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The Eaton Calendar – October 2

The Eaton Calendar – October 2


  1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band to Perform This Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5
  2. Mill Cove’s Second Annual Clays for Kids is This Saturday, Oct. 5
  3. 12th Annual Ives Run Trail Challenge is This Saturday, Oct. 5
  4. Creek and Canyon Wildlife Tour is This Saturday, Oct. 5
  5. Second Chance Heading Home Center Benefit is This Saturday, Oct. 5
  6. NEW – Home Brewers Expo is This Saturday, Oct. 5
  7. NEW – Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club Running Deer Shoots are Sundays, Oct. 6 & 20, Nov. 3 & 24
  8. NEW – United Methodist Church Special Suicide Awareness Service is This Sunday, Oct. 6
  9. NEW – HG Choirs’ Autumn Chorale Concert and Poinsettia Sale are This Sunday, Oct. 6
  10. NEW – Wellsboro Community-Wide Yard Sale is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 & 12
  11. NEW – Cherry Springs State Park Offers Free Stargazing Program on Oct. 11 & 12
  12. NEW – Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project Fall Production “Let’s Cast Some Light on The Subject” Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11, 12 & 13
  13. NEW – Eight-Hour NRA Basic Pistol Class is Saturday, Oct. 12 at Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club
  14. NEW – WASD Library Fundraiser is Saturday, Oct. 12 at From My Shelf Books; BookFest is Saturday, Oct. 19 at Deane Center
  15. NEW – Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club is Hosting Last Two Skeet Shoots on Sundays, Oct. 13 & 27
  16. NEW – Register by Oct. 14 for Fifth Annual Run Past Cancer 5K Walk/Run and One Mile Fun Walk/Run
  17. NEW – Drowsy Maggie to Perform on Friday, Oct. 18

Diane Eaton
(570) 724-3800


At 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5, the four-member Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band will open the Wellsboro Community Concert Association’s 72nd season with performances in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. With infusions of bluegrass and jazz topped off with a classical twist, this band is known for its new and innovative takes on Beatles songs like “Eleanor Rigby”, “Back in the U.S.S.R.”, “Come Together”, “Blackbird” and many more. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $5 for students and children.

For Information, subscription forms and season tickets for all six concerts, visit the association’s website at or call the Deane Center at (570) 724-6220.

Photo provided


Two individuals and 24 four-person teams had registered by Sept. 26 to participate in Mill Cove’s Second Annual Clays for Kids being held this Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Thunder Ridge Sporting Clays at 619 Leon Brown Road in Middlebury Center, PA 16935. Online registration at continued through Thursday, Oct. 3

This Saturday at 8 a.m., shooters who want to participate can register in person and those who pre-registered will check-in. The entry fee for individuals participating in Clays for Kids is $130 per person and for a team of four is $500. To attend the lunch only is $20 per person.

The shoot will start at 9 a.m. At noon will be the pork barbecue lunch and presentations by the beneficiaries about Mill Cove and the Tioga County Children’s Advocacy Center, an Asa’s Place program. At 1 p.m., a raffle will be held and awards will be presented to the top male, female and team shooters. Clays for Kids will end around 2 p.m.

Those who pre-registered by Sept. 20 were guaranteed an event T-shirt in the size ordered and ammunition. Those who registered later will be given 100 target rounds per shooter, golf cart use and a pork barbecue lunch. They will not receive a T-shirt and may not receive four boxes of 12- or 20-gauge ammunition.

Registrants are responsible for bringing their own guns and eye and ear protection.

Proceeds will benefit the outdoor Mill Cove Environmental Education Center where children learn about nature up close and personal, and the Tioga County Children’s Advocacy Center, an Asa’s Place program, which will serve child abuse victims ages four to 18 at 16 Water Street in Wellsboro. The facility is expected to open in late 2019 or early 2020.

For more information, contact Co-chairs Mark Hamilton at (570) 772-1299 or Gary Wilson at (570) 337-8699 or email

Photo by John Eaton
Mark Hamilton (left) and Gary Wilson are co-chairs of Mill Cove’s Second Annual Clays for Kids being held this Saturday, Oct. 5.


