THIS WEEK: Aug. 2 to 8, 2013
Wayne County Fair, the 151th annual agricultural event with midway games, amusement rides, exhibits, farm animals, thrill shows, horse pulls, demolition derby, racing pigs, woodsmen’s competition, truck and tractor pulls, Kids Pedal Pull, Tonny Petersen’s Hell Drivers, lawnmower races, harness racing, monster truck racing, Wednesday night fireworks and entertainment by Justin Moore (tonight), Eight Days of Blues (Saturday), Powerglyde (Sunday) and Hickory Rose (Monday and Wednesday). Fairgrounds, Route 191, Honesdale. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. through Aug. 10. $8. 253-5486.
Montrose Blueberry Festival, the 34th annual fundraiser for the Susquehanna County Library and Historical Society. With blueberry-inspired desserts, entertainment, food, crafts, games, quilt raffle, silent auction, White Elephant Sale, children’s activities, book sale, Memorial Massed Band Concert and more. Village Green and Library Lawn, Montrose. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday with a blueberry-pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. 278-1881.
Dog Days of Summer. Dine with your dog and have 20% of the sales donated to the SPCA during this fundraising effort. With pet-themed drinks and specials along with a menu just for pets. Cork Restaurant, 463 Madison St., Wilkes-Barre. 4:30 to 10 tonight and Saturday. Reservations: 270-3818.
Sacred Heart Church Picnic, with a Kids Korner, bingo, Polish food, baskets and entertainment by John Stevens Doubleshot (tonight) and Joe Stanky & the Cadets (Saturday). Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont. 5 to 10 tonight and Saturday. 407-0231.
St. Mary’s Summer Festival, an indoor air-conditioned event with Slavic and American foods, game booths, silent auction, nightly entertainment, cash raffle, Country Store, free blood-pressure screenings, flea market and more. St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 522 Madison St., Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 10 tonight and Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. 885-4802.
Valley Day, the 60th annual community event with food, games, music and dance, Junior Olympics, dunk tank, Firefighters Parade, Pet Show, Baby Parade and more. Sponsored by the Conyngham Valley Civic Organization along Main Street in Conyngham. 5 to 10 tonight; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. 788-1996.
Good Will Carnival, with a firefighters parade Saturday at 5 p.m. and DJ music nightly. Good Will Hose Company No. 2, 451 Main St., Plymouth. 5 to 10 p.m. tonight and Saturday. 779-9778.
Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company Carnival, with games, homemade food, crafts, Garden Tractor Pull (3 p.m. Saturday), Backyard Horsehoe Pitch (noon on Sunday), Chinese Auction (1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday), parade (5 p.m. Sunday) and entertainment by Hillbilly D’Lux (Friday), Kartoon (Saturday) and Southbound (Sunday). 655 E. County Road, Hobbie. 6 to 11 tonight; 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday. 379-2816.
St. Robert Bellarmine Bazaar, with food, games, prizes, flea market and music by Flaxy Morgan (tonight) and Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots (Saturday). St. Aloysius Church, 143 W. Division St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 11 p.m. tonight; 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday. 823-3791.
Cruise Night, sponsored by the Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club. With music, door prizes, trophies and food. Advance Auto Parts, 161 Brooklyn St., Carbondale. 6 to 9 tonight. 876-4034.
Wreck It Ralph, a free outdoor screening of the animated film at Back Mountain Recreation, 55 Outlet Road, Lehman Township. Tonight at dusk. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Info at backmountainrec.com.
Harveys Lake Homecoming, the annual three day celebration. Begins tonight with a dance 7 to 11 with music by Strawberry Jam. Saturday’s events include a Cancer Walk with registration at 8 a.m. and walk at 9 a.m.; a car and truck show at Grotto Pizza 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Kids Water Games 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wave Runner Card Run for ages 12 to 18 at noon; Anything Floats Race at 2 p.m. Sunday includes a craft show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Bike Run from Grotto Pizza at 10:30 a.m.; Kayak Race at 9 a.m.; Jetski Freestyle Competition at 11 a.m.; chicken barbecue at 1 p.m.; Firemen’s Parade at 2 p.m.; wing-eating contest and Kiss My Bass at 3 p.m. Tonight through Sunday with most events at Hanson’s Beach and Grove. 639-2113 or 639-5603. Schedule at harveyslakehomecoming.com.
