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The Eaton Calendar – September 9

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 9, 2020

  1. Four New Maple Sweet Treats to be Available at Wellsboro Growers Market This Thursday, Sept. 10 and Again on Thursday, Sept. 24
  2. This Friday, Sept. 11, Take2 & Friends will Present Free Outdoor Concert
  3. Hamilton-Gibson Comedy “The View from Here” Opens This Friday, Sept. 11
  4. 42 to Try to Complete Step Outdoors TRYathlon and 5K Trail Run/Walk Between This Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 20
  5. Auditions for “The Lifespan of a Fact” are This Saturday, Sept. 12 and Tuesday, Sept. 15
  6. Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter to Meet Thursday, Sept. 17
  7. Quentin Fisher and Michael Johnson of Serene Green to Present Last Free Friday Concert Outdoors on Sept. 18

Diane Eaton
(570) 724-3800


Jeff and Sally Jones of Between Two Rivers Maple Products are bringing four new maple sweet treats to the Wellsboro Growers Market this Thursday, Sept. 10 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the front lawn at the First Presbyterian Church at 130 Main Street in Wellsboro.

“We plan to bring all of our products to the market every Thursday from Sept. 24 until the market ends in October. We won’t be there on Sept. 17 though,” said Jeff.

In addition to the syrup they produce from the 500 maple trees they tap each year, as well as maple cream, sugar and candy, Jeff began bringing his homemade maple candied pecans and almonds, bagged and sold separately on July 30. On Aug. 20, Sally brought her maple sticky buns and maple cinnamon buns to the market for the first time and her gluten-free cookies to the Sept. 3 market.

“They sold out on Aug. 20,” said Jeff. “Sally brought more last Thursday (Sept. 3) and we almost sold out again.”

“I started baking bread 45 years ago, when I learned how to do it in 4-H in Elmira, New York where I grew up,” said Sally. “That’s when I started baking bread at home, too. After Jeff and I married, my aunt gave me her bread dough recipe. She was the head cook for a school district in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“Over the years, I’ve adapted my aunt’s recipe to include maple products, I use it to make both the maple cinnamon and sticky buns. I add the maple syrup and maple sugar that Jeff makes to the dough and also use them to make the maple icing for the cinnamon buns and his maple syrup to make the glaze for the sticky buns. I am roasting pecans so I can offer sticky buns with and without nuts this Thursday.

“When we were younger, I would make my homemade maple cinnamon buns every year when a group of our friends got together at a camp. We had 13 children between us. One year, as soon as the kids saw us pull in, they came running asking where the maple cinnamon buns were. I will never forget the look of disappointment on their faces when I told them I had forgotten them. I never forgot the buns again. We still get together now that our kids are grown and gone and I still bring the buns,” said Sally.

“Many people have told me that my maple cinnamon buns are really good and I should sell them at the market. I had always worked on Thursdays but I’m not right now so I thought I’d give it a try,” she said.

“On Sept. 3, for the first time, I also brought gluten-free cookies. I call them peanut butter maple jumbos,” Sally said. “I’ve been making them for many years, especially for our church youth group and college ministry students. The ingredients are oatmeal, peanut butter, Jeff’s maple sugar, dark chocolate chips, butter, eggs and vanilla.”

Other vendors at the market are New View Farm, Aunt Lulu’s Embroidery, Yorkshire Meadows, Udder Merry Mac Farm, Keeney Farm, Bakery 303, Shortsville Green Growers, Scentillating Creations, Staggering Unicorn Winery, Hillstone Farms and Pinafore Run Farm.

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
Jeff holds a pan of Sally’s freshly baked maple cinnamon buns and Sally is shown with a pan of her maple sticky buns at the Wellsboro Growers Market.


For the past 56 years, Bob Rubin and Steve Ziemak have been performing music but usually not together – until 2014 that is.

That year, they formed Take2 and began performing as a duo, playing songs from Stephen Foster to the Beatles to Linda Ronstadt’s “Blue Bayou.”

At 5:45 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 11, Take2 with Rubin on mandolin and Ziemak on acoustic guitar will perform on the outdoor stage on the Central Avenue side of the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Among the mix of American standards will be show tunes to pop tunes along with several originals. This concert is free. Donations are appreciated.

“We’re doing our favorites,” said Ziemak. “We run the gamut from George Gershwin to George Harrison. Joining us on several selections will be guest artists Daria Guelig on hammered dulcimer and Dave Driskell on clarinet,” he said.

“Our performance will feature instrumental and vocal pieces, such as Beatles tunes, like ‘Michelle’; originals ‘A Path to Colton Point’ and ‘Gigi’; along with a host of others like ‘It Had To Be You’, ‘Tea for Two’, ‘Memphis’, ‘Autumn Leaves’ and medleys,” said Ziemak.

