1966 — The Abington Players welcomed a cast comprised largely of children for its production of “The King and I.”
“Featured stage performers have long been apprehensive about sharing the dramatic or musical limelight with children, most of whom unconsciously prove to be natural ‘scene stealers,’” read the Journal article.
But in spite of the “small-fry” competition, the seasoned players described the cast as “one big happy family.”
The youngest member of the group was Tia Philbin, of La Plume, “a perky five-year-old who comes by her theatrical interest naturally.”
1967 — Keystone Junior College students opened a cafe in the basement of an abandoned house off the campus. The entrance was through a trap door painted with flowers, the ceiling was covered in aluminum foil and a mobile made of toilet paper rolls served as decor. Acid rock played in the background while students conversed with each other about “student problems (the administration is a favorite subject), universal problems (‘that Godhead thing’) and personal problems (‘But Jeff, life is one great big beautiful experience’).”
The “underground” cafe was named Cafe Vecch in honor of Dr. Hubert P. Vecchierello, who died the year before.
1968 — A lion was on the loose in Clarks Summit. That is, a Lion dressed as a lion. A member of the Abington Lions Club put on a lion suit to attract attention to the club’s fundraising campaign to aid the blind. The funds raised from the voluntary toll on North State Street supported the Lions’ Eye Bank to help those who were in need of glasses or eye exams.
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