Celebrate mom with offbeat activities across NEPA

Moms deserve credit for all their hard work and the love they give year-round, but with Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12, there’s plenty to do this weekend in Northeast Pennsylvania to show how much you care.
We’ve rounded up some out-of-the-box ideas for ways to celebrate the moms and motherly women in your life.
On Friday, May 10, drop in at the Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug Park, 500 Arthur Ave., Scranton, for a Mother’s Day Succulent Make and Take. Join staffer Carol between 2 and 4 p.m. to create an arrangement as a surprise or with the special mom in your life. The project uses upcycled items for the pots, with a minimum $5 donation suggested to cover soil and plant costs. The greenhouse also will have a wide variety of additional succulents available for purchase, including pre-made arrangements in decorative containers for those who don’t have time to stop in and make their own.
Support first responders by shopping for a unique Mother’s Day gift at the inaugural Mother’s Day Craft Show set for Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dickson City Emergency Medical Services, 2 Eagle Lane. Admission is $2.
Enjoy the bounty of Mother Nature with a Mother’s Day Paddle hosted by Susquehanna Kayak and Canoe Rentals, 2374 Sullivan Trail, Falls Twp. On May 11 and 12, starting at 8 a.m. both days, bring your mom along for a scenic journey on the waterway. Moms paddle for free with a party of four, with trips starting at $45 per person. After, treat her to brunch or dinner at Ardee’s Foodrinkery. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 12, while dinner service runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations are required for kayaking (call 570-388-6107) and are suggested for brunch and dinner, too (call 570-388-2511).
Looking for something really different? Treat mom to ringside seats at the Mother’s Day Melee on May 11, when Back Breakers Entertainment comes to Falcon’s Nest, 403 Hudson St., Mayfield. At its first show outside the Back Breakers Training Center, see BBE and BBTC students and wrestlers, including Carver Cross, Coach Cal, Rex Taylor, Alexander Bateman, Cyrus Mars, Adena Steele, Harszang, Trevor Trudeau, Tucker Riley, Demitrius Raid and Rodd Wylder as well as a variety of local independent stars, including Clay Drasher, Ken Andrews, Jak Molsonn, Danny Hamel, Kimberly Spirit, Zac Belmont, Karlo Vice and many more. The night also promises a Battle Royale for the No. 1 contender’s spot, the winner of which will then face off against BBE’s Squid Sterling for the BBE Heavyweight Championship during the main event of the night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with bell at 7. Ringside tickets cost $20, and general admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Falcon’s Nest, online at http://bbemelee.bpt.me or at the door. All advance ticket-holders gain early access to the venue at 6 p.m. and can meet all the wrestlers. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Support a good cause with the Mother’s Day Weekend Fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on May 11. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Spirited Art, 253 Scranton-Carbondale Highway, Dickson City, invites painters 16 and older to bring in a special mom, aunt or lady to create a butterfly portrait. Tickets cost $35 and are available through rezclick.com, with a portion of proceeds being donated to the society. Arrive 15 minutes before the class to pick a seat.
Check out the fifth annual Mother’s Day Brunch at Nearme Yoga, 700 Main St., Moosic, on May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guests will start with a gentle yoga class and gratitude meditation, then sip on mimosas (or fresh juice) and enjoy butlered hors d’oeuvres and a healthy lunch from Nearme Café. Admission is $55 for two, $75 for three and $90 for four, with group pricing valid only when purchased together. You must sign up at least 24 hours in advance. Call 570-840-3220 for more information.
It takes a village to raise a child, and so Misericordia University, Dallas, will host its fourth annual Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch to benefit the student mothers of the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program on May 12 in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. Proceeds will help provide tuition support for student mothers in the program. The menu includes scrambled eggs, Potatoes O’Brien, cinnamon vanilla French toast, bacon, sausage, a waffle station, granola, yogurt, fruit, Viennese pastries, muffins, Caesar salad, ham carving station, roasted turkey, mustard-glazed salmon, sautéed green beans, tortellini a la vodka and an assortment of desserts. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will be served along with Champagne, mimosas and Bloody Marys. A special children’s buffet will feature macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, cheese hot dogs, corn and french fries. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., and seating begins at 11.
The brunch also includes a silent auction and basket raffle, with some baskets offering more than $500 worth of prizes. (A pre-sale on tickets for the “Parade of Baskets” will be held May 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Insalaco Hall lobby.) Tickets cost $50 for adults and $20 for children 12 to 18; children under 12 enter for free. Because of limited seating, reservations are required. Visit cougarconnect.miseri cordia.edu/wwcbrunch19 or call Kim Caffrey at 570-674-1877 to register or get more information.
Celebrate the importance of mom’s role with a theatrical performance at Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville, on May 12. The Music Box Players will stage the musical comedy “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” with a special meal offered to enhance the experience. The menu includes choice of Chicken Parmigiana over Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce, Beef Tenderloin Tips, Crab-stuffed Flounder or Pasta Primavera with salads, side dishes and choice of desserts. Mothers also will receive a flower. The price for the dinner and show is $38, with show-only tickets also available for $20. Doors open at 1 p.m., dinner is served at 1:30, and the curtain rises at 3. For reservations, call 570-283-2195 or email reservations@musicbox.org.
And Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton, will present a Mother’s Day Concert featuring Tom Petty tribute band Damn the Torpedos on May 12. Doors to the 21-and-older show open at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 8. General admission costs $25 (seating is not guaranteed). The venue also will have food and refreshments for sale.
No matter what kind of mom you love, NEPA has the right entertainment to treat her to a special time this week.