Ancient Order o Hibernians Name Bernie McGurl “Man of the Year”

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The Paul “Hook” O’Malley Ancient Order of Hibernians Division #4 held its “Man of the Year” dinner recently.

Bernie McGurl, the honoree for 2019, was honored for all of his contributions to the clean-up of the Lackawanna River and Lackawanna County.

Shown from left are: AOH President Patrick M. O’Malley, Maria Santomauro, Man of the Year Recipient Bernard McGurl, and past Man of the Year recipient Kevin Shaughnessy.

Calendar of Events: May 2019

Carnival at Sherwood ParkSherwood Park Spring Carnival

The Sherwood Youth Association will host its annual spring carnival Tuesday, April 30, through Saturday, May 4, at Sherwood Park in Dunmore. There will rides, games, food and fun compliments of Midway by A.E.B Amusement.

On Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., there will be a $15 wristband special.

DCCHS Class Reunion

Dunmore Central Catholic High School (DCCHS) Class of 1969 is planning a 50th Class Reunion to be held on Saturday, Sept 28, 2019 at La Buona Vita, 200 Reilly Street, Dunmore. Planners are currently seeking contact information on four classmates: Mary Ann McNulty Clifford, Frank Moeller, Patricia Napolitano Steel and Bill Nolan. For any information/inquires, contact Bocker Hunt, 570-430-5268.

Geranium Sale

Order beautiful 14″ patio pots of red or pink geraniums from Cadden Florist for Memorial Day, to be picked up on May 22 or 23. Proceeds from the flower sale benefit the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Memorial Fund. Quantities are limited, so place your order today. Call 570-344-9027 and ask for Mary.

marywoodMarywood Book Sale

Marywood University continues to promote books and reading through its biannual book swap and sale. The University’s Spring Book Swap and Sale will take place in the Learning Commons Lobby from Monday, May 6, through Thursday, May 9. From Monday through Wednesday, the Book Swap and Sale will take place from 8 a.m. – midnight, and from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., on Thursday, May 9. Proceeds from Tuesday’s sale will benefit the English Department Club. This event is free and open to the public.

A wide selection of titles and genres will be available. The book swap and sale is sponsored by the English Club and Library Services. Book donations are being received on the first floor of the Learning Commons. For additional information, please contact Annette Fisher, associate professor of library services, at (570) 348-6211, ext. 2365, or email fisher@maryu.marywood.edu.

Actors Circle Presents Pygmalion

Actors Circle continues with Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw on May 2, 3, 4 and 5, with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission; $10 seniors, and $8 students. The show is presented at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. For reservations, call (570) 342-9707, or email to: tickets@actorscircle.com. All reservations are held 10 minutes until show time.

LRCA_LogoA orgRiverfest 2019

On Saturday, May 11, paddlers will take to the water and revelers will fill the banks of the Lackawanna River for RiverFest draws the community outdoors after the long winter to celebrate the Valley and the River that runs through it. Activities include a Canoe-A-Thon and Duck-A-Thon. Sponsorships are welcome, as well as volunteers for activities running from 8 a.m.l to 6 p.m.

RiverFest 2019 is a full day of river activities, music, food and drink, educational and environmental displays, vendors, and fun for all ages.  Join us in this annual celebration of the Lackawanna River and its watershed! Find more information at www.lrca.org

Catholic Choral Society Spring Concerts

The annual spring concerts of the Catholic Choral Society of Scranton will be presented on Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St., Scranton, and on Sunday evening, May 19 at 7 p.m.. at St. Ignatius Church, 339 N. Maple St., Kingston.

At Holy Rosary Church, the Choral Society will host the Christ the King Youth Choir under the direction of Mary Edmunds and Stacey Whitaker.  At St. Ignatius Church in Kingston, the Choral Society will host the Wyoming Valley Barbershop Harmony Chorus directed by Phil Brown and Justin Davis.

The Catholic Choral Society, marking its 70th season, is composed of 50 members from Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wayne, Susquehanna and Wyoming  Counties.

