Recently I went to a literary conference called The Gathering at Keystone College (to avoid any confusion, The Gathering has no connection to The Gathering Place in Clarks Summit, our community art and education center, but we do both share the desire to bring a community of learners together).
This year’s theme was “Innovation: Radical Dreams for the Real World.” I have been going to The Gathering for several summers and have always come away with a renewed sense of hope. Where else can you spend a weekend meeting and listening to nationally-known writers, professors, scientists, entrepreneurs, filmmakers and culture-keepers? The Gathering is right in our backyard and yet it brings a whole new world to us.
Our effort at The Gathering Place in Clarks Summit is similar — to bring our community together with many learning activities. For the last five years, the Abington Area Community Classroom has offered over 300 classes from many genres to adults of every age and ability. The Gathering Place will give us a permanent space to hold all these classes.
This fall we are offering some of our best classes from the past, and many that venture into new territory.
Refresh your golf skills or learn a new sport for fun and exercise with four golf lessons at Summit Hills Golf Course in late September.
Bernie McGurl will talk about the Lackawanna River Watershed and the efforts of the Lackawanna Corridor Association to revitalize the river, and its future goals. What can you learn about protecting our rivers and streams?
Besides bringing back Unified Guitar with Phil Rossi, we plan on having a beginner ukelele class with Steve Kurilla. Cartooning with Ky Betts will be a new adventure, sure to be a lot of fun.
For your health, classes on dreams, meditation, suicide prevention and stress reduction will be offered.
Returning for the third time, Pam Summa will teach a basic smocking class and later, one on creating a holiday ornament. Cathy McAndrews will be back to facilitate a writing workshop. Sickler’s Bike Shop will run another class on bike maintenance.
Jill and Gehred Wetzel will teach two dance classes this fall, one at 6 p.m., the other at 7 p.m. Ballroom dance tends to be one of our first fall classes, so make sure you check our website by the end of August to see just what day the classes begin.
Of course, cooking classes are an integral part of the Abington Area Community Classroom. We are so lucky to have Judy DeSarro helping us out, finding our chefs and determining what they will be teaching. Right now we plan on classes in French cooking, pizza-making, fall pasta and possibly Asian street food. Check the website for updates: GatheringPlaceCS.org.
This is just a sampling of what the Abington Area Community Classroom will offer this fall. We hope to have many more classes to choose from by the end of the month. Keep up with the latest on the website. Look for the brochure by the middle of August.
Stop by and see the remodeling progress at The Gathering Place site on State Street. We hope you share this vision and can help us achieve it. Visit the website and find out how to donate.