Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce

Member to Member Announcements

August 13, 2020


To All Chamber Member Businesses and Organizations—
Chamber members will no longer be receiving the complete COVID-19 Business and Organization Green Phase Reopening Listing by email. Updates to the listing will be posted on the chamber’s Facebook page and website and be included in the Wellsboro Chamber Member to Member Announcements emailed to all members bi-weekly. PLEASE NOTE: To change information or to add a new listing to the complete list on the chamber website and Facebook page and to have that information included in the chamber’s bi-weekly member to member newsletter, email Jane Shumway at

Canyon Pilots Association Cancels All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast
The Canyon Pilots Association Labor Day Weekend All-You-Can-Eat Fly-In Breakfast has been cancelled. The breakfast was scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 6 at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport at 112 Runway Road, near Wellsboro. Concerns over the coronavirus and public gathering guidelines were the reasons given for the cancellation. Due to the pandemic, the association has cancelled both its Memorial and Labor Day Weekend breakfasts this year.

Today’s Wellsboro Growers Market Has Fruits, Veggies & Treats
Today, Thursday, August 13, and every Thursday through Oct. 8, the Wellsboro Growers Market is from 2:30pm to 5:30pm on the front lawn of the First Presbyterian Church at 130 Main Street in Wellsboro, weather permitting. At the market will be homegrown vegetables and fruits and homemade sweet treats. Chuck and Kate Gilligan of Pinafore Run Farm will have bread and butter zucchini pickles, zucchini relish, blueberry preserves and light, amber and dark raw wildflower honey. Ray and Janet MacWhinnie of Udder Merry Mac Farm are bringing hydroponically grown mixed leaf lettuce, basil, cucumbers and red, orange and yellow bell peppers, along with raspberries, green bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, sweet artisan tomatoes for salads, slicing tomatoes and green and yellow snap beans, all grown in soil. From the Keeney Farm, Gary and Cheryl Keeney will have cucumbers summer squash, string beans, yard long beans, sweet and hot peppers, potatoes, eggplant and watermelons. Todd Webster of Hillstone Farms is offering Bodacious and Incredible sweet corn, three types of pork sausage (Cajun, garlic and sweet Italian), hot dogs, beef minute steaks and other meat selections. Kathy Siegrist of Bakery 303 is bringing her classic butter, blueberry-cranberry, orange-cardamom, lemon with lemon glaze, pecan streusel swirl, coconut and chocolate stout pound cakes. Liz McLelland of Yorkshire Meadows will have pecan sandies, Eccles cakes, salted caramel shortbread bars, lemon curd bars, blueberry and peach crunch desserts, scones, ginger, oatmeal raisin and shortbread cookies, carrot and chocolate zucchini cakes and raspberry mango jam. Linda Sweely of New View Farm is bringing her freshly made blueberry zucchini bars, Focaccia, Italian herb, everything and beer artisan breads, everything and cinnamon raisin bagels, cinnamon buns, maple syrup, honey, jams and jellies, ground horseradish, tomato relish and jalapeno pepper spread. Frank Maffei is offering wine tastings and Staggering Unicorn wines sold by the bottle. Justina Swartwood and Boki Cvetkovski of Scentillating Creations will have a selection of candles, soaps and other products. Other vendors at the market are the Shortsville Green Growers, Aunt Lulu’s Embroidery, Between Two Rivers Maple Products and WindStone Landing Farms with non-GMO and chemical-free foods. Customers are asked to wear face coverings and maintain six feet of distance from others. To participate, vendors are asked to call Thomas Putnam at 570-439-2000 or email

“Jurassic Park” is Playing at Victoria Theater in Blossburg
The Victoria Theater at 222 Main Street in Blossburg is showing “Jurassic Park” at 7pm today, Thursday, Aug. 13 and this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14 and 15 and at 4pm this Sunday, Aug. 16. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. A blockbuster directed by Steven Spielberg, this 1993 American science fiction adventure film is about a select group of people chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. In starring roles are Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill and Laura Dern. This film is rated PG13 and runs for two hours. Unable to get current movies due to the coronavirus pandemic, family-friendly favorite films are being presented at the Victoria through an arrangement with Universal Studios. Concession prices remain the same. Stop in to get popcorn whenever the theater is open. Being shown on Thursdays at 1pm and 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, and Sundays at 4pm are: August 20-23, “Perfect Pitch”; August 27-30, “Secret Life of Pets”; September 3-6, “The Great Outdoors”; September 10-13, “”Les Misérables”; September 17-20, “Nutty Professor”; September 24-27, “The Muppet Movie”; and October 1-4, “Nanny McPhee Returns”.

