The coronavirus pandemic has forced most people into self-quarantine and a period of social distancing. It’s caused events around the world to be canceled, closed bars and restaurants, and sent entertainers into a period of uncertainty as their paychecks disappear.
But like many celebrities around the world, Northeast Pennsylvania residents are trying to keep up their spirits and those of others by offering some online entertainment.
Lorenzo Medico did a live broadcast from his kitchen, serving up some cooking tips for burgers and the fixings on his Facebook page.
Singer R.J. Scouton took to Facebook for a live performance and also set up a “virtual tip jar” to earn some money via PayPal and Venmo (@RJScouton).
E.J. Dougher, aka EJ the DJ, went live on his Facebook page as well, serving up tunes with the help of his daughters.
Abington Community Library, Clarks Summit, has posted several video story times on its Facebook page over the last few days.
Valley Community Library, Peckville, is offering numerous alternative ways to get involved with its patrons during this time. Visit the library’s Facebook page to check out the online programs, which include the online craft tutorials “Get Crafty with Kristen,”; live book chats; and “helpful tips and sources you can use to discover your ancestors,” among many others.
The Lackawanna County Library System also offers TumbleBooks, which includes numerous book resources for kids and families, plus other e-book and audiobook options. Visit the library’s website for details.
Yoga West LLC offered sessions on its Facebook community page. Mission Yoga also has offered and plans to continue posting live yoga videos on its Scranton and South Abington Twp. locations’ Facebook pages. Steamtown Hot Yoga & Barre also has videos on its Facebook page.
Young athletes can stay on top of their game, too. Maximum Impact Sports Training shared details about a free Zoom conference for baseball and softball players on Friday.
Backcourt Hoops, Scranton, has shared some basketball “quarantine workouts” on its Facebook page.
Devin School of Dance, Waverly Twp., offered dance lessons on its Facebook page.
Musician Gerard Mayer also shared a free performance on Facebook.
Another local musician, Dustin Douglas, also aired a live performance on Facebook. He, too, set up a virtual tip jar through PayPal and Venmo (@Dustin-Drevitch).
And fans of local band Light Weight can catch a “live streamed duo show from our apartment” on Friday, March 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. on the group’s Facebook page.
PATAsphere, a youth theater program that incorporates voice, dance and drama training with principles of anatomy and physiology, released a video for “I Love This Moment,” a song from its original musical “Just A Penny.” Students, coaches and staff each recorded themselves singing the song in quarantine which was edited together to create the full cast version. PATAsphere shared it on its Facebook page.
With so much uncertainty in the world right now, we're reminded that every moment is precious. Do what you love with the people you love. We love this moment. ❤️'I LOVE THIS MOMENT' FROM THE ALL-ORIGINAL MUSICAL "JUST A PENNY". Watch "Just A Penny" at the Social Distant-Scene Theatre here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/just-a-penny-tickets-100171716300© 2017 Performing Arts Training Academy. All rights reserved.
Posted by PATAsphere on Tuesday, March 24, 2020
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