DHS Crimson Company to Present Aquatic Disney Classic

Little MermaidDunmore High School Crimson Company will present Disney’s The Little Mermaid for two weekends in March at the High School Auditorium. Tickets will be $12 for adults; $10 for students/seniors, and $5 for children under five.

Performances will be on March 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 and 24 with curtain at 7 p.m. each evening and a matinee performance on Sunday, March 18, at 1 p.m.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated Disney film. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

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Leading up to this year’s spring musical, the Crimson Company will host a “Princess and Pirate Tea Under the Sea.”

princesThis fundraiser, which will benefit the Crimson Company and its future endeavors, will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 24th in the Dunmore High School Cafeteria.

All young pirates, princes and princesses from surrounding kingdoms are invited for a morning filled with fun activities, games and prizes. Dressing up as your favorite prince, princess or storybook character is encouraged!

Rich Banick will also be on hand to take professional photos of the children with Ariel, Prince Eric and some of your other favorite Disney characters!

Admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Advanced reservations can be made by sending at email to mcgurld@gmail.com

 

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Cheryl’s Cuisine: January 2018

By Cheryl Radkiewicz

One of the most rewarding things I’ve been doing since retirement is volunteering in the kitchen at  Corpus Christi, Church West Pittston, where my brother, Msgr. John Sempa, is pastor.    

soupFor years, I’ve been helping in the parish kitchen for brunches and the annual picnic in June, however, this past fall the Social Concerns Committee started a Soup Ministry. Once a month a group of volunteers meets to help  prepare 40 quarts of soup for the home bound of the parish.

We meet on a Thursday  when we peel, chop, and prepare  the soup.  The next day we skim the soup and pack it in quart containers. The soup and baked goodies, which are made by parishoners and requested through the church  bulletin, are delivered on Saturday by members of the Social Concerns Committee.  

The event has become so successful that my brother felt I should do a column on it to give other parishes the opportunity to start a Soup Ministry during these winter months.  Yes, it took a bit to judge amounts for 40 quarts of soup, however, the church has 40 homebound members, so it was a “must.”

We began this ministry in October with our Chicken Noodle Soup.  We boil the noodles and pack them separately.  November offered Beef Vegetable Soup, and December, Ham and Cabbage with Potato Soup. The volunteers who help in the kitchen are always bringing new ideas for new soups…a family’s treasured recipe for Tuscan  Bean  Soup is on our agenda.  All of us leave on Friday feeling such satisfaction that we have done something meaningful for those unable to venture out.

To give you an idea of ingredients, for the Chicken Noodle Soup we used  whole chickens, carrots, celery, onions, garlic,  parsley and seasonings.  We opted for small pasta such as ditalini, so it would be easy for the homebound to ingest. We cut beef chuck roast into small chunks for the Beef Vegetable Soup and sauteed it before adding vegetables, which included canned tomatoes.  We used orzo for this soup.  The Ham and Cabbage Soup is a recipe my Polish grandmother used to make.  You can use half of a ham, shredded cabbage, chunked potatoes and cans of baked beans.  Each has its own cooking time, but those are the ingredients.  

Winter, and especially this frigid winter, is a great time for soup.  As a matter of fact, this week I made Sausage Tortellini Soup for my husband.  This is also a great dish. We both like meat, so  I made sure to use plenty. Here is the recipe:

Sausage Tortellini Soup:

tortellini1 lb. hot Italian sausage
1 lb. sweet Italian sausage
4 cans College Inn Chicken Broth
3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 large can Italian peeled tomatoes, chunked
1 pkg. frozen tortellini, cooked al dente

Saute’ sausage in large soup pot until brown.  Add chopped garlic.  Cook a few minutes, but do not brown garlic.   Add chicken broth and  tomatoes.  Let simmer together about 30 minutes.

Cook tortellini separately, according to package directions. Drain. Put a heaping spoonful of tortellini in soup bowl and ladle soup on top.   

NOTE: Taste for seasoning.  I did not have to add any salt or pepper due to using both Italian sausages and canned broth.  It was perfect.  

