A diamond amongst the coal dust in the anthracite coal region, Eckley Miners’ Village Museum celebrates its 160th anniversary of history, preservation and education. To kick off its summer festivities, the museum will host its annual Patch Town Days event on Saturday, June 21st from 10 a. m. to 7 p. m. and Sunday, June 22nd from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m.
The event is known for its celebration of the area’s rich anthracite coal mining heritage. This year there will be some special additions.
Annual solo performers Kent Courtney and Dave Matsinko will perform historical songs throughout the weekend. Local band, The Troubles, will perform music based off the region’s Molly Maguire and Irish history, while button accordion musician Henry C. Tamanini will perform polkas, waltzes and obereks. On Saturday, enjoy a drink from the Yuengling beer tent beginning at noon, and see a special bluegrass/ classic country performance by the Mud Pond Boys from 4 to 7p.m.
The Eckley Players will perform two different plays each day of the event, and museum houses, community buildings and the gift shop will be open to visitors throughout the day. Young’s Funny Farm of Berwick will be helping history come to life as well. Young’s therapy donkeys will give visitors the chance to pet the burro descendants of those used in the mines prior to the cease of local underground mining efforts.
On Saturday, participate in an antique car and truck show. Any interested participants are welcome to bring their cars by 11 a. m. Car owner plus one guest will receive free admission to the event. Judging will take place at 3 p. m. Preregistration is available by calling the museum at 570-636-2070. A historical fashion show will also take place on the 21st as well, with tea and cookies being served in the Sharpe house, or mine owner’s home, afterwards. On Sunday, the Emerald Isle Step Dancers will perform to traditional Irish music.
Patch Town Days admission: $10 for adults (13-64), $9 for seniors (65+), and $6 for children (6-12). Children under six years are free.
Eckley is located just off Route 940 in Luzerne County, 10 miles east of downtown Hazleton. For additional information, call the museum at (570) 636-2070, or visit www.eckleyminersvillagemuseum.com.