This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: August 12 - August 18, 2014

This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: August 12 - August 18, 2014

Weekly Newsletter

August 12-August 18, 2014
This will be another busy week of events and activities in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. From Farmers Market to the August installment of the Kids First! Film Festival at Wilkes, or from Saturday morning yoga at the River Common to the August edition of the Third Friday Art Walk (featuring Music Night at Art SEEN Gallery, outdoor artists at Midtown Village, and more) – there’s truly something for everyone in Downtown.

Now, thanks to the results of the 2014 Downtown Wilkes-Barre Perception & Use Survey, released last week by DCP, we know much more about how downtown events help to drive visitation to our center city, as well as many other details regarding the public’s opinions about Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

The survey was administered online from April 25 to May 31, 2014. More than 1,000 people took the survey, with 825 people taking the time to complete the survey in its entirety.

The survey shows that more than half of all Downtown Survey respondents believe that Downtown Wilkes-Barre is clearly headed in the right direction.

Respondents cited downtown’s restaurant scene, arts and entertainment, colleges, walkability, and historic architecture as key strengths.

The survey makes it clear that dining and entertainment have become major draws pulling people to Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

It’s noteworthy that several of the Downtown destinations most frequently visited by survey respondents, such as Downtown’s Restaurant Row; Movies 14; Barnes & Noble; or the River Common, simply did not exist ten years ago.

The survey demonstrates that Downtown’s growing residential population is key to revitalization – because downtown residents utilize downtown businesses and attractions at much higher levels than do other constituent groups.

What’s also clear, from the survey, is that people clearly value Downtown Wilkes-Barre’s importance to the future of our community: 98% of all respondents agreed that having a vibrant and healthy Downtown Wilkes-Barre is important to the entire Greater Wilkes-Barre area.

The survey results have been well covered in the local press, with newspaper editorials and news stories discussing how the survey results highlight Downtown’s significant progress during the past decade, as well as the work that remains.

For our part, DCP intends to use the survey results to inform our future work plan for Downtown Wilkes-Barre, working with our public and private sector partners to build upon Downtown’s strengths and address its challenges and concerns. Downtown is a work in progress, and we will keep making it even better.

For a summary of the survey results, click here.

Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org

Downtown Events
Tuesday, August 12
Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber Women in Business Luncheon
TIME: 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

Join us at the latest Women in Business Luncheon to hear speaker Dr. Jane Elmes Crahall of Wilkes University on the topic of “The Political Spin Cycle: What Leaders are Saying, Where, and What They Mean.” Cost is $18.50 for Chamber members and $22.50 for guests. RSVP to Lynn at lynn@wilkes-barre.org.
More information: www.wilkes-barre.org or 570-823-2101 ext 149.

Tuesday, August 12
Osterhout Sci-Fi and Fantasy Trivia Contest
TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Find out how much you know about sci-fi and fantasy trivia. Play alone or as part of a team. Prizes! Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-823-0156.

Wednesday, August 13
Y Walk Wednesdays: What’s New at Wilkes U?
TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA lobby, 40 West Northampton Street

Walk Leaders Paul Adams and Jill Price of Wilkes University will describe how – from an adventurous climbing wall to new science classrooms and labs – Wilkes is always growing. “Y Walk Wednesdays” are evening guided walks, approximately 90 minutes long. In case of rain, the walk will be postponed to the following evening. Free and open to the public.
More information: http://www.kazpassport.org/ or 570-823-2191.

Thursday, August 14
Wilkes-Barre Farmer's Market
TIME: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square

Thursday is Farmer’s Market Day in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! The musical performer at the August 14 Market will be the Sperazza Band. 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 summer! Free and open to the public.
More information: http://www.wilkes-barre.pa.us/farmersm.php or 570-208-4149.

Thursday, August 14
Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber Business Builders Mixer
TIME: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Please join us in the lovely setting of the F.M. Kirby Center while you enjoy beverages and hors d'oeuvres and network with your fellow Chamber members. You can meet the staff of the F.M. Kirby Center and learn about the Center's history and the exciting upcoming shows. Free to Chamber members. Please RSVP to Lynn Heitmeyer by email at lynn@wilkes-barre.org.
More information: www.wilkes-barre.org or 570-823-2101 ext 149.

Thursday, August 14
“Socrates Café” Discussion Group
TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

The “Socrates Café” discussion group meets to discuss, raise questions, and share opinions in an environment of open, respectful communication. The topic will be chosen by the group that evening. Free and open to the public; coffee will be served.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-821-1959

Friday, August 15
Fountain Fridays at the Millennium Circle
TIME: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
PLACE: Millennium Circle, River Common, North River Street

Thanks to Luzerne County and the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority, the fun, family-friendly fountain at the Millennium Circle (the portal on the King’s College side of the River Common) will be operational every Friday during the summer from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Bring the kids and stop by! Free and open to the public.
More information: www.riverfrontparks.com

Friday, August 15
Third Friday Wilkes-Barre Art Walk
TIME: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
PLACE: All around Downtown Wilkes-Barre

The Third Friday Wilkes-Barre Art Walk continues to paint the town! Experience our downtown art walk from 5-8 PM on August 15. Visit Downtown Wilkes-Barre and support local art, artists, and businesses. Check local papers and http://www.thirdfridaywb.com for each month’s map of participating venues. This is a FREE event.
More information: http://www.thirdfridaywb.com or 570.498.0678.

