What’s Happening! August 17-18, 2019

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 There are a number of events going on this weekend and in the days ahead! Enjoy! Remember more events can also be found on the Calendar of Events or under our Community Link

August 17 and 18, 2019

  * The 36th Pittston Tomato Festival will be held in downtown Pittston August Thursday, August 15 through Sunday, August 18. 

           Saturday’s events begin at 10 a.m. with the Pittston Tomato Festival 5K Run and Fun Walk.  Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Greater Pittston YMCA.  

The parade will begin on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.    The route will start at the A-Plus Mini Mart and continue through Main Street and down Kennedy Boulevard and end at the Cooper’s Co-op building. 

The Tomato Fights, will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Cooper’s Waterfront parking lot, 304 Kennedy Boulevard.   Registration will be held at Cooper’s before the fights beginning at 11:30 a.m.  Participants must be 12 years of age or older.  Entry fee is $10. TomatoFights t-shirts will be available for a $10 donation. All proceeds will benefit Greater Pittston charities.

A Tomato Contest will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Tomato Festival Committee stand on the festival grounds.  Bring your largest, smallest, ugliest, and most perfect tomato to the stand by 6 p.m. for judging. 

On Sunday, the Little Miss & Little Mr. TomatoContest begins at 10:45 a.m. followed by live entertainment until the festival closes at 9 p.m.

   August 17, 2019

* Back to School Blessing, Saturday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m.

At the White Deer Valley Baptist Church, 572 White Deer Baptist Church Road, Allenwood,  This special event is open to everyone.  There will be a short blessing and time of prayer along with a special school raffle and snacks.

 *The Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale (SVYC) has been serving the region’s young singers with artistic excellence since 1993. The program is an educational outreach of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale.  Auditions for the SVYC will be held on Saturday, August 17 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon and Monday, August 19 from 5-8 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1050 Buffalo Rd. in Lewisburg.

Please contact Coleen Renshaw at 570-765-0637 or coleenrenshaw@gmail.com by August 16 to schedule an audition appointment and for further information.

*A Drug Drop off/ Take back day on August 17 from 10am to 2pm.  At the Lake Station of the Lake Ariel Fire Company. Turn in unused, unwanted, or expired, PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION for safe disposal.  They will take Pet Meds too!

* Williamsport Symphony Orchestra’s Billtown Brass Band, August 17, 2019 Summer Concert.  The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra’s Billtown Brass  will present a series of concerts in the region titled “A Summer Brass Bash”. The band can be heard   7:00 PM, Saturday, August 17, Central Oak Heights, Milton.

 The program is a “musical party” featuring a collection of well-known pop, patriotic, movie and classical favorites.

August 18, 2019

 *The Riverfront Parks Committee Dragonboat Race is scheduled for Sunday, August 18 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Nesbitt Park Boat Launch in Wilkes-Barre. This annual event was rescheduled from June during RiverFest Weekend due to high river levels. Teams will compete for First, Second, Third place, Team Spirit and Best Dressed Drummer Awards.

*Sunday, August 18 – 6PM – $15/pp – A Night with J.D. Salinger. Pass through the doors of the historic Sophia Coxe House and enter the world of one of American literature’s most captivating figures, as imaginative actor Bobby Maso present “A Night With Salinger”. See Bobby transforming J.D. Salinger, author of the internationally known tale, “The Catcher in the Rye”. This brilliant writer, who is almost as famous for being a recluse as he is the creator of various works of art, shunned fame and notoriety when his celebrity had just reached its height, causing increased interest in his work. Hear recitations of several of Salinger’s best known tales and enjoy this next installment the American Literary Series. To make reservations, send check to Sophia Coxe Foundation, P.O.Box 235, Drifton, PA 18221 or go to www.sophiacoxefoundation.com.

Sunday, August 25 – 2PM – $20/pp – Take a break this summer and enjoy the pleasure of a Victorian high tea at the beautiful Sophia Coxe House. Savor the home made soup, a refreshing salad, luscious tea sandwiches, desserts and of course tea. Learn about the wonderful life of Sophia Coxe

What’s Going on at the Cooperage (The Cooperage is located at 1030 Main Street in Honesdale)

**Vendor Applications Now Being Accepted for Eighth Annual Holiday Artisans’ Market

Save the date for Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm for the Eighth Annual Holiday Artisans’ Market at The Cooperage in Honesdale. The Market will showcase the work of many talented artisans of the Upper Delaware Region.  Vendor Application Deadline is August 24

Free Entry  For more information or to apply to vend please visit our website thecooperageproject.org/holiday-artisans-market-2019.