The 12th Annual Ives Run Trail Challenge is this Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Ives Run Recreation Area on Hammond Lake at 710 Ives Run Lane in Tioga Township, 12 miles north of Wellsboro via Route 287.

This event is for runners and walkers of all ages who want to compete and first-timers whose goal is to finish. The age categories are 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over.

On Saturday, check-in and registration for the four-mile Trail Challenge will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Stephenhouse Pavilion. Those 13 and older who register on Saturday can pay the $27.50 entry fee in cash or by check. Those 12 and under participate for free.

A bus provided by Benedict’s Bus Service will transport participants from the registration area to the Ives Run South Pavilion for the pre-race meeting at 9:45 a.m.

The Trail Challenge will start at 10 a.m. The four-mile course includes portions of the Lynn Keller, Stephenhouse and Archery Range trails and has varying terrain. Awards will be presented at 11 a.m.

Hall’s Homes and Lumber, Inc. is providing T-shirts. Free refreshments for all participants at the end of the run will be provided by the Holliday Alliance Church. Other Trail Challenge sponsors are: the Friends of Tioga, Hammond and Cowanesque Lakes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Martin’s Garden Center and Landscape Services, Wild Asaph Outfitters, Ward Manufacturing, Penny’s Daycare Center, the Native Bagel and Step Outdoors.

For more information, call (570) 835-5281.

Photo by John Eaton
Sean Minnick of Wellsboro, an organizer of the 12th Annual Ives Run Trail Challenge, holds one of the first place medals. Also shown are the medals that will be awarded to second and third place finishers.


This Saturday, Oct. 5, Rich Hanlon is leading a Creek and Canyon Wildlife Tour at the Leonard Harrison State Park Overlook, which is 12.2 miles from downtown Wellsboro via Route 660 west.

Participants will gather at 9:30 a.m. at the handicapped accessible overlook to see eagles, hawks, crows, ravens and vultures cruising over Pine Creek and the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.

Hanlon is an outdoor enthusiast, member of the Tiadaghton Audubon Society, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro and founder of the BestLife Community blog.

The next tour will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Participants will meet at the Hills Creek State Park office at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901 to go on an hour-and-a-half hike on the four-mile Lake Loop Trail and see an assortment of ducks, geese and maybe an eagle and a red-breasted nuthatch.

On Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m., participants will meet at the handicapped accessible Ives Run Recreation Area parking lot at the big boat launch directly adjacent to the campground to watch ducks, geese and eagles flying and swimming on Hammond Lake.

The last tour will be the Barbour Rock-West Rim-Bear Run Loop on Saturday, Nov. 2. Participants will gather at 9 a.m. at the Barbour Rock Trailhead parking lot and hike about 3.5 miles on easy terrain that includes vistas overlooking Pine Creek and the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Wildlife that may be seen include hawks, eagles, vultures and migrating warblers.

To go on one or all of the upcoming tours or for more information, .email Hanlon at, call (412) 992-6648, or leave him a message at


Jerry Gaye’s sixth annual benefit to raise money for cats and dogs in a Tioga County shelter is this Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Howard S. Lines Knoxville VFW Post 6753 at 703 Boatman Road, Knoxville, Pa. 16928.

There will not be an admission or cover charge to attend the benefit, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. with live country and bluegrass music played by the six-member Blue Country Roots band and continue until the Chinese auction begins at 3 p.m. The auction will include a wide selection of items donated by people who want to help and by regional and local businesses. Among the items will be gift cards, jewelry, toys, clothing, dishes, bake ware, grills, tools, etc.

Auction tickets will be provided between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. for people to place with the items they want to win. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

The proceeds from the 2019 benefit will be donated to the Heading Home Center in Middlebury Township operated by Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries, Inc., a volunteer based organization founded in 2001 in Tioga County.

“People who attend the benefit can donate money to help Second Chance or bring a bag of dog or cat food or cleaning supplies,” Gaye said. “One hundred percent of the funds we raise will be used to benefit the animals.”

The Heading Home Center can use any kind of cleaning supplies, such as bottled dish soap, bleach or disinfectant like Pines-Sol or Lysol as well as towels and washcloths to bathe the cats and dogs and to clean their living quarters, and blankets for dog bedding. Donations of any kind of dry or wet cat and dog foods are appreciated. The animals at the center eat 200 pounds of Victor dog food and 4Health cat food a month.

