The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 W. 7th Street, Bloomsburg, is pleased to announce its May programs.

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 W. 7th Street, Bloomsburg, is pleased to announce its May programs.

The Children’s Museum follows the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s guidelines for COVID mitigation. Masks are required for entry for anyone over the age of 2. The Museum has enacted a strict sanitation schedule to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our guests. You can learn more about our efforts at: https://the-childrens-museum.org/.

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

GENERAL PROGRAMMING

Alpha Geek Con
May 1 and 2
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. & 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The first annual Alpha GeekCon is for and about family-friendly learning, playing, and imagination through cosplay, video games, board games, cartoons, and other geeky edutainment! Come spend two days with us learning, playing, and discovering family-friendly geeky activities such as cosplay, arts & crafts, video games, cartoons, sci-fi/fantasy, board games, and so much more! We’re ready to engage you with amazing educational entertainment for all ages with panels, speakers, workshops, shows, and products in the field of geek play and edutainment.

Mother Goose Day
Saturday, May 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Did you know the term Mother Goose dates back to the 1650s? Come read and make some crafts related to some of the well-known Mother Goose stories. Free with Regular Admission.

Ready Set Grow
Every Other Wednesday; 10:00 a.m. -10:45 a.m.
May 5: Shapes
Have you ever wondered what your child is learning through their play? Do you ever wonder if your child is ready for kindergarten? 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.

Celebrate Mother’s Day
Saturday, May 8, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Come celebrate Mother’s Day by making a special craft for that important woman in your life! Free with Regular Admission.

Rapunzel’s Tea Party
Saturday, May 8, 3 sessions, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join Rapunzel for an afternoon of games, stories, songs, and snacks! Ages 2-12. Costumes are optional. Tickets are required for admission.

Celebrate Frank L. Baum Birthday
Saturday, May 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Follow the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum down the yellow brick road as we celebrate L. Frank Baum birthday with spe-cial Wizard of Oz themed crafts! Free with Regular Admission.

Two Dollar Tuesday
May 18, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day. The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10am-2pm.

This Day in History: 1980s – Pac Man
Saturday, May 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
On May 22nd,1980 the famous maze arcade game “Pac-Man” was released. Join us as we learn more about this game. Free with Regular Admission.

May Flower Day
Saturday, May 29, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Come enjoy the beauty of spring while creating some May flower crafts. Free with Regular Admission.

CLUBS AND CLASSES
Girls Who Code
Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday at 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Girls Who Code is a FREE after-school program for 3rd-5th grade girls. Learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form the basis for all programming languages. All while having fun and making friends!

Art Attack: Playful Pet Portraits
Saturday, May 22, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
In this one-hour class, students will explore fine art techniques. Whether you are a seasoned artist who wants to brush up on your skills or you are a beginner, this Saturday workshop is perfect for you! Recommended for ages 6+. $12/student.

Paint Me a Story: “Little Blue Truck”
Saturday, May 22, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
This Saturday morning story time-art-studio-mashup is a whole lot of fun for your little ones ages 2-6. Story time ig-nites preschoolers’ imaginations for creating hands-on art activities exploring colorful book themes and characters. Build language skills, color recognition, and small motor skills.

Music Together® of Bloomsburg
Every Friday, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
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.

Infectious Intelligence
Monthly on first Monday, 5:00-7:00 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. A teacher’s recommendation is required because of the challenging nature of the club. Open to grades 6+.

Nerf Modifications
Fourth Saturday of the Month
Saturday, May 22, 1-3:00 p.m.
Join the Museum for this NEW club! Modifying your Nerf blaster is a fun and interesting way to expand on your new hobby. When done safely, modding can be a fun les-son in physics and mechanics.

GEEK GRID STUDIO PROGRAMS
Mindful Gaming
Saturday, May 29, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Social group discussions on positive mental health and wellness through video games and board games. Steps to balanced gaming, and education with group games, de-mos, and roundtable discussions by experienced mental health advisors and gamers.