Apply Now for Practical Nursing Program at Wellsboro
Those interested in applying for the Practical Nursing Program at Penn College at Wellsboro or in learning more about it, should contact Marie Van Ess by calling her at 570-724-7703 as soon as possible. Applications are being accepted until the end of August. Practical Nursing Program classes and clinicals will begin on Monday, Sept. 21 and be held four days per week, plus every other Friday over one calendar year. Qualified nursing instructors will provide classroom instruction in theory and nursing skills at Penn College at 22 Walnut Street in Wellsboro. Through the program's affiliation with UPMC, clinical experiences for students will be provided at Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital and the Green Home in Wellsboro. Also utilized will be other local healthcare affiliates, including Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center. Practical Nursing Program graduates will earn a certificate in practical nursing, can find jobs in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, private homes, physician offices, and other health-related offices and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam for licensure as an LPN. Students in this class will be eligible for Pell Grants and Federal loans.

Oregon Hill Wine Shop in Wellsboro Update
The Oregon Hill wine shop at 87½ Main Street in Wellsboro is open to in-person customers every day for purchase only and for wine slushies to go. Wine tastings are not offered due to a change in the state’s COVID-19 protocols. Occupancy is limited. Masks are required. Hours are: Sundays-Thursdays, 12pm-5:30pm and Fridays and Saturdays, 11am-6pm. Curbside pick up is available to customers who call 570-948-9044 when they arrive at the store and place an order using their credit card. The wine they order will be brought to them at curbside.

Scatter The Knickers Free Concert is This Friday, Aug. 14
At 6:30pm tonight, Friday, Aug. 14, get ready to stomp your feet, clap your hands and keep the beat to traditional Irish jigs, reels, barn dances, pub tunes and ballads as well as originals as Scatter the Knickers takes the outdoor stage to present a free concert at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Performing are lead singer Abbie Dolan on fiddle, Brian Casey on concertina, bodhrán and percussion, and Greg Smith on guitar, tenor banjo and Irish flute. Casey and Smith write Irish-style originals that the band also performs. The three musicians met at the Hibernian Center, an Irish club in Elmira, N.Y. that hosts Irish music sessions on Sunday afternoons. They formed their band in June 2019. "There's a song we play called 'Scatter the Mud'”, said Smith. “I thought Scatter the Knickers would be a fun and playful name for the band and the others agreed. I also wrote an Irish jig called 'Scatter the Knickers' and it’s now our namesake tune." 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. Donations are appreciated. For more information, email, call 570-724-6220 or visit,

Register Now for This Saturday’s Basic Pistol Class at Mill Cove
There are still openings in the Basic Pistol Class being offered from 8am to 4:30pm this Saturday, Aug. 15 outdoors at the Mill Cove Shooting Range in the Mill Cove Environmental Area at 3036 Mill Creek Road, Mansfield, Pa. Only four spaces remain. Participants will learn how to safely handle and shoot a pistol and how to clean and store a firearm. Other topics include: pistol mechanisms and operation, building pistol shooting skills, and pistol selection and use. Instructor is Marilyn Jones. The fee for this eight-hour course is $50 per person to cover books, handouts, lunch and water or Gatorade to drink. To register or for answers to questions about this class, contact Jones at 570-549-2794.

Register for Virtual Book Club by This Saturday, Aug. 15
The Green Free Library in Wellsboro is hosting a virtual book club on Zoom. The first meeting will be on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 5:15pm to 6pm. It will be a general discussion about what sort of books are helping participants get through the pandemic, new genres they have tried, and books they are looking forward to reading. Those interested in participating are asked to sign up for the virtual book club by this Saturday, Aug. 15 by emailing their names and contact information to The meeting link will be sent on Monday, Aug. 17 to those who have signed up.

Mansfield University Students to Return to Campus on Monday
Mansfield University is welcoming students back to campus for in-person instruction this coming Monday, August 17. In the wake of COVID-19, the university has developed the Mansfield University Health and Safety Plan for Fall 2020 with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Visit to read the complete plan, get the most up-to-date information regarding the fall opening of campus, and to submit any questions you may have.

