Scranton Cultural Center to Present Virtual Variety Show

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple has announced a new fundraising initiative in collaboration with Posture Interactive.  Bright Side: A Virtual Variety Show will be live-streamed on March 11 at 7 p.m. and is presented by Montage Mountain Resorts.

“A top notch variety show with lighthearted, family-friendly entertainment is just the dose of optimism we can all use right now,” said Deborah Moran Peterson, SCC Executive Director.  “The concept was conceived by the SCC staff, is professionally produced by Posture Interactive, and will showcase the talents of local performers and artists.”

Camille Reinecke of Dunmore will serve as an emcee for the virtual variety show.

The hour-long production will feature performances from the Scranton Fringe Festival, Scranton Shakespeare Festival, New Vintage Ensemble, Newave Studios, Flashmilk Productions, Michele Conaboy McGrath, Stephen Murphy, Erin Malloy and Friends, Mike Miz, Roy Williams, Mariah Hawley and the Scranton Cultural Center Youth Theatre Program.  

Chris Bohinski, of WBRE’s PA Live!, and Camille Reinecke of Dunmore, SCC Youth Theatre Program Director, will serve as the evening’s emcees.

While the production aims to shine a spotlight on local talent, it also hopes to support local businesses.

 “Throughout the evening, gift cards to local restaurants and businesses, as well as other prizes, will be raffled off to event attendees,” explains Peterson.  “The event will not only support the SCC, but will do its best to build up our community.  It’s a win, win!”

Audience members will have a chance to virtually mix and mingle with each other during a pre-show Happy Hour sponsored by PNC Bank and hosted by the SCC’s Board President, John Murray, along with Celebrity Bartender, Conor McGuigan.

Bright Side: A Virtual Variety Show is presented by Montage Mountain Resorts.  The pre-show Happy Hour is sponsored by PNC Bank.  Additional sponsors include Geisinger, Truist Bank, WBRE/WYOU, Lamar Advertising, Fidelity Bank, Century Dental Associates, FNCB Bank, Honesdale National Bank, NET Credit Union, Fellerman and Ciarimboli, and Entercom Pennsylvania.

Tickets are $25 for general viewership and $60 for patron viewership, which includes admission to the pre-show Happy Hour at 6 p.m. as well as additional entries into the evening’s free giveaways. They are available for purchase at ScrantonBrightSide.com.  

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.