EDITOR JULIE IMEL DISHES THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW
What’s your talent?
Mom always told us that everyone is good at something, and we should never stop looking for that one thing we do really well. For some of us, the search goes on, but for those blessed with the knowledge that they have the “it” factor, here’s a contest custom-made for you — Poconos Got Talent. The competition (not affiliated with America’s Got Talent) is presented by The New Bushkill Inn & Conference Center and will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, with gates opening at 11:30 a.m.
The first place winner takes home $500; the second place winner will be awarded $300 and a third place win earns you $200. If you think you’ve got what it takes to win, there’s still time to enter, but you need to hurry. The deadline to enter is noon on Aug. 10. You can pick up an entry form at The Mount Laurel PAC Box Office; Bleachers Sports Bar (Fernwood Hotel, Route 209 Bushkill; Sticks N Stones Bar & Grill (5216 Milford Rd, East Stroudsburg; and Big A Steakhouse & Grill (Rt 209, Marshalls Creek). The application is also available online at http://mountlaurelpac.com/. For more information, visit the website or call 588-2522 for more information.
We like big books! Don’t you?
I have to hand it to the funny and creative committee at the Osterhout Library’s North Branch. They came up with a catchy phrase for this year’s Rooftop Party tee-shirt that some of us just can’t stop singing — in spite of numerous pleas from our co-workers. Inspired by the Sir Mix A Lot song “Baby Got Back” (you remember that, right?), you’ll see library supporters sporting “I Like Big Books” tees atop the Intermodal Center in Wilkes-Barre Friday night. The fun starts at 5 p.m. and there is sure to be a big crowd, so get there early and don’t debate whether or not you’re going. There’s no butts about it – it’s a good time! (Sorry; couldn’t resist that one).
Everything you need to know is in this week’s Up Close & Personal with Joanne Austin on page 10.
Save the date
A couple of great events are coming up in September and now’s the time to save the date in your smartphone.
First, it’s hard to believe, but it’s been a year since we announced the first PA Oktoberfest at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. If you loved the German brews and food, the fabulous live entertainment and you couldn’t get enough of those amazing little wiener dogs racing their little hearts out, it all returns Sept. 14, 15 and 16. Tickets go on sale August 21. Admission is $5 per day or $10 for a 3-day weekend pass. Be sure to visit paoktoberfest.com for updates.
Following a weekend of Oktoberfest fun is the Taste of Greater Pittston, which will be held on Sept. 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. If you love good food, you won’t want to miss this event to benefit the Cosgrove Capital Campaign for the construction of a 5,175-square-foot addition to the library. A Taste of Greater Pittston will feature tastings of homemade wine, appetizers, entrees and desserts presented by local restaurants. In addition, the “Greater Pittston’s Choice” award will be presented to the winemakers who earn top votes for best red and best white wine. Candace Kelly, WBRE-TV, and her husband, PA State Trooper Tom Kelly will serve as guest hosts for the event. Musical entertainment will be provided by David and Ryan Joyce. There will also be a raffle and tours of the library.
Tickets are $30 and are on sale now. For tickets, call Carol Crane at 654-9565, extension 25 or email Lisa Joyce at email@example.com.
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading, and I’ll meet you here again next week.
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