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 Rich Howells

Local bands and fireworks light up Montage Mountainfest in Scranton on March 6

Local bands and fireworks light up Montage Mountainfest in Scranton on March 6

Back in July, Montage Mountain announced that chart-topping jam band Spin Doctors would headline the Scranton ski resort’s next Mountainfest on March 6, 2021. The persistence of the coronavirus pandemic has changed those plans, forcing Spin Doctors to bow out, but Mountainfest is still happening this Saturday with a lineup of local bands, a scavenger […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Scranton Tomorrow’s #lovelocal small business campaign continues online and downtown

Scranton Tomorrow’s #lovelocal small business campaign continues online and downtown

From a press release: In support of the downtown Scranton business district, Scranton Tomorrow will continue its #lovelocal social media campaign through March. The campaign is designed to encourage everyone to support independently owned businesses this spring. Small businesses play a vital role in the economy, locally and regionally, with downtown Scranton serving as an […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Paul Capoccia named director of new esports program at Marywood University in Scranton

Paul Capoccia named director of new esports program at Marywood University in Scranton

From a press release: Paul Capoccia was recently named the director of esports at Marywood University in Scranton, a new program that was first announced in November. One of a select number of colleges and universities across the nation to offer a competitive esports program, Marywood is responding to the ever-increasing number of students seeking […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Wilkes University hosts virtual talk with NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ host Terry Gross on April 25

Wilkes University hosts virtual talk with NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ host Terry Gross on April 25

From a press release: Terry Gross, National Public Radio’s award-winning host and co-executive producer of “Fresh Air,” will deliver the Wilkes University Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities on Sunday, April 25. The event begins at 3 p.m. and will broadcast at wilkes.edu/rosenn. The talk was originally scheduled to take place in April of […]

 James Callahan

A Camp Rattler profile: cult visionary and Noir Dark Spirits proprietor Josh Balz

A Camp Rattler profile: cult visionary and Noir Dark Spirits proprietor Josh Balz

My initial interaction with Josh Balz began sometime after he had chosen to leave Motionless In White to pursue other endeavors and my trashy little rock bar, The Rattler in Pittston, had closed due to structural difficulties. Well… the back fell off the building. I found myself venue-less and saddled with several storage units, crammed […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Lackawanna Historical Society looks back on ‘Past Times’ in virtual lecture series Feb. 12-April 23

Lackawanna Historical Society looks back on ‘Past Times’ in virtual lecture series Feb. 12-April 23

From a press release: The Lackawanna Historical Society in Scranton will continue its winter “Lackawanna Past Times” virtual lecture series on Zoom into the spring. “As we continue to practice social distancing and put off larger gatherings in-person (and move into the season of cold and snowy weather), we’re delighted to be able to offer […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Hersheypark will kick off 2021 season with new attractions on April 2

Hersheypark will kick off 2021 season with new attractions on April 2

From a press release: Hersheypark has announced its 115th season will begin on Friday, April 2, with a new ticket offer reflecting the best price of the year for vacationers planning to travel in 2021. Last year, the coronavirus pandemic delayed or canceled many summer plans, but the Hershey, Pennsylvania amusement park was able to […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Johnson College in Scranton hosts drive-thru turkey dinner giveaway for those in need on Feb. 28

Johnson College in Scranton hosts drive-thru turkey dinner giveaway for those in need on Feb. 28

From a press release: Toyota of Scranton, Johnson College, and ShopRite are hosting a no-contact drive-through turkey dinner giveaway on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. on the Johnson College campus in Scranton for those in need. Meals will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit of four meals per vehicle until […]

 The Conversation

Who won the Super Bowl LV ad war? Social media’s reactions to the best and worst commercials

Who won the Super Bowl LV ad war? Social media’s reactions to the best and worst commercials

Live sporting events are among the few remaining places where advertisers can ensure that no one fast forwards through their commercials, which is why companies were willing to pay $5.5 million for just 30 seconds of air time on Super Bowl Sunday. So who “won” the Super Bowl ad war? For the last two years, […]

 The Conversation

How the Super Bowl evolved from a football game to an entertainment extravaganza

How the Super Bowl evolved from a football game to an entertainment extravaganza

In just over 50 years, the Super Bowl has become one of the biggest “shared experiences” in American culture, up there with attending religious services, voting in presidential elections, and playing Pokémon Go. But curiously, many of the tens of millions who tune in don’t actually want to watch football. Perhaps it’s because the game […]