Funnel cake dusted with powdered sugar; crispy, golden brown potato pancakes; and cheesy, pepperoni-laden pizza.


Funnel cake dusted with powdered sugar; crispy, golden brown potato pancakes; and cheesy, pepperoni-laden pizza.

Or how ‘bout this? A meatball hoagie with cranberry sauce and grape jelly?

Pointing to the clam chowder booth at the 41st Annual St. John’s/ St. Mary’s Block Party and Flea Market, Donna Theobald says Erin Hoke makes a mean sandwich.

Theobald’s smile was answered by Father William Langan’s as the two talked at Thursday’s kickoff to the three-day event.

Watching the crowd flowed around them, Rev. Langan said, “I’m just so grateful that so many parishioners came to help us have this annual event and all of our friends that come to support us over the next three days.”
The best part of the block party?

“It brings people together who don’t have a chance to visit otherwise. Here you have time to kibitz,” he said.

Asked how he knew that the kids were having fun, Rev. Langan replied with one word: “Listen.”

Three teens stood at the base of the basketball game, trying to land a few hoops, laughing and talking the entire time.

Nick Rhodes, 13, and friends Timothy and Christian Askew, all of Honesdale, said the games were “pretty chill.”

 Hair pulled back in a bright pink bow, and covered in an even brighter yellow slicker, a little girl lined up her shot at the miniature golf game while her mom stood nearby. 

“Look at the munchkins,” said Rev. Langan.

Jessica Carney and best friend Jennson Gibbs, both of Honesdale, say the games are a big draw for them.

Beth Carney, Jessica’s grandmother, said they usually attend all three nights, weather dependent.

With his two-year-old son perched atop his shoulders, Bill Theobald of Hawley said, “Blake came for the bouncy house.”

“We come every year,” said his wife, Lisa, standing nearby with their older son Morgan. 

Asked what keeps them coming back, Mrs. Theobald said, “I think just the family, the community sense. My in-laws (Mary and Bill Theobald) normally work one of the booths.”

Purchasing pizza from Jim and Pat Batten, Jack Fives of Honesdale said, “Great pizza. Same as Martone’s, a pizza place here years ago.”

Martones Pizza was a mainstay on Main Street from the 50s to 70s, he said.

Fives comes every year, he said.

What does he love?

“The food,” he said.