Monday, June 22, 2009

Eat, Drink, and Be Wary by Tamar Myers (1998)

My delicious colleague, Judi Keller, has told me about yet another reference to Scranton in Tamar Myers's popular culinary mysteries, and this particular reference seems to be a running joke about one of the characters in her series.

In 1998's Eat, Drink, and Be Wary: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery With Recipes, Magdalena Yoder's popular PennDutch Inn in Amish Country is having a cooking contest that is interrupted by the discovery of a corpse found in the barn. Old Matilda, one of the resident cows, stands accused of fatally kicking the deceased, who happens to ahve been the CEO of a gourmet food company sponsoring the contest. But Yoder smells something else cooking and wonders if one of the contestants is the real culprit.

The Scranton reference occurs on page 25 of the paperback and involves Yoder's nemesis and all-around nincompoop, Police Chief Melvin Stoltzfus:

"The man is as bright as a two-watt bulb. He once sent a gallon of ice cream to his favorite aunt in Scranton - by U.P.S."

Another of Myers' books, Between a Wok and a Hard Place, also included a similar reference to Chief Stoltzfus having ice cream delivered to his cousin in Scranton, so the story seems to be a recurring point of humor among the characters in the series.

Eat, Drink, and Be Wary is available to borrow from the Lackawanna County Library System; to place a hold, click here.

Much thanks to Judi Keller for this appetizing reference.

Albright Memorial Library (Including Updates from Entertainment Blog) Now on Twitter

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Monday, June 15, 2009

WB Native Santo Loquasto Reteams With Woody Allen for New Comedy "Whatever Works"

Production designer and Wilkes-Barre native Santo Loquasto has reteamed with legendary writer/director Woody Allen for the new comedy Whatever Works, starring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, and Patricia Clarkson. This is the first Loquasto and Allen film collaboration since 2004's Melinda and Melinda.

For more information on Santo Loquasto, click here.

Whatever Works opens in limited release in NY and LA on Friday, June 19th and will expand into wider release in the coming weeks.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

"The Office" Tours of Scranton Every Saturday Through August 29th

Every Saturday through the summer, The Office Convention will be sponsoring tours of Scranton that highlight landmarks featured on the hit TV show The Office.

Every Saturday - June 6 thru August 29 (Note: No Tour July 4)
Where: Tour starts at the Mall at Steamtown in downtown Scranton
How Long: 4 hour tour (from Noon ‘til 4:00 PM)
How Much: $35 for adults - $25 under 21 yrs
Includes: Lunch at Cooper's, drinks at Poor Richard's Pub & gift bag & more!

Seating is limited.

For more information, click here.

Visit The Office Convention web store to book your seat today!