Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce

Member to Member Announcements

May 31 , 2019


Today, Friday, May 31 is Last Opportunity to Register 3rd-9th Graders for Hamilton-Gibson’s Summer Theatre Arts Camp

Today, Friday, May 31 is the absolute last day for youth completing the third through ninth grades to register for Hamilton-Gibson’s “The Little Mermaid” Summer Theatre Arts Camp. Based on how many register, camp T-shirts, scripts, CDs and other materials will be ordered to give to each camper on Friday, June 7, the first day of camp when roles in the show will be assigned at the Clark Wood Elementary School Auditorium at 110 Addison Hill Road in Elkland. This camp is open to any child who wants to participate no matter where they live and no matter whether they attend public school or are homeschooled. Children who reside in the Northern Tioga School District will be admitted free thanks to a generous grant from the Deerfield Charitable Trust. Children living outside the Northern Tioga School District will pay an enrollment fee. Scholarships are available. No child will be turned away due to financial concerns. Transported free by bus to and from camp from Blossburg Riverside Plaza, Beiter’s Plaza and CVS Plaza Mansfield will be campers from the Southern Tioga School District area and from Tops Friendly Market Wellsboro and the Dandy Mini Mart (formerly Cornell's Plaza) Middlebury will be campers from the Wellsboro School District area. Public performances of "The Little Mermaid" will be at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15. Admission is Pay-What-You-Can. Sponsoring the camp is the Deerfield Charitable Trust and Xtreme Internet. Call the HG office at 570-724-2079 to register or for more information.

This is Last Day for Free 10K T-shirt; 10K, Fun Run are June 15

Those who register for the Laurel Festival 10K Foot Race before 4pm today, May 31 will receive a free event T-shirt and be entered in the drawing for a chance to win $25 in Wellsboro Chamber Dollars to spend in more than 50 businesses. Those who do not register by today will have the option to purchase a T-shirt on race day. On Saturday, June 15, the 10K will start at 9am and the Two-Mile Fun Run at 9:05am at Packer Park on Queen Street in Wellsboro. The entry fee for the 10K is $25 and for the Fun Run is $5. Packet pick-up and registration for both the 10K and Fun Run will be from 7:45am to 8:45am on race day in Packer Park. Those who register on June 15 must pay in cash or by check. For the 10K, medals will be awarded in a variety of categories. Fun Run participants will each receive a commemorative ribbon and top finishers, medals. Free post-race refreshments will be provided to all runners. For a course map and 10K and Fun Run registration forms, visit the Wellsboro Chamber office at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro, email or call 570-724-1926. 

Deadline to Enter Community Floats in Laurel Parade is Today

Non-profit groups have until 4pm today, Friday, May 31 to enter a community float in the Saturday, June 15 Laurel Parade. To be eligible for awards, float designs must represent the theme “Find Your Adventure.” Church groups, youth groups, scout troops and others may be eligible for reimbursement of up to $100 for the actual cost of materials to construct the float. For float entry forms and safety guidelines, stop in at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro, call at 570-724-1926 or email

Radio HG Festival Auditions are Tonight, May 31 & June 1

Open auditions will be at 7pm tonight, Friday, May 31 and 7pm this Saturday, June 1 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. Needed are males and females of all ages. Youth and older adults are encouraged to try out for radio plays being presented during Hamilton-Gibson's third Tune in to Radio HG Festival. No memorization or previous acting experience is required. Rehearsals will be scheduled based on availability. For performances, actors will read from scripts live in front of a microphone using their voices to create characters like Popeye and Olive Oil, Archie of Duffy’s Tavern, The Shadow and others from classic radio shows and new works. Actors will not wear makeup or costumes. Performances will be at 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8, 9 and 10 and at 2:30pm on Sunday, Aug. 11 at the Warehouse Theatre. For information call the Hamilton-Gibson Productions office at 570-724-2079 or email