Totally Ninja Raccoon Hunt Winners are Named on August 1; Check Bookstore Facebook Page for Party Date & Location
The drawing for the Totally Nina Raccoon Hunt prize winners was livestreamed on the From My Shelf Books & Gifts Facebook page Saturday, Aug. 1. Twenty-nine winners were named. Among the winners were Breona Deveney who won $100 in cash; Skye Lusk, a $50 gift certificate to From My Shelf Books & Gifts; Tate Cougill, a bike light valued at $25 from C.S. Sports; and Lucas Crowl, a one-hour personal archery lesson from Moore's Sports Center. Winners’ names are listed on the bookstore's Facebook page. The Ninja Raccoon Party may be held this fall at Omi of the Canyon. Watch the bookstore’s Facebook page for more details or call 570-724-5793.

Tune In To Radio HG Festival Experiment is A Success
Based on the number of tickets sold for the Tune In To Radio HG Festival, the experiment was a success for Hamilton-Gibson Productions. For the first performance on Thursday, Aug. 6, 50 tickets were sold; for the second on Friday, Aug. 7, 40; for the third on Saturday, Aug. 8, 42; and for the fourth on Sunday, Aug. 9, 45. "Our first venture into online radio shows was a great learning experience and wonderful entertainment," said Thomas Putnam, Hamilton-Gibson Productions artistic director. He watched the show online. “We have a new ticketing system, which provided some challenges but also allowed us to do much more than we previously could. We've also had lots of positive feedback from our online audience and nothing but high praise from all involved. This is something we will definitely consider doing in the future,” Putnam said. “Our audience this year was bigger than last year’s and more than double the 20 people that can currently be seated in the Warehouse Theatre for a performance because of coronavirus requirements,” said Gabe Hakvaag, festival founder and producer. “Financially we did well, thanks to ticket sales and our sponsors, Elite Therapy and Drs. Maria Cruz and Edgar Wong. Our sponsors are crucial to Hamilton-Gibson Productions’ success and ability to keep going.” This year for the first time, the different radio plays for each of the four scheduled performances were prerecorded and streamed online rather than being presented live on stage in Wellsboro. “I'm still gathering data to see how this went,” said Hakvaag. “Most of the feedback I've heard has been positive, especially from those who heeded my advice to ‘walk away from the screen and just listen’. That's how these radio plays are meant to be enjoyed. But, those who wanted to see how radio plays were done in the Golden Age of Radio, could watch,” he said. “As for the quality of the livestream, the clarity of the video and the audio, I think people had different experiences depending on what they were using to watch. Some people streamed to their TV monitor and had a big image and big sound. Others watched on a tablet or phone." To share feedback, contact Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079 or email

Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter to Meet August 20
The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter, Tioga County, Pa. will meet at 6pm on Thursday, August 20 outdoors at the Mill Cove Shooting Range in the Mill Cove Environmental Area at 3036 Mill Creek Road, Mansfield, Pa. The group is following CDC and Pennsylvania COVID-19 protocols. Marilyn Jones and Pat Butts are chapter co-leaders. The meeting will open with information about gun belt and holster purchase options available for carrying a firearm and a discussion about which may function best for them on a day-to-day basis. Shooting practice will be from 6:30pm to dusk. 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

VIneyard Church Band Musicians to Perform Original Folk
Songs, Christian Music and Cover Tunes on August 21
Vineyard Church Band musicians will perform an eclectic mix of original songs, contemporary Christian music and popular tunes by famous artists on Friday, Aug. 21 at 6pm on the outdoor stage on the Central Avenue side of the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Kicking off the free performance with his original, genre-bending folk tunes will be singer-songwriter Jesse Gotschal of Wellsboro on acoustic guitar. The band will then play and sing contemporary Christian music and popular songs that promote a positive message for everyone to enjoy. Among the songs are "Waymaker" composed by Sinach and played by Leeland, a Christian rock band, and "Reckless Love" written by Cory Asbury, along with uplifting cover tunes by such well known artists as U2, Bon Jovi, and Garth Brooks. Performers include: Jon Ruth on drums, Jason Matthews on lead guitar, Carolyn Ruth on bass guitar, and Karsen Kennedy on acoustic guitar joined by vocalists Brett Kennedy, Lorynn Dowling and McKenzie Frank. The Ruths are from Covington and the Kennedys, Dowling, Frank and Matthews are from Wellsboro. 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. Donations are appreciated. The remaining concerts in this free series are: Like A Hurricane, a Neil Young & Crazy Horse tribute band at 6:30pm on Friday, Aug. 28; Dave Brown & The Dishonest Fiddlers at 6:30pm on Friday, Sept. 4; Take2 & Friends at 6:30pm on Friday, Sept. 11; and Quenton Fisher and Michael Johnson of Serene Green at 6pm on Friday, Sept. 18. For more information, visit, email or call 570-724-6220.