  *Revolutionizing Health with Essential Oils Workshop, August 18 at 11:00 am a  hands-on class covering revolutionizing health with essential oils. The class will begin with an explanation of: What is an essential oil? Next, we will explore: How do I use essential oils? Finally, you will consider: Why are essential oils important to me and how can I use essential oils in my daily life.  Understanding this introductory information will prepare you to learn about a popular, therapeutic essential oil application method which supports the body’s need to be balanced in harmony physically, emotionally and spiritually. Limited seating is available, registration is required. Please call 570-253-2020 or emailinfo@thecooperageproject.org to sign up. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person.  

** On Wednesday, August 21, 2019 please join us from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm for our monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam! This jam will be held at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street. All levels of players and instruments are welcome. This jam is entirely acoustic

*Contra Dance at The Cooperage, August 23

*Bring a partner with you or find a partner here, all are welcome on Friday, August 23 for our monthly Contra Dance! Live music by Poison Love!

Caller Laurie B. will do a beginner lesson starting at 7:15 pm and the dancing will start at 7:30 pm. Beginners are most welcome!

What is contra dancing? Contra dance is a folk dance made up of long lines of couples. It has mixed origins from English country dance, Scottish, French dance styles in the 17th century, with strong African influence from Appalachia.

*Join us at The Cooperage on Sunday August 25 at 4:00pm for a special preview of Ken Burns’ documentary Country Music in collaboration with VIA Public Media.  Special musical guest Owen Walsh will perform several selections and discuss storytelling through song.  Honesdale native Owen Walsh is a freelance writer, singer, songwriter, and guitarist influenced by blues, folk, and classic rock. 

VIA will give away prizes, including tickets for such Bloomsburg Fair concerts as The Oak Ridge Boys (Sept. 23) and Old Dominion (Sept. 26.)

Free reservations for the Aug. 25  preview screening at www.wvia.org/country.

*– Wally Lake Fest, three days of fun, sun, sand and water on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack and the surrounding region will be held  August 23-25.   People of all ages attend the weekend-long event celebrating the third largest man-made lake in the state and all its 52 miles of shoreline have to offer.

This August marks the 10th year and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The party gets started Friday with a variety of live music at restaurants and pubs as well as a live performance at the playhouse in downtown Hawley. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday with exciting activities including an open market fair, a motorcycle ride, bike ride, kayak and stand up paddleboard demos, various artisan and craft fairs, axe throwing and special edition can release at the brewery, live music on a floating stage, train and sailboat rides, kids’ activity zone as well as a boat, watercraft and outdoor show at the high school. Multiple free shuttle buses will run throughout the weekend for people to get the most out of Wally Lake Fest. On Saturday, FREE shuttle buses will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m

* Stop by The Cooperage for our monthly Game Night. Bring your own game from home to share and teach.  . We also have a selection to play from including board games, card games, and brain games. All ages are welcome to come to join in the fun. Bring a friend or make a friend! Our monthly game nights will continue on the 3rd Thursday of the month:

  August 15 | September 19 | October 17 | November 21 | December 19


  * Mondays at the Market! Start your week off right  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 Back to School Day!  

 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:  https://www.wilkes-barre.city/ or 570-208-4149.

* The Lewisburg Arts Council is pleased to announce the sixth concert in the 23rd season of the summer concert series Music in the Park – Lavender Blue!     The 2019 season of Lewisburg’s Music in the Park runs 12 weeks through August 28 – plus a bonus Saturday music festival, Lewistock, on August 24. All Wednesday concerts will begin at 7:00 pm in Hufnagle Park (Market Street, between 5th and 6th Streets) in downtown Lewisburg and are free. Come early, bring your blanket or chairs, and enjoy a wonderful summer evening!

*St. John’s UCC Church in Wapwallopen has a peachy event coming up.  On August 24 the church will its annual Peach Festival.

