The MPB Community Players and the Hazleton Integration Project have announced that they will work together to produce a children’s play this spring, giving children throughout the Hazleton Area the opportunity to be involved in the show at no cost. The musical theatre production, the 1960s tribute “Everything’s Groovy,” will be presented at 7:00 PM on March 27th and 28th on the stage at the H.I.P.’s Hazleton One Community Center at 225 East 4th Street.
“We are very excited to become a part of the wonderful things that the H.I.P. is doing in the Hazleton Area,” said MPB Players director Judiann McGrogan. “In our 26 year history, the Players’ goal has always been to give as many people as possible the opportunity to perform, and we feel certain that this partnership will open the door for even more children in our area. Whether they have experience onstage or have never performed before, kids will have the chance to showcase their talents through this production.”
“Everything’s Groovy” is a musical theatre tribute to the 1960s. The story centers around the promoters of a music festival at Crumb’s Apple Farm. When popular singing group the Lemon Bugs announce that they will perform for free, busses start arriving for the festival. But the young organizers have their hands full with the local sheriff questioning their permit to hold the festival and a longtime resident who’s trying to shut it down. Other characters include “Hippie Girl with Flute,” festival sound man “Swashbuckler,” and many other hippies.
BY AMANDA CHRISTMAN (STAFF WRITER)
For three years, holiday meals have been served to the less fortunate between Christmas and Thanksgiving, at the inspiration of a Hazleton native son who found success in Major League Baseball.
For three years that event, dubbed Thanksmas, filled empty bellies and hearts through Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon, his family and the dozens of volunteers that joined him.
This year, however, marked the first time Thanksmas meals were served from its own home at the Hazleton Integration Project's One Community Center, 225 E. Fourth St., which opened in June inside a former parochial school. The center and project was also an idea of Maddon's and his family in Hazleton to take a divided town and put it back together again.
A sea of people found their way to red and green decorated tables to enjoy the meal and share a story, or a smile, beginning with the first guest at 11:45 a.m. and up until about 2:30 p.m. when clean up began.
Christmas music provided by Smoke & Mirrors, a saxophone quartet made up of Hazleton Area School District music teachers, volunteered to play Christmas music, adding an audible merriment to the day that brought some to dance.
About 50 volunteers, ranging in ages, helped serve up the ethnic meal consisting of pasta and meatballs, sausage, pierogies and Dominican chicken, pork and rice.
The Hazleton Integration Project will present Joe Maddon's third annual family Christmas celebration, "Hazleton Kids Have Talent," on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts Center.
The event is free and open to the public. Doors for the event will open at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join Joe Maddon, his wife, Jaye, and the Maddon family for this annual holiday event.
Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon stopped in his hometown of Hazleton on Thursday to gauge the progress of the Hazleton Integration Project he began two years ago.
The program is now in full operation at the Hazleton One Community Center, 225 E. Fourth St., the former Most Precious Blood School.
Maddon, considered by many sports fans across the country as one of the top managers in Major League Baseball, brought along four-time 20-game winner Luis Tiant who played for Cleveland, Boston, Minnesota, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh and California.
Tiant, 73, now works for the Boston Red Sox organization.
Tiant faced some of the greatest all-time batters in baseball including Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. He said Mantle ranks up there with some the best ever reminiscing about the noted slugger's ability to hit the ball so hard it had top spin.
December 20. 2013 12:00AM
HAZLETON - The evidence was right there on the basketball court of the Hazleton One Community Center.
There, children of different races and nationalities not only shared easy smiles with each other, they shared the ball.
To Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, it was more proof that his Hazleton Integration Project is working.
“I just believe there’s more communication among the Hispanic community and the Anglo community in the area,” Maddon said following a press conference Thursday. “You just see the ease with which people are habitating in here.
“There’s no tension.”
Maddon said he sensed plenty of friction during offseason family visits to his old hometown of Hazleton during recent years, and wanted to do something to help ease the town’s widening cultural differences. He helped form an idea two years ago to offer a sports venue where children of all nationalities could mingle and become friends, with hopes that their parents would eventually follow suit.
Saturday December 14 2013:
HIP will be hosting a free breakfast event from 10:00 am to 12:00pm for children ages 10 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Eggs, Sausage, Pancakes, and Beverages will be served.
Special guest will be Santa and Mrs.Claus
Download and print the attached form.Free_Breakfast.docx
*Please submit form to register each child for a free toy!
Thursday, December 19, 2013:
Starting at 4 o'clock in the evening, Joe Maddon and Seattle Mariner's Left fielder Raul Ibanez will be holding a press conference at the Hazleton One Community Center. The conference is free and open to the public.
Joe Maddon Raul Ibanez
Friday, December 20, 2013:
3rd Annual Christmas Celebration
HIP will be hosting the 3rd Annual Christmas Celebration at Genetti's Best Western in Hazleton Pa.
Special guests: Joe Maddon Larry Bowa Yunel Escobar The Phillie Phanatic
Tickets are $50 per person and the celebration starts at 6:00pm.
During the celebration, HIP will also hold a huge sports memorabilia auction.
Saturday, December 21, 2013:
Joe Maddon's Family Christmas Celebration.
Come out to the Wiltsie Performing Arts Center and view live performances from the best of Hazleton area's youth! No tickets needed and the event is free to the public.
Show begins at 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 22, 2013:
"Thanksmas" at Hazleton One Community Center
Joe Maddon and HIP will host the annual Thanksmas event to serve a quality ethnic meal to our area's economically disadvantaged citizens.
Joe visits the fourth grade after school program at the Center lead by volunteer teacher Judy Benyo.