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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: December 10-16, 2013

Enjoy the holidays with plenty to do in Downtown Wilkes-Barre
There's always something good happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre!
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December 10 - December 16, 2013

This week, Downtown Wilkes-Barre is alive with dance, music, and celebrations for the holidays!
 
It’s the week when Ballet Northeast brings the beloved Christmas tradition of The Nutcracker to life on the stage of the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center. On the Square, the Kirby Center features two different concerts, ranging from Bryan Adams tomorrow evening to Joe Nardone’s doo-wop spectacular on Saturday night. In the meantime, whether it's the Festival Service of Lessons and Carols, the annual Choral Arts holiday concert, or Wilkes-Barre’s own barbershoppers, lovers of choral music and holiday classics will all find an embarrassment of riches in Downtown.
 
On Thursday evening, Rodano’s hosts a special benefit for Valley Santa, a local nonprofit that relies on donations to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need in the Wyoming Valley. You can enjoy free samples of Rodano’s new menu, drink specials, and holiday music – all while helping a great cause.
 
If all of this merriment has kept you from tending to your shopping list, don’t worry: these venues are all within an easy stroll of Downtown’s many retailers, who can help you meet your holiday needs with unique items, personalized service, and great prices.
 
For example, this week, the Bee Hive Gift Shop in Midtown Village offers its Christmas open house, featuring 20% off in-stock merchandise, from December 10 to 15. With free gift wrap, daily door prizes, and free refreshments, you can enjoy no-hassle shopping in a festive atmosphere, with hours daily from 10-5, Thursday till 7 pm, and Sunday from 12 to 4.
 
Or, you can head over to Around Town Bicycles on North Main Street, and discover why they were just named one of America’s Best Bike Shops for 2013 by the National Bicycle Dealer’s Association. ATB – the only bike shop in Northeastern Pennsylvania to receive this honor – is offering weekly specials from now until Christmas, with great gift ideas – from bikes to stocking stuffers – for your cyclist friends and family.
 
These are just a few examples of the terrific merchants that you can discover for yourself in our center city this season. You can find a complete guide to all of Downtown’s retailers and restaurants here.
 
From the music and dance that celebrates the season, to the distinctive merchants that you won’t find elsewhere, to the area’s best array of restaurants, Downtown Wilkes-Barre offers a complete hometown experience for holiday shopping, dining, and entertainment.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org

 

Downtown Events
 
Tuesday, December 10
The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber’s Cavalcade of Commerce

TIME: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street
 
Don't miss out on this exciting multi-faceted event sponsored by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Council. There's a fashion show, a silent auction, a wonderful luncheon from Genetti's, and so much more. Registration is required; cost is $30.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members.
More information: www.wilkes-barre.org or 570-823-2101 x 149.
 
Tuesday, December 10
The F.M. Kirby Center presents Bryan Adams in Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Bryan Adams brings his highly successful solo-acoustic concert tour to Wilkes-Barre with a special, intimate concert at the F.M. Kirby Center on December 10. The show provides a rare opportunity for fans to see Adams as they've not seen him before: solo-acoustic and intimate. Tickets start at $29.50.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Wednesday, December 11
Festival Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent

TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 South Franklin Street
 
The St. Stephen's Choir presents its gorgeous annual Festival Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent, led by organist and choirmaster Canon Mark Laubach and guest conductor Dr. Rick Hoffenberg. A free-will offering will be accepted in support of the choir's August 2015 residency at Winchester Cathedral, England. Those attending are also encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food items to help stock St. Stephen's Food Pantry for those in need in our community. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
More information: http://ststephenswb.org/music/concerts-events/ or 570-704-7055.
 
Thursday, December 12
First Annual Rodano’s Fundraiser benefiting Valley Santa

TIME: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Rodano’s, 53 Public Square
 
Help Rodano's decorate their Holiday tree! Buy a $5 ornament to benefit Valley Santa and get a chance to win a prize. Every ornament is a winner! Also enjoy free samplings of Rodano's new menu and drink specials from 5:30-7 PM. Entertainment will start at 7 PM. A portion of the night’s proceeds will also be donated to Valley Santa.
More information: 570-814-2417.
 
Friday, December 13
Ballet Northeast presents The Nutcracker

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University’s Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West River Street
 
Ballet Northeast, Northeastern Pennsylvania’s premier youth ballet performing company, returns to the stage for its 30th annual full-length production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is based on a story by German author, E.T.A. Hoffman, who in 1816 wrote a magical story about a young girl named Klara who receives a Nutcracker as a present on Christmas Eve. The performance is a must-see for children and adults and showcases Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Youth Ballet in one of its most breathtaking performances. Tickets: Adults $20; Children, Students, and Seniors $15.
More information: www.balletnortheast.org or 570-821-8525.
 
Saturday, December 14
Santa visits Story Time at Barnes & Noble

TIME: 11:00 AM
PLACE: Barnes & Noble Wilkes/King’s Bookstore, 7 South Main Street
 
Join us on Saturday, December 14th when Santa visits story time at Barnes & Noble Downtown! Kids will hear readings from children's holiday classics and then have a chance to meet Santa!
More information: www.facebook.com/wilkeskingsbookstore or 570-208-4700.
 
