Calendar of Events: August 2020

Furniture Sale

During this health crisis, SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, will sponsors its furniture sale on Friday, Aug. 7, and Saturday, Aug. 8, outside, in th driveway of St. Cyril’s Church and Rectory from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.  

Everyone must wear a face mask and follow social distancing.Customers can enter from 135 River Street (between the school and the rectory)  or West Grant Street, Olyphant.   All the furniture and home decor have been donated by estates, moving or downsizing homes.  Food and raffles will be available.  The musical entertainment will be provided by Paul Dudrich and Patrick Marcinko, parishioners of  St. Cyril’s Church. For more information, call 

St. Cyril’s Rectory at 570-291-4451 or go online to

Lebanese Food Fest

The 10th annual Lebanese-American Mini Food Fest will be held Aug. 7-9 at St. Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, 130 N. St. Frances Cabrini Ave., off lower Jackson Street. There will be take-out and pick-up of Middle Eastern food and pastries and local picnic food favorites.. Times will be Friday and Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. Please follow current mask and distancing guidelines. Prepaid orders are being taken by calling 570-343-6092. For menu or information, visit or, or contact

Golf Tournament

The 14th annual St. Mary’s Villa Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Aug. 17, with registration and luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. and shotgun start at noon. Cocktail hour and dinner will be at 5:30. Single golfer registration is $150. New this year is a Memorial Hole Sponsorship. For information, contact David Leonori at 570-795-2810 or email


Church Breakfast

St. Joseph Melkite Catholic Church, 130 North St. Frances Cabrini Ave., West Scranton, has postponed itsr annual St. Joseph Breakfast from Sunday, March 22 until sometime after Easter. The Byzantine Lenten Mission wascancelled at all participating churches. Orders still being taken for Baklava and Pastries and Easter Flowers. Contact, or facebook.

Easter Party

The O’Malley Family regrets to inform the public that due to safety precautions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, our 21st Annual Easter Party will be cancelled.  We hope to reschedule in the near future, but safety is our number one responsibility for the citizens of our county.  Have a happy, safe, and healthy Easter.  


The Riverside PROmoting School – community – university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) team has cancelled its annual Spring vendor craft fair slated for Saturday, April 4, at the Riverside East Elementary School, 900 School Street, Moosic, as a precautionary response to the Coronavirus.   

Cultural Center Events

Due to the guidelines announced by Gov. Tom Wolf, the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple has been closed and many staff are working remotely. The Cultural Center has announced the postponement of its 20th annual Evening of Fine Food and Wine scheduled for April 19. Cancelled events include the fifth annual Buy Local Spring Fling Marketplace which had been scheduled for May 3. Also cancelled were all “Little Mermaid” rehearsals. Persons can communicate online at or

Anthracite Opera Co. Production

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Anthracite Opera Company is postponing its Hodgepodge V, Mostly Classicall, which was scheduled for  Sunday, April 19 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Scranton.  For more information, contact Gary Richards at 570-335-7702.

Production of “On Golden Pond” Set for This Month; Area Students Design Poster

Actors Circle Holy Cross

Holy Cross students who designed the poster for an upcoming production of “On Golden Pond” are, seated from left: Keelin Schimilfenig and Jillian Brennan. Standing, same order: Kristina Toolan, art teacher; Benjamin Tolerico, principal; Jane Foy, Actors Circle president, and Katie Von Bergen, director of play.

Actors Circle will present Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Rd., Scranton, on March 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27 and  28. Performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $12, general; $10 seniors, $8 students. On Thursday, March 19, tickets are $8 general and seniors, $6 students. For reservations Call 570-342-9707.  All reservations are held 10 minutes until show time.

Directed by Katie VonBergen, this well known play tells the story of Norman Thayer and his energetic wife, Ethel, who have been spending the summers at their lakeside home on Golden Pond for 48 years, fishing and watching for loons. Then, their divorced daughter, Chelsea, her new fiancé, and his teenage son make an unexpected visit.

Cast members are: Bob Taylor as Norman Thayer; Carol Davis as Ethel Thayer; Marcie Herman Riebe as Chelsea Thayer; Eric Lutz as Billy Ray Wayne; Michael Semus Fenton-Kapacs as Billy Ray Wayne Jr., and Jeff Ginsberg as Charlie Martin.

Mariely Colin is stage manager; Jeff Ginsberg and Lou Bisignani, producers; John VonBergen, set designer and master builder; Margo Azzarelli, set decorator; Cathy Rist Strauch, artistic painter and publicist. 

Keelin Schimelfenig and Jillian Brennan, students of Holy Cross High School. designed the artwork for the poster. Benjamin Tolerico is the high school principal, and Kristina Toolan is their art teacher.

Jane Foy is Actors Circle’s president.