For more information about the benefit and the Chinese Auction, call the Knoxville VFW at (814) 326-4321 or stop in at Blend’s Feed and Farm Supply at 7788 PA-49, Osceola, PA 16942 or call (607) 382-5448. Items for the Chinese auction can be dropped off at the Knoxville VFW or Blend’s.

Photo by John Eaton
Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries’ Heading Home Center Volunteer Markie Kane holds Lulu, a poodle mix. Since this photo was taken, Lulu has been adopted and has a new home in Maryland.


This Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the first Home Brewers Expo will be in the Gallery at the Warehouse Theatre, 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. All proceeds will support Asa’s Place.

Adults, 21 and over are invited to meet the brewers, sample the area’s finest home brewed beers and for $10 cast a vote for their favorite. Bring identification.

Home brewed beer entries are being accepted through this Friday, Oct. 4, according to organizer Brooke Weller. “Home brewers who are interested are welcome to get in touch with me,” he said. Each home brewer is asked to bring at least five gallons of the beer he or she makes. Whether it is served in a keg or bottles is up to the brewer.

At least 13 home brewed beers will be served this Saturday, including pumpkin stout, New England-style IPA, Kentucky Common, Dunkelweizen, honey blueberry blonde ale, golden ale, spruce tip ale, pale ale, ginger Hefeweizen, American pale ale, pumpkin ale, another IPA and a wet hopped blonde ale. Eight brewers made the 13 beers; six of them are attending the expo.

In 2008, Weller graduated from Wellsboro High School and in 2014 moved to Maine. He has been brewing beer ever since. The idea for the Home Brewers Expo at Wellsboro came from a charity organization in Bangor, Maine. “They would invite home brewers to bring five gallons of their beer,” Weller said. “There would be about 40 gallons of home brewed beer and 150 people would show up, try the beers and vote for their favorites and the proceeds would go to a charity. As a home brewer, I participated in those events,” said Weller.

“After I moved back to the Wellsboro area in 2018, I realized there aren’t as many home brewers here as there were in Maine. So I decided to organize this expo as a way to raise awareness about home brewed beers, to benefit a charity and to have some fun,” he said.

“What I love about making beer is the process,” said Weller. “There is a lot of science behind it and I’m really into that. What I like about it is sharing the different types of beer I make with others and getting their feedback, both positive and negative.”

For more information about participating as a home brewer at the expo, contact Weller at

For tickets, call (570) 724-6220 or visit

Photo by John Eaton
Brooke Weller, organizer of the Home Brewers Expo, prepares to taste the pumpkin stout beer he just made.


The Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club is hosting outdoor running deer shoots from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, Oct. 6 and 20 and Nov. 3 and 24. The shoots will be at the club at 4646 Route 287, 6.5 miles south of Wellsboro in Delmar Township. Members and the public are invited to participate.

The running deer paper target is fixed to a four-foot by three-foot wooden frame that is mounted on wheels on a cable at the club’s outdoor range. The target is pulled along the cable from the left to right at 100 yards from the shooting area. Only one shooter is allowed to be on the range per pass. Safety gear and eye and ear protection are required to participate. 

A sign-up will be held before each round of shooters.

The fee is $2 per pass with a limit of two shots per pass. The fee will be split with 50 percent going to the shooter with the highest score per round and the other 50 percent to the club.

For more information, call Ray Rowland at (607) 857-4631.


This Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m., the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro at 36 Main Street is hosting a special church service. “It will be an experience of community connection and hope for those who attend,” said Pastor Rich Hanlon. “Everyone is welcome.”

Pastor Hanlon’s message will be about suicide awareness, prevention and survivor support based on the mission statement included in the Methodist Church Book of Discipline. He will talk about the importance of the church and community reaching out to people who are depressed and thinking about suicide or who have been impacted by the loss of a loved one.

“The entire service will revolve around the subject of suicide,” said Lory Albin. As part of the service, Albin is giving her testimony about being a survivor of a loved one’s suicide.

