2020 LaFesta Cancellation Joint Statement

June 23, 2020 – For Immediate Release


2020 LaFesta Cancellation Joint Statement


LaFesta Italiana has been a long-standing and very popular tradition in our community, attracting over 100,000 attendees annually since it was initiated in 1976. But unfortunately like other area events, it too has been affected by the pandemic.

The Lackawanna County Commissioners and the LaFesta Committee jointly announced that “this year’s celebration has been cancelled. We are concerned with the health and well-being of our residents, the many visitors from outside the region, vendors, entertainers, volunteers, workers and public safety personnel who come together to make this large-scale event happen so successfully. We are committed to everyone’s safety and are focused on preventative measures to stop the spread of this virus. We hope to celebrate with everyone again in 2021.”




Joint Lackawanna County and Wright Center Blood Drive Kickoff

Blood Drive Kickoff

Lackawanna County Commissioner Chris Chermak and Dr. Erin McFadden of The Wright Center kicked off the joint County and Wright Center blood drive on June 12.

The next event is slated for July 31 from Noon – 5 PM at the center.





Penn State Extension Lackawanna County 4-H Virtual Summer Programming

Penn State Extension Lackawanna County 4-H Virtual Summer Programming

Lackawanna County 4-H is offering a variety of summer programming projects in a virtual format for the summer of 2020.

“Our programming that traditionally takes place in a person to person format, cannot be done this summer. Re-thinking the way we can offer our programs has had a beneficial effect. By offering virtual and/or pre-recorded lessons, we are able to offer Lackawanna County youth more variety in their project choices,” noted Sandi Graham of the Extension staff.

Lackawanna County youth ages 8 to 18 can “pick their projects”. Youth can choose areas of interest or areas of learning they would like to explore. Virtual learning activities will have a flexible schedule so that youth and families can enjoy traditional summer activities and also be involved in 4-H programs.

The projects offered this summer are: Coding, Kitchen Chemistry, Beginning Engineering, Electricity, Interior Design, Photography, Weaving, Canvas Designs, Basic Cross Stitch, Tie Pillow, Sew Electric Bookmark, Pillowcase Making, and Reading Pillow Construction.

Registration for these projects can be obtained from Sandi Graham, 4-H Educator, as [email protected] or by calling the Penn State Extension Office at 570-963-6842.





Arts & Culture News & Activities

Arts & Culture News & Activities

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department will be redesigning its programming for the remainder of the year due to the COVID-19 crisis to ensure the safety of the public.

Upcoming summer programs including The Scrantastic Spectacular on July 3, Art in the Park series and ARTS Engage! Day at the Electric City Trolley Museum have all been cancelled along with our 3 on 3 tournament. Swimming at our parks’ pool and lakes is prohibited.

Although options may be explored depending on recommendations from the CDC and state, fall and winter events, including the annual Wake Up With the Arts Breakfast and the Winter Market, have also been cancelled. The Trolley Museum is currently not open to the public and offering trolley rides. The museum will follow the official guidelines regarding reopening.

To support local artists and creative local businesses during this time, the County along with Anthracite Events is launching the “NEPA Artists, Creators and Small Business Showcase” on July 1. It will run seasonally through December with the intent to create an online space to make shopping locally easier for the public. Applications are now open and can be found at They will be accepted until June 19.

The County is currently running its Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Live! series every Wednesday from 7-9 pm, featuring local artists and other cultural producers, until July 1.

To stay updated on future Lackawanna County Arts and Culture programming during the pandemic, follow the Department on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or contact the office at [email protected].