Tonight, May 31 is Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Concert

Damn The Torpedoes will perform the music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at 7:30pm tonight, Friday, May 31 in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Among the songs in the tribute band's repertoire are "Free Fallin'," "Don't Do Me Like That," "Refugee,” "I Won't Back Down," "Runnin' Down a Dream" and many others. Ten years before Petty's death on Oct. 2, 2017, Rich Kubicz decided to form the tribute band. Their first concert was in early 2007. The band's name is taken from "Damn The Torpedoes," the title of Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1979 big breakthrough studio album. Kubicz’s goal in forming the band was to play the Petty/Heartbreaker studio hits, some of the live versions and a few deep cuts to create a genuine concert experience for audiences. Each band member has to replicate the same sounds made by his counterpart on the original Heartbreaker records and play that part note for note. For the show, Kubicz is the lead singer and plays guitar as Tom Petty; Jimi Alan is lead guitarist and replicates performances by the Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell; Gary Castelluccio plays keyboards, piano, guitar and harmonica and sings backup as the Heartbreakers' Benmont Tench and Scott Thurston; Jon Provan is on bass guitar and sings backup as Ron Blair and Howie Epstein; and Ross Kantor is on drums and sings backup as the Heartbreakers' Stan Lynch and Steve Ferrone. These musicians have such a deep understanding of the Tom Petty catalog that the show has become “second nature” to them with an artistry and emotion that makes audiences smile. All of the signature riffs, harmonies and underlying parts of the music are there. As Kubicz likes to say, "We deliver the 'awe factor' in every performance.” Admission is $25. For more information and tickets, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220 or visit

Cherry Springs Night Sky Tour is Tonight, May 31 & June 1

Tonight, Friday, May 31 from 8 to 8:45pm in the Night Sky Viewing Area is Nature at Night, a free program about night critters (fireflies, bats, black bears, etc.) and from 9:30pm to 11pm this Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, in the Night Sky Viewing Area is a free laser-guided Night Sky Tour of the constellations and a recounting of the legends and myths surrounding them followed by an up close look through park telescopes. Both programs are at Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, Pa. 16915. The park is 12 miles from Galeton via West Branch Road. Online preregistration for stargazing programs is required. Email, call (814) 435-1037 or visit

Hills Creek Free Programs are Tonight, May 31, June 1 & 2

Three free one-hour programs each starting at 8:30pm will be at Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901, seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township via Charleston Street and Hills Creek Lake Road. Tonight, Friday, May 31 will be Meet the Weasel Family, this Saturday, June 1 will be World of the Beaver and this Sunday, June 2, Three Smart Dogs about the red fox, grey fox and coyote. Preregistration is not required. For more information, call the park office at 570-724-4246 weekdays between 8am and 4pm or visit

Changes Announced for 73rd Running of STPR® Sept. 13 & 14

Volunteers and spectators who attend the 43rd Annual Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally® at Wellsboro Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14 will see major changes this year, said James Monks, chairman. There will be 147 competitive stage miles including the eight-mile Waste Management stage, which will be run three times between Sept. 13 and 14, with 123 miles run on forestry roads those same two days. "The course has been redesigned so the rally will be run on forestry roads and Waste Management property on both Friday and Saturday. In the past, the Waste Management stage was on Friday and the forest stages on Saturday. This change will give spectators the opportunity to see double the action this year,” Monks said. "We will not be holding super special stages at the fairgrounds any more," he noted. "The new spectator area at Waste Management will be the main one for those who do not want to venture into the woods. Food vendors will be located on Waste Management property near the new spectator area as will the service area for rally cars and crews, also open to spectators. This September, rally spectating will be like nothing you've ever seen before,” said Monks. "We will share views of the construction of the new Waste Management spectator area as it progresses, plus a soon-to-be-finished diagram of it. For our fans on Facebook, there is a short video showing the area," Monks said. To see the video, go to

STPR® Asks Volunteers to Register Now

"Because more than half of this year’s 147 competitive stage miles will be run on Friday, Sept. 13, we will need more volunteers to work the event that day than were required in the past," said STPR® Chairman James Monks. "We realize the sacrifice that our rally workers make from taking days off work to traveling to get here and we hope they will not only plan for that extra day, but also bring their families and friends with them to help make this as smooth a transition as possible and a safe rally weekend," said Monks. Needed are volunteers to work as course marshals, stage start and finish crews, ham radio operators, medical crews, in the service and spectator areas and at the Parc Exposés on "The Green" in downtown Wellsboro. People who volunteer can select work that fits into their own schedules. They can also sign up to work together with family and friends. For a complete list of volunteer worker job descriptions visit the following link: Register online to be a volunteer at Questions? Email or for more information about volunteering.

