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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: July 10 - July 16

July 10 - July 16, 2018
This week, it's going to be a busy week at the riverfront!

Wilkes-Barre's Riverfront Parks Committee and its community partners have been working hard to expand the variety and frequency of programming at Downtown's River Common, and this week's free public programs are just the latest evidence of their efforts.

It starts on Wednesday evening, when Gaslight Theatre Company presents a final performance of its production of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" in the beautiful outdoor setting of the River Common's Northampton Street Amphitheatre.

Then, on Thursday night, the same venue is the setting for a live family environmental education program titled "Bats in the Watershed," presented by the Carbon County Environmental Education and Wildlife Rehab Center, and showcasing the misunderstood mammals.

These events augment the River Common's long-running Saturday morning Yoga by the River program. Or, you can always enjoy the views available through a walk along the promenade. The River Common is one of Downtown Wilkes-Barre’s greatest assets: free to all, and just a short stroll from the center of town.
But, that's not all that's happening in our center city. "Y Walk Wednesday" continues this week with Tony Brooks' popular guided "Millionaires and Mansions" walk, highlighting the history and architecture of downtown's grandest homes.

At the FM. Kirby Center, "Last Comic Standing" winner Josh Blue performs live from the Chandelier Lobby on Thursday evening - and on the following night, venue Karl Hallpresents another Friday evening of live music.

History-minded kids will enjoy the Thursday-afternoon craft workshop at the Luzerne County Historical Society, learning about and reinterpreting those beautiful shopping bags from the golden age of department stores.

In other words, you'll want to join us in Downtown this week. And, remember: whether you're a fan of the Bardbatsbass fishing, or yoga, there are many different reasons to visit our Susquehanna riverfront.

So, now that summer is here, please take the opportunity to enjoy the River Common – the riverfront park that doubles as Downtown’s front door.

Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!

Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
This Week at the F.M. Kirby Center

Downtown Events

Tuesday, July 10
Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre Weekly Meeting

TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street

The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre meets every Tuesday at noon. We are neighbors and community leaders uniting for the common good. The meeting is open to members and their guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians.
More information:

Wednesday, July 11
Suskie Bassmasters Wednesday Night Tournament

TIME: 5:30 PM (shotgun start) - 9:00 PM
PLACE: Nesbitt Park

The Suskie Bassmasters' Wednesday night bass tournament continues from June through September, launching from Nesbitt Park. $20 annual membership entitles members to compete in weekly tournaments for cash & prizes.
More information: or 570-881-1196.

Wednesday, July 11
Osterhout Teen Night: Open Mic Night

TIME: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Every Wednesday is Teen Night at the Osterhout Free Library! This week, join us for open mic night! All artists welcome: Singers, songwriters, musicians, comedians, and poets! You must sign up for spot to perform! Light refreshments will be served.
More information: or 570-821-1959.

Wednesday, July 11
Y Walk Wednesday: Millionaires and Mansions

TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA lobby, 40 West Northampton Street

This week's Y Walk Wednesday is titled "Millionaires and Mansions." Join walk leader Tony Brooks of the Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society for an architectural and social history stroll past some of the 19th and early 20th century homes of Wilkes-Barre's leading families. Visit Wilkes-Barre's oldest house and learn about plans to restore it. "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: or 570-823-2191.

Wednesday, July 11
Shakespeare on the River

TIME: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
PLACE: River Common Amphitheatre Portal, 
Northampton and River Streets 

The Gaslight Theatre Company is excited to partner with The Riverfront Parks Committee to present one final performance of William Shakespeare's classic comedy  The Taming of the Shrew for “Shakespeare on the River!”  This performance is free and open to the public. Rain location: Downtown Arts, 47 North Franklin Street. 
More information: or 570-825-5763.

Thursday, July 12
Wilkes-Barre Farmers' Market

TIME: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square

Thursday is Farmers' Market day in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!  This week's musical performer will be Beck with Baker. Full of 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! Free and open to the public.
More information: or 570-208-4149.

Thursday, July 12
Historical Society's "Kids Craft- Shopping Bag"

TIME: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
PLACE: Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 Rear South Franklin Street

The Luzerne County Historical Society is pleased to announce a series of kids craft programs this summer at the LCHS Museum. Each afternoon will allow children to learn a local history lesson while creating crafts that tie into the museum’s exhibitions and collections. The first Kids Craft program in the series explores the era of the department store, and their often noteworthy packaging. Join LCHS Director of Operations and Programs Mark Riccetti, Jr. and LCHS Museum Manager Allyson Earl on a tour through the Museum. The children will learn about the heyday of the downtown department stores. Free for children of  LCHS members, $5 for non-member children (price includes beverages).
More information: or  570-823-6244 ext. 3.

Thursday, July 12
Osterhout Socrates Discussion Group 

TIME: 6:30 PM 
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

These gatherings bring together people from all walks of life and experiences to raise questions, listen to, and discuss a topic chosen by the group that evening. Socrates, the Greek philosopher after whom the group is named, exhorted his students to “follow the argument wherever it leads.” All sessions are committed to open, respectful and philosophical discussion and debate. No prior learning is required. Free and open to the public; coffee will be served. 
More information: or 570-823-1959.

