None of the other members of the Monkees has indicated plans to attend, but the original Monkees mobile will be on display, the mayor said.