Saturday, December 14
Ballet Northeast presents The Nutcracker

TIME: 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University’s Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West River Street
 
Ballet Northeast, Northeastern Pennsylvania’s premier youth ballet performing company, returns to the stage for its 30th annual full-length production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is based on a story by German author, E.T.A. Hoffman, who in 1816 wrote a magical story about a young girl named Klara who receives a Nutcracker as a present on Christmas Eve. The performance is a must-see for children and adults and showcases Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Youth Ballet in one of its most breathtaking performances. There will be two Saturday performances, held at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets: Adults $20; Children, Students, and Seniors $15.
More information: www.balletnortheast.org or 570-821-8525.
 
Saturday, December 14
Joe Nardone’s Christmas Doo Wop Spectacular

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
He's back!  Joe Nardone presents (for the first time ever!) a Christmas Doo Wop Spectacular on Saturday, Decemeber 14th. This star-studded holiday night will feature Kenny Vance & The Planotones, The Flamingos, The Drifters, Larry Chance & The Earls and The Paramounts. Tickets start at $29.50 plus fees.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Saturday, December 14
Choral Arts of Luzerne County Holiday Concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 South Franklin Street
 
Ring in the holiday season with the Choral Arts of Luzerne County! We invite you to come out for an evening of fine choral music that explores the beauty of the holiday season. The music in the concert will consist of holiday favorites, and inspiring organ works. This program will feature an array of composers from Jonathan Dove, John Jacob Niles, and many more that feature traditional songs that feel like the holidays.
More information: http://www.choralartslc.org or (570) 283-2000.
 
Sunday, December 15
Ballet Northeast presents The Nutcracker

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University’s Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West River Street
 
Ballet Northeast, Northeastern Pennsylvania’s premier youth ballet performing company, returns to the stage for its 30th annual full-length production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is based on a story by German author, E.T.A. Hoffman, who in 1816 wrote a magical story about a young girl named Klara who receives a Nutcracker as a present on Christmas Eve. The performance is a must-see for children and adults and showcases Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Youth Ballet in one of its most breathtaking performances. Tickets: Adults $20; Children, Students, and Seniors $15.
More information: www.balletnortheast.org or 570-821-8525.
 
Sunday, December 15
Wyoming Valley Barbershop Harmony Chorus’ Annual Christmas Show

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 240 South Washington Street
 
The Wilkes-Barre Chapter of the S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A presents the Wyoming Valley Barbershop Harmony Chorus’ annual Christmas Show, Mary Had a Baby. The show will feature special guests Sounds Abound Quartet, Young Men in Harmony, and groups from Dallas, G.A.R., and Wyoming Valley West High Schools – all performing your favorite Christmas and holiday classics. Tickets are $5, and will be available at the door. 
More information: http://singwb.com/ or 570-287-2476.


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

The Art of Lawrence Russo
DATES: November 16, 2013 through January 31, 2014
 
The best-known work of Lawrence Russo is probably the 24-foot high statue of Christ the King atop the King's College Administration Building in Wilkes-Barre, but the work of this prolific Wyoming Valley sculptor adorns many churches, cemeteries, and public buidings throughout the mid-Atlantic. This exhibit explores Russo’s work in various media, including a number of his paintings.

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.”
 
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 Student Center

 
Hungering for Justice
DATES: November 4 through December 13
HOURS: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday
 
In this exhibition, coordinated by Kimberly Fabbri, King's College students and staff present a series of photographs illustrating the social justice issues of hunger and homelessness.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, extension 5328.
 
Wilkes University Sordoni Art Gallery and Annex
(150 South River Street):

 
Jim Lennox: Sculptures and Paintings
DATES: October 29 through December 15
HOURS: 12:00 PM -4:30 PM, Tuesday - Sunday
 
“Jim Lennox: Sculptures and Paintings,” featured in the main Gallery, includes nearly 20 sculptures and several paintings.  Jim Lennox has been sculpting for 25 years, his interest in art stemming from his childhood. Jim is primarily a metal sculptor and is influenced by such artists as Richard Hunt, Jean Tinguely, and John Chamberlain.
More information: www.wilkes.edu/sordoni or 570-408-4325.
 
Visual Literacy: Paintings by Chad Stanley
DATES: October 29 through December 15
HOURS: 12:00 PM -4:30 PM, Tuesday - Sunday
 
Chad Stanley, an Associate Professor of English literature at Wilkes, is an active painter and frequently uses art as a means of engaging literature. ”Visual Literacy” features several of Stanley’s oil paintings on canvas with under-sketching consisting of ink or occasionally an acrylic wash.  
More information: www.wilkes.edu/sordoni or 570-408-4325.


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Market Street Bridge (1929)
 
This stunning gateway into the central city was also inspired by the City Beautiful Movement; Carrere and Hastings, architects of the New York Public Library, designed it. The beauty of the Market Street Bridge and the proud eagles that guard its entrance towers have made it a well-loved landmark; it is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Since 1819, this has been the site of several spans across the Susquehanna, and as early as 1912, Frederick C. Olds had plans for a riverside park on the west side and a monumental bridge to link Wilkes-Barre with still rural Kingston. In 1922, F. M. Kirby, a partner in the F. W. Woolworth Company, hired the renowned Olmsted Brothers to design a park, which he then donated to the city of Wilkes-Barre. A quick walk across the Market Street Bridge will bring you to Kirby Park and its neighbor, Nesbitt Park. Together, they offer a full array of recreational amenities: athletic fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, jogging trails, a concert pavilion, and the 60 wooded acres of the Kirby Park Natural Area. Stroll to the river for a great view of downtown.



 
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