Car Show and Party in the Park, the second annual event with music, food, games and entertainment. All vehicles welcome. North Susquehanna Avenue along the Warrior Trail in Shickshinny. Saturday with vehicle registration 10 a.m. to noon and show noon to 3 p.m. with judging at 2:30 p.m. Dash plaques to the first 100 paid vehicles. $15 per vehicle advance; $20 at the gate. 550-0721.
Goods from the Woods, the ninth annual Festival of Wood with unique wood crafts, children’s activities, chainsaw carvings, exhibits, live woodland wildlife, beekeeping, films, tree pruning, portable sawmill demonstrations, music created with wood, forest hikes and the Pennsylvania Woodmobile. Grey Towers National Historic Landmark, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 296-9630.
Heritage Craft Day, traditional craft skills of the 1800s along with an old-fashioned country auction, children’s crafts and tours of the farm. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm 1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 992-6161 or quietvalley.org.
Art Fest, with fine artists exhibiting original works along with festival food, live music and children’s activities. Main and Center streets in downtown Bloomsburg. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. 784-2522.
Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to the Pocono town of Moscow with a stopover at its restored 1904 train station. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Saturdays through Aug. 31 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and approximate return at 2:30 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. 340-5205.
Obon Lantern Ceremony, a traditional Buddhist ceremony in remembrance of loved ones who have passed on. With a vegetarian supper, lantern painting, meditation, calling of names, procession and floating lanterns in the night’s stream. Followed by a bonfire and refreshments. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Donation. 925-5077.
Cars for Kids Fundraiser, a car show with vehicles from several area car clubs along with raffles and entertainment by Take 3. All vehicles welcome. Proceeds benefit autistic and dyslexic children. Allied Services Corporate Center, 100 Abington Executive Park, Clarks Summit. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 348-1398 or alliedservices.org.
Car Show & Fair, open-class competition for vehicles including antique cars, classics, customs, street rods, motorcycles, low riders and trucks. With live music, refreshments and craft vendors. Holy Redeemer Church, 2425 Route 92, Harding. Sunday with registration 11 a.m. to noon and awards at 3 p.m. $10 per vehicle advance; $15 day of event. 654-2753.
Bingo, with a bake sale, food and refreshments, door prizes and basket raffle. Holy Family Church, 574 Bennett St., Luzerne. Sunday with doors at noon and games at 2 p.m. $2. 287-6600.
Swetland Homestead Tours, a walk through the historic structure, home of one of the earliest families to settle in the Wyoming Valley. 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. $4, $2 children. 822-1727.
Forty Fort Meeting House Tours. Explore the 1807 historic religious edifice with its original box pews and elevated pulpit. 20 River St., Forty Fort. 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 29; and Sept. 2. $2, $1 children. 287-5214.
Denison House Tours of the historic 1790 edifice including the two-story interior and furnishings along with a history of early settler Nathan Denison. 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 22. $5, $3 children. 288-5531.
Hats Off to the Everhart! A summer garden party to support the Everhart Museum with a sumptuous buffet and Dixieland jazz. Patsel’s Restaurant, 1385 Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit. 5 p.m. Sunday. $100. Reservations: 563-2000.
Circle Around the Square, the fourth annual downtown walk around Public Square to learn about historic landmarks and interesting events that occurred downtown. Meet at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Monday. Free. 821-1959.
Cooking Classes: Summer Brunch Series, a two-session course on preparing brunches and lunches including waffles, quiches and bread pudding. Joseph A. Paglianite Culinary Institute, Market and Main streets, Nanticoke. 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Registration: 740-0477.
