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Fresh mountain air after a one-tank-orunder road trip. Wine or beer waiting on a lawn dotted with blankets, brought-fromhome chairs and plenty of beach umbrellas. A preshow burger or dog enjoyed during the lead-up hours. Those are just a few of the perks the outdoor-concert season promises for music fans now looking to hit the road to enjoy a show at a NEPA venue Chris Perrotti calls a bona-fide “experience.” The general manager of the Mount Laurel Performing Arts Center considers the scenic Tamiment property one of the premier music destinations for Northeastern Pennsylvanians. It’s one of two major concert centers in the Poconos region; the other is Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe. “We aren’t just a place to see a good show; we’re an experience. It’s all about the fun this summer at The Mount,” Perrotti said, using the latest moniker officially attached to the Pocono Mountains venue that opened in June 2003 and has since undergone a number of tweaks and rebranding efforts. This year, the up to 2,500 people who can fit under cover and 7,500 people who can find a place on the lawn also can find a new atmosphere, courtesy of the Adams Festival Stage and Lawn Party. “There’ll be picnic tables, umbrellas and a barbecue going,” Perrotti said. “We want people to get to The Mount and relax, not have to rush to their seat.” The lawn parties will begin at 5 p.m. before each show, and discount barbecue will be available from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Additionally, radio stations plan giveaways, and those up on their band trivia can win tickets for future events. Wine and beer will be sold on the lawn and, in addition to the tables already provided, ticket-holders are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs. “We’re hopingtocreatea fun atmo-



THE 2012 SEASON ON THE MOUNT Mount Laurel Performing Arts Center, 1 Tamiment Road, Tamiment. 588-2522. Schedule for all events: • Gates: 5 p.m. • Local music on the outdoor Festival Stage: 6 p.m. • Opening act on Main Stage: 7 p.m. • Headliner: 8 p.m. Parking: $10; premium parking, $20. ••• Performances: • Tonight: The Guess Who; opening act The Holy Goats; local act Who Knows. Tickets: $37.50, $52.50, $67.50. • Tomorrow: Robert Cray with Little Feat; local act Matt Bennick and the Blues Mine. Tickets: $45.50, $59.50, $75.50. • June 15: Ziggy Marley “Wild and Free” tour; opening act Headshine; local act Janci and Berry. Tickets: $42.50, $59.50, $72.50. • June 29: Three Dog Night; opening act Flyin’ Blind; local act Bovine Social Club. Tickets: $37.50, $52.50, $67.50. • July 7: The Fab Four, The Ultimate Tribute. Tickets: $32.50, $45.50, $62.50. • July 13: Air Supply; opening act Brian LaBlanc (Neil Diamond tribute). Tickets: $32.50, $47.50, $62.50. • July 22, Special afternoon show: The Temptations; opening act Cota Festival Orchestra. Gates open at 2 p.m., Festival Stage starts at 3 p.m., opening Act at 4 p.m. Temptations at 5 p.m. Tickets: $32.50, $47.50, $62.50. • July 29: Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group; local act Mike Miz. Tickets: $60, $72, $90. • Aug. 19: Rock ’n’ Blues Fest; local act Steve Brosky & Jimmy Meyer. Tickets: $45.50, $57.50, $75.50. • Aug. 24: 38 Special; opening act Davisson Brothers Band. Tickets: $42.50, $59.50, $72.50.

Canadian rock band The Guess Who will usher in the 2012 concert season at The Mount tonight.

weekend, with The Guess Who and Robert Cray with Little Feat. Tickets are still available, Perrotti said, and a special deal will allow a concert-goer to buy tickets in the upper and/or lower indoor sections for both shows and join the VIP parties from 5 to 6 each night. A Golden Ticket promotion for this weekend means each seating section (excluding the lawn) contains one seat that will entitle the occupant to a Golden Ticket, redeemable for two free tickets to any two shows during the rest of the 2012 season. ••• A north-of-the-border group that has played in one form or another for more than 50 years now will officially usher in the new season at The Mount at 8 tonight. Canadian rock band The Guess Who found major success in the late 1960s and 1970s with such hits as “American Woman,” “These Eyes,” and “Share the Land.” The group is back on the tour circuit, albeit with some different members, and touting new material along with classic hits. After years of switching members, two originals remain in bassist Jim Kale and drummer Gary Peterson. Laurie MacKenzie now takes lead guitar, Leonard Shaw is on keyboard, and Derek Sharp rounds out the group as lead singer and guitarist. Peterson has weathered all the changes through the years but is confident this is the best version of the group since the original. “I believe this group is musically better than any of the others. This band is more mature both emotionally and musically, so it’s an absolute pleasure to play out with them,” he said. “I’m hopSee MOUNT, Page 4

Road-trippers can find plenty of musical entertainment within driving distance of NEPA this summer. Here are just a few examples: ••• HERSHEYPARK STADIUM AND STAR PAVILION, 100 Hersheypark Drive. Added benefit: Stock up on chocolate after taking the nearby Chocolate Factory tour. Highlight acts: Stevie Nicks on July 3; Def Leppard on Aug. 15. Distance from Wilkes-Barre: approximately 95 miles. ••• PENN’S PEAK, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Highlight acts: Kellie Pickler on Thursday; Foreigner on June 29. Added benefit: Scenic views of Beltzville Lake and the Appalachian mountains. Distance from Wilkes-Barre: approximately 40 miles. ••• BETHEL WOODS, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel, N.Y. Highlight acts: The Beach Boys on June 17; a countrified August with Brad Paisley on the 10th, Kelly Clarkson & The Fray on the 19th and Jason Aldean on the 26th. Added benefit: Take in a show at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Distance from Wilkes-Barre: approximately 80 miles. ••• JONES BEACH, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, N.Y. Highlight acts: Neil Diamond tonight and Sunday; The Beach Boys on June 24; Iron Maiden on June 27; Incubus on Aug. 15; Big Time Rush on Aug. 8 and Aug. 17; Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band on Aug. 30. Added benefit: On the site of an Atlantic Ocean state park with world-class swimming and a twomile boardwalk. Distance from Wilkes-Barre: approximately 165 miles. ••• Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Highlight acts: Norah Jones on June 28; Train on Aug. 18. Added benefit: A park setting with plenty of history behind it. Distance from Wilkes-Barre: approximately 110 miles. ••• First Niagara Pavilion, 665 Route 18,Burgettstown. Highlight acts: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band on June 28; Chicago and the Doobie Brothers on Aug. 2. Added benefit: A road trip to the Steel City of Pittsburgh. Plan a ride up Mount Washington on the Inclines or a stop at the Andy Warhol Museum. Distance from Wilkes-Barre: approximately 300 miles.


sphere among beautiful mountain nights, something people will remember so they can’t wait to come back,” Perrotti said. Remembrance seems a key theme in the musical lineup as well, given a list of artists who span the earlier decades and promise distinct memory-lane vibes. Highlight acts include Ziggy Marley (son of Bob), The Temptations, Air Supply and 38 Special. A local band will take the Festival Stage at 6 p.m. before each show. Even if the weather isn’t cooperative, the party will go on. “We’re going to move it inside,” Perrotti said. “It’ll be no problem to shift everything to the inside so people can still relax before the show.” The merriment officially begins this




Redwood good for one last show

“For the first time we wrote a record where we have the least amount of criticism for ourselves,” Anzaldo said. Turning-point shows for the band actually took place recently, he said, right after “Zoo” was released. “The first weekend of shows we played right after the album came out were in L.A., Orange County and Berkeley. We’ve been playing those places since the inception of the band, and the response has just gotten bigger. To keep growing in those places and keep getting support when your sound is changing so drastically, well, that means a lot.” ••• No, you won’t hear Irish rock

band U2 jamming away at the River Street Jazz Café in Plains Township tonight, but the band that will play comes pretty close. Mullen might sound just like U2 but is not trying to portray the band and will not use the word “tribute” to describe itself. There won’t even be a hint of Bono’s trademark sunglasses on stage. “We call ourselves a salute to U2 because, unlike many other tribute bands, we’re not looking to go up on stage and act like Bono and The Edge and all that,” drummer John Joyce said. “We just try to present the songs as authentically and true to form as we can to celebrate the music.” Mullen is a group of five musicians with backgrounds in bands that have always played original music. Singer John Smith, guitarist Patrick Flynn and bassist Mark Kiesinger are members of Scranton-based band Underground Saints. Joyce and keyboardist Tory Ridder live in New York and perform in Six Ft. Sissy. The band came about when the group was looking to take a break from originals and play music it found inspiring. “We all grew up with U2 and found the group and the style of music very influential,” Joyce said. The band name comes from U2’s drummer, Larry Mullen Jr. “It’s something we thought diehard U2 fans could pick up on, while still being intriguing enough of a name for those who might not know its specific meaning,” Joyce said. Mullen plays U2’s betterknown tracks but also delves into more obscure songs. No matter the song, Joyce feels Mullen can bring the authenticity. “The five of us share a special chemistry that really makes the U2 material resonate with power during our performances.”

“We’re not in any hurry because we know we aren’t going anywhere. We currently have four that are done and another two ready to go into the oven, so to speak.” He said the band might someday bring the completed song collection to a record label, but in the meantime will play one or two new tracks during shows. “I listen to what we’ve put together and say, ‘I can’t believe that’s us.’ I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

With all the experience he’s had in the music business, Peterson said, he’s often asked what it takes to make it. “It’s kind of a very delicate balance. I tell people that the only thing you can do is do everything. We played weddings, in barns with cows below us, on the roof of an A&W. Do everything you can to keep going and to get better at your craft and get yourself known. And hey, no matter what level you make it to, if you truly love music you’ll be happy.”


