This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre March 20-26, 2018

March 20 - March 26, 2018
It’s hard to believe, but this issue marks the start of the sixth year for DCP’s “This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre” E-newsletter.

For the past five years, these weekly emails have shared news about the terrific events, exhibits, sights, stores, and restaurants that you can find right here in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. We've also reviewed the efforts being undertaken by DCP, DWBBA, and our many revitalization partners to make Wilkes-Barre’s center city even better. And, as our downtown continues to improve, each year brings even more good news to share with you.
This week’s Downtown highlight is a center-city tradition: the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association’s annual Public Square Easter Egg Hunt, which will be held on Saturday morning. A fire engine will carry the Easter Bunny to Public Square in grand style, welcoming hundreds of little ones and their families as they search for eggs, win prizes, and get their pictures taken.
After the hunt, Downtown’s Bunny Trail provides a full day of free Downtown fun for kids and their families, with activities at locations throughout our center city! Among the highlights, be sure to check out Boscov’s “Easter Eggstravaganza” and the YMCA’s annual Egg Dip!
The F.M. Kirby Center will also be “hopping” this week. On Wednesday, The Office’s Creed Bratton will be live from the Chandelier Lobby, followed by two big concerts on the Kirby’s main stage: the legendary Beach Boys, celebrating 50 years of “Good Vibrations” on Saturday evening; and “Celtic Woman” live in concert on Sunday afternoon.
If your tastes run to George Gershwin, then the Wyoming Valley Art League’s Sundays at the Circle event is where you’ll want to be, as a terrific collection of local musical talent presents an afternoon revue titled “We’ve Got Gershwin.”
Looking for learning? On Tuesday, King’s College’s Moreau Lecture features the director of Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture, while Chris Bohinski of NYC Smile 4 Me will be the featured speaker at Wilkes Barre Connect’s latest Spotlight Series event, held at the THINK Center on Thursday evening. And, trivia lovers can show off their skills at aLeadership Wilkes-Barre Pub Trivia fundraiser at Bart & Urby’s on Wednesday night!
In other words, once again, Downtown has something for everyone this week: from bunniesto Beach Boys! So, whether you’re interested in something to do with the kids, or a grownups’ night out on the town, please consider visiting our center city – you’ll be glad you did.

Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
This Week at the F.M. Kirby Center
Downtown Events
Tuesday, March 20
Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre Weekly Meeting

TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre meets every Tuesday at noon. We are neighbors and community leaders uniting for the common good. The meeting is open to members and their guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians.
More information:

Tuesday, March 20
King's College Moreau Lecture: David Gibson

TIME: 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
PLACEBurke Auditorium, King's College McGowan School of Business, West Union Street

David Gibson, director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University, will discuss stories of Catholic conversion and the legacy of Pope Francis during two separate presentations as part of King's College's 39th annual Moreau Lecture. At 3:30 PM, Gibson will discuss "The Road to Rome: Catholic Converts and the Future of the Church" and  at 7:30 PM, he will explore "Five Years of Pope Francis: What Has He Meant for the Catholic Church? And Will His Legacy Endure?" Free and open to the public.
More information: or 570-208-5900, ext. 5767.

Wednesday, March 21
Lenten Organ Recital Series
TIME: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
PLACE:  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 South Franklin Street

St. Stephen’s and the Downtown Ministerium present a pre-noon Lenten organ recital by Canon Mark Laubach. The liturgist at the noon service will be Reverend Janell Wigen, and the preacher will be Reverend Peter Kuritz; Wyoming Seminary's Madrigal Singers will provide special music. A soup-and-sandwich luncheon, hosted by Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church, will be served after the service. Since the 1920s, St. Stephen’s has offered free organ recitals prior to a noon Community Ecumenical Lenten Service. Free and open to the public.
More information: or 570-825-6653.

Wednesday, March 21
Osterhout Teen Night: Game Night

TIME: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Every Wednesday night is Teen Night at the Osterhout! This week  join us for game night! There will be board games, card games…all types of games! This is a free program for teens 12-18 years old. Light refreshments will be provided. 
More information: or 570-821-1959.

Wednesday, March 21
Wilkes-Barre Pub Trivia

TIME: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
PLACE: Bart and Urby's, 119 S. Main St. 

