The Lackawanna County Commissioners recognized Stephanie Longo of Dunmore, inside left, on the publication of her latest book, “The Italian of Lackawanna County.”
The volume chronicles, in stories and photos, the proud Italian heritage and anecdotes of families in our various communities. A citizen of both the United States and Italy, Ms. Longo has also authored two other “Good Works” that focus on Italian culture and towns in our area.
Shown from left are: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Ms. Longo, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.
The Saint Ubaldo Society, a regional non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the culture and traditions of La Festa dei Ceri in Jessup, will host author Stephanie Longo for an event celebrating the release of her forthcoming book, “The Italians of Lackawanna County,” on Saturday, March 10, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Saint Ubaldo Society Cultural Center, located at 310 Third Avenue in Jessup.
“The Italians of Lackawanna County” focuses on the county’s modern Italian-American history and includes photos and stories from the area’s main Italian ethnic enclaves, as well as anecdotes from families. Linda Anelli, the Saint Ubaldo Society’s corresponding secretary and public relations director, supplied most of the photos of La Corsa dei Ceri, as well as the book’s front cover photo.
Stephanie Longo is known locally as an expert on the Italian American history of northeastern Pennsylvania and has authored previous works on the subject, including “Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania” and “Dunmore.”
The founder of SIAMO, the Italian American Heritage Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, she has made it her mission to continue to preserve the history that her ancestors brought to the United States from Guardia dei Lombardi, Italy.
Through her work, the City of Scranton, the Borough of Dunmore, and Guardia have been named sister cities. A dual citizen of the United States and Italy, she resides in Dunmore and is presently the director of marketing and communications at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
Dunmore Historical Society will host a signing of “Images of America: Dunmore,” a book by Stephanie Longo, on Saturday, Dec. 16, from noon to 3 p.m. at the society,126 Barton St., Dunmore.
Blessing of the Hands Ceremony
Marywood University’s nursing students will continue the tradition of participating in the annual Blessing of the Hands ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 2:30 p.m., in the Marian Chapel, in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life. This event is free and open to the public.
The Blessing of the Hands Ceremony at Marywood University is in its fourth year at the University. The ceremony is a recent tradition that honors sophomore nursing students who will begin to apply their classroom studies to direct applications in the field. Junior and senior nursing students will also participate in the ceremony.
O’Malley Christmas Party
The 16th annual O’Malley free Christmas party will be held on Sunday, December 10, at the Keyser Valley Community Center from 1 to 3 p.m. Children from preschool to fifth grade are welcome to meet Jolly Old St. Nick. The party will consist of a picture with Santa Claus, Goodfella’s Pizza, orange drink, candy canes, McDonald’s cheeseburger and fries coupon from the Keyser Avenue location, a free Kids Meal from Texas Roadhouse, Utz potato chips, and a Krispy Kreme donut.
Reservations must be made by Thursday, Dec. 7, by calling 570-346-1828 to leave a message with number of children attending.
Holiday Trolley Excursions
Electric City Trolley Museum will hold a series of holiday season excursions, which will help to bring cheer to the less fortunate members of our community. The very popular “Santa on the Trolley” excursions are scheduled for December 9, 10, 16, 17 and 23. Departure times are 10 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm. Reservations are required. The 10-mile ride goes to the Trolley Works Building at the PNC Field and back to the Museum.
For more information and reservations, contact the Museum at 570-963-6590.
Marywood Tree Lighting
Marywood University will gather with the community to kick off the start of the holiday season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony today at 4 p.m., in the Rotunda, which is located in the Liberal Arts Center on the University’s campus. This event is free and open to the public.
This annual tradition, which draws tremendous community support, is accompanied by prayer, ornament presentations, holiday choral entertainment, and light refreshments. Members of the general public are invited to join the entire Marywood community in the Rotunda each year to share this special, joyous tradition of the holiday season.
In a 69 year choral history of songs for the season, the Catholic Choral Society will present an Advent Concert on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Snows Church, 301 S. State Street,Clarks Summit. The group will sing sacred Advent and Christmas music as well other Christmas pieces and will be joined by the parish adult choir. Msgr. Joseph G. Quinn is pastor; music director is Dana Cerminaro The concert is open to the public free of charge.
Brenda Grunza is president of the Catholic Choral Society while Dr. Thomas Rittenhouse is president emeritus. Jean Shields is accompanist and Ann Manganiello is music director of the group.
Marywood Concert Choir Performance at Rotunda
Marywood University’s Concert Choir will perform a concert in the acoustically stunning Rotunda, on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m.
The concerts are free and open to the public. The choir, which holds a concert in the Rotunda once every few years, will perform in a 360-degree circle on the second floor of the Rotunda, with the audience seated below.
For its concert, the Choir will perform Josef Rheinberger’s Cantus Missae for double chorus a cappella, along with unaccompanied motets, a vocal musical composition, by Victoria, Gabrieli, Howells, Charles Wood, Daniel Elder, and Frank La Rocca.