NEPA Scene Podcast Episode 38 - Shots for Tots and raising money for art students in Wilkes-Barre


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In Episode 38, Brittany talks about her eighth annual Shots for Tots holiday party with her brother and co-organizer Bryan Boote. Shots for Tots will be held at Bart & Urby’s in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. with music by AJ Jump and Nick Driscoll, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, giveaways and, of course, copious amounts of booze. It is a $15 suggested donation at the door. Before and during the interview, we drink crowlers of Hop Tart brewed by Pizza Boy Brewing Company in Enola, Front Street Wheat by Berwick Brewing, and Framboise by Fegley's Brew Works in Allentown, combining the Front Street Wheat and Framboise to create a Dirty Hoe. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Shots for Tots podcast without a few shots. We discuss how Shots for Tots started as a Christmas/birthday party, the Boote family’s history of throwing huge parties, past events and how Shots for Tots has evolved over the last eight years, starting the Erin Boote Scholarship for the Arts in their mother’s name, how Shots for Tots became a charitable foundation and advice on how to start your own, arts funding in danger locally and nationally, growing their organization and picking the right students, looking at Wilkes-Barre and places like Sherman Hills in a different light, future plans to improve the area and help those in need, and more. In The Last Word segment, we talk about the upcoming fan-organized NEPA Scenefest fundraiser at the Backyard Ale House in Scranton on Saturday, Dec. 9 and look back at this season of the NEPA Scene Rising Talent open mic and talent contest, which ends with the Finals Showcase on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at The V-Spot in Scranton. The award-winning NEPA Scene Podcast covers arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to Northeastern Pennsylvania. It airs as a live video stream every Wednesday at 7 p.m. on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page and is available afterward on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, YouTube, and This episode and all previous episodes are available now on NEPA Scene, the award-winning independent arts and entertainment website that combines the accuracy and professionalism of a print magazine with the immediacy and convenience of a blog, offering a wide variety of content to readers in NEPA, Philadelphia, New York, and beyond. The show is made possible by local sponsors Beer Boys, The Keys, Loyalty Barber Shop and Shave Parlor, the F.M. Kirby Center, Coal Creative, and viewers who tune in every week.

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