The Home Page Network

News and Information Impacting Our Region




Rotary Conference

Rotary Conference

Laurel Health Centers

Laurel Health Centers

Penn Oak Realty

Penn Oak Realty

Movin Together

Movin Together

Bank On It

Bank On It

Dunhams Corner

Dunhams Corner

By The Door

By The Door

Questioning Life

Questioning Life

Karschners Insurance

Karschners Insurance

Ag Happenings

Ag Happenings

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

Hornet Happenings

Hornet Happenings

Live From The Hive

Live From The Hive

Momday Monday

Momday Monday

Pennsylvania Politics

Pennsylvania Politics

The Briefing

The Briefing

Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights

Wellsboro Chamber

Wellsboro Chamber

The Eaton Calendar – June 3, 2021

The Eaton Calendar – June 3, 2021


  1. 799 People Attend Canyon Pilots Association Memorial Day Weekend All-You-Can-Eat Fly-In Breakfast
  2. Wellsboro Growers Market is This Thursday, June 3
  3. Fire in the Glen Concert is This Friday, June 4 and for Damn The Torpedoes Tribute to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Concert is This Saturday, June 5
  4. Hamilton-Gibson’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” Opens This Weekend with Performances on June 4, 5 & 6
  5. Deadline to Register for Pet Parade is Wednesday, June 9
  6. Like a Hurricane Tribute Concert to the Music of Neil Young is Friday, June 11
  7. Free Family Day and Children’s Health Fair to Kick Off Laurel Festival on Saturday, June 12
  8. Laurel Concert Series to Feature Celtic to Roots Rock Concerts June 15-18
  9. Endless Mountain Music Festival Casino Night is Wednesday, June 16; Deadline for Tickets is June 10
  10. Gathering Time Concert is Friday, June 18
  11. Free Family Fishing Tournament is Saturday, June 19 at Hills Creek State Park; Registration is Required
  12. Free Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project Directors Workshop is Outdoors on Saturday, June 26
  13. Six EMMF Symphony Orchestra Concerts to be at Mansfield University and Two Chamber Concerts at Clemens Center During Summer Music Festival

Diane Eaton
(570) 724-3800


Between 8 a.m. and noon on Sunday, May 30, a total of 799 people, including 714 adults and 85 youngsters between the ages of 3 and 8 attended the Canyon Pilots Association’s All-You-Can-Eat Memorial Day Weekend Fly-In Breakfast at the commercial corporate hangar at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport, near Wellsboro.

Only two airplanes landed at the airport during the breakfast.

“We did better than I thought given the cold, rainy weather,” said Tom Freeman, Canyon Pilots Association secretary. “Normally, about 1,000 people attend our Memorial Day breakfast.”

In 2020, the pilots association cancelled both their Memorial and Labor Day breakfasts due to the pandemic. The breakfasts are the organization’s major fundraiser with monies used to provide flight instruction scholarships for youth, 16 and older and to benefit the airport.

Two positive pay it forward acts of kindness were recounted to Freeman. “A mother with two children thought she could pay for breakfast with a credit card. We take cash only. When she tried to go to her car to see if she had any change, our treasurer Joe Burnside told her not to worry about it and said he would pay for her breakfasts. Instead, the man standing in line behind her stepped up and paid for the three breakfasts and gave Joe an extra $10 stating that if anyone else needed help to pay for a breakfast to use it for that purpose. Later, someone else stepped up and paid for breakfasts for a mother and child who were in a similar predicament,” Freeman said.

“We raffled off chances for people to go on a helicopter ride thanks to Blaise Alexander and his auto dealerships. The company’s Bell 407 helicopter was provided for us to use. The helicopter’s pilot Zack Martin donated his time to give the rides,” said Freeman. “We held two helicopter ride raffles on Sunday, one at 9 a.m. and the other at 10 a.m. The names of six winners were drawn each time. Among them were three kids under 12 who got to go or their first helicopter ride,” he said. “We are hoping to be able to offer the helicopter ride raffles again during our Labor Day Fly-In Breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 5.”

