Moose Exchange sponsors a movie on Earth Day

On Tuesday, the 22nd of April — Earth Day! — at 6:30 p.m., come play outside and then watch Play Again at 7. Meet us around the back of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Main and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg; come up the driveway to the right of the church.

One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. Information now appears with a click. Overseas friends are part of our daily lives. And even grandma loves Wii.

But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet? At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, Play Again explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. Is our connection to nature disappearing down the digital rabbit hole?

This moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. Play Again unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.

Through the voices of children and leading experts including journalist Richard Louv, sociologist Juliet Schor, environmental writer Bill McKibben, educators Diane Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, neuroscientist Gary Small, parks advocate Charles Jordan, and geneticist David Suzuki, Play Again investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.

For more information, call 570-317-2596 or e-mail 203westmain@gmail.com.



Exchange receives quilt donation

When you come visit us at the Antler, make sure you see the extraordinary quilt donated to us by Rita Millard of Fabrics Galore: Pieced by Fabrics Galore employee Barbara Persing while Rita had the store, and quilted by Rita, the modern 12-month design features 100% batiked cotton, front and back; the 104″ x 90″ quilt has a value of $2800.

A longtime supporter of the arts in our area, Rita donated the quilt to us so we can raffle it off later this year; we’ll use the funds for our rebuilding. Stay tuned for details on when you can get your tickets, which we will have for sale here at the Antler and other venues. You can find Rita on the Web at fabricsgaloreonline.com.

Photo by Press Enterprise photographer Bill Hughes.



Reception today for the first Stairwell show at the Antler

In conjunction with the Susquehanna River Arts opening reception two doors up, at Fog & Flame, we’ll have the Antler open until 8 tonight to celebrate our own Exchange artists’ work in the “Stairwell to a Factory to the Antler” show. A version of this show originally hung at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport, in February of this year, just after the fire at the Exchange, and it features work that survived the fire, including paintings by Jef McGreevy and a digital piece by Sue O’Donnell.

When you come in, don’t miss the amazingly beautiful quilt, just donated to us by Rita Millard, that we will raffle off this year. Look for more information about that coming soon!



Clean-up work at the Exchange has started!

If you brought a powerful light into the Bowling Alley right now, you would see a scene much like this one — just a little dirtier, and the balloons still fly, even now, more than two months later! B.U. student Diana Lovell took this picture less than two days before the fire, when she came in with other Enactus members for the first T-Biz Bloomsburg session; the balloons date from the last Sunday in January, when more than 100 Girl Scouts bowled.

Starting on Tuesday, the 8th of April, workers came back to the building, opening up the doors and starting to remove the fire-damaged stuff within — parts of ceilings, walls, and floors, not to mention every iota of asbestos that the building ever contained (primarily in the plaster ceilings in the Grille Room, Ballroom, and the first-floor men’s-only bar that we have never used since the Exchange opened, and also in pipe insulation from the long-defunct steam heating system). As that work progresses, we’ll get the architects and engineers in to evaluate the first steps and then the next steps of the rebuilding: We’ll have to take a lot of steps! And we’ll keep you informed every step of the way.

See the story that WNEP broadcast on Tuesday evening by clicking here.



Moose Exchange movie sponsorship continues

On two Tuesdays in April, the 8th and the 22nd, the Moose Exchange and Bloomsburg University’s Green Campus Initiative bring movies into Downtown Bloomsburg, this year shown at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of Main and Iron Streets. FREE and open to all ages — especially Play Again: We’ll play outside before the movie starts!

On Tuesday, the 8th of April, at 7 p.m., almost 60 people joined us for Bitter Seeds: This 2011 film explores the future of how we grow things, weighing in on the worldwide debate over the changes created by industrial agriculture. Companies like the U.S.-based Monsanto claim that their genetically modified (GM) seeds offer the most effective solution to feeding the world’s growing population, but on the ground, many small-scale farmers are losing their land. Nowhere is the situation more desperate than in India, where an epidemic of farmer suicides has claimed over a quarter million lives. Bitter Seeds features compelling characters to tell a deeply moving story from the heart of the worldwide controversy about the future of farming.

