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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Shots for Tots and raising money for art students in Wilkes-Barre

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Shots for Tots and raising money for art students in Wilkes-Barre
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Recorded and produced every week by Internet marketing company Coal Creative in their production studio in downtown Wilkes-Barre, the award-winning NEPA Scene Podcast presents honest, uncensored interviews and in-depth discussions about local arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The live, multi-camera show streams in high definition on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. and is hosted by Rich Howells, editor and founder of NEPA Scene; Brittany Boote, owner of Boote Photography Studio in Forty Fort; and Johnny Popko, host of Alt Natives on Scranton radio station Alt 92.1 and senior marketing consultant at Alt 92.1, Rock 107, and ESPN Radio. Viewers are encouraged to tune in during each hour-long episode and interact during the Facebook Live stream so that the hosts can address comments and answer questions as they come in.

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In Episode 38, Brittany talks about her eighth annual Shots for Tots holiday party with her brother and co-organizer Bryan Boote. Shots for Tots will be held at Bart & Urby’s in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. with music by AJ Jump and Nick Driscoll, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, giveaways and, of course, copious amounts of booze. It is a $15 suggested donation at the door.

Before and during the interview, we drink crowlers of Hop Tart brewed by Pizza Boy Brewing Company in Enola, Front Street Wheat by Berwick Brewing, and Framboise by Fegley’s Brew Works in Allentown, combining the Front Street Wheat and Framboise to create a Dirty Hoe. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Shots for Tots podcast without a few shots.

We discuss how Shots for Tots started as a Christmas/birthday party, the Boote family’s history of throwing huge parties, past events and how Shots for Tots has evolved over the last eight years, starting the Erin Boote Scholarship for the Arts in their mother’s name, how Shots for Tots became a charitable foundation and advice on how to start your own, arts funding in danger locally and nationally, growing their organization and picking the right students, looking at Wilkes-Barre and places like Sherman Hills in a different light, future plans to improve the area and help those in need, and more.

In The Last Word segment, we talk about the upcoming fan-organized NEPA Scenefest fundraiser at the Backyard Ale House in Scranton on Saturday, Dec. 9 and look back at this season of the NEPA Scene Rising Talent open mic and talent contest, which ends with the Finals Showcase on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at The V-Spot in Scranton.

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