Bonfire At The Iron Furnaces Set For October 15

The sixth annual Bonfire Festival at the Iron Furnaces will be held on Saturday, (October 15), beginning at 6 PM. The Bonfire is a fundraiser for the Anthracite Heritage Museum and explores the roots of Halloween in Celtic Culture, celebrates other cultural Autumn Festivals, and also highlights Northeastern Pennsylvania’s industrial past. The event will feature entertainment, food and beverages, fire twirlers, and displays of celebrations of Fall around the world.

Sponsors and committee members involved in the event include, from left, Alysia Scazafabo-Adam, Bonfire Co-Chair; Wayne Evans, Wayne Evans Realty; Jack McGuigan, Individual Sponsor; Lackawanna County Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Chrissy Grunza, Everhart Museum; Tom Calpin, Iron Workers Local 489; Stefanie Colarusso, Everhart Museum; Michael Sorrentino, Everhart Museum; Mary Bowen, Citizens Savings Bank; Brian Hartman, Bonfire Committee Member; Maureen McGuigan, Bonfire Co-Chair; Katie Kearney, Elm Street Project; Owen Worbyzt, Lackawanna Heritage Valley; Mike Kushner, Senator John Blake’s Office; Jimmy Baress, UNICO Scranton Chapter; Nicole Sullivan, Toyota of Scranton; State Representative Marty Flynn, Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Lorie Ransom, Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad; and Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

2016 Bonfire Week Is October 7 – 15

Fall in Lackawanna County is a beautiful time of year. To celebrate the season and the growing number of attractions, events, restaurants, coffee shops, bars and boutique shopping in Scranton and Lackawanna County, the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department is partnering with Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces to promote a whole week of activities and events around the theme of fire, harvest, culture heritage and industry from October 7 – 15.

Bonfire Week kicks-off on First Friday, October 7, and culminates with Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces on Saturday, October 15, at the Scranton Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Avenue, from 6 PM – 10 PM.

The entertainment for the Fall festival will range from flaming Martinis to a Fairy Tale exhibit at the Everhart Museum, to fire and harvest-themed desserts and appetizers.

The first event of the week will be the eighth annual Wake Up with the Arts Breakfast featuring photographer and author Matthew Christopher.  He will be discussing his latest book Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream. The free breakfast will be at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel from 8:30 AM – 11 AM.

In the evening, the public is invited to participate in an interactive #scrantonlove project on the N. Washington side of the Lackawanna County Courthouse. From a Spark a Flame is an installation designed by artist Gavin Esham and will feature 750 luminary bags in the shape of a flame. From 5 PM – 8 PM, the public is invited to write down a wish and place it in a luminary bag on the lawn to help create the installation.

Bar Pazzo, 131 N. Washington Avenue, opens its exhibit, The Artists Fire, featuring artists working in different mediums around the theme of fire.  Terra Preta at 222 Wyoming Avenue will feature fire music by D.J. Honeyman Lightenin’.

The week continues with different activities and specials.  Local boutique stores – On & On, Duffy’s Accessories, Note Fragrances and The Post Home and Body – will showcase Bonfire-inspired windows. The Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel is running a special Bonfire Week package for the weekend of October 14, which includes two tickets to the Bonfire.

For more information about Bonfire Week or Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces, contact Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture, at 570.963.6590, ext. 102 or


The schedule of the week-long specials offered by local businesses follows: 


Adezzo – 515 Center Street                                          S’mores Latte

Bar Pazzo – 131 N. Washington Avenue                   Fire Dessert

Café Sveda – 323 N. Washington Avenue                Free cup of Turkish Tea

Duffy’s Accessories – 218 Linden Street                   Day of the Dead themed accessories

Lavish Home and Body – 600 Linden Street           Halloween soaps and Pumpkin Chai & Sahara Spice Candles

Note Fragrances – 401 Spruce Street                       25% off of Fireside scented candles all week

On & On – 518 Lackawanna Avenue                         Limited edition Wax Junky Bonfire Candle

Terra Preta – 222 Wyoming Avenue                         Bonfire Martini, other cocktails and fiery appetizers

The Keys – 244 Penn Avenue                                      Bonfire Cider

Posh – 404 N. Washington Avenue                           Toasted Hazelnut Martini & Campfire Brownie w/toasted marshmallow

The Post Home & Body – 344 Adams Avenue        Pumpkin Spice Soap and Lip Butter

The Bog – 341 Adams Avenue                                     The Burning Witch – A Jalapeno Bourbon Maple Cocktail

The Radisson Hotel – 700 Lackawanna Avenue    $5 Pumpkin Sangria & $9 Iron District Bourbon Maple Chicken Wings

Whiskey Dick’s – 308 N. Washington Avenue       $5 Pumpkin Martini & $3 Flaming Peach Pie Shot

Zummo’s – 918 Marion Street                                     Pumpkin Carmel Latte

Nibbles & Bits – 1759 Sanderson Avenue               50% off Decorated Chocolate & Caramel Apples


Additional events for Bonfire Week are:


October 7-9

8th Annual Fall Fest at the Backyard Ale House

Craft Beer, Food & Music

523 Linden Street


October 8

Eco-friendly Scarecrow Making – 1 PM – 3 PM

Lackawanna Heritage Valley Natural Play Area

1800 Nay Aug Avenue


NEPA Horror Film Festival – 4PM

Ale Mary’s

126 Franklin Avenue

13 Short Films & Celebrity Guests


October 9

Steamtown Marathon

  1. Washington Avenue side of the Courthouse

Family-friendly activities – 9:30 AM – 1 PM


October 12

Mystery Science Theatre Scranton Style! 6 PM – 9 PM

Featuring Conor McGuigan & Mike Gavern


515 Center Street


October 13

Sugar Skull Paint Night 6 PM – 9 PM


515 Center Street


October 14

Boss Lady Mixer and Costume Party 7 PM – 9 PM

The Leonard

335 Adams Avenue

Women’s Networking Event


The Artists of Bogart Court

Grand Opening

511 Bogart Court


October 15

Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces! 6 PM – 10 PM

159 Cedar Avenue


Cultural & Heritage Sites to Visit

Anthracite Heritage Museum

22 Bald Mountain Road – McDade Park


Electric City Trolley Station and Museum

300 Cliff Street



Wolves, Magic Mirrors and Spinning Wheels:

The Anatomy of Fairytales Exhibit

The Everhart Museum – Nay Aug Park


Lackawanna County Coal Mine

McDade Park


Steamtown National Historic Site

Lackawanna Avenue & Cliff Streets