Dunmore Farmers Market Now Open for Second Season

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By Emily Fedor

Last summer, the lot that has sat empty and barren for years along the 200 block of East Drinker Street was given new purpose, filled with new life and stocked with lots of fresh produce. Now, the Dunmore Farmers Market is back open and ready for a successful second season.

The idea of a farmers market in the town of the Bucks was batted around for years. Then in June of 2016, that idea blossomed into a reality with a bit of a push from Borough Councilman Tom Hallinan and the late Karl Wegforth.

“We finally just said ‘Let’s run with it,’” said Hallinan. “I asked Karl if he wanted to participate, and he was more than willing. He adopted it like it was his son and was there every Saturday. He’s a big part of it that’s going to be missing this year.”

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Karl Wegforth of Dunmore passed away on January 22, 2017 at the age of 63.

Wegforth passed away in January at the age of 63. He was a graduate of Dunmore High School, a former animal control officer for the borough and owner of the old Weggy’s Bar. But many knew him as president of the Dunmore Historical Society.

Last year, he and Hallinan worked together to round up a number of area vendors to set up shop every Saturday during the summer.

A major purpose of the market is to offer shoppers the opportunity to buy locally made products. Borough Business Administrator Vito Ruggiero says it also serves as a way to highlight the restaurants and shops based in the borough of Dunmore.

“The borough is invested in our business district and our town,” said Ruggiero. “So to try and create a one stop shop for all of our residents and get the businesses involved is what we’re trying to do. We’re hoping that the buzz gets out there.”

This year, the farmers market will feature several returning vendors as well as plenty of newcomers, who will be selling everything from sunflowers and fresh baked goods to lipsticks and hairbows.

sunflowerHallinan says the market is also welcoming non-profit groups to set up shop this year. They simply have to contact the borough to reserve a spot.

Helene Hopkins, owner of the Scranton-based Mulberry Bush, is bringing fresh produce and flowers to the farmers market for the second year. She says participating in the farmers market has brought new customers to her business.

“It’s always good to get out in the community and let people know what you have,” said Hopkins. “It sounds funny, but a lot of people from Dunmore have said ‘Oh, we had no idea you were there!’”

Jena Romanini, owner of Savvy Home on Blakely Street, is also a returning vendor. This year, her stand will feature a number of products including soy candles and goat milk soaps, as well as some urban-farm style home decor.

As her business is relatively new, Romanini said the market has really helped get her get the word out. She says she’s also enjoyed seeing people come out to enjoy everything the borough has to offer.

“When you drive through Dunmore anymore, it’s not like it used to be on Saturdays,”  said Romanini. “When the farmers market’s going on, It’s nice to see people walking through and cars parked everywhere.”  

Securing a spot each Saturday comes at no cost to vendors. Hallinan emphasizes the goal of the farmers market is not necessarily to make money, but to highlight the Bucktown business district.

historical societyThat being said, at the end of this season, vendors have been asked to make a donation to the Dunmore Historical Society in the name of the market’s co-founder, Karl Wegforth.

“Karl was the type of guy who liked getting involved in things that brought people together,” said Ruggiero. “He’s smiling because he sees [the market] is continuing and that more people are getting involved.”

This year, there are more vendors involved than the last, and the hope is that this trend will continue. And when that hopefully happens, Hallinan and Ruggiero say the parking lot adjacent to the VFW building on Chestnut Street could also become home to some market vendors.

The Dunmore Farmers Market is open for business on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. now until September 2.

 

Musical Sequel to Benefit Holy Family Residence

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Cast members of ‘Nunsense II” include John Baldino, left, and Rob Misko as Reverend Mother.

The residents of Holy Family Residence in Scranton will benefit again this year from a professional musical production. Last year’s production of “Nunsense” was such a huge success for Holy Family Residence, the Little Sisters of the Poor are bringing the sequel, “Nunsense II” to their home in Scranton.

Our Cabaret Productions will present Dan Goggin’s off-Broadway smash hit musical comedy, “Nunsense II: The Second Coming” on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. at Holy Family Residence in Scranton.

“We are so pleased to welcome back the cast and crew of Our Cabaret Productions to our home, “said Mrs. Jackie Galvin, director of development and communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor, Holy Family Residence. “Our Cabaret’s production of ‘Nunsense’ last summer brought us so much joy seeing the happiness in our guests’ faces as they exited our auditorium following the show. The show also served a wonderful fundraiser for our residents. We are truly looking forward to hosting Our Cabaret again this August and seeing just what the Little Sisters of Hoboken have planned at their special thank-you show.”

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Sarah Wagner will play the role of Sr. Mary Leo; Christine McGeachie as Sr. Mary Paul (Amnesia), and Taylor Patullo as Sr. Mary Robert Anne.

This event is a collaboration of two “Nunsense” veterans, Rob Misko and John Baldino, who have been involved in productions of the show for over two decades. Baldino produces and Misko directs. No production team in Northeastern Pennsylvania has more experience with the “Nunsense” franchise, and Our Cabaret Productions is the only professional production company in the region to mount this acclaimed musical comedy.

“What really makes this show work is that it’s real,” says Misko. “Presenting the Sisters as real people, and not campy caricatures is the essence of the show. John and I understand the humor of the nun because we know so many Religious Sisters so well. We were both taught by nuns.”