Ceremony hasn’t been to the Wilkes-Barre area in quite some time and is looking forward to its return. “We made some pretty great friends when we were there last, years ago,” guitarist Anthony Anzaldo said. “We’re excited to go back.” The San Francisco Bay Area band will play at Redwood Art Space in Wilkes-Barre on Monday, the final show for the venue in the present space. Redwood will relocate to a yet-undetermined location. The hard-core punk group, which consists of lead singer Ross Farrar, bassist and guitar player Andy Nelson, bassist Justin Davis and drummer Jake Casarotti, is fresh off the release of its latest album, “Zoo,” which also called for a change in labels. Ceremony released two albums with Bridge Records before switching to Matador Records, where it feels at home. “They have an extreme appreciation for music and the artists,” Anzaldo said. “They want you on the label because they like what you do; they don’t want to change or mold you in any way.” This freedom gave Ceremony the chance to explore new aspects of its music. “We hit upon some new territory on ‘Zoo,’ ” Anzaldo said. “There are some post-punk landscapes going on. Ross’s vocal delivery isn’t as abrasive as previous stuff; he focused a lot more on melody and the personality of his voice.” Given that, “Zoo” still holds true to the band’s overall feel. “Zoo is absolutely a natural evolution from our previous recordings,” Anzaldo said. In addition to venturing into new musical territory, with this record comes a level of comfort.



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ing this will be the last version of the band.” The members, now spread out over three locations, find little time to meet in person apart from tour dates. When they do get together, they work on new material. “We’re working on songs one at a time right now,” Peterson said.


Hard-core punk band Ceremony will play the last show at the Redwood Art Space in WilkesBarre, which is seeking a new venue.

IF YOU GO What: Ceremony, with Waxahatchee, Tiger’s Jaw, United Youth When: Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. Monday Where: Redwood Art Space, 740 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre ••• What: Mullen, U2 Tribute Band When: 10 tonight Where: River Street Jazz Café, 667 N. River St., Plains Township Tickets: $5-$10


THIS WEEK: JUNE 8 TO 14, 2012

Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival, with Remington Ryde, Smokey Greene, the Spinney Brothers, Ralph Stanley, Bill and Maggie Anderson, Acoustic Blue, Eddie and Martha Adcock, the Country Gentlemen, Hillbilly Souls and many more. Mountain View Park, Mountain Road, Wind Gap. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. $30 Friday, $35 Saturday, $25 Sunday. 973-584-2324. Jesse and the Gang, Christian music. Ekklesia Christian Coffee House, River of Life Fellowship Church, 22 Outlet Road, Lehman Township. Tonight with dinner at 6, concert at 7 and open mic at 9. 717-503-7363. Teenage Battle of the Bands, the fifth annual event. Cara Park, South Fourth Street, Catawissa. 6:30 tonight. 356-2390. Bruce in the USA, a tribute to the music of Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band. J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Tonight with doors and cocktails at 7 and show at 8. $22. 454-5451. Soul Shine, the Christian-music duo. Fellowship Hall, 570 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. 7 to 9 tonight. Free. 301-7081. America, the folk-rock hit-makers celebrating their 40-year anniversary. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 tonight. $40, $35. 866-605-7325. Cabinet, the contemporary bluegrass band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 tonight. $15. 325-0249. David Bromberg, the versatile musician and guitar virtuoso in a concert of blues, country, jazz, folk and classical. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 tonight. $45, $35. 420-2808. The Chippendales, the Ultimate Girls Night Out. Mount Airy Casino Resort, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. Saturday with doors at 7 p.m. and performance at 8 p.m. $30, $20. 866-468-7619. Tribute to Benny Goodman, a pops concert by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic with clarinetist Bob DeAngelis. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, WilkesBarre. 8 p.m. Saturday. $44 to $60; $15 students. 341-1568. Southern Fury Tour, the southernrock conglomeration of Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot and Jimmie Van Zant. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday. $25 advance, $30 day of show. 866-605-7325.

Matt Ryan will channel Bruce Springsteen in his ‘Bruce in the USA’ tribute concert tonight at the J.J. Ferrara Center in downtown Hazleton. Craig Thatcher’s Salute to the Fillmore, a re-creation of the ’60s sound from the Fillmores East and West. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday. $20. 325-0249. Billtown Blues Festival, with Johnny Winter, the Bernard Allison Group, J.P. Soars and the Red Hots, Fiona Boyes Band, Matt Hill & the Deep Fryed Two, Roy G. Blues, the Uptown Music Collective Young Blood Blues Band, Steve Mitchell and more. Lycoming County Fairgrounds, 300 E. Lycoming St., Hughesville. Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. $20 advance, $25 at the gate. 584-4480. Summer Concerts in the Park, with the Bill Arnold Band. Bandstand, Nay Aug Park, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 2 p.m. Sunday. 3484186. Strawberry Jam, the local classic rock band in a concert on the outdoor patio at Red Robin Restaurant, 2020 Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace, Wilkes-Barre Township. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Free. 208-1776. Party on the Patio, with Soft Parade paying tribute to the music of The Doors. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. 888-946-4672. Keep Wine-ing, He Might Start to Look Like Prince Charming, a standup routine with comedian Jeannine M. Luby with guest Liz Russo. Bartolai Winery, Route 92, Exeter Township. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. $15 advance only. 650-7518. Kellie Pickler, the country singer and sixth-season “American Idol” contestant. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury See CONCERTS, Page 20

June 22, 23, 24, 2012 Celebrate the beauty, splendor, and cultural significance of a regional treasure, the Susquehanna River



The Wilkes-Barre Riverfront Parks Committee Presents RiverFest 2012

• Friday, June 22nd - Kick-off the Festival on Friday evening! Register for a short paddle from West Pittston to Wilkes-Barre or Join us at the Millennium Circle Portal, Wilkes-Barre River Common as we “Awaken the Dragon” in preparation for Dragon Boat training and racing throughout the weekend. Free Family Fishing, Children’s Mural, Live Music, and Dragon Boats on Display! RiverFest Concert on the Common - 5:00pm to 9:00pm Live Music

5:00pm 6:00pm 6:30pm

Three Imaginary Boys RiverFest Opening Ceremonies - Awakening of the Dragons Tribes 7:45pm George Wesley

• Saturday, June 23rd - Join the Festival at Nesbitt Park for an afternoon of Fun and Activities for All Ages! 12:00pm to 5:00pm Live Music performed by Don Shappelle and the Pickups Live Mammals Program (1:30pm) Live Birds of Prey Program (3:30pm) Guided Nature Hikes Environmental Exhibits

Children’s Nature Crafts Face Painting Magician Make a Fish Print T-Shirt Kids Tree Climb Children’s Field Games

Pony Rides Moon Bounce Kayaking Demos Dunk Tank Dragon Boat Team Training

Car Show and Concert on the River Common - Millennium Circle Portal,

Wilkes-Barre River Common 6:00pm to 9:00pm Explore the Classic & Antique Car show presented by NEPA Region Antique Automobile Club of America. Enjoy hits of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s performed live by Flash Back. Check out the Chevy Volt, a plug-in electric and gas car presented by Bonner Chevrolet.

• Sunday, June 24, 2012 - Dragon Boat Racing on the

Susquehanna 10:00am to 3:00pm Join us on the Wilkes-Barre River Common

to watch as Dragon Boat Teams Race on the Susquehanna River. WKRZ will be broadcasting live and calling the races on the Common. Root for your favorite team to win! Enjoy a day along the River.

Photo by M. Burnside

SUNDAY JUNE 24 Dragon Boat Racing 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM KRZ providing music and calling the races


• Friday, June 22, 4-7pm - West Pittston to Wilkes-Barre • Saturday, June 23, 8am-2pm - Harding to Wilkes-Barre • Sunday, June 24, 8am-2pm Wilkes-Barre to Hunlock Creek

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Mandatory safety training will be given to all participants before the launch by the Outfitters.

Photo by M. Burnside

For More Information and Directions to the Park: Penn State Cooperative Extension 570-825-1701 or 602-0600 Visit




Restaurant Review

In or out? Upscale or pub? You choose at Keeley’s Y

ou might want to make the acquaintance of the new girl on the West Side bar-and-grill scene. She’s in a familiar location at the end of Division Street at the foot of Pringle Hill but has a fresh look — as well as outdoor seating and, especially for sports fans, indoor booths with individual televisions. And the fare’s not only quite tasty but multifaceted, everything from pizza, wings and pierogies to meatloaf and lobster, with quite a bit in between. It’s safe to say Keeley’s Alehouse & Grille runs a nice gamut. Starters were in as plentiful supply as main plates and sandwiches — calamari with Thai chili sauce was just one traditional favorite with a twist — but we instead shared a teeming oval crock of macaroni and cheese for $8 as a kickoff. The classic comfort food comes three ways here: traditional or with bacon or chicken-andbroccoli add-ins for $2 more. Traditional proved not quite traditional, arriving with a top coat of cornflake cereal, over which we split our vote. My guest would have preferred the dish straight-up with a bubbly light-brown top, but I appreciated the twist, only wishing the flakes were crushed up a bit more and baked/toasted in to avoid the appearance of cereal sprinkled randomly over the pasta. Either way, the elbow noodles and cheese taken together were creamy and flavorful, not at all dry but not landing with a thud either. After that, the choices were all about genre. Sub, stromboli, pizza, pagach? Build-your-own pas-

IF YOU GO What: Keeley’s Alehouse & Grille Where: 199 Division St., Kingston Call: 570-287-1500 Credit cards? Yes Wheelchair accessible? Yes Other: Outdoor dining; Susquehanna Brewing Company lager on tap.