During the service, the Hamilton-Gibson Young Women and Young Men’s Choirs will sing “Please Stay.” It is an anthem for hope — an attempt to de-stigmatize mental illness and challenge everyone to help save a life by supporting those who are battling depression and have thoughts of suicide. The piece was commissioned by the Ohio Choral Directors Association College and University Commissioning Consortium and composed by Jake Runestad in 2016.

Albin chairs the church’s Survivors United in Hope ministry for those affected by suicide loss. In September, she and Cathy Mack staffed a resource table at each of the five performances of Hamilton-Gibson’s production of “Every Brilliant Thing.” The play addressed depression and suicide. The resource table, provided by the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro, included information about suicide awareness, prevention and survivor support to help people suffering from depression or who knew of someone who was.

“Suicide statistics are staggering,” Albin said. “Every 40 seconds someone takes their life in the United States. And I know from personal experience that losing someone to suicide is life changing.”

Photo by John Eaton
Lory Albin (left), Cathy Mack (center) and Pastor Rich Hanlon are shown at the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro’s resource table following a performance of Hamilton-Gibson’s “Every Brilliant Thing.” Information about depression, suicide awareness and prevention, and other services available through the church’s Comfort Ministries was provided by Albin and Mack to theatergoers.


The Autumn Chorale concert featuring the 50 members of the Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs is this Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Pearl and Charles Streets, across from The Green in Wellsboro.

Julie Schlosser is the director of the Young Women’s Choir, grades 9-12. Thomas Putnam directs both the Young Men’s Choir, grades 9-12 and the Children’s Concert Choir, grades 5-8. Director of Choir, Too, grades 2-4 is Cheryl Hein Walters. Parker Neal is the accompanist for all four choirs. The involved fifth through twelfth grade singers represent four school districts, Northern Tioga, Southern Tioga and Wellsboro Area in Tioga County and Galeton in Potter County.

Selections to be performed by the four choirs reflect this year’s theme, which is based on an Ancient Rune: “The sky above me. The Earth below me. Fire within.” “Through song we are exploring the earth and our responsibility in caring for it,” Putnam said. “This includes the ground we stand on, the air we breathe and the skies above.”

The Young Men and Youth Women’s choirs will open the program with “Emerald Stream” by Seth Houston. Its message is environmental stewardship.

Among the other songs to be sung will be “Stars I Shall Find” by the Young Men’s Choir; “Path to the Moon” and the unique “Four Grassi Lakes Seasons” by the Children’s Concert Choir; and “For the Beauty of the Earth” by the Young Women’s Choir.

All four choirs will join in singing “You Are Mine” with words and music by David Haas and “Fun with Fruit” by John Hoffacker. They will conclude the program with the rousing “Let the River Run” with words and music by Carly Simon.

Admission at the door is $8 for adults and $4 for students and children.

This concert is the kickoff for the choirs’ annual Poinsettia Sale. The poinsettias are red and come in two sizes, a six-inch pot for $15 and a seven-inch pot for $20. The sale will end on Friday, Nov. 22 and the poinsettias will be delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Audience members can pick up a poinsettia order form this Sunday, Oct. 6 when purchasing concert tickets at St. Paul’s. Or, people can place an order by calling the Hamilton-Gibson office at (570) 724-2079 or sending an email to, Attention Tara Gordon. The person ordering is asked to provide his or her name, phone number and email address and send a check with “Poinsettia” on the check memo line for the total amount of the order to the Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs, 29 Water Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901.

Proceeds will go toward offsetting costs for the choirs’ annual four-day spring performance trip Thursday through Sunday, April 30 through May 3, 2020.

Families whose children are considering joining the choirs will be admitted to this concert free. For more information about the concert or joining the choral program, call the Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs at (570) 724-2079 or email

Photo by John Eaton
Shown are members of Choir, Too and the Children’s Concert Choir who will be singing during the Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs’ Autumn Chorale this Sunday, Oct. 6.


The Retail Committee of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a community-wide yard sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. “We usually get a lot of people who travel to Wellsboro from Harrisburg and from other areas in Pennsylvania and New York specifically for the community-wide yard sale,” said Julie VanNess, Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce executive director.

During the community-wide yard sale, area merchants will be offering clearance items at special sidewalk sale events, and area residents, non-profit organizations, churches and youth groups are invited to participate by holding private yard sales at their homes or facilities.

