6th Annual Bonfire at The Iron Furnaces


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!


Public Art Project hosts May Flowers event


To capitalize on the lovely weather and vibrant colors of spring, #scrantonlove Public Art Project will host another First Friday Scranton event on May 6, entitled May Flowers.   The project celebrates the rebirth of Lackawanna County’s rich landscape of flowers and greenery.

May Flowers will feature several flower-themed activities and installations.  Duffy’s Accessories, 218 Linden Street, will be featuring an exhibit by artist Caleb Eyler and beaded flowers by local Girls Scouts.  Duffy’s will also be working to “flower bomb” the section west of Wyoming Avenue with yarn bombed flowers, artistic flowers and real flowers donated by the Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug.  The Linden Street arch on Courthouse Square will have a flower installation designed by artist Kelly Moore and Scranton High School senior art students, National Honor Society members and class officers with flowers donated by Ambiance, Dillon Floral Corporation and community members.

From 5 to 8 p.m., the public is invited to help create a wheat paste mural on the side of The Leonard Theatre Building, 335 Adams Avenue, led by ScrantonMade.   Wheat Paste is a gel or liquid adhesive made from wheat flour or starch and water. It has been used for thousands of years for book binding, découpage, collage, papier-mâché, and adhering paper posters and notices to walls.  Wheat Paste artists around the globe are now using it to create semi-permanent murals on buildings. The paste is an adhesive that is weather resistant, but it can also be removed with a pressure washer.

Information about making flowers for the mural will be posted on the Scrantonlove May flowers Facebook event page.

Guests will also have the opportunity to create a piece that night if they are unable to create one before.  The Workshop, located at 334 Adams Avenue, will be hosting a printmaking session the night of First Friday, led by print maker and graphic artist Christine Medley, where guests will have an opportunity to create a print for the mural.