Coney Island is known for its hot dog eating competition and Philadelphia is known for the Wing Bowl but Scranton may be the capital of the cannoli eating competition. For the fifth year, a cannoli eating competition was held as part of the annual La Festa Italiana celebration. Seven people vied to be named champion.   As they down...

by Patrice Wilding   From its humble beginnings as a single-block festival 41 years ago, La Festa Italiana grew into a destination event for locals, out-of-towners and homecoming natives. The Labor Day weekend festival now features more than 80 food and craft vendors, as well as dozens of regional entertainment acts, spread out over thr...

Marty Tomarelli still remembers the good times at the Dante Literary Society — the 12-team bowling league, the summer clambakes and dressing as a mummy at the club's annual Halloween party. "We all had a hell of a time," the 87-year-old said.   The 82-year-old Scranton club is coming to an end in September. The members of the organizati...

A local version of a well-known Italian festival came to Montage Mountain this week, offering food, music and family fun.   San Gennaro Festival, named for the patron saint of Naples, Italy, kicked off Wednesday. Saturday was the sunniest day so far, and people came to enjoy Italian pastries and ices while listening to musical tributes to Fr...

As La Festa Italiana celebrates its 40th year, the annual end-of-summer festival in downtown Scranton, Pa. is expanding by opening Friday evening for the first time. La Festa will be held Labor Day weekend (Friday through Monday, September 4-7, 2015) on Courthouse Square in the heart of the city. Hours are Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday a...

On Sunday, Oct. 5, author Paolo Battaglia will give a presentation on his new book, "Explorers, Emigrants, Citizens: A Visual History of the Italian American Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress" at the Lackawanna Historical Society's Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. The program will begin at 2 p.m.   Battaglia...

As Scranton's government struggles it's more important than ever for civic institutions to demonstrate that the community, beyond the municipal government, remains strong.   A literally glowing example is La Festa Italiana of Lackawanna County's decision to contribute up to $10,000 for renovation of the iconic Electric City sign atop the Scr...

Family and friends gave Nick Staback a standing ovation at a picnic in Mcdade park Tuesday evening.The 22-year old is back home, one week after he was honored in Florida with a national American hero award from UNICO national, an Italian-American service organization.    "I don't see how i deserve it. Its just that i was doing my job, i...

If the air smells like pizza and cannoli and Italian tunes bounce off the buildings in downtown Scranton, then it must be time for La Festa Italiana.   The annual celebration of all things Italian returns this weekend to Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, where thousands will flock from Saturday to Monday to indulge in food, music and fun....

Volunteers have been busy putting the final touches on plans for this year's La Festa Italiana to be held this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 1-3, on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. The festival is an end‑of‑summer tradition that annually attracts thousands of visitors. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p....