Wellsboro is Not in Top 10

Wellsboro did not make the Top 10 in Independent We Stand’s 2019 America’s Main Streets contest. The grand prizewinner will be selected from the Top 10 and receive $25,000 in cash for downtown revitalization and “buying local” activities. The winner will be notified on June 2 and announced publicly on June 3.

June Activities at Pop’s Culture Shoppe

Mahjongg Club is Saturdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

On Saturdays from 12pm to 4pm is free play. New players are always welcome.

Chess Club is Mondays, June 3, 10, 17 & 24

Mondays at 3:30pm, all skill levels are invited to play or learn chess for free in a casual environment.

Mahjongg in the Morning is Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25

Tuesdays from 10am to noon, new players and people who want to learn are welcome to join this free, fun group.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Club is Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19 & 26

Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6pm play Yu-Gi-Oh! Learn the basics with others, collect cards, improve and play in tournaments and get ready for Sneak Peeks.

MTG: Spring Commander League is June 5&6, 12&13 and 19&20

Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 6pm is free Commander League action. Earn points each time you play (limit two matches per week) with prizes awarded at the end of the 12-week league on Thursday, June 20. There are new goals each week. Prizes will be awarded on Wednesday, June 26.

Pokémon Club is Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20 & 27

Thursdays from 3:30 to 5pm play Pokémon with others. It’s free! Learn the basics, collect cards, improve and play in tournaments.

MTG: Modern Constructed Format Tournaments are June 6, 13, 20 & 27

Thursdays at 6pm play Magic: The Gathering Modern Constructed format tournaments. Ten proxies are permitted. The entry fee is $5 or free with any $10 purchase. 


RPG Nights are Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20 & 27

Thursdays from 6 to 9pm join Jacob on June 6 and 20 and Miles on June 13 and 27 for an open Pathfinder Adventures scenario or Mitch on June 13 for an open Dungeons & Dragons scenario. Characters will be provided for those who don’t have one. Bring dice. Each session is limited to six players; each player can play a maximum of two sessions per month. Reserve spots today. Check “Pop’s Role Playing” Facebook page for updates.

Free Open Game Nights are Fridays, June 7, 14, 21 & 28

Fridays from 6pm until late, all ages and abilities can play board games free and join in a “Game Night Challenge.” The winner will receive a $5 store credit at 9pm, if present. Also held during Game Nights are various tournaments, such as Magic the Gathering and HeroClix. Some of them are free and others have an entry fee. For a complete schedule, visit

Magic the Gathering Modern Horizons Prerelease, Saturday June 8

From noon to 6pm will be the prerelease of Magic the Gathering's newest set, Modern Horizons. It contains 249 new-to-Modern cards (254 total), with a mix of reprints not yet legal in Modern, and new cards that celebrate both Modern and Magic's rich history. The $35 tournament entry fee includes six packs to build a player’s deck with a chance to win packs and promos.

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

This Sunday is Free Workshop; Exhibit to Open at Gmeiner

This Sunday, June 2, from 1 to 2pm, Bridget Bossart van Otterloo and Gretchen Halpert, both of New York, will present a free, one-hour Nature Sketching Workshop at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro. Immediately following the workshop will be a public reception from 2 to 4pm for the opening of the two women’s art exhibit at the Gmeiner It is also free and open to the public. During the one-hour workshop, Halpert and van Otterloo will explore many forms that can be found in nature, from flowers to bugs, bones to branches. Participants will create sketches that illustrate natural forms and textures by learning the basic steps of drawing shapes to define the subject and then add simple details to bring it to life. The workshop is for all skill levels. No drawing experience is necessary.

Skeet Shoots to Start at Nessmuk This Sunday, June 2

From 1 to 3pm on Sundays, June 2 through Oct. 27, the Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club is hosting skeet shoots at its outdoor range at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 6.5 miles south of Wellsboro, weather permitting. The fee to shoot skeet for members and non-members 18 years of age and older is $5 per round of 25 clays. Skeet shooting is free for youth ages 12 to 17. The club will provide up to two boxes of ammunition free to each youth to use at the range the day he or she shoots. For more information, contact Skeet Shoot Coordinator John Davis at or 570-439-1300.

