Charles Jefferson: It’s all happening at Montage Mountain

Charles Jefferson:

It’s all happening at Montage Mountain

As appeared in The Times Leader on May 10, 2015.

I’m thrilled to say

“Montage is back!”

That’s the slogan used to bring Montage Mountain back from bankruptcy nearly two years ago. But Montage was never really gone; it just needed some care and feeding to return it as a center for family fun and entertainment. Whatever happened over the 30 years since Montage opened is in the past. The resort is renewed and refreshed and well on its way to becoming a hub of activity by hosting more events than ever.

Continued success for Montage Mountain has meant expanding activities during the ski and waterpark seasons while moving into the spring and fall. Also, bringing the community into the mix with our fundraiser programs and charity support has been key to our success. You can’t be a backyard place without being a good neighbor. In May, we’ll host the Celtic Festival for the fifth consecutive year.

This summer, the Peach Festival returns to the amphitheater and Montage Mountain. Live Nation has delivered another great festival lineup. Building on the success of the Peach, we are working to create other events that will bring together the resources of the mountain and the amphitheater. We’re also working to expand our summer events and build on the success of our 3rd Thursday Adult Swims.

On Friday, July 31, the mountain will host the first “Blue Moon Bash” to celebrate the only Blue Moon of 2015. A Blue Moon is the second full moon of the month, and we haven’t seen that happen since 2012. We’re celebrating with an event sponsored by LT Verrastro and Blue Moon Brewing. The “Blue Moon Bash” will be one of the biggest and best events of the season with an after-hours outdoor concert and party at the waterpark.

We’re continuing the Black Diamond Running Series for a second year. This premier trail run is a cross between an organized road run and an obstacle course race giving participants the opportunity to run a 5k, 8k and 10k race up and down the steepest slopes Northeastern Pennsylvania has to offer. These are scheduled for the second Sunday of June, July and August, with overall winners being crowned King and Queen of the Mountain in August. Race participation gets you admission to the waterpark.

We’re bringing family entertainment to the waterpark throughout the summer.

This summer’s lineup also includes Wings at the Waterpark, World’s Largest Swim Lesson Day, Chamber Days, Scout Day, Little League and Softball Day and Princess and Pirate Day.

We’re working on future events and planning a hotel to further expand the offerings in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This year we’ll host a fall wine festival when the colors on the mountain are at their best. The fall of 2016 will be exciting for us as we introduce a haunted mountain experience partnership with Reaper’s Revenge. We’re also planning winter events to include several outdoor concerts and maybe even an extreme outdoor event appearance.

It’s not all about Montage, though. The Leonard Theater is another example of good things happening in Northeastern Pennsylvania. At one time, Scranton was a center of the entertainment industry. Small and large theaters could be found on just about every street. Most vanished over the years, but a few remained mothballed and waiting. Tucked away on the second floor of what what Leonard’s Hardware on the 300 block of Adams Avenue is a cool, 1,200-seat performance theater that’s been many things, including the Knights of Columbus Hall, where some of the first meetings of Scranton’s St. Patrick’s Parade committee were held. Today we’re breathing new life into it as a unique performance venue for local musicians, up and coming acts and a great event space for parties and fundraisers.

That’s just a few of the good things happening in the entertainment and recreation areas in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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