Lackawanna County Winter Market At The Globe Promises A Unique Weekend Of Holiday Fun And Shopping!!!

The Lackawanna County Commissioners, the Arts & Culture Department and the Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau have teamed up to sponsor a magical holiday weekend of fun for all ages along with showcasing the renovations of the historic Globe Store that will consolidate, in the not too distant future, all County offices in the new Lackawanna County Government Center.

The event, scheduled for December 7, 8 & 9,  is modeled after medieval European winter markets that began in Vienna in 1296 when Emperor Albrecht 1 granted shopkeepers the right to set up extra days in early winter the so that townspeople could stock up on provisions for the Winter months. The markets gradually led to the more festive “Christkindlemarkts,” Christmas Markets, in Germany at which vendors would sell more holiday related items such as woodcarvings, roasted nuts, gingerbread. These markets also featured entertainment, food and hot mulled wine.

Christmas markets are still in operation throughout Europe and are taking a foothold in many cities in the United States. The Lackawanna County Winter Market will be in a large, industrial tent with heat and electricity to keep everyone warm and dry. The market will feature 60 vendors, a lounge area with food by The Backyard Ale House, and music by a variety of performers.

Santa will be on hand with children’s activities. The Junior League and Scranton Tomorrow will be assembling a historic Globe Store display as well as promoting the downtown businesses that people can also visit during the weekend.

“The Winter Market is a great family activity.  Along with that, it will pay homage to the iconic Globe Store, where many people have fond memories of shopping and visiting Santa,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Local artists will paint the front windows following a Winter Wonderland theme.  The event will kick off as part of First Friday Scranton at 5 pm with the lighting of the Globe Store, featuring holiday music by the Scranton and Valley View High Schools’ choirs, and hot chocolate and cookies by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO and LaFesta Italiana of Lackawanna County. Horse and Carriage rides by Brook Valley Farms will be available free of charge.

On Saturday, December 8, the first 1,000 shopper though the door will receive a reusable Winter Market tote bag. There will be wide variety of musical entertainment throughout the weekend ranging from Arcadia Chorale and students from the Northeastern, Pennsylvania Philharmonic Mentoring Program to solo acts and jazz trios.

Hours of the Lackawanna Winter Market at The Globe:

Friday, December 7                                        5 – 9 pm

Saturday, December 8                                   11 – 7 pm

Sunday, December 9                                      11 – 4 pm

Music Schedule:

Friday, December 7

5:30 – 6:30 pm                   Arcadia Chorale

6:45 – 7:45 pm                   Dani-elle Kleha 8-9pm

8 – 9 pm                              J.P. Biondo & Friends


Saturday, December 8

11 – 11:30 am                    NativityMiguel School Choir

11:30 – 12:30 pm              Jacob Cole & Mark Woodyatt

12:45 – 1:45 pm                 LittleStarRun

3:15 – 4:15 pm                   Mariah Hawley

4:30 – 5:30 pm                   NEPA Philharmonic Mentoring Program

5:45 – 6:45 pm                   Justin Padro Jazz Trio


Sunday, December 9

11 – 12 pm                          Jim Cullen and Jack Bordo

12:15 – 1:15 pm NEPA Philharmonic Mentoring Program

1:30 – 2:30 pm                   The Malloy/Waltich/Smith Christmas Jazz Trio

2:45 – 3:45 pm                   Patrick McGlynn


Vendor List:


A Day to Remember, Airmidian Natural Remedies, AOS Metals, Art by Sam Kuchwara /Allison LaRussa, Backyard Ale House, Bank Street Pottery, Bootlegger Bo’s Gem Mine, Boutique Libertina, Can Tees, Carmella’s Italian Deli & Pastries, and Country Girl Kettle Corn.


Dale B. Craft, Debra J. Colarossi Salon, Dots and Dashes Jewelry, E Boutique Bows, Earth and Wears, Embroidery4U,

Fly Me Home, From Drab to Fab, Gravity Line Forge, and Gypsy Cottage.


JMS Photography, K & D Creations, K.K.’s Crochet Corner /Nick D.’s Video Game Vault, Kathy’s Crochet, Katie’s Kreations,

Krafts BY Konopka, Lamberton Designs, Little Gems by Em, Lk’s Wreaths & Accessories, and Lola French Macarons.


Lucchi Family Wine Cellars, Maiolatesi Wine Cellars, Mark Ciocca Illustrations, Nelstra Gallery, Newkirk Honey, Not Your Grandma’s Cross Stitch, NOTE Fragrances, On&On, Pittston Popcorn, and Pratt Woodcraft.