Geek Social
Saturday, May 29, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Monthly membership program for 13+ focusing on growing friendships through similar geek interests. Video games, board games, art, writing, mangas, and cartoons. Refreshments and activities included.

For a complete listing of all programs, visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/

In order to maintain a safe public space for our guests and comply with our community standards, masks are required for entrance to the Museum. The Children’s Museum has increased sanitation of all touchable surfaces, removed many loose exhibit pieces to reduce touchable surfaces, instituted “Discovery Bags” to still allow hands-on participation for individual learners, and increased air exchange in the Museum.

Download a PDF of the calendar.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present stage adaptation of Tiny Beautiful Things

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present stage adaptation of Tiny Beautiful Things

BTE resumes live performances at Greenwood Friends School May 21st – June 6th

Bloomsburg – Starting May 21st, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble resumes its live performances since taking an in-person hiatus that began unexpectedly last March. The troupe will present Tiny Beautiful Things, based upon the bestseller by Cheryl Strayed (“Wild”) and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”). BTE will be in residence at Greenwood Friends School in an open air venue with limited seating. About the play:

A perfect balm for a case of the lonelies, Tiny Beautiful Things follows an advice columnist, relating her experiences with advice-seekers from all walks of life. Sugar fields tough questions covering some serious subjects, prompting her to confront her own personal fears, hopes, and traumas. The whole Ensemble is on hand to tell these stories about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken and finding the courage to take on the questions that have no answers. Tissues recommended.

The production is directed by Andrew Hubatsek and Michael Yerges, and features Amy Rene Byrne as “Sugar.” Elizabeth Dowd, James Goode, Daniel Roth, and Eric Wunsch play the various characters asking Sugar’s advice. The production will feature props by A’nie Kirchner, costumes by Thom Sirkott, and sound design by Kayti Golomb.

Tiny Beautiful Things marks the first time BTE has taken a mainstage play to Greenwood Friends School, though the company is no stranger to off-site productions. Since getting its start in the Central Columbia Middle School cafetorium in 1978, BTE has performed “site-specific” theatre regularly throughout its 43-year history. The troupe will return to its home, The Alvina Krause Theatre, after a spring and summer of special outdoor events. “We are doing everything we can to ensure the ongoing comfort and safety of our audiences, and that means waiting just a little longer to get back inside,” says BTE Managing Director, Jon White-Spunner.

Though the venue is different, the play will be no less compelling. Cheryl Strayed’s book, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, was featured on the New York Times Best Seller list, and was spun off into several popular advice podcasts. The stage adaptation, by Nia Vardalos, premiered at New York’s The Public Theater in 2016, and has won audiences nationwide in dozens of regional productions since.

Tiny Beautiful Things runs for three weekends, starting Friday May 21st. It plays Fridays through Sundays starting at 6:30pm and concludes before sunset. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are available from the BTE website, www.bte.org , or by calling the BTE Box Office at 570-784-8181. Don’t hesitate to leave a message.

Please be advised: Tiny Beautiful Things is meant for an audience of adults, and discusses themes of depression, drug abuse, sexual assault and physical abuse.

Crafters, inventors, hobbyists, and artisans to be featured at the Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire on Sat., April 17 at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum

Crafters, inventors, hobbyists, and artisans to be featured at the Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire on Sat., April 17 at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum

FREE Admission thanks to PPL Foundation

The Children’s Museum of Bloomsburg will host its fifth Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Children’s Museum, 2 West 7th Street, in Bloomsburg.

Admission is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of PPL Foundation.

The event brings together amateur and professional artists, crafters, engineers, and performers in a combination of large spectacles and communal interactive experiences. Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of community. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. Makers range from engineers to artists to scientists to crafters to garage tinkerers. This year over 60 vendors will be present for the show.

“The Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire is a happy event that brings the community together,” Diana Hughes, Children’s Museum Board Member, and Maker Faire volunteer said. “No matter what age, you will have a great time. It’s fabulous for families and individuals.”

Follow the development of the Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire on Twitter @BloomMakerFaire, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BloomsburgMakerFaire and website Bloomsburg.MakerFaire.com.

The Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit Bloomsburg.makerfaire.com and www.The-Childrens-Museum.org or call 570-389-9206.

In order to maintain a safe experience for all guests and to comply with community standards, masks are required for entry for anyone 2 years of age and older. Attendees should also practice social distancing and make use of hand sanitizer stations throughout the Museum and Maker Faire. For more information about the Museum’s ongoing efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19, please visit: https://the-childrens-museum.org/covid-19/

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 W. 7th Street, Bloomsburg, is pleased to announce its May programs.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces Summer Camps

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 W. 7th Street, Bloomsburg, is pleased to announce its summer camps for 2021. The Children’s Museum follows the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s guidelines for COVID mitigation. Masks are required for entry for anyone over the age of 2. The Museum has enacted a strict sanitation schedule to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our guests. You can learn more about our efforts at https://the-childrens-museum.org/covid-19/

Summer Camp registration is available online at https://the-childrens-museum.org/summer-camps/ or by calling (570) 389-9206.

Summer Camps for 2021 are as follows:
Snack Attack Camp
June 14-18; 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ages 6-12, $80/student
During this week-long camp, campers will learn about some easy (and healthy) snack hacks. Campers will learn about each section of the MyPlate food guide and make and take yummy treats each day. Campers will also learn about the science behind some of your favorite foods.

Painting & Drawing I Camp
June 21-25; 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ages 6-12, $80/student
Young artists will scribble, splatter, and create! This camp is all about learning how to draw and paint. From using teeny tiny to larger than life, we will be exploring every surface using brushes, pencils, and the unexpected! Presented by Art Space member and artist, Sara Mika. Two dates, same great camp!

Preschool Under the Sea Camp
June 28-July 2; 10-11:00 a.m.
Ages 2-5, $60/student
Join the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum this summer and dive right into this summer camp. Preschool campers will dip their toes in the sea, explore the depths of the ocean, make friends with a squid and cuddle an octopus…without even getting wet or jumping into a submarine! Every day will be an exploration of a different part of our beautiful oceans and the creatures that live there!

Fine Arts Mini Camp
June 28-30; 2-4:00 p.m.
Ages 13+, $80/student
Students will get individualized instruction in fine art techniques. The camp will start off with an introduction to drawing and shading with different types of pencils and techniques for shading. Students will be asked to stop and think about what they are drawing while learning about blind contouring and then try their hand at India ink rapid drawing!

Enchanted Princess Mini Camp
July 7-9; 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ages 6-10
Dreams will come true this summer at our mini camp perfect for the princess in your life with all kinds of royal activities. Each day will focus on a different favorite princess as our campers enjoy a week of singing and dancing along with tea parties, arts & crafts, and making new friends. A fun and magical week will all lead up to a coronation ceremony. Your little one’s fairy tale summer camp is just around the corner!

Painting & Drawing Camp II
July 12-16; 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ages 6-12, $80/student
Young artists will scribble, splatter, and create! This camp is all about learning how to draw and paint. From using teeny tiny to larger than life, we will be exploring every surface using brushes, pencils, and the unexpected! Presented by Art Space member and artist, Sara Mika. Two dates, same great camp!

Maker Camp
July 19-23; 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ages 6-14, $80/student
What do soldering, 3D printing, sculpture, electronics, painting, laser cutting, food, and hammers all have in common? MAKER CAMP! Makers will explore, experiment and play. They are inquisitive hands-on learners who like to try new things! Ages grouped by activity. Taught by Dr. Ginny Weibel and Dr. Kristene Baldwin.

American Girl Summer Camp
July 26-30; 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ages 6-12, $80/student
Campers and their dolls (any kind of doll or stuffed animal) will discover adventures a-plenty in this camp full of miniature projects and friendship. Ends with an American Girl Party.

