Around Town: Porsches, friends and preparing for the Fourth of July


“Which one do you want?”

“I think the 911,” I said to a friend.

Or, maybe the classic vintage one on display.

I also like the Boxster. It’s compact and fun and all sorts of fabulous.

The 911, though, was my first pick.

Heck, these days, you could make a GoFundMe page for just about anything, so why not this? I’d enjoy one of those swanky 911s and I’m sure my social media tribe would be happy to click the link and offer a few dollars toward my cause.

Jokes aside, the 911s are beautiful. Actually, everything Porsche is beautiful.

I saw it firsthand Thursday night at the grand opening of Porsche Wyoming Valley – the grandiose dealership on Highway 315 in Plains Township that looked more like a luxury lounge than a car dealership (seriously, if you want to feel like you’re on vacation, stop by and see this place).

There were cigars, specialty beers, passed hors d’oeuvres and food tables from the Westmoreland Club.

There was Denny Corby, the interactive magician and comic. He was easy to listen to and fun to watch for his 20-minute show that included several audience members (his next show of note is Saturday at the F.M. Kirby Center, if you’re interested in seeing him live).

And there were friends from long ago, like Lee Ann Connolly, who I keep up with on Facebook but rarely see in person. Her family and mine have been acquainted for a long time, and I have fond memories of attending Jenny Lynn Academy with her daughter, Meaghan, so seeing her made my night. We had some great laughs and talked about our lives today.

All of this was put together — and brought together — by Steve Ubaldini Jr., the general manager and man in charge of the special weekday affair.

I love Steve. If you don’t know him, you should. He’s fun, intelligent and one of the hardest workers I know (his wife, Meaghan — Lee Ann’s daughter — filled me in on his impressive work schedule).

He has worked tirelessly to ensure the Wyoming Valley Porsche and BMW dealerships are operating in top form.

Kudos to Steve and his team for hosting an event that lasted three hours. The only time I recall being in a car dealership that long was when negotiating for lower pricing.

With that event over and the weekend in full effect, I’m thinking about the Fourth of July. What to do, where to go, how to celebrate?

Frankly, I’m not sure.

Every year I seem to have something new on the agenda: a party, a vacation, a gathering of sorts somewhere.

This year, though, I’m thinking of ringing it in at Kirby Park.

Wilkes-Barre City Special Events Coordinator Patty Hughes is making quite the case for the city’s annual fireworks show.

Especially this year, with the holiday falling on a Wednesday, I might celebrate Wilkes-Barre-style at a place we’re lucky to have in our own backyard.

See you at the show.

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.