Com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion

Old Home Week kicks off week­long cel­e­bra­tion of com­mu­nity on Mon­day

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY ED­I­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@ re­pub­lican­herald.com; 570-628-6002

The con­flu­ence of 150 years past and a present ex­trav­a­ganza will form a week of mer­ri­ment start­ing this week­end at the west­ern end of Schuylkill County.

Tower City and Porter Town­ship will be rev­el­ing in the Tower-Porter Old Home Week Cel­e­bra­tion in con­junc­tion with the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties’ sesqui­cen­ten­nial with the main event kick­ing off the 150th an­niver­sary on Satur­day, while Old Home Week of­fi­cially be­gins Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to Peter A. Hoff­man, Tower-Porter Old Home Week Com­mit­tee trea­surer and sesqui­cen­ten­nial com­mit­tee mem­ber.

The Old Home Week events will run from 6 to 11 p.m. Mon­day through June 29 and noon to mid­night June 30 at the car­ni­val grounds at 1 Mid­way Road, across from the Tower City Amer­i­can Le­gion, while the Satur­day sesqui event will be held at noon at the ad­ja­cent Amer­i­can Le­gion Ball­field, he said. The cost to en­ter is free; wrist­bands for rides are only $12.

“In ad­di­tion to cel­e­brat­ing the 150th an­niver­sary of Tower City and Porter Town­ship, the an­nual Old Home Week Cel­e­bra­tion is a week­long event that is in its 71st year of op­er­a­tion,” Hoff­man said. “The event was started in 1947 as a wel­come home event for our area veter­ans. It pro­vides the guest with a jam-packed week of rides, bands, great food, fire­works and just good­time fam­ily fun. With the sesqui­cen­ten­nial hap­pen­ing in con­junc­tion with Old Home Week this year, there is a large pa­rade set for Satur­day, June 30.”

The sesqui­cen­ten­nial’s big event, held just be­fore the be­gin­ning of Old Home Week, will be the open­ing of a time cap­sule buried in 1968, which in turn will breed an­other new event.

“One new item of in­ter­est at the car­ni­val grounds is the start of the in­stal­la­tion of me­mo­rial/hon­orary bricks that were pur­chased by res­i­dents. Th­ese are proudly dis­played on the Mid­way of­fice wall. A unique fea­ture of this wall is the fact that the 1968 Cen­ten­nial Time Cap­sule Vault marker was used as it’s cor­ner­stone.”

From the open­ing of the 50-yearold cap­sule, Old Home Week will run all week start­ing Mon­day and end­ing with “Su­per Satur­day,” ac­cord­ing to Hoff­man.

That Su­per Satur­day will in­clude an­other few new events for Old Home Week in ad­di­tion to the sesqui­cen­ten­nial at­trac­tions. At 1 p.m., the Le­gion Ball­field will be­come a lot for driv­ers to show off their ve­hi­cles at a Car Shine & Show. Then, if four wheels are two too many, a Bi­cy­cle Stunt Show will be held at 2:30 and 3:45 p.m. The day will cul­mi­nate with a fire­works show at 10:45 p.m.

The Old Home Week Cel­e­bra­tion had ebbed in at­ten­dance in the past, but is mak­ing a turnaround, Hoff­man said.

“Old Home Week went through a de­cline for many years, but the cur­rent com­mit­tee mem­bers made the de­ci­sion to re­turn the event to its glory days from yes­ter­year and did just that start­ing with the year 2011. Old Home Week has be­come one of the big­gest small-town car­ni­vals in the State of PA.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit Tower Porter Old Home Week Cel­e­bra­tion page on Face­book.

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Sweet Ad­dic­tion will kick of the en­ter­tain­ment of Old Home Week from 7 to 10 p.m. Mon­day. The week­long cel­e­bra­tion will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Mon­day through June 29 and noon to mid­night June 30 at the Amer­i­can Le­gion car­ni­val grounds, Tower City.

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