The Hot Sardines Will Perform Timeless Classics and Original Tunes to Celebrate the Holiday Season

NYC-based hot swing jazz band The Hot Sardines will perform timeless classics and original tunes on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Masks are required.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Jazz at Bucknell, Martha and Alan Barrick, and Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate.

All attendees are asked to bring a canned food item, which will be distributed to local families in need through Union County Children and Youth Services.

This raucous Christmas celebration features timeless classics and original tunes performed by the eight-piece Hot Sardines.

Songs will include \”La Noel de la Rue,\” \”Mistletoe & Holly,\” \”Please Come Home for Christmas,\” \”Blue Christmas,\” \”Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney,\” \”Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,\” \”Christmas Blues,\” \”White Christmas\” and \”White Cliffs of Dover,\” among others.

Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world.

The Hot Sardines have released two albums on Universal Music Classics to rave reviews and earned a No. 1 slot on the iTunes jazz chart in the United States and internationally.


Tickets are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors 62+, $20 for youth 18 and under, $20 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2) and $20 for Non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at

Seating for the fall 2021 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

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Susquehanna Valley Chorale Ushers in Christmas Season with Candlelight Performance: First Live Performance in Two Years

The Susquehanna Valley Chorale will return to live performances in December 2021 with three performances of its beloved holiday tradition, A Candlelight Christmas, on Saturday, December 11 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 12 at 2:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in downtown Sunbury.

From the opening candlelight processional to the final ringing-in of Christmas, Candlelight Christmas is modeled after the famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College in Cambridge, England.

The performance will include piano, organ, harp, flute and cello, as well as glorious voices singing songs of the season and the traditional ringing-in of Christmas. Featured local soloists include: Christopher Lottes, Maya Caron, Katie Kelley, and Joanna Rees.

The ensemble includes 60 members. The Chorale recently welcomed four new scholarship students from Bucknell and Susquehanna Universities, and many new adult voices. Additional auditions will be held in January.

Adam Dietz, SVC Marketing Coordinator said, “The first sounds we made after such a prolonged absence together was quite emotional. Our Board has put health and safety first since to start of the pandemic, which has been very much appreciated. Our supporters and followers have been extremely understanding, as have our members, who were quite eager to get back in the groove again, even if it meant adhering to strict new policies and protocols.”

Bill Payn, Music Director and Conductor said, “We have all been enrolled on a journey these past two years which have tested our strengths in many ways. In all of these times, music has been our comfort and our guide. The SVC continued to make music during these times and to engage with musicians and composers to confirm to you the resilience of music in our lives.”

He continued, “The SVC is eager to welcome you back to Lessons and Carols. To many of us, the last Christmas season reflected that line from the carol, ‘For in the dark street shineth, the everlasting light.’ For many of us, it was indeed a dark time. It certainly was a dark time at the end of World War I when the Dean of Kings College Cambridge sought to bring the warmth and light of the music and scriptures of the Christmas season to a nation and world which had seen loss, as we have. And yet, as those words and music gave hope and light to them, so they do to us. On behalf of the Board, the Chorus and Orchestra of the SVC, I bid you hope and peace this Christmastide and throughout the New Year.”

The performance will include a dozen festive and uplifting songs including: Once in Royal David’s City, The First Noel, O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World, Candlelight Carol, The Dream Isaiah Saw, A Ceremony of Carols, I Saw Three Ships and Still, Still, Still, among others.

A brand-new work will also be premiered: a stunning arrangement of “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Jen Wagner, a former Lewisburg resident and current teacher at the Milton Hershey School.

The Sponsors for the performance are Martha and Alan Barrick/Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate and William and Lois VandenHeuvel. Co-Sponsors are Luschas, Naparsteck & Crane, LLP and Harmonious Endeavors. Underwriters are Jackie Paul and Al Bothe, Jr.

Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults and $10 for students.

Note that tickets must be purchased in advance either online at or by calling 570-547-0455. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Patrons must be vaccinated and masks are required. Seating will be very limited due to social distancing. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early.

For more information about this performance and future performances, visit

Bloomsburg Children\’s Museum Opens New Art Exhibit featuring Sara Mika

The Bloomsburg Children\’s Museum is happy to announce the opening of a new art exhibit titled \”Roundabout\” by Sara Mika of Mock Pie Studio. Mika is an artist in the North Mountain Art League (NMAL). NMAL has a permanent exhibit area in the Bloomsburg Children\’s Museum. Mika, who is also an art instructor with the Museum, is enthusiastic about showing her work to visitors.