Wellsboro Borough Council has agreed to waive the permit fee for the community-wide yard sale. The Council has also designated Monday, Oct. 14, through Friday, Oct. 18 as Fall Cleanup Week so Wellsboro Borough residents may put unsold yard sale items at curbside on their regular garbage pickup day.

Items acceptable for cleanup week collection include leaves in bags or boxes, trash, old lumber and boards not over five feet long, old furniture, scrap metal, old tires (2 per household), lawn rakings, paper, magazines, litter, brush, small tree limbs and shrub clippings. Like items should be bundled together. Not collected will be demolition and construction materials, which can be disposed of at the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority’s Tiadaghton location at 10455 Route 6, Wellsboro for a fee. For information and pricing, call (570) 724-0145. For information about cleanup week call the borough office at (570) 724-3186.

For more information about the community-wide yard sale, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at (570) 724-1926.


COUDERSPORT — A free stargazing program will be on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12 at Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, Pa. 16915. The park is 12 miles from Route 6 in Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via Route 44.

Join park staff in the Night Sky Viewing Area for the Full Moon and Planet Watch from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12. Take a journey to the moon to explore some of its fascinating features from highlands to volcanic plains and discover where lunar landings took place. Afterwards, take an up close look at planets and other celestial objects through park telescopes. Preregistration is required to attend this free program.

The Full Moon and Planet Watch 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.

Cherry Springs State Park is one of the top dark sky destinations in the world. It was the first to be designated a Dark Sky Park in the eastern United States. Night sky enthusiasts flock to the park to see its dark skies, which are famous for great views of the Milky Way, planets, hard-to-see astronomical objects and phenomena. Because it is remote, the park’s nighttime conditions for stargazing remain the same as before the introduction of electric lighting in the late 19th century. In 2008, the International Dark Sky Association named Cherry Springs a Gold Level Dark Sky Park, the highest designation that can be given to a dark sky site.

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


The Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project is presenting its 2019 theatrical production, “Let’s Cast Some Light On The Subject” with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. Featured are five 10- to 20-minute one act plays and four short monologues. All are already published works.

Barbara Biddison and Coleen Evert are the production’s co-producers. The show offers a range of entertainment from comedy to drama. “Several of the plays are very touching. Others are laugh out loud funny,” Biddison said. “Based on the subject matter I think teens and adults will enjoy the show. The material is written for them rather than younger children even though there is no offensive language or violence,” she added.

On Friday, Oct. 11 there will be an opening night party immediately following the performance and after the Saturday night show and Sunday matinee will be talk-backs to give audience members an opportunity to ask questions about the production and talk to the producers, directors, actors and crew members.

“Relative Strangers” is a funny, touching story featuring three women traveling on an airplane. Marie Harvey played by Elise Coolidge is a middle-aged woman who wants to be alone with her Bloody Mary. Marie Barrett played by Sarah Knight is a 20-something woman looking for motherly advice. Virginia, the flight attendant, is played by Karin Knaus. The pilot is the recorded voice of Brett Long. Director is Yolie Canales.

The monologue “Where Do The Mermaids Stand?” is about a child who doesn’t quite fit in but finds her place. The understanding adult who tells the story is played by Beverly Dunham. The child is six-year-old Sylvia Duterte. Director is Kacy Hagan.

“Grunions” is a comedy/drama about a married couple who argue constantly. They go on the same trip every year but haven’t been successful yet in seeing the annual mating ritual of small fish called grunions. Carla is played by Taylor Nickerson and Augie by Craig Lotinsky. Director is Noyes Lawton.

The monologue “Tangerine Hunter” features Theresa Delmotte as the shopkeeper of an upscale store full of expensive goodies for women. Director is Linda Young.

“Precipice” explores how people react to stress. A man and woman decide to go on a hike and end up stranded on Mount Rainier. They are faced with a choice – leap across a chasm veiled with fog and hopefully land safely on the other side or remain where they are and try to weather a storm, for which they are ill-prepared. He is played by Brett Long and She by Emily Cornell. Director is Kacy Hagan.

“Lost” is a comedy about two “old” friends who are preparing for a theatre outing. Helen is played by Pip Burrous and Alice by Pat Balon. Director is Linda Iseri.