Preschool Forest Fun
August 2-5; 9-10:00 a.m.
Ages 2-5, $60
Join Miss Dianne this summer and explore the forest around us with this Montessori School-based preschool camp! This summer camp is all about empowering children to be children! Nature brings inspiration for all types of art forms. We’ll dive into a number of different ways to express ourselves: painting, drawing, music, and more, all using natural materials and inspired by the forest around us.

Build a Board Game Mini Camp
August 2-4; 1-3:00 p.m.
Ages 8-14, $70
Playing board games is fun, develop focus, memory, planning, strategy, and teamwork. This camp will help you learn about various kinds of games and strategies for playing. In addition to playing existing games and create your very own to take home with you at the end of camp. Use our 3D printers or our laser cutter to make your game pieces, design your own board and rules, and make something you can share with your whole family!

Stop Motion Animation Camp
August 9-13, 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Ages 6+, Free
Learn the art of stop motion animation with the materials of your choice. Choose Legos, clay or anything else you can put your hands on. You’ll have the chance to make more than one film so you can try them all. As you build with Legos and sculpt with clay, you’ll be learning the basics of stop motion animation, fluid movement, dramatic structure, how to score your film and share it with the world. Future animators, your career starts here. Please consider making a donation to support all of the no-cost programs that the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum does.

Digital Arts Camp
August 9-13; 1-3:00 p.m.
Ages 8+, Free
Can’t decide whether you like animation, film, or robotics best? Then try Digital Arts. This camp is Box Of Light’s digital smorgasbord. Every day has a different challenge. We’ll cover Claymation, green screen, film, digital books, and robotics. Sculpt, build, film, program, and hang with your tribe. Maybe one of these processes will be your future career. Give them all a taste in Digital Arts. Please consider making a donation to support all of the no-cost programs that the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum does.

POLICIES:
2021 Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel at least two weeks before the first day of camp, you will receive a full refund, minus the processing fees. If you cancel less than two weeks before the first day of camp, you will receive a 50% refund. No refund will be given if you cancel after camp has begun.

2021 Sibling Policy:
An adult is required to chaperone each preschool camper. Only registered campers are allowed in the camp. Infants, toddlers, and older siblings may not come to camp. Childcare with an additional adult must be arranged for infants, toddlers, and older siblings that would like to visit the museum.

In order to maintain a safe public space for our guests and comply with our community standards, masks are required for entrance to the Museum. The Children’s Museum has increased sanitation of all touchable surfaces, removed many loose exhibit pieces to reduce touchable surfaces, instituted “Discovery Bags” to still allow hands-on participation for individual learners, and increased air exchange in the Museum. For more info: https://the-childrens-museum.org/covid-19/

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 10th Annual Photo Contest Now Open

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 10th Annual Photo Contest Now Open

Lewisburg, PA – Grab your phone or your camera and hit us with your best shot in the 10th Annual Susquehanna Greenway Photo Contest: Treasured Towns and Landscapes of the Susquehanna.

This free-to-enter photo contest offers individuals of all ages and ability levels the opportunity to go outside, explore, and capture—via photography—the many landscapes, resources, and towns along the Susquehanna Greenway.

Cash Prizes will be awarded to the first through third place winners within each category: River Towns, Landscapes, Susquehanna Adventures, and Wildlife. Winning images will also be printed, framed, and added to a traveling gallery to be exhibited throughout the Susquehanna region within Pennsylvania.

“SGP seeks to inspire and celebrate the connections that are shared between our communities and the Susquehanna River,” says SGP Executive Director Corey Ellison. “Our annual photo contest provides one way of fostering this connection by encouraging people to get out on the Greenway and explore the Susquehanna through a camera lens.”

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2021. Eligible participants can visit susquehannagreenway.org/photocontest to learn more and submit photographs in one or all four categories. Entries must be submitted electronically through the SGP portal and in accordance with contest guidelines.

