Calendar of Events: December 2021

Winter Market on Courthouse Square

The Lackawanna County Winter Market Weekend will take place Friday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 5, on Courthouse Square, N. Washington Avenue, featuring 54 vendors, music by local musicians, and a host of other events.

The Lackawanna County Tree Lighting will kick-off everything on Friday, December 3, at 6 p.m. in Flag Plaza in front of the Courthouse with caroling by the Catholic Choral Society. Free carriage rides by Brookvalley Farms will also be provided from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., leaving from the N. Washington Street side of Courthouse Square.   

RISE: an installation of light & hope, designed by the Scranton Fringe with the Center for the Living City and the Marywood School of Architecture, will be on display on the lawn on the N. Washington Avenue side of Courthouse Square.  Performances by the Scranton Fringe Festival will be offered Friday and Saturday evenings as part of the installation. Carolers from the Wally Gordon singers and Patasphere will be walking around Courthouse Square and the Downtown on Friday evening.

On Saturday, December 4, free art activities will be offered from noon – 4 p.m. at The Fringe Gallery at 200 Adams Avenue, Afa Gallery at 101 Penn Avenue, and Creative and Performing Arts Academy (CaPPA) at 222 Wyoming Avenue.

Other activities include: the annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser, Festival of Trees display on the Piazza dell’ Arte on the Spruce Street side of the courthouse, featuring 24 trees decorated by area organizations, and the downtown Scranton Tomorrow Holiday Window Showcase.  As part of the showcase this year, the County offered a special program to sponsor 15 windows to be decorated by local artists.  The displays will be up through January 7.

For more information, visit Lackawanna Markets Facebook page, lackawannamarkets.com, or contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.496.1724.

UNICO December Meeting

The next monthly meeting for Keystone Chapter of UNICO is set for Fiorelli’s on Dec. 16. It will be the annual Christmas Party/Toys for Tots Drive with entertainment by song stylist Jimmy Cerminaro. Cost is $25. Contact the Keystone UNICO office at 570-343-7009 for a reservation. Membership is open to U.S. Citizens who have Italian lineage or are married to someone who does. If interested in joining Keystone UNICO, contact Ann Summa at 570-842-9336. 

Original Play 

411 Studio will present an original play Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Beautiful Dreamer, written and directed by Lou Bisignani. The production will be presented at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Rd. for one weekend only on Thursday, Dec. 9, Friday, Dec., 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 570-342-9707.

Ugly Sweater Contest

An Ugly  Christmas Sweater contest will be held in Olyphant on Dec. 16, coordinating with the “Third Thursday in the Queen City.”  This contest, which is open to everyone, will be at the Keystone Stage, 125 Lackawanna Ave, across the street from the Bank.  All sweaters must be worn on the person and  must be entered by 6:30 p.m, for the judging and prizes at 7:30. For more information, check  “Olyphant Borough information page” on Facebook. There will be free parking in town in that evening.

Christmas Concerts at Marywood

Christmas traditions at Marywood University continue this year, with protocols in place to ensure safe, in-person experiences, including cultural events. As part of its “Making Spirits Bright” Christmas event series, Marywood is offering three holiday concerts, which are free and open to the public. Masking protocols must be followed at in-person events. 

Concerts include: 

Chamber Singers Holiday Concert, Sunday, Dec. 5, 4 p.m., at the Marian Chapel. This performance will include the famous “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson, the popular setting of “Lux Aurumque” by Eric Whitacre, and Carol Barnett’s spectacular “Hodie,” as well as carol settings and other sacred and secular music by American composers.

Guitar Ensemble: Holiday Concert for a Global Community, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m., at the Marian Chapel. This concert is being produced in partnership with Marywood’s Center for Global Engagement. During the concert, hear a musical holiday message that Marywood President Sister Mary Persico IHM wrote especially for the event, spoken by the student musicians in several different languages.

String Project Holiday Gala Concert, Thursday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m., at the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. This concert features the children and student teachers from Marywood’s String Project. They will be playing music from around the world and some holiday music to welcome in the season.

