By Kimberly Gonzalez
SNPJ Associate Editor
The kids are out of school for the summer and they’re already bored out of their minds. Graduation parties and weddings are quickly filling your schedule… and emptying your wallet. The grass needs cut, the cars need washed, and it seems like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. We often anticipate summer with thoughts of fun and relaxation, but sometimes the stress surrounding it all can be too much. So SNPJ is offering the perfection solution to your summertime blues: Slovene Day at Kennywood!
Kennywood is an amusement park situated on 40 acres of land in West Mifflin, Pa., just outside of Pittsburgh. Having first opened in 1898, this traditional amusement park still operates some of its original rides and is one of only two amusement parks recognized on the National Register of Historical Places. Kennywood boasts 14 “Kiddie Land” rides, 10 classic rides, nine thrill rides, six roller coasters, three water rides and a selection of live musical shows. This assortment of entertainment isn’t the only variety offered. More than 30 snack carts and refreshment stands are scattered throughout the park, and there’s even an in-park café that offers something for everyone. Kennywood enthusiasts will tell you that you can’t call it a day without a helping of the famous Potato Patch french fries or a hand-dipped Kennywood ice cream cone!
Each year Kennywood hosts a list of “Nationality Days,” and SNPJ has taken on the sponsorship of Slovene Day. Join SNPJ members from all over the area, as well as other fun-loving Slovenes, on Monday, July 23, for a day of fun, food and fraternalism. The Society will have a pavilion offering SNPJ product information, bingo, live button box music and a little shade if you’re in need of a break from the sun. Tickets can be purchased through the Fraternal Department for the discounted price of $22 for regular FunDay Passes or $12 for Senior FunDay Passes. Contact Fraternal Director Kevin Richards at 1-800-843-7675 for ticket information.
Leave the summer chores for tomorrow; spend the day with SNPJ and help the kids beat that boredom - without breaking the bank. Hop off the roller coaster of life for a day, and hop on one at Kennywood!