The W: Michelle Murray, ‘Blasphemy,’ and farmers markets

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First Posted: 7/1/2013


…will be popping up in Luzerne on July 6? Nashville recording artist Michelle Murray will, as part of the “My Finish Line” music and movie tour.

The singer will appear at Keller Wheelchair Lifts (197 Main St., Luzerne) from 2 to 5 p.m. to perform an acoustic set and hold a meet and greet with clients.

“My Finish Line” is a tour in which Murray, through music, shares the story of former IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt, who was paralyzed after a racing accident in 2000. The country music star became a spokesperson for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation and wrote a song about the driver titled “It Won’t Be If, But When.”

“He is such an incredible person whose strength and spirit is an inspiration to everyone he comes in contact with and I feel honored to be a part of his Foundation,” Murray said of Schmidt.


…is “Blasphemy?” Well, this time around it’s a television pilot that is seeking actors.

Auditions will be held for the show, billed as a modern adaptation of the Gospels where hijinx ensue, on July 7.

Auditions are on a first come, first served basis and appointments can be made by e-mailing Those auditioning must come prepared with a brief act and should expect cold readings.


…can you find fresh produce and tons of local vendors and businesses to support?

On July 9, the Second Annual Summer Marketplace at Casey Plaza will open in Wilkes-Barre Township.

The marketplace, presented by Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, runs every Tuesday until Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Elm Street Revitalization Project will host its Fourth Annual South Side Farmers’ Market every Saturday through October, with the kick-off beginning July 6.

The market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Scranton Iron Furnaces, located at 159 Cedar Avenue. The community will be able to purchase fresh food, baked goods, wine, herbs and other items from local vendors such as Sugar Loaf Herb Farm, Muellers Vegetable Farm, Mockingbird Bakery and many more. In addition, the second Saturday of every month will host kids’ arts and crafts in conjunction with the Anthracite Heritage Museum, and the third Saturday of every month will feature spinning wheel and knitting demonstrations.