Summer Film Series: “The Sessions” (2012), drama about a paralyzed man who hires a sex surrogate so he can lose his virginity. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Wednesday at 1 p.m. ($4) and 7:30 p.m. ($6). 826-1100.
Hazleton’s Hispanic Eateries and Bodegas, a walk through the downtown to explore small markets and shops. Meet at the Hazleton YMCA, 75 S. Church St. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 455-2046.
Nanticoke Historical Society Event, rarely seen photographs of the area depicting historical times. Mill Memorial Library, 495 E. Main St., Nanticoke. 6 p.m. Wednesday. 735-3030.
The History of Anthracite, a presentation including the development of transportation in the region with istorical canal maps and documents. All ages. Mill Memorial Library, 495 E. Main St., Nanticoke. 1:30 p.m. Thursday. 735-3030.
Party on the Patio, a fundraiser for the Jennifer Sidari, M.D. ‘13 Scholarship at The Commonwealth Medical College. With cocktails, appetizers and music by Two of a Kind and Richie Molinaro & Mr. Lou. Damenti’s Restaurant, 870 N. Hunter Highway, Mountain Top. 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. $50. 956-1203.
St. John the Evangelist Bazaar, with a giant flea market, ethnic and American foods, variety booths, children’s games and entertainment by Sweet Pepper & the Long Hots (Thursday), Hillbilly D’Lux (Friday) and Flaxy Morgan along with clown/magician Pat Ward (Saturday). St. John the Evangelist Parish, Church and Broad streets, Pittston. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Aug. 10. 654-0053.
Socrates Cafe. Discuss, listen and raise questions about a topic chosen that evening. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Free. 821-1959.
Civil War Roundtable, with Gettysburg Battlefield guide Joseph Mieczkowski speaking on “Jefferson Davis and His Cabinet.” Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. Thursday. $3. 675-8936.
Bloomsburg Nationals, a family custom-car show with more than 800 vehicles, car corral and swap meet, Tonny Petersen’s Hell Drivers, music by Flamin’ Dick & the Hot Rods, burnouts, slow drags, gridlock parade, helicopter rides, festival foods and camping. Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 620 W. Third St. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11. $10. 717-243-7855 or bloomsburgnationals.com.
Raising the Roof, the annual rooftop fundraiser for the North Branch of the Osterhout Free Library. With food from local restaurants, beer, wine and live music. Intermodal Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9. Ages 21 and older. $15 advance; $20 at the door. 823-0156.
St. John the Baptist Family Picnic, with themed baskets, a gigantic flea market, bingo, ethnic and American foods and entertainment by John Stevens Doubleshot (Friday), George Tarasek & the Polka Partners (Saturday) and The Intentions (Sunday). Also: Father Jerry’s newest original play “The Red Neck Pierogie Wedding and Beauty Pageant” 2 p.m. Sunday. St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St., Larksville. 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 9; 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 10; 3 to 10 p.m. Aug. 11. 779-9620.
St. Jude Parish Picnic, the 60th annual event with Polish and Italian foods, an open-pit barbecue chicken dinner (Sunday), the Sweet Shop, a raffle with grand prize of $10,000 and entertainment by Better with Beer (Friday), Mr. Echo (Saturday), Flashback (Sunday afternoon) and Chixy Dix (Sunday night). St. Jude’s Church, 420 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 9-10; noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 11. 474-9746 or 474-6315.
Knit and Crochet Group, for all ages. Beginners welcome. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 10 and 24. 829-1959.
Doing It for Leona, a benefit bike run and scavenger hunt for breast-cancer victim Leona Elko. American Legion Post 781, Mountain Top. Aug. 10 with registration 11 a.m. and run at 1 p.m. Party runs 1 to 10 p.m. with food, pig roast, pony rides, music, bounce house, face painting, vendors, basket raffles and more. $15 drivers; $10 passengers.
