BTE: As You Like It

Shakespeare’s As You Like It is a beguiling comedy in which a smart and spirited young girl, disguised as a boy and on the run from a tyrannical duke, finds herself in an enchanting forest in the company of her fiercely loyal best friend, a world-weary clown, a heart-sick shepherd and a disdainful shepherdess, a band of exiled upper-crust gents who all imagine themselves to be Robin Hoods, and wonder of wonders, her own true love– another runaway, who has festooned the forest with love-poems in her honor. But danger lurks in the shadows of these sun-dappled woods, and true love must be tested, so she must remain in disguise, and he can’t know it’s she! Romantic mayhem ensues: gender-benders, power struggles, witty barbs, and above all, love– in all its marvelous, confounding variety. This fantastical forest is full of surprises!

BTE’s streamlined adaptation will feature an onstage indie-rock band, local teen musicians whose music is inspired by Shakespeare’s poetry and story.

Bring your class to one of our free Project Discovery student matinees. Free to high school students in the IU #16. Visit the Project Discovery page for details.

UPGRADE to ON STAGE SEATING for free. Contact the Box Office for details. (570) 784-8181 or boxoffice@bte.org.

[box type=”shadow”]Photo credit, Flickr[/box]

Penn State Removes Paterno Statue

Earlier this morning, equipment and a construction crew arrived at Beaver Stadium to remove the statue of Joe Paterno. For the first time since it was put into place in 2001, the image of Joe Paterno leading the Nittany Lions onto the field is no longer there. Penn State president, Rodney Erickson, released the following statement describing the rationale for the statue’s removal and the continuation of Paterno’s name on the University Library.

“Since we learned of the Grand Jury presentment and the charges against Jerry Sandusky and University officials last November, members of the Penn State community and the public have been made much more acutely aware of the tragedy of child sexual abuse. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those victims of Mr. Sandusky and all other victims of child abuse. I assure you that Penn State will take a national leadership role in the detection and prevention of child maltreatment in the months and years ahead.

With the release of Judge Freeh’s Report of the Special Investigative Counsel, we as a community have had to confront a failure of leadership at many levels. The statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium has become a lightning rod of controversy and national debate, including the role of big time sports in university life. The Freeh Report has given us a great deal to reflect upon and to consider, including Coach Paterno’s legacy.

Throughout Penn State, the two most visible memorials to Coach Paterno are the statue at Beaver Stadium and the Paterno Library. The future of these two landmarks has been the topic of heated debate and many messages have been received in various University offices, including my own. We have heard from numerous segments of the Penn State community and others, many of whom have differing opinions. These are particularly important decisions when considering things that memorialize such a revered figure.

I now believe that, contrary to its original intention, Coach Paterno’s statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our University and beyond. For that reason, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our university and public safety to remove the statue and store it in a secure location. I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse.

On the other hand, the Paterno Library symbolizes the substantial and lasting contributions to the academic life and educational excellence that the Paterno family has made to Penn State University. The library remains a tribute to Joe and Sue Paterno’s commitment to Penn State’s student body and academic success, and it highlights the positive impacts Coach Paterno had on the University. Thus I feel strongly that the library’s name should remain unchanged.

Coach Paterno’s positive impact over the years and everything he did for this University predate his statue. At the same time it is true that our institution’s excellence cannot be attributed to any one person or to athletics. Rather, Penn State is defined by our actions and accomplishments as a learning community. Penn State has long been an outstanding academic institution and we will continue to be.

The world will be watching how Penn State addresses its challenges in the days ahead. While some may take issue with the decisions I have made, I trust that everyone associated with our University will respond in a civil and respectful manner.

I fully realize that my decision will not be popular in some Penn State circles, but I am certain it is the right and principled decision. I believe we have chosen a course that both recognizes the many contributions that Joe Paterno made to the academic life of our University, while taking seriously the conclusions of the Freeh Report and the national issue of child sexual abuse. Today, as every day, our hearts go out to the victims.”

[box type=”shadow”]Photo credit, Kristin Camplese[/box]

Lewisburg Triathlon Weekend Announced

Entries are still being accepted for the Annual LARA Triathlon for Kids and Sprint Triathlon, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, and at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, respectively. Both events will start at the Lewisburg Community Pool.

The kids’ event, which consists of a pool swim, a bike ride on closed roads and a run around the Lewisburg Community Park, is open to children ages 7 (by Dec. 31, 2012) to 14. Event distances will vary based on ages of contestants. The triathlon is chip-timed and all children will receive a finisher’s medal. Registration will be capped at 225 participants; pre-registration is required.

The adult event, consisting of a 300-yard swim, a 15-mile bike ride and a 3.25-mile run, is open to racers 14 and over. Two- and three-person teams are welcome. The event is chip-timed and awards will be given to the top three finishers in each category. T-shirts are guaranteed to all racers registered by Aug. 1. Entry limit is 325.

Details on both events can be found on www.LewisburgTriathlon.com. Early registration is encouraged as both events may sell out.

For more information or to become a sponsor or volunteer, contact tara@fitforfunds.com or call 570-939-0712.

Proceeds benefit the Lewisburg Area Recreation Authority.

Historian Karol K. Weaver to Host Book Talk

The Susquehanna University Medical Humanities Initiative will sponsor a book talk by historian Karol K. Weaver.

The Susquehanna University Medical Humanities Initiative will sponsor a book talk by historian Karol K. Weaver on April 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm in the Faculty Lounge of Seibert Hall. Weaver’s recent publication, Medical Caregiving and Identity in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Region, 1880-2000 shows how the men and women of the anthracite coal region crafted their gender and ethnic identities via the medical decisions they made. Weaver will read a selection from her text and a reception with refreshments will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

“Karol Weaver spins a compelling tale about the practice of vernacular medicine among the immigrant communities of Pennsylvania’s anthracite region,” said Janet Lindman, president of the Pennsylvania Historical Association.

In her book, published by Penn State Press, Weaver employs an impressive range of primary sources, including folk songs, patent medicine advertisements, oral history interviews, and jokes, to tell the story of neighborhood healers, midwives, Pennsylvania German powwowers, medical self-help, and the eventual transition to modern-day medicine in Pennsylvania’s anthracite region. This work continues Weaver’s investigations into diverse forms of healing and medical caregiving, a subject she has explored in numerous articles and in her first book, Medical Revolutionaries: The Enslaved Healers of Eighteenth-Century Saint Domingue.

Karol Weaver is an associate professor of history and director of the women’s studies program at Susquehanna University. She grew up in the anthracite coal region and proudly calls herself “a coalcracker.”

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.

[box type=”shadow”]Photo via Paul Weaver on Flickr.[/box]

Lights, Camera, Legos!

Enter Box of Light’s first ever Lego Competition!

If you’re creative, love Legos, want to have a blast, and meet some really cool Lego maniacs (and you are fourteen or younger) then, you should enter Box of Light’s first ever Lego Competition at the Box of Light Digital Arts Studio within the Moose Exchange at 203 West Main Street, Bloomsburg on Friday, May 4th from 6:00-9:00 pm.

Kids ages 5-14 can enter one or two events: Lego Build Competition and Lego Stop Action Film Competition. Each event will last one hour.

In the Lego Build Competition, teams are given a building task, a box of Legos and one hour to complete the building task. In the Lego Stop Action Film Competition, teams will be each have a computer and digital camera setup, a box of Legos and a Box Of Light staff member to help them create their stop action film. Again, the teams will have one hour in which to create their Lego film.

According to Abbi Parker, Box Of Light’s Educational Director, participants do not have to know how to create a stop action film in order to enter. “Stop action animation is simple and we’ll make sure each team succeeds in making their film.”

Teams are encouraged to register online at www.boxoflight.org prior to the event. Registration on the day of the competition begins at 5:00 pm with the competition beginning at 6:00 pm. Teams consist of 2-3 members and each event costs $15 per team.

Certificates will be given for creativity, design concept, teamwork, best storyline, and more.

For more information and registration forms for Box Of Light’s Lego Build and Film Competition, please visit www.boxoflight.org or call 570-764-2388.

[box type=”shadow”]Photo via Flickr.[/box]

The View from Here: Snowy Day

While many have enjoyed a more mild winter than we have been accustomed to in years past, it is hard to complain about the beauty it imparts when it does arrive. The Bloomsburg Daily’s own, Bob Rush, set out to capture a few glimpses of what winter is supposed to look like at this time of the year. We hope you enjoy the view as much as we do!

The View from Here: BMS Geography Bee

The Bloomsburg Daily’s, Bob Rush was on hand to see Matthew Lee take home the championship of the Bloomsburg Middle School’s Geography Bee. He is the only the second sixth grader to win the prize according to sources. Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge. From Bloomsburg Middle School teacher, Jen Flook:

I am so impressed with the participants this year. They did an excellent job. For only the second time, in the 25 plus years our school has participated in the National Geographic Bee, we have a 6th grade School Champion, Matt Lee! It is amazing that a student who has yet to take 7th grade World Geography won the competition. I am so proud of him!

Bloomsburg Middle School Students to Participate in Geo Bee

The competition will take place at Bloomsburg Middle School’s cafeteria on January 12th.

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.

According to Jen Flook, Bloomsburg Middle School teacher, “We have participated for at least as long as I have taught here (6 years) but I am sure our participation goes back much further. Every student (6th-8th) in our middle school takes the oral test in his/her social studies class and the top 10 students in the school compete for first place. The winner is then given a written test in an attempt to reach the state competition. About three years ago we had a student who scored high enough to make it to states.”

Any school can participate in the competition by registering and requesting materials directly from National Geographic. In early September, principals must write a letter on school letterhead and enclose the early registration fee of $90.00, requesting that their school receive the contest materials. Each local school participating can then notify National Geographic of their winner to potentially be featured on their website.

The competition will take place at Bloomsburg Middle School’s gymnasium on January 12th at approximately 8:40 AM. You will need to sign in at the front office when entering the building. The students participating this year are:

  • Jared Diehl 8th
  • Coty Kashner 8th
  • Noah Bella 8th
  • Karl Gengler 8th
  • Kevin Diehl 8th
  • Madeline Polhill 7th
  • Braydon Quintrell 7th
  • Kevin DuBartell 7th
  • Shannon Lavelle 6th
  • Matt Lee 6th

Check back on Friday for “The View from Here” photos from our own Bob Rush!

[box type=”shadow”]Photo via Flickr.[/box]

Local Getaway: The Ledges Hotel

Now that the Holidays are behind us, we thought it might be nice to start sharing some ideas on how to get through the remainder of the winter months with a little excitement — or at least with a few things to look forward to. With that in mind, The Bloomsburg Daily is starting a new series, Local Getaway, to help point out some amazing places all within an easy drive of our area.

First up is a quiet stunner in Hawley, PA aptly called, The Ledges. This eco-friendly, contemporary hotel is surrounded by some of the most amazing scenery one can hope for in a small out of the way location. It is a new hotel tucked into the lower portion of the historic Hawley Silk Mill complex. Only about a two hour drive from Bloomsburg, The Ledges provides an escape that you can’t imagine exists so close to home. Approaching the property you may not expect much from the nondescript grey stone building, but walk into the lobby and you can instantly tell you are in for a treat.

You are greeted by a sparse, but well designed entry area that houses the receptionist desk and a series of glass doors leading out to an observation deck. It is when you walk through those doors that you discover why this is such a special destination.

The hotel is built into the rock at the base of a series of absolutely amazing waterfalls that cascade from well above.The sound of the water is enough of a rush, but the views push it over the top. The prices aren’t cheap, but if you are like us, you’ll have no need to leave the property for the duration of the visit. Room rates vary throughout the year, but don’t expect something for under $100.00 a night. The standard hotel rooms are a bargain, but it is in the one and two bedroom suites that you are able to really enjoy what this boutique hotel has to offer — the sight and sounds of the falls!

Our one bedroom suite was a two story unit with a spiral staircase connecting the two spaces. The ceilings were no less than 12 feet and the suite could have easily slept two couples or more. The giant windows opened onto the rushing waters below and opening them provided the most splendid view and sounds. The hotel also boasts free wifi, wonderful marble and granite bathrooms, kitchens, flat panel televisions, and room service.

The attached Glass Wine Bar and Bistro serves mostly American fare, but it is the setting that is most special. Grab a seat on the covered porch, order a couple of small plates, and a glass of wine to really take advantage of your visit. If you want to save a little money we would recommend you ask for a room with a view of the falls, pack a bottle of wine, and some things to eat and just stay in your room with the windows open. You’ll be happy you decided to come as you sit, relax, and enjoy the roar of the rushing waters below.

Ledges Hotel
A Pocono Mountains Boutique Hotel
120 Falls Avenue
Hawley, PA 18428
570-226-1337
info@ledgeshotel.com

Photo Credit
Lobby, Image One 
Courtesy: The Ledges Hotel 

Remaining Photo Credits
Copyright: Kristin Camplese 

BTE Hosting Two Fundraising Events

The Taming of the Brew

Tickets to Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s (BTE) annual sellout fund raiser event, The Taming of the Brew, will be available for sale exclusively at the theatre’s website, www.bte.org. Tickets will go on sale at 6:00PM on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. Tickets are limited to 4 (four) per customer. Customers can increase their chances of purchasing tickets by establishing an account now at www.bte.org; just click on the “create an account” link at the top of the homepage. The event date is Saturday, April 14, 2012, 7-11PM at the Caldwell Consistory, in downtown Bloomsburg. Tickets are $75.00 each (including a $5.00 service fee).

Now celebrating its 11th anniversary year, The Taming of the Brew festival is a fund raiser for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble featuring fine microbrews, food, and entertainment as well as an educational beer- tasting talk, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle. Countless volunteer hours and donations from local, regional, and national vendors make this event possible. Please visit www.tamingofthebrew.org for updates.

Dance Your Heart Out for BTE

The third annual Dance Your Heart Out for BTE featuring the Gerard Mayer Band will be on February 11, 2012 at the Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville, PA. The dance will be a complete evening with a six-person band, scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, and libations. All proceeds will benefit BTE. just in time for Valentine’s Day! For couples and singles 21 and over who love to dance or just like a fun evening out. The Gerard Mayer band has a wide repertoire of music from salsa and swing, to traditional ballroom, freestyle, and line dancing. Tickets are on sale now through the BTE box office or committee members. Tickets are $50.00 per person (Credit card purchases add $5.00 per ticket). Includes hors d’oeuvres, open wine and beer bar, dessert, and a signature champagne drink (plus non-alcoholic beverages).

For questions about tickets to either event, please call the box office at (570) 784-8181.

[box type=”shadow”]Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is a non-profit, professional theater located in the heart of downtown Bloomsburg. Founded in 1978, the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is celebrating its 34th season of bringing quality entertainment to Northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information on BTE, please visit the website at www.bte.org or call (570) 784-5530 or the box office at (570) 784-8181.[/box]