The summer is winding down but there’s still time for a few more community festivals, and this weekend has several.
The eighth annual Blessed Sacrament Parish Family Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, Aug. 16-18, on the parish grounds, 215 Rebecca St., Throop. Highlights will include ethnic and traditional foods on Friday and Saturday, along with live entertainment, a 5K run/walk Saturday at 9 a.m., a pigs-in-the-blanket dinner Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. (or until sold-out), breakfast and bingo Sunday.
Entertainment for Friday includes High Tension Wires at 5:30 p.m., followed by Asianna at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, enertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. with Binky & Bonnie, followed by Sarah Marie and Joseph at 8 p.m.
The event began in 2006 when Throop was home to three Catholic parishes. Organizers say it was a way of bringing the different parishes together.
Festival food will be on sale, and there will also be bake sale with a variety of homemade goods made by parishioners and friends of Blessed Sacrament Parish.
Call 489-1963 or 489-0752 for more information.
The third annual F amily of St. Anthony summer picnic will he held Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. at Aylesworth Park, Hudson Street, Jermyn. Activities will include: swimming, fishing, hiking, a bike trail, horseshoes, bocce, water balloon toss, sack races, music. Lunch will begin at noon. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15; $8 for kids ages 2-8. Kids younger than 2 will be admitted free. Call 766-7910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
The Lackawanna Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a fundraising barbecue Sunday, Aug. 18, at Bernard Seminski Park, Elm and Dewey streets, Dickson City, noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25; $12.50 for kids 12 and younger. There will be also be games, casting competitions, raffles and demonstrations plus information on the recreational opportunities on the Lackawanna River. Call 489-1831 or 489-1650 for more information.
And in Carbondale, the Pioneer Nights Ethnic Heritage Festival is already under way and will continue through Saturday, Aug. 17. The festival starts at 5 p.m. with every evening filled with jam packed events.
Friday night highlights include:
• A three-on-three basketball tournament at the Greater Carbondale YMCA begins at 5 p.m.
• Lynette’s Twirlerettes perform at 6 p.m.
• Country singer Dan “Boone” Coleman goes on stage at 7 p.m.
• Rhythm-and-blues band Picture Perfect goes on at 9 p.m. and the day ends at 10 p.m. with fireworks
Saturday night’s highlights include:
• A children’s mask making activity in Memorial Park at 11 a.m.
• The train from Steamtown arrives at 11:45 a.m.
• Students at Red Dragon Karate will dive a martial arts demonstration at noon
• Historic trolley-bus tours depart at noon at 1:30 p.m.
• The YMCA will host a Zumbathon at 1:30 p.m.
• Vocal group “Classic Voices take the stage at 3 p.m.
• At 5 p.m. the annual Pioneer Nights Parade will step off, featuring bagpipers, the Carbondale Area High School marching band and pizzaz team, a jazz band, Lynette Twirlerettes, The Columbia Hose Co., Red Dragon Karate and many other groups from Carbondale.
• Doo-wop band Main Street Cruisers take the stage at 7 p.m.
• Rock band Innertiez performs at 9 p.m.