This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: August 27 - September 2, 2013

This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: August 27 - September 2, 2013

August 27 - September 2, 2013

This week is a time for endings, and for beginnings.
We have reached summer’s close: this weekend is the Labor Day holiday. Downtown’s streets are once again filled with students, as King’s College and Wilkes University begin the academic year. Several long-running downtown offerings, like Free Riverfront Yoga or the Historical Society’s Miracle of the Bells exhibit, also come to an end after this week.
However, the returning students are not the only new arrivals in our center city. There’s also a new exhibit at the Sordoni Art Gallery; a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington; and – on Labor Day itself – a new NEPA Labor Day Festival and Celebration on Public Square.
It’s also important to remember that, while summer vacation may be ending and schedules may be changing, the weather will remain balmy for many weeks to come – so there’s still plenty of opportunity to enjoy all of the outdoor activities – from bike rides to car cruises, from Farmers Market to a walk along the River Common– that our center city has to offer.
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership

Downtown Events

Wednesday, August 28
The Kirby Center’s W. Curtis Montz Film Series: Hitchcock

TIME: 1:00 PM; 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
The W. Curtis Montz Film Series, which offers critically acclaimed films on the area's largest screen, presents Hitchcock (rated PG-13; 98 minutes). Ticket prices range from $4 (matinees) to $6 (evening screening); students with a valid I.D. pay $3.
More information: or 570-826-1100.
Wednesday, August 28
Green Drinks Wilkes-Barre

TIME: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
PLACE: Bart & Urby’s, 119 South Main Street
Join us after work downtown for socializing with eco-minded people, environmental professionals, volunteers, and students. First timers always made welcome. Drinks (or not) and great conversation and ideas are all part of the international Green Drinks theme. Meets the last Wednesday of each month. Bring a friend and RSVP on Facebook today.
More information:
Thursday, August 29
Wilkes-Barre Farmers’ Market

TIME: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
Thursday is Farmers Market Day in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! August 29th's musical performer will be K8. Join us for 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!
More information: or 570-208-4292.
Thursday, August 29
50 Years Of An Unforgettable Dream

TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King's College
Join us for this celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. The event, sponsored by King’s College, Misericordia University, and Wilkes University, will include participating college presidents, student representatives, and community leaders from the Greater Wilkes-Barre area. We hope to recapture the essence of Dr. King’s dream as we reflect on his words and the impact they have had in communities across America and the world. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Ms. Erica Acosta, MS, Associate Director of Diversity at Wilkes University, at the phone number below.
More information: 570-408-7856
Friday, August 30
Public Square Car Cruise

TIME: 6:00 PM-10:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
It’s time for the August edition of the monthly Public Square Car Cruise, sponsored by the NEPA Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Anything with wheels is welcome to participate: "If it has wheels, it's welcome!" Registration is free.
More information:
Saturday, August 31
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 7:15 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street
Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. The Ride leaves from Around Town Bicycles promptly at 7:30 AM (note the earlier time). 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. Up to 75 riders will be participating in the summer rides.
More information: or 570-970-3008.
Saturday, August 31
Free Riverfront Yoga

TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
PLACE: Millennium Circle Portal, River Common
Balance Yoga and Wellness is excited to announce its fifth summer offering FREE Community Yoga classes at the River Common. Classes will be held from 10 -11 am, EVERY Saturday through Labor Day, at the Millennium Circle Portal (the King's College side of the Common). Joining us this year, to spread even more yoga love, are our friends over at Melt Hot Yoga. Please bring a mat and a bottle of water. (Weather permitting.)
Monday, September 2
NEPA Labor Day Festival & Celebration

TIME: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
The NEPA Labor Day Festival & Celebration will benefit the Keystone Wounded Warrior Project. Join us for food, entertainment (including performances by the Eckley & Patchtown Players), a Labor Heritage celebration, a Home Run Hitting Contest in Kirby Park, and more!
More information:

Downtown Exhibits

Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tu-F, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Sat, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Luzerne County in the Civil War
DATES: April 27 through December 21
Learn about how Luzerne County’s citizens and communities participated in - and were affected by – the Civil War. The exhibit is a companion to the Society’s latest publication: “Serving their County, Defending the Commonwealth, Saving the Union: Stories and Images of Luzerne County Soldiers at Gettysburg.”
The Miracle of the Bells
DATES: through August 31

This exhibit tells the story of the “real” Olga (Trotzski) Treskoff of Glen Lyon who became a successful Broadway producer; the 1946 best selling novel, “The Miracle of the Bells,” written by Russell Janney; and the 1948 movie of the same name starring Frank Sinatra, Fred Mac Murray and Alida Valli, which was partially filmed in Glen Lyon or “Coaltown.” Olga was the inspiration for “The Miracle of the Bells” and is buried in Glen Lyon. 

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: or 570-823-6244
Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

Group Gallery Exhibition: Thomas Stapleton/Barbara Shaffer/Charles Shaffer
DATES: July 19 to September 7
HOURS: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Saturday
This group exhibition presents work by oil painter Thomas Stapleton, ceramic artist Barbara Shaffer, and photographer Charles Shaffer. Store-side parking; Marquis’ second-floor gallery is accessible by stairs only.
More information: or 570-823-0518.
Wilkes University Sordoni Art Gallery
(150 South River Street):

The Art of Balliet
DATES: August 27 to October 20
HOURS: 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Tuesday-Sunday
Realist Justin Balliet is said to embody all the elements of the Modern Renaissance. This Northeastern Pennsylvania artist seeks to push his realism as far as possible, resulting in some of the most technically proficient work available today. The Balliet Exhibition will run from August 27th through October 20th, with an artist's reception on September 6th. The Gallery will be closed during University holidays and breaks.
More information: or 570-408-4325.

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