City of Pittston summer activities planned
PITTSTON – It’s that time of year when the City of Pittston turns its attention to the warmer months of outdoor activities.
City of Pittston Main Street Manager Mary Kroptavich has been working through the winter to complete the city’s summer schedule which will include the Farmer’s Market, community barbecues, Second Friday art walks, movies at the Slope Amphitheater, the Tomato Festival and closing the summer with Pittston Prohibition.
“The City of Pittston is thrilled as we prepare for the events of summer 2022,” Kroptavich said. “This year we won’t have any mask restrictions, so it will be fun to just get out there and enjoy the summer events without limits.”
Easter egg hunt
The first is the annual Easter Egg Hunt which takes place in Sullivan Park on April 16 for children up to 12 years old. Participants are requested to arrive at the park by 1:00 p.m. The egg hunt will begin at 1:30 p.m. sharp.
The only way to register is through the Downtown Pittston Partnership Facebook page.
This event will feature Touch-a-Trunk with vehicles from the city’s fire, police and EMS departments. Fritz the K9 dog will also be on hand.
There will be 1500 plush Easter eggs, 15 special bonus prizes and a girl’s bike and a boy’s bike will be raffled off.
Kroptavich urges attendees to bring a bag or basket with them to the event. The city does not provide bags or baskets.
The Downtown Pittston Partnership, Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance, City of Pittston Fire Bureau, City of Pittston Police, City Treasurer Chris Latona and the City of Pittston are sponsoring the this year’s Easter egg hunt.
The Downtown Celebrity Market will be back this year every Tuesday from July 5th. Children’s Day will take place on July 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Farmer’s Market partners with the Pittston Memorial Library for a downtown storytelling walk on July 12 with a meet and greet and book signing by author Cynthia Post-Mitchell at the library from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. .
According to Kroptavich, all of the former farmers are back, including Rowlands Farm, which is back after a few years away.
Three community barbecues are planned this summer at Jefferson Park (June), Infantino Towers (July) and Sullivan Park (August).
The barbecues are open to the public.
Second Friday Art Walks
The Second Friday Art Walks are back in 2022 with four themes on the program.
The May Art Walk (May 13) will feature Kid’s theme. On site, a stilt walker, juggler, belly dancers, henna tattoos and musical guests, Burn the Jukebox.
On the same evening as May 13, the Art e Fekts gallery will host Simply Spring, which will present works of art by high school students at the Lombardo gallery. There will be four award categories for students.
The art walk on the second Friday of June 13 will have a classical theme featuring a string quartet.
The carnival theme is set for the background music for the Second Friday July 8th Art Walk by Merchants of Groove.
There is no Art Walk in August due to the Tomato Festival.
September’s Art Walk will be an 1980s theme featuring music from the Phyllis Hopkins Trio.
Saturdays at the Slope Cinema
There will be five months of films at the Slope Amphitheatre, located behind the Pittston Memorial Library, with the first of 14 films beginning June 4 with The Great Gatsby.
Kroptavich said the films would start 10 minutes after sunset. Popcorn and a bottle of water will be offered free of charge to the public present.
Handel’s Ice Cream, of Plains, will be on sale for the movies, as well as Farmers Markets and Art Walks.
The schedule is as follows: June 4 – The Great Gatsby, June 11 – School of Rock, June 18 – Luca, July 2 – Encanto, July 16 – Soul, July 20 – Dog, August 13 – American Underdog, August 27 – Space Jam a New Legacy, September 3 – Spider Man No Way Home, September 17 – Batman, September 24 – Black Widow, October 1 – Yogi Bear, October 8 – Curella.
Pittston prohibition will be back
With the Badlees’ success at the first Pittston Prohibition event in 2021, organizers are pleased to announce that Pittston Prohibition will be back in 2022 on October 1st.
Pittston Prohibition will partner with Paint Pittston Pink and host the event on Gentleman’s Dash Day.
Kroptavich said it was too early to announce anything regarding the Tomato Festival due to the enormity of the event. Details would be worked out over the next few months before all events were finalized.
A competitive Tomato Festival schedule will be released in mid-summer.