Monthly Archive: July 2016

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Rethinking Meat: An Interview with Ariane Daguin

Ariane Daguin is the founder, owner, and CEO of D Artagnan [1] , a purveyor of gourmet meats based in New Jersey. Since its founding in 1985, D Artagnan has been a leader in the food industry by making sustainable, humanely raised meats accessible to the American market. Daguin, who is originally from the southwest of France, is dedicated to producing food raised with respect, from organic chicken and foie gras to grass-fed beef and smoked bacon. Food Tank had the opportunity to speak with Ariane Daguin about her journey in creating an alternative to industrial farming, the factors that set her products apart, and the process behind foie gras and the Green Circle chicken. Food Tank (FT): How do your cultural upbringing and family history in food production influence D Artagnan s practices? Ariana Daguin (AD): It influenced it tremendously. I was not born on a farm, I was born in a very rural part of France, Gascony, where there is no factory farming there are no huge farms. It is in a temperate part of France and because of that ideal climate, there were many small farms that specialized in ducks, geese, and other waterfowl, with an emphasis on foie gras. It is very much a polyculture region with a huge respect for the quality of ingredients. In my family, we can trace back seven generations before me that has been in the food and hospitality business you know, inns, auberges . Basically, I was born into a family and culture of total respect for the client. And a part of that is trying to serve them best ingredients possible. I used to follow my father and grandmother to the small regional markets of the villages, where they had true, deep relationships with farmers who would grow specific products for them. So when I came to this country, I was totally flabbergasted by the lack of this. It was almost 40 years ago, I started D Artagnan 30 years ago. I couldn’t find any good meat, especially poultry. The chicken was inedible to me it was Ah, how can something like this exist to me, it was impossible. Even though I spent a brief time at Barnard College, I really didn’t have a sense of marketing at the time. All I knew was that there were chefs here who needed access to good meats and poultry, and they certainly didn’t have access to that then. We were extremely lucky because it was at the time when young chefs were coming out of newly formed professional culinary schools. Those young chefs were traveling to Europe and came back with a respect for ingredients that wasn’t there before. Chefs like Jean-Louis Palladin, who came from France, and said high and loud, Hey I need good ingredients, where are the good ingredients, I need farmers to grow good ingredients for me. D Artagnan started in that favorable atmosphere. Without any conscious marketing, it was easy to use experiences from my region and try to convince American farmers to do it the same way. In the beginning, it was very difficult for farmers to understand, since after World War II there was only one motto: Let s grow as fast as possible and as cheaply as possible. We had to go back to the basics and say, no, we don’t want that breed of duck that grows in five and a half weeks. We demanded older, heritage breeds that take 10 11 weeks to mature into adulthood. Same thing with chickens. No, we don’t want chickens that are 38 days old and never saw the light of day, we want chickens that grow for several months and mature slowly and go and pick at insects outside and have space to build a real texture to their meat. FT: What sets your products apart from other meat products? AD: An example is that we found somebody in North Carolina who was doing quail, but they were doing quail only frozen and in a very automatized manner. We asked them to have them fresh, we asked them to change the diet, and we asked them to grow them longer for us with a natural diet, without antibiotics and without medication. On the chicken, right away, I wanted some that could last more than the commercial breed. The commercial breed, you cannot grow them much more after 50 days. They are so genetically manipulated that they barely go to two months old, they are not made to survive much longer. So we started to put some heritage breeds in the mix, we started to, again, ask the farmers to use no medication at all. If you have to medicate the animals, please take them out of our program and put them wherever else you want to but not to us. Please have at least five square feet per chicken on the outside and at least two square feet inside. And only use well water with no chlorine. And then we started to ask that was the second step slaughterhouses to air chill instead of water chill the birds. That took a while because we needed some volume in order to convince people that they could do that for us. On the organic chicken, I believe we were the first ones to have an organic chicken. In the beginning, we couldn’t label it because the USDA, for 10 years, didn’t have a definition for organic. Of course, we also have foie gras, and on the meat side, we started with venison and elk. Little by little, we grew, and now we have a huge group of farmers who do Angus beef. They are pasture-raised and finished with grain right in the prairie. FT: What does D Artagnan look for in their producers and how do you verify compliance to your standards? AD: First, we look for producers that are close to the slaughterhouse, and then talk with them. In the beginning, it was hard to convince conventional farmers to change their ways. Now, it’s much easier since we have a good track record working with other groups of farmers. The slaughterhouses are our weakest link. Small slaughterhouses are dying every day, and huge ones are becoming huger. That s a concerning fact in our industry, because the bigger the slaughterhouse, the less prone they are to accepting animals that require a slightly different methodology than their cookie cutter animals. And that’s a problem. So we are trying different ways, with the Farm Bureau and agriculture departments of different universities. We are trying to convince them to set up slaughterhouses where there are enough regional farmers that can make that slaughterhouse viable even though the cost per animal will always be much more than one of those humongous 100,000-chickens-per-hour operations. Regarding verification, there are three ways of doing it. The first one is us: we visit each site between three to four times per year. The second way is the USDA. One way or another, they need to certify that our animals are antibiotic free, free range, or organic for the label. It s imperfect, but it s there. The third way is through our third-party certifications. We try to have the Certified Humane label as much as possible. But, generally, once a farmer is in the group, they like participating. Economically speaking, we are more viable than any commodity market. In a commodity market structure, you might raise cattle for two years and have to kill it for less than the price it took to raise it. Whereas for us, that would never be the case. We look at it in a very transparent way with the farmers and account for all the costs of raising an animal. So, they are assured that we will pay the right price. The only variable is the price of grain if farmers import it. It s a fair system that works and a win-win for everybody. FT: Tell us about your efforts and any challenges you faced in bringing your humanely raised, sustainable meat to a wider audience. AD: For a long time, our only clients were chefs. They were the only people who understood the value of what we were bringing. Little by little, consumers who experienced the restaurant food started to ask for the same quality in stores. That s how we entered into little stores. Today, 60 percent of our business is still to restaurants; the rest is to little stores, and 5 percent is through our direct-to-consumer website which is growing really fast. Selling in little stores is challenging because of the higher price. But it is also an opportunity because our business model doesn’t work if we only sell certain parts of the poultry. For example, when people buy only boneless, skinless chicken breast and not the legs, skin, and bones, we cannot justify the price of the whole chicken. Same with ducks. We cannot just sell duck breasts, so we developed duck confit, rillettes, and pat . We have to be creative in selling all parts of the animals. That’s where the little stores help a lot because they are better