The 25th Anniversary Hook O’Malley 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, Aug. 20, at McDade Park at 10 a.m. Registration will be held from 8:15-9:45 a.m. Registration will cost $20 up until Thursday, Aug. 17. Day of Race registration will be $25.
For more information, call (570) 346-1828 or (570) 341-7787. All donations benefit the American Cancer Society.
Planners shown from left are: Patrick O’Malley, Vincent O’Malley, Patrick O’Malley II, Mary Theresa O’Malley Ruddy, Emily O’Malley, Matt O’Malley, Leo Ruddy, Gene Reed, Jim Moran, and Mary Jo Noone
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.”
Holy Cross High School, Dunmore, a Diocese of Scranton Catholic School named in 2007, will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Catholic education on Saturday, Aug. 12, with a Mass at 5:30 p.m. at the high school followed by a reception at The Colonnade. Principal celebrant for the Mass will be the Rev. Monsignor David L. Tressler, Diocesan secretary for catholic education and superintendent of schools.
The reception at The Colonnade will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and will include passed hors d’oeuvres and age appropriate beverages. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased prior to the event. The celebration will include basket raffles with tickets available for purchase at the event.
The celebration is open to all friends, family and alumni of Holy Cross High School and Diocesan Catholic Schools. For more information, or to make your reservation, please call Holy Cross High School, 570-346-7541. Tickets may be purchased with cash, check, or credit card.
Committee members show in photo above include, from left: Katie VonBergen , administrative staff; Ben Tolerico, Holy Cross High School principal; Jennifer Stonikinis, English faculty; Kristina Toolan, art faculty; Jillian Rojek, music and science faculty; and John Anthony Farkas, Jr., manager of development and alumni relations for Diocesan Catholic schools.
The committee also includes Laura Hudak, English faculty.