First Posted: 8/6/2014
THIS WEEK: Aug. 13 to 19, 2014
Classic Movie Series, a screening of “The Palm Beach Story” (1942), the screwball comedy starring Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13. $5. 570-996-1500.
Pioneer Nights Heritage Festival, with live music, food, an authentic Welsh Tea and a Heritage Mass. Downtown Carbondale. 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 through Saturday, Aug. 16; noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. 570-282-2882.
Paper Craft Day, hands-on demonstrations of decorative paper projects. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. 570-992-6161.
Civil War Round Table, a program on the roles women played in the Civil War, both locally and nationally, with Martha Pezzino, assistant professor of history at Luzerne County Community College. Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. $3. 570-675-8936.
Plymouth Kielbasa Festival, the 11th annual street festival with music, entertainment, car show, parade, foot including plenty of kielbasa, craft vendors, contests and more. Main Street, Plymouth. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 and Saturday, Aug. 16. Info at plymouthalive.org.
St. Mary’s Slavic Festival, with ethnic foods, basket raffle, children’s games, instant bingo, white-elephant sale, a Sunday pulled-pork buffet and entertainment by Jump Start and Doubleshot. St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton. 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15; 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. 570-343-5151.
Pioneer Nights Heritage Festival, with live music, food, an authentic Welsh Tea and a Heritage Mass. Downtown Carbondale. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday,Aug. 15 and Saturday, Aug. 16; noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. 570-282-2882.
Antique and Classic Boat Show, the 24th annual event with restored historic and classic watercraft on display along with music by John and Terry from Strawberry Jam. Grotto Marina, Route 415, Harveys Lake. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. Free. 570-592-7634.
Heritage Explorer Train, the annual excursion from Scranton to Carbondale’s Ethnic Heritage Festival. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Saturday, Aug. 16 with a 10 a.m. departure and 4 p.m. return. $5, $4 seniors. Reservations: 570-282-4281.
Civil War Weekend, with Union and Confederate camps, civilian re-enactors, life on the homefront, portrayers of Abraham Lincoln and famous war generals of the period. Also: music of the Civil War era, crafters, cavalry demonstration and battle re-enactments and performances by the Eckley Players. Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17. $10, $9 seniors, $6 children. 570-636-2070.
Pioneer Day, the 22nd annual event with coal-mine tours, steam-train rides, live music by Ray G and the Breaker Boys, craft fair, games, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo and food favorites. Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine, 19th and Oak streets, Ashland. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. 570-875-3850.
Peach Festival, with peach-inspired desserts, fresh peaches from Hellers Orchard, picnic foods, vendors, games, classic cars and music by Jesse Fink and Company. St. John’s United Church of Christ, Church Street, Wapwallopen. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. 570-379-2971.
CCC Festival, the third annual event honoring the Civilian Conservation Corps who labored during the Depression to rehabilitate land devastated by poor land practices during the turn of the century. With educational and historic displays, geocaching, blacksmithing, wool spinning, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl and music by Dan Bradley, a swing band presenting a two-hour “History of Swing” Program. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. 570-676-0567.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music, bake sale and food. Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 55 W. Center Hill Road, Dallas. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. 570-477-2477.
Montage Mountain Classics Car Cruise, with hot rods, antiques and custom cars. Johnny Rockets, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16.
Make a Difference for the Kids Car Show, to benefit St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton. Pittston Commons Shopping Center, 2056 N. Township Blvd. (Pittston Bypass). Sunday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with judging at noon.
Pet Walk and Family Festival, a fundraiser for the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter with contests, therapy dog dancing, agility training, pony rides, pet photography, microchip booth, Ask the Vet, K9 police demos, vendors and food, raffle baskets, dunk tank, bouncy house, face painting and more. McDade Park, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 with Pet Walk registration at 11:30 a.m. 570-586-3700.
Plein Aire Show and Wine Tasting, a gathering of artists working in the open air on paintings, fiber art, clay sculpture and calligraphy along with food from Smokehouse Bar-B-Q, wine pairings and smooth jazz by Jay Vonada. O’Donnell Winery, 25 Hayes Road, Berwick. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. Free. 570-759-1375.
Train Excursion, a 26-mile round trip from Scranton to Moscow, powered by a historic diesel locomotive and following Roaring Brook through the Nay Aug Tunnel into the Pocono Mountains. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Sunday, Aug. 17 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and 3:30 p.m. return. $24; $22 seniors; $17 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.