Pocono Drag Lodge 50th Anniversary Reunion, a car show with trophies, T-shirts and dash plaques to the first 250 cars. Former Pocono Drag Lodge, 648 Meadow Run Road, Bear Creek. Aug. 10. $15 show cars; $7 spectators. 845-635-3662.
Car Cruise, to benefit cerebral-palsy victim Cody White. With trophies, raffles, music and food. Austie’s Family Restaurant, 2333 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10. 824-7015.
Classic Car Show. On the lawn of the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. 4 p.m. Aug. 11. 585-8113.
Summer Film Series: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), the adventures of archaeologist Indiana Jones attempting to locate the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. ($4) and 7:30 p.m. ($6). 826-1100.
Fam Jam, an evening of family fun with games, swimming and food. Hosted by Back Mountain Harvest Assembly at the Rock Recreation Sports Complex (Valley Tennis and Swim Club), 211 Harris Hill Road, Trucksville. 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14. Free. 696-1128.
Walk Wilkes U, a walking tour of the Wilkes University campus. Meet at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St. 6 p.m. Aug. 14. Free. 823-2191.
Summer Luncheon, with prizes awarded. Hosted by the Irem Women’s Auxiliary and open to the public. Irem Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. Aug. 15 at noon. $18. Reservations: 256-3031.
Pittston Tomato Festival, the 30th annual event with live entertainment, the Festival Parade, a 5K run, games, bingo, Saturday Tomato Fights, Sauce Wars and plenty of Italian food and homegrown Pittston tomatoes. Main Street in downtown Pittston. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 15; 5:30 to 11 p.m. Aug. 16; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 17; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 18. 655-2398.
Walk Around Wilkes-Barre, the annual progressive dining and entertainment fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Begins with hors d’oeuvres at the F.M. Kirby Center on Public Square and continues with soup and salad at The Ramada, dinner at the Westmoreland Club and dessert at Bart & Urby’s, all in downtown Wilkes-Barre. 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15. 824-8756 or bbbsnepa.org.
St. Joseph’s Italian Festival, with ethnic foods, games of chance, themed-basket raffle, children’s games, crafts, money raffle and entertainment by DYN (Friday), Joe Lastovica and Polka Punch (Saturday). St. Joseph’s Church, 721 Monroe St., Berwick. 4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16; 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 17; noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 18. 752-7000.
Heritage Explorer Train Ride, an excursion from Scranton to Carbondale’s Pioneer Days Ethnic Heritage Festival. Leaves from Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton Aug. 17 with a 9:30 a.m. departure and a 4 p.m. return. $5, $4 seniors, free for age 12 and under. Tickets available at all Lackawanna County libraries through Aug. 15. 348-3003 or lclshome.org.
Peach Festival, with homemade peach ice cream, peach shortcake, peach pie and other picnic foods along with vendors, games, classic cars and music by Jesse Fink and Company. St. John’s United Church of Christ, 100 Church St., Wapwallopen. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17. 379-2971.
Classic Car Show, sponsored by the Hi-Lites Motor Club. The Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 4 E. Center Hill Road, Dallas. 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 17. Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop #155 who will be grilling hot dogs and serving lemonade. 675-8600.
Lebanese-American Food Festival, with Middle-Eastern food and pastries, games, book sale, basket raffles and more. St. Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, 130 N. Francis Cabrini Ave., West Scranton. 4 to 11 p.m. Aug. 17; noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 18. 343-6092.
Chef Ernie Mellor, the famed chef and pitmaster (“BBQ with Bobby Flay,” “Martha Stewart’s Summer Cookbook”) brings his Hog Wild Barbecue to R&D Memories, 566 Fellows Ave., Hanover Township. Aug. 17 with seatings at 4 and 6:30 p.m. $20; $10 children. Proceeds benefit the Center of the Village afterschool program. 855-2759.