On the menu- Peach Shortcake Sundae, Homemade Peach Ice Cream, Peach Pie and Peach Dumplings!

There will also be hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries.

The event will also feature craft vendors.  Many new craft vendors will be joining in for the day along with some favorites!

The festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm


*Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library, in cooperation with the World of Little League Museum, will celebrate that connection as it hosts “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” from June 30 through Sept. 8. 

The Damascus Community Center is hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday, August 20, 7:30-11AM, at the Community Center, 60 Conklin Hill Road. Adults, $7; children 5-12, $5; under 5, free. On the menu:  pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, juice, coffee, and tea

*The Weatherly Area PTA is holding a fundraiser.  The Wrecker Color Blaze Run at Eurana Park-560 Third St. Weatherly.  The event will be held on Saturday, August 24.  The run starts 9:00am/sign-in 8:30am Cost: 5K Run $25/ 1K Fun Run/Walk $10

register: @runsignup.com/ Wrecker Color Blaze on Facebook

The Trinity United Church of Christ Annual Peach Festival  Will be held Saturday  August  24th.  The fun begins at  4:00  PM to ??  Food and Drinks available  McNett Country Band will perform at 7:00 PM  square dancing in the street. Chinese auction day of the event.  The church is    located at  602 Main street  Watsontown,

Sunday, August 25 – 2 PM – $20/pp – Take a break this summer and enjoy the pleasure of a Victorian high tea at the beautiful Sophia Coxe House. Savor the homemade soup, a refreshing salad, luscious tea sandwiches, desserts and of course tea. Learn about the wonderful life of Sophia Coxe

To make reservations, send a check to Sophia Coxe Foundation, P.O.Box 235, Drifton, PA 18221 or go to www.sophiacoxefoundation.com.

* Car Show at the R&R Auto Group Schuylkill Haven, on August 24th rain date is September 7th.  There will be  19 classes and  5 bonus trophies.   There will also be bingo and a saran wrap ball tournament while the car judging is taking place.  This is the 5th annual event.  The group has raised almost $25000 for The Big Impact Group of Schuylkill County (formally Big Brother Big Sisters) over the past four years. 

*The Lewisburg Arts Council and the Folk Justice Band have joined forces for Lewistock, a special Saturday daylong music festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the Lewisburg Arts Council and Woodstock, and to benefit Friends of Music in the Park. Join us on Saturday, August 24 from 11 am to 6 pm in downtown Lewisburg’s Hufnagle Park for live Woodstock-era music, vendors, face painting, yoga classes, and other activities, as well as a variety of food all day. Come bring your inner (and outer) hippie, with blankets and lawn chairs, to enjoy the day! The highlight of the day is, of course, the music! You’ll hear CSNY, CCR, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and more all day long: 11:30 am – 12:40 pm Ruby-Throated Sparrow, opening with a folk set (just like at Woodstock!) 1:00 – 2:30 pm Folk Justice Band 2:45 – 3:45 pm Becky Blue Band, a full set of Janis Joplin 4:00 – 5:30 pm Folk Justice Band The Healing Arts area will include free yoga sessions with Laurel Limb Yoga and Clear Sphere Yoga, reiki, sacred stones, and other practices.


The Pennsylvania Heritage Festival is looking for Antique Cars, Trucks & Farm Machinery to participate in this years Festival on September 21st and 22nd at the Heritage Farm Museum at Alparon Park in Troy, Pennsylvania. FMI call 470-786-9482

*The Greenhouse Project is excited to offer “Low-Cost Kitchen Skills’’ on Thursday, September 5th at 6:00 p.m. at the James Barrett McNulty Greenhouse in Nay Aug Park. Guest Randy Ryan, owner of “The Kimchi Dude,” will present a program about how you can make delicious and nutritious plant based dishes in your home kitchen without spending a lot of money on expensive gadgets.  RSVP by email empoweredeatingplants@gmail.com or on our Facebook event. The event is sponsored by The Greenhouse Project and a $5 donation is suggested, not required. The event is part of a monthly program called Empowered Eating sponsored by The Greenhouse Project, located at 200 Arthur Ave., Scranton, PA in Nay Aug Park. 