Nessmuk Trap Shoot Practices are June 4, 11, 18 & 25

The Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club is hosting trap shoot practices for members and the public, beginners to experienced shooters from 3pm until 6:30pm on Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25, weather permitting. The shoots will be at the club's outdoor range at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 6.5 miles south of Wellsboro. The fee is $5 per adult per round of 25 clays and $2 for those under 18. Eye and ear protection must be worn. Shooters are asked to provide their own shotguns and ammunition. For more information, call Rick Niles, Nessmuk's trap shoot organizer, at 570-439-0187.

Register for Front Line Supervisor Program Courses in June

Penn College's Center for Business and Workforce Development at 1127 West Fourth Street in Williamsport is offering two Front Line Supervisor Program courses to prepare individuals to meet the unique challenges faced by supervisors today. Each course contains four interactive modules and covers multiple topics across core competencies. This program can also be customized and delivered to business locations. The Front Line Supervisor I: Supervisory Fundamentals course is being offered from 9am to 4pm on Thursdays, June 6 and 13 and the Front Line Supervisor II: Performance Management from 9am to 4pm on Mondays, June 17 and 24. To register, call 570-327-4775, email or visit and click on “computer.”

Free Thursday Night Runs are June 6, 13, 20 & 27

The Tyoga Running Club is hosting free, one-hour Thursday night runs for members and the public. The runs will begin promptly at 6pm on June 6, 13, 20 and 27. Runners meet in the parking lot at the USGS Northern Appalachian Research Laboratory at 176 Straight Run Road in Asaph, eight miles west of Wellsboro off Route 6. There are pace groups for children to adults and all ability levels. For more information, visit or email


Mudskippers Concert is Thursday, June 6

The Mudskippers will perform in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro at 7:30pm on Thursday, June 6. The doors will open at 6:45pm. The Mudskippers features lead singer Ethan Hawkins on guitar, 2014 National Mandolin Champion Ethan Setiawan on mandolin, bass phenomenon Dan Klingsberg on upright bass and award-winning fiddler Avery Merritt on violin. Hailing from Boston, this four-member acoustic band embodies New England-style grass, modern songwriting and a respect for bluegrass and old-time traditions. “The mudskippers are a group of young, energetic and extremely talented musicians that have formed a tight and cohesive band," said Aubrey Irion, a member of the Cherry Flats Ridge Pluckers and a friend of the band. "You should go see them before they’re famous," he added. The band will play some of Hawkins' originals, such as "Taking Her Away" and "Mashed Potato Heart," and cover tunes, such as "Mountain Annie" by Fruition. This is a BYOB event. Audience members are invited to bring their favorite snacks and beverages and reserve a table at no extra charge. Admission is $15. For tickets and a table, call 570-724-6220 or visit

First Friday is June 7; Theme is Earth Day Every Day

Wellsboro is celebrating First Friday from 5 to 8pm on June 7. The theme is “Earth Day Every Day.” Think environment, green, planting trees, growing, care, nurturing. June is also National Dairy Month.

First Friday Special Game Night at Pop’s on June 7

Pop’s Culture Shoppe at 25 Main Street is hosting special game night activities during Wellsboro’s First Friday on June 7. Play earth-friendly games like Nature Fluxx, Planet or Photosynthesis and pick up a free natural air freshener, too

From My Shelf to Hold Jigsaw Puzzle Swap on First Friday

From 5 to 7pm on Wellsboro’s First Friday, June 7, From My Shelf Books & Gifts at 7 East Avenue is holding a jigsaw puzzle swap. For a $1 entry fee, participants can bring up to five very gently used puzzles of any size, each in its own box in very good condition with all puzzle pieces included to exchange with other puzzle lovers. Those who would like to buy or order any new puzzles at the bookstore during the swap will be given 30 percent off the cover price with payment at the time of purchase or custom order. The bookstore will not offer trade credit for used puzzles at the swap.

Four Free Programs are June 7, 8 & 9 at Hills Creek State Park

Three of four free programs will be given in the Nature Center at Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901, seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township via Charleston Street and Hills Creek Lake Road. The programs are: Friday, June 7 at 8:30pm, Return of the Pennsylvania River Otter, eradicated by logging and unregulated harvesting; Saturday, June 8 at 8:30pm, Anatomy of a Fish and why it is important for anglers to know; and Pennsylvania’s Restoration of Eagles and Ospreys and where to see them in this area. Registration is not required. Preregistration is required for the 6 to 8pm. Saturday, June 8 free Canoe Tour by calling the park office at 570-724-4246 weekdays between 8am and 4pm. All equipment is provided.

Lunar Viewing is June 7 & 8 at Cherry Springs State Park

From 9:30 to 11pm on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, explore fascinating features of the moon from highlands to volcanic plains and see where lunar landings took place during Lunar Viewing, free in the Night Sky Viewing Area at Cherry Springs State Park, 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, 12 miles from Galeton via West Branch Road. From 8 to 8:45pm on June 7 go on the Park Welcome & Walking Tour, a free, short, guided walk of park facilities to learn about their past, present and future, or on June 8 attend the free Nature at Night program on fascinating night critters (fireflies, black bears, etc.) or arrive even earlier and bring a picnic supper and make use of the park’s picnic tables and charcoal grills near the Night Sky Viewing Area. Registration is not required for Nature at Night or the Park Welcome & Walking Tour or to picnic in the park. Visit to preregister for Lunar Viewing or for information about other free programs or call (814) 435-1037 or email

Laurel Festival to Begin Saturday, June 8

The 78th Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival will begin Saturday, June 8 with Family Day and the Children's Health Fair on The Green; continue on Sunday, June 9 with the Pet Parade; five free concerts with four at 7pm Monday through Thursday, June 10-13 and the Queens Preview at 4:30pm on Friday, June 14; the Arts and Crafts Fair and International Street of Foods on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15; the Laurel Parade and the crowning of the 2019 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen on Saturday, June 15; and end with the church service on The Green on Sunday, June 16.

Family Day and Children’s Health Fair is Saturday, June 8

The 18th Annual Family Day and Children’s Health Fair will be from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, June 8 outdoors on “The Green,” rain or shine. Everything is free. There will be activities for children of all ages with games, refreshments and entertainment. Cheri Heimbach of Baywings Falconry will do demonstrations with her live birds of prey at 10:30am and noon and talk about where they come from and how they are trained. Mansfield Girl Scout Troop #41408 will host a one-hour dance party from 11am to noon for preschoolers to 12-year olds and anyone of any age who wants to participate. There will be a bounce house, 15-foot inflatable slide and slack lines to try. Participants will get a free gift - a rubber playground ball with a choice of color and size. Free bike helmets in sizes toddler to large will be available while supplies last. A youth must be fitted for a helmet to get one. There will also be free treasures at the 35 information and activities booths, from helium balloons to slap bracelets, Frisbees and coloring books. Call 570-724-1926 for more information.

Nick Kody and the Creek Road Band Concert is June 8

Nick Kody and the Creek Road Band will perform original rock and roll, blues and country songs as well as cover tunes at 7:30pm on Saturday, June 8 in the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Kody is the lead singer and plays guitar, harmonica and saxophone. The Creek Road Band includes Arron Peters (drums/vocals), Aimee Peters (keys/percussion/vocals), Devin Erdmann (bass guitar), and Lydia Herren (violin/vocals). “No two shows are the same. We feed off the energy of the audience and that often determines what songs we do,” Kody said. Admission is $15 and free for youth 12 and under when accompanied by a paying adult. This is BYOB. Bring your favorite snacks and beverages. For tickets and/or to reserve a table free of charge, call 570-724-6220 or visit

Register by June 7 for June 9 Laurel Festival Pet Parade

Do you have the cutest pet in Tioga County? Is your dog the best-dressed or most intelligent canine? Do you have the prettiest or most lovable feline? Looking for a chance to show off your pet goat? To participate in the Sunday, June 9, Laurel Festival Pet Parade, turn in entry forms by 4pm on Friday, June 7 at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office. Children 12 and under with their pets, decorated bicycles or three- or four-wheelers will gather for judging no later than 12:25pm on June 9 in the picnic area at Packer Park on Queen Street in Wellsboro. The Pet Parade will form on Queen Street and begin at 1:30pm. It will end on The Green where awards will be presented. Groups are welcome to participate, too. For information or a free entry form, contact the chamber at 570-724-1926 or

Laurel Festival Concert A Night is June 10-14

The Laurel Festival will feature five concerts in Wellsboro. Donations to support these concerts are always appreciated. Father/daughter duo, Chris and Megan McGarry combine the rich sounds of fiddle, clawhammer banjo, guitar and mandolin with Megan’s distinctive voice to perform an engaging blend of original songs and American roots music at 7pm Monday, June 10 in the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street. Tuesday, June 11 at 7pm in the Coolidge Theatre, Drowsy Maggie will play and sing a variety of new material and old standards that draw from bluegrass, old-time, country, folk and Americana traditions. Vocalists are Danny Shipe and Molly Cary who with Daria Guelig, Carl Conn and Bruce Smith play guitar, banjo, percussion, hammered dulcimer, concertina, fiddle, flute, whistle, mandolin and bass. The Wellsboro Town Band will give a free outdoor concert on The Green at 7pm on Wednesday, June 12. Rain location: Wellsboro High School Auditorium, Nichols Street. The talented Wellsboro Men’s and Women’s choruses will present a range of songs from Broadway show tunes to pop on Thursday, June 13 at 7pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro at 130 Main Street. The band 3D will open the Pennsylvania Laurel Queen's Preview at 4:30pm on Friday, June 14 on the Deane Center’s outdoor stage. The Laurel Queen candidates will be introduced at 5pm and the band will close the event with musical fun. Daria Guelig on hammered dulcimer, Dave Milano on guitar and Dave Driskell on clarinet, flute, whistle and musical saw will perform traditional old-time, Celtic, jazz, ragtime, folk, pop and Americana music with the audience and queen candidates joining in on spoons, shakers and drums. Rain location: Deane Center's Coolidge Theatre. For more information, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926 or email at

Golden Afternoons is Tuesday, June 11
Tuesday, June 11 at 1pm, Donna Emmick will lead a spring workout during the Golden Afternoons program. People 55 years of age and older will use chairs to do a modified version of PiYo in the Deane Center lobby at 104 Main Street, Wellsboro. Refreshments will be provided. Golden Afternoons is free and open to the public. For information, call 570-724-6220.


Reserve Chairs for Laurel Parade Now Until June 13

Planning to attend the Laurel Festival Parade on Saturday, June 15, in Wellsboro? Reserve chairs in advance for $5 each now through Thursday, June 13. The chairs will be in front of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office, the Tioga County Courthouse and along the adjacent Main Street boulevards in Wellsboro. On parade day, seats may be reserved beginning at 9am from basketball team members who will be at a table in front of the Tioga County Courthouse. All proceeds will benefit the Wellsboro High School Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys’ Basketball teams. To reserve chairs in advance, stop in at the chamber office at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro or call 570-724-1926 by June 13.

Free Highland Chocolates Factory Tours are on June 14 

Between 9:15am and 2:30pm on Friday, June 14, stop in at Highland Chocolates Factory at 11724 Route 6 to go on a free, guided tour to see how chocolates are made and enjoy free samples. For more information, call 570-724-9334.

Arts & Crafts Fair, Parade, Queen's Coronation are June 14 & 15

Laurel Festival events include the Arts & Crafts Fair and International Street of Foods, which will be open on The Green from 10am to 8pm on Friday, June 14, and from 9am to 7pm on Saturday, June 15. The Laurel Festival Parade will begin at 2pm on Saturday. Featured will be the queen candidates riding on floats designed by nonprofit organizations in keeping with this year's theme "Find Your Adventure." Also in the parade will be top-notch drum and bugle corps, bagpipers, high school marching bands and other specialty units. At 6:30pm on Saturday night, the 2019 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen will be crowned in the Deane Center's Coolidge Theatre. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information about Laurel Festival events, call the chamber at 570-724-1926, email or visit

Tribute to Peter, Paul & Mary, Crosby, Stills & Nash is June 14

Gathering Time, a Long Island, N.Y.-based award-winning folk-rock harmony trio, will pay tribute to the 1960s music of the iconic Peter, Paul & Mary and Crosby, Stills & Nash at 7:30pm Friday, June 14 in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Among the many hits of tenor Peter Yarrow, baritone Noel Paul Stookey and contralto Mary Travers are "Blowin' in the Wind," "If I Had a Hammer," "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and “Puff the Magic Dragon." Also performed will be chart toppers like Stephen Stills' epic "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" (written for Judy Collins) to David Crosby's "Wooden Ships" and Graham Nash's "Teach Your Children.” Heavily influenced by both of these trios, Gathering Time not only plays and sings the songs they made famous but also provides background information about each one, which makes the performance more meaningful and enjoyable. In addition, the threesome will perform some of their original folk-rock songs. "When they harmonize, some sort of fundamental, cosmic concordance occurs that makes you very happy that you have ears," wrote Bob McKillop of about Gathering Time. The group includes: Stuart Markus on acoustic guitar and bass, Hillary Foxsong on percussion and guitar and Gerry McKeveny on acoustic and electric guitars and bass. All three are songwriters and take turns as lead and background vocalists. Admission is $20. For tickets, call 570-724-6220 or visit

Free Programs are June 14, 15 & 16 at Hills Creek State Park

Three of four free programs will be given at 8:30pm in the Nature Center area at Hills Creek State Park, 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901, seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township via Charleston Street and Hills Creek Lake Road. Friday, June 14 is the program Raptor Restoration about the decline of the bald eagle, peregrine falcon and kestrel and efforts to restore them. Saturday, June 15 will be the showing of the classic video “World of the Beaver.” Sunday, June 16 at 8:30pm will be the program Return of the Fisher and Otter about the successful efforts to return these members of the weasel family to Pennsylvania. The fourth free program will be a short hike at 7pm on Saturday, June 15 to see the park’s active beaver lodge with a chance to see the beavers. Registration is not required. FMI: Call the park office at 570-724-4246 weekdays between 8am and 4pm.

Cherry Springs Free Full Moon Watch is June 14 & 15

From 9:30 to 11pm on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, will be a Full Moon Watch in the Night Sky Viewing Area at Cherry Springs State Park, 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, Pa. 16915, 12 miles from Galeton on West Branch Road. Explore fascinating features of the moon from highlands to volcanic plains and see where lunar landings took place and then get an up close look at the moon through the park’s telescopes. Preregistration is required to attend. Those who arrive early at the Night Sky Viewing Area on June 14 or 15 are welcome to bring a picnic supper and make use of the park's nearby picnic tables and charcoal grills and/or join park staff from 8 to 8:45pm for a Nature at Night program on fascinating night critters (fireflies, bats, etc.) Registration is not required for Nature at Night or to picnic in the park. To register or for information visit, call (814) 435-1037 or email

Reserve Seats for Mature Driver Operator Course

AAA North Penn at 9 Charleston Street in Wellsboro is now accepting reservations for the Mature Driver Operator Course. The first four hours will be on Tuesday, June 18 and the second four hours on Tuesday, June 25. Payment is due at the time reservations are made. For more information, call 570-724-4134 or stop in. 

Penn College Offers Excel Computer Courses in June for Adults

Penn College's Center for Business and Workforce Development at 1127 West Fourth Street in Williamsport is offering two easy-to-learn Excel computer courses this summer. They are being taught by qualified instructors at a comfortable pace for all levels of adult learners. Each participant will work at a computer station and the classes will be held in a relaxed computer-classroom environment allowing participants to learn, experiment and ask questions. The two Excel courses being offered from 9am to 4pm are:  Level 1 – on Thursday, June 20. Learn how to create worksheets, including performing calculations using formulas and basic functions, formatting worksheets and managing and printing workbooks. Level 2 – on Thursday, June 27. Gain advanced skills including utilizing range names in formulas as well as working with various date, logical and text functions along with sorting and filtering data using tables, visualizing data using charts and analyzing data using PivotTables and PivotCharts. To register, call 570-327-4775, email or visit and click on “computer.”

Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries Open House is June 23

On Sunday, June 23 from 1 to 4pm, the public is invited to attend the annual Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries Open House at 725 Gee Road, Tioga, Pa. 16946. There will be live music, light refreshments, wine tasting with Mountain Lake Winery, a big Chinese auction of new merchandise, chances to win $100 worth of lottery tickets, children's activities, and lots of animals to meet. The public is also invited to bring their own pets for a Blessing of the Animals at 1:30pm with Pastor Rich Hanlon. For more information call 570-376-3646 or email

History Comes Alive with Ken Wolensky as Gov. Pinchot

At 7pm on Wednesday, June 26 in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro, History Comes Alive with Ken Wolensky portraying Gov. Gifford Pinchot, a Pennsylvania conservationist. Admission is $15 and free or children 12 and under when accompanied by a paying adult. For information or tickets, call 570-724-6220 or visit

John Denver Tribute Artist to Perform at Deane Center

At 7:30pm Saturday, June 29, Ted Vigil, a singer-songwriter and a John Denver tribute artist, will return to the Coolidge Theatre stage at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro to perform songs Denver made famous in the 1970s. The audience will be amazed by how much he looks and sounds like Denver. Admission is $25 and $22 for seniors. For tickets, call 570-724-6220 or visit

Hamilton-Gibson Seeks Volunteers for Watkins Glen Events

Hamilton-Gibson Productions is seeking volunteers 18 years of age and older to help at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4. Both events will be at the Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Those who want to carpool or camp and plan to volunteer both days for either the wine festival or sprint cup race should contact Bev Dochstader ASAP at 570-724-2079 or email her at

Mountain Valley Realty Annual Backpack Drive is Underway

Mountain Valley Realty, Inc. is holding its Annual Backpack Drive now through mid-July. Being collected are new and gently used backpacks and school supplies. All donations stay local and go to Seeds of Hope for families in need. Donations are being collected at the Mountain Valley Realty office at 477 Tioga Street in Wellsboro. Anyone with questions is welcome to call 570-723-8484.

Register Now for EMMF Charity Golf Tournament

Golfers are encouraged to register now for the Endless Mountain Music Festival Charity Golf Tournament. It will be on Monday, July 29 at the Tyoga Country Club in Delmar Township, near Wellsboro with the shotgun start at 11am. The event is a fundraiser for the Festival Symphony Orchestra and its youth education programs. “Golfers will enjoy stunning scenery, great amenities, fabulous food and have a chance to meet our musicians, many of whom participate in the tournament,” said Tom Rudy, chairman. At 4:30pm will be a cash bar, entertainment, a picnic dinner and a reception and award presentations with prizes to be given to the top teams and to individuals for closest to the pin, long drives and putting excellence. The $100 per golfer fee includes: a goodies bag, box lunch, on-course beverages, green fee, cart fee, event prizes, reception and awards, and musical entertainment. Golfers can choose to enter their own foursome or can be placed in a group. For an application, more information and sponsorship opportunities, call Tom Rudy at 1-717-364-4748, email or visit The festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Sign Up for Three-Day, Three-Play Trip to Stratford Festival

Reserve your seat now with a $125 deposit for Hamilton-Gibson’s three-day three-play theatre excursion Oct.18-20 to the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada. The payment balance is due in August. See three live theater productions - Elton John and Lee Hall's "Billy Elliot the Musical" and Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's comedy "The Front Page" in the Festival Theatre and Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" in the Avon Theatre. The trip is open to adults and to children accompanied by adults, all having valid passports or passport cards. The price is $495 or $643 and includes: transportation, reserved seats for each of the three plays and hotel accommodations. For information or reservations, contact Larry Biddison at 570-724-4586 or Registration forms can also be found online at To learn more about Stratford and the plays, visit

Submit Nominations by Sept. 1 for NextGen Leaders Awards

The First Heritage Federal Credit Union is inviting everyone to nominate young professionals, ages 21 to 40 who are growing and excelling in their respective fields and the community for the 2019 NextGen Leaders Awards. Nominations are due by Sunday, Sept. 1. Submit nominations online at

**The deadline date to submit a listing for the next Member-to-Member announcement is 6/10/19**

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