Like many theater programs, the Susquehanna University Department of Theatre had to reconsider how to perform amid the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions implemented to prevent the disease’s spread. It had to alter its previously announced 2020-2021 season because of it — The department w…

BLOOMSBURG — While COVID restrictions have prevented the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE) from presenting its shows on stage, it isn’t stopping members’ efforts to inspire creativity and community. The organization recently announced that it will offer virtual theater classes and a modified…

MCCLURE — In the McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair’s nearly 130-year history, it was canceled only once in 1918 — because of the Spanish Flu pandemic. This year, the coronavirus outbreak threatened to cancel it a second time but fair officials worked to develop a modified schedule that has…

BEAVER SPRINGS — Along with the sugary funnel cakes, smoky tractor pulls and whirling carnival rides, something else quietly occurs at a county fair: children’s agricultural projects that teach kids the values of hard work, commitment and education. This, as much as anything, is what led fai…

SPRING MILLS — Ken Clouser, president of the Nittany Antique Machinery Association, Inc. of Central PA, has been a part of the organization’s annual shows since they began in 1975.

MIFFLINBURG — Like the rail trains that once chugged through town carrying materials needed for local factories to succeed, the Rusty Rail Brewing Company has chugged along during the pandemic, rising to the challenge of social distancing restrictions with determination.

From crafts to musical entertainment to corn hole or a pool tournament, Labor Day in the Susquehanna Valley offers a variety of activities … even during COVID times. With reminders to wear masks and use hand sanitizer when appropriate and to be mindful of social distancing, several local ven…

SUNBURY — Mostly Mutts was forced to cancel all of their major fundraisers this year due to the COVID pandemic, causing them to so far lose nearly $50,000. But as they continue to work tirelessly on behalf of the 75 dogs in their care, they are moving forward with their annual yard sale from…

Since its first regional exhibition in June 1980, the Susquehanna Art Society has made it an annual tradition to allow Pennsylvania artists to show off their work. When the COVID pandemic threatened to break that tradition on their 40th year, the society’s board of directors met in May to br…

MCALISTERVILLE — Fayette Township residents didn’t want to give up their annual, five-day carnival to coronavirus restrictions, so they compromised with a two-day event.

WATSONTOWN — The makeup of the local quartet Achording to Dad is as unique and special as the barbershop sound they have shared with their audiences for more than two decades. Led by dad Ken Paulhamus, the group also consists of his sons, brothers Brian, Jeff and Adam Paulhamus, as well as h…

LEWISBURG — Watsontown resident Ruth Kennedy, 48, says children’s museums have been a big part of her family’s lives over the last few years. In fact, they have visited a variety of them in a number of different states. When Lewisburg Children’s Museum (LCM) opened its doors in 2017, they se…

SELINSGROVE — The third time’s the charm for a band that performed in “the Grove” last year then was all set for another performance earlier this spring. That had to be canceled due to the coronavirus restrictions and is now rescheduled.

BLOOMSBURG — The Annual Summer 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds has been a popular tradition among motorsports enthusiasts for 33 years. One of those enthusiasts is Kenny Bardo, of Millville.

In the midst of a global pandemic canceling concerts and closing schools, Milton Hershey music teacher and composer Jen Wagner struggled to find a way to connect with her students and inspire them through the troubling times.

A number of traditional Fourth of July celebrations have been canceled due to the COVID pandemic, but the skies won’t be completely empty in the Valley this year, as some organizations have decided to move forward with their traditional fireworks displays to celebrate America’s independence.

After numerous weeks without playing live music, Brandon Barnhart was one of the first local musicians to share in a public venue after the COVID-19 outbreak, bringing years of experiences with numerous Valley bands and a more recent solo career.

Though the COVID-19 shutdowns led to the difficult and heartbreaking decisions by community theater groups to cancel many of their spring and summer productions — some for which they had already put so much work into — they haven’t let it break their spirits. The shows will go on — albeit in…

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