Safe and Fun Fall Activities near Scranton

Fall is full of bonfires, apple pie, pumpkin patches and hayrides. Though this fall is a little different than the rest, there are still a ton of activities to do to stay occupied.

These activities and attractions offer a fun way to get out and celebrate fall while still staying safe and healthy.

  1. Roba Family Farms

Roba Family Farms is located in North Abington Township and is just a 20-minute drive from campus.

With nearly 30 attractions and 10 food stands on site, Roba Family Farms offers something for everyone.

Marvelous Mutts is a dog show offered every Thursday-Sunday that the farm is open. Dogs show off their skills and talents like catching frisbees, jumping through hoops and swimming.

There is also a corn maze at Roba Family Farms, and this season’s maze is a tribute to the national heroes that put their lives on the line during the pandemic.

This year’s maze at Roba Family Farms.

Roba Family Farms implemented a safety plan to make sure all guests and employees remain safe throughout the farm’s operation. All customers are expected to wear masks when social distancing is not possible. Employees will wear masks at all times and have to pass a health check prior to each shift.

Capacity at the farm has been limited to ensure that everyone is able to stay at least 6’ apart.

High touch areas across the farm will also be cleaned frequently throughout each day.

Roba Family Farms will be open until November 1, 2020. General Admission tickets cost $9.95 on Thursday’s and $18.95 on Friday’s and Saturday’s.

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Safe Trick-or-Treat

On Saturday, Oct. 27, the University of Scranton hosted Safe Trick-or-Treat.  This event gives local kids and their families an opportunity to celebrate Halloween in a safe and friendly environment.

The Center for Service and Social Justice invited guests from local community partners to partake in the day’s events.  Many students volunteered their time throughout the day.  The Byron was set up with Halloween themed games and activities for the kids to play, managed by the University’s clubs and teams.

Students walked the families to different residence halls so they could go trick-or-treating! Residence halls were decked-out in spooky Halloween fashion, with pumpkins, ghosts and spider webs at every turn. The event gave kids a safe place to enjoy the holiday.

A great time was had by all.

“I love Safe Trick-or-Treat because it provides a safe space for children to take part in a tradition that they otherwise might not able to,” Grace Dickson ’20 said. “And who doesn’t love babies in costumes and seeing children’s faces light up when you give them candy!”

October 5


ccparksThings To Do In Fall
By Megan Castaldi

Fall has arrived! What better way to welcome in the change of seasons than by getting outdoors to part take in the many festive, fun, fall activities in the Scranton region!

Here are a few of the activities #OurScranton has to offer! Read more here.

Canine Friends Provide Stress Relief
By Megan Castaldi

Students are always looking for a way to relieve their stress around midterm time. What better way to do this than to take a study break at Pet Therapy!

Hosted by Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice, Pet Therapy had the Dionne Green packed on Sept. 27 with students and faculty members petting and playing with The University of Scranton’s canine friends! This event typically welcomes about 800 visitors and greets around 40 dogs.

Our friendly, furry visitors were happily receiving hugs and belly rubs from members of the community. Many students enjoyed this event because it reminded them of their pets at home.

Junior Devon Tirney said, “I love pet therapy! It’s a great stress reliever from school and is comforting because I miss my dogs from home.”

To learn more about Campus Ministries, click here.

See more pictures of Pet Therapy on our Flickr page.

Beautifying Scranton: Street Sweep Fall 2016
By: Kayla Johnson

streetsweepThe University of Scranton’s student government organized an army of nearly 650 students this past Saturday to take on the streets of Scranton, especially downtown and the historic Hill Section. Many members from student clubs and organizations took the opportunity to exercise service (and just exercise in general . . . those hills are steep!) and give back to the community of Scranton by tidying up the area. More than 400 bags were filled with garbarge.

“It felt great to give back,” said Emily Calderone, a junior. “Even though I’m a junior this is my first Street Sweep. When you’re done cleaning the streets it makes you feel like a better person.”

