Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce

Member to Member Announcements

December 11 , 2019


Christmas On Main Street is almost here!

Christmas On Main Street Commemorates “The Glass Ornament Capital of the World” This Friday, Saturday and Sunday

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13, 14 and 15, Christmas On Main Street is honoring and celebrating the rich history of Wellsboro’s production of Christmas ornaments made from the late 1930s to the late 1950s and beyond when the town was known as “The Glass Ornament Capital of the World.” On display in 30 Wellsboro businesses will be historic Christmas ornaments made at the Corning Glass Works Wellsboro plant this Friday and Saturday and at some of those locations this Sunday. "The Town that Saved Christmas: Shaping Our Traditions” is the title of this year’s guidebook. It focuses on the varied shapes and sizes of the ornaments on display, from simple spheres in traditional colors to “fancies”. Today and tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14, the guidebook, including a passport, can be purchased for $5 at Highland Chocolates at 11724 Route 6, at the Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street, Pop’s Culture Shoppe at 25 Main Street and Wild Asaph Outfitters at 71 Main Street as well as on the trolley. Visit 10 or more of the 30 ornament display locations and get the passport stamped to enter the Sunday night raffle drawing for a basket of prizes. Those who enter need not be present to win. Passports can be turned in at any ornament display location during the weekend. The deadline to turn passports in is before 7pm on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Penn Wells Lodge Front Desk. The three winners will be contacted and each will receive a basket of gift cards and merchandise valued at $100 or more.

Lots to See and Do at Christmas On Main Street

There’s lots to see and do at Christmas On Main Street. All three days will be a trunk show and sample sale featuring hats by Christine A. Moore, tours of Goodhart's Inn and a Winter Wonderland Carnival free for kids. On Saturday, visit with live reindeer, see the film "The Polar Express" for $1, the live outdoor Nativity, an outdoor Christmas puppet show and caroling, free candy cane sundaes, free refreshments at Wild Asaph Outfitters while voting for a nonprofit to receive five percent of that day's proceeds and a craft beer tasting. Sunday highlights include: Brunch with Santa; a free presentation on the ribbon machine used in Wellsboro to make the Christmas ornaments; a free hot chocolate and coffee tasting; and the Messiah Community Sing. For a detailed schedule, visit or its Facebook page or for information, call 570-724-2111. 

Dickens Village is on Display in Deane Center’s Front Windows

Now until New Year’s Day, the Department 56 Dickens' Village is on display day and night in the front windows of the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Featured are numerous buildings and accessories. Since last year, four houses and an animated skating pond have been added.


Hospital Auxiliary Craft Show & Bake Sale is Friday & Saturday

The Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Craft Show and Bake Sale is this Friday, Dec. 13 from 10am to 5pm and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9am to 3pm in the Mountain Laurel Board Room and the Cedar, Hemlock and Pine Grove conference rooms, all on the hospital's main floor. There will be more than 20 vendors with local crafts, candles, essential oils, woodworking and other items. In the front lobby will be a large assortment of holiday treats at the bake sale including warm, old-fashioned bread pudding.

Hat Designer to Unveil Ornament-Inspired Fascinators

Acclaimed New York City based milliner, Christine Moore, known for her explosive Kentucky Derby hats and intricately crafted themed headwear, will be debuting her brand-new Shiny Brite-inspired Christmas Ornament Fascinator Collection as well as hats from her fall and winter collection at a trunk show and sample sale at Dunham’s Department Store during Wellsboro’s Christmas On Main Street. The trunk show and sample sale will be from 2pm to 6pm this Friday, Dec. 13; from 10am to 6pm this Saturday, Dec. 14 and from 11am to 2pm this Sunday, Dec. 15. The hats will remain at the store through New Year’s Day. Among those Moore has designed hats for are Mary J. Blige, Al Roker, Dylan Dreyer, Kate Upton and Jewel. Her hats have been showcased in many fashion magazines including on the cover of InStyle with Katy Perry and Vanity Fair with Jennifer Lopez and seen on episodes of Gossip Girl, Nashville, Horseplayers and The Carrie Diaries. 