In the early 1960s when Rubin was 12 and Ziemak was 16 and they were growing up as neighbors in Levittown, Pa., they first performed together before going their separate ways.

In 1980, the Rubins moved to Charleston Township and opened Whitneyville Glass, their own business. Ziemak and his brother bought property next to each other in 1983 and by 1984 had both moved to Charleston Township, too.

During those years, Rubin and Ziemak performed together on occasion through their work with bands and on music projects until becoming Take2.

For this free 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.

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

Photo by John Eaton
Bob Rubin (left) and Steve Ziemak will perform beginning at 5:45 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 11.


At 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 11 will be the opening performance of Hamilton-Gibson’s production of the comedy “The View from Here” in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. Other performances will be at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 12, 2:30 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 13 and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18 and 19 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20.

One critic wrote: “Playwright Margaret Delaney’s ‘The View from Here’ is clever and humorous, never mean but always unrelenting in examining the ways that fears limit people and the search for hope in what seems hopeless. It’s worth going to see for the laughs, and the entertainment, but it is also uplifting in its ultimate message and the way the people in the play care for each other.”

Fern Arbor (Johna Neal) refuses to leave her home because of a fear of marketplaces and of the outdoors in general. She earns a living by caring for a nursery full of babies. Fern invites the audience to laugh with her and has them hoping she can conquer her fears to live her life.

When the play opens, Maple (Karin Knaus) is in a near-catatonic state on her sister Fern’s couch, in shock because her husband of 12 years has left her.

“Maple is kind, loving and genuinely wants everyone to be the best version of themselves they can be,” Knaus said. “I really enjoy playing her especially when she imitates her husband Stan and when she shows her emotional side. At times, I think Maple oversimplifies Fern’s complex mental issues,” said Knaus who is an English teacher, student council and Outdoors Club advisor, and track and field coach at Cowanesque Valley High School in Westfield.

Things really begin to change when Nick Duffy’s character shows up at Fern’s. “My character is a gentleman nicknamed Arnold Palmer because of his love for playing golf,” said Duffy who lives in Mansfield.

Arnold’s wife, who has a self-proclaimed eating disorder, has left Arnold, taking everything they own except the crib and their newborn baby. “He wants to take responsibility for his baby but does not know how to go about it so he asks Fern for help. Arnold soon begins coaching Fern to help her by telling stories about his own life,” Duffy said.

“I would describe Arnold as a gentle, compassionate, relatable man,” said Duffy. “Playing him is fun because he is a little goofy but very attentive to the needs of others. When people go through trials they handle things differently so that offers me the flexibility to use different emotions when responding to the other characters and the same is true for them. That’s why live theater is so much fun.”
Duffy is a 2018 Mansfield University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He has only performed in one other Hamilton-Gibson main stage production. “Thomas (Putnam) saw me in MU’s production of ‘Young Frankenstein’ and asked me if I would play Ladalhord in the musical ‘James and The Giant Peach’ in 2018.”

Knaus has performed in six HG main stage productions: as Crystal in “Little Shop of Horrors” in 2003; Marian in “The Music Man” in 2011; Mary Hatch Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life” radio show in 2011; Truvy in “Steel Magnolias” in 2015; one of the daughters in “Quilters” in 2016 and as Donna in “Mamma Mia” in 2019. She is currently on the HG Board of Directors and on the HG Artistic Planning Committee.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for youth, 18 and under. Also available are FlexPasses for $60.

No tickets will be sold at the door due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Tickets have to be ordered in advance and prepaid online at or by calling the HG office at (570) 724-2079 with credit card information. A rigorous cleaning regimen and state safety protocols such as wearing masks and social distancing are being followed.

Photo by John Eaton
Maple (Karin Knaus) explains a unique and questionable method of family planning — with the use of a wig.


Those who registered for the Step Outdoors COVID 19 Special Edition TRYathlon & 5K Trail Run/Walk by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8 will be choosing the day and time they want to do the TRYathlon course or 5K only during a nine-day period that begins this Saturday, Sept. 12 and ends on Sunday, Sept. 20 at Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901. The park is seven miles northeast of Wellsboro.

When registration officially closed on Sept. 8, a total of 42 people had registered, including 20 who plan to complete all three legs of the TRYathlon solo and three three-member teams with each member completing one leg of the TRYathlon, which includes the 5K course, the 1.75-mile kayak/canoe course on Hills Creek Lake and the 8-mile bike course on roads in and around the park. In addition, 13 people registered to complete the 5K only.

The 42 registrants are from Felton, Galeton, Harrisburg, Lawrenceville, Mansfield, Middlebury Center, Montoursville, State College, Tioga, Wellsboro, Westfield and Williamsport in Pennsylvania and Painted Post, New York.

