The Scoop


On tour

This week, we’re going on tour and we’d like you to join us. That’s right. There are numerous fun and interesting tours this season that showcase the best of northeastern Pennsylvania. Here’s a few:
Tour the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave. Even if you’ve visited the SCC hundreds of times for special events, concerts and shows, you will still be amazed by what you learn when you take a tour of this magnificent building. Every time we go there, we notice something new. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about key elements of the Masonic Temple, join the general tour on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. The group will meet in the main lobby and then your tour guide will walk you through the building, including the two theatres, the grand ballroom, the library, the Masonic lodges and more. If Saturday isn’t a good day for you, don’t despair.  You can also schedule a private tour by calling 346-7369, extension 122.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, take a walk through history with the Dearly Departed Players as they present the Dunmore Cemetery Tour at 2 p.m. Celebrating its tenth anniversary tour, the Dearly Departed Players  offer a phenomenal show each year.  Those who have attended in the past know how it works:  show up at the cemetery gates at 400 Church St., Dunmore, and gather with the crowd of hundreds of people who will walk with you from site to site as you meet local characters from the past. The show is beautifully written by Julie Esty and executed by the Dearly Departed Players. It’s a wonderful tribute to the talent in our region — past and present. This is must-see for anyone interested in history and fine theater. Be sure to arrive early to see exhibits by Dorothy Loney of Final Rest Photography, Ed Snyder of Stone Angels Photography, Thomas Costello and The Scranton Public Library’s Scranton Reads. Admission is free. For more information, call 344-3819.
The Electric City Dining Tour will take you on a fantastic culinary journey through downtown Scranton on Tuesday, Oct. 15. In one night, you’ll visit six different downtown destinations for one price. Here’s how it works:
From 5 to 6 p.m. you’ll enjoy appetizers and refreshments in the Grand Atrium of the new Science Center at The University of Scranton. Then, you’ll break into groups and board the Electric City Express buses at 6 p.m. to start the tour. You’ll spend 30 delicious minutes at the following stops: The Colonnade, Backyard Ale House, Cooper’s Seafood House, The Scranton Club and a special mystery stop (sorry — we’ve been sworn to secrecy!).  At 8:30 p.m., everyone heads back to the University’s Science Center and the evening will end with desserts, coffee and refreshments. Tickets are $75 per person, and all proceeds benefit Saint Francis Commons and local veteran services through Catholic Social Services. Each dollar donated will be matched by the Weinberg Foundation. Reservations are required by Friday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m., so be sure to call 348-9172 to reserve your place on the tour today. (You must be 21 to attend.)
On Friday, Oct. 25, put on your favorite walking shoes, grab a sweater and head to downtown Wilkes-Barre for a creepily delightful glimpse into the city’s past. The Annual Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walk takes you on a walking tour of the historic district. Led by local historian William Lewis, you’ll hear true stories of ghosts, murders, and hidden graveyards in the Diamond City. We’ve taken the tour, and we can assure you, it’s a night you won’t forget. Lewis has a knack for storytelling and the tales he tells will truly send chills up your spine. The tour starts in front of the Luzerne County Historical Society’s Museum at 69 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, at 6:45 p.m. The cost is $7 for historical society members, and $10 for non-members. Reservations are required, so be sure to save your place by calling 823-6244 extension 3 or email
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading and I’ll meet you here again next week.
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