Friday, August 15
Kirby Kidz presents Disney’s Aladdin Kids and Alice in Wonderland Jr.
TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

The summer children’s theater workshop Kirby Kidz, presented by the Harris Conservatory for the Arts and the F.M. Kirby Center, presents two live mini-musicals: Disney’s Aladdin Kids (featuring local actors aged 5 – 10) and Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Junior (featuring local actors 10 – 18). The Harris Conservatory and the Kirby Center developed Kirby Kidz to offer a professional theater experience to children across Northeast Pennsylvania. Come enjoy an evening of kids’ entertainment! Tickets: $15 in advance; $18 at the door; kids 5 and under are free.
More information or tickets: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Saturday, August 16
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride
TIME: 7:30 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street

Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. For now, the ride is about 20-25 miles in length at a 13-15 mph average. As the season progresses, the ride will get longer and incorporate more hills. There are stops for regrouping, and no riders are left behind. Bagels, coffee and juice are served after the ride. Road bikes recommended.
More information: www.atownbikes.com or 570-970-3008.

Saturday, August 16
Yoga on the River Common
TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
PLACE: Millennium Circle Portal, River Common

This summer, Melt Hot Yoga, Balance Yoga, and Lotus Pug Yoga will once again team up to teach a free community yoga class on the River Common every Saturday until Labor Day. Free and open to the public; please bring a mat and a bottle of water. In the event of bad weather, check any of the participating yoga studio’s Facebook pages.
More information: www.facebook.com/balanceyogastudiopa or www.facebook.com/LotusPugYoga

Saturday, August 16
Fountain at the Millennium Circle
TIME: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
PLACE: Millennium Circle, River Common, North River Street

Thanks to Luzerne County and the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority, the fun, family-friendly fountain at the Millennium Circle (the portal on the King’s College side of the River Common) will be operational every Saturday during the remainder of the summer from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Bring the kids and stop by! Free and open to the public.
More information: www.riverfrontparks.com

Saturday, August 16
Kirby Kidz presents Disney’s Aladdin Kids and Alice in Wonderland Jr.
TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

The summer children’s theater workshop Kirby Kidz, presented by the Harris Conservatory for the Arts and the F.M. Kirby Center, presents two live mini-musicals: Disney’s Aladdin Kids (featuring local actors aged 5 – 10) and Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Junior (featuring local actors 10 – 18). The Harris Conservatory and the Kirby Center developed Kirby Kidz to offer a professional theater experience to children across Northeast Pennsylvania. Come enjoy an evening of kids’ entertainment! Tickets: $15 in advance; $18 at the door; kids 5 and under are free.
More information or tickets: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

Sunday, August 17
Fountain at the Millennium Circle
TIME: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
PLACE: Millennium Circle, River Common, North River Street

Thanks to Luzerne County and the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority, the fun, family-friendly fountain at the Millennium Circle (the portal on the King’s College side of the River Common) will be operational every Sunday during the remainder of the summer from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Bring the kids and stop by! Free and open to the public.
More information: www.riverfrontparks.com

Sunday, August 17
The Kirby Center’s W. Curtis Montz Film Series: Murder on the Orient Express
TIME: 2:00 PM (matinee) and 6:00 PM (evening screening)
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

The 2014 edition of the W. Curtis Montz Film Series, which offers critically acclaimed films on the area’s largest screen, presents the 1974 mystery film Murder on the Orient Express (rated PG, 128 minutes), adapted from the 1934 Agatha Christie novel. Detective Hercule Poirot, his train stopped in deep snow, is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before. Ticket prices range from $4 (matinees) to $6 (evening screening); students with a valid I.D. pay $3.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826- 1100.

Sunday, August 17
Kids First! Film Festival: We Are the World
TIME: 3:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Stark Learning Center Room 101, 130 South River Street

The award winning KIDS FIRST! Film Festival will be held at Wilkes University this summer! Join us for a mix of short and feature films lasting no more than 90 minutes total. The theme for the two films being shown on August 17 is “We are the World.” Movies are appropriate for ages 5+. FREE and open to the public (space is limited).
More information: www.wilkes.edu/summer or 570-408-4239.
Downtown Exhibits
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street):
HOURS: Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Sat, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

She Rolled Up Her Sleeves: Luzerne County's Women at Work
DATES: March 4, 2014 through August 30, 2014

This exhibit is a tribute to the working women of Luzerne County – the pioneer women, miners’ wives, maids, canallers’ wives, factory workers, religious sisters, teachers, nurses, secretaries, clerks, waitresses, telephone operators, church and synagogue volunteers, and women in the military.

Quilt Exhibit
DATES: March 4, 2014 through August 30, 2014

The Luzerne County Historical Society currently has twenty historic quilts on display. The quilts, from the Society’s collections, include many patterns, types and sizes from the nineteenth and early twentieth century. These handmade quilts have been collected by the Society over the years.

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.

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.)

The next exhibition at the Widmann Art Gallery will open on August 25, 2014.

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

Harmonious Reflections Group Exhibit
DATES: July 18, 2014 through September 6, 2014

Harmonious Reflections is a group exhibition featuring works by painter and sculptor Mark Boyer Dryfoos, textile artist Kerry Burke, and photographer Mindy Nardone. Marquis’ second-floor gallery is accessible by stairs only.

More information: www.marquisartframe.com or 570-823-0518.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Stark Learning Center, 150 South River Street)

The next exhibition at the Sordoni Art Gallery will open on August 26, 2014.

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Masonic Temple
25 North Franklin Street (1917)

There has been an organized Masonic presence in Downtown Wilkes-Barre since the founding of Masonic Lodge #61 in 1794 at the Old Fell Tavern. The Masons built this imposing Classical Revival temple, its gray tapestry brick exterior enlivened by colorful terra-cotta tiles and four great Ionic columns, and topped by a copper anthemia frieze, in 1915-17. The Masonic Temple's design, by the Wilkes-Barre firm of Sturdevant & Poggi, is heavily indebted to that of the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, which served as its model. This stalwart sentinel of North Franklin Street was damaged by fire earlier this year; happily, it is undergoing a complete restoration.

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