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What’s Happening! December 8-9. 2018

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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.

  December 8-9, 2018

 * The MPB Community Players will once again travel to four local churches this year to present their Christmas show to the people of the Hazleton Area. The seventh annual holiday pageant, called “Our Christmas Gift,” will be presented three times during the weekend of December 8 and 9, and once the following weekend. The show features an ensemble of 25 performing joyful and triumphant music of the season.

The Players’ production is free, but good will donations will be collected, with proceeds benefiting the venues. The first show will take place this Saturday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John Bosco Church, Sugarloaf. The following day, Sunday, December 9, the pageant will be performed twice; first at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Parish (St. Joseph’s Church), Laurel St., Hazleton, starting at 2pm; and then at Most Precious Blood Church, 4th & Seybert Sts., Hazleton, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Next Sunday, December 16, the Players will perform once more at Annunciation Parish (St. Gabriel’s Church) beginning at 2:30 p.m.   Because admission is free, advanced tickets are not available. Seating at each venue is first come, first served. For additional information, call (570) 459-5076 or email

Saturday,  December 8, 2018

 ** The 27th Annual Holiday Open House sponsored by Highlights for Children  is open to the public and has become a tradition for many area families, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Highlights editorial offices at 803 Church Street in Honesdale.

*The Wilkes University Flute Ensemble will present the concert “A Night at the Opera.” The performance is Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. on the main stage of the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts at Wilkes University. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

The concert will feature highlights from Bizet’s “Carmen,” Delibe’s Lakmé, Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” and Puccini’s “Madam Butterfly” and “Turandot.” The concert is directed by Alicia “Lish” Lindsey, acting principal flutist of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra. Lindsey is an adjunct flute professor and flute ensemble director at Wilkes.

*Mount Carmel’s “Christmas on Oak St.” will be held on Saturday December 8th from 10am to 4pm.  It will feature holiday store fronts.  The at  1:00 pm the community will welcome Santa with a parade.

The will be an opportunity to meet Santa in “The shops on the Corner,” There will be craft vendors, 2 train displays (one at the Clover Hose Fire Co. and a spectacular “I SPY” themed display in the front window of the public library!

*Keystone College’s Department of Performance Music will present the winter holiday concert, “I Heard the Bells,” on Saturday, December 8 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre in Brooks.

The concert is open to the public, admission is free, and holiday treats will be served. Donations will also be accepted for the Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, Toys for Tots, McCauley Women’s and Children’s Shelter, and Keystone Giants Food Pantry. For more information, contact

 *  Wilkes University’s Flute Ensemble will present the concert “A Night at the Opera.”  At the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center,  West South Street at 8 pm. The concert will feature highlights from Bizet’s “Carmen,” Delibe’s Lakmé, Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” and Puccini’s “Madam Butterfly” and “Turandot.” The concert is directed by Alicia “Lish” Lindsey, flute ensemble director. Free and open to the public.

* The tradition of Saint Nicholas continues in the Eastern Rite of St. Cyrils and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, PA.  St. Nick will be appearing at St. Cyrils Church along with the Children of the Parish in traditional Ukrainian outfits at  135 River Street, Olyphant, PA.  after the 4:00 p,m, Divine Liturgy on Saturday, December 8, 2018 . Family, Friends and neighbors are welcomed to bring their children to meet St. Nick at 5:15 p.m.   

Sunday, December 9,  2018

 *The South Creek Lions will be holding our 5th annual Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 9th, 7-10am. The menu includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, ham, eggs.  Adults $8.00, Children under 12 free, Santa will be on hand for the kids from 8-10am, bring your camera. 
The South Creek Lions Club is located on Route 14 in Gillett

*On Sunday, December. 9, Performance Music at The University of Scranton will be encouraging area residents to join them in the holiday spirit of giving and music-making at its annual Empty Stocking Fund Benefit Concert.

Set for 7:30 p.m. in the Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue, the concert will feature the Scranton Brass Orchestra and University Singers, under the direction of Cheryl Y. Boga, and the Scranton Prep Cavalyrics, under the direction of Daniel Marx.

The event is open to the public, with attendees asked to bring either a new and unwrapped toy or book, new toiletry items (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, comb/brush, etc.), or a cash donation.  The donated items will benefit local children and families in need this holiday season.

*Breakfast with Santa-Breakfast Buffet And Omelet Station, Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company

Sun December 9th From 8am -1pm. At the Lake Ariel Fire Hall -Lake Station

1381 Lake Ariel Highway, Lake Ariel

* “The 8th Great Night” Community Chanukah Celebration,  Mayrutz run at 5:00 PM; dinner begins at 5:30 pm,  Jewish Community Center, 60 South River Street
 The 2018 Community Chanukah Dinner occurs on the holiday’s 8th and final night. It begins with the annual Mayrutz Halapid – or running of the torches – at 5:00 PM, followed by an outdoor candlelighting ceremony at 5:15 PM, and a full Chanukah dinner with potato pancakes, chicken, and all the trimmings at 5:30 PM. Cost: $18.00 for adults, $7.00 for children 4-12.
More information and reservations: 

* On Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm come to The Cooperage in Honesdale for the Seventh Annual HolidayArtisans’ Market. The Market will showcase the work of many talented artisans of the Upper Delaware Region. You’ll find a selection of unique handcrafted gifts friends and family. Enjoy food from the Market Cafe and pints from the biergarten while you shop! For vendor lineup and more information please visit our website

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

* Contra Dance at The Cooperage, December 22

Bring a partner with you or find a partner here, all are welcome on Saturday, December 22, 2018 for the final Contra Dance of the year! Live music by Laura and Craig Gehrig with caller Laurie B. There will be a beginner lesson starting at 7:15pm and the dancing will start at 7:30pm. 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.

