Free Outdoor Concert At Scranton Cultural Center

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will host its second free outdoor summer concert with Erin Malloy & Friends on Friday, July 9.  Erin will be joined by Jim Waltich (piano), Tommy Hamilton (saxophone), Doug Smith (bass), Mark Montella (drums) and Denise LaBamba (percussion).  The show will take place outside the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Avenue.

“We had a great turnout for our first show with Young Lion, and we are looking forward to featuring Erin Malloy,” said Deborah Moran Peterson, SCC Executive Director.  “We have enjoyed being able to connect with our audiences virtually through the past year, but we are so grateful to be able to welcome back our 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.

Additional performers in the series include The Mule Team (Aug. 13) and Blind Choice (Sept. 10).  To learn more about the Scranton Cultural Center and its upcoming events, visit SCCMT.org.

The free outdoor summer concert series is sponsored by LT Verrastro, Truly Hard Seltzer, UGI Utilities Inc. and Fidelity Bank.  It is supported by Lackawanna County and the PA Council on the Arts.

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.

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.