Pure Suds Co., Reclamation Industrial Furnishings, Rynkiewicz Dips and Mixes, Sam’s Wreaths and More, Shpoppy Shawn’s Shmoked Cheese, LLC, Stone Fawx Studios, Sugar Plum Chocolates, Tammy’s Stained Glass Treasures, Tarnowski Brothers Kielbasi, and The Baklava Lady.


The Soap Box, The Sweet Lush Cupcakery, The Wandering Brew, Tig & Cooney’s, Valerie Kiser Design, Vikki’s Nut House, Wilbur’s Barkery, LLC, Woodland Way, and Yo Adrienne.

Lackawanna County Supports Performance of Indian Classical Dance At The Scranton Cultural Center

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the community and, in that vein, it is underwriting “Ancient Legacy Modern Land” – Erasing Borders II, a one-hour sequel presentation set for Saturday, November 17, at 5 pm in Shopland Hall at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Avenue.

The performance, which costs $5 and includes a reception, will feature an Indian classical theme that transcends cultural boundaries.

Though rooted in the ancient classical dance tradition of India, the recital will incorporate diverse musical and cultural influences. The theme will focus on erasing differences of language, culture and religion and incorporate English poetry by famous American and international poets. The program is based on the two-thousand-year-old Classical dance form of India called Bharata Natyam and will showcase how the ancient Indian art form has adapted to its new home – the United States. Transplanted into a new and different environment, it has had to make subtle adjustments to survive and flourish.

The professional dancers from Kala School of Dance, Clarks Summit, will be joined by young dancers from New York, who are dedicated to ensuring the continuity of the art form along with highlighting the aspect of change and adaptation.

The Kala School was established in 1995 by Sujata Nair-Mulloth and has been training students in Indian Classical Dance for the past twenty years.

This project is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  It is also sponsored by a Lackawanna County Community Arts and Culture Grant, a program of Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni, and Laureen A. Cummings.

For more information about the performance, please contact Sujata Nair-Mulloth, Artistic Director of Kala School of Indian Classical Dance, at or by telephone at 570-586-3917.

Pennsylvania Council On The Arts Director To Speak At October 5 Arts Breakfast

Matthew Serio, Program Director at the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), will be the featured speaker at the “Wake Up With The Arts Breakfast,” set for Friday, October 5, at the Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff Street, on the property of Steamtown National Historic Site from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.

The ninth annual event, sponsored by the Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department, brings national speakers to our community on varied arts topics of interest.

The breakfast will open with a short performance by the Justin Padro Trio and tables will be decorated by local artists and organizations.

Mr. Serio’s lecture, The State of the Arts in Pennsylvania, will focus on arts and culture trends across the state, the challenges and opportunities the arts face in Pennsylvania, and the role of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Matthew has been in his position as Program Director at the PCA since 2012.  He oversees the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, Entry Track, Local Arts, Presenting and Theater grant programs. Formerly he was Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity for Berks and Lancaster Counties; a Program Manager for the Berks Arts Council; and Festival Director of the Greater Reading Film Festival. He is a graduate of Kutztown University with a degree in Communication Design.

Since its inception, the arts breakfast has served as a creative networking event, focusing on educating, motivating and inspiring the public to use the arts, area artists, and art organizations, businesses and agencies to enhance the quality of life in Lackawanna County’s communities.  It also showcases the artistic talent in Northeastern Pennsylvania, due to the fact that the tables at the event are decorated by local artists and organizations.

The “Wake up with the Arts Breakfast” is free and open to the public.  Interested parties can register by emailing or calling 570.963.6590, ext. 106.

Free Panel Discussion On Nurturing & Sustaining Yourself In The Non-Profit & Arts World

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department and the Lackawanna County Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Council) will present Nurturing and Sustaining Yourself in the Non-Profit and Arts World, a free panel discussion on Saturday, September 15, in the Ladies Parlor at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple from 1 PM – 2 PM.  A reception, featuring light appetizers and the music of the Tyler Dempsey Trio, will take place from noon – 1 PM.

The goal of the program is to provide a perspective on the challenges and opportunities in the non-profit and art world and how to craft successful strategies to excel in those arenas.

The featured speakers, who will share their expertise on creating a sustainable model for long-term success, include: Gabrielle Senza, a visual artist who in 2011 launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund her installation at the Everhart Museum of National History, Science and Art; Tracy Pratt, Manager of Development at Johnson College; and Maria Wilson, Executive Director of the Waverly Community House, where a wide range of arts and community events are offered.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department was formed in 2004 and is supported through an education and culture fee that generates approximately $1.2 million for use in enhancing the County’s quality of life.  The office offers community grants, public arts programming, workshops and lectures and oversees the operation of the Electric City Trolley Station and Museum.

For questions on the program, contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 102, or email