You say tomato, I say…Wilkes-Barre?

Recently, I had a conversation with a few of my local creative friends, both from Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. It appears that a lot of the members in our writing community have complained: “But (Scranton or Wilkes-Barre) is so far away from me.” By my GPS, Scranton is 13 miles from Wilkes-Barre. Is that too far to attend a First Friday if you’re coming from Wilkes-Barre or a Third Friday if you’re coming from Scranton?

My answer is, obviously, no.

Both cities have wonderful, creative events on a regular basis. If not ongoing events, there are always great and inspirational creative venues.

First Friday (
Prose in Pubs at Jack’s Draft House
New Visions Readings, New Visions Gallery
Northern Light Espresso Bar
Embassy Vinyl
(See First Friday for a more complete list of creative venues.)

Third Friday, 8 p.m. at Art Seen Gallery on Public Square
ArtsYOUniverse S. Franklin Street.
Paper Kite Press and Book Store 443 Main St., Kingston (across from the Edwardsville Borough bldg., next to Turkey Hill.)
Art Street USA (just up the street from the YMCA.)
Musical Energi (North Main, next to parkade.)
Gallery of Sound (Main St., Mundy Street.)

For all creative writing events in our area of NEPA, please check out this website:

I know there is no way I have covered all the events and venues. Be sure to add some in the comment section and ask around your creative community!

In the meantime, think of the 13-mile commute as more time to be creative. Sing along to your favorite CD. Play “I spy” with the kiddos if you’re taking them along for a child-friendly event.

Be well,



One thought on “You say tomato, I say…Wilkes-Barre?

  1. Wonderful, Rachael! 13 miles is just few songs.. Wyoming Valley Art League also has a Third Friday event, and I noticed that ART SEEN gallery in Pittston will have a Second Friday event in May. 🙂

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