The Scoop

It’s always fun to check out new places in the 570, and there are three venues in the Wyoming Valley that are sure to be hot spots for art and entertainment: The Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts Center in Hazleton; the new home of the Wyoming Valley Arts League in Wilkes-Barre; and STIX, a new concourse bar at Mohegan Sun Arena.

The Wiltsie Performing Arts Center (formerly Hazleton High School) is located at 700 N. Wyoming St., and will host its first public event this weekend. On Oct. 23 at 2 p.m., all are welcome to attend “Raise the Curtain,” celebrating the venue’s official opening with a dedication and musical performance of “There and Back Again.” Light refreshments will be served backstage after the show.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at You may also visit the center’s mobile box office at Genetti Inn & Suites, 1341 N. Church St., Hazleton, on Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m., or call 861-0510. (Before you order tickets, be sure to consider the height of all your guests. The balcony seats are narrow in this historical building, and it’s recommended that anyone taller than 5′ 8″ select a seat on the main floor).

Another exciting development in the art world is the new location for the Wyoming Valley Arts League at 132R S. Franklin St. The League has purchased the former Luzerne County Medical Society Building, built in 1914. All are welcome to an open house celebration during 3rd Friday festivities on Oct. 21. From 6 to 8 p.m., enjoy art and refreshments in this lovely historic venue.

From the arts scene in Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre, to the hockey scene in Wilkes-Barre Twp., STIX has officially opened at Mohegan Sun Arena. The bar incorporates a hockey theme and features several craft beer selections not available at the concessions stands. Those who visited over the weekend surely noticed the bar also features several hi-definition televisions. If you missed the grand opening, or you can’t wait to visit again, check out STIX at the next home game (Nov. 4) when the Pens take on the Hershey Bears. For tickets, visit

Although it may be hard to imagine that the holiday season is just around the corner (especially with all the Halloween fun in the 570 – check out page 17 for Halloween Happenings), it’s not too early to get your tickets for Manheim Steamroller. The group will perform at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and available at the Kirby Center Box office, by phone at 826-1100, online at and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

And, if you love Rascal Flatts, you’re in luck because they’re coming to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Feb. 17, and they’ll be joined by special guests Sara Evans and Hunter Hayes. Tickets are $25-59.75. and are on sale now at Pennstar Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena, online at or, charge by phone (800) 745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster locations.

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

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