This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: October 17 - October 23

October 17 - October 23, 2017
 
This week, there's again something for everyone in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Our center city has been around since 1769 - more than enough time for Downtown to rack up its share of spooky stories. You can hear some of those ghostly tales later this week, when the Luzerne County Historical Society presents its ever-popular Downtown Ghost Walks on Friday and Saturday nights.

The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts hosts two different shows this week: Tuesday's "PJ Masks: Time to Be A Hero" is the perfect live show for young fans of the Disney Jr. series, while Saturday brings Verdi's "Rigoletto," performed by the superb Teatro Lirico D'Europa, to the Kirby's stage. If you've ever thought about sampling live opera, it's an opportunity not to be missed!

Also on Saturday evening, the Arcadia Chorale - the region's premiere chamber choir, presents their fall concert, titled "Visions of America," at St. Nicholas Church.

The week offers many opportunities for learning: a conversation with nationally-known banker Jay Sidhu at Wilkes University on Tuesday; King's College's St. Francis Lecture on Thursday; and a United Nations diplomat's discussion about global sustainability at Wilkes on Thursday.

On Sunday afternoon, the City will facilitate assistance for the people of Puerto Rico when it holds a Hurricane Maria Relief Donation Drive on Public Square; anyone wishing to contribute needed items is welcome to bring them to the Square.

Or, join us for one of Downtown’s regular offerings: Farmer's Market on Public Square; a meal at a downtown restaurant; shopping at one of our many retailers; a new Hollywood film at Wilkes-Barre Movies 14; and much more.

Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org
 
This week at the F.M. Kirby Center:
 
Downtown Events

Tuesday, October 17
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: www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofWilkesBarrePa

Tuesday, October 17
Wilkes University President's Q&A Discussion: Jay Sidhu, Chairman and CEO of Customers Bancorp
TIME: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
PLACE: McHale Athletic Center, University Center on Main, 169 South Main Street

Wilkes University presents a discussion with Mr. Jay S. Sidhu MBA ’73, Chairman and CEO of Customers Bancorp. The conversation will be moderated by Wilkes President Patrick F. Leahy. Free and open to the public. 

More information: .www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-1434.

Tuesday, October 17
The F.M. Kirby Center presents 
PJ Masks Live! Time to be a Hero

TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

PJ Masks - a live show based on the hit animated TV series airing daily on Disney Junior - follows the thrilling nighttime adventures of three young friends who transform into their dynamic alter egos when they put on their pajamas at night and activate their animal amulets. Together, they embark on action-packed capers, solving mysteries, and learning valuable lessons along the way. The show will delight fans with familiar and original music, acrobatics, and immersive interactivity. Tickets start at $29.50.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Wednesday, October 18
Osterhout Teen 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! Enjoy snacks, bring your friends, make new friends and - most importantly - just relax and have fun! Free and open to teens aged 12 to 18.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.

Thursday, October 19
Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market

TIME: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
 
Thursday is Farmers Market day in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! Full of family fun, music, food, crafts and, of course, the highest quality fresh produce from local growers, the Wilkes-Barre Farmers' Market is the place to be this fall! Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes-barre.pa.us/farmersm.php or 570-208-4149.

Thursday, October 19 
Wilkes University United Nations Lecture Series: Dr. Donald Lee
- "A Roadmap to Global Sustainability"
TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Henry Student Center, 84 West South Street

United Nations diplomat Dr. Donald Lee, the former chief of the UN's Social Perspectives on Development Branch, will speak about the United Nations' sustainable development goals during his presentation, “A Roadmap to Global Sustainability” at Wilkes University's latest United Nations Lecture. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4590.

Thursday, October 19
Franklin Street Sleuths Book Discussion

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

This month’s Franklin Street Sleuths book discussion focuses on Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal. Books may be purchased at the Osterhout. Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-821-1959.