Pop’s Culture Shoppe to Host Christmas On Main Street Events

Starting at 6pm and continuing until midnight this Friday, Dec, 13 will be a free, special, family-friendly Game Night in Pop’s Playroom at Pop’s Culture Shoppe at 25 Main Street. Kids of all ages are welcome to play “Holiday Fluxx”, “Catan: Santa Claus Scenario”, “Munchkin: Christmas Lite”, "12 Days", "Secret Santa" and lots of other card and board games. This Saturday, Dec. 14, from noon to 6pm participate in a Warhammer: Underworlds Learn to Play Event at Pop’s. Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Universe is a fast paced, two- to four-player strategy game. There will also be a painting demonstration for newcomers providing tips and tricks on how to paint their miniatures quickly and easily. Also on Saturday from 10am to 6pm Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Tiers will be at Pop’s offering refreshments to customers. Please drop a generous donation into their tip jar. On Sunday, Dec. 15, Pop’s will be open from 12pm to 4pm.

Deane Little Beans Photos with Santa is This Friday, Dec. 13

Deane Little Beans Photos with Santa will be in the Deane Center lobby at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro Friday, Dec. 13 from 4pm to 8pm. This event is free and open to children and their parents. Children will visit with Santa, have a picture taken and be given the 4-by 6-inch color photograph free. While they wait, children will meet the Hamilton-Gibson Elder Elves, do fun holiday activities and crafts with all supplies provided free, listen to Christmas stories, join in Christmas carol sing-alongs, and take part in a coloring contest. Winners will be announced at 8pm and receive small, fun prizes. Sponsors are Indigo Wireless, Xtreme Internet and the Deane Center. To pre-register their children, parents should visit or can stop in.

Free Trolley Rides are This Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 & 14

Free rides for the public aboard Tony’s Trolley will be from 4pm to 7pm this Friday, Dec. 13 and from 11am to 5pm this Saturday, Dec. 14. The rides will start at the Arcadia Theater at 50 Main Street and go to the Green Free Library, Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital, Highland Chocolates, Farmer’s Daughters, From My Shelf Books & Gifts, and Wellsboro House Restaurant & Brewery.

Chocolate Fountain is Friday; Sample Station, Tours Saturday

Friday, Dec. 13 from 4pm to 7pm, is a Chocolate Fountain event at Highland Chocolates at 11724 Route 6. Visitors can dip fruits, cookies and other treats for $5 plus receive mystery discounts of 10 to 50 percent on chocolate products. On Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11am to 3pm, visitors can go on a free Highland factory tour, sample 15 flavors of chocolate bark, and, with a passport get a 10 percent discount on chocolate products. For more information, call 570-724-9334 or toll-free 1-800-371-1082.

Free Winter Wonderland Carnival for Kids is Dec. 13, 14 & 15

Free for kids is the Winter Wonderland Carnival with games and prizes and building a snowman snack using marshmallows, pretzel sticks, chocolate chips and a thin mint at Wellsboro Mini Mall Suite 101 at 5 East Avenue. Hours are: Friday, Dec 13 between 4 and 8pm; Saturday, Dec. 14, 12pm and 8pm and Sunday, Dec. 15, 12pm and 5pm.

Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long for All Ages is This Friday, Dec. 13

At 7pm this Friday, Dec. 13 will be the Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long in the First Presbyterian Church at 130 Main Street in Wellsboro. Children and adults are invited to join the Wellsboro Women's Chorus with Judy Smithgall at the piano, the Barbershop Eight with Marian Miller at the organ and six bell ringers directed by Marian Miller. Song sheets will be available for all. Admission is free.

Tour Victorian Inn Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 13, 14 & 15

Jeff and Laura Goodhart, owners of Goodhart's Inn on Central, are inviting the public to an open house at their bed and breakfast at 49 Central Avenue in Wellsboro during Christmas on Main Street. For the open house, the Goodharts, dressed in Victorian garb, will welcome guests between 4pm and 7pm today, Friday, Dec. 13; between 10am and 7pm this Saturday, Dec. 14; and from 10am until noon this Sunday, Dec. 15. Christmas music will be playing on a victrola and Shiny Brite ornaments will be on display. Visitors who tour the inn will see how the couple has retained the home's original Victorian character and enhanced it with antique furniture and other period décor. The Goodharts have decorated six live evergreen trees ranging from seven to nine feet tall depending on the height of the ceiling in the room where each is located. Every tree has a specific theme. Guests will be treated to hot chocolate and light snacks and receive a gas lamp ornament to keep, Admission is $5. 

