The Scoop

We love that poetry is gaining popularity in our region. Scranton’s ever-popular Prose in Pubs series at Jack’s Draft House in Scranton will continue on Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. Featuring readings of prose and poetry, you can learn more about this cool literary event by visiting Prose in Pubs on Facebook.

Another great nod to progressive poets in the area is Wilkes-Barre’s Poetry in Transit program, a project that brings classic and original poetry to bus riders in Luzerne County. Originally scheduled for Sept. 16, the Poetry in Transit special event at the Intermodal Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre has been rescheduled to Sept. 30. At this special event, 15 new placards featuring the work of 14 local poets will be unveiled and there will be poetry readings as well. Poetry in Transit was started in 2007 by Mischelle Anthony, Wilkes University associate professor of English, who continues to coordinate the program. All wordsmiths, and those who love them, are encouraged to attend both events.

Wine aficionados in the area will have plenty of opportunities to sample new vino with friends this fall.

On Oct. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., Harvest Moon: A Food and Wine Celebration of the Season will be held at the Woodlands Inn & Resort, Wilkes-Barre. The event features an outdoor cocktail hour followed by a stationed dinner in the Grand Ballroom with Asian-inspired dishes complemented with first-class wines, and entertainment by Jamie Orfanella and Billy Rogan. Tickets are $100 per person with proceeds benefitting the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association’s Early Equals Excellence program. For more information, visit wvcakids.org/category/events.

Another date wine lovers will want to make note of is Oct. 8, when Fork & The Cork will be held at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. You’ll sample a selection of wines from around the world that will be expertly paired with artisan cheese and regional foods from igourmet.com. Tickets are $40-75. For more information on prices and times, or to purchase your passport to this event, visit forkandthecork.com.

Ever wonder what happened to the fabulous lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker?

Well, country fans know what he’s been up to because he crossed over into the country scene a few years ago, touring with major country acts, such as Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley. His sophomore country album, Charleston, SC 1966, includes the multiple-week , number one hit single, "Come Back Song" and his current Top 10 single, "This." Now he’s planning a stop in the 570 as Rucker will play the Kirby Center on Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.

In addition to Darius Rucker, the Kirby Center will welcome stand-up comedienne Lisa Lampanelli on Feb. 18 and Gaelic Storm with special guests Enter the Haggis on March 1.

Tickets for all of these shows are on sale now at the Kirby Center Box Office, by calling 826-1100, or online at www.kirbycenter.org and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

A special thank you to all of our readers who contributed to the "Red Cross Local Flood Relief" fund last week. The effort was organized by Times-Shamrock Communications and WNEP Channel 16 to collect funds to help the American Red Cross provide relief to local flood victims. Thanks to all those who generously made a donation, and to those who would still like to help, donations continue to be collected. You can make a donation online at LocalFloodRelief.com or mail a check to "Red Cross Local Flood Relief" at P.O. Box 526, Scranton, Pa. 18501.

That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading, and I’ll meet you here again next week.

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