Show off your trivia skills during Leadership Wilkes-Barre's 2018 Pub Trivia fundraiser in support of the "Healthcare Heroes" group's project to benefit the Wilkes-Barre Free Clinic! There will be five rounds of trivia. The topics are: History of Wilkes-Barre; Pop Culture & Entertainment; Current Events; Food of NEPA; and Local Arts & Leisure. Twenty trivia team slots are available, and teams can consist up to five people. The total cost per team is $60.00.
More information:

Wednesday, March 21
Live from the Chandelier Lobby: Creed Bratton

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Creed Bratton, comedian, musician, and star of NBC’s "The Office," will be Live from the Chandelier Lobby! Fans of "The Office" know Creed Bratton best as the disturbingly hilarious character of the same name.  However, only has the real Creed been acting since the late 1960s in films such as “Mask and Heart Like a Wheel,” but he’s also a classic rocker extraordinaire - a founding member of the legendary rock band "The Grass Roots." Tickets: in advance $22.50; door price $25.00.
More information: or 570-826-1100.

Thursday, March 22
"Wilkes-Barre Connect" Spotlight Series
TIME: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes-Barre's THINK Center, 7 South Main Street

"Wilkes-Barre Connect's" Spotlight series continues with featured speaker Chris Bohinski, Founder of NYC Smile 4 Me, and three video spotlights, featuring Ryan Kenton Hertel, Jess Ross,and Aislinn Speranza.  Each quarterly Spotlight program features a fifteen-minute presentation by an entrepreneur from outside the region - our own startup version of a TED Talk! Spotlight is coordinated by the Diamond City Partnership and sponsored by Penn State Wilkes-Barre through the "Invent Penn State" initiative. Free and open to the public. 
More information: or 570-823-2101.

Thursday, March 22
Penn State "On the Move" Spring Film & Discussion Series: Murder on the Orient Express

TIME: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes-Barre Movies 14, 24 East Northampton Street

This spring, take part in the Thursday Film & Discussion Series at Movies 14, presented by Penn State Wilkes-Barre and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber.  The spring theme is "On the Move." How many forms of transportation can you find in these five films? This week's movie, "Murder on the Orient Express," will have you traveling in style with an outstanding Agatha Christie murder mystery. This series is Act 48 eligible. Series tickets: $25 (includes pre-film lecture and post-film discussion). Participants also earn continuing education credits upon series completion.
More information: or 570-675-9253.

Friday, March 23
Campion Literary Society Open Mic Night
TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE:  Burke Auditorium, King’s College McGowan School of Business, West Union Street
These informal readings give students, faculty and members of the community a chance to meet and share original works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction or to share their favorite works by published writers. Performers can also play music or present short dramatic scenes or comedy pieces. Events are usually themed, but any type of work is always welcome. Free and open to the public; refreshments are served.
More information: or 570-208-5900 x 5487.

Friday, March 23
Osterhout Friday Movie Matinee: Melvin and Howard
TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us at the Osterhout every Friday for a themed movie selection. March's movie theme is "Marching to a Different Drummer," and this week's movie is Melvin and Howard  (1980), starring Paul Le Mat, Jason Robards and Elizabeth Cheshire. Free and open to the public; popcorn provided. 
More information: or 570-823-0156.

Saturday, March 24
DWBBA Public Square Easter Egg Hunt

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: Public Square

The Public Square Easter Egg Hunt has become an annual downtown tradition! The little ones can search for Easter Eggs - and be sure to bring a camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny! After the hunt, visit businesses along the Bunny Trail for free activities. Participating businesses include Anthracite Newsstand, Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King's, Blue Wireless, Boscov's,  F.M. Kirby Center, Kevin and Kacy's Ice Cream Shoppe, Luzerne Bank, One Stop Pop Shop, Osterhout Free Library, Rodano's, Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA and more! Free and open to the public; free parking at Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center.
More information: or 570-846-1424.

Saturday, March 24
Boscov's Easter Eggstravaganza
TIME: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
PLACE: Boscov's Department Store, 15 S. Main Street

Hop on down to Boscov’s Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday March 24th 11 am-3 pm! All children 12 and under are invited to Hop Along the Boscov’s Bunny Trail for special holiday themed treats and prizes while supplies last. Enjoy games, crafts, and photos with the Boscov’s Bunny all while supporting March of Dimes!
More information:

Saturday, March 24
Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA's Annual Egg Dip

TIME: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton Street

Bring your family for lots of fun at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA's annual egg dip! There will be candy, prizes and arts and crafts! Light refreshments will be served. $3 for Members and $5 for Non-Members. Please call the front desk for reservations.
More information: or 570-823-2129.

