SHAMOKIN - Attractions and events for the ninth annual Anthracite Heritage Festival of the Arts.

Cemetery Tour

Tours of the Shamokin Cemetery feature a host of historical characters interacting with the lecture. Take a walk back in history and hear tales of the life and times of Alexander Caldwell, J.J. John (who held many jobs in town and was mentioned in Bell's History of Northumberland County), and Mary Jane Bird, the first child born in Shamokin, who lived in the first house in Shamokin in the area of today's Commerce and Shamokin Street.

One tour will be presented this year, at 11 a.m. Cost is $10 for adults and children under 12 are free if accompanied by a paying adult. The tour will gather at the entrance of the Shamokin Cemetery. Parking is on your own, but you can drive or walk up to the cemetery.

Carriage, Trolley Tours.

A horse-drawn carriage will twist through the streets of Shamokin for half-hour tours with Meagan Baumgartner detailing many historical sites, such as where the first house was built in town, and where coal was first discovered.

Trolley rides will take participants to the Edgewood district to reminisce with Dolores Splane as you travel throughout Coal Township. See where the pole stands that was original to the entrance of Edgewood Park. This will be the final year that the trolley tours will go through Edgewood as a new trolley tour will be taken next year.

Both tours start at 11 a.m. They will run every half-hour and end at 4:30 p.m. There will be a break between 1 and 1:30 p.m. Tours will leave promptly on the half-hour. Cost for tickets are $5 each for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. For groups of 15 or more, tickets are $4 each.

Special exhibits and children's activities - Chestnut and Market streets

Folks Butterfly Exhibit: A walk-through educational exhibit experiencing the beauty of the butterfly. Admission $2. Sponsored by Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility.

The Broom Maker: John Warren, owner of Country Brooms, Gilbertsville, demonstrating handmade brooms of all kinds.

The Bug Exhibit: Meet Ryan "The BugMan" Bridge and all his critters as you interact with this education exhibit of holding and petting his bugs. Sponsored by Susquehanna Bank.

The Weaver: Lon Dunn will provide demonstrations on a spinning wheel, hand crank sock knitter and indigo dye vat.

Puppet Workshop: Doug Roydson and the Mock Turtle Marionette Theater, dedicated to the creation of enduring childhood experiences through performances and workshops that uphold the integrity of the arts and the dignity of human beings. Performing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Brent Kessler: Roving entertainment by magician Brent Kessler as he dazzles you with his magic tricks from noon to 3 p.m.

Kids activities and treats: A bounce house, inflatable slide, dime pitch, ring toss, glitter tattoos and much more will be presented.

Community Art Project

Activities presented at the middle park plot on Market Street between Chestnut and Spruce Street.

Wishing Tree: As Shamokin celebrate's its 150th year, everyone is invited to write their wish for the community and hang it on the tree.

Handprint flag: Attendees will help make an American Flag with their handprints for a project called "This is U.S." The flag will be displayed with the Moving Vietnam Wall in Tharptown.

Clothesline Art: View the art from local children displayed on a clothesline.

All activities hosted by the Welsh Art Studio.

Masonic Lodge

Tour the Masonic Lodge room above the Fun Shop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will be amazed as you enjoy the open staircase and the beautiful historic architecture of the building located on the second floor.

Train rides

Train rides will board on Water Street behind Rite Aid and travel round trip to the Reed Industrial Park near Paxinos and back at 11 a.m. and to near Mount Carmel and back at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 a seat. Rides benefit Shamokin's 150th Anniversary celebration.

Catholic Cemetery Tour

Catholic cemetery historian John Haile will be available at the entrance to St. Edward's Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Alphabetical listings and maps to burial locations will be available for burials in St. Edward's, St. Stan's Polish, St. Michael's Lithuanian, and St. Mary's Slovak cemeteries. To get to the cemetery from Mother Cabrini Church, turn right at the stop sign at Shamokin and Race streets, follow Race Street until it turns into Tioga Street. Follow Tioga and turn right onto Sherman Street; go to the top of the hill to the cemetery gate.

Church Tours

The following churches on Shamokin Street will be having self-guided tours throughout the day:

Mother Cabrini - Established in 1864, it was the first electrified church by Thomas Edison. Also, see the coal altar, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church - The building is known for its stunning architecture. Someone will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with tours and information.

Art Exhibit

The exhibit "Coal Region Art" by photographer Chris Grego will depict who we are and where we came from at the Fine Arts Gallery in the lower level of the Career and Arts Center, Arch and Eighth streets.

Also at the arts center, there will also be self-guided tours of the building, which was once the Shamokin High School.

Special displays

At the American Legion building on Independence Street, enjoy a miniature train display from the 1940s and 1950s from noon to 4 p.m.

View the historical military history, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit the Shamokin-Coal Township Heritage Museum and miniature coal breaker, with "Shamokin: My Hometown" books on display, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SCRA Tours

The Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance will offer a tour upon request to Site 15 along Route 901, or Site 48 at the Northumberland County Career and Technology Center. There will be two tours, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tours will leave from SCRA's booth, No. 2

Other activities

Balloon artists will create a balloon of your choice, sponsored by the Medicine Shoppe.

The Victorian Highwheelers will have a display of antique machines in booths 78, 79, and 80.

The Combat Field Memorial at the Hiker monument, Lincoln and Market streets, is a moving and meaningful ceremony. It occurs at 1 p.m. and honors all veterans who died in combat. "Taps" will be played and butterflies will be released. The butterfly release sponsored by McDonald's.

Roving magician Brent Kessler, sponsored by Susquehanna Bank, and the "Brownie Mine" will interact with the crowd throughout the day.