During what seemed like an endless winter, we told ourselves that summer would come eventually. Now, it’s here, and it’s time to enjoy a season of special outdoor events. Here’s what’s coming up.
• The Jessup 21st Century Association will hold its 23rd annual Family Day on Thursday, July 5, at Jessup Veteran’s Memorial Stadium on Hill Street.
“We are going to make this year the biggest and best ever celebration,” said Genie Lupini, spokesperson for the group. “We’re adding the Villa Capri Club cruise, mini- golf for the children and besides our usual entertainment, we are featuring the Poets, which many people have been waiting to see at this event.”
There will be homemade foods, pizza, beverages, ice cream, fresh popcorn, cupcakes and children’s face painting by Valley View cheerleaders. The mini golf was donated by Jessup Mayor Joseph Buckshon Jr. Joanne Zelinka will be showing/selling her handmade bracelets. Jeff Conrad will be selling novelties and cotton candy.
The Villa Capri Club car cruise opens at 4 p.m.; at 6 p.m. Rob the Juggler will amaze, as he always does. (Wait till he gets out the big knives!) At 6:30, the Kelly Patrick Studio of Dance will perform; and at 7, the Double “R” Twirlettes will put on a show. At 7:30 the Poets will take the stage. The evening will be capped off by what organizers are calling a “gigantic” fireworks display.
Don’t forget to bring your blankets/chairs. Donations will be accepted at the gate.
• On Sunday, July 8, the Jermyn Events Committee will hold its annual free community concert 6 to 8 p.m. at the Callahan Recreation Park on Mellow Court. Music will be provided by Ron Morgan with Crossroads. As is the annual tradition, there will be free hot dogs, soda and ice cream for all those in attendance. Bring your chair or blanket. In case of rain, the concert will be held at the Community Center.
“The Jermyn Events Committee has sponsored the concert from inception, the last few years with the assistance from the Lackawanna County Arts and Cultural Department, which provides a mini-grant that helps pay for the music,” explained committee member Joanne Wilson. “In the beginning, we did all the cooking and serving ourselves, but now we have help from our Hot Dog Matty, grilling the hot dogs, and the Knights of Columbus of Jermyn/Mayfield, helping serve beverages, etc. and also helping with the clean-up. We hope to continue this old-fashioned concert in the park for many, many years.”
• A few days later, Wednesday through Saturday, July 11 to 14, the William Walker Hose Co., 803 Penn Ave. in Mayfield, will hold its annual Corn & Clam Slam starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday. Music starts at 8 on Wednesday and Thursday and at 9 on Friday and Saturday. There will be carnival rides (ride-all-night wristbands are $12 on Wednesday and Thursday nights) and a parade on Saturday at 7 p.m.
“We are adding time before the parade on Saturday night,” explained Karen Bowerman. “We will open the food and game stands and the carnival rides at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Dani-elle is scheduled to play from 4 to 7 p.m.”
Erich & Tyler Music Company will perform on Wednesday; Better Than Bad will perform Thursday; Pink Slip will perform Friday; and Until Sunrise will close out the fair on Saturday.
“The first Corn & Clam Slam was held in the summer of 1995,” Bowerman recalled. “It was a one-day event. Every year we made improvements until we became a four-day regional event.”
There is no cover charge and parking and admission are free. For more information, visit cornNclamslam.com.
• Also that weekend, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel will hold its annual picnic Thursday through Saturday, July 12-14, at 5 p.m. each night, on the school grounds on Farview Street in Carbondale, featuring Italian foods, entertainment and games.
Music will be provided by The Wannabees on Thursday; Blue London on Friday, followed by fireworks; Jim Cerminaro and John Smith on Saturday night.
One other note: this year the beer tent has returned.
The weekend ends with annual feast procession with the statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on Sunday, July 15, following the 10 a.m. Mass.
“The parish men and women, especially the Alter and Rosary Society work together to prepare the homemade food,” said committee member Josefa Dombrosky. “We work together to make it a huge success each year. This year, Bishop Bambara will be the celebrant on Sunday.”