A Jessup tradition continues this weekend with numerous events surrounding St. Ubaldo Day, aka la Festa dei Ceri.
On Saturday, May 26, the activity begins at 6 a.m. when drummers march through the streets to awake the borough. Plenty of music plus processions, a prayer service and more follow throughout Jessup during the day, with the action culminating in the traditional “Race of the Saints” centered around Church Street, when the families of St. Ubaldo, St. Anthony and St. George race through Jessup while carrying statues of their respective saints.
Then, on Sunday, May 27, children can participate in a junior version of the race. A breakfast will take place from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the St. Ubaldo Society Cultural Center, 310 Third Ave., with a blessing, prayer service and raising of the saints following the meal. The children’s race begins at 12:30 p.m. at Ward Street and Powell Avenue, ending at Jessup Veterans Memorial Field.
2. ‘The Amish Project’
Pocono Mountains Theater Company’s tour of “The Amish Project” stops in Scranton and Honesdale this week.
One actress performs all of the roles in the fictional story about the aftermath of the 2006 shooting at the West Nickel Mines Amish School in Lancaster County.
On Thursday, May 24, the show will begin at 7 p.m. at POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave. The show then will move on to the Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale, for a show on Friday, May 25, at 8 p.m.
Tickets cost $15 for each show and are available online at brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit
3. Arts Thrive in Carbondale
An inaugural arts event looks to offer educational and interactive activities this weekend.
Sponsored by Women to Women: THRIVE, Arts THRIVE in Carbondale will take place around the downtown on Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m. Guests can speak with artists about their work and take part in hands-on activities during the free event. Artists range from jewlery-makers to painters to paper crafters, and the event also will feature tarot card readings, face painting and more.
Dr. S. Robert Powell from Carbondale Historical Society will share details about Carbondale’s history aboard the Lackawanna County trolley bus, which visitors can ride to each event site.
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.
4. ‘Little Shop of Horrors’
A pair of former soap opera stars will lead the cast of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Creative and Performing Arts Academy of NEPA.
The show runs Thursday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, May 25, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 26, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 27, at 1 and 6:30 p.m. at the Ritz Theater building, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton.
The cast includes two former stars of “The Guiding Light,” with Emmy-nominated actress Mandy Bruno Bogue playing Audrey and Robert T. Bogue portraying Orin. Understudies will perform the roles of Audrey and Seymour during the weekend matinees.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 for limited reserved seating and $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 for general seating. For tickets, visit ShowTix4U.com. Call 570-252-4156, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit capaa.org for more information.
A Vietnam War hero from Scranton will be honored posthumously in a set of weekend events open to the public.
Marine Lance Cpl. Jimmy Reddington — who earned 12 medals, including two Purple Hearts — died in combat at 19 on March 23, 1967, but his medals went unclaimed for decades because his family was deceased.
On Saturday, May 26, however, Lt. Gen. Ron Christmas will present Reddington’s medals to the Marine Corps League’s Northeast Detachment at an 11 a.m. ceremony on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square. A Marine Corps color guard and the Greater Scranton Black Diamonds Pipe Band will participate, and other Marines and Vietnam veterans are welcome to join, too.
A memorial service with full military honors will follow Sunday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at Reddington’s grave in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
A few Lackawanna County communities, meanwhile, will hold Memorial Day parades on Monday, May 28.
American Legion Post 513 and VFW Post 4954 sponsor Old Forge’s parade, which forms at 9:30 a.m. and steps off 10 at Main and Miles streets. A ceremony follows at Old Forge Cemetery.
In Carbondale, the parade starts lining up at 10:15 a.m. at Ben Franklin Apartments and steps off at 10:45. A ceremony follows at Memorial Park at 11:15 with Capt. Loris Lepri as principal speaker.
Clarks Summit’s parade forms at 11 a.m. at Clarks Summit Elementary Center on Grove Street then heads to South State Street to Winola Road before ending at Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069, 402 Winola Road. A memorial service follows at the post.