The Weekend Fun Guide

Two things that really have been eating at me personally about the Penn State scandal separate from how sickening it is overall and how bad everyone feels for the victims:

someone should be writing a story about all the speakers at second mile events that are kicking themselves right now

–My father-in-law and I don’t get to hang out much, but I always enjoy it when we do. So I was pretty happy when he bought us some tickets to a fundraiser in June 2010 in Peckville where the guest speaker was Jimmy Cefalo, a Pittston High School graduate and Miami Dolphins wide receiver I idolized growing up (local boy done good). Great night. Good food, good people, good speech. What was the fundraiser for? Second Mile. Now a nice night out with my father-in-law has made me want to throw up about once every three hours for the last week.

–Penn State and the Big 10 Network have been in a three-year fight with Blue Ridge Cable to get the channel added to the Blue Ridge lineup. Blue Ridge is one of only two cable companies in the state that doesn’t carry the network, and it doesn’t look like that’s changing anytime soon. In 2009, to promote all the good things that local Penn State fans are missing by not having the Big Ten Network, the network’s president and a couple of Penn State athletic officials came in to meet with us in the hopes we would do a story about the fight to drum up support for getting Blue Ridge to add the network. I obliged. One of the people that came was athletic director Tim Curley. Now that I’m aware he’s indicted for knowing there was a potential child abuse sex scandal and telling an investigative grand jury that he didn’t know about it, I’m sick. He had time to take a day to come out to the Poconos and use us to try and get Penn State fans riled up and get the channel added, thereby adding to the athletic department’s zillions of dollars, but he didn’t have the time or inclination to make this child abuse heinousness right.

On to the links, and we’re gonna do as many local ones as we can. Make sure you send me your (Poconos) events that you want publicized here through email or a Facebook invite on the PopRox Facebook page:

let's make sure it stays

Tonight is the annual fundraiser for the Pocono Community Theater, the Red Carpet Event at the theater. Just so you know, PCT is the only non-profit movie theater in the area. It doesn’t operate on ticket sales, that only helps sustain it. Its major source of funding is donations. There is a group of people — like me — that love the theater because of the choice of movies it shows. It’s been showing some more mainstream stuff this year, but there is always a hard-to-find independent movie in there. The people behind the theater have been very clear on this over and over again — the theater will disappear unless it gets the necessary donations it needs to operate. So it’s pretty much up to you. If you want the PCT to stick around, you might wanna figure out a way to scare up a couple bucks to donate. The Red Carpet Event seems like a good way to do that for $75 tickets.

Good night to hang out at the Sherman Theater all night. First there is a concert fundraiser at 6 p.m. for East Stroudsburg South’s DECA organization, and then the Rocky Horror Picture show party finally gets underway at the theater. Pre-party starts at 10, the movie is at midnight.

yup. tesla is still around. don't feel bad if you didn't now that.

Three shows going on sale at tomorrow at Penn’s Peak, none of which interest me in the slightest. But hey, someone might. The concerts include the venue’s New Year’s Eve show, which is a night with an AC/DC cover band. I’m pretty sure I covered AC/DC on Wednesday. Tesla comes in for an acoustic show on Feb. 18 because, you know, people want to hear Tesla do an acoustic show. Do they? The tour even has a name, so you know it’s big time. It’s the “Twisted Wire” tour, in case you’re wondering. I didn’t know if this was some kind of in-joke I didn’t get or something, but it’s just the name of a Tesla album. The Fabulous Greaseband is the other show going on sale tomorrow for the Dec. 30 performance.

Wine fans are salivating right now. There is a wine release party at Barley Creek tonight for the Mountain View Vineyard that features the vineyard’s newest wine, Bliss. I really hope someone else has called a wine that at some point, because it’s a great name for a wine. Then on Sunday, Shawnee Inn is hosting a wine and food pairing. For food people and wine people, this looks like just about the greatest thing ever, I’d imagine. That’s not my world.

it's bothers me that the guy jules calls "flock of seagulls" in pulp fiction doesn't have a flock of seagulls haircut.

Can anyone explain how a 30-year-old one-hit wonder band can still tour and bring in big crowds?The amount of concerts around the world is staggering, and a lot of them are bands that are still milking that one hit. And they seem to be making good money doing it, too. The Manhattan Transfer is about to come back from a European tour and will start six months of shows in the states, and you can bet at every show they do they’ll be closing with The Boy from New York City. Although one can only hope they won’t be wearing the same clothes as they were in that video. Oh, did I mention that Flock of Seagulls is going to be at Mount Airy tomorrow? No? Huh. Wonder what reminded me of that?

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