The Scoop

The Scoop



Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day
It’s cold outside, but here’s an event that will warm the hearts of all those gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day, the St. Patrick’s Parade Warmup. The event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Kildare’s Irish Pub, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Featuring domestic drafts, well drinks and appetizers, door prizes, entertainment, Irish dancers and more, you can show your support to the St. Patrick Parade Association of Lackawanna County for a suggested donation of $20 at the door. Scranton’s parade is just 43 days away!

Feel Good Friday
Backyard Ale House in Scranton is the place to be on Friday, Jan. 25. Round up your friends for a Happy Hour in support of the Leadership Lackawanna Project “A Raising Race” for United Neighborhood Centers. For a $20 cover charge, you’ll enjoy choosing from a menu of select brews and wine, and there will be plenty of pizza, wing bites and more as well. The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

A bright light this winter
Even if you’re among those who enjoy tropical temperatures more than arctic ones, you’ll find something to enjoy at the Winter Lights Festival in Milford. The event kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 26, and features entertainment by the Ice Theatre of New York (, Bond Street Theater ( an ice skating performance by Jordan Hartey. In addition, the Mac ‘N Cheese Bake Off, open to professional and home chefs, will be held at The Dimmock Inn.  For a complete schedule of events and details on how you can enter your Mac ‘N Cheese in the Bake Off, visit

Kiwanis needs you
If you’re looking to become more involved in your community, Wilkes-Barre Kiwanis may be just the organization for you. Kiwanis is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world, and the Wilkes-Barre Kiwanis club serves the Wilkes-Barre area. The club is currently looking for new members, and if you’d like to learn more, visit

A word about social media
Just like many of our readers, we have a love/hate relationship with social media. We love the ability to communicate with thousands of people in an instant, and the vast amount of information we can now access. It’s so much better than listening to the sound of that now-medieval fax machine churning out fuzzy pages of text. It really has changed the way we work, and the way we share our work, and for that, we’re grateful.
However, with this progress has come the overwhelming volume of information coming our way that we may or may not see. Although we do our best to monitor posts and tweets, we know we can’t possibly see every wall post, tweet and update relevant to the arts and entertainment scene in northeastern Pennsylvania. And with the ever-changing world of Facebook where settings seem to differ from day to day, we don’t want your news to get lost in the shuffle. So, here’s an easy solution: if you have a story idea or calendar submission that you want us to know about, don’t simply rely on a Facebook invitation to the event or a random tweet to spread the word.  Continue to email items to, as well. That way, you’ll know our staff will see your note and act accordingly.
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading, and I’ll meet you here again next week.

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