- If you won all the prizes in this year's Honesdale Roots & Rhythm raffle, you could power your house through an electric outage, gift your fish with a 20-gal aquarium, watch your favorite band on your brand new 39-inch LED TV and strum along on your equally new Fender Starcaster electric guitar — all the while wearing a gold and diamond necklace (or watching it sparkle on your lady).
Or, you could just drop everything and go to a weekend Wildflower concert at the Dorflinger-Suydam sanctuary or, better yet, enjoy a five day stay at Alice's Cabin in Buxton, Maine.
A chance to win any one of these seven fabulous prizes costs just $5 a ticket (or six for $25).
All were generously donated by local business owners, including Ray Harrington of R3Hardware. This is the first year Harrington has put up an item for the raffle, specifically a portable GP5500 Generac generator valued at approximately $700.
"It's nice to be able to do something for the community," says Harrington, "and Roots and Rhythm is the community's biggest event — and it's free."
The 8th annual Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival, co-presented by the Greater Honesdale Partnership and the Wayne County Arts Alliance, kicks off Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with local bands performing throughout town.
The main stage lights up around 1:30 p.m. in Central Park and "rocks" until long after dusk. This year's main stage lineup includes headliner Jimmy Vivino and the Barn Burners, Pat O'Shea and the Honest Men, the Badlees and the Irish rock band, Emish.
Raffle prizes will be drawn and announced at 7 p.m. at the concert. You don't have to be present to win.
Here's the official list of raffle prizes:
• Fender Starcaster Electric Guitar, handpainted by local artist Jeff George (Special thanks to Mojo Music)
• GP5500 Generac Portable Generator, courtesy of R3 Hardware
Page 2 of 2 - • 39" Toshiba LED HDTV, courtesy of Music & Video Express
• 14 kt. white gold and diamond heart shaped necklace, approx. one carat, courtesy of Main Street Jewelers
• Four night, five day stay at Alice's Cabin in Buxton, Maine (photos at www.alicescamp.com) courtesy of Hunt Signs
• 20 gallon, Half-Moon Aquarium set-up, courtesy of Fins & Feathers, Inc.
• Two Flex Tickets for the 2013 Wildflower Music Festival, courtesy of Wildflower Music Festival
Tickets will be available at the festival, but you can also buy them beforehand from Apple Day Spa, Fins & Feathers, Main Street Jewelers, Mojo Music, Music & Video Express, Nature's Grace, R3 Hardware and 652 Auto.
Remember last October when Hurricane Sandy stormed through northeast Pennsylvania and many of us wished we had a generator because we lost power? Buy a Roots raffle ticket. You could win that portable Generac!
For more information about the festival, visit www.HonesdaleRootsAndRhythm.com
Pride and Patriotism Parade
On Saturday Waymart will hold its annual Pride and Patriotism Parade. Lineup is at 1 p.m. at the Robert D. Wilson Elementary School and the parade will start at 2 p.m.
There will also be a block party in the park following the parade. There will be games, food and vendors.
From Friday night to Sunday morning there will be no overnight parking in the park to allow for setting up and cleaning up for the block party.
South Street will be blocked off between Belmont and Center Street from noon until 10 p.m. on Saturday.
A bike run will take place Saturday morning as well.