This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: September 3-9

This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: September 3-9

There's always something good happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre!
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September 3 - September 9, 2013

When I ask downtown businesspeople why they like their office location, one of the most common responses describes what I’ll call the “accidental encounter.” It’s the unexpected conversation with someone – a colleague, an acquaintance – you’ve run into on the sidewalk or while grabbing lunch or a haircut or fresh apples at Farmers Market.
Sometimes the encounter eliminates the need for telephone tag or an email exchange. Sometimes, it provides the opportunity for an introduction to a previously unknown business contact. Sometimes, it prompts fresh thinking about a problem. One thing is for certain: the “accidental encounter” enables us to be more productive – and those of us who work in Downtown take this serendipity for granted.
The Internet was supposed to make in-person interaction less – not more – important; ironically, while that’s become true for many routine transactions, the virtues of the face-to-face encounter – accidental or not – are more important than ever for those people whose jobs require them to be creative on a daily basis.
That’s one reason why so many different types of businesses – from app developers to architects to advertising agencies – have chosen to locate their offices in Downtown Wilkes-Barre during the past few years.
Center cities offer more opportunities for face-to-face interaction, and more varieties of venues in which to meet: Downtown Wilkes-Barre currently boasts 42 different restaurants and dining establishments.
All those resources, all within an easy walk of the office: that’s why in this digitally connected age, walkable urban environments like Downtown Wilkes-Barre continue to be the locations of choice for office functions that require access to the widest array of clients, collaborators, and even competitors.
In contrast, the only “accidental encounters” that you’ll have on the highway or in the drive-through lane are likely to involve the exchange of insurance cards.
Downtown Wilkes-Barre continues to be the region’s largest concentrated employment center because, for businesses ranging from one-person startups to some of the region’s largest employers, it offers critical opportunities for access, interaction, and the exchange of ideas. If those opportunities also matter to your business, then there’s no better place to be.
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership

Downtown Events

Wednesday, September 4
The Kirby Center’s W. Curtis Montz Film Series: Psycho

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 Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic, Psycho (rated R; 109 minutes; 1960). Ticket prices range from $4 (matinees) to $6 (evening screening); students with a valid I.D. pay $3.
More information: or 570-826-1100.
Thursday, September 5
Wilkes-Barre Farmers’ Market

TIME: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
Thursday is Farmers Market Day in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! September 5’s musical performer will be Somethin’ Else. 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 fall!
More information: or 570-208-4292.
Friday, September 6
The Art of Balliet Artist’s Reception

TIME: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
PLACE: Sordoni Art Gallery, 150 South River Street
Join us for a reception with artist Justin Balliet, in celebration of the opening of a solo exhibition of his works at the Sordoni Art Gallery of Wilkes University. The exhibition is on display at the Sordoni Art Gallery through October 20.
More information: or 570-408-4325.
Saturday, September 7
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 second-to-last official weekly Saturday Morning Ride! The Ride leaves from Around Town Bicycles promptly at 7:30 AM (note the earlier time). There are stops for regrouping, and no riders are left behind. Bagels, coffee and juice are served after the ride. The final official Saturday morning shop ride will be held on September 14.
More information: or 570-970-3008.
Saturday, September 7
Tastes From Around the World benefit for Wyoming Valley Children’s Association

TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Westmoreland Club, 59 South Franklin Street
This evening benefit dinner for the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association will feature some of the most delectable and exotic culinary choices from around the world. From the appetizers and open bar selections to the desserts and coffee, the talented chefs at the Westmoreland Club will be preparing an international feast. Cocktail Hour at 6 PM; Dinner 7 to 9 PM. Tickets: $125.00. 
More information: or 570-714-1246.

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.”
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
King’s College Widmann Gallery
(Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center):

“Latina” exhibition
DATES: September 8 through September 14
HOURS: 9 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday
A collection of photographs by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jose Galvez will be on display from Sunday, September 8 through September 14 in the Widmann Gallery. The photographs explore the lives of Hispanic women. Galvez will discuss his works during a public lecture at 7 PM, Wednesday, September 11, in Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business.
More information: 570-208-8021.
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 27 through October 20, with an artist's reception on September 6. The Gallery will be closed during University holidays and breaks.
More information: or 570-408-4325.
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