 For information on Marywood’s Christmas events, event registration links, and related resources, visit marywood.edu/makingspiritsbright

Holiday Event at the Rossetti Estate

The Rossetti Foundation for the Arts and Culture (RFAC) will ring in the holidays with a spectacular Holiday Event at the Rossetti Estate located at 1005 Vine Street, Scranton, on Friday, Dec. 17, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Renowned pianist Ken McGraw, and other local performers will provide holiday cheer and food and spirits will be served. Cathy Rist Strauch, mistress of ceremonies, will perform, along with : Llew Miller, Marina Luree, Frank Carey, Abigail Zieger, and Matthew Merolla. 

Also featured is the barbershop quartet, Vocal Accord comprised of Raleigh Block, Don Overdorff, Lou Volpetti, and Dane Bower. In addition, Jason Pasnikowski, of Sundry Borosilicate Glass Creations, will demonstrate the technique of blowing glass into a glowing Christmas ornamental masterpiece. 

The Gourmet Guys, who also catered the Rossetti’s first gala, will feature several dishes to make the evening special. Guests will also be invited to sing some well – known Christmas carols.  

Space is limited. Make reservations by Dec. 11. Suggested donations for this event are highly appreciated. Contact us at 570-445-3610, or at www.RossettiArts.org. Or visit us on Facebook.

Calendar of Events: November 2021

UNICO Pasta Dinner

Keystone Chapter UNICO of Dunmore will host an Eat In or Take Out Pasta Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Villa Maria 1610 Washburn St. Scranton. Tickets are $10, which includes salad, pasta, meatballs, bread, and desserts. Containers will be provided. Proceeds benefit local charities and scholarships. For tickets, call Mary Ann Coviello, 570-344-3737.

Marywood Open House

Marywood University will hold undergraduate open houses for high school students and their parents on Saturday, Nov. 13, with  the first session beginning with registration at 9 a.m., and the second session beginning with registration at 10:30 a.m. in the Fireplace Lounge at the Nazareth Student Center on the University’s campus. 

The event will include an informative tour of the campus, complimentary continental breakfast and lunch for all guests, and the opportunity to meet with current Marywood students, faculty, and athletic coaches. Information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors will also be available.

For additional information, call Marywood University’s undergraduate admissions office at (570) 348-6234 or visit www.marywood.edu/admissions/

Trax Hitting League

Sandlot Baseball Academy will hold its second annual Hit Trax Hitting League beginning Dec. 6. Games will run on Monday/Thursday nights and Saturday mornings. Baseball and softball hitters ages 6-18 are encouraged to sign up. Individuals or teams may sign up. There will be 10 games plus playoffs and post-season awards. Cost is $125. Contact CDD027@aol.com or call 570-445-1155 to reserve a spot or for questions.

Holiday Bazaar

The Altar & Rosary Society of the Church of St. Catherine of Siena, Moscow, will host its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday Nov. 13, from noon-6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall, located in the downstairs of the church.   

There will be over 75 tricky trays, vendors, handmade crafts, quarts of homemade soup to go, as well as a book sale, bake sale and Christmas Attic Treasures. All proceeds from this event benefit the church, the North Pocono Food Pantry, and St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen.  Admission and parking are free. The event is handicapped accessible.

Pinkies Up Dinner

The Pinkies Up dinner is slated for Nov. 12 at Lackawanna College’s student-run restaurant, 409 on Adams. Proceeds will benefit the Pinky Swear Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps families with a child in cancer treatment with financial and emotional support.

“The emotional and financial toll that this disease can have on a family is devastating,” said Stephanie McDaniels, faculty advisor for the Lackawanna College Pinky Swear chapter. “We are honored to coordinate this event to support Pinky Swear. The funds raised help families with rent or mortgage payments, groceries, transportation, and other expenses, which helps children with cancer and their families maintain a sense of normality.”

Event tickets will be $50 and will include a buffet-style dinner from The High Bridge House and 15 raffle tickets. Raffle prizes include a two-night stay to Resorts Atlantic City with $100 lunch or dinner credit, a one-night stay to The French Manor and wine tasting at Blue Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery, and various themed baskets. 

Tickets for the Pinkies Up dinner are available now online at https://www.lackawanna.edu/pinkiesup/. Raffle tickets can be purchased separately from the event online. For questions, contact Stephanie McDaniels by email at mcdanielss@lackawanna.edu. 

