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  1. Wellsboro Growers Market is This Thursday, July 30
  2. Six-Member Cole Band to Perform Free Outdoor Concert This Friday, July 31 at Deane Center
  3. Register Now for Refuse to be a Victim® and National Rifle Association Basic Pistol Classes
  4. Tune In To Radio HG Festival Thursday Through Sunday, August 6-9
  5. Free Outdoor Concert is Jam Session on Friday, August 7

Diane Eaton
(570) 724-3800


The Wellsboro Growers Market is from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 30 and every Thursday through October 8 on the front lawn of the First Presbyterian Church at 130 Main Street in Wellsboro, next to the Green Free Library, weather permitting.

At the market will be fresh picked blueberries from Chuck and Kate Gilligan’s Pinafore Run Farm and possibly raspberries and strawberries, freshly made maple candied pecans and almonds, a variety of homegrown vegetables and a host of taste tempting treats from other vendors.

Ray and Janet MacWhinnie of Udder Merry Mac Farm are bringing their mixed leaf lettuce, cucumbers, orange bell peppers and sweet banana peppers, all grown hydroponically, along with sweet artisan tomatoes for salads, slicing tomatoes and green and yellow snap beans grown in soil. “Our raspberries are just starting so we may be able to bring some of those, too,” Ray said.

Gary and Cheryl Keeney will have cucumbers, string beans, summer squash, sweet and hot peppers, onions, new potatoes, and rhubarb from the Keeney Farm. “We may be bringing some strawberries, too,” Gary said.

Jeff Jones of Between Two Rivers Maple Products is planning to get up early this Thursday to make maple candied pecans and almonds. He is also bringing maple syrup, cream, sugar and candy.

Kathy Siegrist of Bakery 303 is offering cake pops, her classic butter pound cake on a stick dipped in chocolate, along with pecan streusel, classic butter, coconut and lemon glaze pound cakes.

Liz McLelland of Yorkshire Meadows will have salted caramel shortbread bars, lemon curd bars, blueberry and peach crunch desserts, scones, ginger and shortbread cookies, chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes, carrot and chocolate zucchini cakes, jams and jellies.

Linda Sweely of New View Farm is bringing her freshly made artisan breads, such as Focaccia and Italian herb, everything and cinnamon raisin bagels, beer bread, cinnamon buns, maple syrup, honey, jams and jellies, ground horseradish, pesto and tomato relish.

Frank Maffei will be offering wine tastings and Staggering Unicorn wines sold by the bottle and Justina Swartwood and Boki Cvetkovski of Scentillating Creations are bringing a selection of candles, soaps and other products.

Among the other vendors at the market are the Shortsville Green Grower, Aunt Lulu’s Embroidery and WindStone Landing Farms with non-GMO and chemical-free foods.

Customers are asked to wear face masks and maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others.

Vendors who want to participate are asked to call Thomas Putnam at (570) 439-2000 or email him at

Photo by John Eaton
Chuck Gilligan of Pinafore Run Farm displays his freshly picked blueberries. He will be bringing some with him this Thursday, July 30.


This Friday, July 31, at 6 p.m., the six-member Cole Band will play and sing original rock and roll and country tunes written or co-written by founding member Pat Cole during the sixth free concert on the outdoor stage at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

The band will also perform hits by American country and rock singers and bands such as “If You’re Going Through Hell” by Rodney Atkins, “Hillbilly Shoes” by Montgomery Gentry and “Proud Mary” by Credence Clearwater Revival.

Cole describes himself as “a singer-songwriter with a guitar.” He and his son Cody perform together as a duo as well as being the core of the Cole Band. The band includes Pat as lead singer, Rob Garrison as harmony vocalist on keyboards, and Cody Cole on electric guitar. The three are Mansfield natives.
New to the band are Nick Best on electric bass guitar; Ian North on saxophone and Cole Ramsey on drums. The July 31 concert will be their first as Cole Band members. Best and Norton are from Montrose, Pa. and Ramsey is from Todd, Pa.

For this concert, bring lawn chairs and sit on the grass in front of the outdoor stage or on Central Avenue, which will be closed to traffic between Main Street and the Warehouse Theatre to provide space for social distancing.