SGP also celebrates the winning photos at an annual wine and gallery reception called Susquehanna Scenes and Sips. This year, both the 8th and 9th annual winners will be recognized during Susquehanna Scenes, Sips, and Scales at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland on Friday, May 7, 6-8 PM. Guests are invited to enjoy a walk through the interactive zoo exhibits, sip wines from three local PA wineries, and view the winning images from the contest’s previous years. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at susquehannagreenway.org/scales.
The Susquehanna Greenway is a corridor of connected trails, parks, river access points, and communities, linking people to the natural and cultural treasures of the Susquehanna River. The mission of the Partnership is to continue to grow the Greenway, inspiring people to engage with the outdoors and transforming communities into places where people want to live, work, and explore.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present  Fair Food Foul Play: A BTE Murder Mystery

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present Fair Food Foul Play: A BTE Murder Mystery

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present
Fair Food Foul Play: A BTE Murder Mystery

A New Interactive Script by Bloomsburg Native Will Ralston

Bloomsburg – Starting April 1st, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will present Fair Food Foul Play: A BTE Murder Mystery on Zoom. “When control of the Deep Fried Duncans TM empire comes up for grabs, a cast of oddball characters angle for glory, each harboring a potential motive for murder. In this uniquely participatory format, audience members become investigators, forming a team of fellow sleuths to interrogate the eccentric suspects in real time, and bring the culprit to justice.”

Fair Food Foul Play marks a return to the (virtual) stage for BTE, after live performances came to a halt last Spring. Will Ralston, a 1989 graduate of Bloomsburg High School with a long career in television and film (including writing credits on HBO’s Treme and The Deuce) cooked up the tale specifically for the members of BTE. Ralston, who holds a BFA in film production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, is also serving as director of photography and editor of the filmed segments which accompany the live, interactive event.

Ensemble Member Amy Rene Byrne (in her first role since officially joining the troupe last year) serves double duty in the project, as both actor and director. Fair Food Foul Play also stars Ensemble Members Elizabeth Dowd, James Goode, Daniel Roth and Eric Wunsch, as well as BTE’s Abigail Leffler, Michaela Tloczynski, and Jon White-Spunner (in his acting debut). The program also features original music by Nick McGaw.

Though it winks at some of the markings of the traditional murder mystery, Fair Food Foul Play stays unpredictable by tossing up the mystery solution every weekend. Each night, participants will be split into groups of investigators, and work together to question the suspects in private “interrogation rooms.” Players have the option to sign up as individuals and pair up with other players over Zoom, or to sign up as households, perfect for a family game night at home. You can even request to be teamed up with other players on separate screens, near and far.

Fair Food Foul Play runs for three weekends, starting Thursday April 1st, and playing Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30pm (excluding Easter, April 4th, on which the show is closed). For technical purposes, tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance of the show. “Seating is limited,” says Managing Director White-Spunner, “so we suggest booking now.” Tickets are available from the BTE website www.bte.org , or by calling the BTE Box Office at 570-784-8181, and don’t hesitate to leave a message.

ARTISTS NEEDED!!!

ARTISTS NEEDED!!!

The Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency, in partnership with the Bradford County Regional Arts Council, is looking for local artists to help with a new mural project.

A Mural has been designed for the historic Train Car (Merrill Parkway side) showcasing the abundant history of Bradford County and moving through the years to present day. The mural has been months in the making showcasing the many great assets of the County.

To date, we have 9 of the 23 canvases that are ready to be painted and we need your help! It is a “paint by number” type of style and is suitable for any young adult and up, wishing to help regardless of artistic abilities.

Painting sessions are Monday through Thursday from 4-7:30/8 at the Enterprise Center in Sayre, PA. All supplies are provided but please come dressed appropriately.

If you’d like to reserve a spot (maximum 12 people) for your local civic organization, chamber of commerce, school group, museum, business department, please email [email protected] or call 570.265.8687 for additional questions. Painting sessions are on a first come, first serve basis.

