Summer continues barreling full
speed ahead with two fundraising events slated to take place in the Triboro area this weekend.
On Sunday, Aug. 12, Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge will hold its annual chicken barbecue and basket raffle from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Arcaro and Genell, 443 S. Main St.
in Old Forge.
Meanwhile, also on Sunday, Greenwood Hose Co. No. 1 in conjunction
with Moosic borough, will hold a dedication/housing for the new fire department rescue truck as well as a Community Day celebration.
Prince of Peace chicken barbecue
This marks the sixth year for this event, which is among the parish’s
biggest fundraisers, according to
event chair and parish music director Francis Riviello.
Initially, he said, the chicken barbecue took place at the parish grounds, then moved to Arcaro and Genell when the restaurant took over its preparations.
It’s proven to be a great venue for the event, he said.
“They do it outside in an open pit. They’ve been very generous to the church,” said Riviello, noting members
of the Sons of Italy and the Felittese
Association volunteer their services to the event.
Dinners are $10 and come with half a barbecue chicken, plus pasta salad, corn on the cob and a roll. While many people buy their tickets in advance, walk-ins are also welcomed.
Once there, people can take their meals in a take-out container or eat
outside under a tent.
Besides the delicious eats, attendees will also have the chance to win a number of enticing raffle items, among them a bike, a Shop-Vac, wine baskets, a cupcake basket, seasonal wreaths and gift cards for all the restaurants along Main Street in Old Forge.
“All told, we have about 15 raffle items,” Riviello said.
A lot of hard work goes into the chicken barbecue’s preparations, but in the end it’s worth it, said Riviello, noting the event usually raises between $5,000 and $6,000 for the parish.
“You work hard, but we laugh a lot and have a good time. It’s enjoyable,” he said. “Hopefully everyone in the town will come out and support us.”
Moosic Rescue Truck Dedication/Housing and Community Day
The event will kick off with an old-fashioned fireman’s parade beginning
at 1 p.m. The parade will line up on the 3500 and 3600 blocks of Winfield Avenue, proceed north on Pittston Avenue, turn left on Fassold Street and left again onto Birney Avenue before ending at the Fire Station.
Following the parade, there will be a short dedication and housing ceremony for the fire department’s new 2019 KME rescue truck. After that, attendees will be able to enjoy food from Arcaro and Genell, cold beverages, games, rescue demonstrations, displays, tours of all equipment, kid activities and a bake sale.
In addition, Moosic Borough will display the Police Department’s new fleet of vehicles, as well as all of the new and updated Department of Public Works equipment. And there will be fire apparatuses from other nearby communities, including Avoca, Duryea, Taylor and Hughestown.
There also will be landings and tours of Geisinger Life Flight 3, a DJ, free blood pressure screenings and CPR education by paramedics from Pennsylvania Ambulance, and fire department membership and recruitment information.