The charming monologue “Cinderella and the Barking Pig” features David Gordon as a kindergarten teacher who is able to include a student in the dramatization of this fairy tale even though the youngster has refused to take a traditional role. Director is Noyes Lawton.

With humor and insight, “First Fireworks” paints a meaningful and poignant picture of the relationship between a mother, Dawn played by Judith Sornberger and daughter, Helen played by Laura Mullins. The mother shares some hard-earned wisdom with her daughter as they discuss family, marriage and children. Director is Jessie Thompson.

The monologue “Prometheus” features Mary Anne Heston playing a woman remembering her childhood as an orphan and the kindnesses that meant so much to her. E. Grace Bishop and Cabella Hazelton are also featured but do not speak any lines. Director is Linda Young.

For the fourth consecutive year, the HG Women’s Project is providing opportunities for women and men, ages 16 and up, interested in acting and directing, designing and building sets, making costumes and working backstage. “After three years of encouraging local women to write their own plays, we decided to use material that had already been published and focus on acting and directing skills,” said Biddison. This year, two acting workshops for veteran actors and beginners were offered on May 18 and two directing workshops for beginners and experienced directors, one on June 22 and the other on June 23.

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for youth, 18 and under. There is a $60 FlexPass for adults. For tickets, call 570-724-2079, email or visit

The “Let’s Cast Some Light On The Subject” production is sponsored in part by Keith and Hilma Cooper, Dunkin’ Donuts of Wellsboro, the Wellsboro Business & Professional Women’s Club, the Friday Club of Wellsboro and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. These performances are also supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Photo by John Eaton
In the monologue “Where Do The Mermaids Stand,” Beverly Dunham (right) tells the story of how the child, played by six-year-old Sylvia Duterte, finds a way to fit in.

Photo by John Eaton
A man and woman decide to go on a hike in “Precipice” and end up stranded on Mount Rainier with a big decision to make. Shown are Emily Cornell as the woman and Brett Long as the man.

Photo by John Eaton
“Relative Strangers” is a funny, touching story that features (from left) Virginia, a flight attendant, played by Karin Knaus, and passengers Marie Barrett played by Sarah Knight and Marie Harvey played by Elise Coolidge.


The eight-hour National Rifle Association Basic Pistol Class will be on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the pistol range at the Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club at 339 Sportsman’s Club Road, Mansfield, Pa.

Participants are asked to arrive by 7:45 a.m. The class is open to novice and experienced pistol shooters and owners.

Registered participants will receive a handbook when they first arrive for the class and should bring a pencil with them to take the written test. Topics to be covered include: Safety, Pistol Mechanisms and Operation, Building Pistol Shooting Skills and Pistol Maintenance, Selection and Use. Provided will be basic information about pistol and revolver parts; the proper hold, sight picture and first shot; cleaning and storing firearms; how to pick the right gun to use; places to practice; and the dates of seminars, classes and programs to keep practicing and learning.

Lunch, water and soda will be provided.

Upon successfully completing the written test and shooting qualifications, participants will receive a completion certificate and a Basic Pistol Class rocker patch.

A shooter can bring his or her own pistol or revolver for the class or borrow a .22 pistol for the day. Those who borrow a .22 pistol should bring 100 rounds of .22 long rifle ammunition. Those who bring their own pistol or revolver are asked to bring 100 rounds of ammunition for their guns. Participants should contact Lead Instructor Marilyn Jones whether they borrow a .22 pistol or bring their own gun.

Dress for the weather. Pants and long-sleeve shirts are recommended. Do not wear shorts or open-toed shoes. Those who have eye and ear protection should bring it to this class; otherwise, the lead instructor will provide students with eye and ear protection.

To register, a participant must email his/her name, address, telephone number, email address and date of birth to Marilyn Jones at

The fee for the class is $50. To register, send a check or money order to Marilyn Jones, 1155 Old State Road, Covington, PA 16917. To borrow a .22 caliber pistol or eye and ear protection or for more details about this class, call her at (570) 549-2794 or email


The 11th Annual BookFest will be different.