Keeley’s Ale House & Grill on Division Street in Kingston is now plating a tasty mix of pub favorites and traditional dinner fare.

ta? Or dinner complete with salad and vegetable? Or something in between? We covered a base apiece. My guest chose a meatball-sub basket from the sandwich section, and I chose a traditional dinner I’d seen advertised at sister restaurant The Overbrook in Dallas: bacon-wrapped homestyle meatloaf. The sub arrived in the basket sliced in two huge halves, each containing a substantial portion of obviously homemade meatballs alive with flavor. Interiors were a bit pink, but I didn’t object because the taste was beyond reproach and the meat was obviously cooked. Both sauce and cheese were plentiful, and the bread was springy and fresh.

The accompanying fries were mountainous, so my guest left most of those behind. Fry fans, however, may devour the huge, hot portion of crispy, not-thinbut-not-thick seasoned taters and want to know, too, that here the spuds also come in multiple varieties as apps or side dishes: cheese, bacon-cheese and the like. My traditional dinner — from the shortest portion of the menu — was served with a generous starter salad that I especially appreciated for its crisp non-iceberg greens. Dressing choices aren’t especially creative, but a slightly creamy, all-around punchy balsamic more than got the job done. Even though I had a baconwrapped guilty pleasure of a

meatloaf waiting for me, I wanted to finish the entire salad, which proves how much it had going on. Now, about that meatloaf: Two hearty slices of your basic brown meat, edge-wrapped in the bacon, of course, became not so basic thanks to some herb-y additions to the beef mixture. I’ll admit it was tough to detect exactly what was giving the meat its obvious kick, but it worked. I deliberately saved one slice for a nextday sandwich, which meatloaf fans know can be even better than a first-day meal. A side of mashed potatoes was fantastically thin and creamy-buttery, also dotted with flecks of something flavorful. Vegetable of the day was a fresh, summery mix of thinly sliced yellow squash and onions, which were perfect, easy-eating partners. We were sated, but curiosity won the day, and we decided the smallest orders of a couple of pub staples might be tried out at home later. Pizza here comes in traditional round, fried Sicilian and multiple specialty styles, and all tempted. Traditional was a definite hit — neither thin nor thick and served with plenty of pleasant air pockets in the pliant crust. Sicilian al-

so looked equally cheesy-bubbly and beckoning. Onions are not baked in but come as a $1.50 addon, which was our only disappointment. To our pleasant surprise, however, these were at least placed atop the pizza while in the oven, taking away some of the raw edge. Stromboli comes in almost as many varieties as pizza: meat, meatball, sausage, sausage-pepperoni, veggie, cheesesteak, you name it. Any which way, we imagine, you can’t go wrong. Honestly, we thought we’d ordered a small veggie variety but got a pepperoni-sausage yet couldn’t complain. It was too good, and abundantly stuffed, to take back. Similar kudos for a bite of pagach, filled only with the defining ingredients of cheesy mashed potatoes and a light dappling of onions. Yes, friends, Keeley’s is off to the races, and she’s looking like a contender. Crowd cues clued us in that the management might still be working out or trying out a few things, menu items included, so good advice is not to arrive with a mind set. Grand opening comes later this month, but from what we’ve seen already, we have a winner, in quality and price. An entire family — little ones welcome — can easily and happily dine for $50 or so. That’s something hard to take lightly. Here’s to the real Keeley (a new addition to the Hogan family of proprietors) and her already-impressive namesake. Times Leader food critics remain anonymous.




any pirates sing of a bottle of rum, but patrons at the River Grille in Plains Township are thinking of something much bigger: a bucket. The Rum Bucket is a popular mixture at the Grille. So popular that bartenders don’t just run out of buckets; many bottles are lost. “Over last weekend we lost eight bottles of the mango rum,” Grille owner Mark West said. “They make so many of them that they’re constantly picking up and putting down the bottles, and the bottoms

give out.” The Rum Bucket is mixed together in a small plastic pail and consists of Cruzan Guava Rum and Mango Rum. It’s then topped off with cranberry and pineapple juice. “It’s equivalent to three drinks,” West said. Bartenders make sure to put several straws in the drink, though West said many opt to order the drink for themselves, and who could blame them? At $9 the amount of alcohol in it is a bargain, plus the vessel it comes in has a bonus: recipes for even more bucket-size drinks.

••• RUM BUCKET Served at: River Grille, 670 N. River St., Plains Township Price: $9 Recipe: • 3 oz. Cruzan Guava Rum • 3 oz. Cruzan Mango Rum • 4 oz. cranberry juice • 8 oz. pineapple juice Fill bucket with ice and pour ingredients in. Stir to mix it all together. Garnish with fruit slices, several straws and a mini umbrella.


Will you drink it alone or with friends? The choice is yours when it comes to the Rum Bucket, served at River Grille in Plains Township.

Strawberry Festival is a blossoming tradition IF YOU GO


What: Strawberry Festival When: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Forty Fort United Methodist Church, 26 Yeager Ave., Forty Fort More info: $3 ticket includes ice cream with strawberries, a piece of homemade cake and a beverage. Wimpies and hot dogs will be sold. Take-out and sit-down dinners are available.

The ladies of the Forty Fort United Methodist Church stand in the kitchen in the basement of the building, thinking about how long the annual Strawberry Festival has been taking place. “As long as I can remember,” Theresa Thomas answered. “I can remember my mother doing it,” Lois Schwartz said, “so it’s had to be awhile.” Finally Jean Herbert settles it, causing the group to burst into laughter. “Since Methuselah,” she said, referring to the oldest person whose age is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. Though the Strawberry Festival hasn’t been going on quite that long, it has been taking place for more than 50 years. “It began when we had different Sunday-school classes here at the church,” Schwartz said. “The younger ladies who belonged to the Amicitia Class began it.” Amicitia means friendship, a bond strong among this group. It’s evident while merely standing among them.

“Back then the ladies would pick their own strawberries,” Thomas recalled. “We also used to have it inside and outside, but now we don’t because we can’t carry all the tables and chairs upstairs.” “Oh, speak for yourself,” Jeanne

Hostetler joked as she winked at Herbert. “We can carry them up there just fine.” Now the strawberries are storebought, but that doesn’t mean the food is any less delicious. A $3 ticket will get you ice cream with

strawberries on top, a beverage and a piece of homemade cake, baked by several different members of the parish. Wimpies and hot dogs, as well as a bake-sale table, will be available as well. The money raised will be split


Rounders. Lazybrook Park, Route 6, east of Tunkhannock. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 836-3835.

tribute) and Livewire (AC/DC tribute). Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. 420-2808.

Peaceful Valley Open House, the 14th annual event with pony rides, hayrides, food, entertainment, basket raffles, blacksmithing demonstrations, the 4H Blazing Spirits, craft vendors and more. Peaceful Valley Equestrian Center, 1983 Monkey Hollow Road, Centermoreland. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds benefit the Blue Chip Animal Refuge. 333-2276.

High Mountain Craft Beer Festival, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hazleton. Genetti Best Western Inn, 1341 N. Church St., Hazleton. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. $20 advance, $25 at the door, $10 designated drivers. Age 21 and older. 455-3100.

Denison House Tours, guided tours of the restored 1790 home of early settler Nathan Denison, 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 30. $4, $2 children. 288-5531.

THIS WEEK: JUNE 8 TO 14, 2012 Fire Company Bazaar, sponsored by the Wright Township Volunteer Fire Company at St. Jude Church Grove, 422 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. 5 p.m. to 11 tonight and Saturday; 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. 868-3765. Civil War Excursion, a train ride with Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by historian Jim Getty) and members of the Delaney-DeLacy Guard, from Scranton to the train stations of Carbondale and Jessup with period musical entertainment by the Confederation of Union Generals. Departs Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton at 10 a.m. Saturday, arriving at 11:40 a.m. in Carbondale for a speech “on the need to preserve the Union,” followed by a concert. Another speech follows in Jessup at 1:10 p.m. with return at 3:15 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $12 children. Reservations: 340-5204.


Ladies of the Forty Fort United Methodist Church show off the fruit of choice, as well as handmade strawberry aprons they wear each year. From left: Ruth Gavenus, Lois Schwartz, Linda Degillio, Jeanne Hostetler, Jean Herbert, Theresa Thomas and Ruth Davis.