Thursday, October 19
King's College Feast of Saint Francis Lecture

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Place: Burke Auditorium, King’s College McGowan School of Business, West Union Street

Nicholas Cafardi, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at Duquesne University, and a well-known commentator on the intersection of faith and politics, will deliver King's College's 2017 Feast of Saint Francis Lecture. Dr. Cafardi's lecture, titled “Revising Faithful Citizenship,” examines the document issued by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops prior to the 2016 presidential election. The St. Francis lecture is sponsored by the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900 x 5390.

Thursay, October 19
Penn State "Greatness is Forever" Film & Discussion Series: Field of Dreams
TIME: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

PLACE: Wilkes-Barre Movies 14, 24 East Northampton Street

This fall, take part in the Thursday Film & Discussion Series at Movies 14, presented by Penn State Wilkes-Barre and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber. This week's film is Field of Dreams. Series tickets: $25 (includes pre-film lecture and post-film discussion). Participants also earn continuing education credits upon series completion.
More information: http://wilkesbarre.psu.edu/film-discussion-series or 570-675-9253.

Friday, October 20
Osterhout Friday Movie Matinee: The Stalking Moon
TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us every Friday for a themed movie selection. October's movie theme is "Harvest Moon". This week's movie is By the Light of the Silver Moon (1953), starring Robert O'Brien and Irving Elinson. Free and open to the public; popcorn provided.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.

Friday, October 20
Campion Literary Society Writing Workshop

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE:  King’s College Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, West Jackson Street

Campion Literary Society Workshops are hour-long, informal writing classes. Workshops are themed, free, and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900 x 5487.

Friday, October 20
Opening Reception: WVAL Fall Juried Exhibition 

TIME: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
PLACE: WVAL Circle Centre for the Arts, 130 South Franklin Street

The juried works of WVAL members will be on exhibit in the upstairs gallery from October 20 through December 7, with a Third Friday Opening Reception. Free and open to the public.
More information:  www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.


Friday, October 20
Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks

TIME: 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM
PLACE: Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 South Franklin Street

Join us for a walking tour of Downtown's historic district and learn the true stores of ghosts, murders and hidden graveyards, all right here in the heart of the Diamond City! Dr. William V. Lewis will take you on a trip through the darker side of our city, from the mid-1700's through the 20th century. All tours start in front of the Museum at 69 South Franklin Street at 6:45 PM and last approximately 2 hours. Cost: LCHS members, $7; nonmembers, $10. Space is limited, and reservations are required. 
More information and reservations:reservations@luzernehistory.org or 570-823-6244.


Saturday, October 21 
Wilkes University Diversity and Inclusion Conference

TIME: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Henry Student Center, 84 West South Street

Wilkes University Presents "Connecting With Social Responsibility & Inclusion In Changing  Times" Diversity and Inclusion Conference with keynote speaker Joyce M. Avila, President, Creating and Facilitating Equality (CAFÉ). Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4590.

Saturday, October 21
Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks

TIME: 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM
PLACE: Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 South Franklin Street

Join us for a walking tour of Downtown's historic district and learn the true stores of ghosts, murders and hidden graveyards, all right here in the heart of the Diamond City! Dr. William V. Lewis will take you on a trip through the darker side of our city, from the mid-1700's through the 20th century. All tours start in front of the Museum at 69 South Franklin Street at 6:45 PM and last approximately 2 hours. Cost: LCHS members, $7; nonmembers, $10. Space is limited, and reservations are required. 
More information and reservations:reservations@luzernehistory.org or 570-823-6244.

