Library Auction, Church Bazaar, Beloved and Worthy Events


Friday’s paper featured two stories – on the front pages of Sections A and C – that drew attention to two venerable events not only featured every year for decades (one you can still witness today, the another from Thursday), but also representing a big part of what makes this neighborhood a great place to live.

The images with the history of the Back Mountain Memorial Library Auction should be enough to motivate a trip to the event, which began Thursday and continues through today (Sunday). Ellena Price, all 14 months old, looked both bewildered and amazed as she and mother Courtney reached out to pet an alpaca. Mom is just radiant.

Lincoln Mitchell, 4, embodied the joy of childhood after pulling a rubber ducky out of a pond, reminding us old people of how we used to be – and, if we allow it, we can still be – delighted by the simple things, letting the joy of life overcome the burdens, at least for a while.

Games, vendors, a flea market and food including funnel cakes, pizzas, Belgian waffles and gourmet iced teas make this a great tradition from the start. But it’s also long: This is the Back Mountain Memorial Library‘s 76th annual auction. It is a strong community bond that unites generations.

The other story highlighted part of the upcoming St. Nicholas Church Summer Bazaar, which will take place Thursday through Saturday at Wilkes-Barre Church. This year’s flea market, organizers noted, is essentially “three years of stuff”, as volunteer Suzanne Mulvey put it, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic which has prevented the event for the past two years. .

Do not pick up clothes or shoes, these are not accepted. But almost everything you could want is generally available, probably more than in previous years. Curtains, drapes, a statuette of Pope Francis Bobblehead, crockery, poles, pots, food processors, lamps (checked to make sure they were working before going on sale), toys, figurines, bedspreads, quilts, pillows, pictures, picture frames, blackboard iron, decorations for various parties, books, DVDs, religious items, some unused items still in original packaging origin and even a 90 inch quilt frame.

Yet as big as the indoor flea market is, it’s only a tiny part of the whole bazaar, which like so many others in the area includes music, games, food , etc. It might sound quite impressive to note that this bazaar is over half a century old, but the church where it stands eclipses that longevity, having opened 135 years ago. And even that’s not all inheritance. It is the third building; the first church opened in the 1850s.

Both events illustrate how deeply the tapestry of our region has been woven, how many generations have shared traditions that are still alive today. We regularly praise our various festivals, parties, bazaars, religious picnics, ethnic dinners and other events that tell the story of our past and carry those threads into our future.

We do not distinguish between these two events in order to diminish others. Rather, we present them as reminders of how extensive the region’s offerings are, how diverse your options are from week-to-week and month-to-month, and how many people keep going. to work – even after the devastation of a pandemic and the lingering problems of inflation and supply chain gaps – to keep these treasured traditions alive.

We encourage you to take advantage of these and similar celebrations in our area – we regularly post listings of upcoming events and feature a few almost every week. But we also encourage you to participate in their realization. Reach out to those in charge, see if they need help (no spoiler alert: they do) and figure out how and when you can lend a hand.

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