Fall Concert at Marywood

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance (MTD)  department recently announced that the University’s Wind Symphony will present the world premiere of the John Burns’ work, Fairest Morning on Sunday, on Nov. 14, at 4 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

Patrick J. Burns, an adjunct professor of music at Montclair State University, NJ, where he teaches courses in music theory, orchestration, and composition, will direct the band for the premiere. As a clarinetist, Burns has performed with many professional ensembles in the New York metro area, including The Metropolitan Opera Summer Ballet Orchestra; the pit orchestra for the Broadway revival production of Camelot, starring Robert Goulet; and with the New Jersey Chamber Music Society in broadcasts for National Public Radio and New Jersey Network Television.

Also on the program will be Omar Thomas’ Of Our New Day Begun. The Marywood Wind Symphony was part of a commissioning body that led to the creation of this powerful work. Of Our New Day Begun was written to honor nine beautiful souls who lost their lives to a callous act of hatred and domestic terrorism on the evening of June 17, 2015, while worshipping in their beloved sanctuary, the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (affectionately referred to as “Mother Emanuel”) in Charleston, SC.

This special performance was a collaborative effort among various groups across the Marywood campus, including the Honors English classes, who wrote program notes, created posters, and interviewed guest artists and participants. It will be a day of reflection, remembrance, and celebration. 

For additional information, email Dr. F. David Romines, MTD department co-chair, associate professor of music education, and director of bands, at dromines@marywood.edu, or call the music, theatre, and dance department at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6268.

Winter Market

Applications are now available for vendors at the Lackawanna Winter Market Village, part of the Lackawanna County Winter Weekend event in downtown Scranton, on Dec. 3, 4 and 5 on Courthouse Square.  Participating vendors will be provided a 10’ x 10’ zip-up tent with lighting.  Everything will be spaced/appropriately distanced on the 200 block of North Washington Avenue for everyone’s safety. To apply visit lackawannamarkets.com. Questions regarding the Lackawanna Winter Market Weekend should be directed to Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture, at 570.496.1724 or mcguiganm@lackawannacounty.org.

Coal Mine Hours

Now that the summer season is over, the Lackawanna Coal Mine at McDade Park will now be open only on weekends – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The mine’s hours will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The last tour run will begin at 2:45 p.m.  

For information and/or prices, contact the Park’s office at 570-963-6764. 

Brother’s Revivial

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will present “A Brother’s Revival” on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in its Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Theatre.  “A Brother’s Revival” features David Goldflies, who was a member of the Allman Brothers Band from 1978-1982 as well as Mike Kach from Dickey Betts Great Southern.

Tickets for “A Brother’s Revival” are on sale ranging from $28.25 – $48.25 (includes fees) and are available for purchase at the Fidelity Bank Box Office at the SCC in person or by calling (570) 344-1111, or via Ticketmaster. For more information or to view a full schedule of events, visit SCCMT.org.

Ad Competition

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter recently announced its annual live advertising competition, “CROPPED,” tol take place on Nov. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Wilkes University.. This event is free and  open to the public, local nonprofits, college faculty and students. Local creative professionals are invited to cheer on the teams to victory. A light fare will be provided at the event. Four teams of local professional and student creatives will be assembled to compete against each other to create new advertising concepts for a local nonprofit. For additional information, please contact Lisa Reynolds, AAF NEPA’s director of education, at lisa.reynolds@wilkes.edu, or visit AAF NEPA, at AAF NEPA | American Advertising Federation of Northeast PA.

Calendar of Events: October 2021

Free Halloween Party at the YMCA

​​The Greater Scranton YMCA is inviting families from across our community to a free Hoot & Howl Halloween Party at the Y on Saturday, Oct. 23, from noon to 3 p.m..  The event will feature a costume contest, DJ, magician, Family Haunted Walk, refreshments and more.  

“We are thrilled to offer a free Halloween event at our facility that welcomes all members of our community,” said Trish Fisher, President & CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA. “Following more than a year of social distancing and disruptions to seasonal celebrations, we are proud to provide children and families with some excitement!”