Summer Reunion Dance, with Joe Nardone and the All Stars and Eddie Day and the Starfires. Irem Country Club Pavilion, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 17. 829-3603.
Swetland Homestead Tours, a walk through the historic structure, home of one of the earliest families to settle in the Wyoming Valley. Included: playing historic games on the lawn. 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18. $4, $2 children. 822-1727.
Summer Film Series: “Hyde Park on Hudson” (2012), the historical drama about Franklin D. Roosevelt hosting the King and Queen of England at his New York estate. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. ($4) and 7:30 p.m. ($6). 826-1100.
Nature in Your Neighborhood, a summer walk to explore the plants and wildlife along the River Common. Meet at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St. 6 p.m. Aug. 21. Free. 823-2191.
Plymouth Kielbasa Festival, the annual street festival with music, entertainment, car show, parade, food vendors and a kielbasa contest. Main Street in downtown Plymouth. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 23-24. Info at plymouthalive.org.
Ethnic Food Festival, with homemade foods, games, gift baskets, cash raffle and entertainment by Farmer’s Daughter (Friday), Sweet Pepper & the Long Hots (Saturday) and the Wannabes (Sunday). St. Lawrence Church, 620 S. Main St., Old Forge. 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 23-24; 4 to 10 p.m. Aug. 25. 457-5900.
Ethnic Food Festival, with homemade potato pancakes, halupki, pierogies, goulash, halushki, pagach and a bake sale including homemade bread. Also: theme baskets, crafts pic-a-tic and children’s games. St. John the Baptist, 93 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 24. 472-8748.
Jessup Wine Festival, with icy summer wines and wine slushies along with a pig roast, food vendors, live music, handcrafted items, wine accessories and more. Jessup Carnival Grounds, 333 Hill St. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24. 836-5253.
Vera Bradley Bingo, with additional bags by Coach and Michael Kors along with lunch and refreshments. Irem Country Club Pavilion, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. Aug. 24 with doors at noon and games at 1 p.m. $20 for 20 games. 675-4465, ext. 228.
Silver Jubilee Celebration, a Roaring ’20s-themed 25th anniversary party with “abundant libations,” catering by Epicurean Delight, 1920s-era music by the Doug Smith Jazz Trio and dance music by DJ Walt Luke. Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Aug. 24. $25. 969-1040.
Anti-Bullying Seminar, a workshop in handling bullies. Back Mountain Martial Arts @ Twin Stacks, 1140 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 24. Free. 675-9535.
Arts at Hayfield, the annual outdoor craft festival with demonstrations, food vendors, entertainment, children’s activities and tours of the historic Hayfield House. Penn State Wilkes-Barre, off Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25. 675-2171 or artsathayfield.org.
Ukrainian Folk Festival, the 22nd annual event with folk art, music, dance, Ukrainian food specialties, crafts market, children’s games and fun area. Entertainers include the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, the Vox Ethnika Band, Fourth Wave Ensemble and more. Ukrainian American Sport Center, Lower State and County Line roads, Horsham. Aug. 25, noon to 8 p.m. with a Gala Stage Show 2 to 4:30 p.m. $15, $10 students. 267-664-3857 or tryzub.org
Summer Film Series: “Hitchcock” (2012), the story of the famous director as he films his thriller “Psycho.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. ($4) and 7:30 p.m. ($6). 826-1100.
AACA Car Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional AACA Car Club. With special games, prizes, free cheeseburgers, chalk and bubbles for the kids. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Aug. 30, 6 to 10 with awards at 9. Free.
Movie Night in the Park, family films sponsored by the Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club. Dailey Park, West Wyoming. Aug. 30 with crafts and activities at 7 p.m. and movie at 8:15 p.m. Popcorn and drinks provided. Bring a blanket or chair. 407-0173.
Pocono Garlic Festival, the 19th annual event with more than 50 garlicky-food and craft vendors, two stages of music, cooking demonstrations, garlic-eating contest, children’s activity area and strolling entertainers. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Hollow Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. $10. 421-7231.
