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THE EATON CALENDAR – MARCH 23, 2021
1. Easter Bunny to be at Highland Chocolates Open House This Saturday, March 27 photo and caption
2. Hamilton-Gibson to Present Free Staged Readings of Two Comedies Featuring Real-Life Couples This Saturday and Sunday, March 27 & 28 press release with photo and caption
3. EMMF Junior Composers Last Free Help Session is on Wednesday, March 31 in Wellsboro press release
4. 30th Annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament is May 15 & 16; Register in Person on Saturday, April 3; Entry Fee is $20 Until May 1 press release with photo and caption
EASTER BUNNY TO BE AT HIGHLAND CHOCOLATES OPEN HOUSE THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 27 PHOTO AND CAPTION:
The Easter Bunny holds a basket filled with candy in one paw and a cream-filled egg in the other. He will be available at Highland Chocolates downtown store at 82 Main Street in Wellsboro this Saturday, March 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to have his photo taken free with children and adults. Remember to bring a camera and a friend to take the photo or take a cell phone selfie. Featured during Saturday’s Open House from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. will be a wide assortment of handcrafted chocolates from solid chocolate bunnies to cream-filled Easter eggs, chocolate lollipops, malt balls, gummies, truffles, peeps, jelly beans and lots more. Crack open a mystery egg for a five to 50 percent discount on purchases made that day. To order by phone with front door pick up at 82 Main Street, call 570-724-6777.
Photo by John Eaton
HAMILTON-GIBSON TO PRESENT FREE STAGED READINGS OF TWO COMEDIES FEATURING REAL-LIFE COUPLES THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MARCH 27 & 28 PRESS RELEASE WITH PHOTO AND CAPTION:
This Saturday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. and this Sunday, March 28 at 2:30 p.m., Hamilton-Gibson Productions is presenting performances of two comedies each featuring a real-life couple. The performances are free.
“The Search” by Natalie Kennedy of Wellsboro, and “The Scary Question” by playwright, director and actor Wayne S. Rawley, run about 15 minutes apiece.
This is the sixth in HG’s free series of eight 30-minute staged readings of short plays via Zoom.
What do you talk about when you find yourself seated with a stranger at a wedding reception? Especially someone who clearly has nothing in common with you. Favorite love songs? Join the hilariously awkward conversation with quiet Emily played by Sarah Lawton and Mick played by Noyes Lawton.
‘The Search” was produced as part of HG’s original works series. It was written and directed by Kennedy, Tioga Publishing managing editor of the Wellsboro and Mansfield Gazettes, the Westfield Free Press Courier and the Potter Leader Enterprise. When it first debuted, Deb Sawyer and the late Craig Shaffer were featured in the roles.
For this weekend’s staged reading, husband and wife, Noyes and Sarah Lawton are acting in the play in Craig Shaffer’s honor and memory. The Lawtons have been in a number of HG productions, including “Mamma Mia” and “Blithe Spirit.” Sarah was on stage in “Boeing Boeing” and Noyes has been in HG shows for many years with major roles in “The Crucible”, “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Of Mice and Men.”
In “The Scary Question”, a young couple in love are ready to move to the “next level.” On a peaceful evening in Linda’s apartment, Brian nervously gathers the strength to ask the question. Join real-life husband and wife Laura and Ryan Mullins who play the couple that are navigating the perils of young love as Brian drops to one knee.
This play is part of the “Great Short Comedies” Volume 6 series produced by Playscripts, Inc. Another from the volume will be produced as the last Zoomed staged reading in the series on April 10 and 11. Laura and Ryan performed together, first during an HG Radio Festival and last summer as ice skaters in HG’s “Almost, Maine.” Ryan has also appeared in “The Crucible” and “You Can’t Take It With You.”
At the end of the 30-minute performance, audience members will be invited to stay on Zoom to talk about what they saw and heard with Director Thomas Putnam and the cast members.
Go to the Zoom website at https://zoom.us, click on “joint meeting” and for the Saturday, March 27 performance enter the access code 839 2536 6867 and the passcode 902173. For the Sunday, March 28 performance, enter the access code 873 9936 8164 and the passcode 420146.
Donations are appreciated. Go to the HG website at www.hamiltongibson.org or send a contribution to Hamilton-Gibson, 29 Water Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Please include “Staged Readings” in the check memo line.
Photo by John Eaton
Brian (Ryan Mullins) prepares to pop the big question to his girlfriend Linda (Laura Mullins) in “The Scary Question.”