Children of all ages are welcome. Costumes are optional. While pre-registration is not required, it is preferred. For more information or to RSVP, contact Brandon Whipple, Health & Wellness Director, at bwhipple@greaterscrantonymca.org or (570) 828-3116.

Lackawanna Winter Market Village

Applications are now available for vendors at the Lackawanna Winter Market Village, part of the Lackawanna County Winter Weekend event in downtown Scranton, on Dec. 3, 4 and 5 on Courthouse Square.  Participating vendors will be provided a 10’ x 10’ zip-up tent with lighting.  Everything will be spaced/appropriately distanced on the 200 block of North Washington Avenue for everyone’s safety. To apply visit lackawannamarkets.com. Questions regarding the Lackawanna Winter Market Weekend should be directed to Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture, at 570.496.1724 or mcguiganm@lackawannacounty.org.

Depression Screening

Marywood University’s Psychological Services Center (PSC) will offer free and confidential depression screenings as part of National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Psychological Services Center, located in the McGowan Center for Professional Studies. No appointment is necessary, the screenings are free and open to the public, and people of all ages are welcome.      

Held annually, National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) raises awareness and screens people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. The screenings are anonymous and confidential, and no commitment is necessary. 

Treatment options for depression will be offered. For additional information on National Depression Screening Day at Marywood University, contact the Psychological Services Center, at (570) 348-6269, or visit the Center’s web page, at www.marywood.edu/psc.

Coal Mine Hours

Now that the summer season is over, the Lackawanna Coal Mine at McDade Park will now be open only on weekends – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The mine’s hours will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The last tour run will begin at 2:45 p.m.  

For information and/or prices, contact the Park’s office at 570-963-6764. 

Art Exhibits at Marywood

The Mahady Gallery, located in the Shields Center for Visual Arts on the campus of Marywood University is hosting two exhibits this fall: Printmaking: Art & Process, and George Catlin – North American Indian Portfolio. Fall 2021 gallery hours are Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 1-4 p.m. Both exhibits, as well as the gallery talk, are free and open to the public. 

Pasta Dinner

The Women’s Society of St. Joseph Melkite Catholic Church,West Scranton, will sponsor its annual pasta dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Penne with meatballs, salad, bread and dessert will be available in the church hall for takeout or curbside. Cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-11. Tickets will be available at the door or call ahead to 570-343-6092 or email melkite.scranton@gmail.com to preorder for takeout or curbside.

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter will host its inaugural Wag-O-Ween 5K and Pet Costume Parade on Saturday, Oct. 16, at McDade Park, pavilion 1, at 1 Bald Mountain Rd., Scranton. Registration and check-in are from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., and the race begins at 10.

Halloween 5K and Pet Parade

Runners are invited to wear their favorite Halloween costume or running gear as they dash through a 5K course designed by Scranton Running Company. The top male and female runners in each age category will receive a medal. The runners who compete in costume also will vie for the scariest, funniest, best superhero, and most unique costume prizes. All runners will receive a complimentary Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Wag-O-Ween 5K and Pet Costume Parade t-shirt. Registration is $35 and can be completed at www.runsignup.com/griffinpond.

Following the race at approximately 11:30 a.m., Griffin Pond will host a Halloween pet costume parade. Parade participants should check in at 11 a.m. at pavilion 1. During the event, pet owners will escort their pets as they contend for the funniest, cutest, most creative, and most unique costume prizes. Parade registration is $15. The shelter also has numerous sponsorship options available which are great advertising vehicles for businesses or a way to honor someone. To register for the parade or as a sponsor, visitwww.griffinpondanimalshelter.com.

All proceeds will benefit the shelter’s canine and feline enrichment program.

Brother’s Revivial

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will present “A Brother’s Revival” on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in its Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Theatre.  “A Brother’s Revival” features David Goldflies, who was a member of the Allman Brothers Band from 1978-1982 as well as Mike Kach from Dickey Betts Great Southern.

Tickets for “A Brother’s Revival” are on sale ranging from $28.25 – $48.25 (includes fees) and are available for purchase at the Fidelity Bank Box Office at the SCC in person or by calling (570) 344-1111, or via Ticketmaster. For more information or to view a full schedule of events, visit SCCMT.org.