Emergency Repairs at the Scranton Cultural Center

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple received an $8,000 Community Needs Grant from the Scranton Area Community Foundation to assist with repairs to the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Theatre.

The emergency repairs, which were completed in January, addressed a drainage issue within the building’s original 1930s plumbing system that caused damage to the theatre walls. 

As a result, a portion of the ornate plaster cornice began to deteriorate.  Temporary plumbing repairs were completed to divert the water appropriately, the damaged plaster cornice was removed and covered, and the wall was painted. Plans are underway for a complete restoration of the theatre within the next five to six years.

Shown from left are: Betsy McGrath Ardizoni of Dunmore, SCC Development Director, and Jason Helman, SCC Business Manager in the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Theatre.

Scranton Cultural Center Names New Director of Development

Betsy McGrath ArdizoniThe Board of Directors of the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple (SCC) and its executive director, Deborah Moran Peterson, are pleased to announce Betsy McGrath Ardizoni as the organization’s Director of Development.  Betsy joined the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple as its Development Director in January. 

“As the organization embarks on capital projects to preserve and renovate aspects of the building, a capital improvement plan is paramount for long term projects. Betsy’s past experience in fundraising, event planning and corporate marketing will help us move strategically in the direction needed,” said Deborah Moran Peterson, SCC Executive Director  “We are thrilled to have her as a member of the team at the SCC.”

Born and raised in Scranton, Betsy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Studies and Employment Relations from The Pennsylvania State University, as well as an Executive Event Leadership Certificate from Temple University. Prior to joining the Scranton Cultural Center, Betsy worked in the Marketing Communications Department at The Wright Center for Community Health, and with Governor Ed Rendell during his time as Chairman of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Betsy is a graduate of the Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class of 2020, and serves on the Board of Directors at the Greater Scranton YMCA. Betsy resides in Dunmore with her husband, Guy. 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Scranton Cultural Center

partyThe Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will once again offer the place to be after this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The Center’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade Day Party will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, and will continue until 4 p.m.  

Admission is free to the public as the Scranton Cultural Center’s gift to the community, and live entertainment will be provided by Old Friends Celtic Band.  In addition, several parade performers will continue their acts at the SCC for all party-goers to enjoy, from bagpipers to step dancers and more. A cash bar and light fare will be available for purchase.

The 2017 St. Patrick’s Parade Day Party is presented by Toyota of Scranton and sponsored by Gerrity’s Supermarkets, ERA One Source Realty, Judge Julia Munley, The Society of Irish Women, LT Verrastro and Giant Floor.

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple’s 2016-17 Season is presented by Toyota Scranton and sponsored by LT Verrastro and Giant Floor.  It is supported by: the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Lackawanna County Office of Arts and Culture, and Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings.  Media partners are Allied Services, Bold Gold Media, Citizens’ Voice, Electric City, Entercom Communications, Fox 56, Lamar Advertising, MAC Signs, The Times-Tribune, Times Shamrock Communications and Eyewitness News – WBRE/WYOU – pahomepage.com