The Scoop




Mark your calendars
There’s no sign of northeastern Pennsylvania heading into a post-Labor Day slump. We’re ready for PA Oktoberfest this weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs (see page 31 for all the details). And there’s a host of other events coming our way soon too. Check it out:

  • Lackawanna County Concert Series: College Battle of the Bands, Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., Courthouse Square, Scranton. This year’s competitors include RiSE, from Baptist Bible College; Stattic in the Attic, from Keystone College; Kids in a Sandbox, from Marywood University and Scumbag Petty, from The University of Scranton. A panel of judges will decide who wins the honor of opening the Scranton Cultural Center’s Listen Local concert on Oct. 4. For more information, contact the Lackawanna County Department of Arts & Culture at 963-6590, extension 102 or
  • Greater Pittston Riverfest, Saturday, Sept. 21 (rain date: Sept. 22), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Pittston Riverfront Park (Rear 304 Kennedy Blvd., Pittston). This year’s event will focus on the history of Native Americans in the area. For a complete schedule of events, visit
  • Cirque Musica, Sunday, Sept. 22, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Twp. Cirque Musica is a new concert and visual experience that blends professional circus performers from around the world with live music by members of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. For tickets, visit

They’re telling tales in Jessup
Scranton StorySlam is busting out of the city limits again and bringing their original tales to Jessup this weekend. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, at St. George’s Family Restaurant, 304 Church Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the competition starting at 7 p.m. They’ve got a great line-up of storytellers who will share 5-minute, true stories about life in Jessup including: Curt Camoni, Kim Giombetti, Bobby Munley, Jerry Pickard, Corrine Sebastianelli, John Troiani, Dave Valvano and Michelle Wilson. Conor McGuigan will once again serve as Master of Ceremonies. The stage will also be open to audience members interested in telling a tale. If you have a Jessup story you’d like to share, throw your name in the hat and see what happens. The StorySlam is for those age 18 and older, and the cost of admission is $5. For more information, visit Scranton StorySlam — Jessup on Facebook.
In conjunction with Scranton StorySlam, the Jessup Art Loop will also be held on Saturday. The Loop features local artists and is held the second Saturday of every month from 3 to 8 p.m. There are 16 venues included in this month’s event, so be sure to arrive early and enjoy a full afternoon of art and culture. For more information on the Jessup Art Loop, visit

The BOTY’s are coming
Last September, we introduced you to a group of local bloggers who brought the first NEPA BlogCon to life: Karla Porter, Leslie Stewart, Mandy Boyle and Michelle Hryvnak-Davies (aka “The Fearsome Foursome”).
A year later, round two is on the way. This year’s NEPA BlogCon will be held Saturday, Oct. 5,  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Luzerne County Community College Educational Conference Center, 1333 S Prospect St., Nanticoke. All proceeds from the event will benefit Blue Chip Farms Animal refuge in Dallas. As a new feature of the event, the Fearsome Foursome are hosting a Blog of the Year Awards (BOTY) competition. Each week you can vote for your favorite blog in a new category. The winners will be honored at the Oct. 5 conference. Tickets for NEPA BlogCon will be on sale until Sept. 27. For tickets and more information, visit
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading and I’ll meet you here again next week.

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