The free outdoor concerts feature local and regional musicians. Coming up are: a jam session at 6 p.m. on Aug. 7; Scatter The Knickers, an Irish band, on Friday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m.; the Vineyard Band at 6 p.m. on Aug. 21; Like A Hurricane, a Neil Young & Crazy Horse tribute band at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28; Dave Brown & The Dishonest Fiddlers at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4; and Take 2 on Friday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Visit, email, or call (570) 724-6220 for more information.


Register now for either the National Rifle Association Basic Pistol class or the Refuse To Be A Victim® class or both. Instructor is Marilyn Jones.

The eight-hour NRA Basic Pistol Class is being offered from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15 outdoors at the Mill Cove Shooting Range in the Mill Cove Environmental Area at 3036 Mill Creek Road, Mansfield, Pa. Only seven spaces remain. The fee is $50 per person to cover books, handouts, lunch and water or Gatorade to drink. Participants will learn how to safely handle and shoot a pistol, as well as how to clean and store a firearm. Other topics to be discussed are: pistol mechanisms and operation, building pistol shooting skills, and pistol selection and use.

The four-hour Refuse To Be A Victim® class will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club at 339 Sportsman’s Club Road, Mansfield, Pa. This not a gun or shooting class. It is about what people can do to help protect themselves and their property. Those attending will learn the basic principles of crime prevention. Topics to be discussed are: mental preparedness, home security, the psychology of criminals, automotive security, travel security, physical security, cyber security and personal protection. No instruction about firearms or use of firearms will be taught in this class. The class is limited to 12 men and women. The fee is $15 per person to cover the cost of the book, room use and water, coffee and soda.

To register or for answers to your questions about either class, contact Jones at (570) 549-2794.


The Fourth Annual Tune In To Radio HG Festival is a celebration of radio show entertainment from the Golden Age of Radio of the 1930s and 1940s to today’s modern radio plays.

This year, for the first time, all performances are being presented online rather than in the theater due to the coronavirus.

For four days, Thursday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 9, Hamilton-Gibson Productions is inviting online viewers of all ages to escape the COVID-19 pandemic by turning on their Smart TVs or computers to watch a variety of comedies and dramas from mysteries to an American western in the comfort of their own homes. Those who purchase tickets can view all four sets of performances or select which they want to see.

Radio was the dominant electronic broadcast medium for home entertainment airing comedies from the 1930s into the 1950s such as “Fibber McGee and Molly” and mysteries like “The Whistler” and the American western radio series “Gunsmoke”, which was on radio from 1952 to 1961 and garnered the title of longest running television show with 635 episodes from 1955 to 1975.

For the festival, the Warehouse Theatre is transformed into Wellsboro’s Broadcast Free Radio (WBFR) studio where voice actors stand before microphones with scripts in hand and perform accompanied by music and sound effects.

Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. old-time radio play episodes (Rated PG) are being presented. They include: “The Whistler: Stranger In The House”, a mystery; “Easy Aces: Jane Thinks Mink”, a comedy; “Sam Spade: Blood Money”, a crime story; “Fibber McGee and Molly: Mayor LaTrivia Won’t Leave”, a comedy; and “Gunsmoke: The Guitar”, a western.

Friday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. will be three contemporary comedies (Rated PG), including: “Sesame Mucho”; “The Pepperonis” and “Community Pet Corner”.

Saturday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. will be three contemporary radio plays (Rated PG), including “The Telephone Game with Nancy St. Stacey”, a comedy; “The Fall of the House of Usher”, a Gothic mystery; and “A Brief History of 20th Century Theater”, a comedy.

Sunday afternoon, Aug. 9 at 2:30 p.m. will be three family shows (Rated G): “Popeye The Sailor: Popeye meets Robin Hood”, a comedy; “DadTective”, and “Children’s Soap Opera Network”.

Among the radio plays are four originals written and directed by Sarah Knight of Wellsboro. They are: “Community Pet Corner” on Aug. 7; “The Telephone Game with Nancy St. Stacey” on Aug. 8; and “DadTective” and “Children’s Soap Opera Network” on Aug. 9.

Also featured are contemporary radio plays written by professional playwright Eric Coble and another by David Ossman, founder of the Firesign Theater radio comedy troupe.

