Scranton Cultural Center Launching Summer Concert Series

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple has announced a new Outdoor Summer Concert Series that will be free and open to the public.  The concerts will take place outside of the Scranton Cultural Center and will feature local and regional talent.  

The lineup includes Young Lion (June 11), Erin Malloy & Friends (July 9), The Mule Team (August 13) and Blind Choice (September 10).  

“It has been a long hiatus for in-person events, which is what we thrive on” said Deborah Moran Peterson, SCC Executive Director.  “We have enjoyed being able to connect with our audiences virtually throughout the past year, and we are so grateful to be able to welcome back the community with this free concert series.” 

All current CDC Guidelines will be followed at each performance with any updates being shared via social media.  All performances will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; a cash bar with light fare will open at 6 p.m. prior to each show.

The Scranton Cultural Center had plans to launch this free series for the community last summer.  During the past year, it has offered its popular Underground Microphone series virtually each week, as well as virtual programming as part of the Center’s Youth Theatre Programming.  

To learn more about the Scranton Cultural Center and its upcoming events, visit SCCMT.org.

Cheryl’s Cuisine: June 2021

By Cheryl Radkiewicz

When you’re wandering around in the grocery stores, you can’t help but noticing the varieties of fresh fruits.  Right now, my latest addiction is Cotton Candy Grapes.  However, I actually love all fresh fruit.  There’s nothing more refreshing on a summer day than having a big bowl of nature’s goodness on your plate. 

With the beginning of summer entertaining knocking at our door and most Covid restrictions being lifted, it’s time to celebrate!

Street Party Grape Salad:

1-8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1-8 oz. container sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla
4 lbs. seedless grapes, assorted varieties and colors
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup crushed pecans

Cream together cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla.  Fold grapes into cream cheese mixture.  Sprinkle brown sugar and pecans on top just before serving; toss.

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Yum Yum Salad:

1-4 oz. pkg. instant cheesecake pudding mix
1 cup buttermilk
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1-8 oz. container non-dairy whipped topping (such as Cool Whip), thawed
1/2 pint raspberries
1/2 pint blueberries
1 pint strawberries, halved
2 cups seedless green grapes
2 cups seedless red grapes
1-8 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
1-8 oz.  can pineapple tidbits, drained
2-3 peaches, peeled and sliced

Combine pudding mix and buttermilk in small mixing bowl. Beat for 2 minutes or until smooth.  Beat cream cheese in large mixing bowl until fluffy.  Stir in pudding mixture until well blended.   Fold in whipped topping.  Fold in raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, oranges and pineapple.  Spoon into large serving bowl and chill.  When serving, top with sliced peaches.  Serves 12.

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Mozart’s Magic Fruit:

1 1/2 cups cantaloupe balls
1 1/2 cups honeydew balls
1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
1-11 oz. can Mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup fresh strawberries, stemmed
1-6 oz. can frozen lemonade, thawed, undiluted
1/4 cup orange marmalade
2 Tbsp. orange-flavored liqueur (like Triple Sec)
Mint leaves

Combine cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple chunks, Mandarin oranges and strawberries in large serving bowl.  In small bowl, combine lemonade, marmalade and liqueur.  Stir well.  Pour over fruit and toss gently.  Cover and chill 2 hours before serving.  Garnish with mint leaves. Serves at least 8.  Note: Serve in small stemmed dessert dishes for brunch.

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It’s the Berries:

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme or 1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and halved or quartered
1 cup raspberries, rinsed and well-drained
1 cup blackberries, rinsed and well-drained
1 cup blueberries, rinsed and well-drained

In medium saucepan over high heat, combine water, sugar, lemon juice and thyme and boil until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally, about 1 minute.  Cool slightly and add vanilla.  In large bowl, combine berries with syrup and mix gently.  Cover and refrigerate for several hours, but NOT overnight. Serve in glass bowls or goblets with syrup spooned over each.

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Melon Ball Fruit Cup:

1 cup cantaloupe balls
1 cup honeydew balls
1 cup watermelon balls
2 tsp. chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup champagne or ginger ale
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts  (I use pecans)

In large bowl mix fruit and chopped mint.  Refrigerate for several hours.  Spoon into 6 large wineglasses or goblets and divide champagne among glasses, pouring it over the fruit.  Sprinkle each serving with some nuts and garnish with a mint leaf. Serve with a spoon.

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Berry Slush:

1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen strawberries with juice
1 cup orange juice
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup chipped ice
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Combine frozen strawberries, orange juice, sugar and ice in blender and blend.  Add blueberries and blend BRIEFLY.  If you blend longer, it will turn the drink into an unappealing color.  Pour into glasses and serve.

Artist of the Month: Joe Bartos

Joe Bartos poses with some of his unique creations,including “Hi, Toucan,” “Sweet or Dry,” “Jacarandas,” “Lemonade, Anyone?” and “Young Norma Jeane.”

This month’s Artist of the Month is Joe Bartos, a Dunmore resident. He has been painting with the group at the Dunmore Senior Center since 2008. 

Joe’s fellow students applaud him for his vision, as he is the originator of this column, after wondering aloud why “no one ever recognizes senior citizens” for their talents and artistic achievement.  

Joe says he is still learning and “experimenting with realism and impressionism.” He favors “rich and bold colors,” and explains, “nothing cold,” which he avoids.

 A lifelong learner, Joe states that he learns something new with each painting.  His biggest challenge and one that consumed a great deal of his time was “Young Norma Jeane”, a painting of which he is most proud.

Joe enjoys his friends at the Center and has even been painting there with a small group since it reopened, before official classes resumed.  

He commends Alison Boga, the director, for her innovations.  

Eagerly awaiting her return, Joe also has a great admiration for our teacher, Jill Swersie and her expertise.

Joe’s final words of wisdom to fellow artists is, “Keep on painting!”