The W: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and Splashin’ with Compassion

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First Posted: 1/16/2014


…is looking for mural artists to aid in creating an eye-catching, unique mural for the indoor entrance wall of the Mohegan Sun Club and Suite Level at PNC Field?

Lackawanna County and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are offering the opportunity to experienced mural artists residing in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Wayne, Pike, Wyoming, or Susquehanna counties. Designs should be family-friendly and capture the magic of baseball, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the community. Artists may apply as an individual or team.

Three finalists will be decided by a selection committee, and the public will have a chance to vote for the winning mural during the Feb. 14-24 timeframe on the RailRiders website. The winning artist will receive a $5,000 cash award to complete the mural as well as two season tickets for the 2014 season. The mural will be unveiled for the Meet the RailRiders Party on April 2.

Application guidelines can be downloaded at Artists may also contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590 or to request a copy.

Two information sessions will be held at the mural site on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m.


…can you catch a local rendition of the story of history’s most ill-fated lovers?

REV Theatre Company with United Neighborhood Centers presents “Romeo and Juliet,” performed by Scranton middle and high school students on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. at United Neighborhood Centers’ West Side Senior Center (1004 Jackson St., Scranton).

New York City’s REV Theatre Company is delighted to return to Scranton, continuing its successful theater educational and outreach programming with UNC, which began in 2012.

This free to the public, one-hour presentation of the Shakespeare classic is the fourth endeavor between REV and UNC and is made possible by Lackawanna County Arts Council’s Arts Engage.


…can you experience what it feels like to jump into water outside in the midst of winter?

Friends of Shannon McDonough is hosting an inaugural polar plunge — Splashin’ with Compassion — on Feb. 1 at Montage Mountain, so get your swim trunks out!

The organization is a local nonprofit that provides emotional and financial support to young individuals battling cancer in NEPA. In 2009, at the young age of 23, McDonough passed away of colon cancer, and the organization is in honor of her.

It costs $35 to plunge and swimmers must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the event. Brave participants will leap into the whitewater harbor at the base of the Alpine Run Waterslide Complex.

There will also be prizes rewarded for costumes in the categories of Best Individual Costume, Best Group Costume, Most Creative Costume, Best Character Costume, Most Elegant Costume, and Most Comical Costume.

Those not plunging can enjoy the many other activities at the event, such as outdoor fires, entertainment, health vendors, gift basket raffles, a sled of cheer raffle, a kids’ table with face painting and balloons, and a silent auction. Food and drink will be available for purchase both indoors and outdoors.

For more info, call Stephanie at 570.903.9079 or visit