* The  Ross Township Community Day Celebration is September 8th from 11am – 4pm at the VanBuskirk-Haney (Ross Twp. Park), 238 Anchorage Rd-Saylorsburg.  The township invites your organization to promote what you do for the community and recruit new members. It’s a great way to find out about different organizations and become involved in your community.

The Historical Society will join the festivities and showcase historical artifacts, provide some township historyand have a CAKE WALK at 1PM ($2.00 to participate).  NEW this year…Local Crafters and Direct Sellers are invited to promote their talents and showcase their small business.

Also, there be a Tricky Tray (Basket Raffle) Extravaganza benefitting the Ross Historical Group and the West End Regional Park. Demonstrations, Entertainment, Food and Drink will be part of the festivities. 

 For additional information please call (570)992-9733 or bkozen@weposc.org 

* The Carbon Builders Association will host A Designer Purse Bingo on Sat. September 28th,  The event will be held at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Corp. 902 Mill Road, Lehighton.Plus…Raffles – Door Prizes Chinese AuctionDoors & Kitchen Open at 5pm.  Bingo Starts @ 6pm

 TICKETS $30 sold in advance—$35 At Door (20 Games—Includes 5 Specials)

 Call 610-379-1099 for Tickets & Infowww. carbonbuilders.com or e-mail carbbld@ptd.net

*The American Legion Riders have their monthly meeting on Sunday, September 8 at 10:30 AM at the American Legion Post 927, Route 209 and Fairgrounds Road, Gilbert.

The American Legion Riders contribute to Veterans, the Community, and enjoy riding.

For more information, contact President Everett Shaver, 570-977-8208

*Endless Mountains Primitive Outdoorsmen 11th Annual Muzzleloader Shoot and Artisans Show. Saturday and Sunday, Sept 7 and 8, 2019, 9 am-4 p.m. at the Black Walnut American Legion Post 510, Laceyville PA.
Primitive encampment, muzzleloader shoot, and artisan show recreating the customs, conditions and crafts of Early America. The public is invited to participate and compete for prize money featuring Blackpowder shooting, traditional longbow archery, and Hawk and Knife throwing. Demonstrations including Blacksmithing, Candle making, open fire cooking, fire starting and more will be available. Food will be available both days. A $3 donation is requested to help cover event expenses.


*The Greater Scranton YMCA will host on Friday, September 20th the Inaugural Harry McGrath Memorial Golf Tournament & Dinner Celebration. The tournament will be held at Glen Oak Country Club, located at 250 Oakford Road, Clarks Summit, PA, and will begin at 1:30 p.m. (registration beginning at 10:00 a.m.). Following the completion of the golf tournament, a dinner celebration will begin with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Black Tie Stereo.

For more information on the tournament, including golf and dinner registration and sponsorship details, visit the Greater Scranton YMCA’s website or contact Betsy McGrath Ardizoni at (570) 768-6118.

*Hazleton UNICO’s Annual Bell’ Italia Festival, which will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 13th (6 to 8 PM), 14th (10AM to 8PM) and 15th (10AM to 6PM), 2019 and has grown to become a three -day weekend housed primarily at Hazle Township Community Park, 141 Community Park Blvd, Hazle Township, PA 18202. Come visit this unique, no entrance fee community/family minded festival where great food, fun, and entertainment abound!

*The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum will host its first-ever “Night at the Museum” Gala on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 6-9 p.m. to benefit the museum’s many exhibits and educational programs. This adults-only gathering will be held on-site: both inside the Children’s Museum, 2 West 7th Street, Bloomsburg and under a tent on Center Street. The Gala is a black tie and blue jeans fundraiser, so any combination of the two is welcome. Early-bird pricing remains in effect until Friday, August 16 and is $50/person or $90/couple; after August 16, tickets are $55/person or $100/couple. Each ticket includes two alcoholic beverages, then a cash bar will be available.
A limited number of tickets are now available on the Museum’s website at www.the-childrens-museum.org/gala/

*The Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale will present their Fall Concert, featuring patriotic music and several selections to honor our veterans.  The concert will take place on November 17, 2019 at 3 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1050 Buffalo Rd. in Lewisburg.


*The author of New York Times bestsellers “Circe” and “The Song of Achilles,” Madeline Miller, will receive the 2019 Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award from The University of Scranton’s Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center.

