“Distinguished for Their Talents,” Theatrical Portraits by Scranton Master Penman P. W. Costello, 1905-1930

On display in the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Heritage Room is a collection of pen and ink portraits of late 19th and early 20th century theatrical personalities drawn between 1905 and 1930 by Scranton’s Master Penman Patrick W. Costello. Costello was nationally recognized for his work and operated what we might now consider a graphic arts studio where he created advertising art as well as engrossed congratulatory or testimonial resolutions, diplomas, and other types of work that required a combination of calligraphic lettering and artistic design. As a hobby, Costello drew pen and ink portraits and, because he had a love for the theater, specialized in drawing portraits of stage personalities. These were often drawn from photographs, engravings or illustrations found in theater magazines and books, but he also drew some portraits from life. In addition to his career as a penman, Costello owned restaurants in Scranton where he would display his portraits. In some cases, traveling actors would visit the restaurant and autograph their portraits. The exhibit will include a variety of men and women of the stage, some of whom played Scranton. Some actors, such as John Barrymore, are still famous today. Many of these actors performed Shakespeare and, therefore, a portion of the portraits on display depict Shakespearean characters.

The Heritage Room will host an exhibit reception and program on Tuesday, March 27 at 6 PM. Thomas W. Costello, P. W. Costello’s great-grandson, will speak on Costello’s career. University of Scranton English professor Michael Friedman will give a talk titled “Shakespeare on the Stage in 1900: From Actor’s Theater to Author’s Theater.” Sponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, the reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run from February 5 through April 23 during normal Library hours. Images of the portraits can also be viewed through our digital collections website. For more information, please email archives@scranton.edu or call 570-941-6341.

 

Leaves of Class XIX – December!

Congratulations to Joyce Hatala of Fleetville who won a new iPad from The University of Scranton, Division of Information Resources, a hand knit scarf courtesy of Bonnie Strohl; a wine gift basket from Franklin Hill Vineyards; a wine bottle opener kit courtesy of Charles Kratz; and two phone cases courtesy of William Varady.  Joyce also won the following gift cards/certificates to: Alexander’s Family Restaurant ($50); Alibris ($50); Lenora’s ($50); Thai Thani ($40); Ruth’s Chris Steak House ($25) & Wolfgang Puck ($10) from Metz Culinary Management; Amazon ($30); Six East Restaurant (dinner for 2 up to $30); Regal Entertainment Group ($25 courtesy of Alan Mazzei); JJ McNally’s ($25); Nana’s Pasta House ($25); POSH@The Scranton Club ($25); Riccardo’s ($25); and Stirnas Restaurant ($25).

Raffle chances for Leaves of Class XX are now available. To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

Leaves of Class XIX – June & July Winners!

Congratulations to Irene Fotta & Mary Beth Hennigan from Clarks Summit, our June winners, who won a 5 class card from Jaya Yoga Studio, a one year couple membership to The Schemel Forum, a PRO Fitness Club basket including one 3-month membership & 2 personal training sessions gift certificates. Irene & Mary Beth also won a gift certificate to Sanderson Place Salon & Spa Scranton ($75), admission tickets to Montage Mountain Resorts Waterpark, 6 flex tics to the Wildflower Music Festival and tickets to the Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival.

Congratulations also to Kevin Clarke of Dunmore, our July winner, who won a basket of cheer compliments of Ann Moskovitz, a “Family Fun” gift basket from The Commonwealth Medical College, a Mountain View Vineyard wine basket and bottle opener set, seven wines in a lovely Longaberger basket courtesy of Charles Kratz and Charlene Reese, a Coleman Roadtrip portable propane grill courtesy of Fidelity Bank, and a ceramic chip and dip Telavera platter. Kevin also won gift certificates/cards from The Epicurean Delight Catering, Inc. ($100), Wegmans ($100), Bella Facia ($25), DOMA Importing Company ($25), Gold Crown Pizza ($25), Mansours Market ($25), Quinn’s Supermarket ($25), and Tasty Freeze Ice Cream ($25).

There are still FIVE chances to win! Our next drawing for Leaves of Class XIX is August 31, 2017.

To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

Leaves of Class XIX – January Winner!