Openings Available For Acting Workshop for Women Set for Saturday, August 22 Outdoors in Roofed Pavilion at Nessmuk
The Hamilton-Gibson Women's Project is offering the Simple Keys to Authentic Acting Workshop to women ages 16 and older who have never acted before and those who are experienced actresses. A maximum of eight women will be enrolled in each session. Currently, two spaces are open in the morning and three in the afternoon. COVID-19 social distancing protocols will be followed. This 2.5-hour in-person workshop will be held outdoors twice on Saturday, Aug. 22 at the roofed pavilion at the Nessmuk Lake Recreation Area on Route 287, one mile south of Wellsboro. The morning session will be from 10:30am to 1pm and the afternoon session from 2pm to 4:30pm. "In the 1990s, I studied with respected Broadway star and film actress Katherine Kerr and found her approach to acting very helpful," said Jessie Thompson, presenter. "I will introduce participants to her four simple keys to authentic acting and talk about how to use them on stage to bring more of ourselves to the characters we play." Each registrant is asked to select a monologue that is approximately two minutes in length to present during the workshop. The enrollees from both sessions, 16 maximum, are invited to bring their own bag lunch and attend the one-hour lunch break from 1pm to 2pm. Beverages will be provided. During the break, Barbara Biddison will give background information to workshop participants about the mission of the HG Women’s Project. Lilace Guignard will then talk about the HGWP’s November 2021 production of original monologues and the informal writing get-togethers being planned for next year for those interested in learning how to write monologues. The fee for the workshop is $15. To register for either the morning or afternoon session, call the Hamilton-Gibson office at 570-724-2079. Those who would like help in choosing a monologue are asked to make that known when they register.

Register by Mail or Online by Tuesday, September 1 for
Step Outdoors TRYathlon & 5K Run/Walk T-Shirt & Medallion
Those planning to participate in the COVID 19 Special Edition of the Step Outdoors TRYathlon & 5K Trail Run/Walk must preregister no later than 11:59pm Tuesday, Sept. 1 to be guaranteed an event T-shirt in the size they order and a medallion if they finish. Registration will officially close at 11:59pm on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Each person who registers for either the TRYathlon or the 5K online or by mail will pay a $20 entry fee. The event will be at Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901, seven miles northeast of Wellsboro. Those who want to solo can do all three legs of the TRYathlon or two or three people can form a team. The event also includes a stand-alone option for runners and walkers who want to do the 5K only. Due to the coronavirus, this year's event will not be held on a specific day at a specific time. Registrants get to choose the day and time they want to do the TRYathlon or 5K between Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 20. There is no in-person registration, no check-in time, no electronic timing and no aid or water stations on the course. “That’s why teams and individuals should bring their own supporters for this event " said Tim Morey, organizer. "Registrants are also asked to be legal on the lake by getting a launch permit for their canoe or kayak, wearing a personal flotation device and carrying a whistle as required.” Individuals of all ages can participate in the TRYathlon or 5K. While the course remains the same, it will not be well marked, therefore favoring those that have done it in the past. It is recommended that registrants become familiar with the TRYathlon and 5K routes in advance before taking them on. Course maps and information are available online and in the park office lobby at 111 Spillway Road. All runners and walkers, whether they are participating in the 5K only or all three legs of the Tryathlon will start at the same location and follow the same course on park roads and trails around the perimeter of Hills Creek Lake. The second leg of the Tryathlon is paddling a canoe or kayak around a 1.75-mile course identified with temporary markers on Hills Creek Lake. The event will end with bikers traveling 8 miles on a course of dirt and hardtop roads in and around the park. 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 10am and 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 12 & 13 and Sept. 19 & 20; between 8am and 6pm Monday, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 14, 17 & 18; and between 8am and 4pm Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 15 & 16. Those who mail in a registration form must download it, complete it and mail it to Wellsboro Parks and Recreation, Attention: Tryathlon, 227 Nichols Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901 in time to ensure it arrives either by Sept. 1 to guarantee a T-shirt and medallion or by Sept. 8. Checks should be made payable to the Step Outdoors Tryathlon. To register online or to download a printable registration form, for more information about the Tryathlon or 5K, or about renting bikes, kayaks or canoes, or to download course maps, visit Questions? Call Tim Morey at 570-724-8561 or email

Hamilton-Gibson to Continue to Hold Small Cast Productions
In the era of COVID 19, Hamilton-Gibson Productions is following a series of protocols developed by the organization to ensure a safe experience for audiences who attend live, main stage productions in Wellsboro. “Our safety and cleaning protocols are an amalgamation of guidelines and practices we've obtained from the CDC, our local hospital and the Tioga County COVID 19 Task Force, and from the American Association of Community Theatre Safety Measures plan,” said HG Artistic Director Thomas Putnam. “We first implemented them in July for the six live performances of 'Almost, Maine'," Putnam said. The show was held indoors on the Warehouse Theatre stage. "Now, we have made the decision to continue using these same cleaning and safety measures for our productions in September and October based on the positive feedback we received from our 'Almost, Maine' audiences and cast and crew members,” he said. “Many audience members commented on how thankful they were for our efforts to provide live theatre in such a conscientious manner,” said Putnam. Performances of “The View From Here”, a comedy, will be at 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 11 and 12 and 18 and 19 and 2:30pm Sundays, Sept. 13 and 20. “Stray Cats", featuring nine musically influenced monologues, will be performed at 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 9 and 10 and 16 and 17, and 2:30pm Sundays, Oct. 11 and 18. No tickets will be sold at the door. All main stage performances are by reservation only. “Prepaid reservations allow us to assign and group seats for each performance to meet social distancing protocols,” Putnam said. 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. Ticket prices for all main stage productions are $14 for adults and $6 for youth, 18 and under. For more information, to purchase a flex pass, or to reserve and prepay, call 570-724-2079 or email

Green Free Library Introduces YouTube Channel for Story Time
The Green Free Library in Wellsboro now has a YouTube Channel for Story Time that can be accessed whenever parents and children want to watch. Search for “Green Free Library Story Time” on YouTube and click on the channel with the Green Free Library logo to be taken to stories and craft ideas for young children shared by Miss Mia and available anytime. Virtual Story Time can be found on the library’s Facebook page and website at

Endless Mountain Virtual Music Festival Concerts and
Essential Workers Tribute Can be Viewed Anytime Online
The 2020 Endless Mountain Virtual Music Festival concerts by guest musicians who were going to perform this summer during the live event are free and available to everyone online at anytime. Also available online is the special tribute to essential workers with 13 members of the EMMF Festival Symphony Orchestra's brass and percussion sections performing American composer Aaron Copland's three-minute "Fanfare for the Common Man." For this inspiring piece, videos and audios recorded individually by each of the fanfare musicians performing their parts are brought together and then Intertwined with photographs of essential workers. To view each concert individually, including the tribute to essential workers, use this link undefined to access the 2020 Endless Mountain Virtual Music Festival. The link is on the Endless Mountain Music Festival website at and on Facebook.

Free Washable Masks are Available to Chamber Members
The Tioga County COVID-19 Task Force has provided the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce with a supply of washable masks for businesses. Chamber members who are following state guidelines and would like to offer masks to customers or clients who enter their businesses or offices not wearing them can arrange for pickup by calling the chamber at 570-724-1926. The masks are free.

Need Hand Sanitizer & Disposable Masks?
North Central Sight Services, Inc., 2121 Reach Road, Williamsport has hand sanitizer and disposable masks for sale. A 16.9-ounce bottle of sanitizer is $8.99; a 32-ounce bottle is $14.99, one gallon bottle is $44.89 and a 55-gallon barrel is $1,790. The price for 5-45 disposable masks is $1.49 each; for 50-2450 is 98 cents each and 2500 is 89 cents each. To purchase and for shipping information, call toll-free 1-866-320-2580 ext. 155 or 120, email or go to the organization’s Walk-in Shredding Entrance at the Reach Road address. For more information about this organization, visit the North Central Sight Services, Inc., website (

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