Downtown Scranton Walking Tours, encompassing a three-block area highlighting the history and architecture of churches and civic buildings. Sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical Society. All but the first Saturdays of the month through Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. and first Fridays through Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. First Friday tours meet at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Call 344-3841 for the Saturday morning meeting places which vary from week to week. Pocono Raceway Festival, the fourth annual music and racing celebration along Main Street in downtown Stroudsburg. With amusement rides, NASCAR showcar displays, games for all ages, carnival and food booths, three stages of entertainment including the Glimmer Twins (Rolling Stones

Festa San Cataldo Family Picnic, with bocce ball, horseshoe pits, basketball, volleyball, badminton, cards and games, music by Millennium and an all-day buffet with wine and beer. Checkerboard Inn, 385 Carverton Road, Trucksville. 1 p.m. Saturday. $25. 655-1551. Car Lover’s Car Show, the 7th annual event with music by Joe Kruz (The Big Kahuna) and food by B.P. Catering. Awards for the Top 25 Best of Show. McDade Park, Scranton. Sunday with gates at 8 a.m. and awards presentation at 3 p.m. $10 per entry. Proceeds benefit Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. 457-7665. Forty Fort Meeting House Tours, guided walks through the historic 1807 church, the area’s oldest religious edifice, with box pews, elevated pulpit and hand-carved columns. 20 River St., in the Forty Fort Cemetery. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday and Memorial Day. Continues on subsequent Sundays through Sept. 23 as well as July 4. $2, $1 children. 287-5214.

Car Cruise, sponsored by the 109th Artillery Heritage Association with awards, raffles and food. All vehicles welcome. Applebee’s, 253 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 6 to 9 p.m. Monday. 824-7015.

between the church and a local charity of the Amicitia Class’s choice. Another long-standing tradition for the festival is the aprons worn by the food-servers. “Gladys Gibson, who has since passed away, was kind enough to make these for us,” Schwartz said, holding up a small, strawberry-patterned white apron with a pocket. The ladies cherish all the memories they have made over the years. “It’s a time of good food and good fellowship,” Thomas said, “and it’s not only for the church. Anyone in the community can come, and they have. We’re grateful for their support.” Firwood Festival, the annual family-oriented event with food, games, crafts, basket auction, a boutique and live entertainment by the Latino Multicultural Dancers, the David Blight School of Dance and DJ Hooligan Harry (Thursday); Stone Cats Duo (Friday); DJ Get Up and Dance (Saturday). Firwood United Methodist Church, 399 Old River Road, Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (June 16). 823-7721.

Summer Film Series: “The Iron Lady,” the Oscar winning film (Best Actress) about British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $6, $4 matinee; $3 students. 826-1100.

Summer Festival, with homemade foods, more than 30 game stands, nightly music, large Chinese auction, Lottery Alley, bingo, flea market and entertainment by the Kerry Dancers. St. Leo/Holy Rosary Church, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley. 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday; 6 to 11 p.m. June 15-16. 825-6669.

A Walk on the Wild Side, an exploration of the natural and wild side of Kirby Park including the park’s history, the riparian forest, wildlife, its connection to the Chesapeake Bay and improvements in water quality of the Susquehanna River. Led by Vincent Cotrone of the Penn State Cooperative Extension. Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 823-2191.

Rattlesnake Roundup, the annual fundraiser with a hunt and display of rattlesnakes along with a carnival of amusement rides, games, vendors, food, a firefighters’ parade on Saturday and fireworks on Sunday. Noxen Volunteer Fire Company, 101 Stull Road, Noxen. 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday (June 15); 1 p.m. to midnight June 16; 1 to 10 p.m. June 17. 298-2256.

United Way Walk, a 90-minute stroll to learn about the agencies that enrich the lives of residents and revitalize historic buildings in Hazleton. Meet at the Hazleton YMCA, 75 S. Church St., Hazleton. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 455-2046

Socrates Cafe, a philosophical discussion on a topic chosen that evening. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Free. 821-1959. See EVENTS, Page 8


Classic Cars & Critters Festival, a car show, live animal programs including “Creatures of the Night” and “Mammals of NEPA,” ZooMobile, silent auctions, arts and crafts, food booths, a bird walk, talks on lyme disearse and butterfly gardens, a tree walk and live music by Inside Out and the Coal Town



along with artisans and food. Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940, Eckley. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16-17. $6, $5.50 seniors, $4 children. 636-2070.

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Railroads in Pennsylvania, a presentation by photographer Ed Kaspriske. Sponsored by the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society at the Iron Skillet Restaurant, Avoca. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 822-0693.

Summer Garden Party, the fifth annual event with a variety of garden-related activities, garden tips, talks and tours, sampling of food made from herbs and vegetables, children’s activities, a watercolor workshop, Civil War encampment and two seatings for a Garden Tea party with an etiquette talk. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16. $10, $5 children. 992-6161 or

FUTURE Car Cruise, with the Villa Capri Cruisers Car Club. All vehicles welcome. The Mall at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 6 to 9 p.m. on June 15, July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21. 344-2014. Stock Dog Trials, the 31st annual Pennsylvania State Championship for border collies with more than 200 dogs competing in driving and gathering sheep during the fourday event. With food stands and a Sunday Mass and eye clinic for dogs. Spectators welcome. Sheepy Hollow Farm, 1594 Sheepy Hollow Road, off Greenwood Street, Hop Bottom. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16 to 19. 289-4733.

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History Channel; entertainment by the Emerald Isle Step Dancers and St. John’s United Church of Christ Choir. Also: re-creations of a cobbler shop, seamstress shop, company store and blacksmithing shop

Relay for Life, the annual 24-hour cancer fundraiser with vendors and activities. Included: the Hero Olympic, giant moon-bounce challenges, a Hope Wall, fun laps including a poker lap, basket raffle, free massages, musical performances and a candlelight Luminaria. King’s College Betzler Fields, Highland Park Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre Township. From 10 a.m. June 16 to 10 a.m. June 17. 562-9749 or World-Wide Knit in Public Day. Join knitters around the world for a global event. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. 10:30 a.m. to noon June 16.

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Poker Run. Compete for the best cards while on a motorcycle ride from Wapwallopen to Mountain Top. With refreshments, basket raffle, instant bingo and entertainment by DJ Bernie Maslowski (noon to 5 p.m.) and Whiskey ’n Woods (6 to 10 p.m.). Dorrance Township Volunteer Fire Department, 402 St. John’s Road, Wap-

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Great Tastes of Pennsylvania, the 22nd annual wine-and-food festival with three stages of musical entertainment, wineries from throughout the state, tastings and seminars, food vendors and a souvenir wine glass. Split Rock Resort, 1 Lake Drive, Lake Harmony. Noon to 6 p.m. June 16 and 17. Age 21 and older. 800-255-7625.


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Hansel is crying in a kettle, probably because a witch wants to cook him for dinner. That sounds familiar. But some little pigs know how to use dynamite, and a woodsman is running around with a fly swatter, so which charming bit of folklore do we have here? If you visit the Back Mountain Memorial Library tonight or Saturday to see the Take the Stage Players present “A Walk in the Woods,” you’ll find it’s a blend of fairy-tale fare. “Jill from ‘Jack & Jill’ fame is actually the butcher’s daughter from ‘The Butcher, the Baker & the Candlestick Maker,’ ” director Chris Metz explained. “Because Jack made Jill tumble down the hill, the butcher is chasing after Jack, who is also the person charged with having his thumb in a pie. He gets thrown out of the village.” “He runs into Goldilocks, who is being chased by bears. He wants to try to help Hansel and Gretel get her back to her father. Red Riding Hood, who is scared of being in the woods, comes up with a solution that Goldilocks will wear the red cape and take food to Grandma.”

Stage THIS WEEK: JUNE 8 TO 14, 2012 Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s “tale of woe” set in Northeastern Pennsylvania with rivalries between Irish and Italian immigrants. Presented by Ghostlight Productions at South Abington Park, Clarks Summit. 6:30 tonight and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. 575-5185.


At the Forks, a local-history play with re-enactments of incidents in Forksville and Millview from 1790 to the present. Performed by the Roving Historical Theater at the Forksville Fairgrounds, Route 154, Forksville. 7 tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $8. 928-8927 or The Sensuous Senator, comedy about a senator running for President on a morality platform who finds himself in some compromising situations. The Factory, School and Apple streets, Nuremberg. Through June 17: 7:30 p.m. Fridays See STAGE, Page 11


Young actors getting ready to present ‘A Walk in the Woods’ for Take the Stage Productions at the Back Mountain Library are, back row: Kayleigh Zablocky as the Big, Bad Wolf; Mike Sebolka as the Woodsman; Emily Conway as Baby Bear; and Jessica Salus as the Evil Witch. Second row: Lazy pigs played by Julia Macey and Olivia Anderson; Brianna Phillips as Mama Bear and Rebecca Balara as Red Riding Hood. Front row: Amanda Feher as Goldilocks; Madison Chulick as Jill; Alex Metz as Hansel (in the witch’s cauldron); and Olivia Zablocky as Jack Horner.

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FUTURE Nunsense 2: The Second Coming, a comedy with the Little Sisters of Hoboken. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. June 15 to 24: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. Reservations: 868-3582.

