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February 20. 2013 4:13AM
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Halloween may be over eight months away, but Scrantonians won??t have to wait that long to sink their fangs into something juicy.

The Everhart Museum, along with the Scranton Cultural Center, will be hosting the first ever vampire-themed First Friday, dubbed ??Virst Vriday: Vhat is a Vampire?? The event will include a vampire-themed art exhibit, a free movie screening, and even an art and film contest.

This will give attendees the chance to learn all about the vampire culture as well as check out some extraordinary art from some local vampire fanatics.

??The exhibit is very unique as it is the first and only of its kind,? said Stefanie Colarusso, director of interpretive programs at the Everhart Museum.

This one-of-a-kind event is inspired by the Everhart Museum??s vampire-themed exhibit entitled ??The Blood is the Life: Vampires in Art & Nature,? which is set to run from Feb. 1 through July 2 exclusively at the Everhart Museum.

??This is the first time the Everhart Museum has collaborated with the downtown for First Friday, and we will be looking for more partnership opportunities in the future,? Colarusso noted.

Contests were held prior to the event to seek out the best local artists and filmmakers. The winning art will be displayed in the exhibit at the Scranton Cultural Center throughout the night, and there will be a showing of the winning short films. The night will be concluded with a free showing of the 1922 silent horror film ??Nosferatu.?

Going to miss out on the event? Don??t vret. Vampire fans will have another chance to learn all about gothic culture at ??Gothic Weekend,? also being held at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. The event will take place on Valentine??s Day weekend (Feb. 15-17) and will include a number of activities, including tango lessons by Vince Brust, Dinner at the Theater, and a showing of the musical comedy ??The Addams Family.?

Sponsors of the gothic weekend include POSH at the Scranton Club, the Broadway Theater Leagues of NEPA, and Carl Von Lugers. For more information about this event or to buy tickets, visit

??The Blood is the Life: Vampires in Art & Nature:? Feb. 1- July 2, Everhart Museum (1901 Mulberry St., Scranton, PA, 570.346.7186, $5, adults; $3, students/seniors; $2, children 6-12; members, free.

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