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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: June 17 - June 23, 2014

It’s time to head to the river!
It’s time to head to the river!

This week brings us the 2014 Wyoming Valley Riverfest, which will be occurring on the Downtown riverfront this weekend from Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22.

Riverfest - a three-day celebration of the Susquehanna’s beauty and significance to our community - has become a treasured summer tradition in the Wyoming Valley, and it's easy to understand why. The Dragon Boat races, in which teams of synchronized rowers – 21 to a boat – compete in one-on-one sprints, offer the thrill of competition. Hands-on activities, ranging from fishing to tree climbs to paddling, attract families, as do the environmental education programs. There are multiple musical performances, a bass fishing tournament, and lots of good food.

For those seeking a more thorough exploration of the Susquehanna, Riverfest includes three different kayak tours: West Pittston to Wilkes-Barre on Friday night; Harding to Wilkes-Barre on Saturday morning; and Wilkes-Barre to Hunlock Creek on Sunday morning.
 
A short walk inland will bring you to even more Downtown activities and events. For example, the annual Friends of the Osterhout Library Book Sale and Wilkes University’s Maslow Salon Reading Series both continue this week.
 
This is also the week of the June edition of the Third Friday Art Walk: this month's art walk, on Friday evening, features new exhibitors and events in the Midtown Village courtyard, together with an artist's reception at King's College's Widmann Gallery and a book reading at the Osterhout.
 
It doesn't matter whether you arrive in Downtown via kayak, dragon boat, bicycle, automobile, or on foot: all of center city's amenities are just a short stroll away. Great food from around the world is just around the corner in one of our many restaurants, and you can pick up that special item you've been looking for at one of Downtown’s many retailers. A complete list of downtown restaurants, stores, and services is on our website here.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org


Downtown Events

 
Tuesday, June 17
Osterhout Free Library Annual Book Sale

TIME: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
PLACE: The Osterhout Lawn, 71 South Franklin Street
 
The weeklong Book Sale, eagerly anticipated by local book lovers, and sponsored by Friends of the Osterhout, continues throughout the week. Sale is held under the tent on the Library Lawn - Rain or Shine! New items are added every day.
More information: http://www.osterhout.lib.pa.us/booksale.html or 570-821-1959.
 
Tuesday, June 17
Wilkes University Maslow Salon Reading Series

TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West River Street
 
Wilkes University’s Maslow Faculty Reading Series, which kicks off the June residency for Wilkes’ creative writing program, features faculty, advisory board members and alumni of the program. A sampling of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction is planned, including readings from Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr, Becky Bradway, Christine Gelineau, John Bowers, Lenore Hart, Jeff Talarigo, Sara Pritchard, and Nancy McKinley. Free and open to the public.
More information: http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/194.asp?item=73721
 
Wednesday, June 18
Osterhout Free Library Annual Book Sale

TIME: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
PLACE: The Osterhout Lawn, 71 South Franklin Street
 
The weeklong Book Sale, eagerly anticipated by local book lovers, and sponsored by Friends of the Osterhout, continues throughout the week. Sale is held under the tent on the Library Lawn - Rain or Shine! New items are added every day.
More information: http://www.osterhout.lib.pa.us/booksale.html or 570-821-1959.
 
Wednesday, June 18
Chamber Business Builder Networking Mixer/Rooftop Mixer

TIME: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Cohen Science Center, 133 South River Street
 
Join Chamber members and guests for a great business-builder event. Enjoy the sunshine and views from the rooftop of the Wilkes Cohen Science Center as you network, enjoy refreshments, and learn about Wilkes University's great programs. Note: Rain date is Thursday, June 19. Attendance is free to Chamber members and guests with a business card; non-members: $5.00. Parking is behind the Henry Student Center or on the street. Please call Lynn at the Chamber to RSVP.
More information or to RSVP: lynn@wilkes-barre.org or 570-823-2101 ext. 149.
 
Wednesday, June 18
Y Walk Wednesdays: Wilkes-Barre’s Ever-Changing Landscape

TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA lobby, 40 West Northampton Street
 
Walk leader Dr. Paul Zbiek of King’s College will discuss how Downtown Wilkes-Barre's collection of buildings and landmarks reflect the City's ever changing landscape over the past century. Discover who built the downtown and how we have used this human landscape. “Y Walk Wednesdays” are evening guided walks, approximately 90 minutes long. In case of rain, walk will be postponed to following evening. Free and open to the public.
More information: http://www.kazpassport.org/ or 570-823-2191.
 