Due to the coronavirus, there is no in-person registration, no check-in time, no electronic timing and no aid or water stations. Participants are encouraged to bring friends and family as supporters and to become familiar with the TRYathlon and 5K routes in advance. Course maps and other information is available online anytime and in the park office lobby Monday through Friday only. Not on weekends.

The concession stand at Hills Creek State Park will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. now through Sept. 20. It will close for the season on Sept 21. Canoes and kayaks can be rented to use for the TRYathlon at the concession stand when it is open. The rate for the first two hours is $15 per hour and $10 for each additional hour. Payment must be made in cash or by credit card. To reserve a canoe or kayak and pay, call 570-724-4515.

After completing the course, registrants can share their time if they self-timed and pick up their T-shirts and medallions at the park office at 111 Spillway Road between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Sept. 14-18 only. The office is not open on Saturday or Sunday. Registrants who plan to do the TRYathlon or 5K on Saturday, Sept. 12 or 19 or Sunday, Sept. 13 or 20 are encouraged to make arrangements in advance to pick up their T-shirts and medallions by contacting Tim Morey.

For more information about the Tryathlon or 5K, or about renting bikes, kayaks or canoes, or to download course maps, visit or use this link: Questions? Call Tim Morey at (570) 724-8561 or email


At 10 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 12, and 6:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday, Sept. 15, Hamilton-Gibson Productions is holding auditions for “The Lifespan of a Fact” in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. Jessie Thompson is the director. Those who audition must wear masks.

This three-character comedy is based on a real-life fact-checker assigned to apply his skills to a famous author’s essay in the face of a looming printer deadline. The crackling, lively head-butt exchange between the taking of liberties with the truth by the author versus the demand for ethical realism by the young intern is the core of this timely play.

The characters are Jim, John and Emily. Needed are an adult woman and two men, one who is in his 20s to 30s and the other who is in his 30s to 60s. The actors can be of any ethnicity.

Jim is a young, intelligent intern. He is an obsessive, terrier-like, millennial fact-checker who is a driving, never give up type who demands the truth no matter how small even when it means hundreds of changes.

John is a sensitive, brilliant, Gen X literary rebel who uses his age, experience, and imposing physical stature to bully his fact-checker. A rock star essayist, he is willing and eager to use the basis of truth for a greater purpose.

Emily is middle aged, wise, the voice of reason and the demanding editor-in-chief of a high-end magazine. She is the authority figure who will make the ultimate decision about whether to publish John’s essay or not.

Due to venue issues, Hamilton-Gibson decided to postpone its November production of “Silent Sky” and instead present “The Lifespan of a Fact” by playwrights Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell predicated on the book of the same name co-written by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal and published in 2012.

The play opened on Broadway on Oct. 18, 2018 starring Daniel Radcliffe, best known for his portrayal of Harry Potter in the eight-film fantasy series.

Performances of “The Lifespan of a Fact” will be at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, November 6 and 7 and 13 and 14 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, November 8 and 15 in the Warehouse Theatre.

For more information about the auditions, call HG at (570) 724-2079 or email


The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter, Tioga County, Pa. will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 17 outdoors at the Mill Cove Shooting Range in the Mill Cove Environmental Area at 3036 Mill Creek Road, Mansfield, Pa.

The meeting will open with a discussion about training and training events that will help the women enhance their shooting skills. Shooting practice will be from 6:30 p.m. to dusk. Marilyn Jones and Pat Butts are chapter co-leaders. The group is following Pennsylvania COVID-19 protocols.

New member applications will be available. Women who don’t own a firearm and want more information before making a purchase or want to find out about joining the chapter are invited to contact Jones at (570) 549-2794 or


At 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, Quentin Fisher on mandolin and Michael Johnson on acoustic guitar will perform their favorite bluegrass, old-time, and folk classics, as well as original compositions at the last Friday night concert on the outdoor stage on the Central Avenue side of the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. This concert is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.

Lifelong friends, Fisher and Johnson have been performing regularly as a duo for nearly a decade in addition to singing and playing with Serene Green, the four-piece bluegrass band they co-founded in the summer of 2011.

They grew up in Bethlehem, Pa. and have been playing music together since their adolescent years in the early 2000s. “We had a passion for playing acoustic guitars and singing outdoors and would often meet at a nearby park to practice,” Johnson said.

For this free 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 Deane Center is planning more free, live entertainment outdoors in October. Kicking off the 3 p.m. free Saturday afternoon series on the outdoor stage will be Drowsy Maggie with special guest Ethan Hawk of the Mudskippers on Oct. 3.

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

Photo provided
Quentin Fisher on mandolin (left) and Michael Johnson on acoustic guitar will perform at 5:45 p.m. in Wellsboro.

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