If you consider yourself an owl, your time has come. Let the rejoicing commence.
“Night owls,” of course, are those folks who, like the hooting birds of prey, perk up after sunset. So, as daylight-saving time comes to an end this weekend, turning the clocks back could make you feel as if you have an extra hour of darkness to enjoy, starting, oh, about 5 p.m. Sunday.
If you’re wondering what happened to the hour of light you just lost, by the way, the “morning larks” know where to find it. It will be brighter about 6:30 a.m. Sunday and Monday when they start their daily jog or tai chi.
But back to the night owls.
We’ve come up with 10 suggestions for ways to spend some of those darker hours that will become more and more frequent as we head toward winter.
What’s that? Up in the sky?
The less light (and fewer clouds) in the sky, the better for stargazing. So why not plan a visit to the Friedman Observatory at Penn State’s Wilkes-Barre Campus in Lehman Township? The observatory is open to the public from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday nights when the weather is clear, and no appointment is necessary.
Accuweather predicts tonight should be “very good” for stargazing and, while Saturday’s conditions appear poor, Sunday also should be “very good.” Because the observatory won’t be open on Sunday, why not gaze from another dark space? You might find a spot perhaps as close as your own backyard or as far as Cherry Springs State Park off Route 44 near Coudersport in Potter County.
Cherry Springs is about 150 miles from Wilkes-Barre but could be worth the drive. It’s in such a remote area, it boasts one of the darkest skies in the United States east of the Mississippi.
Sample ethnic cuisine
Another after-dark possibility is dinner on the town, perhaps enjoyed by candlelight. We suggest trying one of downtown Wilkes-Barre’s ethnic restaurants. Within a few blocks of Public Square you will find Italian (Cafe Toscana), Mexican (El Zocalo, Thai (Thai Thai), Japanese (Katana as well as Akeno Sushi) French (Southside Bistro) and Indian (Letts Eat). If you opt for Indian cuisine, it may be especially appropriate to note because the Indian Festival of Lights, or Diwali, begins Sunday and ends Thursday.
A ghostly walk
If you’ve missed all the Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks up till now, don’t worry. There is still one left. You can meet the group at 6:45 tonight at the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 S. Franklin St., and prepare to have your spine tingled with tales of spirits, murders and seedy happenings of the past. Cost is $10. Call 570-823-6244 for reservations.
Tap. Tap. Tap.
What’s that tapping at the window? A raven? No. The tapping comes from shoes hitting the floor like Fred Astaire or Gregory Hines.
If you’re a grown-up who misses the fun and exercise of dance class — or maybe would like to experience them for the first time — adult dance classes await you at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre in Duryea. Classes blending the steps of ballet, tap and jazz and take place Tuesday evenings at 7:30. Cost is $10. Call 570-991-1817 for more information, and maybe you can summon your inner Gene Kelly.
A classy lady
If you’re more a fan of Grace Kelly, consider the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, where an exhibit devoted to the life of the famous actress-turned-princess from Philadelphia opened Monday.
The show will be on exhibit seven days a week through Jan. 26, but — night owls take note — Thursdays are the only time the museum has evening hours, until 8:30.
This Thursday at 7 p.m. will bring a talk about Grace Kelly’s life, glamour and image, often described as “fire beneath the ice.”
Tickets to the exhibit are $18 for adults, $17 for seniors, $16 for college students and $8 for ages 6 to 18. For advance purchase, visit www.michenerartmuseum.org or call 800-595-4849.
A classic film
By now you might be in the mood to see Grace on the big screen. Thanks to the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock, you can catch her — and Cary Grant — in “To Catch a Thief” at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (you night owls will want that later show) on Nov. 13. The 1955 romantic thriller was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, so brace yourself for suspense. Admission is $5. For details, call 570-996-1500.
“Ya gotta ask yourself, ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” If it’s been a while since you heard Clint Eastwood growl those immortal lines as rules-be-damned San Francisco police inspector Harry Callahan, consider a trip to Cinemark 20 in Moosic on Wednesday. As part of the theater’s classic movie series, showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For details call 570-961-5922.
An eerie session
Halloween may be over, but you can still sign up for a seance at the Houdini Museum in Scranton — if you dare — and learn about a historical murder suicide with mystery entertainers Dick Brooks and Dorothy Dietrich. The eerie action will take place at 8 tonight and Saturday and Sunday nights. Call 570-383-9297 or visit www.houdini.org for reservations.
On the gridiron
Maybe it’s been a while since your last high-school football game. If you’d like to watch gridiron action under the Friday-night lights, several games around the region start at 7 p.m. You’ll find GAR at Meyers, Pittston Area at Wyoming Area, Berwick at Hazleton, Nanticoke at Hanover Area, Montrose at Northwest, Tunkhannock at Carbondale and Wyoming Valley West at Williamsport.
Hear a hoot?
Or, finally, you can join an outdoorsy group to search for great horned, screech, barred and other owls on Nov. 15 in the Vosburg area near Tunkhannock. The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Weis Market, Village Shopping Center, Route 29, Tunkhannock. Participation is free. Call 570-639-5785 for more information.
If you’d rather learn about owls in the light of day, you might prefer to bring your family to “Owl Day,” a live-bird program with owl-themed arts and crafts and dissection of owl pellets, set for 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Endless Mountains Nature Center, 280 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. Fee is $9. Call 570-836-3835 to register.