Wednesday, June 18
Wilkes University Maslow Salon Reading Series

TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West River Street
 
Wilkes University’s Maslow Faculty Reading Series, which kicks off the June residency for Wilkes’ creative writing program, features faculty, advisory board members and alumni of the program. Reader’s theatre performances will be featured, including the work of playwrights Jan Quackenbush, Bonnie Culver, Juanita Rockwell, Jean Klein, Robert Arthur, and Gregory Fletcher. Free and open to the public.
More information: http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/194.asp?item=73721
 
Thursday, June 19
Osterhout Free Library Annual Book Sale

TIME: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
PLACE: The Osterhout Lawn, 71 South Franklin Street
 
The weeklong Book Sale, eagerly anticipated by local book lovers, and sponsored by Friends of the Osterhout, continues throughout the week. Sale is held under the tent on the Library Lawn - Rain or Shine! New items are added every day.
More information: http://www.osterhout.lib.pa.us/booksale.html or 570-821-1959.
 
Thursday, June 19
Wilkes University Maslow Salon Reading Series

TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West River Street
Wilkes University’s Maslow Faculty Reading Series, which kicks off the June residency for Wilkes’ creative writing program, features faculty, advisory board members and alumni of the program. The final night of readings will celebrate the work of featured faculty Robert Mooney, J. Michael Lennon, and Phil Brady, as well as a special reading by Wilkes Creative Writing board member William Kennedy, author of books like Ironweed, Legs, and Billy Phelan's Greatest Game. Free and open to the public.
More information: http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/194.asp?item=73721
 
Friday, June 20
Osterhout Free Library Annual Book Sale

TIME: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
PLACE: The Osterhout Lawn, 71 South Franklin Street
 
The weeklong Book Sale, eagerly anticipated by local book lovers, and sponsored by Friends of the Osterhout, continues throughout the week. Sale is held under the tent on the Library Lawn - Rain or Shine! New items are added every day.
More information: http://www.osterhout.lib.pa.us/booksale.html or 570-821-1959.
 
Friday, June 20
Third Friday Art Walk

TIME: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: All around Downtown Wilkes-Barre
 
You're invited to Third Friday Wilkes-Barre! Experience the art walk from 5-8 pm from March thru December on the third Friday of each month. Visit Downtown Wilkes-Barre and support local art and artists. Check local papers and www.thirdfridaywb.com for our map of participating venues and featured artists each month. This is a FREE event.
More information: www.thirdfridaywb.com or 570-498-0678.
 
Friday, June 20
Riverfest 2014

TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: River Common Millennium Circle Portal, North River Street

Riverfest begins on Friday night with the Awaken the Dragons Ceremony, free family fishing, painting of a community mural, children’s activities, food vendors, and more. Live musical performances on the Landing stage will include a “Pete Seeger Tribute” featuring Don Shappelle & the Pickups with special guest George Wesley. Free and open to the publc.
More information: www.riverfrontparks.org or 570-825-1701.
 
Friday, June 20
Meet the Artist Reception: Omar Rodriguez, Jr.

TIME: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: King’s College Widmann Art Gallery, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center
 
A Third Friday Meet-the-Artist Reception will be held to celebrate the exhibit “Disguised Inspirations,” featuring works by artist Omar Rodriguez, Jr. Rodriguez has displayed his artwork in galleries across the country, and his work has been recognized with several prestigious awards including placing in the Art Renewal Center's Scholarship Competition, and being named a finalist in “International Artist” magazine.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.
 
Friday, June 20
Osterhout Meet the Author: Deb Pavlico

TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
Deb Pavlico, author of Conversations With Women: The Journey Toward Self-Esteem, talks about and signs her book. Part of the June Third Friday Art Walk. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, June 21
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, June 21
Osterhout Free Library Annual Book Sale

TIME: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
PLACE: The Osterhout Lawn, 71 South Franklin Street
 
Saturday is the final day for the weeklong Book Sale, eagerly anticipated by local book lovers, and sponsored by Friends of the Osterhout. Sale is held under the tent on the Library Lawn - Rain or Shine! New items are added every day.
More information: http://www.osterhout.lib.pa.us/booksale.html or 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, June 21
Yoga on the River Common

TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
PLACE: Millennium Circle Portal, River Common
 
This summer, Melt Hot Yoga and Balance 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 the Melt Hot Yoga or Balance Yoga Facebook page.
More information: www.facebook.com/balanceyogastudiopa
 
Saturday, June 21
Worldwide Knit in Public Day

TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
Join our knitting and crochet group, One More Row, as we knit together and celebrate the craft with knitters around the world today. It is open to all, newbies and pros alike. World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005; it is a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other's company while using their yarn and needles, having tea, and sharing chat and tips. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, June 21
Riverfest 2014

TIME: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
PLACE: Nesbitt Park
 
Riverfest continues on Saturday in Nesbitt Park. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and activities for all ages! Activities include children’s art and nature programs, kids’ tree climb, a live mammals program (2 PM), guided nature hikes, kayaking demos, dragon boat team training, a Pennsylvania Kayak Fishing Association bass tournament (7:30 AM to 2 PM), the PA American Water children’s art exhibit, food vendors, a Back Mountain-to-Riverfest bike tour, and more. Saturday’s live musical performances will be by Kriki & the Bad Navigators, Russello Project, and Three Imaginary Boys. Saturday’s River Paddle will be from Harding to Wilkes-Barre (8 AM to 2 PM).
More information: www.riverfrontparks.org or 570-825-1701.
 
Sunday, June 22
Riverfest 2014

TIME: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
PLACE: Nesbitt Park
 
Riverfest concludes on Sunday in Nesbitt Park with the Dragon Boat Races from 10 AM to 3 PM. See the Local Dragon Boat Racing Teams compete on the Susquehanna River! There will also be a final River Paddle from Wilkes-Barre to Hunlock Creek (8 AM to 2 PM).
More information: www.riverfrontparks.org or 570-825-1701.

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.)

HOURS: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday, as arranged.
 
“Disguised Inspirations” – work by Omar Rodriguez, Jr.
DATES: June 2, 2014 through August 11, 2014

Artist Omar Rodriguez, Jr., will display a collection of works focusing on life’s hidden inspirations in variety of mediums, including graphite drawings, black-and-white charcoal works and oil paintings in this free public exhibition. Rodriguez has displayed his artwork in galleries across the country, and his work has been recognized with several prestigious awards including placing in the Art Renewal Center's Scholarship Competition, and being named a finalist in “International Artist” magazine. A Meet-the-Artist reception will be held in the Widmann Gallery from 6-8 PM on Friday, June 20.

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

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

 
Kindred Expressions
DATES: May 16, 2014 through July 5

Kindred Expressions is a group exhibition featuring works by painter Linda Keck, potter Frank Mariano, and photographer Sophia Heij Mariano. 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)

Summer hours: Thursday –Sunday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.
 
Women's Work - Collections from the Sordoni Art Gallery Permanent Collection
DATES: June 5, 2014 through July 27, 2014

The new exhibit at the Sordoni Art Gallery – "Women's Work: Selections from the Permanent Collection" – features a curated selection of artworks from the Sordoni’s permanent collection.

More information: http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1531.asp
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Osterhout Free Library (1848)
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There is nothing as permanent as a temporary building! That is certainly true of Wilkes-Barre’s unusual Gothic Revival public library, which was originally built as the First Presbyterian Church following the designs of James Renwick, the architect of Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Smithsonian Institution’s “Castle” on the Washington Mall. In 1889, when Isaac S. Osterhout, a local merchant, left his estate “to establish and maintain in the city of Wilkes-Barre a free library,” famed librarian Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System, recommended that the old church building be utilized as a “temporary” library until a permanent replacement could be built. However, the Osterhout never left its now-beloved original home. In 1908, it constructed the Gothic Revival stack wing – a “building made of books” with its three stories of steel shelves, translucent glass floors, and windows ornamented with art glass book plates and coats of arms – to the designs of Welsh, Sturdevant & Poggi. In 1981, the Library added the Ken Pollock Children’s wing, designed by the Wilkes-Barre firm of Eyerman Csala Hapeman, a playful postmodern take on the Gothic Revival architecture of the earlier buildings. In recent years, Wilkes-Barre architect Carl Handman oversaw a careful restoration of the Osterhout’s landmark exterior.
2014 marks the 125th anniversary of the Osterhout: Wilkes-Barre's public library.

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