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Church picnic season in Northeast Pennsylvania is back in full swing, and one of the better ones in the Triboro area is set for next weekend.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Duryea will hold its annual picnic July 6-8 on the Parish Picnic Grounds at Sacred Heart, 529 Stephenson St. As always, the family-friendly affair will feature its usual array of ethnic foods, live entertainment, games

and prizes.

The picnic will take place Friday, July 6, from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 7, from 5 to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 8, 5 to 10 p.m. And, on Thursday, July 5, the annual pre-picnic Flea Market will get a jump on the proceedings from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Upper Hall.

More than 50 parishioners get together months before the picnic to begin its planning. Among them are kitchen co-chairs Jef Bauman and Judy Lambert, who are tasked with ordering all the food and facilitating its preparation.

They and the other volunteers churn out a gargantuan amount of homemade picnic favorites, including 2,200 halupki (aka pigs in the blanket), more than 500 dozen pierogies, 400 pounds of cabbage for the haluski, and 2,500 pounds of potatoes for the potato pancakes.

“That’s staggering. It’s a pallet and a half of potatoes,” Bauman said. “The thing is, that’s what brings people to our picnic. Everything

is homemade.”

Manpower is a huge part of the equation, but so are good organizational skills, Bauman added.

“Hectic is not the word for it,” he said. “There’s a lot of moving pieces. But with people pitching in, it becomes like a well-oiled machine. People really step up.”

Besides the aforementioned Eastern European delicacies, the picnic also serves up buffalo wings, steamed clams and Blue Ribbon ice cream. There’s also a beer tent, bake sale, kids’ games, cash raffle, bingo, designer purse stand, tool stand and baskets galore.

As always, a different NEPA band will take the stage each night of the picnic. They are: Dawgs, July 6, 7 to 11 p.m.; The Sperazza Band, July 7, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.; and polka band Doubleshot, July 8, 6 to 10 p.m.

“We’re bringing back the polka, which we’re excited about this year,” Bauman said. “We probably haven’t had a polka band in over a decade.”

And for those worried about the weather taking a turn for the worse, there will be a huge tent on the

picnic grounds.

The picnic is not only a great fundraiser for the parish, Bauman said, but also a wonderful way to bring the whole community together.

“When I look around the picnic grounds, I see so many people who come back year after year,” Bauman said. “It’s a homecoming, it’s a remember when, it’s a nostalgia thing. It’s a hometown pride thing.”

“We’re proud that it’s something a family can come to and enjoy and not have to spend an arm and a leg,” he continued. “And the reward for us is seeing everyone having a good time.”

If you go

What: Nativity of Our Lord Parish Annual Picnic

Where: Parish Picnic Grounds at Sacred Heart, 529 Stephenson St., Duryea

When: Friday, July 6, 6 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, July 7, 5 to 11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 8, 5 to 10 p.m.

Details: For more information on the picnic, visit www.nativityduryea.org, or the parish’s Facebook page.