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…will be back on the Mountain for a second annual music festival?

Local bluegrass group Cabinet, in conjunction with Live Nation, announced its second annual music festival to play The Pavilion at Montage Mountain on May 10. The event was formerly known as Old Farmers Ball, but continuing in the “named after a Cabinet song” tradition, this year’s festival has been changed to the Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival.

Early bird tickets for the event will go on sale Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. and will be available at ticketmaster.com, The Pavilion Box Office (1000 Montage Mountain Rd., Scranton), Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800.745.3000.

Discounted fan club tickets became available Dec. 23 at susquehannabreakdown.com.


…is new for you to do if you love to run?

Together with the Scranton Half Marathon Committee and Mayor Christopher Doherty, it was announced that Geisinger’s Heart and Vascular Institute will be the presenter of the inaugural Scranton Half Marathon on April 6.

The half marathon will showcase downtown Scranton, the new running trail that was a Lackawanna Valley Heritage Association (LVHA) initiative, and Scranton’s neighborhoods. Space is limited, as only 2,500 participants will gain entry to the race.

“Mayor Doherty came to us after we partnered with Geisinger-Community Medical Center for the monthly Run Around Scranton 5K events and said, ‘We’ll give you the help you need; let’s give NEPA what they’ve been asking for,’ so we just went for it,” said Matt Byrne, owner of Scranton Running Company and Scranton Half Marathon race director in a press release.

“The 13.1-mile half marathon distance has been the most requested distance in our store in recent years, and the Scranton Half Marathon Committee is really excited about the response so far, especially considering it’s the inaugural event.”

Proceeds from the half marathon will benefit the LVHA trail, and plans to further progress and beautify it. For more information or to register, visit scrantonhalf.com.


…is Pennsylvania’s only terrain-based learning program for snowboarding?

Camelback Mountain Resort just announced they have such a thing, designed to help ski and snowboard beginners learn on shaped-snow terrain before taking on the mountain.

The program will help beginners, ages six and up, progress quickly and safely on custom shaped-snow terrain with newly constructed mini-pipes, rollers, banked turns, and a perfect pitch slope, all of which are designed to remove fear, counter any beginners’ anxiety associated with downhill sliding, and alternatively increase the fun of learning an exhilarating new sport. Camelback has not only invested in additional snow-making guns to prepare the slopes for terrain based learning, but also installed two additional Sun Kid conveyor lifts, bringing the total number of dedicated learning conveyor lifts to four, more than any resort in the east.

To celebrate the new program, Camelback has launched the Explorer Card, which includes three group terrain-based learning program lessons; three all-day, lower mountain, beginner terrain lift tickets; and three all-day ski or snowboard equipment rental packages. The package is on sale through Feb. 9 for only $129, a savings of $156 from purchasing three packages individually. They can be purchased online at skicamelback.com.

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