The five 5s: Five affordable things to do in five areas a short drive away

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Here are five ideas for things to do in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, the Poconos, Philadelphia and New York City this weekend.


Thanksgiving Eve Concert. $5. Bart & Urby’s and The Other Side will host a concert on Thanksgiving Eve featuring Half Dollar, MMLE and Winter Hill. The bar will feature free Touchtunes jukebox play and free films in Bart and Urby’s. 119 S. Main St.

Quarry Zine Release featuring Petal. $8. Run for Cover Records artist Petal will headline a show featuring Haze, Past Life, Adam McIlwee (ex-Tigers Jaw) and Evan Paris. Along with the music, the debut issue of local photo zine Quarry will be available for purchase. Music starts at 8 p.m. at The Lamp Post. 47 N. Franklin St. Use entrance on the left.

Down to Six EP release. $3. Down to Six will celebrate the release of their EP “Shine” with a Nov. 27 show at The Other Side at Bart & Urby’s. They’ll be joined by Aaron Fink, Embera and A Fire With Friends. Music starts at 9 p.m. and the $3 cover comes with one free PBR draft. 119 S. Main St.

A Christmas Carol. Free. Wyoming Valley Art League will host a reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. The event is free, but donations are welcome and will be used to fund art programs at Ruth’s Place. 130 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre.

Holiday Art Market. Free. The F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, will host a holiday art market on Nov. 28. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the market is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a tree lighting followed by Small Business Saturday raffles for gift certificates.


Panksgiving. Free. The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., will host a dance party on Nov. 26 that’ll help burn off the Thanksgiving dinner. Tunes start at 9 p.m.

Marywood Jazz Band. Take in some classic jazz as the 17-piece group will perform a concert of jazz standards and ballads at 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave, Scranton. For more information call 570-340-6000.

Guys Expo. $8 in advance and $10 at the door. “Guy stuff” will be abundant from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 28 at Hilton Scranton, 100 Adams Ave. Cars, beer, girls, bacon, cigars, rock and roll and even the Pennsylvania State Championship Arm Wrestling Tournament will be among the manly attractions at this convention dedicated to masculinity. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center.

4th Annual Buy Local Holiday Marketplace. $1. More than 120 vendors and five floors of shopping will be featured from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29. at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington Ave. The $1 admission fee supports future programs and operations at the SCC. The first 250 shoppers get a free, reusable shopping bag.

Pearl Jam Tribute. Lost Dogs will play their second annual Pearl Jam Tribute at 9 p.m. Nov. 25 at O’Leary’s Pub, 541 Ash St., Scranton. Special guests American Culture will join them, and their is no cover charge listed on the event post. For more information call O’Leary’s at 570-344-3209.

The Poconos:

Celebrate the harvest: $20 adults, $7 children. On Thanksgiving Eve celebrate with a feast from 14 Acre Farm and the rootsy music of Free Range Folk and Friends during Harvest Festival IV at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Concert begins at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6.

Get in the holiday spirit: $10 adults, $5 children. Visit Quiet Valley Living History Farm near Stroudsburg for an Old Time Christmas celebration from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 5-6 or Dec. 12-13. Tour the old-fashioned farm and encounter music, farm animals, holiday displays and perhaps the fierce Belsnickel who warned children of the past not to be naughty.

Transform pine cones and milkweed pods: Free! Get a little artsy and create one-of-a-kind tree ornaments and holiday decorations from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Crafts will be made in the park office. Visitors are welcome to stop by any time during the four hours and should bring a bag or box if they wish to take any of their creations home with them.

Winter Ecology Hike: $5. Ever wonder how plants and animals survive? Head out to the Pocono Environmental Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 6, to find out. For info, call 570-828-2319.

See what you can discover: $5. At 10 a.m. Dec. 12 the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center invites you to a discovery walk, which sounds mysterious and fun for kids as well as adults. The cost is $5. For info, call 570-629-3061.


Macy’s Christmas Light Show: Macy’s in Center City has hosted the traditional Christmas Light Show since 1956. On Nov. 27, it opens for the holiday season. Julie Andrews narrates an incredible light show, accompanied by music from the Wanamaker Organ. The show is 15 minutes and repeats every two hours from 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Macy’s also showcases a Dickens Village where visitors can take a tour through “A Christmas Carol.”

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest: Penn’s Landing’s outdoor skating rink opens Nov. 27. Along with the ice skating rink, Waterfront Winterfest returns for its second year. After skating, warm up with food and drinks in a ski chalet-style lodge and a heated tent. Fire pits, holiday trees and lights set the mood. Keep an eye out for special events, including a tree-lighting on Dec. 4 and a New Year’s Eve party. Admission is free, skating is $3 and skate rental is $10.

Temple vs. University of CT: A week after playing Memphis, Temple University faces off at home against the University of Connecticut. Head to South Philly on Nov. 28 to cheer on the Owls as they play the Huskies. Kicks off is at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at

WDAS Holiday Jam: $39.50. 105.3 FM is celebrating the holiday season with the second WDAS Holiday Jam at the Wells Fargo Center (3601 S. Broad Street). Artists include Tyrese, New Edition and SWV as well as Philly’s own Jazmine Sullivan and Jill Scott. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

One Liberty Observation Deck Opening: $19. Promo pictures from Philly From the Top, the new observation deck on the 57th floor of One Liberty, were released. The opening date for the general public is 10 a.m. Nov. 28. This is the tallest standing attraction in the city, at 883 feet in the air and showcases a 360-degree view of Philly.The deck is open year round, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more info, visit

New York City

The Nutcracker: The New York City Ballet Company performs George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” and the season kicks off Nov. 27. The dancing, set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score, is a magical part of the holiday season. Watch as the Christmas tree on stage grows to 40 feet. Running time is 2 hours. Tickets start at $75 and can be purchased at

Saturday After Thanksgiving Hike: Looking to work off some of that turkey? For the 12th year, Staten Island’s Blood Root Valley Park is hosting a 2.5 mile hike from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 28. The tour is led by Greenbelt Nature Center educators and includes a stop at the historic David LaTourette House. The hike is free, but registration is required. Call the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy at (718) 351-3450 or visit [email protected] to register. The tour is about 90 minutes long, beginning at the Greenbelt Nature Center.

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar: Looking to get your holiday shopping done all in one place? Gowanus’ 501 Union is bringing back the bazaar for its third year on Nov. 28 and 29. Hosted by Brooklyn Makers, look for 40 local vendors selling food, drinks and crafts. The weekend includes a DJ, photo book and workshops for kids. The bazaar runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Show: For the first time in a decade, Arlo Guthrie will perform his Thanksgiving classic song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” in full. Backed by his band, Guthrie will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 28 at Carnegie Hall (in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage) Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at

The Big Lebowski Trivia: Head to Brooklyn’s Videology at 7 p.m. Nov. 29, for an evening of trivia about The Dude. Host Maggie Ross leads five rounds of trivia based on “The Big Lebowski.” Teams of 4 or less must be 21 or older. Bring your knowledge about the Coen brothers’ movie to Videology’s back room and prepare to be victorious.

Here are five affordable things to do in five areas just a short drive away

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