Colonial Harvest Fest To Be Held Oct. 7

October 6, 2018

“History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.” — Percy Bysshe Shelly The Luzerne County Historical Society presents Colonial Harvest Fest from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Denison House, Forty Fort. Colonial-era craftsmen and artisans will come to life at the Luzerne County Historical Society’s Nathan Denison House, 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. The Denison Colonial Harvest Fest features demonstrations of spinning, cross-cut sawing, 1700s weapons, quill pen and ink drawing, wood carving, making goats’ milk soap, wheat weaving, and more. Hearth cooking methods from the 1700s will be demonstrated in the Denison House kitchen. The use of herbs and spices during the 1700s will be discussed. Contemporary examples of the traditional art of quilting and primitive artwork will also be on view. Harvest Fest offers a learning experience for every member of the family. Children are invited to try their hand at 1700s toys and crafts. A string ensemble from Wyoming Valley West will entertain with music of the period. From spinning to rifle firing, militia soldiers’ outfitting to soapmaking, visitors will be transported back to the harvest time of the late 1790s and early 1800s in the Wyoming Valley. Admission is $5 for LCHS member adults and $3 for LCHS member children; $7 for non-member adults and $5 for non-member children. Children ages 5 and younger are free. Admission includes entry to the Denison House. For information, call 570-823-62-44, ext. 3 or email reservations@luzernehistoy.org. Nathan Denison was one of the first 40 shareholders in the Susquehanna Company to settle five new towns in the Wyoming Valley in February 1769. Denison became a popular leader of the pioneer settlers from Connecticut. He served as a justice of the peace and colonel of the local militia. Kiwanis Trunk or Treat It’s time for all ghosts and goblins, super heroes and princesses to come out and enjoy the Swoyersville Kiwanis Trunk or Treat tailgate party. This free event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and School grounds, Hughes Street, Swoyersville. Local businesses, organizations and residents are invited to take part by uniquely decorating their vehicles to tailgate with tricks and treats for kids of all ages. The Swoyersville Kiwanis Club is looking to create an atmosphere that allows children to trick or treat in a safe and friendly environment. Dressing in costume is encouraged for all attending or displaying a vehicle. Also vehicles are eligible to win best dressed trunk prizes. Don’t forget to visit the Kiwanis BOO’ks For You Trunk where all children can choose books to take home and enjoy. All vehicles must be registered, must fit into a standard parking space and must provide their own candy or prizes for the children. To register your vehicle or for information, call Sandy at 570-606-1153 or email k-swoyer@comcast.net. Also check for details on Swoyersville Kiwanis Facebook page. Creepy Creek Trunk or Treat event On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Luzerne Merchants second annual Creepy Creek Trunk or Treat will start at 5 p.m. There will be a costume contest and awards for best dressed vehicle so come dressed to impress. There will also be live music and face painting. The Joan Harris Centre will perform two live showings of “Michael Jackson’s Thriller In Costume” from 6 to 7 p.m. Costume categories include Most Original, Scariest, Funniest, Cutest and Overall Best. Age categories are infant to 3, 4 to 7, 8 to 10 and 11 to 13. The event will be in the Luzerne Bank parking lot across from Hops and Barleys, 118 Main St., Luzerne. Hoyt Library Trunk or Treat Save the date for a Trunk or Treat fun event being held at the Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. All children are welcome to come in costume for this free fun-filled event. A costume is not necessary for the event. Craft and vendor fair West Side Career and Technology Center is holding a craft and vendor fair today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school. There is free admission and parking. The building is handicap accessible. There will be many vendors selling unique items. This event supports WSCTC FBLA students with competition costs. Check presentations The Edwardsville Hometown Committee recently made check presentations to the Edwardsville police and fire departments. The presentation was part of the group’s ongoing efforts to give back to the community. The donations will go to help purchase needed equipment in each department. STEM Saturday Sem event Children in elementary and middle school grades are invited to attend the sixth annual STEM Saturday at Sem Event titled, “Global Cardboard Challenge/Sem Day of Play. The program will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Wyoming Seminary Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. The event is free to the public. The Lower School’s Blue and White teams will be selling refreshments to raise money for charity. This program is based on the worldwide Global Day of Play event organized by The Imagination Foundation. The foundation issued the Global Cardboard Challenge, which invites children around the world to design and build their own creations using cardboard, recycled materials and their imagination, in the days before the challenge. Children who take part in the Sem Day of Play on Oct. 20 will explore the interactions between science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics through creative design and play. Critical thinking, teamwork and perseverance are also fostered as participants brainstorm, design and showcase their creations. Participants are encouraged to begin building their own cardboard projects in advance and bring their creations to the event to share with the group. This year there will be prizes for most interactive and most creative projects made in advance of the event. During the program, participants also will have the opportunity to create silly hats, costumes, games, and more. For information on the STEM Saturday at Sem Event or to register, visit the Wyoming Seminary website at www.wyomingseminary.org/academics/STEM and click on the event link. The challenge was inspired by the 2012 film “Caine’s Arcade,” which tells the story of Caine Monroy, a 9-year-old boy in East Los Angeles, who built his own arcade using cardboard boxes, toys, tape and recycled materials. The video went viral on the Internet and received widespread national and international attention, as well as coverage in national newspapers and on television network news programs. Children are encouraged to watch “Caine’s Arcade” at http://cainesarcade.com, and to learn more about the Cardboard Challenge at www.imagination.is/cardboard_challenge.

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