For the past 10 years, BookFest has been a two-part literacy festival. The first part brought together local and regional authors to talk with people about the writing and publishing process and to sell the books they authored as unique items with local ties that buyers might not be able to get elsewhere. The second part was the used book sale fundraiser with proceeds used by the Wellsboro Area School District libraries to purchase new books.

“We’re shaking it up this year and trying something new,” said Kasey Coolidge, manager of From My Shelf Books & Gifts at 7 East Avenue in Wellsboro. “A new fundraiser for the school libraries will be at the bookstore from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 during Columbus Day weekend. “It will be a book fair at the bookstore,” Coolidge said.

“From My Shelf will donate to the school libraries 20 percent of the proceeds from purchases made by bookstore customers on Oct. 12. It does not matter whether those purchases are made in person or online at the bookstore’s website, In either case, the buyer must use the code “WASD19.” “Families and friends who no longer live in Wellsboro but want to contribute can make their purchases count, too,” she said.

“This is a great opportunity for people to start their Christmas shopping early or buy birthday or other presents with the money going to a great cause,” said Coolidge.

“We scheduled this fundraiser for Columbus Day weekend when many people will have Columbus Day off. This year the holiday falls on Monday, Oct. 14. There are usually a lot of folks on fall break or fall foliage tourists in town,” said Coolidge. “We hope that this event on such a busy weekend will raise more money for our school libraries than the used book sale was bringing in.”

This year’s BookFest will feature 20 local and regional authors, 10 of whom are attending for the first time. It is being held on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro and is free and open to the public.

Authors returning to BookFest are: Wellsboro residents Kevin Coolidge (children’s), Lilace Guignard (poetry; memoir), and Judith Sornberger (poetry, memoir); Nick Fidler of Williamsport, (fantasy); Baiba Kreger of Liberty (memoir); Samantha Lienhard of Blossburg (horror; video game scripts); Dawn Lubertowicz of Tunkhannock, (paranormal romance); Christy Nicholas of Cornng, N.Y. (historical fantasy); Paul Zelinka of State College (motivational); and Lanie Zimmer of Troy (children’s; cookbook).

Newcomers include: Basil Bacorn of Athens (fantasy); Ron Bonett of Williamsport (mystery); Allison Hanson of Hershey (romantic suspense); Jim Meade of Wellsboro (memoir; business); Peschel Press of Hershey (mystery); P.J. Piccirillo of Brockport (historical fiction); John Simcoe of Mount Wolf (comics); Betsy Stone of Harrisburg (education, psychology); and Libby Trostle of Littlestown (children’s).

For more information about the library fundraiser on Oct. 12 and BookFest on Oct. 19, contact Kasey Coolidge at (570) 724-5793.


The last two skeet shoots of the season will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays, Oct. 13 and 27, weather permitting at the Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club’s outdoor range at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 6.5 miles south of Wellsboro.

The fee to shoot skeet for members and non-members 18 years of age and older is $5 per round of 25 clays. Skeet shooting is $2 for youth ages 12 to 17. The club will provide up to two boxes of ammunition free to each youth to use at the range the day he or she shoots.

Shooters have to provide their own shotguns and ammunition. Eye and ear protection are required.

The club will have a limited supply of 12- and 20-gauge shotgun shells in boxes of 25 available for purchase.

For more information, contact Skeet Shoot Coordinator John Davis at or (570) 439-1300.


On Saturday, Oct. 26, the start and finish of the Fifth Annual Run Past Cancer 5K Walk/Run and One Mile Fun Walk/Run will be in Smythe Park in Mansfield. The One Mile will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K at 10 a.m. Registration for both will open at 8:30 a.m. and remain open until the start of each one.

Event T-shirts will only be given to participants in the 5K who register by Monday, Oct. 14 either online, by mail or by dropping off a completed registration form. Sizes are: small, medium and large for youth and small, medium, large, extra large, 2XL and 3XL for adults.

The entry fee for those who register by Oct. 14 is $20 for the 5K Walk/Run and $10 for the One Mile Fun Walk/Run. The entry fee for those who register on Oct. 26 is $25 for the 5K Walk/Run and $15 for the One Mile Fun Walk/Run. The maximum fee immediate family members will be asked to pay to enter the One Mile Fun Walk/Run is $30.

