Arts On The Square Festival Set For July 25

Paintings, crafts, technology, music, dance and much more will be on display as the Courthouse grounds are transformed into an outdoor entertainment center and galleria for the third annual “Arts on the Square” festival on Saturday, July 25.

This free event will run from noon to 8 pm with over 100 vendors. The festival will wrap around Courthouse Square, Linden Street, and Spruce Street. North Washington Avenue will be closed and one lane of Adams Avenue will be open to traffic.

Food trucks, children’s activities, interactive art pieces, a live mural, crafts and music will all be a part of the event. Local downtown Scranton restaurants and boutique shops will also be open, featuring sidewalk sales and specials. This is perfect opportunity to spend a day in downtown Scranton.

The 2015 festival will offer a variety of events to suit all ages. In the children’s tent, local artists and 4-H members will conduct free youth activities. The Pop-Up Studio will have an area to create your own art using chalk on the streets and on North Washington Avenue, along with games like Plinko and a scavenger hunt. Bouncy Houses will also be on the lawn.

As part of Scranton’s Sesquicentennial celebration, which is highlighting a different decade every month, The Everhart Museum, Lackawanna County Library System and Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will present an interactive game show with a 1910-1920’s theme hosted by the local improv group “Here We Are in Spain.” Guests can participate in a variety of game show performances that will take place at 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm.

There will be two music stages on Spruce Street and Linden Street, showcasing the area’s best musicians performing music from swing to indie rock, to blue-grass and techno fusion.

The musical entertainment schedule is as follows:

Highway 81 Revisited Stage – Linden Street

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Roy Williams and The Human Hands

2 pm – 3 pm Skip Monday

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm The Bog Swing Group

5 pm – 6 pm Coal Town Rounders

6:30 pm – 8 pm Rogue Chimp

Summersteps Records Stage-Spruce St.

Noon – 1 pm Brian TV

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Heavy Blonde

3 pm – 4 pm Cherokee Red

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Family Animals

French Girls App will be on site demonstrating its app which allows “selfies” to turn into physical works of art through digital portraiture. People will be able to draw their friends or be drawn by app artists and users.

A voyager video will be set-up with the Pennsylvania Film School and JVW Videotaping, allowing people to discuss why they love Scranton. Footage will be used as part of a new marketing initiative by ScrantonMade.

The downtown garages will be offering a $5 rate for parking.

Arts on the Square was coordinated by Lackawanna County, ScrantonMade, Electric City, WVIA, Shanty Town Design, Kujat Design and many other partners.

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Iftar Dinner Set For June 17 At Trolley Museum

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department and the Turkish Cultural Center of Pennsylvania – Scranton Branch – will host a free community Iftar Dinner on Wednesday, June 17, at 8 PM at the Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff Street on the property of the Steamtown National Historic Site.

Iftar is the evening meal at sundown that breaks the daily fast during Ramadan. The program will open with a short presentation on Turkish culture, followed by dinner.  The goal of this educational initiative is to inform the community about Turkish culture and mores and to encourage dialogue and friendship.

The event is open to the public, but seating is limited.  Anyone interested in attending must register by June 15 at or by calling 570.963.6590, ext. 102.


Arts & Culture’s Great Downtown Cigarette Clean-Up

They are everywhere.  No matter where you walk, jog, bike or drive, you see them.  It’s like an invasion of…cigarette butts.

To help combat this issue, the Lackawanna County Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Council will sponsor “No One Wants to See Your Butts: The Great Downtown Cigarette Clean-Up” on Saturday,    May 2, from 9 AM – noon.  Joining forces with Scranton Tomorrow, the event is part of The Great American Clean-Up of Pennsylvania, a statewide initiative sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection that runs from March 1 – May 31.

The goal of the program is for volunteers to collect as many cigarette butts as possible and create a giant pile on the Linden Street side of Courthouse Square to highlight the visual impact of how destructive cigarette butt litter is to the community.

The event is free and open to the public. Individuals or teams may register on line at  or on site the day of the event at the tent on the Linden Street side of Courthouse Square.

Gloves and trash bags will be available, and participants may bring their own brooms and dustpans. A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided.

The event will also feature recycled art activities and music by Lightweight Trio. The individual or team that collects the most butts will win a $50 gift certificate to Posh restaurant, Scranton.

The clean-up idea was developed from ACE council meetings with local businesses and organizations who expressed a desire to generate community pride and to maintain Scranton as a safe, clean and green city.  Cigarette butts have been an on-going nuisance and are a hazard to the environment.

For more information on the clean-up, contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 102, or by email at