Forty Fort Meeting House Tours of the oldest religious edifice in Northeastern Pennsylvania with its original box pews, elevated pulpit and plain woodwork reflecting the Puritan background of the settlers. 20 River St., Forty Fort. 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 28; also Sept. 1. $2, $1 children. 570-287-5214.
Denison House Tours of the 1790 historic home of Nathan Denison, one of Wyoming Valley’s first settlers. 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 28. $5; $3 children. 570-288-5531.
W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the Agatha Christie mystery “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974) starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.
Professional Wrestling, with 6-foot, 5-inch Ahtu taking on several challengers. Also: a meet-and-greet with former World Boxing Association and National American Boxing Federation heavyweight champion “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon. The Sanctuary, 172 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton. Sunday, Aug. 17 with an acoustical music performance by Nick Coyle at 3 p.m. followed by independent professional wrestling at 3:30 p.m. Wrestling fans are welcome to stay for the televised Summer Slam on the venue’s 10-by-20-foot screen at 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale at the door.
Harford Fair, the 157th edition of the agricultural event with truck and tractor pulls, freestyle motocross stunt show, horse pulling, draft horse and pony show, Woodsmen’s Contest, Championship Rodeo, demolition derby, Family Thrill Show, chainsaw carving, Farmer for a Day, amusement rides and craft demonstrations. Harford Fairgrounds, 485 Fairhill Road, New Milford. 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18 through Saturday, Aug. 23. $6. 570-434-4300 or harfordfair.com.
Sauerkraut Day, learning how to make a crock of this 18th-century staple. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19. 570-992-6161.
Fall Soups and Sauces, a non-credit cooking class at Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 and Thursday, Aug. 21. Includes recipes and lots of take-home samples. Registration: 570-740-0495.
Happy Hour Fundraiser, to benefit Candy’s Place: The Center for Cancer Wellness, with live music by Heartbeat. Woodland Inn and Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. 570-714-8800.
Food Preservation, demonstrations of various methods of preserving the farm’s harvest for the winter. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21. 570-992-6161.
Pittston Tomato Festival, the 31st annual event with live bands, the Festival Parade, a 5K run, tomato fights, games, rides, bingo and plenty of Italian food and homegrown Pittston tomatoes. Main Street in downtown Pittston. 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 and Friday, Aug. 22; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23; 10:45 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. Schedule at pittstontomatofestival.com.
Making Comic Books 101, with local artist Jeff Evans. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21. Age 14 and older. Registration: 570-654-9847.
Pig Roast and Block Party, the annual White Haven Honor Roll Society event with vendors, games, food and special events for the whole family. Along Wilkes-Barre Street in White Haven. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. 570-443-8216.
Hot and Stinky Garlic and Herb Festival, with local garlic farmers, crafters, live music by the Two of Us, food including a corn roast, demonstrations, Chinese auction, hot pepper and garlic eating contests. Zanolini Nursery & Country Shop, 603 Saint John’s Road, Drums. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. 570-788-3152.
Ethnic Food Festival, the 16th annual event with potato pancakes, halupki, pierogies, goulash, haluski, pagach and more along with themed baskets, crafts, children’s games and a bake sale. St. John the Baptist Church, 93 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. 570-283-0146.
Quilt Show and Tea, sponsored by the Dorcas Society and the Back Mountain Quilters. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 9 Wood St., Pittston. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. $7. 570-675-1006.
Vera Bradley Purse Bingo, along with prizes by Coach, Michael Kors and Kate Spade. Irem Shrine Country Club Pavilion, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. $25 for 20 games (three cards per game). 570-472-7072 or 570-706-5867 or 570-675-4465.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. Twist & Shake, 1405 Route 29, Hunlock Creek. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. 570-477-2477.
Train Excursion, a 50-mile round trip from Scranton to Gouldsboro, powered by a historic diesel locomotive and following Roaring Brook onto the Pocono Plateau. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Sunday, Aug. 24 with an 11 a.m. departure and 3:45 p.m. return. $34; $29 seniors; $22 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.
Arts at Hayfield, the summer craft festival with the Pump and Run Contest, Master Gardeners, open house at the Friedman Observatory, craft demonstrations, children’s activities, food vendors, entertainment and tours of the historic Hayfield House. Penn State Wilkes-Barre, off Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. 570-675-9232.