Service to the community is the driving force of Street Sweep and students and volunteers were excited to help. Hundreds waited in a line that spanned the lengths of the Loyola Science Center’s first floor hallway. They were looking forward to getting their t-shirts and filling up trash bags with litter.

Streets were swept from Madison to Prescott and Mulberry to Myrtle, and were swarming with students from various clubs from the University as well as individuals who just wanted to serve the community. Trekking through the hills with friends and fellow students united the school and the community.

Get to Know the Alumni: Advertising Q&A
By Kayla Johnson

Professor Stacy Smulowitz and the Advertising Club hosted a group of Advertising alumni in the Loyola Science Center recently. The purpose? For alumni to connect with current students from the University and dole out some (much-appreciated) advice and insight to the industry.

The alumni who were invited maintain a strong connection to their university which continues to help shape and mold their careers. So, they were more than willing to do a Q&A for the school after the meeting! Here are some their answers, tips, advice and wise words.

danDan Antonelli, president and creative director for Graphic D-Signs, Inc.

RN: Why were you excited to speak with Scranton students?

DA: It’s important to give back and recognize where you came from, and acknowledge that you wouldn’t have arrived at this point without help from a lot of folks. Without the education from Scranton, and – more importantly – the internship I had at the University in the Publications Office (working for Gerry Zaboski), there’s probably no way I get to where I am today.

RN: What is the best advice you have for students (either graduating or still in school)?

DA: Follow your passion. Find a job that you can’t wait to get to in the morning and that doesn’t depress you on a Sunday night. Life’s too short to work in a job that you’re not passionate about. Chasing money won’t make you happy, but pursuing something you’re truly passionate about will.

RN: What do you consider to be the best gained knowledge from your experience in the real world that you can share with students?

DA: Nothing you do today should be considered good enough for tomorrow. And there is no pinnacle for success. You should always be aiming higher.

ad-alumKaren Mennella, a media trainee at Zenith (part of Publicis Media)

RN: What are some insider industry tips?

KM: Speak up, be passionate, and be ready to learn. For future graduates, don’t be afraid to participate. Also, find what you’re passionate about in the industry and get more involved with it. Lastly, every day is a learning opportunity, so be open to new things and constructive criticism.

RN: How has the industry changed since you’ve joined it?

KM: Even though I’ve only been working in the industry for four months, I’ve already seen so much change in the industry. It’s pretty fast-paced and exciting. Stay on top of trends, know what’s in and out, and know what’s coming.

Student Musician Q&A
By Kayla Johnson

student-musicI recently talked to Richard “Richie” Endico about being a student musician! Read on for more:

RN: What instrument do you play and how long have you been playing?

RE: I play percussion and I learned how to play when I was around 5 or 6. I learned from my dad. I also play the piano a bit, which I picked up in high school and learned from my band teacher.

RN: What made you want to be a student musician at The University of Scranton?

RE: When looking at schools my senior year of high school, I wanted to go somewhere that had a music performance program, but something that wasn’t too intense or a class for a credit. When I visited, it was exactly what I was looking for. A wide variety of different performance groups that rehearsed once a week, and it was with student musicians who played because they wanted to, not because they had to.

RN: What’s your favorite thing about a student musician?

RE: My favorite thing about being a student musician are the people I have met so far. Through performance music, I have made some great friends . . . coming from all different backgrounds and majors.

RN: Do you want to play after college? And what are your plans after graduation?

RE: I would enjoy the opportunity to continue playing after college. My plan after graduation is to try and find a few musicians that also play, get together maybe once or twice a week, and jam out. The great thing about music is that there is always something to work on and get better at.

Read more about Student Ensembles here.

October 21

One of the reasons we love fall in #OurScranton is because the region has so much to offer – there’s something to do for everyone.  As the leaves change (and fall!) around us, don’t just sit there – get out and enjoy all things autumn!

Read on to get the scoop on some festive fall activities, both on and off campus! Continue reading