Sara Mika said, \”I\’m so grateful for this opportunity to exhibit a grouping of my work at The Bloomsburg Children\’s Museum. Visitors young and old will have the opportunity to visually engage with my creations in an environment which is already so rich with creativity and educational opportunities. I love seeing the spark of excitement in the eyes of a child when they are experiencing all the museum has to offer,\” Mika said. \”Everything is designed just for them and they truly come alive in the space. I\’m also thankful for the opportunities the museum has provided for me to work in an instructional capacity with its visitors. As an artist and an art educator it\’s such a thrill to inspire and be inspired by the imagination of the children in our communities.\”

Mika explained the title of the show, \”The work in this \’Roundabout\’ exhibit is a collection of mostly older work that represents, in a roundabout sort of way, how I’ve arrived at the work I’m creating today.\”

Mika\’s work is on display from now until March 2022. The Bloomsburg Children\’s Museum is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces November Programs

The Children’s Museum is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


After School Maker Camp

Every Monday, September 6th-October 25th; 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Our very popular summer camp continues after school! Makers ages 6-12 explore, experiment and play. They are inquisitive hands-on learners who like to try new things! Register online:

Oil Painting with Rita Millard

Friday, November 5th, 5-8:00 p.m.

Spend a Friday night with Rita Millard to create a themed oil painting. She enjoys painting with watercolor and oils to capture the history of landscapes and architecture, as well as floral and nature, and portraits of animals and people. Suggested for ages 16+, $50 (all materials are included).

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Acrylic Painting with Rita Millard

Saturday, November 13th, 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Join Rita Millard on the 2nd Saturday of each month to create a themed acrylic painting. Rita is a member of the North Mountain Art League. She enjoys painting with watercolor and oils to capture the history of landscapes and architecture, as well as floral and nature, and portraits of animals and people. Suggested for ages 10+, $35 (all materials are included) Register online at:

DIY Gingerbread Class with Linda Hill

Saturday, December 13th, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Join us to create your own graham cracker house. The instructor (Linda Hill) will provide you with directions and the royal icing that will be used to “glue” our edible creations together. To comply with Covid guidelines, creators will have their own carrel to sit at and we will only be able to share candies that are wrapped. Mrs. Hill will have some items to share with everyone and copies for you to follow. The price is $10 per person. Recommended that students under 10 have an adult stay to help (no charge for helper). Masks are required for unvaccinated guests. Register online:

Meet the Masters; Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.

November 20th: Keith Haring

What do action figures, breakdancing and graffiti have in common? Well, these are the influences of the famous artist, Keith Haring. You will love this class if you love fun, cool designs, and endless possibilities. Recommended for ages 6+. $12 (includes Museum admission) Register online at

Nerf Modification Club

Fourth Saturday of the Month

Saturday, November 20th, 1-3:00 p.m.

Modifying your Nerf blaster is a fun and interesting way to expand on your new hobby. When done safely, modding can be a fun lesson in physics and mechanics.

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Infectious Intelligence

Monday, November 1st, 5-7:00 p.m.

Middle and High School-aged students will design and build tethered robots using engineering design concepts. Robots will be created to compete in a competition. Sketch up, technical drawing, circuits, mechanical engineering, critical thinking, and mathematical skills will be taught.

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Mommy & Me Movement Class

Every Other Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.

September 7th-November 30th

Join Miss Katie and her two little guys as we wiggle and move together. This class is perfect for you and your little one aged 0-4 years! In each session, we will play and learn how to strengthen muscles important for enjoying daily activities and bond with your little sprout. All abilities are welcome to come and play!

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Paint Me a Story

Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

November 20th: “Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving” By: Kimberly and James Dean

Turkey day is just around the corner and you know what that means?? It’s time to bring your stretchy pants because there will be lots of yummy food to eat. For this art and story time class, we will be taking food and turning it into ART. Join us to watch (and create) the magic unfold. This story time-art-studio-mashup is a whole lot of fun for your little ones, ages 2-6. Build language skills, color recognition, and small motor skills. $2 material fee. Register online at

Ready, Set, Grow

Every Other Wednesday; 10-10:45 a.m.

September 1st– November 24th

Have you ever wondered what your child is learning through their play? This program will help you learn why play is important and how to understand it. Your child will be invited to play and you will be invited to chat, observe and play alongside your child.

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Stories from the Birds’ Nest with Miss Angie

Friday, November 12th, 9:30-10:00 a.m.

Join Miss Angie from the Bloomsburg Public Library for story time in our birds’ nest! Perfect for you and your preschooler. Included with Museum admission.

Music Together of Bloomsburg

8-week session

Starts Friday, October 8th at 10:15 a.m.

Learn how to make music your child’s second language! Music Together is an early childhood music curriculum that\’s known around the world for its ability to engage children and adults in musical play together. Visit to register!

Fun Fall Fridays

Friday, November 5th

Special Guest Story-Time

Miss Mackenzie with “There’s a Dolphin in My Swimming Pool”

Enjoy a special fall-themed activity with free adult admission!


Homeschool Hangouts

Every Other Wednesday; 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

September 8th-December 15th

November 3rd: Celebrate Chemistry Week

November 17th: Games And Puzzles– Critical Thinking

Parent/child activities are designed to complement concepts taught in the homeschool curriculum.

Saxophone Day

Saturday, November 6th, 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Have you heard the Pink Panther Theme song? Then you have heard a saxophone! Learn about this brass woodwind instrument while enjoying some saxophone music. Included with Museum admission.