* Acoustic Bluegrass Jam at The Cooperage, December 19  from 7:00pm to 9:00pm for the final Acoustic Bluegrass Jam of the year! This jam will be held at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street. All levels of players and instruments are welcome. If you don’t feel like being in the spotlight you can lay low and pick along all while learning a thing or two from others in attendance. This entirely acoustic jam is a great opportunity for new players to learn how to interact musically with others. Not musically inclined but love the genre? Sit back and enjoy the melodies provided by amazing musicians right here in our community. Good fun is sure to be had by all!

* On Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7:30pm The Cooperage welcome’s back Grammy nominated Professor Louie & The Crowmatix for a special holiday performance! Doors will open at 7:00pm and the suggested donation is $15 with advance reservation or $20 at the door. To reserve, please call 570-253-2020 or email

*   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 Catan, Scrabble and Dominion. All ages are welcome to come join in the fun. Bring a friend or make a friend! Game Night will continue to be held the 3rd Thursday of every month. 6 pm to 9 pm

   | December 20

*The Main Street Farmers’ Market returns to The Cooperage, November 3

The Main Street Farmers’ Market will return to 1030 Main Street on Saturday’s from 11:00am to1:00pm beginning on November 3, 2018. This market strives to provide the greater Honesdale community with access to superb local agricultural products. The Market is a vibrant and friendly gathering of exemplary local producers and enthusiastic consumers, connecting through a mutual appreciation for each other and for our regional foodscape.

When: Saturdays, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at The Cooperage

(  December 1, 8, 15, 22 | January 5, 19 | February 2, 16 | March 2, 16, 30 )


*The revitalization group Downtown Shenandoah Inc. will sponsor Christmas with the M&J Big Band at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Shenandoah Valley High School, 805 W. Centre St.

Admission will be free; donations will be gratefully accepted. All are welcome to participate in this holiday musical event.

For more information, call DSI at 570-462-2060.

 *United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (UNC) is hosting its 10th Annual Here We Come a Caroling! event at New Life Assembly of God Church on Thursday December 13th at 6pm.  This annual event is a celebration of the multi-cultural holiday traditions of South Scranton and surrounding communities.  New Life Assembly of God is located at 415 Hickory Street. Attendees can park in the parking lot at 428 Pittston Avenue (back entrance to church).

 *   On Monday, December 10 at 8 pm at the  Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street

Wilkes University’s Flute Ensemble will present the concert “A Night at the Opera.” The concert will feature highlights from Bizet’s “Carmen,” Delibe’s Lakmé, Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” and Puccini’s “Madam Butterfly” and “Turandot.” The concert is directed by Alicia “Lish” Lindsey, flute ensemble director. Free and open to the public.

January 2019

* “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.

**** Making A Difference Ministries “Christmas With A Twist Series” dates 2018***

Saturday November 10

Mini Christmas With A Twist Concert 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM  

Place: Hemlock Grove 

491 Roemerville Road, 

Greentown, PA 16426 
Making A Difference Ministries will have 2 different Christian Bands
All are welcome to come and be part of this event!
The Artist for the event will be; 
-Stephen L. Perillo and The Followers Praise Band 
from Shavertown  
-Broken Road Duo 
from Plains
Christian Christmas songs and Country Christmas Songs  

Saturday Nov. 24 

Mini Christmas With A Twist Concert  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Place: Bennett Presbyterian Church,
501 Bennett Street, 
Luzerne, PA, 18709

This is a free concert come enjoy the sounds of Christmas Music. 
Artist for the night:
-Stephen L. Perillo and The Followers
from Shavertown
-Broken Road Duo (local Country Duo)
from Plains

Christian Christmas songs and Country Christmas Songs  

Friday Dec. 7th 

Mini Christmas With A Twist Concert 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

For (Marine Toys For Tots) 

Place: St Ignatius Church, 

 339 N Maple Ave,  

Kingston, PA 18704. 

A donation of a unwrapped gift for a child will be collected. 

This is a free concert come enjoy the sounds of Christmas Music 

Artist for the night:
-Stephen L. Perillo and The Followers
from Shavertown
-Broken Road Duo (local Country Duo)

from Plains 

Christian Christmas songs and Country Christmas Songs  

Saturday Dec. 8th 

Mini Christmas With A Twist Concert 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Place: Parsons Primitive Methodist Church 193 Austin Ave, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18705 Artist for the event will be; Stephen Perillo and The Followers from Shavertown and Broken Road Duo (local Country Duo) from Plains  

Christian Christmas songs and Country Christmas Songs  

For all the Christian Events and Concert visit 

or contact Stephen (570) 899-2264 or e-mail 

 On-Going Exhibits and more

*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
Coffee Houses/ Art Exhibits and More

 The Luzerne County Historical Society announces new hours at the Bishop Library and LCHS Museum for 2018, starting January 3, 2018.

· Bishop Library, 49 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre:

o 12 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday

o 12 to 6 p.m. on Thursday

o 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday

· LCHS Museum, 69 Rear South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre:

o 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday

o 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday

· Both the Bishop Library and the LCHS Museum will be closed to the public on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

Museum admission is free for LCHS members, $5 for non-member adults and $3 for non-member children. Using the Bishop Library is free for LCHS members and $5 per day for non-members. For more information, call 570-823-6244 or email

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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