The city of Carbondale’s Pioneer Nights Committee, headed by chairmen Brian Durkin and John Masco, invites the public to attend the 2017 Pioneer Nights Block Party from Wednesday, August 16 through Saturday, August 19. The four-day event features food, fun, music, and games for the whole family, as well as antiques, a book and bake sale, a parade, and more.
Each day will feature vendors located near City hall on Main St. Among the vendors scheduled to take part are several with what city clerk Michele Bannon calls “local flair,” including the Carbondale Area Marching Band’s games stand, a paranormal society from the region, and local artists and artisans.
Tasty food is always a highlight of the annual Pioneer Nights celebration, and this year will be no exception. Petrosky’s Pierogies, Rooster’s Ice Cream, and Morrison’s Catering will have stands at the event. The Pioneer Nights Committee will also have a food stand featuring some of Carbondale’s mayor’s family favorites, including his grandmother’s meatballs and his mom’s and aunt’s pasta dishes.
Music from local bands, along with other entertainment, will be featured throughout the event. On Wednesday, the Chris Mullineaux Experience will perform beginning at 6 p.m. On Thursday evening, the Wanabees featuring local musicians Carm Gigliotti and Ron Pasco will play from 6:30 to 10:30, with a break at 9 p.m. for a fire and karate display by Red Dragon Karate in front of the City Hall grandstand.
Friday night will feature performances by Lynnette’s Twirlerettes and a return performance by Anatolia Fire Goddess, a skilled belly dancer who incorporates the use of fire into her shows. At 8 p.m. on Friday, Daddy-O and the Sax Maniax will take the stage.
Saturday, August 19, will offer a full day of fun. The Pioneer Nights Committee plans to offer music from noon until midnight, with the Greater Scranton Black Diamonds Pipe Band and Mace in Dickson already on the roster. The Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s Heritage Explorer Train will arrive at the Pioneer City Train Station at 11:45 a.m. to allow passengers who boarded at the Steamtown National Historic Site and other stops along the way to disembark and enjoy the Block Party. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Carbondale Public Library will host a book and bake sale in front of the library next to City Hall.
Also on Saturday, Ros-Al Floral and Antiques will sponsor Antiques in the Park in Memorial Park. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., more than 30 art and antique dealers will have a variety of unique items for sale. Antique appraisals will be offered from 1 until 4 p.m., with carriage rides, tarot card readings, rooftop music, and the opportunity to take photos of a vintage International Harvester pickup truck rounding out the activities in the park.
The 14th Annual Pioneer Nights Parade will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Participants will line up at 5 p.m. on Clidco Dr. near the Dollar General, then will proceed up Rt. 6 to 8th Ave. From 8th Ave., the parade will turn onto Church St., then onto Main St., where it will end near Dunkin Donuts.
“We’re still looking for individuals, groups, businesses, or organizations to participate in the parade, so anyone who wants to show themselves off can contact me at mbannon@icontech or call me at (570) 282-4633 to schedule their entry for the parade,” stated Ms. Bannon. For updates about the parade and other details of the event, visit Carbondale Pioneer Nights on Facebook.