Live Nativity is This Saturday, Dec. 14 in Wellsboro

This Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11am to 3pm, the live Nativity will be on the lawn at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. In the roofed, three-walled stable will be Baby Jesus, Joseph and Mary, the three Wise Men and two shepherds portrayed by Wellsboro Area Ministerium church members. In addition, there will be live sheep and a donkey, weather permitting. A recorded reading of the Christmas story about the birth of Jesus from Luke Chapter 2 and recorded Christmas carols will be played during this free event. 

Outdoor Puppet Show is This Saturday, Dec. 14

The Kingdom Kidz Puppets from Watsontown will present a Christmas puppet show and sing carols outdoors between 11am and 4pm this Saturday, Dec. 14 in front of the Ginn and Vickery law office at 99 Main Street in Wellsboro. Sponsors are the Wellsboro Rotary Club and Wellsboro Lions Club.

Free Tastings are This Saturday, Dec. 14 at Dunham’s Furniture

From 11am to 5pm this Saturday, Dec. 14, representatives from Mountain Top Distillery will be offering free tastings at Dunham’s Furniture Store at 17 Waln Street. Visitors will sample cocktails made using the distillery’s handcrafted spirits and be given free recipes they can take home to create different drinks. Among the spirits to be tasted are Jacked Up, a maple-flavored whiskey made with Tioga County maple syrup, blackberry brandy, bourbon, and an unaged corn whiskey called 91. There will also be flavored moonshines to sample – lemon, root beer and apple pie – among others. Mountain Top Distillery is located seven miles from Williamsport.

Green Free Library to Host Free Story Time for Kids Dec. 14

The Green Free Library at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro is hosting free two holiday story times this Saturday, Dec. 14 at the library. At noon “The Bird in Santa’s Beard” will be read and at 2pm, “The Polar Express”. Each reading will be followed by free activities for kids.

Experience LIVE Reindeer Magic This Saturday at Wellsboro

From noon to 4pm this Saturday, Dec. 14, youngsters and adults are invited to visit with live reindeer named Clarice and Comet during Christmas On Main Street in Wellsboro. “Reindeer are amazing animals that add magic to the holiday season,” said Cassandra Hoover. She and her husband David own Spruce Run Farm in Bloomsburg where the reindeer live. Clarice and Comet will be in the parking lot on Main Street between the United Methodist Church and Sherwin-Williams Paint Store. There, people can visit with them and from outside their enclosure take pictures of the reindeer or of themselves with the reindeer in the background. This year, visitors can opt for a $10 session to sit or stand with a reindeer up close and personal and receive an InstaPhoto as a memento. The InstaPhoto is similar to a Polaroid. One of the reindeer handlers will take the photo using a small camera that prints the photo after it has been taken. Those who choose this magical experience are welcome to ask a friend to use a cell phone or a regular camera to take a photo of that special moment, too. Or, upon request a handler will use the person's cell phone or camera to take the photo. "Both male and female reindeer have antlers, They are majestic, beautiful animals that are by nature, calm and soothing. They don’t get excited or upset when they are around people," Cassandra said.

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque with Guest Vocalist to Present

