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
November 23-24, 2019
*The 20th annual Victorian Christmas will be held on November 22nd – 24th. The Tour of Historic Homes, Churches and Buildings will be on Saturday, November 23rd Only. We welcome you to the 21st Anniversary of this annual tradition! Explore beautiful homes and historic sites (Saturday Only). Experience their architectural detail, some with modern adaptations. Discover their historical significance, some with legendary interest. In addition to the Tour, there are many interesting activities scheduled throughout the weekend! You can enjoy all of these: Artisan Holiday Market, Duboistown Garden Club, Special Lecture, Tree Lighting & Caroling, Toy Train Expo, Musical Performances throughout the day (Saturday), and the delicious Food Around Town. Hotel packages are available. Visit our Facebook page: Victorian Christmas in Williamsport. For detailed information visit our website at: https://victorianchristmaspa.com.
* The Misericordia Players will present “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a heartfelt parody of the musical comedies of the 1920’s, on the campus of Misericordia University. Performances are on November, 23 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 24 at 2 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. Tickets are $8, general admission, and $5 for students, Misericordia alumni, and senior citizens. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased online at www.misericordia.edu/mup and by calling the Misericordia University Box Office at 570-674-6719.
Saturday, November 23 , 2019
*Scranton Santa Parade will step off at 9:30
*Wilkes-Barre Santa Parade will step off at 3 pm – While waiting for the parade, join Ms. Ruthy Stock for a Christmas Carol singalong at the reviewing stand at 2 PM. Immediately following the parade, the Mayor and Santa Claus will light the Christmas tree on Public Square. There will be complimentary hot chocolate and hot dogs from the Salvation Army and the Wilkes-Barre Lions Club on Public Square. Free and open to the public.
*The White Deer Valley Baptist Church of 572 White Deer Baptist Church Road, Allenwood, will be holding a Hunters’ Blessing on Saturday, November 23 at 10:00 a.m. It will be held rain, snow or shine. Pastor Mike Deal will do a short, ten minute blessing asking for safety of our hunters and those around them during the hunting season. Snacks will be served.
Sunday, November 24, 2019
* A program of choral music featuring the Wilkes University Chorus, Chamber Singers and the University Women’s Ensemble will be presented on Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. The concert is free and open to the public. Leesa Levy, visiting associate professor of music, will conduct the concert.
What’s Going on at the Cooperage (The Cooperage is located at 1030 Main Street in Honesdale)
* On Saturday, November 23 2019 at 3:00pm come to The Cooperage in Honesdale for a live performance by Marywood’s String Ensemble. The concert will feature musicians from Marywood’s award-winning String Project for students ages 4-18 and Marywood’s String Ensemble comprised of university, StringProject, and community members. The students will be performing in chamber ensembles and orchestras. The show will include a new composition written this September as part of the National String Project Consortium’s 20th Anniversary. For more information please call 570.253.2020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Eighth Annual Holiday Artisans’ Market Save the date for Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm 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.
* 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:
| December 19
* Thanksgiving Together Worship Service, 11 a.m. Thursday, November 28, Grace Episcopal Church Sanctuary, 827 Church St., Honesdale. Rev. Edward K. Erb pastor. All are welcome. For information, leave a message at 570-253-2760.
*Thanksgiving Together Community Thanksgiving Dinner, served only at noon Thursday, November 28, Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 827 Church St., Honesdale. All are welcome. No reservations. No deliveries. Free but freewill donations may be made. Takeouts only after all guests have been served. For information, leave a message at 570-253-2760.
*The Jersey Shore
Public Library, 110 Oliver Street, will be holding a Silent Auction now
until December 7 @ 3pm. Over 170 items including: Child’s vintage tea
set, Hand crafted jewelry
Dolls & stuffed animals, Collectibles. For more information contact the library 570-398-9891
* A Craft Show hosted by The Turbotville Community Hall will be held on November 30. There will be 30 crafters displaying items. . Home decor, country accents/primitives, soaps, jewelry, wooden items, crocheted doilies, wreaths, quilted bags and more. The event will run from 9 am to 3 pm Lunch will be available. The Community Hall is located at 41 Church St, Turbotville
*The Annual St. Nicholas Faire will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, in the Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 827 Church St., Honesdale. St. Nicholas (not Santa Claus) will be on hand with treats for the kids.The event also features homemade treats, cookies, truffles, fudge, spirited fruitcakes, a snack bar, jewelry, collectible belt buckles, toys, gift items, and holiday goods.