On Tuesday, the 22nd of April — Earth Day! — at 6:30 p.m., come play outside and then watch Play Again at 7: One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. Information now appears with a click. Overseas friends are part of our daily lives. And even grandma loves Wii.

But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet? At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, Play Again explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. Is our connection to nature disappearing down the digital rabbit hole?

This moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. Play Again unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.

Through the voices of children and leading experts including journalist Richard Louv, sociologist Juliet Schor, environmental writer Bill McKibben, educators Diane Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, neuroscientist Gary Small, parks advocate Charles Jordan, and geneticist David Suzuki, Play Again investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.

For more information, call 570-317-2596 or e-mail 203westmain@gmail.com.



Clean-up work at the Exchange will start soon!

If you brought a powerful light into the Bowling Alley right now, you would see a scene much like this one — just a little dirtier, and the balloons still fly, even now! B.U. student Diana Lovell took this picture less than two days before the fire, when she came in with other Enactus members for the first T-Biz Bloomsburg session; the balloons date from the last Sunday in January, when more than 100 Girl Scouts bowled.

Starting on Monday, the 7th of April, we should see workers coming back to the building, opening up the doors, and starting to remove the fire-damaged stuff within — parts of ceilings, walls, and floors, not to mention every iota of asbestos that the building ever contained (primarily in the plaster ceilings in the Grille Room, Ballroom, and the first-floor men’s-only bar that we have never used since the Exchange opened, and also in pipe insulation from the long-defunct steam heating system). As that work progresses, we’ll get the architects and engineers in to evaluate the first steps and then the next steps of the rebuilding: We’ll have to take a lot of steps! And we’ll keep you informed every step of the way –



Destination Blues will return in 2015

On February 7th & 8th, 2014, Columbia & Montour counties heated up with the first annual Destination Blues music festival, “Your Winter Blues Heaven on Route 11.” Organized by Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. (DBI) and the Moose Exchange in partnership with the Briggs Farm Blues Festival and the Billtown Blues Association, Destination Blues featured international, national, and regional blues performers at multiple venues, with buses among the venues and participating hotels.

On February 6th and 7th, 2015, we’ll do it again!

This year, Friday’s activities included “Brews & Blues” – music all evening long at four area brew pubs: Old Forge in Danville, Berwick Brewing, and Marley’s and Turkey Hill in Bloomsburg. Attendees rode dedicated buses among the venues and to and from their hotels. Performers included the Blind Chitlin Kahunas, Miz Ida and The All-Nightas, Symphonic Haze, Steve Gilliland, Nate Meyers, Ed Randazzo and Bret Alexander, and Ham and Eggs. All four venues had standing-room-only crowds.

Next year, we will expand the number of venues throughout the two counties, especially in all three downtowns – Berwick, Bloomsburg, and Danville – with many more bands playing.

On Saturday the 8th, “Bluesburg” – an afternoon and evening of music at the Caldwell Consistory, a landmark gathering place in Bloomsburg for over a century. The line-up included Moreland & Arbuckle, the Alexis P. Suter Band, Clarence Spady, Lonnie Shields, John Sweeney Blues Revue, Steve Gilliland, and Williamsport’s own Black Strat Blues Company. The $20 advance ticket covered admission to the Exchange and bus transportation both evenings, and more than 700 people attended.

“Bluesburg” would have happened at the Moose Exchange, but the fire at our location in late January caused the last-minute change of plans. Thank you to the Caldwell Consistory for stepping in. We will have music back at the Exchange as soon as we can – stay tuned!

Destination Blues could not have happened without the involvement of two of our area’s longtime blues impresarios: Richard Briggs of the Briggs Farm Blues Festival and Bonnie Tallman of the Billtown Blues Association. The Briggs Farm and Billtown Blues Festivals have made summertime blues cool in central Pennsylvania; now Destination Blues makes the Winter Blues HOT!

WNEP TV Channel 16, the News Station, served as the first festival’s media partner, and the EconoLodge in Bloomsburg as the festival host hotel. Other sponsors included the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Kornerstone Custom Builders, Service 1st Federal Credit Union, and Twin Bridges Storage. M.S. Bond Busing provided the bus transportation.