La Festa Italiana, the annual end-of-summer festival with food and craft vendors, continuous entertainment, games and rides for the kids and Sunday night fireworks. Also: an Italian Mass 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Peter’s Cathedral and a tribute to Dean Martin on Monday. Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 2. Free admission. Info at lafestaitaliana.org.
Stroudfest, the annual street festival with two stages of entertainment, artisans and crafters, food vendors, face painting and more. Along Main Street in downtown Stroudsburg. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 31. 420-2808 or stroudfest.com.
St. Martha’s Festival, with ethnic foods, sidewalk dessert cafe, flea market, basket raffle, children’s games, chicken and ham dinners (Sunday) and entertainment by Covert Action (Saturday) and Al White & Friends (Sunday). Holy Spirit/St. Martha’s Church, 260 Bonnieville Road, Fairmount Springs. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 31; noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 1. 864-3780.
St. Mary’s Homecoming Picnic, with ethnic foods, a polka Mass (4 p.m. Saturday) and music by Joe Stanky and the Cadets (Saturday) and the Shore Liners (Sunday). Holy Spirit Parish Park, 110 Main St., Mocanaqua. 4 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 31; 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 1. 542-4157.
Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to the Pocono town of Moscow with a stopover at its restored 1904 train station. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Sept. 1 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and approximate return at 2:30 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. 340-5205.
Labor Day Festival, the inaugural event to raise funds for the non-profit Keystone Wounded Warrior Project. Sept. 2 with a Home Run Hitting Contest at Wilkes-Barre’s Kirby Park at 7:30 a.m. followed by activities 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Included: costumed dramas about the area’s labor history by the Eckley and Patchtown Players, music, magic acts, festival foods and more. 466-3385.
Summer Film Series: “Psycho” (1998), Alfred Hitchcock’s most notorious thriller with Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. ($4) and 7:30 p.m. ($6). 826-1100.
Cruise Night, sponsored by the Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club. With music, door prizes, trophies and food. Advance Auto Parts, 161 Brooklyn St., Carbondale. 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6. 876-4034.
History Day, captivating stories of local history told by experts dressed in period costumes. The Lands at Hillside Farm, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7. 888-887-7811.
Swetland Homestead Tours, with re-enactors from the 143rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry talking about “The Life of the Union Soldier.” 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 8. $4, $2 children. 822-1727.
Wine Tasting Fundraiser, with hors d’oeuvres and tastings from Bartolai Winery. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 8. $20. 654-9847.
Car Cruise, to benefit cerebral-palsy victim Cody White. With trophies, raffles, music and food. Austie’s Family Restaurant, 2333 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14. 824-7015.
Car Show, the 15th annual event, sponsored by the Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club. Carbondale High School, 101 Brooklyn St. Sept. 15 with gates open at 9 a.m. 876-4034.
Summer Luncheon, with prizes awarded. Hosted by the Irem Women’s Auxiliary and open to the public. Irem Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. Sept. 19 at noon. $18. Reservations: 256-3031.
Bloomsburg Fair, the annual agricultural event with more than 1400 animals, amusement rides, carnival midway, Big Cat Encounter, Sky Ride, helicopter rides, concerts, monster truck show, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derby, harness racing, fireworks, Cinderella carriage rides and more. Fairgrounds, 620 W. Third St., Bloomsburg. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 21 to 28. 387-4145 or bloomsburgfair.com.
Harvest Festival, the third annual event with animal presenters, arts and crafts, hands-on activities, conservation exhibits, live music, local food, old-time activities and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21. $5 per carload. 828-2319.
PRCA Rodeo and Chili Cook-Off, professional competition in PRCA-sanctioned events including saddle and bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, cowgirls barrel racing and bull dogging along with country music, line dancing, craft and food vendors and the 5th annual Chili Cook-Off. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 61-64 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 and 22 with rodeo at 2 p.m. $15 advance; $18 at the gate. 421-7231.