Festival directors are: Yolie Canales, Sarah Duterte, Gabe Hakvaag, Titus Himmelberger, Sarah Knight and Mitch Kreisler.

Voice actors include: Kaitlyn and Sean Bartlett, Ian Brennan, Lori Bowers, Katie and Richard Burke, Yolie Canales, Dominic Doganiero, Milo Oliver, Ramon and Sylvia Duterte, Bryson Fuller, David and Justin Gordon, Gloria and Lilace Guignard, Gabe Hakvaag, Kacy Hagan, Natalie and Titus Himmelberger, Levi Holiday, Vivian Kinter, Sarah Knight, Mitch Kreisler, Peter Lupkowski, Whitney Madill, Billy Martel, River Lorenz Moyer, Tom Reindle, Kathryn Shenman, Phil Waber, Wyatt Wood and Nikki York.

Parker Neal is the music director and plays keyboards. The sound effects crew includes: Sean Bartlett, designer, and performers Sarah Knight, Kaitlyn Bartlett, and Sarah, Sylvia and Oliver Duterte.

Families with younger children are encouraged to watch the Sunday performance, which is rated G. Parental guidance is suggested for children who watch the shows presented on Aug. 6, 7 and 8 due to some mild language in some of them.

“The Tune In To Radio HG Radio Festival is an online livestream event, only,” said Gabe Hakvaag, festival founder and producer. “We will livestream through BookTix, HG’s online ticket sales program. Purchasers can buy a ticket online and get a link emailed directly to them. The link is good only at the scheduled time of each performance. Ticketholders must tune in at show time to see the performances.”

To purchase tickets, visit or go through the Hamilton-Gibson Productions website at An individual pass is $10; a family pass is $20; and a festival pass for all four performances is $30. For more information, call (570) 724-2079.

Photo by John Eaton
Oliver Duterte plays Matey and his dad, Ramon Duterte plays Popeye in “Popeye The Sailor meets Robin Hood” on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 2:30 p.m.


On Friday, August 7 at 6 p.m. the free outdoor concert series will continue with a jam session featuring local musicians on the Central Avenue side of the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

To ensure social distancing, the August jam session will be outdoors on the Deane Center’s lawn. The musicians will set up on the side nearest the Deane Center’s Warehouse Theatre rather than on the Deane Center’s outdoor stage. The Deane Center provides sound amplification.

Among the musicians at the August 7 jam session will be Daria Guelig and Dave Driskell, both of Wellsboro. She plays hammered dulcimer and concertina and is a member of two local bands, Drowsy Maggie and the 3Ds. A multi-instrumentalist, Driskell plays clarinet, tenor saxophone, banjo, musical saw and other unique instruments, is currently a member of the 3Ds and Joe Cavallaro’s Dixieland Jazz Band, and was a member of the internationally known Sadie Green Sales jug band for many years.

“I‘ve been playing music for 59 years, since I was nine years old,” said Driskell. I think I will play some clarinet, a banjo tune and musical saw on Aug. 7 but it really depends on what happens. What I like about the jam sessions is that all of the musicians get a chance to play with everybody bringing their different styles and tunes. Sometimes that’s a challenge and sometimes it’s gangbusters. I like to encourage people to come out and play with us rather than just playing in their own living rooms. Just adds to the fun,” he said.

Bob Rubin of Whitneyville, a member of Take 2, has played at all of the jam sessions. “Historically, jam sessions are focused on one type of music like Irish or bluegrass,” he said. This jam session is for all comers so a wide variety of genres are played. What makes it unusual is that it works.”

“The fun of a jam session is it’s unpredictable,” said Guelig. “Different people pick the songs. It has always been a potluck type of experience, which makes it interesting. We play a wide variety of music from folk, rock and country to bluegrass, old-time, ragtime and standards from the Great American Songbook depending on the musicians who are there.”

“Musicians are welcome to participate in the Aug. 7 jam session but should contact me beforehand so I know how many chairs to put out,” Guelig said. Her email address is:

Photo by John Eaton
Dave Driskell (shown) plays the musical saw and other unique instruments such as a homemade kazoo and plastic jug as well as banjo, clarinet and tenor saxophone during the free jam sessions.

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