Elsa’s Enchanted Storytime & Sing-Along

Saturday, November 6th

Session A: 10-10:30 a.m. (

Session B: 11-11:30 a.m. (

Join Elsa for an enchanted storytime and sing-along! Costumes are optional. Tickets are required for adults and kids. Due to the popularity of this event, we recommend reserving tickets in advance. Due to restrictions, we will only be selling a limited number of tickets for each session. There will be a wait-list, but we cannot guarantee an opening.

National STEM Night

Monday, November 8th; 4-7:00 p.m.

Enjoy extended Museum hours as we celebrate National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Day. We will have special activities such as soldering, NFC Treasure Hunt, Lego Engineering Challenge, Robotics, Programming, and much more! This event is free for all ages.

Sponsored by T-Mobile

Teddy Bear Clinic

Saturday, November 13th, 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

At Museum students will walk in the shoes of health professionals by guiding their “patient” through a clinic experience. Students will become familiar with medical equipment, resolve common misconceptions about the healthcare environment and lay the groundwork for healthy choices. Included with Museum admission.

Turkey Day

Saturday, November 20th, 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Families are invited to a day of feathery fun at the museum with turkey crafts and games, plus get your picture taken with live turkeys! Included with Museum admission.

Adopt a Cow–Meet Olive!

Saturday, November 27th, 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Join us on Saturday, November 27th to learn about our adopted cow, Olive, and our host farm. Included in Museum admission. The Bloomsburg Children\’s Museum has \”adopted\” a cow through Discover Dairy. We will be sharing monthly updates on Olive through social media and emails.

*Please note: Olive the calf will not be on-site at the Museum. We will be providing updates through pictures and videos*

For a complete listing of all programs, visit

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present TreeFest A long-standing holiday tradition since 1989.

Bloomsburg – Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble cordially invites you to the 33rd annual TreeFest celebration to be held at The Caldwell Consistory. Since the inaugural event in 1989, TreeFest has become a popular part of the region’s Christmas celebrations. In fact, over 3,000 people visit TreeFest every year!

The public is invited to view dozens of Christmas trees decorated by local organizations and sponsored by local businesses and individuals. The trees, donated and sourced from local growers, are decked out in accord with unique themes that reflect inspiring, and sometimes amusing, takes on Christmas and winter-holiday traditions. At the end of the festival, all trees are donated to local families in need.
TreeFest runs from November 29th through December 5th and is made possible with the support of All Occasion Rentals. In the spirit of the giving season, we will be collecting items of non-perishable food which will be donated to Bloomsburg’s Food Cupboard. Admission to TreeFest is $5 per visitor. Present a TreeFest postcard, found at local businesses and agencies, for $1 off the cost of admission. Admission is free for children 12 years of age and younger.

For more information, to purchase a ticket, or to sponsor a tree visit
Exact dates & times of TreeFest:
Monday, November 29th, 2 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday, November 30th, 4 pm – 8 pm
Wednesday, December 1st, 4 pm – 8 pm
Thursday, December 2nd, 2 pm – 5 pm
Friday, December 3rd, 3 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, December 4th, 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, December 5th, 11 am – 3 pm

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present Airness: A hilarious comedy about the competitive world of Air Guitar.

Bloomsburg – Starting September 16th, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will present Airness by Chelsea Marcantel. Airness is a rockin’ comedy “about being authentic to your true self, letting go of your inhibitions and accepting others as who they are” states Onstage Colorado. When actual guitarist Nina enters an air guitar competition, she thinks the whole thing is pretty silly, but she soon discovers that it takes real talent and charisma to become the champion. Does Nina have what it takes to do more than play pretend and seriously rock it?

Airness marks a triumphant return to live, in-person performances for BTE in the Alvina Krause theatre. Eric Wunsch, ensemble member and Airness director explains that “18 months ago, we were a week away from opening this play in our theatre. It was a show we felt proud of, and then it abruptly ended. We lost a couple of beloved cast members, and everything changed. So, it is an unbelievable pleasure to be finally presenting this show that celebrates the ecstasy of live performance and the rock star inside us all!”
BTE is also celebrating a return to the stage for Aaron White (D Vicious), a longtime friend of the company and guest artist who is starting his candidacy to become a full-time ensemble member. The passage of time also sees a return to the Alvina Krause stage for founding BTE member James Goode (announcer) as an emeritus performer. The cast also features ensemble members Amy Rene Byrne (Cannibal Queen) and Andy Hubastsek (Facebender), as well as, guest actors Marisol Rosa-Shaprio (The Nina), Dominic Santos (Golden Thunder), and Jon Schultz (Shreddy Eddy).

Even though Airness is a face-melting good time it also illustrates the importance of friendship, repairing damaged relationships, and one women’s journey to find herself through abandoning her preconceived notions of what it really means to experience true Airness.

Airness runs from September 16th through October 10th. Season tickets and subscription packages can be purchased by visiting BTE’s website or by calling the BTE Box Office at 570-784-8181, and do not hesitate to leave a message. Single tickets go on sale August 25th. Airness is intended for a mature audience as it contains sexual themes and adult language.

Airness is produced by special arrangement with Broadway licensing