Check a few gifts off your list at this Wednesday’s annual Scranton Times Building radio tower lighting.
Admission to the event, which runs from 3:30 to 7 p.m., is free, but guests will be able to grab limited-edition Christmas ornaments celebrating the upcoming 150th anniversary of The Times-Tribune. Staff artist Kevin O’Neill, who designed the newsboy image featured on the gold-colored glass balls, will be on hand to sign the ornaments. The ornaments cost $20 and will be for sale that night in the Scranton Times Downtown Federal Credit Union, 129 Penn Ave.
Also for sale at the tower lighting will be copies of “Lackawanna Memories: A Photographic History of the Early Years,” a hardcover book filled with vintage photographs from around the area. Times-Tribune columnist and editor Chris Kelly, who authored the book, will sign copies starting at 5 p.m.
“The best part of my job is meeting people and sharing their stories, being part of the collective memory of the community,” Kelly said. “The Tower Lighting is a perfect choice to premiere the book, because it’s a gathering of families making memories.”
The 144-page coffee table book commemorates 150 years of The Times-Tribune through photos, newspaper front pages and previously unpublished submissions from readers. It is available at a sale price of $29.95 for a limited time.
And children can pick up a fun souvenir that night as well.
“For the kids, we have a Timmy Tinsel coloring book illustrated by (Times-Tribune editorial cartoonist) John Cole,” Kelly said. “It’s a perfect memento of a tradition I look forward to every year.”
Can’t make it to the event but still want an ornament or book? Stop by the Scranton Times Building front desk, 149 Penn Ave., during regular business hours. Call 570-348-9100 for more information.
The Times Tower Lighting will include meet-and-greets with Santa, his elves and beloved children’s characters; a seasonal exhibit in the outdoor Newseum; a variety of food vendors; beer and wine samplings; live dance, music and musical theater performances; classic holiday movies; a kids’ take-home coloring contest; and the Santa’s Nice List and holiday display in the former pressroom.
Caitlin Heaney West is the content editor for Access NEPA and oversees the Early Access blog in addition to working as a copy editor and staff writer for The Times-Tribune. An award-winning journalist, she is a summa cum laude graduate of Shippensburg University and also earned a master’s degree from Marywood University. Caitlin joined the Times-Shamrock family in 2009 and lives in Scranton. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5107; or @cheaneywest