Around Town: A library fundraiser, Home & Garden Show and dinner at Crabby’s

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To say life’s busy would be an understatement.

Seems every weekend there’s more and more to do. Places to visit. People to see. Causes to support. On and on it goes.

But, I love it.

By now you know I’m the type that likes to get around town (towns, states and countries too).

Last weekend was no exception.

I was invited to a gathering of Hoyt Library supporters last Friday at the Pierce Street Deli. Its outside lobby area is exquisite with its fountain, dressed-up tables and all-around sunny décor. It’s the perfect spot for a party, whether it be a baby shower, graduation party, or in this case, a fundraiser.

I chatted with State Representative Aaron Kaufer and Senator Lisa Baker – both huge supporters of the Hoyt and its 90 years in operation.

Baker described the Hoyt and neighboring libraries as cores of our neighborhoods, and I couldn’t agree more.

We had such a nice discussion for about five minutes or so that it was easy to forget I was talking to a senator; she’s more like your favorite neighbor next door, highly engaged in the community around her.

The 90th anniversary raffle featured fabulous prizes: a House of Nutrition gift certificate, a Vive membership, Michael Kors wristlet, and so much more.

While I may have left empty-handed, I was thrilled for the winners – many of whom I’ve known for years since I grew up in Kingston.

Sunday called for some motivation too, because two events were on the docket: the Home & Garden Show at Mohegan Sun Arena, sponsored by the Times Leader Media Group, and a Breathe Deep NEPA fundraiser at Senunas’ Bar & Grill.

As reporter Pat Kernan wrote after covering the latter event: it’s not unusual to see people sampling whiskey and wine at Senunas’ but what made this crowd different was where the money was going. Dollars raised benefited Lungevity’s 5K Walk & Fun Run that is fast approaching.

While the wine was poured by none other than Amy Niemkiewicz of Nawrocki Imports, I had to take a rain check since the Home & Garden Show was next on my list of stops.

The more than 130 vendors on hand were still chatting with attendees and handing out all kinds of samples by the time I arrived at 4 p.m.

Booths filled the arena floor and concourse, making for a relaxed day of browsing.

I remember years ago covering the home show as a young reporter. I was fascinated that vendors would set up and stay in one spot for multiple days in a row. Being there as more of an observer this year, I noticed homeowners finding inspiration for their home- and outdoor-makeover projects as they perused.

We’re lucky to have such a display of high-quality companies that put their best showcases together.

Of course I had to eat at some point, so my stop toward the end of the week at Crabby’s in Dallas was just what I needed to end a busy week.

Now I know it’s considered a seafood restaurant, but let me assure you that you can’t wrong with having the wings and a rack of ribs like I did.

Simply put, they’re awesome (no wonder the restaurant and bar took home nine Best of Times Leader awards last month).

A special treat too, was being joined by friends John and Barb Sobeck who introduced me to Drums-based Honey Hole Winery’s wines. The blackberry flavor was sweet and idyllic – a nice after-dinner libation. I hear they have all sorts of flavors: green apple, watermelon, cranberry and more.

Get ready, friends: You may find some fun flavors in your next birthday gift bag.

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Mike McGinley is the Times Leader Media Group’s major accounts executive. Reach him at [email protected] or 570-704-3945.

Mike McGinley is the Times Leader Media Group’s major accounts executive. Reach him at [email protected] or 570-704-3945.