Destination Blues has received significant support from Montour and Columbia Counties’ Tourism Funds as administered by the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau. The Exchange and DBI thank Montour Commissioners Trevor Finn, Jack Gerst, and Jerry Ward and Columbia Commissioners David Kovach, Rich Ridgway, and Chris Young for their vision and enthusiasm.

For more information about the Exchange, contact us at 570-317-2596 or 203westmain@gmail.com.

For more information about Downtown Bloomsburg Inc., visit VisitBloomsburg.com, or contact us at 570-784-2522 or dbimanager@columbiamontourchamber.com



Waiting, waiting, waiting . . .

We’ve had a long, cold winter indeed, and so far it doesn’t feel much like spring, but at least with Daylight Savings Time started it doesn’t get dark so early, and we have heard tell of goldfinches reappearing at some feeders in Bloomsburg. The Moose Exchange remains cold and dark, and our insurance company has yet to provide any funds, but as soon as possible we’ll have workers inside cleaning the building up so we can evaluate what work we will have to do to get it repaired and reopened. We’ll get you news on that front as soon as we have it.

Photo from grahamowengallery.com



Thank you, donors

THANK YOU to the 80 donors who contributed more than $24,000 to the Exchange during “Raise the Region 2014″.

Whichever non-profit(s) you chose to support, let us take this occasion to celebrate the spirit of community that means success for so many organizations, from the Children’s Museum to AGAPE to the YMCA to the Moose Exchange. The volunteers, the donors, the visitors, the enthusiasts — the PEOPLE of our region make our organizations go. Thank YOU for all of the ways you keep us going.



Did you see the Exchange on WNEP?

During Thursday’s “Raise the Region” event, reporter Nikki Krize
came to Bloomsburg and talked to Exchange executive director
Oren B. Helbok and AGAPE executive director Eileen Chapman.
Both organizations received dozens of generous donations during
the 30-hour fundraising event sponsored by the First Community
Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.



Legendary Comics and Tea reopens!

Legendary Comics and Tea Room expanded twice at the Exchange, starting out in a 165-square-foot space, moving into 285, and this January into the gorgeous 460-square-foot first floor Lounge (so-called on the original drawings of the building). It will take us quite a while to get that space ready for them to move back in, should they choose; for now, you can support them in their temporary location, back in business as Bloomsburg’s only comic-book shop!

Now again open noon-8 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays, at 157 West Main Street, just a couple of doors up from the Moose Exchange.

They have started an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to raise necessary funds to stay open in our Downtown. You can join the crowdsourcing movement right here at home — and you only have until the 20th of March!



Come see us at “the Antler”

The week of April 14-18, you’ll find us here on Monday-Wednesday from noon to 4, Thursday from 1 to 4, and Friday from noon to 8 p.m. Hours will vary for the next few weeks, but we will open every Friday evening until 8 at least through June. Now appearing in the storefront windows, artwork by Bloomsburg High School senior Colin Warren, donated to us the evening of the ArtWalk-In; an original pastel of the building by Third Street resident Steve Coladonato; historical items from Bloomsburg Moose Lodge #623; and last but certainly not least, Rusty, our trusty mascot.

On display now, the absolutely gorgeous quilt “Tonga Rhapsody” donated by Rita Millard. Pieced by Fabrics Galore employee Barbara Persing while Rita ran the store, and quilted by Rita, the modern 12-month design features 100% batiked cotton, front and back; the 104″ x 90″ quilt has a value of $2800. Rita has donated it to us to raffle off later this year. Stay tuned for details on where to get your tickets! You can find Rita on the Web at fabricsgaloreonline.com.

As soon as we have our approvals from the Town of Bloomsburg, we’ll hang the large sign announcing the Antler’s presence in the brick relief above the cornice; for last Friday’s reception we hung it right over the door. A relative of this sign now hangs in the showcase just to the right of the Exchange’s front doors, pointing people up the street to the Antler.

The current Gallery show, “Stairwell to a Factory to the Antler”, features work by Exchange artists that had traveled to the Pajama Factory in Williamsport in February and that has now come back to Bloomsburg. Thanks to Stairwell Gallery committee members Chad Andrews, Brock Dent, Jason Godeke, Ron Lambert, and Sue O’Donnell for helping to get the Antler reorganized and cleaned up on Saturday, the 29th of March, and for getting the “S2F2A” show hung.