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Capt. Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand) in hot pursuit, they “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most What: “Madagascar 3: Europe’s hide in a traveling circus, meeting Most Wanted” ★★★ 1/2 new characters including Vitaly Wanted” is one of the fanciest, most carefully assembled car- Starring: Voices of Ben Stiller, (Bryan Cranston), a growling, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett heavy-souled Siberian tiger. toons ever put on the screen. The Smith, Frances McDormand, As the circus tours Rome and jokes come so fast they’re nearly Jessica Chastain London, the film has plenty of subliminal. Plot points whiz by, Directed by: Eric Darnell broad fun with European stereoand when things threaten to blur, Running time: 85 minutes types. There are a couple of funny there’s a crazy musical number or Rated: PG for mild action and rude humor cross-species love affairs. Baron a tightly worked out physicalCohen’slemurflipsforthecircus’s comedy routine involving a hippo unicycle star, a plump, tutu-clad or a penguin. Then it’s back on the bullet train. Your brain goes breathless and giddy grizzly bear. The script, by indie filmmaker Noah Baumbach, adds a creative, off-kilter vibe that sets struggling to keep up. Like “Madagascar 2,” this one begins right the cartoon apart from “Madagascar’s” animated where the previous story left off. Alex the lion peers. It’s not every writer who would see the com(voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris ic potential of putting those mismatched lovers in Rock), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and ravishingly romantic Roman vistas with Andrea the rest of the refugees from the Central Park Zoo Bocelli warbling love songs. It kills. Gia (Jessica Chastain), a flirtatious leopard with are still stranded in Africa and yearning to get back where they belong. The rickety monkey-built eyes for Alex, is a wonderful new addition, a very plane from the last installment achieves liftoff, but sensuous, nubile feline. A circus contract that could bring the animals the avaricious penguins and vainglorious King Julien the lemur (Sacha Baron Cohen) are, as usual, back to America sets up the finale, a whirligig spectacleofacrobaticteamworktothetuneofKatyPerinfuriating double-crossers. With faultless cartoon logic, the menagerie scu- ry’s “Firework” that ends the movie on a delirious ba-dives to Monaco, where they make a shambles high note. This one is almost too good to leave to of the famed casino. With animal-control officer the children. By COLIN COVERT Star Tribune (Minneapolis)


It’s a big week for DVD releases, especially if you like action films and USA Network series. Here’s what’s coming out: ••• “FALLING SKIES: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON,” GRADE B: The cable series, based on an idea by writer Robert Rodat and producer Steven Spielberg, is about the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world in ruins. Pockets of survivors band together to wage guerrilla warfare against the invaders. “SAFE HOUSE,” GRADE B: Denzel Washington plays a dangerous CIA renegade. Generally, action movies are either lightweight, puffed-up, macho-man vehicles or so cerebrally deep it’s almost impossible to follow the action. Despite having only a few directing jobs to his credit, Daniel Espinosa found a nice blend of chest-pounding bravado and smart storytelling. “ACT OF VALOR,” GRADE C-MINUS: A rescue mission uncovers a terrorist plot. There’s not an ounce of emotion when the real-life SEALs deliver their dialogue, which drains all life out of what should be very powerful scenes. “JOHN CARTER,” GRADE C: An Earthling ends up in the middle of a war on Mars. The script mixes pieces of several Edgar Rice Burroughs books in such an awkward way that the movie neither spotlights the planet’s battle nor the Earthling’s adventures. “JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND,” GRADE D-MINUS: Despite borrowing from multiple Jules Verne novels — and even a few other classic adventure books — this has less plot than a Super Bowl commercial. ALSO COMING TO DVD THIS WEEK: “PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON”: The mystery behind the lies begins to unfold. Troian Bellisario stars. “BREAKING BAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON”: Bryan Cranston’s tourde-force series continues. “NECESSARY ROUGHNESS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON”: Callie Thorne is a therapist with an unusual practice. “AMERICAN PICKERS: VOLUME 3”: Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz cross the country looking for treasures. “CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON”: Offbeat comedy from Larry David. “HATFIELDS & MCCOYS: BAD BLOOD”: Jeff Fahey stars in this story of the ultimate family feud.

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Movie Amy Allentown native Amanda Seyfried might have robbed banks, fired a gun and outpaced the bad guys in the 2011 sci-fi thriller “In Time,” but the top-billed Justin Timberlake got to do most of the cool stuff. In the new-to-DVD “Gone” (2012, Summit, PG-13, $30), it’s Seyfried who is called upon to save the day. The stakes are high in the kidnap-thriller as the actress scrambles to beat the clock and solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance. “Gone,” set during a very tense 24-hour period, centers on Jill (Seyfried), a young woman from Portland who is starting to rebuild her life after escaping from

the clutches of a serial killer. She gets a job as a waitress and invites her sister Molly (Emily Wickersham) to come live with her. Then, one night, Jill returns home after a long shift to find Molly missing. Jill imagines the same nut job who snatched her has returned for revenge. When the police do not believe her, Jill sets out on her own to save her sister. There’s no subtlety to the picture; director Heitor Dhalia slams through scenes, doing little to shape the performances or fi-

nesse the action. But despite the fact she’s forced to play one emotion – fear – throughout the whole movie, Seyfried works hard to pull you in. And she mostly succeeds. “Gone” is pure B-movie pulp, but it’s just good enough to get the blood pumping. ••• The Blu-ray debut of the comingof-age classic “Dirty Dancing: 25th Anniversary 2-Film Collection” (1987-2004, Lionsgate, PG-13, $20) is an occasion to mourn the loss of three figures who were central to the movie’s success. Director Emile Ardolino died at 50 in 1993. Patrick Swayze died at 57 in 2007. And former NEPA resident Jerry Orbach died at 69 in 2004.

As you probably know by now, “Dirty Dancing” stars Jennifer Grey as a vacationing 17-year-old named Baby who has the time of her life one summer with a sexy hotel dance instructor (Swayze). Just as important to the film, though, are the subplots that touch upon some tough subjects, such as unwanted pregnancy, class prejudice and Baby’s complicated relationship with her physician father (Orbach). Orbach, who was born in the Bronx and lived for part of his childhood in Scranton, WilkesBarre and Nanticoke before finding success on Broadway and as a regular on “Law & Order,” brings a world-weary gravitas to the role. His character might initially disapprove of his daughter’s relationship with Swayze,

but there’s no doubt Orbach’s character is a good man doing his best to understand the changing times. The sweet heartbreak of Baby’s summer romance, the charm of the second bananas (Orbach, Jack Weston, Kelly Bishop) and the energetic mambo sequences conspire to make “Dirty Dancing” an enduring delight. Also included in this Blu-ray package: the minor but enjoyable follow-up “Havana Nights,” starring Diego Luna and Romola Garai, as well as a full selection of featurettes, including tributes to Ardolino, Swayze and Orbach. Amy Longsdorf writes about DVD and Blu-Ray releases with local or regional connections.

‘Prometheus’ can’t top Scott’s original ‘Alien’



By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” plays like the “Alien” franchise’s greatest hits. Scott, revisiting the 1979 sci-fi classic that made him famous, samples “Alien,” James Cameron’s “Aliens” and the later films in the series for this state-ofthe-art prequel, using plot points, situations, versions of characters and themes from those films to back-engineer his way into the day humans first ran into the ultimate alien killing machine. It’s a good-looking film with a first-rate cast. But “Prometheus” is to “Alien” what “2010” was to “2001: A Space Odyssey.” It’s the difference between a masterpiece and a merely watchable revision. Late in this century, two scientists, played by Noomi Rapace (the original “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) and Logan Marshall-Green, find that one last ancient cave paintingthatconfirmstheirtheory. Giantsfromthestarsmusthavevisited Earth. Maybe they even populated it. They call these aliens “The Engineers.” Afewyearslater,wepickuptheir quest on the spaceship Prometheus. They’re going to the place in the stars that the cave paintings describe. They’re going to meet their makers, they think. The painting is “not a map,” Dr. Shaw (Rapace) tells her paramour, Dr. Holloway (Marshall-Green). “It’s an invitation.” We know better. Onboardisarobotdesignedtofit inwiththehumans.Davidisplayed by Michael Fassbender with a lovely mechanical jerk to his every movement. He is emotionless, curious and always on task. Alas, he

Still Showing THE AVENGERS – After a series of summer blockbusters that individually introduced Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America, all these characters come together alongside several other friends and foes. PG-13 for intense sci-fi violence, action and a mild drug reference. 143 mins. ★★★ 1/2

REVIEW What: “Prometheus” ★★ 1/2 Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Logan MarshallGreen, Sean Harris, Benedict Wong Directed by: Ridley Scott Running time: 125 minutes Rated: R for sci-fi violence including some intense images and brief language

has a machine’s morality. He is all about the mission. A future trillionaire has sent a team of 17 to this distant star system. The scientists, Shaw and Holloway, are here, with a geologist,

merely has its moments but more often feels heavy-handed, sappy and overlong. Sure, it’ll seem warm and crowd-pleasing but probably only to crowds of a certain age, who may relate to these characters who find themselves in flux in their twilight. PG-13 for sexual content and language. 122 mins. ★★ CHERNOBYL DIARIES – Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who, ignoring warnings, takes them to the abandoned city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone. R for violence, some bloody images and pervasive

biologist, a working crew and a folksy, Southern-accented captain, played by Idris Elba. The boss, the lady calling the shots, is Meredith Vickers, played by a steely Charlize Theron in a Doctor Evil/Bond villain suit. They find the planet, touch down next to a pyramid (shades of “Alien vs. Predator”) and start poking around. The first sign that this isn’t the young Mr. Scott’s “Alien” is in the demeanorofthecrew.Thisisaseriously unprofessional bunch. Everybody breaks protocol. Everybody See PROMETHEUS, Page 17

Charlize Theron and Idris Elba are shot-callers in ‘Prometheus.’