at selling ready-to-eat products. Today our biggest challenge is developing and maintaining small slaughterhouses and creating products that use the whole animal. Also, times change. During the big economic crisis in 2008, all the restaurants changed their orders to cheaper cuts. They still wanted the same, humanely raised animal but only wanted lower cuts. We had to learn how to adapt to that. FT: D Artagnan began as a purveyor of foie gras and continues to be a major provider despite controversy over the product. Can you talk about why the foie gras you sell is different than most other foie gras? AD: This is actually not the right question. We don’t have a good farm and everyone else has the bad farm. Producing foie gras is just like producing chicken and pork. You have good farmers and bad farmers. To me, bad farmers are those that try to raise too high of quantities without respecting the animal. The same principle applies to foie gras. If you limit your quantity to an amount that allows you to respect the animal and give it space, there is no problem with foie gras. In order to produce foie gras, you first must raise your duck in a normal way for 9 11 weeks. During this time, you have the ducks run outside from food to water all day. After this, they are put inside in parks of four to five ducks. Then, three times per day, a feeder with pump and tube comes and force feeds the ducks a mash of corn into the esophagus. The esophagus of birds is insensitive and they have no gag reflex. When people anthropomorphize and say, oh, it must hurt to put that in their throat, number one, it’s not a throat, and number two, they are not human beings, they are ducks. When mother birds feed the baby birds, they put their beaks down the esophagus of the baby birds to the stomach, so it’s the same principle. The ducks are frazzled in the first couple of days because they aren’t used to having a human so close they regard the human as a predator. After these couple of days, man is no longer an enemy; he is someone who brings you food. Also, after this initial period, the duck is starting to go into a migratory mode. Ducks and geese force feed themselves before migration, so they have enough calories for the very long flight. So as the ducks grow, their liver and organs start to enter into a migratory mode. There is nothing inhumane, we are just mimicking their migratory mode. This is not a sickness, it is a normal propensity for waterfowls to force feed themselves and store calories in certain places in their body. One of them is the liver, and the other is the skin. Once you know the principle, it’s easy to see who the good farmers are. The good farmers are the ones who don’t keep animals in individual cages but keep them in parks that are spacious, with plenty of straw and water, that let the animals outside to exercise in their first weeks of their life. You can differentiate between those farmers and those who practice factory farming. By the way, it’s easy to figure it out, because the foie gras from factory farms is bad. It doesn’t taste good. There is not secret if you treat an animal right, if they have a wholesome life with diverse food and ways to walk around in their natural habitat they will give you good meat. If you mistreat animals, the meat is not going to be good. It s true for all animals: ducks, pigs, beef, lamb, and chicken, in particular. FT: Can you share with us what inspired the Green Circle chicken ? Do you see D Artagnan introducing other similar products? [2] AD: The Green Circle chicken is an effort to reproduce the chickens I tasted when I was young, that my grandma was raising with my cousins. Basically, my grandma would take scraps from the hotel restaurant and would bring it to the farm where they would feed the vegetables to the chicken. We would give the other stuff to the pig because there was one huge pig usually that would eat everything, we were so frightened of it. But the vegetables went to chicken, and those chickens had an incredible taste. I wanted to have the same experience, and I talked to seven chefs in New York City and I told them about this. I wanted to try to put this system in place where I would deliver the chickens twice a week, and in exchange, they would sort out their scraps in specific buckets give the same driver the vegetables. That s how we started the Green Circle program. After a while, it became really cumbersome because, first of all, the buckets had to be filled in a timely manner in the restaurant. We had put a list in English and in Spanish for the kitchen so they would not put any citrus in it or stuff that chickens don t like. Then, we would need to disinfect the buckets in between each trip. We would need to bring the buckets back here to the warehouse. Then, we would have to put those buckets into the truck that brought us the chickens from the slaughterhouse. At the slaughterhouse, the buckets would have to go in the truck that brought the live chickens to the slaughterhouse. After, those trucks would go back to the farm. It was fun, but it was…every little piece of the leg of the trip, if something went wrong, boom, the whole thing went wrong. It became really cumbersome. We have a dozen farmers in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania, and there are a couple of really big Amish outdoor markets. We made deals with those markets. Now, instead of schlepping back the vegetable scraps from the restaurants, we get vegetables directly from the market at the end of the day. Those are ugly vegetables that people didn’t want because they were ugly they had a bruise, they were overripe or underripe, or had the wrong color. Now, it’s much easier. We get vegetables every day from the farmers and feed them to the chickens. Because of that system, we are able to grow. We started with two farmers; we are now up to 12 farmers. Today, we are at 15,000 [Green Circle chickens] per week. [Regarding other products] we are working on something. References ^ D Artagnan (www.dartagnan.com) ^ Green Circle chicken (www.dartagnan.com)

Misty Lown’s new book a big splash in a life of accomplishment 0

Misty Lown’s new book a big splash in a life of accomplishment

Teaching dance always attracted Misty Lown [1] she was leading her own classes when she was 16, having started dancing at 3. But she thought dancing professionally was her true calling, and a dream that was within her grasp. As a college student at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Lown was accepted into a prestigious year-long training program with the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. I thought, This is going to be my life, Lown said. Before going to New York City, though, Lown went to Madison to see a performance by the Alvin Ailey troupe. During their closing number, Revelations, I had what I can only call a God-whisper on my heart that said, What will you remember of this performance a week, a month or a year from now? Lown recalled. Then she thought of the impact she could have on her dance students, imparting both art and life lessons that they might well pass on to more students themselves. That was it for me, Lown said. I left that theater with tears streaming down my cheeks and knew the classroom would be my stage. Over time, Lown s classroom grew. In 1998, barely into her 20s, she opened a dance studio, Misty s Dance Unlimited [2] , in a brand new building in Onalaska. Nine years later, she built a bigger home that now has 800 students. Then she launched an organization to help other dance studios that now reaches 60,000 students a week. Now she has an ever-more demanding schedule as an inspirational speaker on leadership and entrepreneurship. And now Lown s classroom is getting a lot bigger again. In early July, Lown published a book called One Small Yes: Small Decisions That Lead to Big Results [3] that in its first five days alone had more than 10,000 online e-book downloads on Amazon, hitting No. 5 on the list of most downloaded books during that period. The book has an uplifting, empowering message, one that draws heavily on Lown s own life in an effort to help people find their own calling as she did. The message is centered on my belief that everybody was DNA-wired to do something great that only they can do. So you have a special calling in your life. It s the great privilege and responsibility of life to figure that out and then start making small yes choices in that direction, Lown said. If you can figure out, or at least ask the question What am I here for? and then make an earnest yes effort to move in that direction, I think that s where