Annual Labor Day Festival Planned At Kirby Park
The sixth annual NEPA Labor Day Celebration and Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. This year’s event will include a variety of entertainment, and will showcase local young musicians from Joe Nardone Jr.’s Rockology Music Academy and Ron Scavone’s “Music Corner.” Music students from the Music Corner will perform from noon to 2 p.m., and students from Rockology Music Academy will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m., followed by a solidarity parade of members from various labor groups. Admission is free. There will be food and games for the entire family throughout the day. Food vendors wishing to participate should be licensed with Wilkes-Barre City and must contact festival committee member Paul Auker by calling 570-592-8214 to register their concession. The festival, which is conducted in conjunction with the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council (GWBLC), is designed to recognize the contributions working men and women of the labor movement have made to the community and nation. Two local unions that have a long history in the Wyoming Valley will be honored as part of this year’s festival — the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and Teamsters Local 401. Proceeds from the festival will be used to fund several local veterans projects and organizations, including social events for the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Administration Medical Center’s Community Living Center. Committee members, first row, from left, are Mischelle Anthony, American Association of University Professors / Wilkes University; Patty Krushnowski, committee co-chairwman,/ vice president, GWBLC; Joe Padavan, committee co-chairman /GWBLC, and Jody Weinreich, regional director, Alliance for Retired Americans / Workers United retiree. Second row: Walter Klepaski Jr., retired AFL-CIO community services liaison / LIUNA retiree; Ron Scavone, proprietor, Music Corner; Paul Auker, AFSCME Local 2605 retiree; John Thomas, Workers United / SEIU; Irv Weinreich, Workers United retiree / SEIU, and Tom Bindus, Teamsters Local 401.