The Holiday Gift Raffle will begin at the St. Nicholas Faire on Nov. 30 and will conclude Dec. 8.
The Stourbridge Model Railroad Club Train Show also will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, in the Grace Episcopal Parish Hall basement.
For all of the events, please enter only by the ramp entrance on the Church Street side of the building, across from The Dime Bank. For information, leave a message at 570-253-2760.
* A collection of photographs by 33 King’s College students who participated in various study abroad programs throughout the 2018-2019 academic year will be on display from Friday, November 1, through Friday, December 13, in the Widmann Gallery located in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center. A meet the artist reception will be held on Wednesday, November 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Widmann Gallery. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is closed on national holidays.
For more information, contact Michelle Leonard, Widmann Gallery Coordinator, at
(570) 208-5900 ext. 5328
*Looking for cookies for Christmas, but with no time to bake? At the Sophia Coxe Foundation we know there is something extra special about fresh baked cookies for the holidays. Let us do the baking for you! We have taken our guests’ favorite cookies that have been served at our teas during the year and baked them just for these Christmas trays – 3 dozen per tray – for only $20 a tray.
We can bet our Christmas cookies will be the favorite dessert or gift this holiday season! Our cookies are baked fresh daily and made with zero preservatives. To order send a check to the Sophia Coxe Foundation or order on our website www.sophiacoxefoundation.com. All order must be in by November 22 and picked up at the Sophia Coxe house on December 21st and 22nd
*Making A Difference Ministries Presents 9th Annual Christmas With A Twist
-Stephen L. Perillo And The Followers Band of Making A Difference Ministries
-Mark & Allison Ritsick Of “Broken Road Duo” will perform. to support Beaumont Free Methodist Church ,Building benefit .
Save the Date November 30, time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Cost: free Christmas concert Open to the public
Donation for local food banks for Christmas meals. The event will take place at Bennett Presbyterian Church, 501 Bennett Street in Luzerne. A meet and greet with the artist at the intermission with light refreshments. For more information about the events and concerts, Please visit us on the web www.unitybymusic.org
*Celebrating the true spirit of the season, the Electric City Trolley Museum will hold a series of holiday events and trolley runs.
On Thanksgiving Friday, (November 29), guests can ride the trolley with “Elf on the Shelf.” The Museum’s activities for this event include arts, crafts, storytelling, letters to Santa, and face painting from 10:30 am to 2:30pm. The trolley departure times for the day are: 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm.
The very popular “Santa on the Trolley” excursions are scheduled for November 30 and December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22. Departure times for these rides are: 10 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm. Reservations are required.
The 10-mile ride for all of the special excursions travels to the Trolley Works Building at the PNC Field and then back to the Museum.
Saturday, December 14, will be a Children’s Holiday Celebration from 10 am to 1 pm with activities such as arts and crafts, Mrs. Claus, a magician, refreshments and music.
For more information and reservations, contact the Trolley Museum at 570-963-6590.
*Highlights for Children will hold its 28th Annual Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at the Highlights editorial offices at 803 Church Street in Honesdale. The event features treats, entertainment, and the always-popular craft room. For information, call 570-253-1080.
*The Misericordia University Community Choir will offer an evening of beloved Christmas carols accompanied by a brass quintet and piano when it holds its annual holiday concert on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. Entitled, “A Tradition of Carols,” the concert will offer a variety of holiday favorites for the whole family. Tickets are $5 for general admission; $3 for Misericordia employees and alumni, and senior citizens, and free to veterans and Misericordia students. Tickets are available by going online at www.misericordia.edu/communitychoir, by calling the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at 570-674-6161, or by purchase at the door the evening of the concert.
*Tickets for the ninth annual Tamaqua Community Advent Breakfast are on sale. The breakfast is Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 9 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church at the corner of Mauch Chunk and Greenwood streets. Richard Hadesty, Tamaqua Citizen of the Year, will deliver the Advent message. Carol Tempest is this year’s musical guest.
The breakfast features a special candle lighting ceremony and is sponsored by TAFFN, the Tamaqua Area Ministerial Association, the Tamaqua Community Partnership and the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Culinary Crew at Zion Lutheran Church.