The event will begin with a book signing open to the public from 4 to 5 p.m. on the 2nd floor of DeNaples Center, followed by a dinner reception at 5 p.m., and the award presentation in the ballroom.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Distinguished Author Award reception and presentation, contact Kym Fetsko at 570-941-7816 or kym.fetsko@scranton.edu. For more on Miller, visit madelinemiller.com.


*The Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale will perform with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale at Candlelight Christmas on December 14 at 7:30 p.m. and December 15 at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Sunbury. 

On-Going Exhibits and more

*The 2019 Wilkes-Barre City Farmers Market. The Market will open at 10AM on Thursday, June 27th at 10:00 AM on Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The Market will continue each Thursday from 10:00 AM through 4:00 PM through November 14th

*Irem Temple Restoration Project’s Public Square Pop-Up Museum
(1 South Main Street, fourth floor):
HOURS: Friday, 12 PM – 5 PM; Saturday, 11 AM – 5 PM;  Sunday 12 PM – 4 PM

The ITRP’s Pop-Up introduces our area’s incredible heritage, with the goal of showcasing the full breadth of our history and demonstrating that heritage tourism – such as a restored Irem Temple – can be a shared source of prosperity.

More information:www.iremtemplerestorationproject.com orwww.facebook.com/IremTempleRestoration/.

Making A Difference Ministries 4 Part Concert Series along with Beaumont Free Methodist Church

 Beaumont Free Methodist Church, 380 Buck Blvd, White Haven
Time 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Dates of Concerts :
Dates and Artist as listed: 
 August 02nd – Mike Lewis
            National Singer/songwriter. 
            from Nashville, TN.
October 5th- Campfire Bacon Band 
                        Bloomsburg, Pa.  

*Making A Difference Ministries and New Life Community Church To host The Truth Christian Cafe every 2nd Friday of the month from April to Oct.

Place; New Life Community Church, 570 S Main Rd, Mountain Top, PA 18707

Time 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

 August 09th Stephen Perillo and David Griffin Kingston, PA. and Jim Thorpe, PA.

 September 13th Yvonne Hartman (Christian Singer/songwriter) from Oley, PA.

 October 11th Benjamin Horrevoets (National Artist) Poughkeepsie, NY.  

For all the upcoming Christian Coffeehouses and Events visit us 

www.unitybymusic.org or call Stephen (570) 899-2264 

* “The Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society announces new hours beginning on January 16, 2019.

The NEPGS Family History Library is located at 57 North Franklin St., Kirby Annex Two, Wilkes-Barré PA 18701

Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday.

NEPGS is open to the public. Admission is free for NEPGS members. An all-inclusive $25 Day Pass is available for non-members. Find your roots at NEPGS. nepgs.com”

*The NAMI Scranton & Northeast Region support group is for anyone who has been affected by mental illness. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month in The Advocacy Alliance Media Building at 841 Jefferson Avenue in Scranton. These meetings are free and open to anyone who has a mental illness and/or their friends and family. Please feel free to call the NAMI Scranton office at 570-342-1047 for more information

* The Carbon County American Cancer Society- is also hosting The Great Radio “Ask Your Neighbor” Cook Book Sale. This is a Historic Celebration of the Tastes of our Coal Region communities and ethnicities. The cookbook features over 350 pages of recipes collected through a popular weekday radio show on WLSH from the pre-microwave days! The cookbook is presented with permission and in cooperation with WMGH/WLSH Radio.

Order on-line Click Here or by phone (570) 805-4555 or fax (570) 805-4554 All proceeds benefit ACS. The cost is only $20 (shipping available for $7 extra). The Cook Books are in stock today!!

To order by Mail: Make Check Payable to CancerTelethon.org Coffee Houses/ Art Exhibits and More

Looking for something to Read? The Friends of the Osterhout Free Library NEW Book Shop is now open. The Book Shop is located on the recently renovated 3rd floor, which is accessible by stairs or the elevator.

 Book Shop hours are:

Monday 9:30am – 1:00pm

Wednesday 9:30am – 1:00pm

Thursday 5:00pm – 7:30pm

 Friday 9:30am – 1:00pm

Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm

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