Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of “King Coal”

Coal Mine

Lackawanna County and Lackawanna Historical Society officials gather at the entrance to the Model Mine at McDade Park for an award from the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Coal Steering Committee.

This honor marks the 250th anniversary of “King Coal” in our area, throughout the United States, and the historic value of the McDade Park mine as a tourist attraction.

Shown from left: Mark Dougher, County Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation; Mary Ann Moran-Savakinus, Lackawanna Historical Society; James Foley, Parks & Recreation Buildings & Grounds manager; Scott Herring, 250th Anniversary of Anthracite Coal steering committee; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Bob Noone, Parks & Recreation supervisor; and Robert Savakinus, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.

Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces

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The sixth annual Bonfire at The Iron Furnaces will take place Saturday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces, a truly unique site with the remains of a standing blast furnace.

The Bonfire Festival, a fundraiser for the Anthracite Heritage Museum, explores the roots of Halloween in Celtic culture and celebrates other cultural autumn festivals while highlighting Northeastern PA’s industrial past.

This year’s event features music by Light Weight playing pop and rock, traditional German Brass oompah music by Schützengiggles, and Colleen and Jimmy Reynolds covering all your favorite songs, fire twirlers, a Jack O’Lantern competition, face painting, fire hooping, tarot card readings, a balloon artist, stilt walking, a Day of the Dead ofrenda, a Fairytale display and hands-on activity sponsored by the Everhart Museum, live theatre, dance performances by Symmetry Studio, a Harvest Display by the Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug Park, the ceremonial lighting of the bonfire, and food and beverages.

Tickets include admission to the festival and $5 in Bonfire Bucks, to use towards food, beverage, and activities.

Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the gate. As always, entrance to the festival is free for children 12 and under.

Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costume

6th Annual Bonfire at The Iron Furnaces

bonfire-at-the-iron-furnaces-ad

The sixth annual Bonfire at The Iron Furnaces will take place Saturday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces, a truly unique site with the remains of a standing blast furnace.

The Bonfire Festival, a fundraiser for the Anthracite Heritage Museum, explores the roots of Halloween in Celtic culture and celebrates other cultural autumn festivals while highlighting Northeastern PA’s industrial past.

This year’s event features music by Light Weight playing pop and rock, traditional German Brass oompah music by Schützengiggles, and Colleen & Jimmy Reynolds covering all your favorite songs, fire twirlers, a Jack O’Lantern competition, face painting, fire hooping, tarot card readings, a balloon artist, stilt walking, a Day of the Dead ofrenda, a Fairytale display and hands-on activity sponsored by the Everhart Museum, live theatre, dance performances by Symmetry Studio, a Harvest Display by the Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug Park, the ceremonial lighting of the bonfire, and food and beverages.

Tickets include admission to the festival and $5 in Bonfire Bucks, to use towards food, beverage, and activities. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the gate. As always, entrance to the festival is free for children 12 and under.

Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costume attire!