KULPMONT - The annual Holy Angels parish picnic will be held today and Saturday. Picnic committee co-chairmen Dave Shinskie and the Rev. Andrew Stahmer said the picnic will run from 5 p.m. to midnight today and from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

Attendees will be entertained by Joe Stanky and the Cadets from 7 to 11 p.m. today and The Shoreliners from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. There will be a fireworks display at 10 p.m. Saturday.

This year's menu includes porkette, Italian and Polish sausages, torpedoes, hamburgers, hot dogs, pierogi, haluski, french fries, funnel cakes, halupki (filled cabbage), pasta fazoli, pizza, corn on the cob, ice cream, fresh fruit cup, slushies and more.

The parish Holy Name Society have prepared more than 350 gallons of potato cake batter under the chairmanship of John Buggy. He credits his mentor, Jerry Buchinski, and committee for producting an old-fashioned potato cake that is certain to be enjoyed by all. The picnic includes a bake sale and bingo in the activity center and a yard sale in the church basement.

The basket bonanza, managed by Jill and Sherry Bozza, will feature more than 150 theme baskets, each valued at no less than $50. After shopping for or collecting donated items, Sherry and her daughter Jill prepare each basket in a very professional manner.

Special prizes include a kayak, gas grill, bicycles, flat screen TV, money and lottery ticket trees and a Blessed Mother grotto ornament. A Kenny Chesney basket includes his autographed poster, sunglasses, CD, bottles of his own Blue Chair Bay Rum inspired by the singer-songwriter's island life, and t-shirts. Two other baskets will have autographed photos of New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski.

The parish committee expressed appreciation to parishioners and friends for the many donations toward this project, as well as to the area businesses and individuals who donate so generously to this picnic. All basket winners will be announced following the fireworks display Saturday. Also, a total of $3,000 will be awarded to lucky winners of the money raffle.

Children will be entertained with games, an ultimate inflatable slide, face painting and other activities, including handmade figures prepared by Christine Mrozek.

Stahmer and the picnic committee thanked the volunteers who have worked so hard to make this and past picnics a success.