Congratulations to Catherine A. Bolton from Lake Ariel who won event and performance tickets courtesy of The Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, The Ballet Theatre of Scranton, the Actors Circle, Community Concerts at Lackawanna College and The University of Scranton Players. Catherine also won four club seats to a Penguins home game courtesy of PNC Bank, gift cards/certificates from Alexander’s Spa & Salon and Aramark, a calendar and two large jar candles from American Candle, a 1 year family membership from the Everhart Museum, and a diamond bracelet courtesy of Midori Yamanouchi, Ph.D.

There are still ELEVEN chances to win! Our next drawing for Leaves of Class XIX is February 28, 2017.

To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good luck!

 

Paint Day Fundraiser: Rescheduled

Rescheduled Event: The Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library will be hosting a paint day fundraiser in the Heritage Room on the fifth floor of the Library on Sunday, February 26 at 2pm. There is a $35 fee, snacks will be provided. Preregistration is required. For more information and to register, visit Spirited Art’s calendar of events.

If you were already registered for the original event, you are automatically registered for the 26th. If you can no longer attend, please contact Spirited Art.

Leaves of Class XVIII – December Winner!

Congratulations to Jim & Dee Carroll of Beach Lake, our December Leaves of Class winners, who won an iPad from The University of Scranton, Division of Information Resources, a gift basket from Medicus Express Care, a basket of wine and spirits courtesy of Nimble Hill Winery, Mary Ellen Picchiarello, William Varady, and Debra Pellegrino, a Longaberger basket of wine courtesy of Charlene Reese and Gretchen Welby, a Literary Classics Book Basket from Library Express, a copy of Orange is the New Black from Carroll & Carroll Booksellers, a tea and scone basket from Something Old & Something New Marketplace, and gift certificates to Alexander’s Family Restaurant and Alibris.

Thank you to all who participated in Leaves of Class XVIII!

Our first drawing of Leaves of Class XIX is January 31, 2017. To purchase entires online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves.

To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Happy Holidays!!!

Leaves of Class XVIII – September Winner!

Congratulations to Linda Newberry of Scott Township, our September Leaves of Class winner, who won tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Motor coach tour to New York City courtesy of AAA Travel Agency, and gift cards and/or certificates to: Alexander’s Family Restaurant, Aramark, Hottle’s Restaurant, JJ McNally’s, Live With It by Lora Hobbs, Sanderson Street Tavern, Sidel’s Restaurant, State Street Grill, Tiffany’s Tap & Grill, Total Hair Solutions, and Zummo’s Café. Linda also received a Dunkin Donuts gift card from Gretchen Welby, and an Amazon gift card courtesy of Jeanne Bovard,

There are still THREE more drawings for Leaves of Class XVIII!

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Leaves of Class XVIII ~ August Winner!

Congratulations to Dr. John Norcross of Clarks Summit, our August Leaves of Class winner, who won a Pro Fitness basket including: 1 3-month membership and 2 personal training sessions gift certificates; sweat towels, key clips, ear buds, club information and more, gift cards and/or certificates from P.J. Scanlan’s, Nana’s Pasta House, Damon’s Grill & Sports Bar, The Windsor Inn, Six East Restaurant, Boscov’s, Salon Sage & Day Spa, The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park, Debbie’s Flower Boutique, Inc., The Bog, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and a Amazon gift card courtesy of William Varady. John also won a set of 4 tickets from Roba Family Farms, and a 1 ct. t.w. diamond bracelet courtesy of Midori Yamanouchi, Ph.D.

There are still FOUR more drawings for Leaves of Class XVIII!

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Leaves of Class XVIII ~ July Winner & August Drawing

We pull our August winner tomorrow – Will it be you?

Congratulations to Donna Rupp of Scranton, our July winner, who won a Coleman Roadtrip portable propane grill courtesy of Fidelity Bank, gift cards from Wegmans, Abe’s Deli, Mansour’s Market, Gold Crown Pizza, Damon’s Grill & Sports Bar, The University of Scranton Bookstore, and TGI Fridays. In addition, Donna won a basket of cheer compliments of Ann Moskovitz, a beach gift basket from The Commonwealth Medical College, a movie gift bag from The Dietrich Theater, 2 theatre subscriptions from The University of Scranton Players, and two tickets to the Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival!

There are still FIVE more drawings for Leaves of Class XVIII. PURCHASE YOUR CHANCES TODAY!

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