NEPA Scene Staff

VIDEO: WVIA wins Pa. Broadcasters Award for Scranton Civic Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ presentation

VIDEO: WVIA wins Pa. Broadcasters Award for Scranton Civic Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ presentation

From a press release: WVIA has earned a Judges’ Merit television award in the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters’ 2021 Excellence in Broadcasting Awards for its holiday presentation of “The Nutcracker” by the Scranton Civic Ballet Company. “WVIA was honored to present this performance to the people of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. This award is a […]

 Rich Howells

Lew Williamson, kindly Santa in Scranton’s annual Santa Parade, has died after COVID-19 battle

Lew Williamson, kindly Santa in Scranton’s annual Santa Parade, has died after COVID-19 battle

Lewis “Lew” Williamson, the Scranton resident who played Santa Claus in every Santa Parade in downtown Scranton since 1993, has passed away from COVID-19. The sad news was confirmed by his wife Maureen Williamson in a public Facebook post on Jan. 4, just over a week after Christmas. “With my heart broken, I have to […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton radio station Alt 92.1 has rebranded as Q92.1, playing ‘the ’90s and now’

Scranton radio station Alt 92.1 has rebranded as Q92.1, playing ‘the ’90s and now’

Today, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre radio station Alt 92.1 turned off the Christmas music and turned on the ’90s. On Nov. 4, NEPA Scene broke the news that Alt 92.1 made the sudden switch from alternative rock to 24/7 holiday music, indicating that a format switch was imminent. A new website and social media pages revealed this morning […]

 Rich Howells

BEER REVIEW: Project Happy Hole-idayz, brewed with Sheetz donut holes by Wicked Weed Brewing

BEER REVIEW: Project Happy Hole-idayz, brewed with Sheetz donut holes by Wicked Weed Brewing

Just for the holiday season, Altoona-based convenience store chain Sheetz partnered with Wicked Weed Brewing Company in North Carolina to produce a limited edition beer called Project Happy Hole-idayz that was brewed with Shweetz Glazed Vanilla Donut Holes. Four packs of 16-ounce cans are only $7.99 at select Sheetz locations, and once they’re sold out, […]

 The Conversation

‘All is right’ – why Christmas movies are so appealing during the holiday season

‘All is right’ – why Christmas movies are so appealing during the holiday season

With the pandemic limiting travel over the holiday season, many Americans will be settling in front of the television to watch their favorite holiday movies, along with their favorite drink – a cup of hot apple cider or a glass of wine – to add some cheer. Holiday movies have become an essential part of […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Shop at small businesses and win $50 a day with Scranton Chamber’s #SupportLackawanna contest

Shop at small businesses and win $50 a day with Scranton Chamber’s #SupportLackawanna contest

From a press release: The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce is giving away $50 a day through Friday, Dec. 25 as part of its “#SupportLackawanna: Shop Small. Shop Safe.” campaign with Lackawanna County. The giveaway is free and open to the public, and easy to enter. Participants just have to use the hashtag “#SupportLackawanna” in […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre hosts free virtual musical ‘Santa’s Enchanted Workshop’

F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre hosts free virtual musical ‘Santa’s Enchanted Workshop’

From a press release: Today, the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre announced the first show in this season’s all-virtual Young People’s Theater Series, “Santa’s Enchanted Workshop.” The stream is available now to homeschoolers, pre-school-age children, and older children through their school curriculum at no cost. Teachers and parents can visit kirbycenter.org for more information. Questions […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Backyard Ale House in Scranton offers free Christmas breakfast for struggling families on Dec. 25

Backyard Ale House in Scranton offers free Christmas breakfast for struggling families on Dec. 25

From a press release: This holiday season will be particularly tough for many families, so the Backyard Ale House in downtown Scranton is offering a free Christmas breakfast on Friday, Dec. 25 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. For 11 years, Backyard Chef James Bodnar has volunteered on Christmas morning at the University of Scranton, and it […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

WVIA airs ‘The Nutcracker’ by Scranton Civic Ballet for first time on TV Dec. 20-27

WVIA airs ‘The Nutcracker’ by Scranton Civic Ballet for first time on TV Dec. 20-27

From a press release: For the first time, WVIA will produce and air the Scranton Civic Ballet Company’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. on WVIA-TV. This is the ballet company’s 34th annual “Nutcracker” presentation. Typically, it is shown as a live educational performance for 1,200 school children at […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Sheetz releases vanilla donut hole beer in NEPA stores in limited quantities on Nov. 27

Sheetz releases vanilla donut hole beer in NEPA stores in limited quantities on Nov. 27

From a press release: This week, Sheetz announced a limited edition craft beer brewed with Shweetz Glazed Vanilla Donut Holes. Dubbed “Project Happy Hole-idayz,” this first-ever beer was brewed in partnership with Wicked Weed Brewing Company and will be released this weekend. Brewed with one pound per barrel of the brand’s vanilla doughnut holes, the […]

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