The Update | Lawrence County Tourism Guide Is Available

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – The 2024 Official Visitors Guide of Lawrence County is now available.

The magazine spotlights things to see and do in the county, including outdoor recreation, dining, arts and culture, wine and brew, Amish country and more.

New features this year include a trout fishing and waterfall guide. The Neshannock Creek is one of 22 Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waterways designed for trout fishing. It is stocked twice a year, making it a premier fishing destination. Lawrence County is home to six waterfalls, including four in McConnells Mill State Park. 

Another new feature is the history and celebration of the 175th anniversary of Lawrence County.

The guide also includes a self-guided driving tour of Amish country.

It is available for free at welcome centers and rest stops throughout the state and at hotels, shops and other locations in Lawrence County.

The guide is also available for download at To get a copy by mail, call 724 654 8408.

Tommy James and the Shondells Coming to Robins Theatre

WARREN, Ohio – Tommy James and the Shondells will come to the Robins Theatre on Saturday, May 18.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert range from $125 to $45 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at and the box office, 160 E. Market St.

Tommy James and the Shondells is known for a string of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, including “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Crimson & Clover,” “Mony Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Sweet Cherry Wine” and “Draggin’ the Line.”

A presale for members of Friends of the Robins Theatre will start at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Mill Creek Park Bathrooms to be Replaced

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Beginning this week, the two existing comfort stations at the Newport Wetlands in Mill Creek Park will be closed. They will be demolished and replaced with a new, prefabricated concrete restroom. 

The anticipated project duration, including all excavation, installation and construction activities, is approximately three weeks, according to a press release from the park. Access to the adjacent parking lot and Davies Wetland Trail will be maintained throughout the project.

Sherlock Holmes Films at Warner Museum

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Historic Warner Cascade Theatre Museum, downtown, will present a free series of four Sherlock Holmes films featuring actors Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. 

Seating is limited, and guests are urged to arrive early. A Sherlock Holmes collectible will be given away at each performance. Each film is preceded by documentaries on the Sherlock Holmes legend, the most portrayed character in film.

Here is the schedule:

  • “Dressed to Kill”: Feb. 8, noon; Feb. 10, 7 p.m.
  • “The Woman in Green”: Feb. 15, noon; Feb. 17, 7 p.m.
  • “Terror by Night”: Feb. 22, noon; Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
  • “Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon”: Feb. 29, noon; March 2, 7 p.m.

Millennial Theatre Sets Auditions

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Millennial Theatre Company is accepting audition submissions until Feb. 11 for its production of “It Shoulda Been You.”

Auditionees should record themselves singing a 30- to 60-second cut of a musical theater song of their choice and email it to Headshots and resumes are welcome and encouraged, but not required. Actors will receive a confirmation email with a cut from the script after their audition has been received. If an audition is sent in and a confirmation email is not received, resend your audition. 

“It Shoulda Been You” will be rehearsed at Hopewell Theatre beginning March 13. Performances are April 19-21 and 26-28. For information about the roles, go to

The Prince Project Coming to Robins

WARREN, Ohio – The Prince Project will come to the Robins Theatre on Saturday, May 11.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance range from $18 to $35 (plus fees) and are on sale now at and the box office, 160 E. Market St.

The Prince Project, a Prince tribute band, is fronted by Warren native Shane T. Golden, who was a contestant on “American Idol.”

Polish Youngstown Plans Lenten Events

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Polish Youngstown has scheduled three traditional Lenten season events. 

Here is the schedule:

  • Feb. 10: Ostatki Red Valentine Vodka party, 6 to 10 p.m., Youngstown Country Club, Liberty. Tickets are $80 per person and available online at
  • Feb. 13: Paczki, Polkas & Piwo, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Kravitz Delicatessen, 3135 Belmont Ave., Liberty. The rich, stuffed doughnuts will be sold in three flavors: rose hip jam, custard and apricot, plus a half rose hip-half custard, for $3 apiece or $16 for six (single flavor).
  • Feb. 21 and 28; March 6, 13 and 20: Gorzkie Żale and benediction service, 6 p.m. Wednesdays during Lent at St. Columba Cathedral, Sacred Heart Chapel, 159 W. Rayen Ave. This 45-minute bilingual prayer service is a Catholic tradition that developed in Poland in the 18th century. Rev. Joseph Rudjak, celebrant; Luke Politsky, accompanist.

Friendly Squares Dance at Scope Center

NILES, Ohio – The Friendly Squares next monthly square dance will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Niles Scope Center, 14 E. State St. 

Gene Hammond will be the caller, and Frankie Hammond will cue the line dances. Valentines will be the theme for the dance.

This will be a high/low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. Dress is casual. Admission is $7.

Pictured at top: The cover of the 2024 Lawrence County tourism guide.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.