language. 90 mins. ★ 1/2

old for this — the shtick itself has gotten old, and it has not aged well. Fifteen years since the zippy original and a decade since the sub-par sequel, we now have a third “Men in Black” movie that no one seems to have been clamoring for except maybe Barry Sonnenfeld, the director of all three. PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and brief suggestive content. 105 mins. ★ 1/2

CROOKED ARROWS – An American Indian high-school lacrosse team battles opponents from prep schools in their push to win a state tournament. 100 mins. PG for suggestive references. ★★★ DARK SHADOWS — Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are snuggled in their comfort zone in this horror-comedy, their weakest collaboration by far. You need not know a thing about the “Dark Shadows” TV series that inspired this. PG-13 for comic horror violence, sexuality, drug use, language and smoking. 116 mins. ★ 1/2 MEN IN BLACK 3 – We’re all too

SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN — Director Rupert Sanders’ revisionist take on the classic Brothers Grimm fable upends expectations of traditional gender roles while simultaneously embracing what a fairy tale should be. It’s dark and danger-

ous, vicious and violent. And yet the performances — notably from Kristen Stewart as the title character — don’t always live up to the visionary promise. PG-13 for intense violence and action and brief sensuality. 125 mins. ★★★ WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING — A likable, good-looking cast of popular actors can only do so much with material that’s superficial and sitcommy. This is “inspired by” the advice book of the same name, one every single pregnant woman on the planet surely has read since its initial publication in 1985. PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic elements and language. 110 mins. ★★


THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL – In theory, seeing Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy share the screen should be a delight. In reality, this seriocomic romp








Rosalind Russell, Jack Carson co-star Q. Several months ago, I saw a movie on TCM called “Roughly Speaking” with Rosalind Russell and Jack Carson. I caught the last half. Are they going to feature it again, and if so when? A. I have not seen a telecast scheduled on TCM. But the movie is available on DVD through the TCM online shop (see and the online Warner Archive ( Q. I thought I heard at the end of a “Harry’s Law” that it was the show’s final few episodes. Has the show been canceled? Also, at the end of the last “Fringe” they said it was the season finale but I thought this was the last season. What’s really going on with these two shows? A. This time of year, ads for TV shows will sometimes amp up viewer interest with bold declarations of a few remaining episodes and a more soft-spoken acknowledgment that those are the last episodes of a season, not a series. But, unfortunately for its many fans, “Harry’s Law” has indeed been dropped by NBC. The show was somewhat popular, especially by struggling NBC’s standards, but it did not do well with viewers under 50 years old, the audience most networks use to woo advertisers. As for “Fringe,” it will return on Fox in the fall, for a 13-episode final season that can wrap up at least some of its complicated story lines. Do you have a question or comment for the mailbag? Write to me at or by regular mail to the Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44309.



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says “I don’t know” knows. The one who says “I don’t care” might care more deeply than anyone else. Pay close attention to the feelings behind the words. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ll provide what a person needs most: an understanding heart and maybe a hand to hold, too. This you’ll do without cause or motive other than to release the compassion inside you. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). An interesting dynamic occurs to teach this lesson: It



ON THE WEB For more Sudoku go to doesn’t matter how fantastic you are at your job. What matters is whether other people know and believe that you are fantastic at your job. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Everyone has an act, but you’ve grown tired of yours and would much rather show up as just you, no frills, contrivances or cover-ups. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Freedom means something different to every person. You’ll exercise your freedom by reveling in unscheduled time, following the whim of the moment. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Take charge of a situation and make a proposal. Whether it is rejected or accepted, you’ll have changed the dynamic of a relationship by presenting interesting options.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There is nothing

wrong with wanting more recognition and responsibility. A title will give you the validation and respect from the outside world that you seek. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Opportunities that come your way are a bit more complicated than you’d like. You may feel too constrained by your circumstances to agree to the terms presented. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Even if a person has been a part of your life for many years, you can always discover some fresh brilliance in that person. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll make a super leader. Your talent for transforming resistance into acceptance will be highlighted.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll have

to show people what you mean, provide an example they can duplicate and basically demonstrate by doing the work yourself. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). If you’re wondering why someone keeps coming back to you for help, it’s because you keep providing it. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (June 8). This year you’ll expand your reach. Publicizing your work, cause or beliefs will bring success in July, when you’ll show your fantastic face to the world. People confide in you in August. You’ll lead a team to victory in September. Libra and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 36, 9, 30 and 21.

Man’s motorcycle madness is driving wife over the edge Dear Abby: My husband, “Chris,” wanted a motorcycle for seven years. Last year I finally gave in, with the stipulation that he take a safety course and buy a good helmet and riding gear. Two months later, Chris was in a crash and suffered several broken bones and a concussion. The hospital bill was more than $60,000. His accident was a reality check for me. Ever since,

DEAR ABBY ADVICE I have been petrified of losing him. Every time Chris rides I worry, pray and often cry until he returns or calls to say he’s OK. I have begged him to get rid of the bike. The stress is taking a toll on me physically and emotionally and creating tension between us. I’m afraid it would be selfish to insist he get rid of something he loves;

on the other hand, I feel Chris is selfish for not taking my feelings into consideration. I’m torn between wanting him safe and wanting him to be happy. What should I do? — Stressed Out in Philly Dear Stressed Out: If his close call wasn’t enough to convince your husband to rethink his motorcycle riding, and your begging and obvious distress haven’t dissuaded him, accept that short of hog-tying Chris, you can’t stop him from riding.


You can, however, protect yourself from some of the fallout that might result from another accident. Tell Chris that if his heart is set on riding, you want him to buy a life insurance policy and sign an organ donor card, because healthy young men on motorcycles are the most desired organ donors — a fact shared with me by a former executive director of an organ donation registry. That way you will be provided for in case of a tragedy — and it will ensure that part of him lives on



when he is removed from life support. It’s also important that you find ways to lessen your stress. So start making time for activities you can enjoy while you’re on your own. It’ll give you less time to worry and something else on which to concentrate. To receive a collection of Abby’s most memorable — and most frequently requested — poems and essays, send a business-sized, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $3.95 ($4.50 in Canada) to: Dear Abby’s “Keepers,” P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Postage is included.)




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THIS WEEK: JUNE 8 TO 14, 2012 Character and Princess Breakfast, with Snow White, Belle, Jack Sparrow, Spider Man and more. Photo ops available. Chalet Restaurant, 43 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. $13. Benefits the Mountain Top Odyssey of the Mind Team’s trip to Iowa for the World Competition. Reservations: 764-0258. Early Explorers, museum-based learning in literature, arts and natural sciences for ages 3 to 5. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Mondays through Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. Free. 346-7186. Build a Bird Feeder, a parent-andchild program for age 4 and older. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309. 10 a.m. Tuesday. $11 includes all materials. 675-9900. Father’s Day Story Time, stories about dads along with a tie-making project. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 1 p.m. Tuesday; 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 829-4210. Grand Opening of the Coal Mine Exhibit, with music by Van Wagner, refreshments and a look at the new exhibit with lighting, audio, video, optical illusions and hands-on activities. Children’s Museum, 2 W.

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Father/Son Weekend, with campfires, an ice cream social, fishing, canoeing, arts and crafts, archery, hiking, rock climbing, high ropes and zipline. YMCA Camp Kresge, 382 Camp Kresge Lane, White Haven. June 15-17. Check in at 5 p.m. Friday and check out at 11 a.m. Sunday. $185 per parent/child includes cabin accommodations and all meals. 823-2191 or

Book Signing, with former governor Ed Rendell, author of “A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great.” Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. June 15. 829-4210.


The Very Fairy Princess Story Time, a reading of “The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl!” Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 11 a.m. June 16. 829-4210.

BEST BET Saturday’s the day for youngsters to discover some cool facts about nature as Frances Slocum State Park in Kingston Township hosts ‘Critters in the Creek’ and ‘Trees for Tots.’ Splash around the creek to search for crayfish and other small water inhabitants at 2 p.m., then head to the Campground Amphitheater at 4:30 p.m. for stories, crafts and hands-on activities all about trees. More details at 696-9105.

Early Readers Story Hour, with reading aloud, songs and crafts. Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 9:45 a.m. Mondays from June 18 to Aug. 6. Registration: 675-1182.










All About Eggs, a program for ages 4 and 5 on birds, butterflies and turtles using various games and activities. Visitors Center, Ricketts Glen State Park, 695 Route 487, Benton. 10 a.m. to noon June 18 and 19. 477-7780.


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Story Hour, with songs and finger plays for ages 3 to 5. Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays from June 19 to Aug. 7. Registration: 675-1182.

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Book Signing, with Gene Gomolka, author of “Coal Cracker’s Son,” a historical novel set in Nanticoke during the Depression. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. Noon June 16. 829-4210.



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hout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. June 21.

Buys THIS WEEK: JUNE 8 TO 14, 2012 Rummage Sale and Flea Market, with a lunch menu. St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, North Main Street and Hollenback Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Monday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday (Bag Day). 762-8265. Flea Market with a chicken barbecue. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. $9 per dinner. 474-6616.

FUTURE Market on the Pond, the annual

Book Discussion, of “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Noon June 23. 693-1364.

fundraiser for The Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 4 E. Center Hill Road, Dallas. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16. Donations for booths are welcome including books, handcrafted items, new kitchen items, perennial plants and odds and ends. 675-8600.

