“Above the River” by Brian Keeler (above) is the Grand Prize for the Summer 2017 North Branch Artisans Tour, for which a self-guiding brochure (photo at top by Rick Hiduk) has just been released. The promotion and contest runs from Friday, Aug. 11 to Sunday, Aug. 20 and encourages visits to more than 40 area venues.
Don’t you wish you had your own private tour guide who would map out a route for you to wander the back roads of Northeastern Pennsylvania, leading you to a bunch of the cool places you’ve heard about but just haven’t gotten around to visiting?
Welcome to the North Branch Artisans Tour! This self-guided tour provides you with the tools you need to find a wide variety of neat stuff on your own – and gives you 10 consecutive days to get it done.
Pick up your copy of the NBat Summer Tour Guide (available at all participating Tour Stops) and/or download the NBat KAAT mobile app, gather a carload of friends or biking buddies, and set out to explore all there is to see and do along and near the North Branch of the Susquehanna River as the Artisans Tour follows an 80-mile stretch between Waverly, NY and Pittston, PA.
For 10 days in August – the 11th through the 20th – this self-guided tour will lead you to more than 40 fun, interesting Tour Stops – some along the main riverside routes (PA-220, US-6 & PA-92), others up in the hills on winding back roads.
THE SUMMER TOUR GUIDE
We encourage locals and tourists alike to use our official Tour Guide to discover everything from art galleries & antiques shops to historic sites & nature centers; from garden centers & farm markets to wineries & breweries, from restaurants & hotels to movie theaters & performance venues, and a whole lot more!
Among the Highlights of the Artisans Tour, you’ll find information on:
* The Susquehanna River
* The Valley (Waverly, Sayre, Athens, and the other communities in the Penn-York Valley — located in northern Bradford County and NY’s Southern Tier)
* Towanda/Wysox (and Central Bradford County)
* The Route 6 Corridor (between Towanda & Tunkhannock — including Wyalusing, Laceyville, Meshoppen, the Auburns, and more)
* Tunkhannock (and Central Wyoming County)
* The Endless Mountains (Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wyoming Counties)
* The Wyoming Valley (Lackawanna & Luzerne Counties)
* Calendar of August Events
In addition to being available as an insert in The Susquehanna County Independent (Montrose PA) on Wed Aug 2nd; in The Morning Times (Sayre PA) on Thu Aug 3rd; and in The Daily Review (Towanda PA) on Sun Aug 6th, this Guide is also be available at such participating Tour Stops as:
The North Branch Artisans Tour has been created and coordinated with the cooperation of such regional organizations as: the Bradford County Regional Arts Council; Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency; Endless Mountains Council of the Arts; Endless Mountains Heritage Region; Endless Mountains Nature Center; Friends of Howland Preserve; Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce; PA Route 6 Alliance; Wyalusing Area Friends of the Arts; Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce; and the Wyoming County Cultural Center.
We also proudly acknowledge the support of Deborah Courville, author of The LaPorte Inheritance; Pearl Street Soap Company; Proforma LBP Marketing Concepts; and Werlco Graphics & Screen Printing.
Meet the NBat KAAT!
NBat = North Branch Artisans Tour + KAAT = Kitson Arts Alliance Tracker
As you plan your visits to the many Tour Stops along the Artisans Tour, please adopt our friendly mascot, the NBat KAAT, to guide you along the way.
The NBat KAAT (pronounced EN-bat cat) is a custom-created app that is essentially a digital version of our print Tour Guide. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you will be able to use it to find all of the participating Tour Stops.
To add to your fun, we encourage you to use the NBat KAAT to record each of your visits to the Tour Stops, thereby allowing you to be in the running to win great prizes.
- Google Map showing all Tour Stops, their info, and exclusive offer they are providing NBat KAAT users!
- Your overall stats, and how you compare to others using the app
- Time Remaining (days, hours, minutes remaining before Tour ends)
- Notifications of exclusive offers from Tour Stops within your physical proximity
- Bonuses Collected (social shares / referring friends / reviews, etc.)
- Total Earned Prize Entries
Downloading the App / Registering
Simply use a QR Code scanner, available for free from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android), scan this QR Code (below) and it will link you to our site where you can choose which type of phone you use to download the NBat KAAT app from the appropriate source. Or from your phone, you can go to http://kitsonartsalliance.org/get-kaat and continue through without the QR Code scanner requirement. Once the NBat KAAT app is installed, follow the on-screen instructions to register for the event and follow the built-in quick tutorial for using the app we have provided.
Using the App During the Artisans Tour
NBat KAAT is your digital tour guide and personal game assistant. We want you to have a truly unique and fun experience while you navigate through this beautiful trek of countryside. Each day, we will generate a set of random conditions, allowing you to plan your day and attempt to collect as many prize entries as you would like. Use the included GPS-enabled map to find the location you would like to visit, learn more about it on the way, and plan your route accordingly. Once you arrive at an official Tour Stop, you will need to locate the Tour Stop’s QR Code and use the app to scan it. This will check you into that location, and your map within the app will show a green check mark signifying that you have checked in and earned your prize entry/entries.
