Adult Education: The Gathering Place is coming closer to reality

Adult Education - Emily Rancier | April 18th, 2016 2:55 pm

Big news: The contract for renovation to the Clarks Summit Borough fire hall, soon to be The Gathering Place, has been awarded to AJ Guzzi Contracting. We are anxious to get started! We hope to see some changes within the coming weeks. Watch for progress on Facebook and on As the project moves along we hope to have some “hard hat tours” so the community can see The Gathering Place take shape.

Winterthur and the Hagley Museum outside Wilmington, Delaware is our destination on May 14, departing Clarks Summit at 8 a.m. and returning at 8 p.m. Take a trip back in time and enjoy America’s early artifacts and furniture, beautiful gardens and the DuPonts’ early gunpowder enterprise at the Hagley. We are taking a small bus so there is only room for five more couples. It’s a chance to get out of town and leave the driving to us.

Our classes continue through the end of May. There are still openings for Breakfast for the Bunch, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21. Call me directly for reservations at 570-563-2402. Paula Lamberton will make cinnamon sticky buns, baked French toast and a classic quiche.

A tour of Rowlands PA Produce in Falls will be part of a class called Eating Healthy All Year Long, which will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Creating a floral arrangement is the aim of Kelly Thornton’s class, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, on May 2, a Monday night.

Two classes will be held Thursday, May 5: Creating a Kaleidoscope Table Runner with Val Davidian and Phone, Tablet and Photos with Jeff Brozena. Val will teach attendees how to sew a spectacular table runner that is truly a work of art. Jeff will bring back his multiple talents to help participants negotiate the technology of taking pictures on a phone or tablet, transferring and editing them on a computer, and maintaining a library on a laptop.

Josh Arp’s walk around Hillside Park takes off at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7. While getting a healthy dose of exercise, Josh, an arborist and the Clarks Summit tree commissioner, will teach attendees about the trees and plants that do best in the local climate. And for those who want to wander farther afield, meet at Indraloka, an animal sanctuary located in Mehoopany at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 21. See nearly 200 animals and 11 species being sheltered in this “heaven on earth” sanctuary. Great for the kids and educational, too.

Two more events are coming up soon to promote and support The Gathering Place:. Keystone College Art Society is presenting a 24-hour draw-a-thon from 6 p.m. Monday, May 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. Five teams of artists will be painting continuously during this time, creating five 8-by-4-foot panels of art, which will be juried. The winning piece will be shown at The Gathering Place gallery.

We are thrilled by this partnership with Keystone’s artists and hope this is only the beginning of a long-standing effort to support each other.

Curious parties can visit the Brooks Theater on the Keystone campus anytime and enjoy live music during the event. Help the artists at Keystone help us with The Gathering Place!

The Second Annual Strawberry Day will be held on Saturday, June 18. Our partnership with the National Running Center benefits both organizations. Come out for the 5K Run and Kids’ Fun Run and stay around for the fun and games planned for kids. There will be a bounce house and photo booth this year. A marketplace selling local goods will be set up in back of the borough building and along Spring Street. The Abington Area Community Classroom and The Gathering Place will provide lunch fare.

We hope this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever and everyone will come out for a good time in downtown Clark’s Summit. To volunteer, contact one of the committee members or visit our website.

To aid The Gathering Place, send donations to Box 171, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

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Emily Rancier

Emily Rancier is the registrations secretary for the Abington Area Community Classroom. Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or by email at