Occasional rain

Looks like it’s going to rain today, and if it does, Bob Price will be two for two.
The organizer of today’s Riverfest celebration in Pittston, Bob also was the guy behind Pittston’s Day of Prayer last May. It rained then too.
I was emcee that day and as we waited in the drizzle to get things started, I went up to a young lady, serving as a deejay and filling the damp air with music, and asked her if she could play Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain?” She did, to which Mayor Mike Lombardo said, after hearing just the first couple of notes, “This is one of my favorite songs.”
Father Joe Elston, pastor of St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Marello churches, thought aloud, “Who’ll stop the rain? Well, we know who. He’s the only one who can.” Good point. After all, this was a Day of Prayer.
With his typical understated sense of humor, Father Elston added, “I always say, around here we have occasional rain. If there’s an occasion, it’s bound to rain.”
Riverfest will go on, rain or shine, with entertainment starting at 11 a.m. and the opening ribbon-cutting ceremony slated for 1. There’ll be all sorts of historical displays and activities including the firing of Civil War cannons, and hay wagon rides along the Susquehanna River to the site of the Knox Mine Disaster. It all takes place in the former Cooper’s Restaurant parking lot on Kennedy Boulevard.
Bob Price once again has me on the agenda. I’ll be talking about the downtown Inspirational Mural for those interested. Apparently, it has not occurred to Bob that I may be the jinx responsible for the bad weather.

Ed Ackerman