Photo by Tom Freeman
A multi-generational group of six lucky raffle winners are taken on a helicopter ride courtesy of Blaise Alexander. Zack Martin (shown far right), employed by the Blaise Alexander auto dealerships to pilot the six-passenger Bell 407, donated his time to fly the helicopter on Sunday for the fly-in breakfast.


Photo by John Eaton
Maria Nowacoski of Windstone Landing Farms puts fresh asparagus, jams and other products she brought to the May 27 Wellsboro Growers Market on display. The market will be open this Thursday, June 3 and every Thursday through Oct. 14 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the First Presbyterian Church at 130 Main Street in Wellsboro, weather permitting. Goods and goodies of all types will be available. To participate in the market, contact Thomas Putnam, event organizer, for more information at (570) 439-2000 or For updates on who and what will be at the market, visit the Wellsboro Growers Market Facebook page.


This weekend, two concerts are being held in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. If available, tickets will be sold at the door.

At 7 p.m., this Friday, June 4, Fire in the Glen will give a lively performance of blistering fiddle tunes, mug-thumping pub songs and a few soulful ballads and airs with the audience invited to dance, clap and sing along.

Amanda Wells on guitar, Rod Nevin on penny whistle, ukulele and Scottish smallpipes and band founder Tom Knapp on fiddle and bódhran drum will play and sing a blend of traditional Irish, Scottish and maritime tunes and their own brand of “Celtic eclectic.”

Sponsoring the Fire in the Glen concert are the Endless Mountain Music Festival and the Deane Center for the Performing Arts.

At 7 p.m. this Saturday, June 5, the tribute band Damn The Torpedoes will recreate the live stage show of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. During this concert experience, the band members will play the parts note for note, replicating the same sounds made by each of their counterparts on the original Heartbreaker records, such as “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “Free Fallin’,” “I Won’t Back Down” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream.”

Since 2007, ten years before Petty’s death in 2017 at the age of 66, this tribute band has been mesmerizing audiences by delivering the “awe” factor every time. The signature riffs, harmonies and underlying parts of the music are all there along with some fresh twists inspired in the moment. Band members have a deep understanding of the Tom Petty catalog so much so that the show has become second nature” to them with an artistry and emotion that make audiences smile, sing, dance and mourn the loss of this great artist.

In the show, Rich Kubicz, the tribute band’s founder, is the lead singer and plays guitar as Tom Petty. He has been told that he not only resembles Petty but sings and plays like him, too. Lee Boice is lead guitarist and replicates the performances of the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell. Gary Castelluccio plays keyboards, piano, guitar and harmonica and is a backup singer performing as the Heartbreakers’ Benmont Tench and Scott Thurston. Jon Provan is on bass guitar and a backup singer replicating the Heartbreakers’ Ron Blair and Howie Epstein. Ross Kantor on drums and a backup singer performs as the Heartbreakers’ Stan Lynch and Steve Ferrone. Kantor’s versatility allows him to play with Lynch’s finesse and Ferrone’s power.

Concert Tickets, BYOB
Admission for each concert is $25.

Both concerts are BYOB – bring your own beverages and snacks.

Purchase tickets and reserve a table by calling the Deane Center at (570) 724-6220. Traditional seating is also available. For more information, visit


Opening this weekend are the first three performances of Hamilton-Gibson’s production of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”, a comedy with Gabe Hakvaag directing.

The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5 and at 2:30 p.m. this Sunday, June 6 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. The last performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on June 11 and 12 and 2:30 p.m. on June 13.

The five-member cast includes Ellen Schaefer as Mrs. Gottlieb; KaDee Jay as Jean; Tim Wilbourn as Gordon; Kacy Hagan as Hermia, Gordon’s widow and also as the Other Woman, a stranger; and Joshua Allen as Dwight, Gordon’s brother.

“We’re thrilled to have Ellen back on the HG stage,” said HG Artistic Director Thomas Putnam. “It’s been a long time since she has been in one of our shows. Ellen is talented and great fun and we’re happy she decided to audition for ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’.”