Help be a part of this project that showcases the County we are so proud to call home.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Receives $1,000 to Support New “Farm to Table” Exhibit, Part of Larger Health Exhibit

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Receives $1,000 to Support New “Farm to Table” Exhibit, Part of Larger Health Exhibit

The Columbia County Farm Bureau in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau has donated $1,000 to support the Bloomsburg Children’s Musuem’s “Farm to Table” exhibit interactive. The interactive is part of the Museum’s new health exhibit, titled “The Superpower of You,” which is slated to open in the Spring of 2021. The Farm to Table interactive takes visitors on a journey to learn where their food comes from, why fresh food is an important part of your diet, and why sustainable agriculture is vital to our community.
“There will be a lot of content within the exhibit to help all our visitors make the connection between the food we eat and how food can affect positive health outcomes,” Dr. Ginny Weibel, Museum Director said. “Understanding and appreciating where your food comes from is the first step in creating a healthy diet.”
James Levan, President of the Columbia County Farm Bureau commented on the need for educational opportunities that promote an understanding of the importance of agriculture. “Kids today are so far away from agriculture,” Levan said. “They don’t have an understanding of what farming is. Some kids have never been on a farm at all.”
The new interactive at the Museum features a farm tractor photo op, a farmers market where kids can shop for items to make a healthy meal, and a kitchen table where visitors can play a game about nutrition.
Photo (left to right): Charlie Porter, Farm Bureau Board Member, Ginny Weibel, Children’s Museum Director, Karen Chapin, Farm Bureau Secretary/Treasurer, James Levan, Columbia County Farm Bureau President. James Levan hands Ginny Weibel the donation in support
of the “Farm to Table” exhibit interactive at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum.
Weis Center to Offer Free Virtual Performance that Honors Front Line Workers

Weis Center to Offer Free Virtual Performance that Honors Front Line Workers

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University will offer a virtual performance of This is Me: Letters From the Front Lines created by DIAVOLO dance company from February 24-March 2. The contemporary dance film performance is 35 minutes and will be available on an unlimited basis throughout the viewing period.

The engagement is sponsored, in part, by Evangelical Community Hospital and Geisinger.

The virtual performance is free thanks to the generosity of sponsors, but registration is required by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

The performance is dedicated to all of the veterans for their service, commitment and sacrifice and to all of our COVID-19 first responders for their dedication, selflessness, resilience and heroism.

PRE-PERFORMANCE PANEL DISCUSSION
Patrons are encouraged to view a 30 minute pre-taped pre-performance panel discussion with the following distinguished guests:

  • Jacques Heim, Founder & Artistic Director, DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion ®
  • France Nguyen Vincent, Writer and dramaturg of This Is Me
  • David Rovnyak, Bucknell University Professor of Chemistry and Bucknell/Geisinger liaison
  • Marie C. Pizzorno, Bucknell University Associate Professor of Biology and Cell Biology/Biochemistry
  • Frederick Weiss, MD, DPT, RMSK, Geisinger
  • Kendra Aucker, President & CEO, Evangelical Community Hospital
  • B. James Connolly, MD, Medical Director of Emergency Services, Evangelical Community Hospital

The panelists discuss the origins and process of filming This is Me, the mental, physical and emotional impacts of COVID-19 on front line workers in Central PA, and the history of the development of the COVID-19 vaccines, among other riveting topics.

Jacques Heim says of the pandemic, “As artists, we had to do something. For me, it’s not about creating another dance piece, but rather celebrating the amazing men and women who sacrifice themselves for us.”

France Nguyen Vincent says, “Each person in the film was asked to write about themselves and their experience. Ninety-eight percent of what you hear in the performance was written [by first responders and front line workers] and was untouched…it became a catharsis for them.”

Kendra Aucker says, “The volumes of people we’re caring for compared to normal is significant. This is something no one can imagine and no one can prepare for. The mental health challenges are showing up in the workforce, and COVID has revealed the tremendous problems that we have with access to behavioral health services for all people…especially in healthcare. We ask ourselves daily how are our people doing [and how can we support them].”

