The Scoop: Feb. 28, 2013

Editor Julie Imel Dishes the News You Need to Know

Something’s brewing

There’s a new café in downtown Scranton, and you’ll have a chance to check it out at a grand opening celebration on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Morning Glory Café is located inside the Manhattan Room, next to the Jermyn Hotel at 326 Spruce St. Grand opening festivities include a free coffee tasting, live entertainment, door prizes and complimentary food and drinks. Coffee pros from Green Street Roasting will demonstrate how cold brew coffee is made and will discuss fair trade and organic farming practices. The festivities will come to a close with musical entertainment by local artists Daniel Rosler, Edward Cuozzo and Blinded Passenger.
The café’s founders, Chelsea Collins and Katie Trott, welcome the community to tour the space they share with the Vintage Theater. Among the café’s unique attributes are an environmentally-friendly bar and tables made from old pallets and barn wood, an upstairs loft area with vintage runs, couches and a record player, and you’ll even find some of your favorite board games and books from childhood. (We’re talking Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys here — count us in). As for their menu, you’ll find organic coffee, teas and espresso, baked good and options for a light lunch. Many of the products are Fair Trade and Rain Forest Alliance certified in hopes to promote ethical and green farming practices. In addition, Collins and Trott are making an effort to buy ingredients from local farms, vendors and dairies. For more information, find Morning Glory Café on Facebook.

Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day

As if you needed one (ha ha) here’s a little reminder that Scranton and Wilkes-Barre will soon be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Scranton’s annual parade will be Saturday, March 9. Wear your green and make like a leprechaun through the downtown. The Brian P. Kelly Memorial Race parade starts at 11 a.m. sharp, and the parade steps off at 11:45 a.m. For more information on the race and parade, visit
Don’t throw away all your green gear after Scranton’s parade has come and gone because you’ll have a chance to wear it again when The City of Wilkes-Barre hosts its parade on Saturday, March 16. Registration for the Renal Race, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 36, starts at 7 a.m. at Rodano’s, and the parade will step off at South Main and South Streets at 2 p.m. For more information on the race and parade, visit
While we’re talking about St. Patty’s Day, we have a special issue planned next week that will celebrate Irish culture. We’ll have all the details on local parades and where to see and be seen in bars and clubs on parade day. We have a few more tricks up our sleeve, too. Be sure to pick up a copy of electric city in Lackawanna County and diamond city in Luzerne County to plan your St. Patty’s Day festivities.

Save the date

We’re all gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day, but there are other exciting events to look forward to as well. Here’s a couple that you may want to save the date for:
March 2: Promoting Pride in Public Square, a fundraiser, will be held at Rodano’s on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, and you’ll enjoy entertainment by two bands, beer, wine, stromboli, raffle and more. For more information and tickets, email Bill at
March 20: A Pysanky Workshop will be offered at the Everhart Museum in Scranton from 6 to 8 p.m. Stefanie Colarusso will teach this beginner’s class on traditional wax-resist egg decorating with a Romanian pattern emphasis in honor of the exhibit, The Blood is the Life, now on display. The cost is $25 for museum members and $30 for non-members. Space is limited and pre-registration/pre-payment is required. For more information, visit
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading and I’ll meet you again next week.

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