Saturday, March 24
The F.M. Kirby Center Presents The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

The legendary Beach Boys return with their 50th Anniversary Tour! Captained by Mike Love, the Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, ranging from sundrenched summer festivals to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events worldwide.  Tickets start at $45.00.
More information: or 570-826-1100.

Sunday, March 25
The F.M. Kirby Center Presents Celtic Woman

TIME: 3:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

The unique musical ensemble known as Celtic Woman has emerged as both a spectacular commercial success and a genuine cultural phenomenon.  Join us for the return of this celebration of Ireland and spellbinding Celtic heritage through an extraordinary presentation of traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music. Tickets start at $49.00.
More information: or 570-826-1100.

Sunday, March 25 
Sunday at the Circle: "We've got Gershwin"

TIME: 3:00 PM
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League, 130 South Franklin Street (rear)

The Wyoming Valley Art League, as part of its Sunday at the Circle performance series, will present "We've got Gershwin." Join us to hear your favorite George Gershwin numbers performed by a top-notch group of musicians.  Songs will include "I’ve Got Rhythm," "They Can’t Take That Away from Me," "Summertime," "I’ve Got a Crush on You," "Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off", "Our Love Is Here To Stay," and many more (including some gems you might not be so familiar with!) Free and open to the public; suggested donation $5.
More information: or 570-899-1441.

Monday, March 26
Osterhout DIY Craft Night: Spring Flower Vase

TIME: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Make a spring flower vase! Bring a small glass bottle (iced tea, soda, vinegar, etc.) or a vase to decorate. Free and open to the public for teens and adults (13+); light refreshments will be served. 
More information: or 570-823-0156.
Downtown Exhibits
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street)
HOURS:  Wednesday through Friday, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

Native Americans of Wyoming Valley
Permanent exhibition
The permanent exhibit on the Native American inhabitants of the area includes local artifacts ranging from stone implements of the Archaic period to the archeological evidence of European influence.

"This Momentous and Tragic Day:" Hurricane Agnes at 45

This exhibit looks back at the devastating flood that affected the lives of many Valley residents. Using photographs, documents and objects associated with the storm and its aftermath, the exhibition explores what happened, how we recovered and asks, "Could it happen again?"

Visitors: if you are planning on visiting the Museum on Saturday, please call us in advance to ensure we will be open for your visit. 

More information: or 570-823-6244.

King’s College Widmann Art Gallery
(Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, between N. Main and N. Franklin Sts.)

HOURS: Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

"Eclectic Muses" Art Exhibition 
DATES: February 26 - March 23

M. Michele Geiser of Shavertown will display a variety of experimental and traditional nature and landscape photographs during the free public exhibition, titled “Eclectic Muses.”

More information: or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.

Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

HOURS: 9:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Third Friday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Second Floor Gallery's next exhibition, featuring art by Robert Husty (painting), Frank Mariano (sculptor) and John Pacovsky (painting), will open on April 20, 2018.

More information: or 570-823-0518.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Sordoni Art Gallery, 141 South Main Street)

HOURS: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 PM -5:00 PM; Thursday, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Sordoni Art Gallery's next exhibition, "Selections from the Sordoni Collection of American Illustration & Comic Art" will open on April 7, 2018. 

More information:

Wyoming Valley Art League's Circle Center for the Arts
(130 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tuesday-Thursday, 12:00 PM -4:00 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM -8:00 PM

Doris Cresko: "The Elements, A Journey"
DATES: February 16 - March 30

"The Elements, A Journey," Pastel & Oil Plein Air  works by Doris Cresko explores her personal and spiritual relationship with nature.

WVAL Members Exhibition
DATES: March 19 - April 12

The exhibition features recent two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks of WVAL Members in a variety of mediums and styles. 

More information: or 570-288-1020.

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This week's historic building is:

Temple Israel (1925)
236 South River Street
The great copper dome rising over South River Street marks the home of the Wyoming Valley’s Conservative Jewish congregation, which was first established in 1922. The imposing exterior, in the Byzantine Revival style typical of many American synagogues of the period, is faced with buff tapestry brick and trimmed with granite and polychrome terra cottathe interior is remarkable for the woodwork of the ark and bimah and the spectacular domed stained glass ceiling by Richard N. Spiers and Son, the New York studio which also created stained glass for Manhattan’s Temple Emanu-El and Riverside Church. Ralph M. Herr of Wilkes-Barre was the building’s architect.

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