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Summertime means bazaars and festivals


June 14. 2014 3:35PM


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Summer in Greater Pittston means bazaars and festivals.


There’s a first for everything. Our Lady of Eucharist, Pittston, will hold its first family parish picnic today, June 21, after the 4 p.m. Mass on the parish grounds.


The cost of tickets will be $15, with all children 12 years of age and under free. The menu will consist of hamburgers, hotdogs, all the “fixins,” salads and watermelon for dessert. There will be soda, water and juice, along with coffee/tea. Tickets may be ordered by calling 570-654-0263 or emailing the parish office at olepittston@gmail.com.


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Corpus Christi Bazaar. At a highly-touted flea market, you’ll find new and used children’s toys, household and sports items, holiday decorations, jewelry and books. Bazaar hours are 6 to 10 p.m. June 26 and June 27 and 4:30 to 10 p.m. June 28 on the grounds of Immaculate Conception Church, 601 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston.


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It’s picnic time at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Duryea! Beginning on Friday, July 11 and running to Sunday, July 13, the annual picnic provides food, entertainment and a flea market.


The picnic is open from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday; 5 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday; 4 to 10 p.m. on Sunday. A large tent will be added for this year’s picnic, providing lots of shade to enjoy the wonder food, drink, entertainment and desserts.


The band lineup is as follows: Friday, 7 to 11 p.m., Sister Esther; Saturday, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., The Sperazza Band; Sunday, 6 to 10 p.m., Flaxy Morgan.


The flea market will be held from Thursday, July 10 to Sunday, July 13. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday; 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday; 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday; 4 to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Flea market is held in the basement of Sacred Heart Church, side entrance.


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St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston, will hold its summer bazaar beginning on Friday, July 12 and running through Sunday, July 13 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church grounds. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 3 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.


Ethnic foods will be offered, such as homemade tripe, porketta sandwiches, pasta fazul, homemade white or red pizza, and much more. Games for the whole family will be offered with novelties and bingo.


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The Germania Hose Company bazaar opens July 16 with Sunshine Shows rides and closes July 20 with fireworks at 10 p.m. In between you’ll find entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. July 17 by Pair of Mikes, from 8 to midnight July 18 by Flaxy Morgan, preceded by the firefighters parade at 7 p.m.; from 8 to midnight July 19 by Hillbilly D’Lux and from 6 to 9 p.m. July 19 by The Sperazza Band. Venue is 430 Foote Ave., Duryea.


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Attention, all tripe-lovers. St. Barbara’s Parish will serve that ethnic specialty as well as sauerkraut, kielbasa, haluski, pulled pork and, don’t forget, the ever-popular white pizza.


You’ll find a flea market, crafts and games as well as the chance to win tickets to Penn State games, RailRiders games and a scenic plane ride. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. July 18 and July 19 and 4 to 9 p.m. July 20 at Memorial and Erie streets, Exeter. Live entertainment will be by Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots on July 18, Jeanne Zano on July 19 and Flaxy Morgan on July 20.


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The Church of St. Maria Goretti will have pony rides, a new-this-year photo booth and activities for all ages from 5 to 10 p.m. under the tents on Laflin Road, Laflin. Entertainment includes Flaxy Morgan from 6 to 10 p.m. July 25, Flash Drive from 6 to 10 p.m. July 26 and Cinder Brothers from 6 to 10 p.m. July 27.


As usual, there will be great food, games and prizes.


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Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, will be hosting an all-you-can-eat pig roast from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 20 on the grounds of St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St., Avoca.


The menu includes roasted pig, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, corn on the cob, desserts, soda and water.


There will also be children’s games, basket and cash raffles and a bake sale. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under. Please call 570-457-3412 for tickets.


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How many people clamor each year for the potato pancakes at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Dupont? The popularity of these golden delicacies has grown to the point the parish three-car garage is converted into a kitchen for the three-day event and Nova Equipment installed three additional pans with burners measuring 28 inches by 5 feet to accommodate the growing demand.


This year, volunteers estimate they will use two tons of potatoes. The bazaar will be from 6 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, July 31 and Friday, Aug. 1. The final day will be Saturday, Aug. 2 from 5 to 11 p.m. on the parish grounds.


To complement the variety of Polish food, the bands that will bring on the polkas include Kickin’ Polkas on July 31, John Stevens and Double Shot on Aug. 1 and Joe Stanky and his Cadets on Aug. 2.


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Proceeds of the 15th annual bazaar for the Parish Community of St. John the Evangelist in Pittston help run two health clinics (adult and pediatric), a food pantry, clothes closet and family and youth ministry. So you know when you’re sampling ethnic food or trying to win a basket or quilt there, you’re helping several worthy causes.


The completely alcohol-free event will take place Thursday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 9 under the tents on Church and Broad streets in Pittston with a flea market inside nearby Seton Auditorium. Hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m. and live music will be supplied by Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots on Aug. 7, Hillbilly D’Lux on Aug. 8 and Flaxy Morgan on Aug. 9. Pat Ward the clown also will make an appearance on Saturday.


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The 31st Annual Pittston Tomato Festival will be held Aug. 21 to Aug. 24 on the festival grounds in downtown Pittston. There is live entertainment nightly.


Some 50,000 people traditionally attend the four-day event which features dozens of vendors serving a variety of ethnic foods.


There is a parade and pageant on Saturday.


The popular Tomato Fights are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 in the parking lot of Cooper’s on the Waterfront on Kennedy Boulevard.


NOTE: to include your bazaar, festival or picnic is this listing, email sd@psdispatch.com or call 570-602-0178.




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