DALLAS TWP. — A whole lot of socializing and learning will be going on at the eighth annual Back Mountain Business & Community Expo on Wednesday, April 26.
The expo gives residents in the Back Mountain and Wyoming Valley an opportunity to talk with nearly 70 vendors about their wares and services but the history lecture that follows highlights a tidbit of the area’s past.
This year, the Back Mountain’s link to one of the biggest maritime disasters, the sinking of the Titanic, will be presented by William V. Lewis, commissioner of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, past president of the Luzerne County Historical Society.
The vessel’s demise and its ties to the Wyoming Valley inspired Lewis to write a booklet titled, “Stories of the Wilkes-Barre Titanic Passengers.”
Lewis’ presentation called “The Titanic and it’s Wyoming Valley Passengers – 105 years after the great disaster,” is scheduled for 6:45 p.m., following the expo, in Lemmon Theater of Walsh Hall at Misericordia University’s campus, said Bill Leandri, executive director of the Back Mountain Chamber of Commerce.
Leandri said Lewis “was going to try” to have some Back Mountain families who are descendants of Titanic survivors in attendance to share stories passed down through the generations.
The Back Mountain Business & Community Expo, scheduled from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall, will continue its tradition of connecting residents with area businesses and nonprofits, Leandri said.
Over 60 vendors are currently participating, and more are expected to register, he said.
Amy Campbell, an event organizer, said food samples would be provided by Fire & Ice located in Shavertown and Gerrity’s Supermarkets, based in Scranton.
The Lands at Hillside Farms in Kingston Township will give out one free scoop of ice cream to guests, Campbell said.
Also, Susquehanna Brewing Company from Pittston will have free samples of their beer available for those 21 years of age and older, Leandri said.
Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a raffle to win a round of golf for four at the Huntsville Golf Club, located at 30 Hayfield Rd., Shavertown.
“It is worth over $650,” Leandri said. “Some vendors will have their own raffles.”
Funds raised from the sale of raffle tickets for the door prize will be donated to The Lands at Hillside Farms, Leandri said.
The Back Mountain Business & Community Expo began in 2009 to showcase the variety of companies in the region. Every year the event grows to attract more vendors and attendees.
“Last year, we had close to 70 vendors,” Leandri said. “About 500 guests came out last year.”
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