I figured this would accomplish two things: First, it would help drive home my point about saving the Civic Arena. Second, it would create a good excuse for going to Scranton, PA. (that's where he found the building).
For those of you who are unknowing of the exact whereabouts of the home of the Baby Penguins, let me first tell you that it is located in one of the most scenic sections of this beautiful state of ours. Scranton is about six hours away from the Burgh, but it is among the most relaxing six hours you'll ever drive anywhere in the world.
LEFT: Tucked into the Northeastern corner of Pennsylvania lies the Wilkes Barre-Scranton area, home of the Baby Penguins and the Pocono Mountains.
Driving through State College and further east through the Pocono's and "Pennsylvania Wild" territory, you will see parts of the Keystone State that haven't changed much since William Penn first was given ownership. The forest, on these steeply-climbing mountains is very dense. I couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to be lost in them. Ah, never mind... cancel that thought.
Scranton itself is a very old town with many grand old buildings with dates on them from the mid-1800s. It is a very quiet, clean, well-maintained town that has the University of Scranton nestled right in the heart of the city.
Just adjacent to the University sits one of the grandest buildings in the state or anywhere, the Lackawanna Hotel (now a part of the Radisson chain).
PB&G photos by Gary Gayda
ABOVE: Beautiful frescoes line the main ballroom bathed in warm light. Picture this: A wrecking ball slamming through the middle of this artwork. This nice image brought to you by the Penguin's President, David Morehouse.
EPILOGUE: The people of Pittsburgh can learn a lot from the lesson of the Lackawanna Hotel. This place was almost torn down back in the 80's! We cannot let that happen to another grand old iconic building...The Pittsburgh Civic Arena. The Lackawanna was saved, and the Arena can be too. But it will take creativity and Pittsburghers letting their voices be heard!!!