Special Holiday Show This Saturday, Dec. 14 in Wellsboro

This Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30pm in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (pronounced Mah-Keh-Keh) will entrance listeners with their spirited, joyous brand of Afro-Cuban jazz that would have made Dizzy Gillespie smile. For this holiday show, the group will take it up a notch with their special guest Nikki D. Brown on sacred steel guitar and soulful vocals to add a few seasonal songs to the mix. This is the third concert of the Wellsboro Community Concert Association's 2019-2020 season. Bunnett, a veteran jazz icon, composer and proud Canadian, who has earned five Juno awards, three Grammy nominations and Canada's highest civilian award, has created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz. Five years ago, Bunnett started Maqueque as a project to record and mentor young, brilliant, Cuban female musicians. The women she chose are conservatory trained and schooled in the Afro-Cuban tradition. Today, this all-female Cuban jazz band is recognized as one of the top performers on the North American jazz scene. In the last year, Bunnett and the band have played in major jazz festivals like Newport and Monterey, were featured on National Public Radio's program "Jazz Night in America", and most recently were voted one of the top ten jazz groups by DownBeat magazine's critics poll. Their third CD, "On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme" was released on Sept. 6 of this year and is a bold testament to Bunnett and Maqueque's strength and originality. "This band sounds like no other today in Jazz," writes DownBeat magazine. How did this group evolve from a project to support and honor the new generation of young Cuban women jazz players and composers, to a Grammy nominated, critically acclaimed band that is in demand internationally at major Jazz festivals? See for yourself. Maqueque is on the move and is inviting audiences to come along for the ride. Admission at the door is $20 for adults and $5 for students and children. Information, tickets and season ticket subscription forms are available by visiting, stopping in at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro or by calling 570-724-6220. 

"Stories from Christmas Ornaments Past” is This Sunday

This Sunday, Dec. 15 at 12:30pm, people interested in the history of Christmas ornament making at the Corning Glass Works factory in Wellsboro will hear "Stories from Christmas Ornaments Past." Regan Brumagen and Skip Cavanaugh are presenting this free program in the lobby at the Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street in Wellsboro. "The Wellsboro Ribbon Machine produced Christmas ornaments for decades, insuring its place in pop culture history," said Brumagen, associate librarian for public services at the Corning Museum of Glass. Rakow Research Library. "The Ribbon Machine is also, of course, an enduring technological marvel. For glass enthusiasts, these two characteristics place it at the top of important glass inventions," she said. During the program, Brumagen will share some of the stories and documentation about the Ribbon Machine and its rich history and how people can preserve and record their own memories. Cavanaugh was employed at the Corning Glass Works plant in Wellsboro and knows a lot about the Ribbon Machine. "On Aug. 23, 1965, I started out as an hourly employee in the Christmas ornament decorating department working 10 hours a day, oftentimes six days a week." He left the hourly ranks in 1979 and went into management. Cavanaugh was the plant's technical general manager of finishing and packing Christmas ornaments. He is a fount of information about the process, the ribbon machines and the different styles, sizes and shapes of ornaments produced at the plant and where they were shipped. "I had many managerial jobs from 1979 until I retired in 2001," he noted. "What I would also like to share during this program is how we worked together at the plant and became a tight-knit family."

Handel's Messiah Community Sing is This Sunday, Dec. 15

This Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2:30pm is the 16th Annual Hamilton-Gibson “Messiah” Community Sing at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Pearl Street in Wellsboro. Conducting will be Peggy Dettwiler, Mansfield University’s Choral Activities director. “Everyone is welcome to come and sing the choruses or listen to them," said Thomas Putnam, HG artistic director. "The music is beautiful. The entire program will be about an hour." To be performed is the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah" composed by Handel in 1741. The text is taken from the Bible and tells the Christmas story. Audience members are invited to sing the five choruses, including the "Hallelujah" chorus, and listen to Mansfield University choral program students sing the solos. Audience members who want to sing the choruses are encouraged to sit in the soprano, alto, tenor and bass vocal sections. Musical scores will be provided or participants can bring their own. There will be plenty of room for those who choose to listen to all of the music but not sing. The MU soloists are: sopranos, Deanna Mogianesi, Molly Cerep, Quessa Brown and Jessica Neidinger;  mezzo-soprano, Jessica Nistad; bass-baritones, Matthew Merolla and Tyler Boyles; baritone, Robert Flora; and tenor, Kyle Cannon. Ken Myers will be on keyboard, and a string quartet including Dr. Kenneth Sarch and David Lassitur, both on violin; Jessica Kashetta on viola and Colleen Helmacy on cello will perform. Admission at the door is Pay-What-You-Can. Reservations are not required. 

Breaking News!


Frozen Jr. Auditions for 3rd-9th Graders are Today & Tomorrow

Immediately after school today, Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Warren L. Miller Elementary School at 1 Dorsett Drive in Mansfield and after school tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 12 at Blossburg Elementary School at 133 Hannibal Street in Blossburg are registration and auditions for 3rd through 9th graders who live in the Southern Tioga, Wellsboro Area and Galeton Area school districts and want to participate in Hamilton-Gibson's "Frozen Junior" Winter Theater Arts Camp in Blossburg. The $69 camp fee includes a camp T-shirt, script/score, CD and instruction in theatre arts. There are discounts for siblings. Scholarships are available to assist youth with the fee. For information, call the H-G office at 570-724-2079 or email or visit Sponsor of the Blossburg camp is UPMC Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. 

Tonight Eckman to Perform Holiday Favorites & Patsy Cline Hits

At 7:30pm tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 11, the Deane Center for the Performing Arts and KC101.5 are presenting Penny Eckman, “The voice of Patsy Cline" in concert at the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. This popular entertainer will sing holiday favorites, such as "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and Patsy Cline songs such as "Crazy" and Walkin' After Midnight.” This is a BYOB event. Audience members are welcome to bring beverages and snacks. Seating will be cabaret-style. Tickets are $20. For tickets and to reserve a table, call 570-724-6220 or visit 

December Activities at Pop’s Culture Shoppe

For details about the recurring events listed below, see the attached calendar and descriptions. Information about special events is listed below.

Wednesdays, Dec. 11 & 18 3:30-6:pm – Free Yu-Gi-Oh! Club


Wednesday, Dec. 11, 3:30-6pm– Magic the Gathering: 12-Week Fall Commander League Prizes to be Awarded

Wednesdays & Thursdays, Dec. 11&12, 18&19 & 26, 3:30-6pm – Free Magic the Gathering: Commander League Casual Play

Thursdays, Dec. 12, 19 & 26, 3:30-5pm – Free Pokémon Club

Thursdays, Dec. 12, 19 & 26, 6pm – Free RPG Nights

Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-9pm – MtG: Pioneer Constructed Tournament $

Fridays, Dec. 13, 20 & 27, 6pm Until Late – Free Open Game Nights

Saturdays, Dec. 14, 21 & 28, 12-4pm – Free Mahjongg Club


Mondays, Dec. 16, 23 & 30, 3:30pm – Free Chess Club

Tuesdays Dec. 17, 24 & 31, 10am-1pm – Free Mahjongg in the Morning

FMI: Stop in at Pop’s Culture Shoppe at 25 Main Street in Wellsboro, call 570-723-4263, email or visit

Nessmuk Indoor Shoots to be on Dec. 12, 17, 19 & 26

The Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club is hosting handgun and rifle shoots at its indoor range at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 6.5 miles south of Wellsboro. The shoots are open to members and the public. Rifle shoots will be on Thursdays, Dec. 12, 19 and 26 at 6pm. Only those with .22 caliber rifles will be allowed to shoot at the indoor range. Shooters will be given one target with 10 bull's-eyes. A handgun shoot will be at 6pm on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Any caliber handgun can be used provided the bullet is either lead or cast; no brass or jacketed ammunition is allowed. Each handgun shooter will be given five targets for 10 rounds each. The fee is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. The club’s indoor range is heated and has seven indoor shooting stations. For information, call Kyle Knowlton at 570-439-1809.

Thursday Night Runs are Dec. 12, 19 & 26

The Tyoga Running Club is hosting free, one-hour Thursday Night Runs on Dec. 12, 19 and 26. The runs begin promptly at 6pm in the parking lot at the Wellsboro Community Center at 3 Queen Street in Wellsboro and are free and open to club members and the public. There will be pace groups for children and adult runners of all ages and ability levels. For more information, visit or email 

Pet Photos with Santa is This Saturday, Dec. 14 in Mansfield, Friday, Dec. 20 in Wellsboro and Saturday, Dec. 21 in Tioga

Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries is hosting its 17th annual Pet Photos with Santa at Tractor Supply in Mansfield this Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11am to 2pm; next Friday, Dec. 20 from 2pm to 5pm at Rockwell's Feed Farm and Pet Supply on Shumway Hill Road, just off Route 6 near Wellsboro; and Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10am to 2pm at the Tioga Fire Hall on Rarick Drive in Tioga Borough. Santa will be at each location to pose with animals of all types, from dogs and cats to snakes, guinea pigs, goats, chickens, horses, etc. as well as with children, grandchildren and families. For a $5 donation, receive a 4-inch by 6-inch cardstock framed color photo, and for a $10 donation, an 8-inch by 10-inch cardstock framed color photo. All proceeds will benefit stray and abandoned animals at Second Chance’s Heading Home Center in Middlebury Township. For more information call 570-376-3646, email or visit the center’s Facebook page.

Foster Care Giving Tree to be at Pop’s Until This Saturday

Now through this Saturday, Dec. 14, join Pop’s Culture Shoppe at 25 Main Street in Wellsboro in making the holidays brighter for children in the Tioga County Foster Care program by choosing a snowflake from the Giving Tree in the window at Pop’s. Those who purchase a gift at Pop’s for a child in foster care will receive 25 percent off that item and can replace the snowflake with a colorful ornament. Brighten Pop’s tree and the lives of children in Tioga County by sharing the joy of play this Christmas season. Dec. 14 is the last day to participate. FMI call 570-723-4263 or email

Enter Big Buck Contest Now Through This Saturday, Dec. 14

To register for the Big Buck Contest, hunters are asked to bring their bucks and hunting licenses to Mountain Valley Realty at 477 Tioga Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901 now through this Saturday, Dec. 14 during regular business hours. Mountain Valley Realty is open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday. Each hunter will receive one entry ticket for each point on their buck’s antlers. The names of the grand prize winners in the men’s, women’s and youth categories will be drawn at random on Monday, Dec. 16 at 3pm during a live broadcast. Each of the grand prizewinners will be awarded a $500 shoulder mount credit to the taxidermist of his/her choice. For more information, call 570-723-8484.

Auditions for Elkland Winter Theatre Arts Camp are Dec. 16 & 17

Thomas Putnam, artistic director for Hamilton-Gibson Productions, has announced audition and registration dates and locations for the “Frozen Junior" Winter Theater Arts Camp in Elkland. The camp is open to any student currently in the third through ninth grade that lives in a Northern Tioga School District community and is homeschooled or attends a public or private school. Thanks to a grant from the Deerfield Charitable Trust, youth from the Northern Tioga School District can attend camp for free. Each student will receive a camp T-shirt, the script/score, CD, and instruction in theatre arts. Registration and auditions will be after school this coming Monday, Dec. 16 at Clark Wood Elementary School at 110 Addison Hill Road in Elkland and Tuesday, Dec. 17 at R. B. Walter Elementary School at 65 Junction Cross Road in Tioga. Students from all over the Northern Tioga School District can register and audition at either site. On registration and audition days, parents will be asked to sign permission slips to allow their children to participate in the camp and performances. All youth who register will be given the "Frozen Junior” script and CD to take home to memorize their lines and songs by Wednesday, Jan. 22, the first day of camp. For more information about registration and the auditions, call the H-G office at 570-724-2079 or email

Tiadaghton Audubon Society to Meet Wednesday Dec. 18

The Tiadaghton Audubon Society is holding a business and planning meeting at 6pm this coming Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the Old Music Room at the Wellsboro Area School District Administration Building at 227 Nichols Street in Wellsboro. It is free and open to the public. The public is encouraged to attend this meeting to suggest activities for 2020 and learn about upcoming winter events, such as the Christmas Bird Counts on Saturday, Dec. 21 and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Attending the meeting will be Denise Mitcheltree, Pennsylvania Game Commission Potter and Tioga land management group supervisor and Chris Firestone, a botanist based in Wellsboro with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Bureau of Forestry Wild Plant Management Program. They will talk about game commission proposals for treating invasive plants in The Muck and a possible option for repairs to and/or the redesign of the bird blind there. For more information, email or call Sean and Robin Minnick at 570-948-9052.

Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter to Meet Thursday, Dec. 19

A dinner meeting and general planning session for 2020 is being held by the Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter, Tioga County, Pa. at 6pm on Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club at 339 Sportsman's Club Road, Mansfield, Pa. Chili will be provided. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass. To be discussed will be monthly training topics for 2020, fundraising projects and the calendar of events. A separate date for live fire shooting will also be scheduled at this meeting. Marilyn Jones and Patricia Butts are chapter co-leaders. 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

A Nashville Christmas Concert is Friday, Dec. 20

A Nashville Christmas, a concert featuring traditional Christmas songs and classic country music, will be at the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro at 7:30pm on Friday, Dec. 20. The talented, national touring cast of Country Jamboree featuring the Saddle Up All Star Band and male and female vocalists will perform holiday tunes along with traditional country music by legendary artists such as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams and more. Among the songs they will perform are:  "Jingle Bells", "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "Rudolph," "White Christmas," "Jingle Bell Rock", "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town",  "Jackson" and "Hey Good Lookin'." The entertainers include vocalists, Miss Jeanne Monroe, Lady Di St. James and Jim Ed Moore; and band members Major McCain and Buck McAllister, both on guitar; Tex Baker on keyboard; Jackson Jackson on bass; Luther Jackson on pedal steel guitar; and Dallas Tanner on drums. All of the band members also sing. Admission is $25 and $22 for adults 65 and older. For tickets call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220 or visit

Tiadaghton Audubon Christmas Bird Count is Dec. 21 and Jan. 1

The Tiadaghton Audubon Society is hosting two Christmas Bird Counts. The annual Cowanesque Circle bird count is on Saturday, Dec. 21 and the annual Wellsboro-Mansfield Circle bird count is on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. By this Saturday, Dec. 14, those interested in taking part in the Dec. 21 or Jan. 1 bird counts are asked to contact the Tiadaghton Audubon Society to be assigned an area by emailing or by calling Sean and Robin Minnick at 570-948-9052. It is not necessary to be a member of the Tiadaghton or the National Audubon Society to participate in a bird count. Cowanesque Circle bird count volunteers will meet at Me-Ma’s restaurant in Tioga, Pa. and be given their area assignments. Those planning to eat breakfast should be at the restaurant by 6:30am and the others by 7am. The Cowanesque Circle is centered on Cowanesque Lake and has a radius of 7.5 miles, which covers the following areas: North - Pinnacle State Park in N.Y.; South - Ives Run Campground; West - Osceola; and East - East Lawrence Road and Woodford Road. Mansfield-Wellsboro Circle bird count volunteers will get their area assignments via email. The Wellsboro-Mansfield Circle is centered on the intersection of Whitneyville and Charleston roads with a radius of 7.5 miles, covering the following areas: North - Ives Run Campground; South - Arnot and South Elk Road; West - Route 6 and Heise Run Road; and East - Mansfield University.

Donate New and Gently Used Coats, Other Items until Dec. 31

Now through Tuesday, Dec. 31, Mountain Valley Realty is accepting new or gently used coats of all shapes and sizes for children to adults. Also being collected are socks, underwear, hats, mittens and other items. Everything donated stays local. Bring all donations to 477 Tioga Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901 during regular business hours. Mountain Valley Realty is open from 9am to 5pm. Monday through Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday. For more information, call 570-723-8484.

Make Reservations Now for Robbie Burns Supper & Poetry Slam

Escape the winter doldrums at the 9th Annual Robbie Burns Supper and Poetry Slam, featuring fellowship, poetry, whisky and haggis, on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at 3pm at Timeless Destination, 77 Main Street in Wellsboro. “Be prepared to laugh, too” said Jim Tutak, one of the principal perpetrators of the event, which is open to the public. After a half hour of socializing, the “meeting” will be called to order. Everyone will take a nip of the nectar - single-malt whisky -  from a silver cup called a Quaich, and introduce him or herself. A cash bar will be available. The haggis is piped in, followed by a recital of Burns’ "Ode to a Haggis" before the meal. Traditionally, during the supper each attendee can choose to read a favorite, funny, short poem or story. Connoisseurs claim this honors Scottish traditions. Skeptics insist it is done to take one’s mind off the meal. Regardless, it is an essential part of the event. The supper closes with a lusty singing of "Scotland the Brave" and a more somber rendition of "Auld Lang Syne." The menu includes haggis, neaps and totties (turnips and potatoes), plus appetizer, salad, dessert, coffee tea and soft drinks. Dessert is Tipsy Laird, a Scottish trifle made with sponge cake, brandy, egg custard, raspberries, banana and double cream. Seating is limited to 30 at Wellsboro. The cost is $40 and reservations are required. Contact Jim Tutak at 570-723-5049 or at to make reservations or for more information. Any proceeds will be donated to the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry. 


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