* Phoenix Theatrics Presents: A Christmas Story The Musical at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre located at 409 Main St., Durya
The curtain goes up December. 6, 13, 14 at 7:00PM and Dec. 8, 15 at 2:00PM. There is no show on Dec. 7th we will be taking part in the Duryea’s annual Christmas Stroll with Santa in our theatre for the kids to slide down the iconic sliding board depicted in the story. Tickets: $12 general admission and kids 5 and under are only $5. After every performance, Santa will be available for kids to sit on his lap and slide down the slide. Pictures can be taken. Reservations: Call our Box Office at 570-457-3589 or on our website through PayPal. Highly Recommended with limited seating.
* Festive Holiday Open House, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at The St. James House, the Rectory of Grace Episcopal Church, 210 Ninth St., Honesdale, across from Central Park. Come see this historic stone home, built-in 1875 and recently returned to a residence and decorated for the holidays. Homemade sweets sale and conclusion of holiday gift raffles. Raffle drawings at 4 p.m. For information, leave a message at 570-253-2760.
*First Keystone Community Bank will host a free concert on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Stroudsburg High School Auditorium featuring the renowned Trinity Centennial Band and the Pocono Vocal Locals. Admission to the concert is free.
*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.
*The Wilkes University Flute Ensemble will present the concert “Earth and Sky.” The performance is Dec. 7 at 8 pm. 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 Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra will present a concert of music on Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. in the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre. The concert is conducted by John Vaida, director of the Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.
*8th Annual Christmas Cookie Walk, Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, 420 Main Road, Buttonwood, Hanover Township. $9 a container to fill with whatever cookies you like. There will be over 30 varieties to choose from. Pre-made platters will also be available for $35. Complimentary coffee, tea, and cocoa will be available for all patrons. A Christmas Raffle will be held in conjunction with the event. Proceeds benefit the parish youth ministry program. For more information and/or reservations, call 570-814-6444 or visit exhc.org.
*Save the date! Candy’s Place, Cancer & Wellness Center will be having a holiday Winter Wonderland, One-Stop Holiday Shoppe & Artisan Fair on Saturday, December 7th. The event will be held at their center, 190 Welles St, Suite 166, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be there to take pictures with the kids and get you in the holiday spirit! There will also be unique vendors, artists, basket raffle, silent auction, continental breakfast, face painting and kid friendly activities too! Just drop by or book your visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus by calling (570)714-8800.
*Join the Women’s Resource Center on Sunday, December 8th for the 30th Annual Santa’s Snipper’s! The “Cut-A-Thon” will be at the Career Technical Center of Lackawanna County (CTC) from 10 am – 2 pm. Professional licensed cosmetologists from area salons will be providing haircuts. The students from CTC will be offering express manicures and facials. Haircuts are $15 and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) toward our work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault from our community. There will be kids crafts and snacks. Plus, Santa will be stopping by to spread some holiday cheer!
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
*Christmas Eve, December 24- The Christmas Eve Worship Services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tannersville 158 Fish Hill Road are: 4:00pm Family service with communion and 8:00pm Traditional service with communion.
Family Christmas Eve Worship Service, 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 24, Grace Episcopal Church Sanctuary, 827 Church St., Honesdale. Rev. Edward K. Erb pastor. All are welcome. For information, leave a message at 570-253-2760.
Christmas Eve Solemn Holy Communion, 11 p.m. Tuesday, December 24, Grace Episcopal Church Sanctuary, 827 Church St., Honesdale.
Christmas Day Worship Service, 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 25, Grace Episcopal Church Sanctuary, 827 Church St., Honesdale.
Community Christmas Dinner, served only at noon Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 827 Church St., Honesdale. All are welcome. No reservations. No deliveries. Free but freewill donations may be made. Takeouts only after all guests have been served. For information, leave a message at 570-253-2760.
*The University of Scranton’s 11th annual Community Christmas Day Breakfast will take place Wednesday, Dec. 25, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the third-floor Fresh Food Company of the DeNaples Center on campus. The breakfast, organized by the Center for Service and Social Justice and Dining Services/ARAMARK, is offered free of charge to the elderly or those who are alone or in need as a gift to the community for the holiday season.
The University’s Dining Service/ARAMARK staff and volunteers from the University will prepare and serve the breakfast that will include eggs, sausage, pancakes, danish, juice and more.
Reservations are not needed to attend. Parking is available for the breakfast in the University’s parking pavilion on Mulberry Street. For additional information, call 570-941-7401.
*National Public Radio’s award-winning host and co-executive producer of Fresh Air, Terry Gross, will deliver the Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities on Sunday, April 19. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 239 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre.
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
(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.
* “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