July First Friday performance



BRENT PENNINGTON New Vintage Ensemble members Casey Thomas and Kimmie Leff perform in "Color so Real," a murder mystery set in Scranton, during First Friday in downtown Scranton on the evening of 03 July 2015.

BRENT PENNINGTON New Vintage Ensemble members Casey Thomas and Kimmie Leff perform in "Color so Real," a murder mystery set in Scranton, during First Friday in downtown Scranton on the evening of 03 July 2015.

Scranton kicked off July with it’s monthly First Friday arts celebration, downtown businesses opening their doors to host local artists and art-admirers through the evening.  This month’s timing blended the annual Independence Day festivities into the mix, which made for a fantastic event.

I spent the first hour or so at The Leonard, where the New Vintage Ensemble had scheduled two performances of “Color so Real,” a play written by local playwright and ensemble member Sara Regan, performed by ensemble members Kimmie Leff and Casey Thomas, and directed by Mandy Boyle, my lovely fiancee.

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Arts on Fire 2015



BRENT PENNINGTON The Keystone College iron pouring class fires metal and pours it in molds during Arts on Fire, held at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces in downtown Scranton, PA, on the afternoon of 06 June 2015.

BRENT PENNINGTON The Keystone College iron pouring class fires metal and pours it in molds during Arts on Fire, held at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces in downtown Scranton, PA, on the afternoon of 06 June 2015.

Another of my favorite weekends of the summer has come and gone, that trademark of June where the Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces are once more shimmering in the heat of molten metal.  It’s Arts on Fire, a celebration of Scranton’s heritage and vibrant local arts culture.

The highlight of the event is always the live iron pouring demonstrations, which go for several hours each afternoon (and the night before during an incredible night-pour), courtesy of the Keystone College ironworks team.

BRENT PENNINGTON The Keystone College iron pouring class fires metal and pours it in molds during Arts on Fire, held at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces in downtown Scranton, PA, on the afternoon of 06 June 2015.

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First Friday Scranton – June



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Last week was the June First Friday here in downtown Scranton, and Mandy and I went down for a bit of a date night.  Burgers, stops in a couple of venues, and then Mandy joined the Vintage Theater Ensemble for play the role of a living mannequin in the window of the vintage pop-up shop on Adams Ave.

The pop-up shop has done this once or twice before and it’s always a been a big hit.  Last month it rained and I wasn’t able to go down to see, so I wanted to make a point to check it out this time around, cameras in-hand.

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Grand Opening @ Morning Glory Cafe



BRENT PENNINGTON Grand opening of Morning Glory Cafe on the afternoon of 02 March 2013.  Morning Glory is located at The Vintage in downtown Scranton, PA.

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve gotten anything up here.  Chalk it up to the winter doldrums, which we are thankfully (finally) moving out of.  I’ve got some interesting things lined up for the next couple of months, a few projects, a few shoots, and hopefully a lot of cool images.  But in the meantime, I want to kick it off with a quick series here, of the grand opening of Morning Glory Cafe in downtown Scranton.

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Masquerade Ball at The Vintage



The Vintage Theater's "Masquerade Ball," held at The Keys in downtown Scraton on the evening of 26 October 2012.

You know that line about the best laid plans? Well, it’s true – things go awry. We had great plans for sort of manned photo booth, where I’d have a mini studio setup to take portraits of folks in costume. But unfortunately there was a last minute change of venue, and the event ended up at The Keys, an island-themed bar on Penn Ave that just didn’t have the room for such a setup. So, we improvised.

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First Friday Jazz Festival



Last Friday night was the kickoff to Scranton’s Jazz Festival, beginning with a rocking (is that the right term for jazz-centric bands?) First Friday downtown.  It’s been at least a year since we went down to First Friday, although I’m not entirely sure why, since it’s really a nice time.  The downtown is lively and there’s no shortage of things to do, or see.  Especially when it’s part of a bigger event.

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