Saturday, October 21
The F.M. Kirby Center presents Verdi's Rigoletto
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Teatro Lirico D’Europa returns to the Kirby Center for a spectacular live performance of Verdi’s famous opera, Rigoletto. Destinies collide as the womanizing Duke of Mantua and his vengeful court jester Rigoletto, weave a fascinating drama of seduction, betrayal, curses and vendettas ending with the tragic death of an innocent young woman. Tickets: $10.00.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Saturday, October 21
The Arcadia Chorale in Concert: "Visions of America"

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 226 South Washington Street

The Arcadia Chorale, Northeastern Pennsylvania's premier chamber choir, explores the rich tradition of American choral music in a program that features Howard Hanson’s "Song of Democracy" and works by Aaron Copland, Alice Parker, Morten Lauridsen, Moses Hogan, and Eric Whitacre. Tickets: general admission, $15; seniors or WVIA members, $12; free for students.
More information: www.arcadiachorale.org or 570-871-0350.

Sunday, October 22
Hurricane Maria Relief Donation Drive

TIME: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square

Wilkes-Barre City will be collecting items for the victims of Hurricane Maria on Public Square on Sunday, October 22. Items may also be dropped off at any local Dunkin Donuts prior to event. Items needed include clothing, baby formula, diapers, hygiene products, non-perishables, mosquito repellent, pet supplies and water. All monetary donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.
More information: www.facebook.com/WilkesBarreCity/

Monday, October 23
Osterhout DIY Night: Sugar Skull
TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us on Monday to make your own sugar skull decorations in preparation for Dia De Los Muertos! Guest are welcomed to wear Halloween or Dia De Los Muertos themed attire or costumes. Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-821-1959.

 
This past Saturday, October 14, brought the Riverfront Parks Committee’s 8thAnnual ChalkFest to Downtown Wilkes-Barre’s River Common. It was another wonderful day of fun, creativity, and learning along the riverfront for children and families from throughout the Wyoming Valley.
 
 
Downtown Exhibits
 
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street)
HOURS:  Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

“Points of View: Luzerne County Landscapes” 
DATES: March 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018

The exhibit will detail Luzerne County’s rich and varied history through landscape art, from Revolutionary War battles to coal mining, from Native American settlements to posh hotels and downtown department stores. 

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 exhibittion 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: www.luzernehistory.org 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
 
The Last Coal Breakers
DATES: October 2 - November 3

This exhibit features a collection of photographs by Lorena Beniquez documenting two local coal breakers: the Huber Breaker in Ashley and the Old Saint Nicholas Breaker in Mahanoy City.


More information: www.kings.edu 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

"Natural Connections"
DATES: September 15 - November 3

The Marquis Second Floor Gallery presents "Natural Connections” - an exhibition of new works in clay by artist Ellen Jamiolkowski and watercolors by artist John Clark, exploring and emphasizing the interconnection between nature, the environment, and the human psyche.

More information: www.marquisartframe.com 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; Saturday-Sunday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Andy Warhol "15 Minutes: From Image to Icon"
DATES: October 6 - December 20

Pennsylvania artist Andy Warhol changed how we view art. Inspired by pop culture, Warhol’s imagery defined the new age of fine art and influenced society, to be a creator of pop culture in turn. This exhibition examines the artist’s inspiration, process, and his wide influence upon both fine and commercial art.

 
More information: http://wilkes.edu/SordoniArtGallery.

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


WVAL Members' Exhibit
DATES:  October 20 - December 7

The WVAL'S Members' Fall Juried Exhibit features recent two-dimensional and three- dimensional artworks of WVAL members in a variety of mediums and styles. Free and open to the public. 

 
More information: www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org or 570-288-1020.
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This week's historic building is:

Dr. H.N. Young residence/Max Roth Center (1895)
215 South Franklin Street
 
In designing this elegant corner townhouse for Wilkes-Barre dentist H.N. Young, local architect J. H. W. Hawkins (the designer of the Hotel Sterling) was influenced by two of America’s greatest architects. The intricate naturalistic ornament in the second-floor window frieze is an echo of Chicago architect Louis Sullivan’s designs, while Boston architect H. H. Richardson inspired the rusticated stone walls and stubby Syrian arches. The building became Wilkes University's Max Roth Center in 1984.

 

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