Arts & Culture Projects Informational Session

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department will host a free informational session pertaining to the 2016 Arts and Culture Community Project Grants process on Monday, September 28, at 5:30 p.m. at the Electric City Trolley Museum located on the property of Steamtown National Historic Site at 300 Cliff Street, Scranton.

Non-profit organizations and individuals may apply for up to $3,000 for a project that benefits the community.  The grants will be awarded in January.

Applications are due Friday, October 9.  An application can be downloaded from the Lackawanna County website

To register for the session, contact the Arts & Culture Department by email at or by telephone at 570.963.6590, ext. 106.

Eric Booth Featured Speaker At The September 25 Wake Up With The Arts Breakfast

Eric Booth, a renowned actor, author and educator, will be the featured speaker at this year’s “Wake Up With The Arts Breakfast” scheduled for Friday, September 25, in The Mohegan Sun Club at PNC Field, Moosic.

The seventh annual event, sponsored by the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department, brings national speakers on community arts topics to our area.   Breakfast and registration begin at   8:30 AM with the program running from 9 AM – 11 AM.

The breakfast serves as a creative networking event that focuses on educating, motivating and inspiring the public to use the arts, area artists, and art organizations, businesses and agencies to enhance the quality of life in the communities that comprise Lackawanna County.

It showcases also the artistic talent in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  The tables at the event will be decorated by local artists and organizations.

The program will open with a short performance by the Scranton Fringe Festival, a new three- day event under the direction of Conor O’Brien to be held throughout Scranton October 1-4.

Mr. Booth, will be speaking on “Under the Radar: The Future of Arts, Arts Education and Culture. He will focus on new trends concerning the arts and culture sector, such as the unique power of arts and culture to change communities.

As an actor, Eric Booth performed in many plays on Broadway, Off-Broadway and around the U.S.  As an author, he has had five books published.  He is the founding editor of the quarterly Teaching Artist Journal.

He has been on the faculty of Juilliard and has taught at Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood, The Kennedy Center and The Lincoln Center Institute.  Mr. Booth has taught at every level – kindergarten through graduate school.  He has given workshops at over 30 universities and conservatories and 60 cultural institutions.

The guest speaker has designed and led over twenty research projects and seven online courses and workshops. He serves as a consultant to many associations, cities, states and businesses around the country, including seven of the ten largest U.S. orchestras, five national service organizations, and Carnegie Hall.

The “Wake up with the Arts Breakfast” is free and open to the public.  Interested parties can register by emailing or calling 570.963.6590, ext. 106.

La Festa Italiana

La Festa Italiana Celebrates 40th Year

Opening Friday Night for First Time!

Labor Day weekend (Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7)


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The annual La Festa Italiana on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton, Pa.

80 vendors offering great Italian food, and continuous live entertainment.


Hours are Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.;

                   Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

                   Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission



Friday  opening evening for the first time. The festival begins at 4 p.m., with a brief opening ceremony held at 6 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 5 James R. Minicozzi Memorial 5K Run . The race is being sponsored by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO, the Italian-American service organization, and      proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The race begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Lackawanna Ave. and Wyoming Ave., where it continues to Green Ridge St., then on to N. Washington Ave. and ending at Scranton City Hall.


Friday, September 4, at 7 p.m., Jaya Yoga Studio is holding “Glowga On The Square,” a one-hour event – taught with glow sticks – on the grass near the fountains on the North Washington Avenue side of the Square.


Saturday, September 5, Mind Body Spirit Co-op will lead a session at 11 a.m. on the grass on the Linden St. side of the Square.


Sunday, Sept. 6,  The Mass in Italian is celebrated, at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Cathedral on Wyoming Avenue (one block from festival site). This is a colorful and joyous worship service that always draws a standing-room-only congregation. The homilist is Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton.


Monday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m  A new tradition will also continue this year. While Coney Island has its hot dog eating contest, and Philadelphia is the site for Wing Bowl, La Festa will crown a Cannoli Eating Champion. The contest will take place on Monday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. in front of the main stage.



Information, including the complete entertainment schedule, is also available on the website: