Save the Date for the 3rd Annual Arts on the Square!

Sunday, March 15, 2015
We’re so excited to be bringing you the 3rd Annual Arts on the Square on July 25th! This year promises to be even bigger and better than last year.

Vendor apps will open on March 29th.

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OMG, Ya Gotta!!! Scranton Story Slam

Thursday, February 19, 2015
There is no better entertainment than a well-told story in a dimly lit bar.  At least that’s how we Scrantonians see it.  This Saturday, some of Scranton’s most interesting characters are lined up to share their stories and compete for the coveted Slammy award at Ale Mary’s.  This slam’s theme is “Heartburn” and we’re willing to bet it will get pretty juicy. If you haven’t been to a Scranton StorySlam yet....OMG, ya gotta!!!

We got the chance to chat with Pamela McNichols of Scranton StorySlam about this Saturday’s event.

What’s a story slam and what made you decide to bring it to Scranton?

The StorySlam is a competition at which storytellers share true, personal tales with a room full of people who love a good story. Each slam has its own unique theme to tie the night together.

Scranton is full of colorful characters with great stories! After seeing our first story slam in Brooklyn, we knew we had to introduce this fun event to our friends at home.

What can we expect at Saturday night’s “Heartburn” themed Slam?

We're expecting tales of bad dates, first dates, and love stories gone awry. Perhaps we'll even hear a few happy-ever-afters.

Stories are not censored or previewed, so we never know what we're going to hear. Maybe we'll get a local version of Fifty Shades. Who knows!

Can you tell us a little about this event’s storytellers?

We have an amazing line-up.

     Jim Bosha will return after wowing the audience at the West Side Slam with his winning story about a childhood discovery of (what he believed to be) a human soul in the burn pit behind his family's funeral home.

     Steve Clark is a two-time Grand Slam champion at First Person Arts StorySlam in Philadelphia. A graduate of the University of Scranton, Steve is looking forward to visiting his old stomping grounds.

     Heather Davis is a film buff and screen writer with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. Heather has been on our radar a long time, and we're excited to finally get her up on stage to hear one of her best love stories.

     Stephanie Longo is the editor of the Abington Suburban newspaper, the author of two books on local history, and a lover of all things Italian.

     Jeannine Luby is a stand-up comedian, motivational speaker, and author of the book "He's Not Prince Charming When..." which will be available for sale at the StorySlam.

     John Walton is a stand-up comedian who performs all over the east coast and has won several comedy competitions. John is excited to open for comedian Gilbert Gottfried on March 6, at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Scranton, presented by Laugh Out Lepka's Comedy.

     Patrice Wilding is a writer and reporter for the Lifestyles Department of the Times-Tribune. She also bartends at Honeychilds' and has a side gig appearing as Elsa from "Frozen" at children's parties.

                           Pictured: Storyteller Heather Davis

So what are the Story Slam rules?
  • Stories must be true (as remembered by the storyteller).
  • Stories should not be longer than five minutes.
  • Stories must be told without notes. (Storytellers should know their story by heart.)

How can a storyteller get involved?  Can anyone participate?

We usually feature six to eight storytellers and leave spots open for audience members who are interested in getting on stage to tell their story.

Anyone interested in telling a story should put their name in the fish bowl when they arrive, and three wild cards will be selected at random throughout the course of the evening.

Also, we'll be selecting five judges from the audience to help determine the winner of the slam.

Winners take home 50 bucks and a Slammy, the coveted StorySlam trophy.

   Pictured: StorySlam Emcee Conor McGuigan

Do we need advanced tickets and where can we get them?

Tickets are available online at or at the door (until the event sells out). This venue only holds 100 people, so advanced tickets are a good idea.

We don't like to turn anyone away, but no one enjoys being packed in like sardines.

Is there anything else you want to share with our readers?

If you've never been to a StorySlam and you're wondering what to expect, imagine sitting at a bar listening to your friends' funniest or most touching stories, that's what you'll get at a StorySlam.

And here's a little secret about something extra we have in common with ScrantonMade...

The Scranton StorySlam and Arts on the Square were voted "Best New Event" by readers of the Electric City in 2012 and 2013, respectively. True story!

Learn more about Scranton Story Slam:
Twitter: @ScrantonSlam

ScrantonMade pARTners with The Susquehanna Breakdown!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Boy Oh Boy!! Do we have exciting news!  
     We've decided to expand outside the Square and head up the mountain this May to local music festival, The Susquehanna Breakdown.  The Breakdown is hosted by our areas top bluegrass band, Cabinet.

On May 9th from you can find us in the tent dubbed, Arts on The Mountain.  Head over in-between sets to see some of our area's finest local artists and craftsmen.  There will be a side stage and kids area with performances and workshops as well as other delights to be announced in the coming weeks.

*Photos provided by: Pati Bobeck

If you would like to be a vendor at his local event please email for an application.

For more info:

Announcing the winners of Holiday on the Square’s #shopscranton Gift Card Giveaway!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

We got over a thousand entries for our #shopscranton Gift Card Giveaway! Sponsored by The Lackawanna County Visitor’s Bureau, ScrantonMade and the downtown businesses, this contest is our way to promote and say thank you for shopping local.  Each lucky winner got $25 gift cards to 2 downtown businesses and two winners got a ScrantonMade goodie bag.

Drumroll please….

And the winners are…
Christina Gammaitori -  Mission Yoga and New Laundry
Gail Dowling - Coconut Summer and Duffy Accessories

Pictured: Maureen of Duffy Accessories

Michael McCully - Embassy Vinyl and  Pizza by Pappas
Pictured: RJ of Embassy Vinyl

Morgan Evans - Backyard Ale House and  Thai Rak Thai 

Pictured: The ladies of Lavish Body + Home

Kyle Hosier - Carl Von Luger and House and Life
Taylor Evans - Posh and Note Fragrances
Heidi Olson - New Laundry and Loyalty Barber Shop 
Pictured: Loyalty Barber Shop

Jill Juka - Freedlove and Ale Mary’s
Nicole Edwards  - Ale Mary’s and Burlap and Bourbon
Carol Bartlett - Bella Faccias and ScrantonMade Goodie Bag
Brain Kunavy - ScrantonMade Goodie Bag

Winners, look out for an email from us over the next few days! We had so much fun with this contest and can’t wait until our next event, Arts on the Square, coming to you on July 25th!!!

Bundle Up & Come on down to Holiday on the Square

Friday, December 5, 2014
There’s still another day to bundle up and get festive with us on Courthouse Square!  The party starts at 11am sharp with our Goodie Bag Giveaway to the first 100 shoppers!  Follow the signs and line up outside the tent for your chance for this awesome giveaway!

Once inside, you will be delighted at more than 50 of the most talented local makers bringing you the best in handmade artisan wares, delicious food and drinks, including our favorite gourmet cupcakes by SweetLush Cupcakery, mead from The Colony Meadery, wine from iiiPonds Winery, and delicious hot food from Jim & Kim’s Catering (you have got to try their butternut squash soup!).

Get creative at our Make & Take area and make your own festive craft to take home! 

Enjoy live festive music all day long!

Pick up your #shopscranton map at the ScrantonMade booth and make your rounds to over 30 businesses that have something festive in store for you!

Don’t forget to hashtag #holidayonthesquare in your Instagram, Twitter and Facebook posts. We love seeing all the fun you are having throughout the day!

See you at Holiday on the Square!!!