Cancer Survivors Celebration, the 21st annual event with inspirational messages, a survivors banner and light refreshments. At both Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre (noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 21) and McDade Park in Scranton (10 a.m. to noon Sept. 28). 800-424-6724 or cancernepa.org.
Swetland Homestead Tours, with a talk on “Knitting During the Civil War.” 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22. $4, $2 children. 822-1727.
Cirque Musica, an arena spectacular with top international circus acts performing to a live symphony orchestra. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. Sept. 22. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
AACA Car Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional AACA Car Club. Anything with wheels is welcome to participate. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 27, 6 to 10 with awards at 9. Free.
Cancertacular Golden Ball, a “royal event” to celebrate the organization’s fifth anniversary with dinner, dancing, music by Brewster’s Sound Sensations, silent auctions, magic and a custom cake from Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken. The Regal Room, 216 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant. 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 28. $75; $45 children. 466-0658.
Flaming Foliage Festival, the annual juried craft show and sale sponsored by the Craftsmen of the Endless Mountains. With a quilt show, book sale, pony rides, hayrides, alpacas, live music, demonstrations and food vendors. Sullivan County Fairgrounds, 4430 Route 154, Forksville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6. 637-0897.
NEPA BlogCon, a daylong conference and networking event for bloggers of all experience levels as well as those interested in marketing, social media and using new media as a tool for business. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Oct. 5. $35. 262-9644.
Fall Festival, with tractor rides, pony rides, games, activities, barn tours and fall foods. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 5; noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 6. 888-887-7811.
Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to the Pocono town of Moscow with a stopover at its restored 1904 train station. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Oct. 5, 13, 19, 26 and 27 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and approximate return at 2:30 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. 340-5205.
Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to Gouldsboro. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Oct. 6 with an 11 a.m. departure and approximate return at 2 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. 340-5205.
Berwick Riverfest, with APBA Boat Racing, Car Cruise-In, antique and classic boats, Berwick Brewing Beer Tent, craft and food vendors, Battle of the Bands, games, rides, Saturday fireworks and music by the Tommy Guns Band. Test Track Riverfront Park, 50 S. Eaton St., Berwick. Noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 11; 10 a.m. to dusk Oct. 12; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Free. 752-2723.
Sullivan County Fall Festival, with the Mid-Atlantic National Chainsaw Carving Competition, lumberjack demonstrations of chopping, ax throwing, logrolling and crosscut sawing, juried art expo, artisans and demonstrations, quilt show, children’s activities, food and craft vendors. Sullivan County Fairgrounds, 4430 Route 154, Forksville. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13. 482-4088 or sullivanpachamber.com.
Pumpkin Festival, with a craft fair, homemade ice cream and apple dumplings, free hayrides, door prizes, entertainment and a pick-a-pumpkin-patch. Ol’ Country Barn, 9 S. Comstock Road, Benton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13. 925-0301.
Harvest & Wine Festival, with more than a dozen Pennsylvania wineries, harvest-themed foods, entertainment by amRadio and Third Degree and artisans offering locally produced items. Lazybrook Park, Route 6, Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12. $20 advance; $30 at the gate. Sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club. 836-1247.
Autumn Timber Festival, with Timber Team Lumberjack Shows, the Marvelous Mutts canine show, chairlift rides, bluegrass music, chainsaw sculpture, Pocono Wildlife Rehab Show, food and craft vendors, the Time Travelling Medicine Magic Show, stiltwalkers, jugglers, pig races and more. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 61-64 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13. $12 advance, $15 at the gate. 421-7231.
Car Cruise, to benefit cerebral-palsy victim Cody White. With trophies, raffles, music and food. Austie’s Family Restaurant, 2333 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12. 824-7015.
AACA Car Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional AACA Car Club. Anything with wheels is welcome to participate. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 25, 6 to 10 with awards at 9. Free.