There are sections on the app for checking your stats, contacting support, sharing your experiences, local deals exclusive to NBat KAAT users and much more.
The more Tour Stops you check in at between August 11th & 20th, the better your chances to win such prizes as:
Tunkhannock Getaway! Complimentary overnight stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites Tunkhannock. Includes gift card toward dinner at the restaurant of your choice. Donated by the Comfort Inn & Suites Tunkhannock.
Valley Getaway! Complimentary overnight stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites Sayre. Includes gift card toward dinner at the restaurant of your choice. Donated by the Comfort Inn & Suites Sayre.
Bruce Woodward Signed Print. Signed, numbered print of Canadian Geese and Shoreline from wildlife watercolor artist Bruce Woodward. It is a professionally matted and framed 33″ X 32″ print of a watercolor painting from 1984, is #25 of 500 prints, and is signed by the artist with an original small pencil drawing along with the signature. Donated by Kintner’s Country Connection.
Staggering Unicorn Gift Set with two t-shirts and a $20 gift card. (Must be 21 to win.) Donated by Staggering Unicorn Winery.
Pittston Popcorn Basket of Goodies. A gift basket filled with a variety of popcorn, fudge, snack mixes &. chocolates. Donated by Pittston Popcorn Company.
Susquehanna Beer Basket with a shirt, two glasses, a growler and fill included, plus beer. (Must be 21 to win.) Donated by Susquehanna Brewing Co.
Antler Ridge Wine Basket. A gift basket with two bottles of Antler Ridge wine two glasses, and a corkscrew. (Must be 21 to win.) Donated by Antler Ridge Winery.
Pickering Wine Basket. A gift basket with one bottle of Pickering wine and some goodies from the winery gift shop. (Must be 21 to win.) Donated by Pickering Winery.
Hand-painted Fall Decorative Plaque. Donated by Our Hall Closet.
Pitcher & Bowl Set (reproduction) with soap, wash cloth and facial scrubbie. Donated by Pearl Street Soap Company.
Bluestone Growler with free fill and two logo can glasses. (Must be 21 to win.) Donated by Bluestone Brewing Company.
Bartolai Gift Certificate. A $25 gift certificate donated by Bartolai Winery. (Must be 21 to win.)
4 Seasons Farm Market $25 Gift Certificate. Donated by Carlin Farm’s 4 Seasons Farm Market.
Feick’s Vintage Finds $25 Gift Certificate. Donated by Feick’s Vintage Finds.
Hidden Creek Wine and Mystery Gift! A bottle of your favorite Hidden Creek wine and a surprise. (Must be 21 to win.) Donated by Hidden Creek Vineyard & Winery.
BCRAC Gift Bag, with two non-expiring movie tickets, two refill-at-the-theatre popcorn bags, and two theatre candies. Redeemable at any BCRAC theatre – Keystone (Towanda), Rialto (Canton), or Sayre (Sayre). Donated by the Bradford County Regional Arts Council.
A signed copy of The LaPorte Inheritance by Deborah Courville. Donated by the author.
Lighted Canvas from Ona’s. An enchanting piece of wall art that featues flickering lights. Donated by Ona’s This & That Shop.
Deep Roots Blueberry Cider. A bottle of Deep Roots’ delicious blueberry cider. (Must be 21 to win.) Donated by Deep Roots Hard Cider.
National Theatre Live Production at a BCRAC theatre. Certificate entitles one person to attend any National Theatre Live screening (a rebroadcast of a live theater production filmed in London) at the Keystone Theatre in Towanda, the Rialto Theater in Canton, or the Sayre Theatre in Sayre. Certificate valid through 2018. Donated by the Bradford County Regional Arts Council.
Wyalusing Area Friends of the Arts T-shirt. Donated by the Wyalusing Area Friends of the Arts (WAFA).
Everyone who wins a prize will automatically be registered to win THE GRAND PRIZE:
Brian Keeler Original Art: “Above the River, October at French Azilum” – a large (30” x 36″), nicely-framed original Keeler pastel showing the North Branch of the Susquehanna River as it winds past historic French Azilum. Donated by Brian Keeler. Valued at $2,800.
Collecting Your Prizes
At the conclusion of the Summer Artisans Tour, we will use the data compiled by the NBat KAAT to select the prize winners. We will contact all winners and post them on our website & Facebook event pages. All winners will be responsible for picking up the prize(s) they’ve won from the Tour Stop that donated the prize.
All prize winners will then be eligible to win the Summer Artisans Tour Grand Prize.
To win a prize there is no purchase necessary, and you do not have to be on location in person at the time we announce the winner(s). For more information on how we determine who or who may not win a prize(s), please visit http://kitsonartsalliance.org/terms-and-conditions
North Branch Artisans Tour. August 11th-20th along an 80-mile stretch of the North Branch of the Susquehanna River from Waverly, NY to Pittston, PA. Discover & explore more than 40 Tour Stops, from art galleries & antiques shops to historic sites & nature centers; from garden centers & farm markets to wineries & breweries, from restaurants & hotels to movie theaters & performance venues, and a whole lot more! Self-guided tour. Register along the way to win great prizes. Info: kitsonartsalliance.org or on Facebook.