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Magic in The 570
There was a lot of magic in the air this weekend as we fluttered our way through Lackawanna County.
Our journey begins in the Electric City with First Friday, where we encountered a few friends in the Halloween spirit on the corner of Spruce and N. Washington — those crazy Jaycees. Though most well-known for  hosting the Greater Scranton Jaycees’ Annual Santa Parade in downtown Scranton, this group traded their elf costumes for witch hats to promote Mayhem at the Masonic, their annual Halloween bash at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple on Oct. 26. There will be music, dancing, cocktails — all incognito if you wish — from 7 to 10 p.m., and you can be sure we’ll be floating through the ballroom for a night of fun. If you’d like to join in the fun, break out your best Michael Jackson costume and bust a move from Thriller. If you’re a member, tickets are $30. Tickets are $35 for non-members. For more information, visit or call 878-9079.
After schmoozing with the Jaycees, we headed out to peruse the art on display, including the Connell Building, AFA Gallery and GreenBeing, just to name a few. In our travels, we were delighted to see JoAnn and Marc Pane enjoying the festivities on Spruce St., and we saw more than a few familiar faces from the local arts scene when we popped into GreenBeing to check out some handmade, and homemade, goodies. The work of electric city’s own Alicia Grega was featured in this First Friday hotspot, and there were plenty of local peeps who stopped by to say hello. Among those we saw were Cristin Powers and her mom, Patricia Powers (if you sampled one of the brownies while you were there, thank Patricia Powers the next time you see her!); Jacob Cole, from Rogue Chimp; cohort Chrissy Manuel of Shoplift! Vintage and Handmade with local musician Nathaniel Kane (Das Black Milk); Maura Cummings of Eden- a Vegan Café, and First Friday guest face painter “Jennyz Journalz”; actor/filmmaker Jer Tobin; Sara Scutt of Nevermore Vintage; Elizabeth Davis; dancer/designer Laura Ancherani; local musician Michael Evancavich (Kids on Bikes), artist John Bert, theater artist Sarah Stachura Regan and her visual artist sister, Michaelene Rose Stachura. Playwright and poet Kait Burrier also stopped by before her reading at Mission Yoga. The studio sponsored “An Evening of the Senses” event to benefit The Vintage Theater. Of course, we saw First Friday Executive Director Jeff Boris about town too, snapping photos and greeting guests along the way.
After a fun night out in the Electric City, the rest of the weekend would be devoted to a trip to Roba’s Family Farm in Dalton and supporting al the runners in the Steamtown Marathon.
You see, on Saturday, we smelled the sweet scent of homemade cider apple doughnuts all the way in Scranton and just followed our noses to the farm in Dalton. We did a little pumpkin picking, drank hot chocolate, talked to the llamas and goats — it was all good. This year’s crop of pumpkins is especially fetching. If you haven’t selected yours yet, what are you waiting for?!
And while we didn’t run in any marathons on Sunday, (much like Jerry Seinfeld, we choose not to run), we were cheering on the thousands of runners who took part in the Steamtown Marathon. They ran from Forest City Regional High School to Scranton — amazing. Congratulations to three-time men’s champion winner, Matt Byrne, of Scranton Running Company. Other winners who placed included Jeff McCabe, of Exeter, who was the runner-up; and Chris Heisey, of Philadelphia, who placed third.
As for the ladies, Heidi Peoples once again was the women’s champion. This was her third Steamtown Marathon win. Samantha Snead, of Moscow, placed second, and Caitlin Gaughan placed third.
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