Book Discussion, of “50 Shades of Grey” by E.L. James. Light refreshments. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. June 26. Registration: 821-1959. The Gathering, the annual four-

day literature conference with lectures, panels, film, dance, music and hands-on workshops. Speakers include nonfiction writers Donna Freitas and Susan Jacoby, novelist M.T. Anderson, poet Sharon Olds, African storyteller Adwoa Badoe

and Msgr. Joseph Quinn speaking on “Peace for the Restless Heart.” Keystone College, La Plume. 2 to 8:30 p.m. July 19; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 20-21; 7 a.m. to noon July 22. 945-8316 or

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member of the nightjar family. Flashlights recommended. Age 9 and older. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 8 p.m. Saturday. Registration: 4032006.

THIS WEEK: JUNE 8 TO 14, 2012 Gamelands 141 Hike, 2.5 easy miles with naturalist Megan Taylor. Meet at the gamelands parking lot in Carbon County. 9 a.m. today. Call 403-2006 for detailed directions. Nature Walk, with the Lackawanna Audubon Society through Ricketts Glen State Park and the Splash Dam Area. Meet at the Park Office, Route 487, Benton. 9 a.m. Saturday. 759-1322. Fight for Air Walk, a fundraiser for the American Lung Association with both dry or water-sprinkler routes. Followed by an ice-cream social. King’s College’s Betzler Field, Highland Park Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. Saturday. 823-2212. Breathe Deep Walk, a 5K walk and fun run to benefit the LUNGevity Foundation, which supports lungcancer research. Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. Saturday with registration at 9 a.m. and event at 10:30 a.m. $25, $15 students. Information at Get Outdoors Day Hike, a guided one-mile walk along the Lupine Trail. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Registration: 4032006. Common Trees of Pennsylvania.

EXHIBITS THIS WEEK: JUNE 8 TO 14, 2012 High Definition Art, paintings, jewelry and fiber art by the artists of Studio AtA (Abilities thru Art). Opens tonight with a reception 5:30 to 8:30. Through June 29 at Mainstreet Galleries, 370 Pierce St., Kingston. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 287-5589.

ONGOING EXHIBITS Passion, photographs by Teri Moore. Through Aug. 3 with an artist’s discussion 6 to 8 p.m. June 15. Widmann Gallery, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 2085900. Graduate Exhibition, works by graduate students in art education, photography, painting and ceramics. Through June 15 at the Mahady Gallery, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 348-6278.

BEST BET For the hearty hikers among us, the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club will offer a challenging nine-miler to Glen Onoko Falls in Lehigh Gorge State Park on Sunday morning. Cool water gushes from the top of Broad Mountain into a series of waterfalls guaranteed to be worth the effort. Meet at the Sears Automotive parking lot at the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township at 9:45 a.m. Don’t forget to pack a lunch and plenty of water. Details at 283-1312.

River Float, a 10-mile paddle from the Bloomsburg Dockside Launch to Riverside. 10 a.m. Sunday. $20 benefits the Children’s Miracle Network. Kayaks available for rental at $25. 271-6188. Walk Two Miles in My Shoes for RSD, a benefit walk for reflex sympathetic dystrophy. McDade Park, off Keyser Avenue, Scranton. Sunday with registration at noon and walk at 1 p.m. 876-4034. Tannersville Bog Walk, 2.5-hour guided walks through the northern boreal bog. Meet at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 1 p.m. Sunday. $5. Reservations: 629-3061.

Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday. 6969105.

Gardening at the Gazebo, a session on shrub planting and pruning. The Gazebo at the Wyoming County Courthouse, Tunkhannock. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Registration: 836-3196.

Whip-poor-wills, indoor and outdoor sessions on this nocturnal

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Shane McGeehan and Laurie Otto; and carved stone bowls by Mark Zander. Through June 16 at New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. 878-3970.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 674-6250.

Titanic: Explore the Legend and 100 Years of History, period photographs and documents from archival collections from around the world celebrating the anniversary of the sinking of the luxury ocean liner. Curated by students from Marywood University’s Public History Program. Through June 24 at the Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 346-7186. Annual Student Exhibit, graphics, photography, paintings and portfolios. Through June 28 at the Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 7400727. The Impact and History of Nursing Education in Luzerne County 1887-2012, a multimedia exhibit of displays, memorabilia, artifacts and narratives. Through June 29 at the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays;

Keystone Active Zone Passport, a free program that encourages people to get outside and active at more than 30 local parks, trails and events in Luzerne County. Earn awards and prizes by exploring the county and logging your discoveries through Sept. 30. Join anytime by registering at or call 823-2191.

FUTURE BioBlitz, a 24-hour biological survey of the 48-acre Josie Porter Farm Open Space Property in Stroud Township. Be a citizen scientist and count the species of plants and animals on the preserve. Sponsored by the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Begins at 3 p.m. on June 15 and ends 3 p.m. on June 16. Register at 629-3061. Heritage Explorer Bike Tour and Festival, the third annual noncompetitive event to raise funds for the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. Choose an out-and-back route of 5, 11, 22 or 44 miles from Mellow Park in Peckville. June 16 with the 44-mile ride departing at 8 a.m. and the others leaving at half-hour intervals. Followed by a free community festival with live music, food, vendors, raffle baskets and exhibits. 963-6730, ext. 8200 or

Meeting of the Art Waters, an exhibit of photographs by a group of New York City artists. Through June 30 at the T.W. Shoemaker Art Gallery, 312 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Hours by appointment. Website:

Watercolor and More, new works in watercolor, graphite, acrylic and photography by John Clark. Through July 6 at Something Special, 23 W. Walnut St., Kingston. 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. 288-8386. In the Details, photography and works in graphite, charcoal and pastels Erika Baez, Allison Maslow and Omar Rodriguez Jr. Through July 7 at Marquis Art & Frame, 122 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. 823-0518.

Morning Bird Walk. Meet at the wooden bridge by the park office, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 8 to 10 a.m. June 16. Registration: 403-2006. Kayak the Susquehanna, a threehour river trip from Harding to West Pittston to learn about stream ecology and wildlife with biologist Garrett Barr of King’s College. Meet at the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. 8:30 a.m. on June 16 to carpool to Harding and be on the river by 10 a.m. $45 single kayak; $65 tandem; $15 without rental. Registration (by June 11): 654-9847. Birding at Frances Slocum State Park, a leisurely walk to seek out songbirds. Meet in the parking lot of the Environmental Education Center and boat rental, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. June 16. Free. 675-9900. Nature Walk, with the Lackawanna Audubon Society on a private property in Susquehanna County. Meet at Bingham’s Family Restaurant, 6092 Route 92, Kingsley. 9 a.m. June 16. 254-9895. See OUTDOORS, Page 20


Pennsylvania En Plein Air Society. Through June at the Glenburn Township Building, 54 Waterford Road, Dalton. 954-1489.

The Musicians, photographs by Rolfe Ross taken during the past 30 years. Through June 30 at CameraWork Gallery, 515 Center St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 344-3313 or 510-5028.

PurpleStride, a 5K run and onemile walk to raise funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network with children’s activities, music and refreshments. Kirby Park, WilkesBarre. June 16 with registration at 8 a.m. and event at 10 a.m. Register at

Bluesman Toby Walker will perform at ‘The Faces and Voices of the Blues’ event tomorrow at Tripp House in Scranton. The event includes an accompanying exhibit by Jim Gavenus. Planted on Paper, botanical illustrations by Dallas artist Sue Hand. Through July 30 at the Wyoming County Courthouse Art Gallery, 1 Courthouse Square, Tunkhannock. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 675-5094. The Many Expressions of Folk Art, old and new folk-art treasures from the collection of Patrick

The historic Tripp House in Scranton has the blues – in the form of music and a photo exhibit, that is. Photographer Jim Gavenus and bluesman Toby Walker team up for ‘The Faces and Voices of the Blues,’ an all-weekend event that combines iconic photos of blues musicians (on exhibit tonight through Sunday) and a Saturday-evening concert by the finger-style guitarist, singer-songwriter and storyteller at 8 p.m. Earlier on Saturday, Walker will lead a Blues Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m., geared toward aspiring guitarists of any skill level. Exhibit hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 or $10 for seniors and students. Or you can opt for the VIP pass with a cocktail reception and meet and greet for $35. Details and reservations at 888800-7626. Robinson. Through Aug. 31 at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Open during movie screenings. 996-1500. BEEyond, the world of bees as photographed by Rose-Lynn Fisher along with “Directing Sunbeams: See EXHIBITS, Page 20


Sight Specific, acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings by Austin Burke; surreal photography by

Glen Onoko Falls Hike, nine difficult miles with the Susquehanna Trailers. Meet at the Sears Automotive parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. Bring lunch and water. 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Free. 283-1312.

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The Wonderful Story of Planters Peanuts, photographs, documents and memorabilia about the landmark Wilkes-Barre business created in 1906 by immigrants Amedeo Obici and Mario Peruzzi. Through Oct. 27 at the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 822-1727. Stories of the Wilkes-Barre Passengers on the Titanic, an exhibit based on the book by Dr. William V. Lewis with photographs, memorabilia, a wooden model of the Titanic and more. Through Oct. 27 at the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 822-1727. Penn Foster: Alma Mater to the Millions, an exhibit tracing the growth of the International Correspondence Schools (now Penn Foster) from the training of mining inspectors and foremen to its growth filling the educational needs of more than 200,000 international students. Through November at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, 22 Bald Mountain Road, McDade Park, Scranton. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 963-4804.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Hazleton Art League Bus Trip to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Leaves at 7 a.m. July 15 from the Genetti Hotel, Route 309, Hazleton, and returns at approximately 8 p.m. $85, $70 members includes a wine taster’s guide and glass. Reservations: 650-6429.

