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On tour
Well, they got us.
Just when we thought our favorite historical couple, The Zimmers (portrayed by Nelson Wood and Julie Esty), were absent from this year’s Dunmore Cemetery Tour, we heard squabbling nearby. She was shouting at him about drinking too much; he used the “cough syrup” defense.
And the crowd of about 500 people standing in front of the Zimmer Pyramid went wild.
Of course, we’re talking about our Sunday afternoon with the Dearly Departed Players. This year’s production drew more than 1,000 people in two Sundays — a wonderful turnout for a historical, witty and timely show. The production skillfully wove true historical tales with poetic embellishments that kept us on our toes for the duration of the show. It was also fun to see how the creators worked every part of the City of Scranton, as well as other portions of Lackawanna County, into the script. From the city’s oldest section, Providence, to Moosic, Dunmore, Carbondale and beyond, a diverse number of towns were represented. Along the way, we met physicians and pharmacists, and even a baseball player, who shared tales from the past. Kudos to the show’s creator, Julie Esty and her talented cast from the past: Karl Barbee, Wendy Belaski, Joanne Bogdanovicz, Megan Esty, Joan Glowinski, Kelly Kirchner, Taryn Loney, Nancy McDonald, Christine Petrini McGeachie, Colonel Jim Patterson (retired) United States Army, Jennifer Ochman, S. Robert Powell, “Caleb” Matthew C. Williams, Christopher Wood and Nelson Wood.
Our historical hats off to the fabulous dancers from Scranton Civic Ballet who turned a patch of grass in the cemetery into a lovely outdoor stage. We don’t know how they were able to plié on grass, but they made it look effortless. Under the direction of Helen Gaus, dancers Ali Basalyga, Jackie Dende, Jilian Doran, Stephanie Haefle, Catherine Johnson and Madalyn Marx put on a show to remember.
If you enjoyed the tour and would like to see more of the Dearly Departed Players, look for them in costume at upcoming First Friday celebrations. We’re sworn to secrecy (for now!) as to what they’ll be doing, but rest assured, it will be a lot of fun.
Speaking of fun, there are a few upcoming events that anyone who’s anyone in the area will be attending. Among them is the 20 Minutes and a Beer series on Thursday, Oct. 25 at Backyard Ale House. Presented by the American Advertising Federation of Northeast Pennsylvania (AAF), you’ll have a chance to schmooze with social media gurus from Kuhcoon. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.. Tickets are $8 in advance in $10 at the door. The first beer is on the house, and while you’re there, be sure to register for your chance to see Justin Williams at Cove Haven Resort. For tickets and more information, visit
Additional dates to remember come from our friends at the Scranton Social Sports Club. You may recall we introduced the club’s founders, Christian Rinaldi and Eric Bartels, in Up Close & Personal a few weeks ago. The club is doing very well, and here’s a few dates you’ll want to make note of: the Scranton Dodgeball League starts Nov. 1 and the new Wilkes-Barre league kicks off on Oct. 29. Both are 8-week leagues. If kickball is your sport of choice, sign up for the Kickball Fall Classic on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. at the South Side Complex in Scranton. It’s $15 per person to join in the fun, and it’s a great way to spend a Saturday. For more information, visit
— cb

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