Dr. Fred Weiss says, “[COVID has hit every aspect of health and wellness]…physical, emotional, mental, moral, spiritual, social. The toll that it’s taken on a lot of friends and family…I’ve had friends who have died. A lot of the people who have contracted the disease are the front line people; the front line are dying. They are literally putting their lives at risk on a minute to minute basis…”

Dr. James Connolly says, “This is not the same as combat, but it has a similar feel. This has probably been the hardest thing I can imagine doing as a physician. There have been a lot of people in the community who have been tremendously supportive, but there have been a lot of people who haven’t and that has been so hard to deal with…Trying to convince people that this is real and we need to take it serious.”

Professor Marie C. Pizzorno says, “This is the third novel coronavirus to have jumped from animal species to humans in the last twenty years. This new virus is much more contagious. Bats maintain a population of their own coronaviruses and some have the capacity to jump to humans.” Pizzorno notes that the COVID-19 vaccines in development build on decades of coronavirus research by scientists across the globe.

PERFORMANCE
This is Me: Letters From the Front Lines is a dance film exploring how the current climate of isolation has encouraged us to look within ourselves. We follow the paths of military veterans and first responders as they share what it means to be a true warrior – to be on the front lines – and fight the invisible enemy that all humanity is currently battling. At a time when most have been asked to halt and withdraw, others, like soldiers, are charging forward.

This is Me: Letters From the Front Lines captures the resilience, determination and hope of the human spirit.

DIAVOLO is a creative movement production company that pushes the envelope of innovation by creating unique live & cinematic experiences. Using custom-made architectural structures, DIAVOLO intersects storytelling, movement and architecture with an inventive and visceral approach.

The virtual performance is free thanks to the generosity of sponsors, but registration is required by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

For more information about this Weis Center Stream and others, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

JP Williams Blues Band ft. Ekat Pereyra  New CD “JP & Ekat” will help reshape the BLUES in 2021

JP Williams Blues Band ft. Ekat Pereyra  New CD “JP & Ekat” will help reshape the BLUES in 2021

Scranton, PA, Release: February 15th, 2021

The JP Williams Blues Band have recorded their fifth commercial CD album entitled “JP & Ekat”, this time featuring the amazing vocalist Ekat Pereyra  It is comprised of features nine original compositions by JP Williams and a special traditional blues song arrangement as a tribute to bluesman Lou  “Bud” Welch,

From the driving opening track, “Mighty Dangerous Boogie” (performed by JP on a handmade 4 string Hybrid Cigar Box Guitar), to the smooth sultry vocals of Ekat on the torch song, “Never Break This Heart”, this album showcases both the songwriting and masterful performances of the musicians comprising The JP Williams Blues Band.  It was recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic by the musicians using remote, individual tracks, limited studio time, and masterful assembly of all the parts by Recording Engineer Lou Pereyra, who together with JP Williams produced the final project.

Together they have worked hard to capture the strength and beauty of the music clearly, honestly, and with true emotion and excitement. The album announcement follows the recent release of the first single and the Youtube video from the album, “Mighty Dangerous Boogie”.

This successful collaboration spans three years in the making with JP Williams recording and performing with one of today’s most talented vocalists, Ekat Pereyra. She has consistently received high critical acclaim for her live performance work. As a songwriter JP is constantly looking for the best way to present his innovative words and music and is honored to have Ekat collaborate with him in these efforts. “JP & Ekat” features the incredible fruits of their labors. It is truly exciting to listen to the results.

The music on this CD reflects a wide sampling of Blues, Jazz & Folk music influences. In pre-release, the songs have already been very well received and are already earning airplay on many syndicated, terrestrial and internet radio stations around the world. A song, “Cigar Box Boogie” from JP Williams Blues Band previous CD. “Everblue” (with Ekat Pereyra) achieved a # 1 spot on the nationally recognized Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues Song Chart (Week of May 25th, 2019). The album finished ranked #43 on the RMR Top Blues Album Chart for the same year.

Awards:​

Winner Steamtown Music Awards

JP Williams Blues Band “Best Blues Act 2016”

Eddie The Harp (JP Williams Blues Band)- “Best Sideman 2018”

 

Contact & more detailed information: JP Williams

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Email: [email protected]​   Phone: 570-885-0101