“I have a tremendous respect and love for religious Sisters,” adds Baldino. “I’ve worked with Sisters my entire adult life, and that’s what makes me love the ‘Nunsense’ shows. Working with Robby (Misko) makes it even better as we have the same vision for the show, and are true to Dan Goggin’s original intention.”

“Nunsense II” takes place one year after the Sisters have staged their first benefit. The sisters are back presenting a thank-you show for all the people who supported them in the past. But now, they’re a bit slicker, having been “bitten by the theater bug.” The show stars Misko as Reverend Mother and Baldino as Sr. Mary Hubert. Completing the cast are Sarah Wagner as Sr. Mary Leo, Christine McGeachie as Sr. Mary Paul (Amnesia), and Taylor Patullo as Sr. Mary Robert Anne.

Tickets for the show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and available at ourcabaret.com, or by calling the 24/7 toll-free box office at 1-800-838-3006. Seating is limited, so advance tickets are highly recommended.

“Nunsense II: The Second Coming” is produced by Our Cabaret Productions through special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, New York, NY. All net proceeds will benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor.

 

 

Scranton Shakespeare Festival Gets Set For Sixth Season

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David Merten, left, and Jon Steiger, right, star in “Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

The Scranton Shakespeare Festival announces its sixth season —a daring lineup of single-gender casts for both Shakespeare plays and a baseball musical performed in a ballpark.

Randolph Curtis Rand is directing an all-male cast production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” featuring Grant Chamberlin, Derek Grabner, Conor McGuigan, Joe McGurl, David Merten, Lorenzo Pugliese, Gerome Samonte, Jon Steiger, Jonathan Strayer, and Bobby Temple.

Maura Malloy is directing a seldom attempted all-female cast version of “Measure for Measure,” featuring Jazmine Alexandria, Danielle Cohn, Jillian Geurts, Jenna Hokanson, Veronique Jeanmarie, Sarah Keyes, Donovan Lockett, Camille Reinecke, Maddison Ridley, Tamara Sevunts, Olivia Stevenson, and Constance Wookey.

Both Shakespeare shows will be performed at Scranton Prep, making a departure from their usual venue at the University of Scranton’s Royal Theater.

Artistic Director Michael Bradshaw Flynn is directing “Damn Yankees” at the PNC Field, in neighboring Moosic, a bold step up from previous years’ outdoor performances at Nay Aug Park.

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The cast of “Measure for Measure” will feature Jill Geurts, foreground, and Tamara Sevunts, at rear.

The show will feature Jazmine Alexandria, Grant Chamberlin, Danielle Cohn, Mollie Downes, Michael Gilbert, Colin Holmes, Jillian Kemmerer, Sarah Keyes, Kiley Lotz, Matt Lynady, Kylo Martin, Joe McGurl, Juliana Pillets, Lorenzo Pugliese, Timothy Quinn, Gerome Samonte, Micah Scroggins, Jacob Shrimpf, Jonathan Strayer, Logan T. Sutton, Jerica Tallo, and Bobby Temple.

The festival opened in June with two original one-acts: one-woman show “Cheeks,” from Philadelphia-based theatre-maker Lee Minora, and one-man show “Skin of the Teeth,” an award-winning play from London-based FAT CONTENT theatre company, featuring Daniel Holme, at The Olde Brick Theatre in Scranton.

This sixth edition revealed itself to be ballsy (pun intended), as well as all-American, in more ways than one; “Damn Yankees” is being performed in the New York Yankees’ affiliate stadium, the PNC Field, combining the most decidedly American of all things — baseball and musicals.

On the other hand, one might venture to say that in giving two lesser-performed Shakespearean comedies a single-gender flair, the festival is addressing the way in which gender roles are everchanging in America, and joining a heated debate on the subject.

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Show Dates:

Two Gentlemen of Verona: July 22, 8 p.m. at Scranton Prep

Measure for Measure: July 6, 7, 8, and 21 at 8 p.m. and July 9 at 3 p.m. at Scranton Prep

Damn Yankees: July 14, 15 at 7:30 p.m. and July 16, 23 at 5 p.m. at PNC Field

All performances are free. Tickets can be reserved online.

 

 

Artist of the Month: Patricia Reilly

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Patricia Reilly shows her featured painting entitled “Best Friends.” It depicts her grandson and his dog at a lake in Northern Michigan.

 

Patricia Reilly of Bangor is the July Artist of the Month at Dunmore Activity Hub. Her featured painting is of her grandson, Damian, and his dog, shown vacationing in Northern Michigan. Titled “Best Friends,” is shows them looking out at the lake from their pontoon, enjoying a quiet and peaceful moment.

Patricia started painting over 40 years ago.

“I took time out to raise my family, then six years ago my husband and I, who are now retired, joined the group of artists at the Dunmore Activity Hub,” she says. Her ideas come from things she sees in her family and friends.

“Joining the art class was, for me, the beginning of learning new techniques in oils, placement of the subject, using the proper brushes,” she explains. “We are taught by Jill Swersie.  She has given us guidance and encouragement to become the painters that we are. I have made so many new friends with the same interests as myself.”

“The Hub offers seniors a place to gather, meet new friends, experience new activities and brings for some a new meaning to life. Thank you, Dunmore Activity Hub!”