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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: May 29 - June 4

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May 29 - June 4, 2018
This week, as we say goodbye to May and usher in June, there's much of interest to be found in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

There's plenty of live music: a Friday-night concert by Miz and Mazer at Karl Hall; and aSaturday-evening album-release concert by Dustin Douglas & the Electric Gentlemen, live from the Chandelier Lobby at the F.M. Kirby Center.

There's Saturday's opening of the Sordoni Art Gallery's new exhibition, "Solid Gone,"highlighting contemporary works in cast iron and glass. 

There's Yoga at the River on Saturday morning at the River Common's Millennium Circle - and Around Town Bicycles' Saturday Morning Ride.

There's the Pennsylvania Economy League's latest Issues Forum, at noon on Thursday at the Westmoreland Club.

And, there's the terrific array of shoppingdining, and moviegoing choices that can always be found in our center city.

Regardless of what brings you Downtown, we want to know how you feel about our center city, through DCP's 2018 Downtown Perception & Use Survey. It only takes about ten minutes to give us your feedback, and respondents are eligible to win a $50 downtown gift certificate.  So, if you haven’t already done so, please be sure to take the survey today!

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, May 29
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, May 30
Osterhout Teen Night: Basketball and Volleyball

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 basketball and volleyball! This is a free event for teens 12-18.
More information: or 570-823-0156.

Thursday, May 31
PA Economy League Issues Forum: Is NEPA Ready for the Knowledge Based Economy? 

TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
PLACE: The Westmoreland Club, 59 South Franklin Street

Bill Fontana, executive director of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, will be the speaker at the Pennsylvania Economy League's latest Issues Forum, “Is NEPA Ready for the Knowledge Based Economy?” Today's economic development is dominated by discussion of "Eds and Meds" - but does NEPA have the resources to attract the millennials dominating the knowledge economy? The event will also include local perspective from Larry Newman, executive director of the Diamond City Partnership, and Leslie Collins, executive director of Scranton Tomorrow. The program is open to the public and includes a lunch buffet. Cost is $20.
More information is available at or 570-824-3559.

Friday, June 1
Osterhout Friday Movie Matinee: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
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 "Animal Tracks," and this week's movie is Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), starring Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd and Joanna Cassidy. Free and open to the public; popcorn provided.
ore information: or 570-823-0156.

Friday, June 1
Karl Hall presents Miz & Mazer - An Intimate Night of Guitar and Storytelling 
TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: Karl Hall, 57B North Main Street

Karl Hall, Downtown Wilkes-Barre's newest live-music venue, hosts a show featuring Miz & Mazer- An Intimate Night of Guitar and Storytelling.  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, June 2
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride
TIME: 8:00 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 8:00 AM. It is a progressive ride starting with flat training. 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, June 2
Opening Symposium: "Solid Gone"

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: Sordoni Art Gallery, 141 South Main Street

The Sordoni Art Gallery holds an symposium in conjunction with the opening of its newexhibition, "Solid Gone" - an exhibition of fragile contemporary cast metal art and sculpture, held in conjunction with the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art. The symposium will feature remarks by curator Ben Woodeson and Jane Cook, Chief Scientist at the Corning Museum of Glass
. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public.
More information: or 570-408-4325.

Saturday, June 2
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 Chelsea Manganero. 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, June 2
Live From the Chandelier Lobby: Dustin Douglas & the Electric Gentlemen
TIME: 8:00 PM 
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square

Northeast Pennsylvania's premier blues-rock power trio, Dustin Douglas & the Electric Gentlemen, are set to release their new album, Break It Down, with a release show Live from the Chandelier Lobby at the F.M. Kirby Center. Tickets: in advance $15.00; door price $20.00.

More information: or 570-826-1100.

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

"Communications Media Student Exhibit"
DATES: May 7 - May 25

The Widmann Art Gallery will feature t
he artistic vision and talents of mass communications students. 

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

"A Brief Moment of Passion" 
DATES: April 20 - June 2

The Second Floor Gallery's latest group exhibition features recent painting and clay sculptures by Robert Husty (painting), Frank Mariano (sculptor), and John Pacovsky (painting).

More information: or 570-823-0518.

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

HOURS: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM -5:00 PM; Thursday, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"Solid Gone"
DATES: June 2 - July 2

The Sordoni Art Gallery's new exhibit, "Solid Gone," is an exhibition of fragile contemporary cast metal art and sculpture.

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

WVAL Spring Members Juried Exhibition
DATES: April 20 - June 7 

The WVAL's Spring Members' Juried Show represents a compilation of the best works by Art League members. 

More information: or 570-288-1020.

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This week's historic building is:

Mary Stegmaier residence (1911)
156 South Franklin Street
Beer paid for this Colonial Revival mansion, designed by Wilkes-Barre architects Knapp & Bosworth for Mary (Mrs. George) Stegmaier of the Wilkes-Barre brewing family. The scale of the Stegmaier residence, exemplified by its grand portico, is indicative of the success ultimately achieved by the brewing industry in the anthracite coal fields. In 1943, Mrs. Stegmaier’s children presented the mansion to the American Red Cross for use as its Wyoming Valley chapter house; it served in that role until 2004. Now, new owner Joseph Matteo has restored the Mary Stegmaier mansion to its former opulence, transforming it into a fine dining and banquet facility.

Bottom photo of Mary Stegmaier Mansion solarium by Shane East Photography.

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