Thursday, July 12
The Riverfront Parks Committee Presents "Bats in the Watershed
TIME: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
River Common Amphitheatre Portal, Northampton and River Streets 

Join the Riverfront Parks Committee and special guest Susan Gallagher from the Carbon County Environmental Education and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center  for a special presentation with live bats. Bring the family to this hour long program and learn more about this native mammal, its habitat, and its impact on our region. Environmental educators will be on-site to showcase live bats and answer all of your questions, including the threat of white nose syndrome.
More information: or 570-825-5763. 

Thursday, July 12
Live from the Chandelier Lobby: Josh Blue

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Comedian and winner of NBC’s "Last Comic Standing" Josh Blue will be Live from the Chandelier Lobby. Josh Blue starred in "Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue," which received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Tickets: in advance $25.00; door price $30.00.
More information: or 570-826-1100.

Friday, July 13
Osterhout Friday Movie Matinee: Rock of Ages

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us at the Osterhout every Friday for a themed movie selection. June's movie theme is "Rock," and this week's movie is Rock of Ages (2012), starring Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta and Tom Cruise. Free and open to the public; popcorn provided.
More information: or 570-823-0156.

Friday, July 13 
Karl Hall presents a Friday Night of Live Music

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: Karl Hall, 57B North Main Street

Karl Hall, Downtown Wilkes-Barre's newest live-music venue, hosts a Friday night of live music! Check out their website for more information.  All ages are welcome; the evening is BYOB. Patrons will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets: $10.00.
More information:

Saturday, July 14
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. At this point, the weekly ride starts at 7:30 AM, is longer, and incorporates 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: or 570-970-3008.

Saturday, July 14 
Yoga at the River

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: River Common Millennium Circle Portal, North River Street

Join Jennifer Ciarimboli Yoga and friends for our ninth year of free community yoga down by the river! We'll be on the River Common every Saturday from May 26 through September 1. This week, our guest teacher will be Priya Idgunji. In the case of rain, the event will be cancelled and will return the following week; otherwise we will be there. Free and open to the public; bring a yoga mat, towel, water, and a friend.
More information:

Saturday, July 14
Osterhout NEPA Rocks!

TIME: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street

Join us for a rock painting meetup! Bring your own rocks and supplies to the library and get painting!  Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
More information: or 570-823-0156.

Monday, July 16
Mondays at the Market

TIME: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square

Start your week off right by joining us at "Mondays at the Market”, a Health and Wellness Farmers’ Market hosted by The Health Department and The Luzerne County Medical Society. This Monday is International Day. Stop by and try foods from around the world!“Mondays at the Market” will continue each Monday through August 27. Fresh produce will be available from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Health and Wellness agencies and vendors will provide information and education each week. Free and open to the public.
More information: or 570-208-4149.

Downtown Exhibits
Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street)
HOURS:  Wednesday through Friday, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

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.

"This Momentous and Tragic Day:" Hurricane Agnes at 45

This exhibit looks back at the devastating flood that affected the lives of many Valley residents. Using photographs, documents and objects associated with the storm and its aftermath, the exhibition explores what happened, how we recovered and asks, "Could it happen again?"

"Let's go Shopping! Stores of Yesteryear" 

"Let's go Shopping! Stores of Yesteryear" reminisces about shopping in Luzerne County and Wilkes-Barre during the 1800s and 1900s. The exhibit draws from the LCHS collection of photos, documents and objects, offering a walk down memory lane past famous favorites like Woolworth's and local gems like Blum Brothers and Isaac Long's. 

Visitors: if you are planning on visiting the Museum on Saturday, please call us in advance to ensure we will be open for your visit. 

More information: or 570-823-6244.

King’s College Widmann Art Gallery
(Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, between N. Main and N. Franklin Sts.)

HOURS: Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

"Ramblings of a Lost Ghost" Art Exhibition
DATES: June 11 - July 27

Artist Ted Scazafabo will display a collection of creative works during a free public art exhibiton, titled "Ramblings of a Lost Ghost." 

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

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

HOURS: 9:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Third Friday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM


More information: or 570-823-0518.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Sordoni Art Gallery, 141 South Main Street)

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University presents the Rhode Island team of artists, The Tape Art Crew, from July 17 through July 20. The Tape Art Crew will create a temporary mural on the facade of the Sordoni Art Gallery building entirely out of tape during their micro-residency on campus.

More information:

Wyoming Valley Art League's Circle Center for the Arts
(130 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tuesday-Thursday, 12:00 PM -4:00 PM; Third Friday Art Walk, 5:00 PM -8:00 PM

"Three to See" Art Exhibition
DATES: June 15 - August 18

Local artists John Clark, Gale Figlerski and Shirley Trievel explore a variety of subjects from the human condition to the ephemeral in for different mediums: Watercolor, Pastel Photography and Mixed Media.


WVAL Members Exhibition
DATES: June 15 - July 12

The WVAL's Members' Exhibition features recent two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks of WVAL Members in a variety of mediums and styles. 

More information: or 570-288-1020.

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Wilkes-Barre Famiiy YMCA (1934)
40 West Northampton Street
This fortress of a building is really the welcoming home of the Wilkes-Barre YMCA - one of the anchoring institutions of Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre architect Thomas Foster modeled the exterior after the palaces of medieval Florence, and the result is a fine example of the historical eclecticism popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Handsome interior tile work and details echo its Mediterranean influences: in particular, check out the Fitness Center, inserted into the space formerly occupied by the Y’s lavishly tiled indoor pool as part of the extensive 2010 rehabilitation project that reimagined much of the Y's interior. Foster, a versatile architect, also designed the Collegiate Gothic First Baptist Church on South River Street.


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