Back Mountain Business & Community Expo planned for April 25 at Misericordia University

By Eileen Godin -

DALLAS — Eleven new vendors are scheduled for the ninth annual Back Mountain Chamber’s Business & Community Expo, according to Amy Campbell, event chairwoman.

The popular event, coordinated by the Back Mountain Chamber, gives area companies, organizations and the public an opportunity to share information about products and services available throughout Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.

“We usually have about 60 vendors and average about 500 visitors,” said Bill Leandri, the executive director at the Back Mountain Chamber.

The Business & Community Expo is scheduled for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the Sandy & Marlene Insalaco Hall at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St.

Tony Brooks, director and curator of the Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society, will hold a free presentation at 6:30 p.m. on The Butler House, which is noted to be the oldest home in Wilkes-Barre dating back to 1731.

The modest white house on South River Street was saved from demolition when members of the Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society purchased the property.

The home will be restored to a museum to highlight its original owner Colonel Zebulon Butler, along with members of three generations of his family who resided at the house.

Butler’s legacy boasts of accomplishments, including being the leader of the American Revolutionary Forces at the Battle of Wyoming in 1778, according to Brook’s Facebook page.

Visitors can also expect to be entertained during the expo, as well.

This year, new vendors, such as Pisano Family Wines, Damien’s On the Lake, Vector Security, Fidelity Bank, High Energy Fitness & Karate, Service Pro and Newberry Estates, to name a few, will be in attendance, Campbell said.

“We have quite a few service organizations this year,” Leandri said, naming the Dallas Lions Club, the Kiwanis Club, Dallas Rotary, Knights of Columbus and the Back Mountain Bloomers as vendors.

Guests can enjoy light refreshments provided by Gerrity’s Supermarkets, Fire & Ice on Toby Creek, and Damien’s On the Lake, Campbell said.

Visitors who are 21 years old and older can participate in tastings offered by Susquehanna Brewing Company and Pisano Family Wines, she said.

The Back Mountain Chamber has held the expo since 2009.

It has continuously attracted interest from vendors.

Campbell set a limit for 60 vendors for this year’s event and that limit has been met.

“We would love to have everyone come visit the expo, but we are currently booked full for vendors,” Campbell said in an email.

Campbell said businesses and organizations can become a member of the Back Mountain Chamber by visiting or call 570-675-9380.

Aommunity event planned for April 25 at Misericordia

By Eileen Godin

If you go …

Back Mountain

Business & Community Expo

Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Historical presentation: 6:30 p.m.

Date: April 25

Place: Sandy & Marlene Insalaco Hall

Misericordia University

301 Lake St., Dallas

Cost: Free

Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews.

Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews.