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  1. NEW – Johnny’z Hot Rod Café
  2. Magic Show is This Saturday, Aug. 24
  3. Storyteller Jonathan Kruk to Perform on Friday, Aug. 30
  4. NEW – Hills Creek, Cherry Springs and Lyman Run State Park Programs for Aug. 30 & 31, Sept. 1, 2019
  5. NEW – Canyon Pilots Association’s All-You-Can-Eat Labor Day Fly-In Breakfast is Sunday, Sept. 1
  6. NEW – Hamilton-Gibson Productions is Hosting The Greatest Showman Sing-Along on Friday, Sept. 6
  7. NEW – Dueling Pianos is Saturday, Sept. 7
  8. NEW – History Comes Alive on Wednesday, Sept. 11 with Charles Sacavage as Teddy Roosevelt, Outdoorsman and Conservationist

Diane Eaton
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One dollar from each Charlie’s Frank И Taco sold at Johnny’z Hot Rod Café at 17½ Crafton Street in Wellsboro is being donated to an area organization. In August, the money will be donated to the Wellsboro Fire Department and in September to the Lawrenceville Fire Department.

The idea for Charlie’s Frank И Taco came from Charlie Messina who often eats at Johnny’z. “Food is a wonderful memory trigger for me and a hot dog brings back some great memories from my childhood,” Messina said. “It meant going to the Coney Island amusement park, a carnival or a fair.”

Johnny’z offers a wide variety of menu items, including hot dogs and tacos. One July afternoon, Messina wondered out loud about combining the two. “After all, the taco shell acts like a bun with less bread and the condiments – onion, cheese and mustard – are an added delight for a hot dog,” he said. Owner and head chef John Zavett was up for the challenge.

“I was at Johnny’z with friends and had the first one,” said Messina. “We all joked about it and the name Charlie’s Frank И Taco was born. It’s a regular taco with tomatoes, cheese, onion, mustard and a grilled hot dog instead of hamburger. I like mine with dijon mustard,” he noted.

That same day, Messina and Zavett also decided to donate $1 for each Charlie’s Frank И Taco sold to a different organization on a month-by-month basis.

Photo by John Eaton
Charlie Messina (left) and John Zavett display a freshly made Charlie’s Frank И Taco.


This Saturday, Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m., three of the world’s greatest magicians (shown, from left) Joe Maxwell, Garrett Thomas and Kozmo will treat eight-year-olds to adults to family-frendly, close-up magic beyond their wildest imagination in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

For $10 more, VIPs can attend a special 45-minute meet-and-greet with the magicians, including an up close and personal magic session with cards and coins beginning at 6 p.m., early admission to the theatre and choice of seats. This trio has performed magic for some of the biggest stars in the world, such as David Copperfield, Johnny Depp, Willie Nelson, Scarlett Johansson, Seth Rogan, Jay Leno and Trace Adtkins.

Theatre doors will open for the show at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $35; $45 for VIPs. For tickets and more information, call (570) 724-6220 or visit

Photo provided


At 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, master storyteller Jonathan Kruk will give a live, theatrical performance as he presents a behind-the-scenes look at the history of the ghostly tales in Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” This show is recommended for adults and children, ages 10 and older and will be in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

Dressed in period clothing, Kruk will tell how the Headless Horseman really lost his head along with the origin stories about the ghost of Tragical Major André, the Wailing Woman in White and other spirits surrounding this mythical figure. He brings these ghostly characters to life using varied voices, accents, gestures and audience participation.

Selected “Best Storyteller in New York’s Hudson Valley,” Kruk has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Travel Channel, and the BBC. He has eight award-winning recordings, and is the author of “Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley,” and “Legends and Lore of the Hudson Highlands.”

This is the first show in the Deane Center’s new Storytellers Series. Admission is $15. For more information or for tickets, call (570) 724-6220 or visit

Photo provided
Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk


Free programs and activities are being offered at Hills Creek and Cherry Springs State parks on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 & Sept. 1.

At Hills Creek State Park
WELLSBORO—Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901 is seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township via Charleston Street and Hills Creek Lake Road. Three, one-hour programs will be in the park’s Nature Center located in the campground between B and C loop. Registration is not required.

Talk to the Animals is Friday, Aug. 30
At 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30 in the Nature Center area located between B and C loops in the park’s campground is Talk to the Animals. Discover how animals “talk” by using sight, scent and sound. Many examples for species found in this area will be demonstrated. Preregistration is NOT required to attend.

Critter Call is Saturday, Aug. 31
At 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 is Critter Call. This nighttime program offers a chance to see nocturnal animals in a unique way. Following a brief orientation, participants will travel to spots in and around the park to “call in” gray fox using night lights and an electronic game call. Deer, raccoons, owls and coyotes may also be encountered as participants hike discreetly into the woods and call from several locations. Be prepared to drive short distances, wear dark, scent-free clothes and remain quiet at all times. This one-hour program is not suitable for young children or anyone who has difficulty walking at night in a woodland setting. It is limited to 12 people, ages 10 and above. Preregistration is required for Critter Call. To preregister, call by the park office at (570) 724-4246 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Wildlife Management Tools is Sunday, Sept. 1
People share habitat with all kinds of wildlife. On Sunday, Sept. 1 at 8:30 p.m., join Jim Mucci, park naturalist at the Nature Center area for a free one-hour program about how to peacefully exist with them and the wildlife management tools he uses for pest control. He will share some of his own experiences and amusing anecdotes as well as discuss practical things people can do to solve some of their own wildlife problems.

Call the park office at (570) 724-4246 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information.

At Cherry Springs State Park
COUDERSPORT—Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, Pa. 16915 is 12 miles from Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via Route 44. All stargazing and other programs will be cancelled if it rains or thunders.

Anyone may observe the night sky at Cherry Springs on his or her own without attending a stargazing program. All visitors should arrive before dark. Search for the Clear Sky Chart online for 48-hour forecasts about viewing conditions. Arrive early for a program, bring a picnic supper and use nearby picnic tables and charcoal grills.

Picnic in the Park
Those who get to the park early are always welcome to bring a picnic supper and make use of the park’s picnic grove near the Night Sky Viewing Area. The grove has picnic tables and charcoal grills onsite. Preregistration is not required to picnic in the park.

Park Welcome & Walking Tour is Friday, Aug. 30
Planning to attend the Friday, Aug. 30 Night Sky Tour program at the Night Sky Viewing Area? Arrive early and join park staff at 7 p.m. to go on the free Park Welcome & Walking Tour, a guided walk of less than a mile on mostly level terrain to see park facilities and learn about their past, present and future. All ages are welcome. For the walking tour, meet at the information kiosk near the restroom in the visitor parking area on the north side of Route 44. Preregistration is not required.

Launch Into Space is Saturday, Aug. 31 & Sunday, Sept. 1
From 7 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1, join park staff at the Night Sky Viewing Area for astronomy-themed educational games that provide an introduction to astronomy and the Night Sky Tour that follows. Preregistration is not required for this fun, family-friendly, free event.

Free Night Sky Tour is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 & 31, Sept. 1
From 8:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 & 31 and Sept. 1 in the Night Sky Viewing Area, experience the splendor of the night sky. Park staff will give a laser-guided tour of the constellations and recount the legends and myths surrounding them. Afterwards, take an up close look at celestial objects through park telescopes. Preregistration is required to attend this free program.

Nightscapes Photography Workshop is Saturday, Aug. 31
The first 10 people who preregister will be accepted for the three-hour Nightscapes Photography Workshop being given by Curt Weinhold at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 Cherry Springs State Park. Participants will learn how to photograph the starry night sky, including constellations and the Milky Way, and foreground material using their own DSLR camera and lenses. At view Weinhold’s work. Fee: $60. Visit for details.

Gods in the Sky is Saturday Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1
Gods in the Sky, a Native American Night Sky story, will be at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 and again on Sunday, Sept. 1 for the first who preregister and prepay up to a maximum of 16 people per night. This small group experience with the North Star Outdoor Guides’ Dark Sky Telescope Tours ensures a more individualized program and telescope time at Cherry Springs State Park, 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, PA 16915. Fee: $20. For details, visit

To Preregister for Stargazing Programs
Online preregistration for stargazing programs is required. Visit If there is a problem with registering online or for information about these free programs, call (814) 435-1037 or email

At Lyman Run State Park
GALETON—Lyman Run State Park (GPS address: 454 Lyman Run Road, Galeton, PA 16922) is 8.7 miles from Route 6 in Galeton via West Branch Road and Lyman Run Road.