“I auditioned for HG’s train play and got a role soon after moving to Wellsboro in 1996,” said Schaefer. “I have a degree in theater and have always been acting or singing in one form or another. Two of my favorite HG musical plays I performed in were ‘Smoke on the Mountain’ and ‘Nunsense’. I also enjoyed the dramatic role of Annie Sullivan in ‘The Miracle Worker’,” she said.

“When I got married in 2006, I left Wellsboro and moved to Muncy Valley.”

Schaefer had just finished acting in “Sweeney Todd” with the CTL in Williamsport when the pandemic struck in 2020.

“Returning to the HG stage has been on my mind because I love many of the people still associated with it. I had been watching for roles that might interest me and saw the audition announcement in the Williamsport Sun Gazette. Then I read a brief synopsis of the play. The characters seemed very interesting and the playwright, Sarah Ruhl has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes and a Tony. So, I auditioned.”
It takes Schaefer about an hour and a half one-way to get to rehearsals.

“What I enjoy about playing Mrs. Gottlieb is she’s hilarious and doesn’t know it,” Schaefer said.

She describes Mrs. G. as a controlling woman who doted on her oldest and now dead son, Gordon. “I see her as a mother who wants to be involved and in control of his life. She likes to get her own way and believes she knows how the world should really work. Her viewpoints are fact.

“Mrs. G is a busybody. She wants to ‘know’ Jean because Jean is the last contact Gordon had in this world. She sees Gordon’s widow as someone she can control and treats her like a servant. Mrs. G. wants Dwight, her younger son, to take over Gordon’s role, but Dwight doesn’t do it right. That puts them at odds with each other.

“I think the audience will like the wit and subtle humor of this show. Older adults will enjoy it because they bring a treasure trove of their own life experiences that might be relatable,” Schaefer said.

No tickets will be sold at the door. People who want to attend are asked to buy tickets in advance so they can be assigned seats to meet social distancing protocols and state guidelines. Audiences will wear masks.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for youth, 18 and under. Also available are FlexPasses for $60. For more information, to purchase a flex pass or to reserve and prepay, call (570) 724-2079 with credit card information or prepay online at

Photo by John Eaton
Mrs. Gottlieb (Ellen Schaefer, left) dares to believe she might actually become friends with her son’s widow, Hermia (Kacy Hagan, right).


The deadline for children, ages 12 and under to preregister for the 2021 Pet Parade to guarantee they will receive a goody bag and participation ribbon is this coming Wednesday, June 9 by 4 p.m. The parade will be on Sunday, June 13. There is no entry fee. It’s free.

Children, their pets and bikes will gather in the Packer Park picnic area behind the Wellsboro Senior Center parking lot on Queen Street. for judging. They are asked to be there no later than 12:25 p.m. on June 13. Judging will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.

The parade will form on Queen Street and beginning at 1:30 p.m. will travel from Queen onto Main Street to The Green where goody bags and participation ribbons will be given out. Also presented at The Green will be special awards in 21 different categories.

Social distancing and wearing masks covering the nose and mouth are required because no vaccine is currently available for children under 12.

For a form to enter the pet parade, visit the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce website at, click on “Forms” and on the drop-down menu click on “2021 Pet Parade Application” or pick one up at the chamber office at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro.

For more information, call (570) 724-1926 or email


Like A Hurricane, a four-member band based in Syracuse, New York, will perform a tribute to the music of Neil Young at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 11, in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

Lead vocalist is Thom Hogan on electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, and piano. Mike Vertino plays bass guitar; Jeff Roney, drums and percussion; and Pete “Pedro” Shank, electric and acoustic guitars and keyboards. Mike, Jeff and Pedro all sing harmony vocals.

This band performed on the Deane Center’s outdoor stage in August of 2020. “Our last performance at Wellsboro was a great success and a real pleasure,” said Hogan. “What a gracious audience to share a summer evening of Neil’s music with us.”

The upcoming show on June 11 will feature a different selection of Neil Young songs. “It will be a ‘deep cuts’ show with lesser-known treasured gems, along with Neil’s classics,” Hogan said. Look for songs like “Pocahontas”, “Lookout Joe”, “Mansion on the Hill” and “Sedan Delivery”, alongside his best loved songs like “After the Gold Rush”, “Harvest Moon”, “Heart of Gold”, “Cinnamon Girl”, and “Down by the River.”

Like A Hurricane captures the sound and spirit of a Neil Young live concert, from his solo work to his studio recordings with Crazy Horse, Buffalo Springfield and Crosby Stills and Nash, from intimate acoustic songs with soulful lyrics to driving electric guitars. Included are folk and rock songs; well-known favorites as well as a number of deep cuts audiences don’t ordinarily get to hear.

The band had its beginnings in a conversation Hogan had in the winter of 2017-2018 with Shank, his friend and fellow musician. “Mike, Jeff, Pedro and I are the founding members of this band,” Hogan said. “We began a heavy rehearsal schedule in June 2018 and played our first Like A Hurricane show on Dec. 21, 2018.”

The band has been focused on learning Young’s extensive catalog of material. “I feel extremely fortunate to play with the three of them,” said Hogan. “They are quality performers and great guys. As a group, we are dedicated to giving our audience an authentic Neil Young live concert experience. It’s wonderful for his fans to have a chance to hear his songs performed live and a shared experience for the audience and for us because we all love Neil’s music.”

The Deane Center is presenting this concert in conjunction with Rotary District 7410, which has more than 1100 members in 41 Rotary Clubs in 10 counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania, including the Wellsboro Rotary Club. The district conference is being held at the Deane Center on Saturday, June 12.

Tickets for the general public are $25. Rotarians are asked to phone the Deane Center for special pricing. For tickets or more information, call the Deane Center at (570) 724-6220.

Photo provided
Like A Hurricane includes (from left to right) Pedro Shank. Mike Vertino. Jeff Roney and Thom Hogan.


The 19th Annual Family Day and Children’s Health Fair with fun and information for all ages will be on Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on The Green in downtown Wellsboro, rain or shine. It’s free.

Joining forces to organize this special event to kick off the weeklong 2021 Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival are: the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Wellsboro Foundation, Inc., UPMC Wellsboro, UPMC Wellsboro Office of Pediatrics, the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health and AmeriHealth Caritas Pennsylvania.

Each youngster participating in Family Day will be given a free foam rocket or foam ball. There will be a visit by Smokey the Bear and a one-hour dance party at 11 a.m. for preschoolers to 12-year-olds and anyone else who wants to participate.

Families and individuals can visit booths that offer games and creative projects to do on-site or at home, such as planting seeds, making musical instruments, butterflies or sock monkeys.

Other booths will provide information for children’s health, safety and well-being, on nutrition, mentoring, health insurance, music programs and classes, bike safety, wildfire prevention, water safety, managing childhood asthma, promoting positive mental health, substance abuse and crime prevention, outdoor recreation opportunities, foster parenting and adoption services, pets and much more.

Among the many free treasures at the booths will be comic books, ribbon wands, reusable grocery totes, coloring books, key chains, stickers, children’s toothbrushes, pens, pencils and magnets.

In order to protect all youngsters attending Family Day, everyone is asked to wear masks as no vaccine is currently available for children under 12. Additional space has been provided around each booth to allow for social distancing.

For more information about Laurel Festival events, stop in at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro, call (570) 724-1926 or email


The 2021 Laurel Concert Series is presenting a documentary film and four musical performances Monday, June 14 through Saturday, June 19. All are free and open to the public. Donations are always appreciated.

The series begins at 7 p.m. Monday, June 14, with the showing of “Nessmuk: In Defense of Nature in the Pennsylvania Wilds” in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. The film will be shown again at noon on Saturday, June 19 in the Arcadia Theatre at 50 Main Street in Wellsboro.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington Sears known by his pen name, “Nessmuk.”

A Wellsboro resident, he was a pioneer conservationist, poet, adventurer, canoeist and outdoor writer. Nessmuk was a fierce critic of the human impact on the natural environment as evidenced in his extensive writings in “Forest and Stream,” the forerunner of “Field and Stream.”

Nationally, Nessmuk is known as the author of “Woodcraft” about camping. Published in 1884, it became the “Bible for outdoor recreation” and is still in print today. “Woodcraft” was also a source for the early Boy Scout movement.

Researched, written, directed and produced by Gale Largey of Wellsboro, this 90-minute documentary is done in the first person with local Brian Morral as the voice of Nessmuk.

In the film, Nessmuk talks about his experiences growing up as the oldest of 10 children in Massachusetts, signing up when he was 19 for a three-year whaling voyage, moving to Wellsboro, helping a slave escape, being a Civil War volunteer, traveling to Brazil, going on canoeing trips in the Adirondacks in the 1880s and about the contents of his unusual will.

Callanish, an all-female Celtic band, will play and sing lively jigs and reels, haunting airs, and rollicking songs from Ireland and Scotland in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 15. Performing are: Patty Lambert on wooden flute, whistle and concertina; Betsy Gamble on fiddle, viola and pipes; Louisa Smith, the lead singer, on bodhrán, spoons and percussion; and Holly Foy on guitar, bouzouki and banjo.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic supper for the “Almost World Famous” Wellsboro Town Band outdoor concert on The Green Wednesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. Rain location: Wellsboro High School auditorium.

At 7 p.m., Thursday, June 17 outdoors on the front steps of the Tioga County Courthouse at 118 Main Street will be a concert by the Wellsboro Men’s Chorus. Sing along as they perform “Amazing Grace,” “What I Did For Love,” “Save the Last Dance”, “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “God Bless America” and the humorous “Lord, It’s Hard to be Humble.” Rain Location: Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre.

Boot Hill will open the Queens Preview at 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 18 on the Deane Center’s outdoor stage. The Laurel Queen candidates will be introduced at 5 p.m. and the band will close the event performing their own original music and sharing vocals and harmonies. Band members are: Joe Callahan of Wellsboro on guitar; Sean Monroe of Horseheads, N.Y. on bass guitar; Mike Watkins of Addison, N.Y. on piano, organ, accordion, mandolin and fiddle; Mike Nickerson on drums; and Joe Narde on percussion. Both are from Corning, N.Y. Monroe, Callahan and Watkins write the music and all collaborate on the arrangements. Rain location: Arcadia Theatre at 50 Main Street in Wellsboro.

For more information about Laurel Festival activities, stop in at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro, call (570) 724-1926, email or visit

Photo provided
Callanish will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14.


The Endless Mountain Music Festival’s Casino Night Party at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16 promises excitement and lots of action at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

The party will come alive with a cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception, a buffet dinner and homemade dessert extravaganza and silent and live auctions. An auctioneer and “Vanna White” add to the fun.

Being auctioned off are: a seven-day, seven-night stay for six at a resort on Cocoa Beach, Florida; a weekend in New York City with accommodations for a one night stay, dinner for two and tickets to a Broadway show and the Museum of Modern Art; a weekend adventure with a two-day stay in the Largey cabin on Pine Creek and a $180 Pine Creek Outfitters escapade for four; comfort food with the “living” Sherlock Holmes; a German dinner for four prepared by Jurgen Thym; Bridget Dodson nose-to-nose champagne glasses, ice bucket and Atwater bubbly; a Keuka Lake sail with the Shaws and lunch for four; a $500 custom-made hat for a woman and a $250 hat for a man from the Blake Collection; 12 bottles of fine wine selected by Turner Classic Movies and paired with 12 Turner films; four tickets to a Nittany Lions football game at Penn State, a reserved parking pass and tailgate party; a prize single malt Scotch whisky and cigars; a hand-blown glass bowl from Corning Museum of Glass; eight Hawke crystal “Aquila” pattern cordials from the Glass Menagerie and liqueur from Finger Lakes Distilling; and so much more.

Hosts for this entertaining evening are Shirley and Bill Hebe of Wellsboro. Members of the EMMF Auction Committee are: Teresa Capuzzo, Kathy Largey, Birnist O’Reilly and Cindy Long.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will support the mission of the Endless Mountain Music Festival Educational Outreach programs.

Tickets are $65 per person and are available online through Thursday, June 10 at or by calling the Endless Mountain Box Office at (570) 787-7800.

Photo by John Eaton
Kathy and Gale Largey (left) and Bill and Shirley Hebe (right) are ready for fun at Casino Night.


At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18, Gathering Time, a Long Island, N.Y.-based folk-rock harmony trio, will pay tribute to the folk-rock legends of the 1960s and 1970s from the stage in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.
Heavily influenced by groups like The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Gathering Time not only plays and sings their songs but also provides background information about each one, making the performance more meaningful and enjoyable. In addition, the threesome will perform some of their original folk-rock songs.

From The Byrds’ “Turn! Turn! Turn!” to Buffalo Springfield’s “For What it’s Worth,” to CSN’s “Teach Your Children,” much of the music of the 1960s speaks to the social issues and history-making events that American society was going through at the time. Many of those songs have gained renewed relevance today as one reflects on the past history-making year.

Gathering Time will perform these classics in the spectacular three-part harmony that has become their trademark.

Members of Gathering Time include: Stuart Markus on acoustic guitar and bass, Karen Bella on percussion and guitar and Gerry McKeveny on acoustic and electric guitars and bass. All three are songwriters and take turns as lead and background vocalists.

Originally formed in May 2006, Markus notes, “Our name fits us. We noticed early on how people started gathering around when we launched into our three-part harmony,” he said. “Music brings people together.”

Gathering Time’s most recent album, “Old Friends”, a tribute to the acts that influenced them, debuted at #1 on the Folk Alliance International Folk DJ chart in September 2020 after its release on Aug. 31, 2020. It also took #1 artist honors. Their advance single “Get Together” was #1 in July 2020.

This followed their March 2016 album, “Keepsake”, which swept the chart, taking #1 album, #1 song, and #1 artist honors that month. All told, the group has had four top-5 albums and five top-5 singles on the chart.

John Platt, the leading folk DJ on New York City’s WFUV, wrote that Gathering Time is “among the finest performers in the New York metropolitan area, whatever the size of the venue, from a house concert to an outdoor festival,” with “harmonies that can charm the birds out of the trees” and “appeal to audiences of all ages.”

“When they harmonize, some sort of fundamental, cosmic concordance occurs that makes you very happy that you have ears,” wrote Bob McKillop of

Admission is $25. For tickets, call the Deane Center at (570) 724-6220 or visit

Photo provided
Gathering Time includes (from left) Stuart Markus on acoustic guitar and bass, Karen Bella on percussion and guitar and Gerry McKeveny on acoustic and electric guitars and bass. All three are songwriters and take turns as lead and background vocalists.


WELLSBORO—On Saturday, June 19, between 12:01 a.m. and 8 p.m., the Family Fishing Tournament will be at Hills Creek Lake. The lake is in

This year registration is required to participate in the tournament. There is no entry fee. It’s free. Register by calling the park office at 570-724-4246.

“Some anglers have started fishing before the sun comes up,” said Park Naturalist Jim Mucci who conducts the weigh-ins and presents the awards.

One-hour weigh-ins will be at the beach area near the shore of Hills Creek Lake from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Medallions will be presented after the 7-8 p.m. weigh-in to the winners in five categories: largest perch, largest bluegill, largest bass, largest crappie, and largest stringer of game fish by weight (one angler’s legal limit of game fish for the day).

A one-ounce bonus will be awarded for game fish that are caught and released. All fish must be caught by legal means. This is a no cull contest (no replacing a smaller fish with a heavier fish on the stringer).

In the event of a tie, the fish weighed the earliest will win.

Spectators are welcome to watch the fish being weighed for the tournament.

For more information or to register, call the Hills Creek State Park office at (570) 724-4246 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.


From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, the Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project is holding the free, in-person Woodpecker Lips Director’s Workshop outdoors at the roofed pavilion at the Nessmuk Lake Recreation Area on Route 287, one mile south of Wellsboro.

The workshop is for adult women interested in directing a monologue for the HGWP’s Woodpecker Lips production. Those who attend the free workshop will be given first priority to direct. There are 13 directing positions available.

Discussed will be the tools necessary to foster trust and allow exploration of a character to bring out the creativity in every actor for every performance.

Leading the workshop is Jessie Thompson, the producer of Woodpecker Lips”, the 2021 HG Women’s Project, which will end with performances of original monologues being written by local women about a living or historical local or Pennsylvania woman. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 29 & 30 and Nov. 5 & 6 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, Oct. 31 & Nov. 7.

Thompson has directed and led acting workshops for the HG Women’s Project and prior to that worked as an actor in New York, Los Angeles and around the country.

The goal of the 2021 Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project titled “Woodpecker Lips” is to provide opportunities for women to write, perform, direct and tell local stories meaningful to community theater audiences.

To register for the Woodpecker Lips Directors Workshop, email Thompson at or call the HG office at 570-724-2079.

Open in-person auditions for actors will be in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30 and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Roles are open to females or those who identify as females ages 13 to adults of all ethnicities. No registration is necessary. Just show up on one of the dates at the time listed. Material to read will be provided. Or, actors can record a one to two-minute video monologue and email it to

Photo provided
Jessie Thompson


This summer, six of the Endless Mountain Music Festival Symphony Orchestra’s seven concerts will be presented in Steadman Theatre on the Mansfield University campus in Mansfield, Pa. on Fridays and Saturdays, July 16 & 17, 23 & 24 and 30 & 31. The orchestra is composed of 62 world-class musicians.

“Normally, the three Friday night symphony orchestra concerts would have been in Steadman Theatre in Mansfield and the three Saturday night concerts in the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium in Corning, N.Y.,” said Cindy Long, EMMF executive director.

“Due to a corporate decision by Corning, Inc. no concerts will be held in the CMoG auditorium until Oct. 1. That meant we had to move the Saturday night orchestra concerts. We did ask the Clemens Center in Elmira, N.Y. if we could hold them there but because of New York State’s current COVID-19 restrictions, they could not accommodate the size of our audiences,” she said.

“The Clemens Center was willing to host two of our chamber concerts that could not be held at their planned locations in Corning. The chamber concert on Monday, July 19 with the Mendelssohn Octet featuring the EMMF Strings was to be at the Rockwell Museum at 111 Cedar Street. The Sunday, July 25 chamber concert with Eun-joo Kwak at the piano and Siwoo Kim on violin was to be at the 171 Cedar Arts Center. Because of New York State’s current COVID-19 restrictions, those locations could not accommodate our audiences either,” Long said.

The six symphony orchestra concerts are: July 16 – Movie Night with a special tribute to Hollywood; July 17 – Eight Emerging Hollywood Composers each performing a world premiere of his or her work; July 23 – “The Four Seasons” of Tango and a choral tribute to Oscar Hammerstein conducted by Peggy Dettwiler; July 24 – Works by Navarro, Paganini and Taneyev; July 30 – Performances of Lalo’s acclaimed overture from his three-act opera based on the ancient legend of the City of Ys and Arturo Marquez’s ode to the stars topped off by Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and July 31 – Dvořák’s Symphony No. 5 in F Major, Rossini’s Italian Girl in Algiers Overture, Oscar Navarro’s Rose in Flames and Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor.

The Endless Mountain Music Festival will end with the seventh symphony orchestra concert at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1 at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport. It’s free. Featured will be pops music from Broadway musicals and films. The concert will end with the 1812 Overture.
In addition to the seven symphony orchestra concerts, there will also be 10 chamber concerts Sundays through Thursdays. Two of the 10 chamber concerts are free.

For more information about all 17 concerts being held from July 16 through Aug. 1 as well as to purchase a season pass, flex pass or individual tickets, visit or call the Endless Mountain Music Festival Box Office at (570) 787-7800. All 2020 pre-purchased season passes will be honored this summer.