people get a lot of joy out of life. Beginnings My parents were doers, they just made things happen, Lown said of her childhood on La Crosse s North Side. We didn t always have all the resources we might want … but they made it happen. She recalled when she was about 11 and her father, Paul Averill, lost his job as a truck driver. He was the family s sole breadwinner, but he insisted that rather than go on public assistance he was going to dig ditches for the railroad if he had to. And he was 40, so my age, Lown said. And that left an indelible mark on me. It made me realize everything is figure-out-able. Her mother, Sandy Averill, had the same kind of can-do attitude, and Lown recalled that her parents were always quick to help anybody else who was going through a hard time. I just think compassion is important. When you see somebody has a need, you need to act on that, said Sandy, who has worked at MDU since it opened. Lown saw her parents as great role models. They were so giving and they just faced each challenge, they just kept saying yes to the challenge of life, the daily grind of life, Lown said. If my dad was willing to go and dig ditches for me so we wouldn t lose our house, by golly, I owe it to him to face the challenges in my life. And I tell that story to my kids. Her father did go to work on the railroad, but he put himself through railroad signal school and rose to the top of his field, the equivalent, Lown said, of going from the mailroom to a corner office on the top floor. Starting dance lessons at Lorraine s School of Dance when she was 3, Lown faced challenges of her own: asthma and a club foot. But the dancing helped her foot straighten out, Sandy said, and dance gave Misty a growing sense of confidence and helped develop her perseverance. Lown proved to be a superlative dancer, and Paul Averill said he thought his daughter might end up a professional dancer. She was just a bright kid. I knew that whatever she wanted to do, she d succeed at it, he said. Misty the teacher Lown was on track to become a Spanish teacher her bachelor s degree is in Spanish, and she earned a master s degree in education from UW-L. But she knew that teaching dance was a way in which she could have more impact and more satisfaction. I got into the Spanish classroom, and I thought, I could be turning cartwheels in here, and I don t think the kids would be very interested, Lown said. But when I go to the dance studio … they can t wait to hear what I have to say. At first, Lown taught most of the dance classes at Misty s Dance Unlimited. But, as she attracted more students, she taught new teachers to lead classes. Kristina (Smaby) Schoh was one of the many dancers turned teachers, teaching when she was just 15. Schoh, a Miss Wisconsin Pageant winner, recalled praying at night when she was 9 or 10 to wake up and be Misty. I so badly wanted to emulate her in every way from a dancer to a teacher to a person, she said. But Schoh said Lown s mentorship taught her she didn t need to be someone else, just her best self, and that was a message Schoh and other MDU teachers passed on to their students. She s unstoppable, invincible, Schoh said of Lown. Misty could have stopped at Misty s Dance Unlimited and she would have been defined as successful. It s been really fun for me and empowering to see that you don t ever have to stop. These days, Misty s Dance Unlimited draws about 800 dancers every week, and MDU reaches another 600 area kids through community outreach, including classes at Boys & Girls Clubs branches, preschools, community events and more. Five years ago, Lown started More Than Just Great Dancing [4] , a company that provides member dance studios with a template that can help them emulate Misty s Dance Unlimited. I was out speaking on the national circuits, writing for a national magazine, and people were just really interested in how we built what we did, and how we did it without losing our families, our minds, or compromising kids, because those are pretty common things to happen in the industry, Lown said. After five years, there are 164 affiliated dance schools in 34 states, Canada, Australia, Aruba and Dubai serving 60,000 young dancers every week. More Than Just Great Dancing has become a very full-time job for Lown, and she has 10 employees in the MTJGD enterprise, eight of them full-timers (including her sister, Alana Hess, nine years her junior). Lown also has a reach beyond those 60,000 young dancers through an online magazine called More Than Dancers [5] , which started a year ago. Last month, the site had 200,000 visitors (from more than 90 countries) with a million Facebook engagements, and More Than Dancers is among the top 10 most popular dance-related accounts on Twitter. More Than Dancers is launching a new summer dance festival in the Twin Cities next year. It s expected to draw 500 dancers, mostly from MTJGD-affiliated schools. Unlike most large gatherings of dancers, it s not a competition. The emphasis will be on learning and not just about dance. There will be breakout sessions to help participants work out their paths in life after high school. Nobody s done a dance festival that has this life- and college-planning focus, and I think that s really necessary, Lown said. More than busy Lown also regularly speaks on business development, creating wow experiences for clients, marketing, community service, work-life balance and other business and entrepreneurial topics. She recently returned from speaking at a convention of mortgage bankers in the Virgin Islands. Lown also takes part in four or five Dance Revolution [6] events a year as a performer and teacher basically 2 -day Christian dance conventions. All but two months this year have her traveling, but April and September on her calendar say no speaking family time. Those months were strategically chosen, Lown said, for the beginning of school in the fall and for preparation for the annual MDU spring dance recitals, which draw thousands of spectators for multiple performances every year at Viterbo University s Fine Arts Center. Family time is important to Lown. She s had an extended break from teaching dance classes to make more time for her husband, Mitch (her high school sweetheart at La Crosse Logan), and their daughter and four sons: 15-year-old Isabella, whom Lown says is an even stronger dancer than she was at that age; 13-year-old Mason, an avid water skier; 11-year-old Sam, a talented dancer and member of the MDU competitive hip-hop team; 9-year-old Max, who is into all things sports, all the time ; and 7-year-old Benji, who loves music and science and is extremely inquisitive. As busy as she is between her family and ever-growing enterprises, Lown makes it a point to find time for charitable work. Most notably, she started and led for seven years the annual Dancing With the La Crosse Stars fundraising event that raised $400,000 in those years for the American Red Cross and she won top honors in the first one with her dance partner, UW-La Crosse Professor Robert Richardson. She also started a free adaptive dance class for youths with disabilities, launched a dance education program at the Boys & Girls Clubs along with scholarships for 10 BGC members per year to take classes at MDU. And a grant program she helped start in 2011 has given $25,000 to area schools so far, with students writing their own proposals for grants of up to $250. MDU also gave more than $200,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships before starting the Chance to Dance Foundation three years ago. And these are just the public things. Sandy Averill said her daughter does a lot of things anonymously, something confirmed by Mike Desmond, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse. (The Lowns) as a couple seem to really understand the meaning of what we re all called to do, which is to make a difference in other people s lives, especially the most vulnerable, Desmond said. Now that all her children are in school full-time, she s going to ease back into teaching at the studio for the first time in five years with an advanced ballet class on Tuesday nights. That s my sweet spot, working with teenagers, because they are making those daily choices about who they are and what they stand for and what they want to be when they grow up, she said. After her early July trip to the book launch in Washington, D.C., coming back home to the chaos of a five-child household helped Lown put life into perspective again after the dizzying success of her book launch. You come home and they re like, Hey, welcome home, did you pick up milk? Lown said with a laugh. My real life is very real, so it definitely keeps me grounded. Writing a book Last fall, Lown started writing a book called Eight Steps to a Better Dance Studio, with the thought she could help more studio owners and teachers than she can reach through her More Than Just Great Dancing organization. She was an old hand at writing, having written about 50 stories for various publications over the years. Lown was about halfway through writing it when she sat down with key members of her team. She had some doubts about where the book was going and wanted their advice. Her core team members there are about 15 between the dance studio and MTJGD pressed her on what studio owners ask her when they ask her for advice. And they always ask, How did you do it, and I always say, Just take it one small yes at a time, Lown recalled. Then we had this a-ha moment as a team where it was like, well clearly I m writing the wrong book. Lown enrolled in a three-month, online book writing course called Make a Difference through a publisher called Difference Press that focuses on publishing books meant to have an impact for good on readers. The course forced Lown to ask herself hard questions she hadn t considered. You know, who is your ideal reader? Who is the audience? What is your purpose? Why are you doing this? We worked backwards through the outline, so it was really a reverse engineered process, Lown explained. They say the worst thing you can do when you want to write a book is to start writing. You have to build the structure. What Lown came up with had implications well beyond how to build a successful dance studio business. This book is about creating a path between where you are and what you feel like you are called to do, she said. For the launch of the book [7] , Lown and the six other authors in her class gathered at the publisher s office in Washington, D.C., for a launch party on July 7, Lown s 41st birthday. Difference Press launches books by offering free downloads on Amazon for five days. By the end of the launch, One Small Yes topped 10,000 downloads, by far the most of any of the 174 books published in the history of Difference Press. Hitting the 10,000 mark was extra sweet for Lown because the publisher had offered a reward for hitting that: a $1,000 donation to Global Groundwork [8] , the charitable initiative launched by Lown s husband in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake to establish a school in Port-au-Prince. She s our superstar, said Angela Lauria, the woman behind Difference Press and The Author Incubator, which put on the class Lown went through to write her book. I think the reason why her message was so appealing is it was so doable. So many people have these big messages about living your dreams. I think her message is so accessible. Lown was very happy about her book s reception and the quantity of downloads. We ve had 90 five-star reviews, so I think it s something people were glad they took the time to read, she said. As far as Lown s mother is concerned, the book could not have been better. I thought it was very inspiring, she said. She just has a wonderful gift in telling her story in a way that people see themselves in it and they can relate to it. Lown signed a publishing contract with Morgan James Publishing, which specializes in books on entrepreneurship. Some of my heroes of the entrepreneurial world were published by Morgan James, so for me, that was an especially sweet thing, she said. For all the success of the book so far, Lown says she has tried to put that in perspective. My real reward is what I learned through the process, another layer of can-do. I can do this, I can discipline myself to get this done, and I can apply that discipline to something else. Lown is quick to point out that the successful launch of the book, which will have a print edition that will be in Barnes & Noble stores next spring, went far beyond her own efforts. In addition to the editors and designers who helped get the book ready for publication after she had written it, there were also about 150 people on her launch team that read the book in advance and helped spread the word. Success means many things to many people, but to me it means giving credit where credit is due and never forgetting the people who helped you along the way, Lown added. I ll talk about that as long as I have breath, and I think that s really important to model to kids. One big yes Lown certainly will never stop giving credit to Harold Deak Swanson, who gave Lown a big break and a big yes almost 20 years ago. In the fall of 1996, Lown won the Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest Pageant, which she d entered the year before and finished as second runner-up. Not winning was disappointing, but looking back now it was the best thing that could have happened. It put her on the same path as Swanson, a well-known builder who was named festmaster in 1996. Spending so much time together at parades and other events, they grew close. Swanson soon learned that Lown s dance students meant the world to her and that she had a big dream of having her own studio. One day, Lown recalled, he said, I want to have breakfast with you at Marge s. I said, What time? And he said 5 o clock. I said, In the morning? He said, Yeah, that s when you have breakfast. At breakfast, Swanson offered to build Lown a dance studio on Braund Street in Onalaska. He laid out a plan, and he gave me a job at his construction company, so I could save money for the things that would not be in the building but were still needed, a lot of other startup costs. He got up and shook my hand and said, I m going to build you that dance studio, Lown said. I mean, I m a kid, literally a 20-year-old kid from the North Side, and this guy takes a three-quarter-of-a-million-dollar gamble on me. No bank would ve taken that chance on me, but Deak built me my first building on a handshake. It didn t seem like a big gamble to Swanson. She had a plan. It was a good plan, said Swanson, who after a year of Oktoberfest events saw Lown as family. Her foundation was good, and that was what was important. I just wanted to help her out because I had a lot of empathy for her. Swanson said he would have let the rent slide had Lown ever run into financial difficulties, but that never happened. Misty s Dance Unlimited took off in 1998 and grew by leaps and bounds. Lown bought the building from Swanson. Then she bought land from him on 12th Avenue South in Onalaska to build a new studio, an 11,000-square-foot building that opened in 2007. She s done extraordinarily well, Swanson said. She is so extremely focused on what she does. I am not amazed at all that she is so successful because she is so disciplined. At MDU dance recitals, Lown regularly tells the story of how Swanson helped her get started. Swanson had long known about these shout-outs and had avoided going to the recitals. He didn t feel like he needed any kind of public recognition for his part in getting Lown started, especially in front of a full house in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center, where MDU dance recitals are held these days, with six shows in a weekend. But finally last year, Lown convinced Swanson to come. She had a plaque made and brought him up for a tribute and a hug. I was kind of embarrassed. I didn t do it for the recognition, Swanson said. Embarrassment aside, it was an emotionally touching moment, he said. I knew I had the daughter I never had. Having Swanson at the recital was emotional for Lown, too. My favorite moment was after the show, Lown recalled. He comes by and he gave me this hug and he looks at me and says, You done good, kid. And then he walked off, and I just started sobbing my eyes out. To hear him say I had done well with what he had entrusted to me there could be no higher praise. References ^ http://mistylown.com/ (mistylown.com) ^ http://mistysdance.com/ (mistysdance.com) ^ https://www.amazon.com/One-Small-Yes-Decisions-Results-%20%20ebook/dp/B01I0TJ2Q0/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8#nav-subnav (www.amazon.com) ^ http://morethanjustgreatdancing.com/ (morethanjustgreatdancing.com) ^ http://www.morethandancers.com/ (www.morethandancers.com) ^ http://www.dance-revolution.com/index.cfm (www.dance-revolution.com) ^ https://theauthorincubator.com/our-174th-bestseller-in-a-row-is-our-first-%20%2010000-download-book-launch/ (theauthorincubator.com) ^ http://www.globalgroundwork.org/ (www.globalgroundwork.org)

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Do it: Your guide to entertainment and events in Northeast Pa.

Article Tools This photograph by Bernie Andreoli, along with the work of Lori Ryan and Rolfe Ross, will be part of the exhibit TRIO: Photographs from the Curators of The Camerawork Gallery beginning Friday with an opening reception from 6 to 8:15 p.m. at the gallery in the lower level of Marquis Art and Frame, 515 Center St. The exhibit will be on display until Aug. 27. For more information, call 570-344-3313 or visit www.cameraworkgallery.org. CLUBS BARTOLAI WINERY: Falls: today, Skip Monday. BAZIL: Clarks Summit: Wednesday, Marko Marcinko Jazz Trio. COOPER’S ON THE WATERFRONT: Pittston: today, Karaoke with DJ Honey Do. COOPER’S SEAFOOD HOUSE: Scranton: today, Fake Uncle Jack. GLASS WINE BAR & BISTRO: Hawley: today, Blues, Brews & BBQ featuring Gary Rixner on trombone. IRISH WOLF PUB: Scranton: today, Metal Day with Blood Eagle, Cognitive, Krypton, Beer & Pretzels, Kept Blind, Ashes of Lakeshore; Wednesday, NEPA Open Mic Night. OLDE BROOK INN: Moscow: today, Paul Martin. OLE TYME CHARLEY’S RESTAURANT & PUB: Plains Twp.: Wednesday, Karaoke. O’LEARY’S PUB: Scranton: Wednesday, Village Idiots. OSE (FORMER OAK STREET EXPRESS): Taylor: today, Leonard and the Control Freaks on the patio. RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE: Plains Twp.: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Erin McClelland. SKYTOP LODGE: Skytop: today, Hot Sardines. STIR NIGHTCLUB & BAR: Wilkes-Barre: Wednesday, Karaoke with Tony Piazza. MUSIC RON LEAS BRASS BAND: today, 2 p.m. Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Free. 570-348-4186. CALLIOPE: today, 6 p.m. Presbyterian Church of the Mountain Gazebo, Delaware Water Gap. Free. 570-476-0345 or churchofthemountain.org. DION AND RONNIE SPECTOR: today, 8 p.m. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. $48.50-$100. 888-781-2922 or bethelwoodscenter.org. LAKESIDE WEDNESDAY CONCERTS: Wednesday, 6 p.m., Aug. 10, 6 p.m., Aug. 17, 6 p.m., Aug. 24, 6 p.m., Aug. 31, 6 p.m. Hillside Park, Clarks Summit. Free.hillside park.net. THE TELLERZ: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Free. 570-348-4186. TOBY KEITH: Thursday. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. $38-$79.75. 888-781-2922 or bethelwoodscenter.org. SCRANTON JAZZ FESTIVAL: Friday through Aug. 7. Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel, Scranton. $10-$35. 570-575-5282, scrantonjazzfestival.org or [email protected] COUNTING CROWS, ROB THOMAS: Friday, 7 p.m. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York. $38-$104.50. 888-781-2922 or bethelwoodscenter.org. MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK SO LONG, FAREWELL TOUR: Friday, 8 p.m. Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. $25-$30 advance; $35 day of show. 570-420-2808 or sherman theater.com. SCRANTON FRINGE ALL-AGES SHOW: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. AFA Gallery, Scranton. $7. 570-969-1040, artistsforart.org or scranton [email protected] CALEB HAWLEY: Saturday, 8 p.m. Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill, Hawley. $20-$23. 570-588-8077, harmony presents.com or [email protected] harmony.com. JERRY GARCIA SYMPHONIC CELEBRATION FEATURING WARREN HAYNES: Saturday, 8 p.m. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York. $43-$115. 888-781-2922 or bethelwoodscenter.org. DOUG SMITH’S DIXIELAND ALL-STARS: Aug. 7, 2 p.m. Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Free. 570-348-4186. WEST 3RD STREET BAND: Aug. 7, 2 to 4 p.m. Allen Park, Scranton. SPACE ODDITY THE ULTIMATE DAVID BOWIE EXPERIENCE: Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre. $19.50-$39.50. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. JUMP STREET BAND: Aug. 10, 7 p.m. Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Free. 570-348-4186. PEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016: Aug. 11 through 14. The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton. 570-961-9000 or livenation.com. CELTIC MARTINS: Aug. 12, 7 p.m. Salt Springs State Park, Franklin Forks. Free but donations accepted. 570-945-3239 or friendsofsaltspringspark.org. KANSAS: Aug. 12, 8 p.m. Wells Fargo Amphitheater at Misericordia University, Dallas. $20-$30. 570-674-6400 or misericordia.edu. WHEELIEFEST 18: Aug. 13. Fantasy Island, Hawley. Ticket includes barbecue dinner, beer, camping and swimming. real rockpro.com. DARIUS RUCKER WITH DAN+SHAY AND MICHAEL RAY: Aug. 14. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York. $38-$79.75. 888-781-2922 or bethelwoods center.org. THE FORTUNES: Aug. 14, 2 p.m. Nay Aug Park, Scranton. 570-348-4186. BLACKMORE’S NIGHT: Aug. 19, 8 p.m. Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. 570-420-2808 or shermantheater.com. THE SOUL OF IRELAND: Aug. 20, 5:30 p.m. Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford. $15/$20/$110 season pass. 570-296-9630. SMOKEY ROBINSON: Aug. 20, 7 p.m. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York. $60.50-$140. 888-781-2922 or bethelwoodscenter.org. THE FAB THREE: Aug. 21, 2 to 4 p.m. Jackson Street Skate Park, Scranton. THE SOUL OF IRELAND: Aug. 21, 4:30 p.m. Hawley Silk Mill. $15/$20/$110 season pass. BRANTLEY GILBERT: Aug. 21. The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton. 570-961-9000 or livenation.com. OLD FRIENDS: Aug. 24, 7 p.m. Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Free. 570-348-4186. BLINK-182, A DAY TO REMEMBER, ALL TIME LOW: Aug. 25, 7 p.m. The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton. 570-961-9000 or livenation.com. SHAWN KLUSH AND THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS: Aug. 26 through 27, 8 p.m. Keystone Grand Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp. $29-$89. 570-831-2100 or mohegansunpocono.com. SE A CABO: Aug. 28, 2 p.m. Nay Aug Park, Scranton. 570-348-4186. HICKORY PROJECT: Aug. 28, 3 p.m. The Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Donations will be accepted at the door. 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com. GAVIN DEGRAW, ANDY GRAMMER, WITH SPECIAL GUEST AARON TVEIT: Aug. 28, 7 p.m. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel. $33-$64.50. 888-781-2922 or bethelwoodscenter.org. THREE DAYS GRACE: Aug. 30, 8 p.m. Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. $29.50 advance; $32 day of show. 570-420-2808 or shermantheater.com. STAGE A CHORUS LINE: today, 6 p.m. Act Out Theatre, Taylor. 570-881-4206 or ActOutTheatre.com [email protected] DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS: Friday, 7 p.m. Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, Scranton. 570-252-4156 or capaa.org. CHICAGO: Friday, 8 p.m., Saturday, 8 p.m. Kirby Center for Creative Arts at Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. $20 or $12 for students and seniors. 570-270-2186. PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: Aug. 11. Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple. Free. 570-344-1111 or sccmt.org. IMPROV GROUP: Aug. 15, 7 to 9 p.m. The Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com. NUNSENSE: Aug. 20, 7 p.m., Aug. 21, 2 p.m. Holy Family Residence, Scranton. $20/$25. 800-838-3006 or ourcabaret.com. PANKED! DANCE PARTY: Aug. 25, 9 p.m., Sept. 29, 9 p.m., Oct. 27, 9 p.m., Nov. 24, 9 p.m., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. The Bog, Scranton. $5. 570-341-6761. SESAME STREET LIFE ELMO MAKES MUSIC: Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m., Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., Sept. 11, 2 p.m. Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Twp. $18/$25. 570-970-7600 or mohegansun arenapa.com. ADAM FERRARA: Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre. $20.50 advance; $25 day of show. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. BRIAN REGAN: Sept. 25, 11 a.m. The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre. $39.50. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. SCRANTON FRINGE FESTIVAL 2016: Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. Downtown Scranton. scrantonfringe.org. HAUNTED! MIND MYSTERIES & THE BEYOND: through Nov. 26, Saturdays, 8 p.m. The Houdini Museum, Scranton. $35 includes pizza, snacks and refreshments at intermission. 570-342-5555 or PsychicTheater.com. ADULT DANCE CLASS: Tuesdays, 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. Perfect Harmony Center for the Arts, Kingston. 570-714-2787. COMEDY OPEN MIC NIGHT: Tuesdays, 9 p.m. Hammerjax Bar & Grill, Clifton Twp.. 570-842-4925 or hammerjax barandgrill.com. ART JOHN O CONNOR S PARISIAN PATTERN, AN INNOVATIVE DESIGN: today. Dorflinger Glass Museum, White Mills. 570-253-1185 or dorflinger.org. UNVEILING OF THE BELLEMONTE SILK MILL: Friday, 5 p.m. Hawley Silk Mill. CARMELLA WORKS BY MARISSA GABLE: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, Scranton. 570-207-1815 or ArtWorksNEPA.com. TRIO PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE CURATORS OF THE CAMERAWORK GALLERY: Friday through Aug. 27, Mondays through Saturdays. Camerawork Gallery, Scranton. 570-344-3313 or camerawork gallery.org. HEIDI KWESTEL AND STUDENTS ART SHOW: Aug. 7, 2 to 4 p.m. Remax Wayne, Honesdale. DRAWING & PAINTING: Aug. 8 through 12, 4 to 5:30 p.m. The Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. $60. 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com. SCULPTURE FOR BEGINNERS: Mondays, Aug. 8 through 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. $65. 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com. OPEN STUDIO/PORTFOLIO PREP: Tuesdays, Aug. 9 through 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. $15/class or $60/four-class series. 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com. SECOND SATURDAY HONESDALE: Aug. 13, 6 p.m., Sept. 10, 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 8, 6 to 9 p.m. Historic Main Street, Honesdale. Free. 570-253-1960 or visithonesdalepa.com. LIFE DRAWING GROUP: Aug. 16, 7 to 9 p.m., Sept. 20, 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 18, 7 to 9 p.m., Nov. 15, 7 to 9 p.m., Dec. 20, 7 to 9 p.m. AFA Gallery, Scranton. $2-$7. 570-969-1040 or artistsforart.org. WCAA ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR 2016: Aug. 19 through 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dorflinger Factory Museum and Arts Center, White Mills. waynecountyarts alliance.org. THIRD FRIDAY WILKES-BARRE DIAMOND CITY ART WALK: Aug. 19, 5 to 8 p.m., Sept. 16, 5 to 8 p.m. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Free. 570-760-8684 or thirdfriday wb.com. BRUSH AND LENS A MOTHER AND SON EXHIBIT: through Sept. 2. Marquis Art & Frame, Wilkes-Barre. 570-823-0518 or marquisartframe.com. RIGHTS, RACE & REVOLUTIONS A PORTRAIT OF LIFE IN 1960S AMERICA BY GREY VILLET: through Oct. 10, 10 a.m. The Museum at Bethel Woods, Bethel, New York. $5 exhibit only; included with regular museum admission. 866-781-2922 or bethelwoods center.org/museum.aspx. SOME ENCHANTED LAND THE PAINTINGS OF JOHN WILLARD RAUGHT: through Dec. 31, Mondays, Thursdays-Fridays, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Everhart Museum, Scranton. $3-$7. 570-346-7186 or everhart-museum.org. ADULT COLORING CLUB: Fridays, 1 p.m. Pittston Memorial Library, Pittston. Free. 570-654-9565 or pittstonlibrary.com. ETC SECRETS OF THE D&H TRAIL: today, 10 a.m. D&H Rail Trailhead, Simpson. 570-785-7245 or nepa-rail-trails.org. SOUTH SIDE FARMERS MARKET: today, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. UNC South Side Farmers Market, Scranton. 570-346-6203 or uncnepa.org. ST. JOSEPH’S FESTIVAL: today, noon to 8 p.m. Marywood University, Scranton. 570-963-1290 or stjosephscenter.org. EXCURSIONS 2016 MOSCOW: today, 12:30 p.m. Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton. $17-$24 or free to children younger than age 5 (ticket required). 570-340-5200 or nps.gov/stea. CHRIST THE KING PICNIC: today, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. St. Mary s of Czestochowa Parish, Eynon. 570-876-2223. JUGGLER ROB SMITH: Monday, 11:30 a.m. Nancy Kay Holmes Library, Scranton. 570-207-0764 or lclshome.org. ROMPING RADISHES: Wednesday, 4 to 5 p.m., Sept. 7, 4 to 5 p.m., Oct. 5, 4 to 5 p.m. The Cooperage, Honesdale. Free. 570-253-2020 or thecooperage project.org. W. CURTIS MONTZ SUMMER FILM SERIES THE LOBSTER: Wednesday. The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre. $3 matinee; $5 evening. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. THE MOLLY MAGUIRES AND THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. Circle Drive-In, Dickson City. $7. 570-344-3841, circle drivein.com or lackawanna [email protected] DRINK TO PINK: Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. Cooper s on the Waterfront, Pittston. $5 donation. 570-654-6883 or coopers- seafood.com. FUNNY LADIES FILM SERIES THE FULLER BRUSH GIRL: Thursday, 7 p.m. Lackawanna County Children s Library, Scranton. Free with library card. 570-348-3015 or lclshome.org. MINIONS: Thursday, 8:30 p.m. Green Ridge Little League Field, Scranton. Free. 570-342-0514. DRIVE-IN DOWNTOWN OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES: Thursday, 8:45 p.m., Aug. 11, 8:45 p.m. Lackawanna County Courthouse Square. Free. 570-963-6800 or scrantontomorrow. org. BREWSTERHOUT ROOFTOP PARTY: Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. James F. Conahan Intermodal Center, Wilkes-Barre. $20 advance; $25 at the door. 570-823-0156. MOSCOW COUNTRY STREET FAIR: Friday, 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Aug. 7, noon to 5 p.m. Main Street, Moscow. Free admission. COAL CRACKER CRUISERS CAR CLUB: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., Sept. 2, 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 7, 6 to 9 p.m. Advance Auto Parts, Carbondale. 570-876-4034. WAYNE COUNTY FAIR: Friday through Aug. 13. Wayne County Fairgrounds, Honesdale. 570-253-4378, waynecountyfair.com or [email protected] countyfair.com. FESTIVAL OF WOOD: Saturday and Aug. 7. Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford. Free. 570-296-9630 or grey towers.org. RUN FOR THE HOSES: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Moscow Fire & Hose Co. 570-842-7211 or moscowfire7.com. GUIDED DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR: Saturday, 11 a.m., Sept. 24, 11 a.m. St. Peter s Cathedral, Scranton. 570-344-3841 [email protected] WINE IN THE WOODS: Saturday, 3 to 8 p.m. Elmhurst-Roaring Brook Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept. $15 advance; $20 day of event; $5 designated driver. 570-842-8309. FARM TO FORK: Saturday, 6 p.m. Spring Hills Farm, Dalton. $100/person. 570-346-0759 or uncnepa.org. RAILRIDERS TROLLEY EXCURSIONS: Aug. 7, Aug. 21. Electric City Trolley Museum, Scranton. $20 includes round trip trolley ride, game ticket and $2 concession stand voucher. 570-963-6590 or ectma.org. CAR SHOW AND CHICKEN BAREBECUE: Aug. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Ann Basilica Parish, Scranton. Registration for the car show is $10; chicken dinners are $10 each. 570-342-5166. WINGS AT THE WATERPARK: Aug. 7, 1 to 4 p.m. Montage Mountain Ski Resort and Waterpark, Scranton. $20-$50 benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania. 855-754-7946, momtn.com or [email protected] bgcnepa.org. BLOCK PARTY: Aug. 8, 6 p.m., Sept. 12, 6 p.m., Oct. 10, 6 p.m., Nov. 14, 6 p.m., Dec. 12, 6 p.m. Carbondale Public Library. 570-282-4281. WARRIOR WRITERS PROJECT: Aug. 8, 6 to 8 p.m., Sept. 12, 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 10, 6 to 8 p.m., Nov. 14, 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 12, 6 to 8 p.m. The Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. 570-996-1500 or warrior writers.org. CARDS FOR CHARITY: Aug. 9, 11 a.m. Holy Family Residence, Scranton. $25 benefits Little Sisters of the Poor. 570-343-4065 or littlesistersofthe poor.org. FUNNY LADIES FILM SERIES MAE WEST DOUBLE FEATURE: Aug. 10, 6 p.m. Lackawanna County Children s Library, Scranton. Free with library card. 570-348-3015 or lclshome.org. TEEN ADVISORY GROUP (TAG): Aug. 11, 5:30 p.m., Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m., Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m., Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m., Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m. Pittston Memorial Library. 570-654-9565 or pittstonlibrary.com. SS. ANTHONY AND ROCCO ITALIAN FESTIVAL: Aug. 12 through 13, 5:30 p.m., Aug. 14, 1 p.m. St. Rocco s Church grounds, Dunmore. 570-344-1209. FARM TO PLATE DINNER: Aug. 13. Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel. 570-689-9494 or lacawac.org. PENNSYLVANIA WING FESTIVAL: Aug. 13. Pocono Raceway, Long Pond. $10. 570-646-2300, PoconoRace way.com or [email protected] way.com. NEVER FORGOTTEN MOTORCYCLE RIDE IN MEMORY OF FALLEN PATROLMAN JOHN JAMES WILDING: Aug. 13, 9 a.m. Parker House Tavern, Scranton. $10-$20 benefits scholarships for law enforcement cadets and provides support for first responders in times of need. 570-961-5849 or facebook.com/NeverForgotten Ride. GUIDED DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR: Aug. 13, 11 a.m., Sept. 10, 11 a.m. Lackawanna College, Scranton. Reservations required the Thursday prior to tour date. 570-344-3841 or [email protected] SWEET CORN & BBQ FESTIVAL: Aug. 13 and 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Shawnee-On-Delaware. 570-421-7231 or shaw neemt.com. HOLY COW BARBECUE DINNER & COW FLOP: Aug. 13, noon to 6 p.m. St. Pius X Church/St. John Vianney Parish, Scott Twp. Dinner tickets are $10; tickets for the cow flop are $10 each. 570-254-9502. LEBANESE-AMERICAN FOOD FESTIVAL: Aug. 13, 4 to 11 p.m., Aug. 14, noon to 7 p.m. St. Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, Scranton. 570-343-6092 or melkitescranton.org [email protected] DO IT ITEMS should be sent at least two weeks prior to event to [email protected] shamrock.com or Times-Tribune Lifestyles Department, Attn: Lifestyles Dept., 149 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503. DR. JEN’S HOPE IS CONTAGIOUS MEMORIAL RIDE & BLOCK PARTY: Aug. 14, noon. Cooper s on the Waterfront, Pittston. $35. 570-301-5852 or drjenshope.org. W. CURTIS MONTZ SUMMER FILM SERIES SON OF SAUL: Aug. 17. The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre. $3 matinee; $5 evening. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. FUNNY LADIES FILM SERIES HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE: Aug. 17, 7 p.m. Lackawanna County Children s Library, Scranton. Free with library card. 570-348-3015 or lclshome.org. STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS SCREENING: Aug. 18, 8:30 p.m. McNichols Plaza, Scranton. Free. 570-209-7440. ANNUAL FAMILY FESTIVAL: Aug. 19 through 21. Blessed Sacrament Parish, Throop. 570-489-1963. 19TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: Aug. 19, 9 a.m. Pine Hills Country Club, Taylor. Benefits Women s Resource Center. 570-562-0138 or pinehillscc.net. TASTE OF EQUALITY: Aug. 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Everhart Museum, Scranton. $75 or $250 sponsoring VIP. [email protected] COCKTAILS FOR THE COURTS: Aug. 19, 6 to 8 p.m. Waverly Community House. $35. 570-586-8191 or waverlycomm.org. MADISONVILLE FIRE CO. MUD RUN: Aug. 20, 9 a.m. Madisonville Fire Department, Madison Twp. $35. 570-842-9504 [email protected] ANTIQUES IN THE PARK: Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Main Street, Carbondale. GUIDED DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR: Aug. 20, 11 a.m. Elm Park United Methodist Church, Scranton. Reservations required the Thursday prior to tour date. 570-344-3841 [email protected] POCONO MOUNTAIN’S SUMMER BEERFEST: Aug. 20, 1 p.m. Sherman Theatre Summer Stage at the Pocono Mountain Carnival Grounds, Mount Pocono. shermantheater.com. VILLA CAPRI CRUISERS’ ANTIQUE CAR SHOW: Aug. 21. Nay Aug Park, Scranton. 570-344-2014. HARFORD FAIR: Aug. 22 through 27. Harford Fairgrounds, Harford. 570-434-4300 or harfordfair.com [email protected] W. CURTIS MONTZ SUMMER FILM SERIES THE STANDFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT: Aug. 24. The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre. $3 matinee; $5 evening. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. FUNNY LADIES FILM SERIES ANTONIA & JANE: Aug. 24, 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Lackawanna County Children s Library, Scranton. Free with library card. 570-348-3015 or lclshome.org. STEAMTOWN NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE ENTRANCE FEE-FREE DAYS: Aug. 25 through 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24, Nov. 11. Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton. free. 570-340-5200 or nps.gov/stea. FIRKIN FRIDAY CHARITY CASK NIGHT JAN ARGONISH BENEFIT: Aug. 26, 5 p.m. Cooper s Seafood House, Scranton. $5. 570-346-6883. GREENE-DREHER-STERLING FAIR: Aug. 26 through Sept. 4. GDS Fairgrounds, Newfoundland. 570-676-5810 or gdsfair.com [email protected] WALLY LAKE FEST: Aug. 26 through 28. Lake Wallenpaupack, Hawley. 570-226-2141 or wallylakefest.com [email protected] GUIDED DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR: Aug. 27, 11 a.m., Sept. 17, 11 a.m. Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, Scranton. Reservations required the Thursday prior to tour date. 570-344-3841 [email protected] BLUE ANGELS: Aug. 27 and 28. Pocono Raceway, Long Pond. 570-646-2300. HARVEST FESTIVAL AT BETHEL WOODS: Aug. 28 through Sept. 25, Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York. Free admission; $2/car parking fee. 888-781-2922 or bethelwoodscenter.org. TEEN NIGHT: Aug. 31, 6 p.m., Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Oct. 26, 6 p.m., Nov. 30, 6 p.m., Dec. 28, 6 p.m. Carbondale Public Library. 570-282-4281. TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB): Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m., Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 28, 6:30 p.m. Carbondale Public Library, Carbondale. 570-282-4281. W. CURTIS MONTZ SUMMER FILM SERIES GUANTANAMO’S CHILD: Aug. 31. The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre. $3 matinee; $5 evening. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. LA FESTA ITALIANA: Sept. 2 through 5. Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, Scranton. 570-963-6800 or lafestaitaliana.org. POCONO GARLIC FESTIVAL: Sept. 3 and 4. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Shawnee-On-Delaware. $7.50-17. 570-421-7231 or poconogarlic.com. RAILFEST 2016: Sept. 3 and 4. Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton. 570-340-5204 or nps.gov/stea. STAR WARS FILM FESTIVAL: Sept. 3, 1 p.m. The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre. $3/$5/12. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. LUZERNE COUNTY FAIR: Sept. 9 through 13. Luzerne County Fairgrounds, Dallas. $8 admission includes parking, rides and entertainment. 570-675-3247 or luzernecountyfair.com. CANCER SURVIVORS CELEBRATION: Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to noon. McDade Park, Scranton. Free. 570-941-7984 or cancernepa.org. PENNSYLVANIA ENDLESS MOUNTAINS FIBER FESTIVAL: Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Harford Fairgrounds. $3 or free to children age 12 and younger. 570-465-3360 or endlessmountainsfiberfest.com. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS GALA: Sept. 10, 6 p.m. Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre. www.osterhoutgala.eventbrite.com. 570-823-0156. D&H DISTANCE RUN: Sept. 11, 9 a.m. D&H Rail Trailhead, Simpson. $35/$40. 570-785-7245 or nepa-rail-trails.org. ST. JUDE/BEN MAR GOLF TOURNAMENT: Sept. 12. Elkview Country Club, Carbondale. 570-586-3122. FIRKIN FRIDAY CHARITY CASK NIGHT RACE FOR THE CURE: Sept. 16, 5 p.m. Cooper s Seafood House, Scranton. $5. 570-346-6883. FARM TO TABLE: Sept. 16, 6 p.m. Everhart Museum, Scranton. $125 per guest; advance reservations required. 570-346-7186. ST. JOHN’S RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL 125TH ANNIVERSARY: Sept. 17 and 18. St. John s Russian Orthodox Cathedral Parish Center, Mayfield. RUMMAGE SALE: Sept. 23 through 26. St. Cyril s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant. 570-489-2271. CANCER SURVIVORS CELEBRATION: Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to noon. Kirby Park, Kingston. Free. 570-941-7984 or cancernepa.org. PENNSYLVANIA WINE LAND FESTIVAL: Oct. 1, noon to 5 p.m. Montage Mountain Ski Resort and Waterpark, Scranton. $19-$40. 855-754-7946 or the570.com/winefest. VENDOR FAIR AND LOCAL AUTHOR’S DAY: Oct. 7 and 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Valley Community Library, Peckville. 570-489-1765. AUTUMN TIMBER FESTIVAL: Oct. 8 and 9. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Shawnee-On-Delaware. $10-24. 570-421-7231 or shawneemt.com. POCONO FOOD TRUCK & ART FESTIVAL: Oct. 15 and 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Shawnee-On-Delaware. $6.50-$10 or $13-$16 weekend pass. Free to children age four and younger. 570-421-7231 or shawneemt.com. NEPA BLOGCON: Oct. 15. Penn State Worthington Scranton, Dunmore. nepablogcon.com [email protected] MAIN STREET FARMERS’ MARKET: through Oct. 26, Wednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m. The Cooperage, Honesdale. 570-253-2020 or thecooperageproject.org. FIRKIN FRIDAY CHARITY CASK NIGHT LEADERSHIP LACKAWANNA: Oct. 28, 5 p.m. Cooper s Seafood House, Scranton. $5. 570-346-6883. ROYDEN B. DAVIS, S.J. DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR AWARD RECEPTION: Oct. 29, 5 p.m. Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center at University of Scranton. $20-$60. 570-941-7400 or scranton.edu. THE MARKET AT THE ICE HOUSE: through Oct. 31, Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sculpted Ice Works, Lakeville. 570-226-6246. SHINE A LIGHT ON LUNG CANCER VIGIL: Nov. 4. Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, Scranton. 570-963-6800. ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKET AND HOLISTIC HEALTH FAIR: Wednesdays through Saturdays through Nov. 19. Clarks Green Assembly of God. COOPERATIVE FARMERS MARKET OF SCRANTON: through Nov. 23, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Farmers Co-op Market, Scranton. 570-961-8251 or coopfarmersmarket.com. FIRKIN FRIDAY CHARITY CASK NIGHT CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES: Nov. 25, 5 p.m. Cooper s Seafood House, Scranton. $5. 570-346-6883. FIRKIN FRIDAY CHARITY CASK NIGHT DUNMORE BOOSTER CLUB: Dec. 16, 5 p.m. Cooper s Seafood House, Scranton. $5. 570-346-6883. MAHJONG: Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Abington Community Library, Clarks Summit. 570-587-3440 or lclshome.org. CLARKS SUMMIT FARMERS MARKET: Tuesdays, 4 to 7 p.m. Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, Clarks Summit. 570-587-4141 or gbgm-umc.org/csumc-pa/. CHESS CLUB: Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Abington Community Library, Clarks Summit. 570-587-3440 or lclshome.org. SCRABBLE: Thursdays, 1 p.m. Abington Community Library, Clarks Summit. 570-587-3440 or lclshome.org. WRITERS’ GROUP: Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com. ANIME CLUB: Fridays, 4 to 6 p.m. Abington Community Library, Clarks Summit. 570-587-3440 or lclshome.org. TEEN WRITING: Fridays, 4 p.m. Carbondale Public Library, Carbondale. 570-282-4281 or lclshome.org.