On Friday, the 11th of April, we had an opening reception for the first Stairwell Gallery work to hang here, in conjunction with the Susquehanna River Arts show happening at Fog & Flame, two doors up Main Street. The temporary Stairwell will host brand new work later in the year, with the “TimeSlips” and high-school-student shows, and possibly the third annual “Cover of a Cover”. We’ll have more information on them for you in the coming weeks.

Thanks to Hummel Rentals for its generosity in giving us this space while we rebuild.

See you at the Antler!



DortMoose back on tap

In the words of our friend Jim Hahn from Turkey Hill Brewing Company, “The DortMoose is on tap! A refreshing, somewhat light Northern German Pale Lager. Tell your friends! $0.50 from every glass will be donated to getting y’all back up and running. We’re starting with 210 gallons; I think you should come in and give this beer your stamp of approval.” We think so too!



Another way to support the Exchange and its tenants

Thanks to our friends at First Columbia Bank & Trust, you have the opportunity to donate directly to funds that will help the Moose Exchange rebuild and that will help our tenants.

You can go to any of the bank’s 13 branches and ask to donate to the Moose Exchange Relief Fund and/or the Moose Exchange Tenant Relief Fund. Deductions to the Exchange remain 100% tax-deductible, not so for those to the tenant fund, which will get divided equally among the ten studio tenants and two others affected by the fire (complete list below). We will of course acknowledge all donations.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

Recipients of aid through the tenant fund:

Brock Dent, artist
Columbia County Bread & Granola
Endless Records & Endless Hats
Jef McGreevy, artist
Legendary Comics and Tea Room
Mountain Winds Budo
Rod Kile, Kreekside 2
Sara Mika and Larry Ney II, artists
Sue O’Donnell, artist
Tawnia Converse, yoga instructor
William Whitmoyer, the Billustrator
Workhouse Design



Support the Exchange during “Raise the Region 2014″

Mark your calendars! For thirty hours on March 12th and 13th, the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP), along with the Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, will host Raise the Region 2014. This intense fundraising event will help many non-profit organizations in our area, including the Moose Exchange, raise money for both operations and special projects.

The Partnership has a service area covering the counties of Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union.

As “seed money” for the event, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships have donated $125,000 to be used to match on-line contributions.

Other businesses will sponsor additional prizes and incentives for non-profits. See the list of those prizes here.

During the 30 hours of the event, from 6:00 p.m. on the 12th until 11:59 p.m. on the 13th, point your Web browser to raisetheregion.org and select us, the Moose Exchange. Your donation to the Exchange will get matched by a portion of the Alexander Family donation, and your donation can raise additional support by qualifying the Exchange for prizes: These include fixed sums for the organization that attracts the most donations in a given hour and which has the most separate donations over the course of the day, among others.

Last March, Raise the Region 2013 attracted a total of $726,927 in online donations from more than 4300 contributors, for the benefit of 161 organizations; the 40+ donations to the Exchange totaled more than $23,000, including the match funds, making us the tenth-largest recipient in the six-county region. You can help make this year’s event even more successful.

During Raise the Region 2014, make sure you log on, donate, and watch the Moose Exchange grow, thanks to your contributions!

How It Works:

Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on March 12th, donors visit raisetheregion.org from a computer, smart phone, iPad, tablet, etc.
There you can identify the nonprofits participating in the event and learn how their work is impacting our community.
Make an on-line donation to support one or more of those non-profit organizations on the “Raise the Region” Web site.
Running totals will be shown throughout the day at the Web site.

At the end of the 30-hour period, stretching funds will be applied to each gift as a pro-rated match per gift and the Community Foundation will send checks to all participating nonprofits with the amount raised, the pro-rated stretch, and any EXTRA money from prizes awarded throughout the day.

Only credit card donations received through raisetheregion.org during the 30-hour window from 6:00 p.m. on March 12th through 11:59 p.m. on March 13th, 2014 will be matched. No donations via check, cash, or stock will be accepted for the matching program. Each gift is 100% tax deductible. The minimum gift per non-profit is $25, and the maximum that will be stretched is $10,000.