EMMF JUNIOR COMPOSERS LAST FREE HELP SESSION IS ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31 IN WELLSBORO PRESS RELEASE:
Students in elementary, middle or junior high and high school through college can sign up now for the last free Junior Composers Program Help Session being held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31 at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Register by calling 570-787-7800.
The March 31 help session is for students of all ages who want to participate in the free music composing program and competition being offered by the Endless Mountain Music Festival.
Before attending this help session, students are asked to visit the EMMF website at www.endlessmountain.net and go through the Junior Composer Program PowerPoint presentation. Especially important is the section by the student who won this contest in Hollywood, California in 2019. She explains how the composing program works and what she did.
For the March 31 help session, students need to download the app from the PowerPoint presentation onto their computer and bring their computer and ear buds with them. Masks and social distancing are required.
At the Deane Center, Cindy Long, EMMF executive director, will be checking in the students who have signed up for a help session. Mark Warner, a board member, will assist students one-on-one in using scoring software to create a musical composition.
For more information about the Junior Composers Program and the March 31 Help Session, call 570-439-1051.
30TH ANNUAL UPPER PINE CREEK TROUT TOURNAMENT IS MAY 15 & 16; ENTRY FEE IS $20 UNTIL MAY 1; REGISTER IN PERSON ON APRIL 3 PRESS RELEASE WITH PHOTO AND CAPTION:
Successful anglers who catch tagged fish during the 30th Annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament can win up to $14,000 in cash, merchandise and gift cards with each prize valued at $50 or more. The top prize is $1,000 in cash. There are also four $500 cash prizes.
In addition, every registered participant who picks up his or her badge no later than 4 p.m. Saturday, May 15 will be entered in a special drawing being held later that day to win one of two $1,000 cash prizes being awarded in celebration of the tournament’s 30th anniversary. Individuals need not be present to win.
Youngsters 12 and under, whether they register to fish in the tournament or not, can participate in the free “Draw A Ball and Win A Prize” giveaway. With help from Smitty’s Sports in Gaines, the Tackle Shack in Wellsboro and club members who donate items, young anglers receive rods and reels and other fishing equipment.
For the first time in its history, the tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Changes have been made this year to ensure anglers safety.
The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club tournament will be on Saturday, May 15 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 16 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. along a 13-mile stretch of Pine Creek between the Ansonia Bridge in Shippen Township and the Mill Street Bridge in Galeton Borough. Each of the 250 fish float stocked in that section are tagged. The entry fee for adults is $20 through Saturday, May 1 and $25 beginning May 2. The entry fee for youth under 16 is $15 now until the tournament.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, the opening day of the 2021 statewide trout season, register in person and pick up bags, badges and maps at registration tents in front of the snowmobile clubhouse at 4814 Route 6, 12 miles west of Wellsboro. Or, download a registration form any time by visiting www.pagrandcanyonsnowmobileclub.com or pick one up at area businesses.
Tents will also be open for in-person registration on Friday, May 14, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as for registration and check-in during tournament hours on Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16.
All fish must be legally caught. Those fishing before or after the stated times on May 15 or 16 will be disqualified. No fish will be accepted at the check-in tents in front of the snowmobile clubhouse one hour after the cut-off time.
Those competing in the tournament must have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license, must not trespass on private property or litter and must adhere to CDC and Pennsylvania COVID-19 guidelines and requirements.
What an angler wins is based on the luck of the draw due to a lottery-type system implemented in 2015. The angler has to bring his or her tagged fish in “live condition” to the check-in tent. There, the angler will randomly draw a numbered Ping-Pong ball for each tagged fish he or she catches. The number on the ball is then matched to the corresponding number on the big prize board on the club’s front porch to determine what the prize is. That gives everyone a chance to win the $1,000 cash prize rather than the angler who happens to catch the “right fish” as done in the past.
Funding for the tournament comes from donations made by local and out-of-the-area businesses and individuals. These donations include cash, merchandise, gift certificates and promotional items.
Money raised through the tournament is used to help cover the club’s operating costs; and to provide three college scholarships to selected graduating seniors from the Galeton, Wellsboro, Mansfield or Cowanesque Valley high schools as well as monetary donations to food banks at Wellsboro, Galeton and Osceola and other local charities and organizations.
For information, call 1-717-881-9358 or the club at 570-724-2888 or visit the club’s website at www.pagrandcanyonsnowmobileclub.com or its Facebook page.
Alan Burton of Woodhull, New York holds the only tagged trout he caught during the 2018 Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament, but that was all he needed to win the $1,000 cash prize.
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