1. ‘Take Me Home Colleen’
An all-ages show featuring folk ballads about the Irish experience will raise money for a memorial project. “Take Me Home, Colleen” will take place Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at the Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Doors open at 6:30. Created by musician and songwriter Brendan Farrell, the show focuses on Sean Og Gaughan (Farrell) and Colleen Boyle (Edana Barrett) and their lives in Ireland’s County Mayo during the famine of the 1840s. In addition to a dozen original contemporary ballads, the show features film, photography and Irish folk tunes. Tickets cost $30 for general admission and $50 for the VIP level, which includes a post-show meet-and-greet. Proceeds will benefit the Officer John Wilding Memorial and the Garda William Golden Memorial.
2. Carnival at the Park
St. Cats and Dogs, a Scranton-based animal rescue and trap-neuter-return organization, is again hosting an all-ages carnival in the heart of the city’s Nay Aug Park.
Featuring rides, food and games, the carnival is now open and runs through Saturday, May 11, starting at 6 p.m. in the part of the park across from the Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St.
Wristbands for rides cost $15 on Thursday, May 9, from 6 p.m. to close and on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. On Wednesday, May 8; Friday, May 10; and Saturday from 6 p.m. to close, wristbands cost $20. The wristbands provide the bearer with 22 ride tickets, with rides costing an average of three tickets.
Proceeds benefit St. Cats and Dogs, which is housed in the former Nay Aug Park zoo building.
3. Spring Wine Festival
Indulge in food and drinks from Pennsylvania vendors at the third annual Spring Wine Festival at Montage Mountain Resorts, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton.
Presented by Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar, the festival will take place Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 6 p.m. Participants include Deer Creek Winery, Courtyard Winery, Seven Mountain Wine Cellars, Buddy Boy Winery + Vineyards, Kulpmont Winery, Hidden Creek Vineyards, Sand Castle Winery, Sorrenti’s Cherry Valley Vineyards, Wood Lodge Winery, University Wine Co. and Bee Kind Winery. Numerous food and retail vendors also will be on hand. Bluegrass band Serene Green and solo acoustic musician Asialena Bonitz will provide entertainment.
General admission costs $19 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets include a tasting glass and wine sampling, but guests also will be able to buy wines by the glass and bottle. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
4. Karl Hall concert
Downtown Wilkes-Barre venue Karl Hall, 57 N. Main St., has a full slate of music planned for this weekend. On Friday, May 10, hear folk, bluegrass and jazz music by Charming Disaster, Dave Brown and Friends, and Spencer Reed will perform, with songs starting at 8 p.m. Admission costs $10. Then, on Saturday, May 11, Blind Choice, Look Alive, Mellifluous and Into Sunday will take the stage. Doors to the all-ages, BYOB show open at 7 p.m., and the cover costs $10. For more information, email email@example.com or visit karlhall.org.
5. The Lords of 52nd Street
A group of musicians who backed Billy Joel on many of his recordings and tours take their sound to Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, May 11. The Lords of 52nd Street — including Richie Cannata, Liberty DeVitto and Russell Javors — will perform at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. The band worked with Joel for more than a decade, recording the albums “The Stranger,” “52nd Street,” “Glass Houses” and “The Nylon Curtain” with the legendary Piano Man. With Joel, they toured around the world, performing at venues including Wembley Stadium, the Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall. After 30 years apart and their induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, the Lords of 52nd Street reunited and continue to tour regularly. Tickets cost $28, $33 and $38, plus fees, and are available at the box office, kirbycenter.org and 570-826-1100