5th Annual Dunmore Summer Festival Set for August 17th through 19th

Dunmore Summer Festival

The 5th annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park will be held Thursday August 17 through Saturday August 19. Shown in photo are officers and members of the Sherwood Youth Association at last year’s festival.

By Emily Fedor

For months, members of the Sherwood Youth Association have been preparing for the 5th annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park, and finally party time is right around the corner. This year, the festivities will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. on August 17 and 18, and from 4 to 11 p.m. on August 19.

The festival got its start when the borough of Dunmore celebrated its Sesquicentennial back in the summer of 2012. Ever since, the annual event has become a tradition for many in little old Bucktown a tradition filled with good food and good friends. And the cherry on top is that all that fun benefits a wonderful cause.

“The park’s mission is, and always has been, to keep the children playing,” said Sherwood Youth President Matt Fedor. “The proceeds from the festival will be used to upkeep and improve the park’s facilities.”

Every year, it seems more folks come out to catch up with friends and enjoy a bite to eat. The festival hosts a wide array of vendors, who offer all kinds of sweet, spicy and savory foods.

Villa Maria Restaurant has been a part of the summer festival since it first began five years ago. The American-Italian style eatery is based on Washburn Street in West Scranton, but the business first got its start in little old Dunmore back in 1982.  

Owner Joe Macciocco says he likes coming back to Bucktown each year to pay a visit to those who have helped make his business a success.

“It’s phenomenal. It’s a great time of the year. They raise money for the park, and there’s something for everybody,” said Macciocco.

Members of the Sherwood Youth Association also man a stand, from which they serve up beverages, potato pancakes, wimpies, pizza fritte, fresh-cut french fries, clams and more.

This year, homemade hot wing bites will also be on their menu.

“The success of the festival and the continued improvements at the park would not be possible without the association’s hard-working and faithful members, said Fedor.”  

Members of Keystone UNICO, the Dunmore High School Crimson Company and other non-profit organizations will also be part of the festival.

Another big part of the annual event is the musical entertainment. This year’s line-up features two new-comers and one returning act, who will take the stage at 7 p.m. each night.

Tony Bouselli, Mike Bertha and Dave Arneli make up the band known as Take 3. Together, the rock and roll trio will open the festival on Thursday, August 17.

On Friday, August 18, the Luongo Brothers Band will take the Show Mobile stage. The band features Pat and Nick Luongo, who are founding members of another area band called The Poets, as well as Alan Shields and Rich Marmo. They play a variety of hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The Fabulous Fortunes will return to the Dunmore Summer Festival for the fifth year to close out the festival on Saturday, August 19. The rock group has been performing for decades in Dunmore and beyond.

The Dunmore High School cheerleaders and marching units will also make an appearance at the festival on Friday, and gymnasts with the United Sports Academy will perform Saturday.

“There will also be a bounce house, horseback riding, face painting and lots of games for the kids,” said Fedor. “We hope the community comes out to support our festival and the park.”

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Calendar of Events: July 2017

Dunmore Summer Festival:

The Sherwood Youth Association will host the fifth annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park on August 17, 18 and 19. The event will be held from 5-11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, August 17 and 18, and from 4-11 p.m. on Saturday, August 19.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Take 3, the Luongo Brothers — featuring Nick, Pat and Alan from The Poets — and Fabulous Fortunes.

Italian Festival:

SS. Anthony & Rocco Parish Italian Festival will be held Aug. 11, 12, and 13, 2017 at St. Rocco’s Church Grounds, 122 Kurtz St., Dunmore, featuring food, games and live entertainment. The Festival opens Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday Following the Noon Mass and Procession.

Live Entertainment: Friday: DHS Marching Units & Cheerleaders and Picture Perfect; Saturday: The Jeffrey James Band; Sunday: Feast Day Mass & Procession at 12 Noon followed by The Luongo Brothers Band, Take Three, and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Lackawanna County Swimming Areas:

The lakes and pool at Lackawanna County’s parks have officially opened and all of the locations are staffed with lifeguards.  The swimming areas are open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations:  McDade Pool, Scranton; Aylesworth Lake, Archbald; Meli-Sarnoski Lake, Carbondale, and Covington Lake, Covington Township, off Route 307. The pool and lakes will remain open through mid-August. For additional information, contact the County’s Parks & Recreation Office at 570-963-6764.