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 Now for a few more of my favorite soups:

Hungarian Mushroom Soup:

2 Tbsp. butter
mushrooms2 cups chopped onion
1 lb. mushrooms, rinsed and chopped
2 Tbsp. fresh minced dill
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1  1/2 Tbsp. paprika
1/2-1 cup chicken stock
1 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
1 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute’ onion in 2 Tbsp. butter for 20 minutes or until soft.  Add mushrooms, dill, soy sauce, and paprika.  Stir.  Add just enough of the chicken stock to barely cover the vegetables.  Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.  

Make a roux:  In saucepan, melt 1 Tbsp. butter, then whisk in flour.  Cook and stir for 5 minutes, then add the milk.  Stirring constantly, cook this until the roux has thickened.

Pour into the soup and blend.  Add more stock if needed.  Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.  

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squashMaple Butternut Bisque:

3 oz. butter
2 cups chopped onion
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups milk
3 cups chicken stock
3 cups canned butternut squash or fresh, cooked and mashed
Dash of cayenne pepper
Salt, to taste
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup maple syrup

Melt butter and saute’ onion until soft and translucent, about 20 minutes.  Sprinkle flour over the onions and cook for 2 or 3 more minutes.  Slowly add milk and cook, stirring constantly.  Add chicken stock and squash.  Mix well and bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often.  

Season with cayenne pepper and salt.  Add cream and maple syrup and blend well.  Let simmer a few minutes longer.  Taste for seasoning. 

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parsnips-3Sherried Parsnip Soup:

4 Tbsp. butter
1 lb. parsnips, peeled and chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
2 large onions, chopped
3 cups chicken stock or broth
2 cups heavy cream
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp. dry sherry
2 Tbsp. minced parsley

Melt the butter and saute’ parsnips, carrots and onions for about 20 minutes or until soft. Add just enough chicken stock to cover, and simmer another 30 minutes.  Puree’ vegetables in blender, immersion blender, or food processor.  

Return to stove and reheat, adding cream and rest of chicken stock.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Add sherry just before serving.  Sprinkle with parsley.

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Tomato Cognac Soup:

1535530401 large Spanish onion
3 oz. butter
3 lbs. canned, peeled plum tomatoes
1 Tbsp. dried basil
1 pt. heavy cream
1-2 Tbsp. brown sugar
5 Tbsp. cognac
Salt and pepper to taste

Chop onion and saute’ in butter for 20 minutes until soft and translucent but not brown. Squash tomatoes with your hands and add them with all the liquid in the can to the onion.  Add basil and stir.  Bring soup to a boil, then simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.  Set aside and cool slightly.  

Puree’ soup in processor or use immersion blender.  In small saucepan, heat cream with brown sugar, whisking often.  Pour this mixture into soup.  Reheat, but do not boil.  Just before serving, add cognac and season with salt and pepper.

Artist of the Month: Phyllis Reinhardt

Artist of Month pic

Phyllis Reinhardt is shown with a selection of her paintings, including one of a winter scene featuring cardinals and a landscape.

Phyllis Reinhardt of Scranton is the January 2018 Artist of the Month at Dunmore Activity Hub.

She began painting in the winter of 2013, and has taken lessons at the Center ever since.

In that time, she has painted many pictures of family members, another of a bed-and-breakfast in Normandy, France, and other pictures that she just happened to like. One of her favorites is a picture of two cardinals, inspired by her wish to feature cardinals on a Christmas card.

Phyllis says, “Painting is a great hobby, but people in the painting class are the real joy! I’ve attended the classes for over four years, and my ability at the time I enrolled was drawing stick people.”

After instruction from Jill Swersie, Phyllis has moved beyond stick people, and her classmates find her to be quite accomplished.

The artist encourages other to join, noting, “The Center is always accommodating. They have provided a bright room and an atmosphere that is always welcoming.”

Fall Craft Fair Benefits Hurricane Relief

craft fair pic

The Presbyterian Women of Dunmore sponsored a Fall Craft Fair. A portion of the proceeds was given to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for hurricane relief.  A check was presented to Margaret Zeigler, administrative coordinator for the Presbytery of Lackawanna.

The women also served a dinner for 45 guests at the Keystone Mission, Scranton, and prepared Christmas gift boxes/bags for residents of Clarks Summit State Hospital.

Shown accepting the check is Margaret Zeigler, administrative coordinator of the Presbytery of Lackawanna from Jean Biggar, PW secretary.

Shown from left: Betty Lamm, Myrna Watkins, Patty Miller, Bobbie Goldberg, Bonnie Forbes, and Georgie Levy.