Registration can be done in one of four ways.

By Monday, Oct. 14, register and pay the entry fee online for the 5K Walk/Run and One Mile Fun Walk/Run at A parent must sign the registration form if an entrant is under 18 years old.

Mail completed 5K Walk/Run and One Mile Fun Walk/Run registration forms with checks made payable to the American Cancer Society to Terry Borneman, 136 Mount Zion Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901 postmarked Oct. 14 or call him at 1-410-428-8615.

By Monday, Oct. 14, pick up registration forms, complete them and drop them off with checks made payable to the American Cancer Society at Wild Asaph Outfitters at 71 Main Street in Wellsboro or at Oswald Cycle Works at 7 North Main Street in Mansfield.

Or, register on race day, Saturday, Oct. 26 between 8:30 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. for the One Mile Fun Walk/Run, which starts at 9:30 a.m. or between 8:30 a.m. and 9:55 a.m. for the 5K Walk/Run, which starts at 10 a.m.

The 5K’s 3.2-mile course will take runners and walkers from the Smythe Park pavilion around the elementary school, by the pavilion to the high school, across the Route 6 bridge with a left turn by Sheetz, around the housing area and back to the finish line in the park.

Those entering the 5K Walk/Run are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. One prize will be awarded for Best Dressed. The overall male and female 5K winners will each receive a medal. First, second and third place medals will be awarded to the top three male and/or female finishers in the following age categories: 13 and under, 14 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and 60 and up.

One Mile Fun Walk/Run participants will travel from the Smythe Park pavilion to the Miller Elementary School and back to the park. Participating families and individuals are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. The majority of costume prizes will be awarded to young runners 18 and under for Best Dressed, Funniest, Scariest, Most Unusual, Cutest, Best Fictional Character and Coolest Celebrity. A family or group of friends wearing costumes will be named Best Group. The first, second and third place finishers in the One Mile Fun Walk/Run will each receive a medal.

All participants in the 5K and One Mile will each receive a goodie bag, which will include a coupon for a free small ice cream cone at Peggy’s Candies & Gifts in Wellsboro.

“Every dollar raised will be put toward the fight to eradicate cancer,” said organizer Terry Borneman, an American Cancer Society volunteer. “Last year we raised $3,000 and are hoping to raise more this year,” he said.

“I have had many family members and friends affected by cancer,” Borneman said. “My mother died of lymphoma and my father from leukemia. My brother was treated for prostate cancer and my mother-in-law for breast cancer. One of my best friends, a fellow teacher, died of cancer just after he retired. Other teachers I have worked with have also died of cancer. I had skin cancer. It is time for us to find a cure.”

For more information about participating in the 5K Walk/Run or One Mile Fun Walk/Run or sponsorships, call Terry Borneman at (410) 428-8615 or email

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Runners and walkers take off at the start of last year’s 5K.


On Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m., Drowsy Maggie will perform a mix of Americana, old-time, folk, bluegrass and Celtic music, both instrumental and vocal arrangements, in the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

This band includes five musicians. Danny Shipe and Molly Cary are both lead and harmony vocalists with Cary playing guitar and Shipe playing guitar and banjo. Daria Lin-Guelig plays hammered dulcimer and concertina; Carl Conn, the fiddle, flute and whistles; and Bruce Smith, bass.

Lin-Guelig and Conn have been playing together for eight years. Smith has been with them for five years, Shipe for four years, and Cary for three years.

Their setlist includes both new selections and old favorites by musicians such as Nanci Griffith’s “Crazy Horse, Deadwood, South Dakota”, “Don’t Think Twice” by Brandi Carlile, “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young, “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” by Patty Loveless, and old standards such as “Jolene” as well as new Celtic instrumental standards.

For this BYOB concert, audience members are invited to bring their own favorite snacks and beverages and sit at tables with family and friends to relax and enjoy the music. Admission is $15. To reserve a table at no extra charge, purchase tickets or for more information, call the Deane Center at (570) 724-6220 or visit

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Drowsy Maggie includes (from left to right) Carl Conn on fiddle, Bruce Smith on bass, Daria Lin-Guelig on concertina and hammered dulcimer, and Molly Cary and Danny Shipe, both on guitar.