Nanticoke Wingfest, with chicken-wing contests, food, vendors, music and fun for all ages. Patriot Square, Nanticoke. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. 570-793-7910.
Ukrainian Folk Festival, the 23rd annual gathering with homemade foods, Ukrainian folk arts and crafts, children’s games and amusements and entertainment by the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, violinist Innesa Tymochko Dekajlo, the Vox Ethnika Band, the Spiv-Zhyttya Choir and the Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Ukrainian-American Sport Center, Lower State and County Line roads, Horsham. Sunday, Aug. 24 beginning at noon with music 2 to 4:30 p.m. followed by a social dance from 4:30 to 8 p.m. $15; $10 students. 267-664-3857 or tryzub.org.
Open House and Tour of the Penn State Extension Center for Landscape Design and Stewardship to view working demonstrations on pollination, perennials, herbs, rain gardens, honey bees and green roofs. Butler Township Community Center, 415 W. Butler Drive, Drums. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26. $5 includes sandwiches and refreshments. Registration: 570-825-1701.
Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair, the annual agricultural event with a carnival midway, amusement rides, Big Cat Encounter, Great Lakes Timber Show, High School Rodeo, truck and tractor pulls, Open Youth Horse Show, Archery Shoot, Master of the Chainsaw, blacksmith shop and concerts by Parmalee and the Swon Brothers. Wyoming County Fairgrounds, Route 6, Meshoppen. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 through Sunday, Aug. 31; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1. $10; seniors free on Wednesday; veterans free on Saturday. Info at wyomingcountyfair.com.
Sullivan County Fair, the 163rd annual agricultural event with amusement rides, truck and tractor pulls, a health fair, livestock shows, demolition derby and a grandstand concert by John Michael Montgomery (Sunday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.). Sullivan County Fairgrounds, 4430 Route 154, Forksville. Begins Wednesday, Aug. 27 from noon to 10 p.m. Continues Thursday, Aug. 28 through Monday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. $6. 570-924-3205.
Classic Movie Series, a screening of “Rear Window” (1954), the Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. $5. 570-996-1500.
Cougar Family Carnival, with S&S Amusement Rides, baskets, raffles, games and a Saturday afternoon parade. John F. Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium, 187 Keystone Ave., Peckville. 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 and Thursday, Aug. 28; 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29; 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Free admission; $10 one-time fee for the rides. 570-876-6461.
AACA Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Antique Automobile Club of America. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Friday, Aug. 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. with awards at 9. Free.
Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge Dance, the 6th annual fundraiser with food stations by the Pierce Street Deli, cash bar and music by Daddy-O and the Sax Maniax. Irem Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. $25. 570-760-5577.
Pocono Garlic Festival, the 20th annual garlicky event with more than 50 food and craft vendors, two stages of music, educational demonstrations, a garlic-eating contest and children’s activities. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31. $10; $7.50 children. 570-421-7231.
Railfest 2014, a celebration of railroading with visiting railroad equipment displays, special shop demonstrations, model trains, machine-shop and turntable demonstrations, Big Boy Cab tours, an excursion to Moscow and short train rides. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31. $7. 570-340-5204.
Stroudfest, the eighth annual downtown festival with two stages of entertainment, more than 150 craft and retail vendors, food, rock climbing, games, face painting and music. Courthouse Square and Main Street in Stroudsburg. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. 570-420-2808.
Train Excursion, a 26-mile round trip from Scranton to Moscow, powered by a historic diesel locomotive and following Roaring Brook through the Nay Aug Tunnel into the Pocono Mountains. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and 3:30 p.m. return. $24; $22 seniors; $17 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.
La Festa Italiana, the annual end-of-summer celebration with more than 80 vendors offering Italian food and continuous live entertainment. Courthouse Square, Scranton. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1. 570-862-5543 or lafestaitaliano.org.
St. Mary’s Homecoming Picnic, with a petting zoo, pony rides, live music and homemade food favorites. Holy Spirit Parish Park, 110 Main St., Mocanoqua. 4 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30; 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. 570-542-4157.
St. Martha’s Festival, with ethnic foods, a sidewalk dessert cafe, a country store, children’s games, chicken and ham dinners on Sunday and entertainment by the Jeanne Zano Band and Al White and Friends. Holy Spirit/St. Martha’s Parish, 260 Bonnieville Road, Fairmount Springs. 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30; noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. 570-542-4157.