Kayak Tour and Dessert is Saturday, Aug. 31
From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 go on a kayak tour of Lyman Lake followed by dessert at the park. Preregister and prepay the $10 per person fee. Preregistration closes three days before this event. To preregister visit

If there is a problem with preregistering online or for information about this program, call (814) 435-1037 or email


WELLSBORO – Sunday, Sept. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon, the Canyon Pilots Association’s All-You-Can-Eat Labor Day Fly-In Breakfast will be indoors at the commercial corporate hangar at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport, just west of Wellsboro on Airport Road in Delmar Township. This event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

On the menu are ham, eggs, buckwheat pancakes, coffee and orange juice. Requested is a donation of $8 each for adults and $3 each for youngsters ages 3 to 8 years old. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

Handicapped parking will be along Airport Road near the hangar. Others can park along the roadway and in the parking area near the main gate.

Weather permitting, pilots in various types of full-size aircraft will fly to the airport for the breakfast. The public is welcome to watch them land and take off and talk to pilots about their “flying machines.” In addition, airplane rides will be available for a fee, weather permitting.

Those interested can try out the Redbird TD-2 fight simulator for free in the terminal during the breakfast. Installed on it is software for all public airports in the United States, including the Wellsboro airport. The simulator can be configured as a simple single engine airplane up to a complex, high performance aircraft.

Members of the Canyon Country Ultralight Club will assist with the breakfast and have a display of ultralight aircraft.

The Mountain Modelaires, a group of individuals who fly radio controlled airplanes, quadcopters and helicopters, will display RC aircraft inside the corporate hangar. They will also have a computer set up with an R/C flight simulator program for children and adults to try. Youngsters, ages eight to 12, can assemble and decorate a foam model glider to fly on-site and take home free. After they complete their glider they can draw for a free gift.

Photo by John Eaton
Canyon Pilots Association and Canyon Country Ultralight Club volunteers cook and serve eggs, ham and pancakes at the Memorial Day Fly-In Breakfast. Shaw Siglin (left) has been cooking eggs for the fly-in breakfasts for years and will be doing it again on Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport.


Friday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m., Hamilton-Gibson Productions is hosting “The Greatest Showman” Sing-Along in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro.

The sing-along version of the film will be shown and the audience is invited to sing the words they see on screen to the original music written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The songs include: “The Greatest Show”, “A Million Dreams”, “Come Alive”, “The Other Side”, “Never Enough”, “This Is Me”, “Rewrite the Stars”, “Tightrope” and “From Now On”. The film is rated PG.

Audience members are welcome to dress as their favorite character in the film or come as they are. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

“The Greatest Showman” is an American musical biographical drama film released on Dec. 8, 2017 and inspired by P. T. Barnum. It marks the directorial debut of Michael Gracey, was written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon, and stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya.

This is a description of the film: “Orphaned, penniless but ambitious and with a mind crammed with imagination and fresh ideas, American Phineas Taylor Barnum is remembered as the man with the gift to effortlessly blur the line between reality and fiction. Thirsty for innovation and hungry for success, the son of a tailor manages to open a wax museum but soon shifts his focus to the unique and peculiar, introducing extraordinary, never-seen-before live acts on the circus stage. When the obsessed showman gambles everything on the opera singer Jenny Lind to appeal to a highbrow audience, he somehow loses sight of the most important aspect of his life: his family.”

Admission is Pay-What-You-Can. Sponsors are Michele Comes and Debbie’s Day Care.

For more information, call Hamilton-Gibson at (570) 724-2079 or email


WELLSBORO—Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Pat Davis, Boki Cvetkovski and Parker Neal, talented musicians, will challenge each other as they perform at pianos in the Coolidge Theatre for Hamilton-Gibson Productions Sixth Annual Dueling Pianos. The theatre is located at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

Dueling Pianos is an informal, fun event, not black tie and tails.

The pianists do not rehearse in advance. Nothing is pre-planned. One pianist will pick a tune and begin playing or make a suggestion and the others will join in. The audience will get to hear all styles of music and on-the-spot improvisations and get to pick some of the songs.

“I am shocked that people fill the hall to see musicians who in this case have never met before, do not practice with each other and who have very little idea of what they will be playing next. Personally, I love the challenge that it brings to come up with something on the spot, given only the title of the piece and what key it will be in,” said Davis.

“It takes a certain type of player to do this; one who knows the song and can easily shift keys or, if he doesn’t know the music can ‘hear’ in his mind where the chords are going and play along,” she said.

“Each of us will have a microphone and be bantering with each other and the audience. Adding to the fun now and then is when a couple will get out of their seats and dance as we tickle the ivories.”

Also performing at Dueling Pianos for the first time will be Dan Krise on upright bass. “I always look forward to David Driskell playing, too,” Davis said. “He is a tremendous and versatile musician, who plays several instruments extremely well. Among them are the clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle and musical saw.”

Reservations are recommended for this popular, fun event. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for youth, 18 and under. For more information or to make reservations, call Hamilton-Gibson at (570) 724-2079, email or visit

Sponsors are Senior’s Creations & The Main Street Olive Oil Company at 75 Main Street and The Main Street Creamery at 17 Main Street, all in Wellsboro.

Photo by John Eaton
Pat Davis (shown) is one of the dueling pianists. She knows all about improvisation and having fun at a piano. Of that there is no doubt.


WELLSBORO— On Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Charles Sacavage will take the stage in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro as Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, an outdoorsman and conservationist. This is the last History Comes Alive performance of the 2018-2019 season.

“TR was a big game hunter who became known as the conservationist president,” said Sacavage who physically resembles Roosevelt. “On stage, I will bring out the incidents in his life that contributed to his evolution from outdoorsman to conservationist. “TR never took himself that seriously. People will get to laugh as they learn more about him.”

As president, Roosevelt wielded the “Big Stick” and offered the country a “Square Deal” that reflected three basic goals: conservation of natural resources, control of corporations, and consumer protection.

Roosevelt had served as a state legislator, cattle rancher, U.S. civil service commissioner, police commissioner, under-secretary of the Navy and colonel of the Rough Riders before becoming the 33rd governor of New York from 1899 to 1900.

He took office as the U.S. vice president in March 1901 and six months later assumed the presidency at age 42 following the Sept. 14 death of U.S. President William McKinley from an assassin’s bullet. He remains the youngest person to become president.

After creating the national Forest Service, President Roosevelt named Gifford Pinchot the chief forester to head the agency in 1905. Pinchot is considered the “father” of American conservation and was the primary founder of the Society of American Foresters.

As president, he is credited with establishing 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reserves, four national game preserves and five national parks. In addition, Roosevelt signed the American Antiquities Act into law in 1906 and through it established 18 national monuments. During his presidency he protected 230 million acres of public lands, including 150 million acres set aside as national forests.

One can trace the origins of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s to the New Nationalism TR promoted in his Bull Moose period in 1912.

“My fascination with Roosevelt began early in my life when I learned about his childhood difficulties with asthma and nearsightedness,” said Sacavage. “With similar health problems and interests, I was drawn to him.”

After graduating from Mount Carmel High School in 1964, Sacavage attended Bucknell. His adviser, Professor William Henry Harbaugh authored “The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt.” That led Sacavage to do a more extensive study of TR.

A Pottsville High School history teacher, Sacavage began portraying historical figures for his students. “If you want to be a great teacher you have to be a great entertainer,” he said. In 1999, the 53-year-old took early retirement. He was then asked to present distance-learning programs for Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29. Roosevelt was the first historical figure he portrayed. His live, interactive television programs were broadcast to students in schools across America.

This award-winning distance-educator was also employed as an adjunct professor of history by Alvernia University in Reading, Pa. “From seminars to teaching college courses, I included the historical figures I portray,” he said.

“Since moving in 2014 to Pawleys Island in South Carolina, I have had the opportunity to portray TR several times,” said Sacavage. “When I do Theodore Roosevelt, I try to capture the vitality of the man. Our modern politicians pale in comparison to him. He created the modern presidency. America and the world will never again see anything like him. As he reminded us, ‘Keep your eyes on the stars, but keep your feet on the ground.'”

Tickets are $15. Children 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult are admitted free. For information, call (570) 724-6220 or visit

Photo provided
Charles Sacavage is shown dressed as Theodore Roosevelt, the outdoorsman. He is holding a Winchester Model 1894 and elk horn.

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