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Turtle Walk and Talk, about local species of turtles and their history. Meet in the gravel parking lot at the bottom of Campground Road. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 2 to 3 p.m. June 16. 696-9105.


Natural Symbols of Pennsylvania. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 7 to 8 p.m. June 16. 696-9105. Breakneck Ridge Hike, eight difficult miles with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315 and Oak Street, Dupont. Bring lunch and water. 7:45 a.m. June 17. Free. 825-7200.

Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Thursday. $37, $32. 866-605-7325.

FUTURE CONCERTS 7 Bridges, the Eagles tribute band. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. June 15. $17 advance, $22 day of show. 866-605-7325. Paul Thorn Band, the bluesy roots ensemble. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 p.m. June 15. 325-0249.

Comedians Jeannine Luby and Liz Russo will present standup routines including ‘Keep Wineing, He May Start to Look Like Prince Charming’ on Thursday at Bartolai Wintery in Exeter Township. 7th annual street festival with performers the Nouveaux Honkies, Banjo Dan & the Mid-nite Plowboys, the Sweetback Sisters and the

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Concert for a Cure, with emerging country star Coy Taylor and singer Erica Leigh along with openers The Infinity. Wyoming County Fairgrounds, Route 6, Meshoppen. 7 p.m. June 16. Free but donations encouraged for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 800-482-3873. Wrestle & Rock II, a concert with bands Silhouette Lies, Eye on Attraction, Faceless Shadows and Humanity Remains with members dressed as their favorite childhood wrestlers. Also: wrestling video




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games and merchandise. New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. June 16 with doors at 7 p.m. and music at 7:30 p.m. $7. Come dressed as a wrestler. 8783970.

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Beekeeping in Northeast Pennsylvania.” Through Sept. 3 at the Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. Noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $5. 346-7186.

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Congratulations To All Our Graduates! Lunch: Mon. - Fri. 11:30am to 2:00pm Dinner: Tues. - Sat. 5:00pm to Closing Banquet Rooms Accommodate 30 to 130 Guests

283-6260 239 Schuyler Ave. Kingston, PA




Mon. - Thurs. 4pm to 10pm Fri 11am to 11pm • Sat. 12:30pm to 11pm Sun. 2pm to 10pm




283-3500 WE DELIVER!


Open 7 Days a Week 385 Main Street Kingston


C O N S TR U C TIO N C O . PA012959

THE BES T 824- 7220

Shanix Place


385 Main St., Kingston

Daily Specials All Day Wed. thru Sat. $5 Domestic Beer Pitchers $4.95 Clams Casino Wednesday — Pagach

Must present coupon. Dine-In or Take-Out. Can not be combined with any other offers. One coupon per customer. Restrictions may apply. Expires 6/30/12.

2 Large Pizzas 2 Toppings 2 Liter Soda



Must present coupon. Dine-In or Take-Out. Can not be combined with any other offers. One coupon per customer. Restrictions may apply. Expires Expires Expires 6/30/12.

30 Wings Large Pizza 2 Liter Soda



Must present coupon. Dine-In or Take-Out. Can not be combined with any other offers. One coupon per customer. Restrictions may apply. Expires 6/30/12.

With Purchase Of One Large Pizza with 1 Topping Must present coupon. Dine-In or Take-Out. Can not be combined with any other offers. One coupon per customer. Restrictions may apply. Expires 6/30/12.


$9.95 Package Includes All You Can Eat Buffet Including Pizza, Pasta, Buffalo Bites, Nachos & Stromboli 25¢ Well Mixers & Penny Drafts


Happy Hour 9pm - Midnight

Wednesday Thru Saturday PLATTERS Your Choice - $8.95

Chicken Francaise, Eggplant Parmesan, Roast Beef, Chicken Marsala Comes with Mashed Potatoes and Garlic Bread Your choice of Coleslaw or Pasta Salad



& Up


2 Large Pizzas or 1 Large Pizza with 1 Topping and 10 Wings

ANTENNA STAR 866-929-4491


283.5610 • 287.4715 •

Excellent grades deserve an excellent dinner! Now reward them with an excellent lunch dinner ch or dinne er at a

Fertilizing • Aerating Light Excavation

California Smooth

Keratin Express

6 Week Treatment







Join Ellen Selover & Denise Furgason for Energy Workshops

Highest Prices Paid In Cash. Free Pickup. Call Anytime.

288-8995 •



Forty Fort

Home Made


B atter Sal es

for individuals to bazaars

The Potato Shack

27 Wilson Street, Larksville O pen Fri . 11:30-9:00 S at. & S un. 4:00-9:00

Baked Haddock with French Fries and Cole Slaw $8.95 TONIGHT IN THE BAR

Stuffed Chicken Breast with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Vegetable and Roll $7.95




Sunday, June 10



Private Appointments Available 315 Plaza, Rt. 315, Plains




TOMORROW June 9, 2012







Energy Techniques & Cayce Concepts for Vibrant Living 9 am - 12 pm

THE ENERGY OF EMOTION: Releasing The Ties That Bind 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm




SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2012 • 9AM-9PM


at participating locations with this coupon. 1 coupon per customer

Expires 6/30/12

651 Wyoming Ave. • Kingston 283-4322 • 283-4323

2 Large 16” Plain Pizzas

Cajun Grilled Pork Chop $15.95

A Pork Chop lightly dusted with our own Cajun Seasoning and grilled to perfection. Served with a choice of two sides.

Tax & Toppings Extra

64 MAFFETT ST., PLAINS PA 235-1390 (Next to Home Run Deli, 1/2 mi.from Sneaker King

NY Strip Gorgonzola $20.95

A choice USDA New York strip steak encrusted with Bleu Cheese crumbles and finished with a Gorgonzola Cream sauce.

Sunday Special



Cannot be combined with any other offer. One coupon per visit. Expires 6-14-12

BBQ Chicken Breast $14.95

Costello’s grilled chicken smothered in Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce and finished with thinly sliced fried onion straws.

Chicken & Biscuits $10.95

Our famous home-style Chicken & Biscuits served with mashed potatoes and gravy. Mmmm...what a way to go!

Please inquire about our private dining room for any and all occasions. Costello’s has a NEW Bar/Drink menu offering many new Specialty Drinks and also Bar Food!

HAPPY HOUR: Sunday-Friday 4pm - 6pm.

Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville (570) 714-7777 WWW.COSTELLOS.INFO


Parish Bazaar 40 Machell Avenue, Dallas THURS., FRI., SAT. JUNE 21-22-23

Over 60 of the most “Beautiful Gift Baskets” in the Valley! Large indoor children’s area! Accessories Boutique Plant & Garden Booth Book Nook Cash Bingo ~ Game ‘Wheels” Take a chance on a Quilt! Ice Cream ~ Lemonade Home made baked goods Funnel Cakes Potato Pancakes Pierogi ~ Haluski ~ Porketta Gourmet Coffee Corner and more! Family friendly atmosphere and children’s game area Face Painting By Danielle Ping Pong Tourney Basket & Cash Drawings On Grounds Sat 23rd

THURSDAY Kids Talent Show FREE Kid’s Basket Raffle UMC Step by Step Praise Band Mini Dog Show FRIDAY Rob the Juggler Magic of Bill Dickson Gina Major Dance Students Mary Baker, Guitarist and Story Teller SATURDAY Martial Arts Demo Emerald Isle Irish Step Dancers Music & Dance by Changing Habits The Back Mountain Catholic Rock Band

For Full Lineup of Entertainment Go To





Weekend Features

Door Prizes

— HOME RUN DELI — Special Foot Long Hot Dog $2.50 Saturday, June 9 Only! 759195


— INTRODUCTORY PRICES — Infant, Toddler, Children and Women’s Clothing featuring Chico Jackets. Also Fall Preview — Leather Coats, Raincoats & Sweaters CHILDREN’S PLAY EQUIPMENT

...casual dining with a difference!



AS ONE OF THE TOP PIZZA RESTAURANTS In The Country –––––––– OPEN –––––––– Wed., Fri. & Sat 4:30PM - 11PM 905 Wyoming Ave Wyoming, PA 18644 570-693-9963



Seesholtz Farms

off Route 11 at Lime Ridge • exit 241 off I-80 New Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Bring Containers

295120 2951 295 2 29 9 951 95 51 5 120 20

(570) 784-1038




IREM COUNTRY CLUB Friday, June 22 $25 Per Person CALL

675-4465 EXT. 241

$5 Off

any purchase of $25 or more

Buy 12 Cuts of Old Forge Style Pizza at regular price, get 2nd 1/2 off Offer expires 6/15/12

1428 N. Washington St. Wilkes-Barre













‘12 Raleigh Venture 26” Wheel/Woman’s 14, 16, 19” Frame. Color: Berry ‘11 Raleigh Venture 3.0 26” Wheel/Men’s 16” Frame. Color: Steel Green




Reg. $399.99


Includes Free Assembly & Kickstand




Rear 59 North Main Street | Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 | 570.970.3008 Mon. & Wed. 10am - 8pm | Tu.,Th. & Fri. 10am - 6pm | Sat. 10am - 5pm

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