EDITOR JULIE IMEL DISHES THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Yay for summer festivals!
Anyone else looking forward to a summer of potato pancakes that you can only find at church bazaars, block parties and outdoor festivals? Laugh all you want, but I can’t wait. There’s a deep fried Oreo with my name on it somewhere between my house in Scranton and the Wyoming Valley. I can smell it…
I suppose I’m thinking about this because the weather has been warming up nicely, and we’re getting ready for one of our favorite issues of the year: the Sizzlin’ Summer issue, which will be published May 24. Just like a pierogie-obsessed Santa, we’re making our list and checking it twice to help you find all the outdoor festivals your heart (and tastebuds) desire this summer. If you happen to be organizing such an event and want to be sure to make the list, please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon on Monday, May 21.
Swingin’ on Vine
Speaking of summer fun, it may not officially be summer yet, but we are looking forward to an annual outdoor tradition in the Electric City for all those age 21 and older — Swingin’ on Vine. The event will be held on Friday, May 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. A fundraiser block party to benefit the Albright Memorial Library, tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Admission includes cocktails, food from local restaurants and music from Paul LaBelle & the Exact Change. Tickets are available at the following locations: Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine St., Scranton (348-3000); the Nancy Kay Holmes Branch, Green Ridge St. and Wyoming Ave., Scranton, (207-0764); and Library Express, inside the Mall at Steamtown (558-1670).
From vines to leaves
If you’re looking for something different to do on a Saturday night, you may want to take a short drive to Jim Thorpe for night of erotic poetry by featured artists, burlesque performances with members of Dragontown Burlesque, tarot readings by Elemental Alchemist AnneMarie Balog and light refreshments. It’s all part of Reading the Leaves: Tea(se), Text and Tarot on May 26 at Jim Thorpe Arts in Motion, 434 Center St., Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 7:30 with the event starting at 8 p.m. (Please note: this is a 21 and older event, and it is BYOB). Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For advance tickets, visit www.jtartsinmotion.com.
From Burlesque to Tango
Here’s a fun event offered by our friends at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock in conjunction with the NEPA Tango Connection: a Tango lesson and screening of the movie named in honor of the dance. (In case you aren’t familiar with this 1998 film starring Miguel Ángel Solá, Cecilia Narova and Mía Maestro, Tango is a drama and musical about Mario Suarez, a 40-something tango artist, whose wife has left him. He then begins creating a film about tango). On Sunday, May 27, you can sit back and relax and watch the story unfold on the big screen at 1 p.m. Rest your feet while you can because following the movie will be an introductory tango lesson led by Jill and Gehred Wetzel at Father Nallin Hall. No experience is required. Admission to the movie and lesson is $10. For more information, call 996-1500.
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading and I’ll meet you here again next week.