This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: December 17 - December 23, 2013

This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: December 17 - December 23, 2013

There's always something good happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre!
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December 17 - December 23, 2013

This week, our snow-covered Downtown landscape provides a seasonal setting for all of the special Christmas events, programs, and promotions that are occurring in our center city.
For example, this Friday, December 20, brings the final Third Friday Art Walk of 2013. Be sure to check out the art, music, and good company at Downtown Arts, Art Seen Gallery, the Wyoming Valley Art League, and the other participating venues.
Are you still trying to cross items off your Christmas shopping list? From art supplies to skis, from books to board games, from casual to dress clothing, from gift baskets to jewelry, from toys to classic vinyl, from smartphones to shoes: you can find anything you need at one of Downtown’s many retailers.
This week, we welcome the return of one of those retailers: Frank Clark Jewelers, which has now reopened in its historic storefront at 63 South Main Street. Please stop by, check out Frank Clark’s jewelry selection, and experience the joys of shopping for something special in a very special setting.
Are you looking for a special pre-theatre meal? Southside Bistro is pleased to announce a special three-course, pre-theatre menu to complement your night on the town at the F.M. Kirby Center. Service begins 90 minutes prior to curtain, Monday - Thursday with a reservation and proof of performance attendance. For more information or to make a reservation, call 570-235-6656.
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership


Downtown Events

Tuesday, December 17
Wyoming Valley Concert Band Holiday Concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 South Franklin Street
The Wyoming Valley Concert Band, under the direction of Conductor Don Williams, will be joined by guest organist Canon Mark Laubach for an evening of traditional holiday fare. Works by Gustav Holst, Alfred Reed, Sameul Nestico, Irving Berlin, and Leroy Anderson will highlight the program. There will also be a Christmas Sing-Along and reception. Admission will be free, through concert goers are asked to bring non-perishable food items to support Reach at St. Stephen’s Food Pantry.
More information: or 570-825-6653.
Thursday, December 19
Bee Hive Gift Shop Men's Night

TIME: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
PLACE: Bee Hive Gift Shop, Midtown Village
The Bee Hive Gift Shop will be holding its Men's Christmas Shopping Night from 4 to 7 PM on Thursday, December 19. Enjoy refreshments, gift wrap, and personal shoppers available to help!
More information: 570-208-4483.
Thursday, December 19
Max & Ruby In The Nutcracker Suite

TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
Children’s characters Max & Ruby bring to life a wonderful tradition this holiday season as they take to the stage their most magical performance yet! Max & Ruby’s adventure, guided by the classic notes of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, is full of delectable dance and holiday magic, and is perfect for the whole family. Tickets start at $20.00.
More information: or 570-826-1100.
Friday, December 20
Third Friday Wilkes-Barre Art Walk

TIME: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: All around Downtown Wilkes-Barre
Third Friday Wilkes-Barre is back and painting the town for one last time in 2013! Visit Downtown Wilkes-Barre, experience the Downtown art walk from 5 to 8 PM, and support local art and artists. Check local papers and for our map of participating venues each month. This is a FREE event.
More information: or 570-498-0678.

Friday, December 20
Art Seen Gallery Holiday Party

TIME: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Art Seen Gallery, 21 Public Square
In conjunction with the Third Friday Art Walk, Art Seen Gallery is hosting its 2013 Christmas party. The works of more than 30 artists are currently on display at Art Seen Gallery. Many of these local artists and artisans will be on hand this Friday to greet the public, and celebrate the season. Refreshments will be provided.
More information:  or 570-714-4955.

Friday, December 20
Downtown Arts presents Home for the Holidays

TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Downtown Arts, 47 North Franklin Street
Downtown Arts presents "Home for the Holidays.” Join us for this complimentary Third Friday performance, featuring dancers, singers, musicians and more!  A reception will follow the show. 
More information: or 570-905- 7308.

Friday, December 20
Third Friday Spoken Word

TIME: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
PLACE: Art Seen Gallery, 21 Public Square
Art Seen Gallery hosts an evening of poetry and literary readings following the conclusion of the Third Friday Art Walk. This month's featured performer is Brian Fanelli. Special guest Jami Kali introduces a new segment called "New School Meets Old School." Free and open to the public; donations are appreciated.
More information: 570-714-4955.
Friday, December 20
Genetti's Holiday Office Bash

TIME: 7:00 PM - midnight
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street
Grab your coworkers and friends for this holiday celebration for co-workers, friends, and family! The Holiday Bash features a cocktail hour, a Stations Dinner, open bar with holiday themed martinis and handcrafted beers, and live entertainment by Millennium. Sign up for the karaoke contest and win great prizes! Call for pricing and to sign up today. Event hosted by Rittenhouse Entertainment.
More information: or 570-825-6477.
Saturday, December 21
HKQ Presents Wreck It Ralph at the Kirby Center

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
The law firm of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn presents a free holiday showing of the 2012 computer-animated Disney movie Wreck It Ralph at the Kirby Center. Doors will open at 12:30 PM and the movie will start at 2 PM. Pre-movie entertainment will start at 1:30 PM with a children’s sing-along and a juggler. The movie is open to all families with children under 12 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Seating will be limited to the first 1,800 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone attending the movie will get free popcorn and choice of water or juice, and children will receive free hats, gloves, and art supplies courtesy of HKQ.
More information: or 570-826-1100.


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: or 570-823-6244

Wyoming Valley Art League Gallery
(130 South Franklin Street):

Work In A Series: Photographs by 18 Photographers
DATE: December 20, 5 PM - 8 PM (Third Friday Art Walk)
The WVAL presents a photography exhibit by 18 photographers, each exploring the concept of a "subject" in a series through six different 8x10 works by each photographer.
More information:

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This week's featured historic structures are:

Guard Center (1909)
16 South River Street
Frederick Huber residence (1911)
24 South River Street
The Guard Center building, which today serves as the headquarters of the GUARD Insurance Group, was constructed in just ninety days during the winter of 1908 to house the corporate offices of the Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company, one of eight major coal operators dominating the industry at the turn of the century. Its imposing granite columns signify the important role that the coal companies once played in the life of the city. Prolific Wilkes-Barre architects Welsh, Sturdevant and Poggi designed this Neoclassical Revival structure.
Lehigh & Wilkes-Barre Coal Company president Frederick Huber commissioned the same architects to design his home next door at 24 South River Street in 1911. The Craftsman Style detailing of the three-story mansion hints at the influence of contemporary Prairie School architects like Frank Lloyd Wright; however, the Huber house’s massing is resolutely traditional.

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