Wine in the Woods:

Elmhurst-Roaring Brook Volunteer Fire Company will sponsor a Wine in the Woods event on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the company’s picnic grounds, off Route 435 in Elmhurst. Lite fare will be available for purchase. Live entertainment will be provided by Dashboard Mary. Admission is $15 in advance; $20 on event day. A designated driver admission is $5. All attendees must be 21 years old. For information or tickets, call 570-468-4635.

St. Eulalia’s Church Picnic:

St. Eulalia’s Church Festival will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 20, 21 and 22, at the church grounds, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Township.  Grounds open Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m.; Saturday at 5 p.m. There will be nightly entertainment, as well as a basket raffle, bake sale, children’s games, bingo, Grandma’s Attic, and heavenly food. Parking is free.

St. Ann’s Novena:

The Annual Solemn Novena to Saint Ann being held from July 17-26 at Saint Ann’s Monastery in Scranton, will be broadcast on CTV: Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton, Monday through Friday at noon, 3:30 p.m., and 7 p.m.; on Saturday, July 22 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 23 at 5 p.m. The Closing Ceremony being held on Wednesday evening, July 26, will air on CTV on Thursday, July 27 at noon, 3:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Area organizations benefit from Community Re-Invest program

Seventeen new projects, focusing on youth, recreation, mine and coal history, seniors, safety, skills development, veterans and outdoor improvements to mention a cross section, were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $178,000.       

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Two Dunmore organizations were included in the funding, including Sherwood Youth Association which received $9,000 from the CRP Program toward a total project cost of $23,258 to upgrade the pavilion at Sherwood Park to include improved lighting, flooring, bathrooms, and additional electric outlets.

Dunmore Historical Association also received $10,000 from the CRP Program toward a total project cost of $12,726 to be used for water control and energy efficiency by installing rain gutter and insulation at the Historical Society Building.

The Community Re-Invest Program was established in July of 2013.  It represents the “last mile” funding to help bring the initiatives to fruition. The overall public-private investment to date is      $2,585,390.     

“This is a great program – community changing.  It has shaped the landscape of our area,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley. “It is vital to give back because these ventures, and others like them, trigger additional growth in Lackawanna County.”               

“Our neighborhoods are the backbone of our area.  This program continues to enhance the overall appearance of our cities and townships, while also creating a variety of economic, recreation and business opportunities,” explained Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.   

commissioners“The Community Re-Invest Program is a true partnership with our communities and various civic groups.  It is about making a big difference, and I am proud to play a role in creating new opportunities and recreational amenities up and down the valley,” noted Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.     

“These projects highlight the Commissioners’ commitment to Lackawanna County’s communities, neighborhoods and quality of life.  This program has been vital for leveraging new growth and making “dreams come true,” explained George Kelly, the County’s Director of Economic Development.

Other  projects that were approved during this round of funding include: Greater Carbondale YMCA, Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society in Moscow; Coal Miners Remembered in Blakely Borough; Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority for Laurel Street Trailhead, Archbald; St. Cat’s of Scranton at the Nay Aug Zoo; Olyphant Borough for new sidewalks; Northeast Center for Independent Living, for new computers; Benton Township for bathroom update; Abington Senior Community Center for parking area expansion; Electric City Trolley Association for new wheels; Friends of the Poor for equipment for new facility for Clothes Line for Men program; Jessup Hose Company #2 for construction of building to house equipment; Taylor American Legion Post 306, for renovations to meeting hall; Elmhurst-Roaring Brook Volunteer Fire Company for backup generator, and Old Forge Sons of Italy for construction of a pavilion over bocce courts.

Projects will continue to be reviewed and funded throughout 2016.  Boroughs, municipalities, townships and nonprofit entities are encouraged to submit applications for projects that are ready to start so that the Community Re-Invest Program can help to successfully complete them.      

 

Sherwood Youth Association’s Annual Halloween Party

The Sherwood Youth Association hosted its annual Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Sherwood Park. Kids were treated to pizza and treats as well as entertainment provided by Jojo the Clown. Each child went home with a special goodie bag made by the volunteers, and those who dressed up were also part of a costume contest!

Joe Cardillo, Christopher Fortese and Jake Monelli had this year’s “scariest costumes.” Nicolina Schlesser, Janelle Airwyke and Karina Kent had the “most original costumes.”The winners for “funniest costume” were Beau Borchardt, Ethan Walters and Brett Monelli. Adam Badyrka took the title for “overall best costume.”