Thursday, March 29, 2012

The news that's fit to spit

Good morning everyone! We have some exciting news to report about NEPA Blogs this morning. I've been storing it up for a few days, but now I'm ready to burst!

NEPA Blogs Featured in the Weekender

Why should you attend NEPA Blog Fest? That is a question DB, Gort and I are often asked while trying to put together and plug the bi-annual Blog Fest gathering. We were lucky enough to garner the attention of fellow local blogger/Weekender journalist Nikki Mascali who dedicated a large section of this week's edition of the Weekender to talk about Blog Fest...and why you should attend.

You can read the article online right here…or perhaps, go and pick up a print version of the Weekender. Here's a picture from the cover:

You can also read our press release about the event right here.

Gort42, Joe Valenti, DB Echo, LuLac, NEPArtisan and yours truly have all discussed Blog Fest on our blogs. We are trying to build up a buzz about the event. Our hopes are to draw a larger crowd than the last time.

Please stop by and join us! Here are the details:

NEPA BLOG FEST (Spring 2012 Edition)

Friday, March 30th, 2012
Time: 6pm
Location: Rooney's Irish Pub; 67 South Main Street; Pittston, PA 18640.
**A menu can be found here.

This is a free event open to local bloggers, lurkers and anyone else interested in hanging out with the "cool kiddies" of the local blogosphere.

***You can RSVP to the Facebook Event Page right here.

NEPA Blogs Potential Award??

We received an email to the inbox on Tuesday night inviting us to the Morning Call's "MyChoiceVoice" Best of Blogs of the Lehigh Valley awards ceremony. The ceremony is being held this evening at the lovely Allentown Symphony Hall in Allentown. DB and I decided to make the trek down to the Lehigh Valley this evening to attend the event. We are unsure whether or not our little blog is winning any awards. However, we figure (at the very least), it is a good opportunity to network with other area bloggers...the likes of which we would probably never get to meet otherwise.

Here's a picture of the invite!

As I'm sure you have noticed, Harold just recently added a bunch of Lehigh Valley bloggers to our blog roll as a part of "Blog March Madness". Where did we get them from? Hmmmm....I wonder.


Nominate us!

I found out about this at the last minute, but anyway, The Weekender is having a 2012 Reader's Choice poll which encompasses several categories of local interest. Wouldn't you know it? There's a category for Best Local Blog! It is #62. If you would be so inclined, we'd be honored if you would vote for our Blog.

Here's the link:,106591

Again, that's #62 - Write in NEPA Blogs -

No pressure, or anything...

You can vote until tomorrow (Friday) 3/30/12. Hey! I warned you that this was last minute notice!

Scranton Story Slam

Both DB Echo and I were approached by Pamela McNichols to see if we could participate in/attend the Scranton StorySlam.

What is the Scranton Story Slam?

Excerpt taken from the 570 article at

Storyslam is the project of local high school student, Madeline “Zoe” McNichols, who is being mentored by Maureen McGuigan. With the event just around the corner, I caught up with Zoe to talk about this exciting new event in the Electric City, and her inspiration for the project.

The Scranton StorySlam is a night of storytelling similar to those hosted by The Moth, an organization based in New York City dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. On this particular evening, The Vintage Theater will serve as a stage for 10 incredibly talented personalities, each telling a five-minute true story from memory. In Moth tradition and to tie the night together, each story will adhere to a theme. The theme for the first Scranton StorySlam is “Warning Signs.” The theme is intentionally very general, allowing the storytellers to take the audience in any direction, from pants-peeing hilarity to soul-wrenching heartbreak. It’s called a “slam” because it’s presented in the form of a competition, which results in a high energy and engaging environment.

We are privileged to have some of the Electric City's most interesting characters in our evening's lineup of storytellers. You can expect to laugh and be captivated by these writers, actors, and performers:

Alicia Grega,
Amye Archer,
Conor O'Brien,
Jeannine Luby,
Rosemary McGuigan,
Sarah Stachura Regan,
Tim McDermott,
Tom Blomain,
Tom Borthwick,
Zoe McNichols,

Master of Ceremonies: Conor McGuigan.

The event is a unique storytelling competition in which ten performers will each have five minutes to tell a true story from memory, in the tradition of old-fashioned storytelling.The stories must relate to the theme of the night: Warning Signs

Four judges will help to determine the winner, including University of Scranton Professor Michael Friedman, NEPA Blogs' Michelle Hryvnak Davies, and Abington Heights High School's Mr. Zach Monahan and Mrs. Marilyn Pryle.

When is it?

Saturday, 3/31/12 7pm-10pm
@ The Vintage Theater
119 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503

**You can RSVP for the event on Facebook RIGHT HERE.

Let's all help Zoe ace her senior project by attending. It will be an interesting night of story telling with several local bloggers in tow.

That's all that I have for now. I'll be back later with today's latest Blog March Madness offering. Until then, have a great Thursday!


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