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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: February 4 - February 10, 2014

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February 4-February 10, 2014

It’s been a long winter, but that doesn't mean that you have to remain trapped in your home. Movies, restaurant meals, shopping, story time, concerts, exhibits: Downtown Wilkes-Barre offers a wide variety of activities to beat the cold-weather blues.
One of Downtown’s more unique winter programs can be found in Wilkes-Barre’s Riverfront Parks this Sunday, February 9, when, from noon until 3 PM, the Riverfront Parks Committee presents “Winter Along the River,” its free, family-friendly event in Nesbitt Park.
Have you ever wanted to observe a real sled-dog team in action? Try a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis? See a maple sugaring demonstration? You’ll be able to do it all, along with sledding, children’s games, guided winter nature hikes through the Kirby Park Natural Area, free hot cocoa and donuts, and more.
It’s worth noting that all of this can be found in a network of remarkable public parklands that sit in the shadow of the Market Street Bridge’s towers: Downtown’s Riverfront Parks. They are one of Downtown’s special assets, offering a connection to nature in the heart of the city throughout the year.
So, if you’re looking for a unique way to get outside with the kids this weekend, please consider visiting Winter Along the River – or try one of the many other downtown activities listed below.
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership

Downtown Events

Saturday, February 8
Barnes & Noble Story Time: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

TIME: 11:00 AM
PLACE: Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King's Bookstore, 7 South Main Street
Join us at Barnes & Noble Downtown as we read from the children's classic and then meet the Mouse and help him find his cookie! Children in attendance get a free cookie and a chance for pictures! Stick around after for coloring! Story time is free and open to the public.
More information: http://facebook.com/wilkeskingsbookstore or 570-208-4700.
Sunday, February 9
Winter Along The River

TIME: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
PLACE: Nesbitt Park, Wilkes-Barre
Shake that cabin fever and meet us for Winter Along the River! Come see the Sled Dog Team and the maple sugaring demonstration. In case it snows, there is a snowman building contest, a sledding area (so bring your sled), or you can try using the snowshoes and cross-country skis that we provide. Nature and wildlife hikes, children's games and cold weather safety information will be available. Enjoy hot chocolate, donuts, s'mores and more!
More information: http://www.riverfrontparks.org or 570-991-1067.
Sunday, February 9
A Chocolate Lover's Valentine Tea at the Stegmaier Mansion

TIME: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
PLACE: The Frederick Stegmaier Mansion, 304 South Franklin Street
Imagine moist flakey scones, luscious tea sandwiches, tempting mouth-watering pastries, and a soothing cup of hot tea. We are cooking up a storm for you and your special someone this Valentine weekend. The menu is prepared fresh by internationally renowned chef Jody Klocko. All of your senses will be delighted, as you and your Valentine will enjoy the grandeur of stepping back in time to the Gilded Age. Your hostess will enlighten you to Valentine history and the etiquette of the Victorian era. What could be better than sharing all of this with your special Valentine? Reservations are required. Please make any food allergies known when making your reservation.
More information or reservations: http://www.stegmaiermansion.com or 570-406-1435.
Monday, February 10
Campion Literary Society Writing Workshop

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: King’s College Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, Room 117
The Campion Literary Society’s writing workshops – hour-long, informal writing classes – are themed, free, and open to the public. Student leaders will share writing exercises with participants so that they may produce drafts of poems, short stories, or non-fiction.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570- 208-5957.


Downtown Exhibits

King’s College Widmann Art Gallery
(Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center)
Spirited Energy by Michael Hiscox
DATES: January 13 through February 24, 2014
HOURS: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday
Local artist Michael Hiscox of Dallas will convey the action and energy of human activity in a collection of his works in a variety of media, ranging from watercolors to graphite, during an exhibition titled “Spirited Energy.” The artist’s goal is to capture the spirit, emotion, and craft of each activity.

More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900.

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

A World Apart: the Legacy of George Gabin
DATES: January 14 through May 11, 2014.
HOURS: 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Tuesday - Sunday
The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University presents the exhibition, A WORLD APART: THE LEGACY OF GEORGE GABIN, featuring a variety of works by the 20th century American imaginist painter and teacher at the Montserrat College of Art.
More information: http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1531.asp

During the month of February, the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum (69 South Franklin Street) will be closed for maintenance and cleaning. The museum will reopen on Tuesday, March 4th.
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Annette Evans Alumni House (1928)
146 South River Street
Constructed during the Roaring Twenties, this elegant Tudor Revival house is the youngest of the mansions to be built overlooking the River Common; compared to its more imposing neighbors, it has a domestic, cozy feel. It was designed by Wilkes-Barre architectural firm of Innes & Levy for Harry R. Hirshowitz, president of The Hub, a well-known local men’s clothier. The Tudor Revival style, with its recollection of Elizabethan England, was one of the preferred house styles of the early twentieth century - and Innes & Levy were the local Tudor Revival specialists. After serving for several years as Wilkes University's President's House, the Hirshowitz residence became the University's Alumni House in the 1970s.

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