Board members assisting co-presidents Brenda Grunza, Nicholson,  and Dr. Tom Rittenhouse, Clarks Summit, in arranging the concert include: Nancy Flannery, Kingston; Sheila O’Brien, Dunmore; Lois Ostrowski, Pittston and Kate Conaboy, Archbald.

Director of the Catholic Choral Society is Ann Manganello, Exeter and the  accompanist is Jean Shields, Scranton.

Tickets are available from society members or by calling 570-587-2753; tickets are also available at the door: adults $10, seniors and students $8, children under 12 free.

Actors Circle Presents “Tuesdays with Morrie”

Tuesdays with MorrieThe final show of Actors Circle’s 37th season will be Tuesdays with Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on the book by Mitch Albom.

Directed by Kaylah Hodgins, the show will be presented May 30 and 31 and June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 general admission; $10, senior citizens, and $8 students. Special prices on May 30 at $8 general admission and seniors; $6 students. For reservations, call 570-342-9707, or email to: tickets@actorscircle.com. All reservations are held 10 minutes until show time.

The cast includes Scott Rave and Bob Taylor. Tuesdays With Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.

Penn State NightPenn State Night Dinner

The Greater Scranton Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association has announced that the annual “Penn State Night” dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 22.

Featured speaker will be Jay Paterno, former Penn State quarterback and football coach. Alumnus of the Year is Donnie Collins, Times-Tribune sportswriter and Penn State beat reporter.

Dinner is at Fiorelli’s, Peckville. Doors open at 6 p.m. and program begins at 7:30.p.m. Tickets are $50 and available by calling  570-963-2537.

Calendar of Events: January 2018

marywoodWinter Concert at Marywood:

Marywood University will host the Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra winter concert on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The performance will be conducted by Rick Hoffenberg, D.M.A., associate professor of choral conducting at Marywood University, and it will feature Greg Hulse, lecturer in the music, theatre, and dance department and alumnus of Marywood University.

Mr. Hulse will be the featured soloist in Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto. The program will also feature three other orchestral pieces composed during World War II: two movements from Khachaturian’s ballet Gayane, Martinu’s Memorial to Lidice, and Copland’s popular ballet Rodeo.

For additional information, email Dr. Rick Hoffenberg, at rhoffenberg@marywood.edu, or call the music, theatre, and dance department at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6268.

Little MermaidCrimson Company to Present “The Little Mermaid”

Dunmore High School Crimson Company will present Disney’s The Little Mermaid for two weekends in March at the High School Auditorium, 300 West Warren Street. Tickets will be $12 for adults; $10 for students/seniors, and $5 for children under five.

Performances will be on March 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 and 24 with curtain at 7 p.m. each evening and a matinee performance on Sunday, March 18, at 1 p.m.

Disenchanted: A New Musical Comedy

Phoenix Performing Arts Centre will present Disenchanted: A New Musical Comedy Jan. 12 to 21 with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. Tickets are $12 and available by reservation at (570) 457-3589. Lee LaChette is director.

The show features 10 fairy princesses telling their tale after the Happily Ever After. Cinderella is obsessed with weight; Sleeping Beauty with narcolepsy; Snow White is demanding, and Mulan is a lesbian. Parental discretion is advised as there is adult humor and some language. The company is celebrating its 10th year in the 2018 as well as a new grand opening in March.

LCRA ShiverFest

Calendar of Events - River FestOn Saturday, January 13, 2018, only the toughest of the toughest will paddle the river and revelers will fill the banks of the Lackawanna River. A day of exercise and fun, ShiverFest draws the community outdoors during the cold winter to celebrate the valley and the river that runs through it.

This “Extreme Kayak & Canoe Race” will travel approximately 2.7 miles of the Lackawanna River in Scranton from Parker Street Landing to Sweeney’s Beach. Paddlers who are willing to brave the winter on the River should have their own vessel and wet-suit. Launch is High Noon. Entry fee is $30 per person & includes the “Thaw Party”.

The Race will be followed by a “Thaw Party” at the Backyard Ale House from 1 to 4 p.m. The paddlers, revelers and the general public are invited to join in! Entry to the “Thaw Party” is $20 per person & includes food, beverages, music and education.