Last week I went to Duffy’s Coffee House and walked down the sidewalk a bit to see what is happening at The Gathering Place. I had to wipe off all the windows in the fire house doors so I could see in.
The whole space we are remodeling was opened up. No inner walls, no rooms and doors — just a clear shot back to the restrooms. In that big open space, AJ Guzzi Contracting will create three classrooms and one large open space in the front of the building. One of these classrooms will have a full kitchen and serving area. A small art studio will serve Verve Vertu and its art programs for people with special needs two days a week in another classroom.
In the fall, a majority of our community classes can meet in these rooms. The large open space can accommodate another classroom or small gatherings for music, performance and educational programs. I encourage you to be curious and take a look at the progress of this endeavor. Every week will bring us closer to the reality of a downtown Clarks Summit Gathering Place.
This week we are focusing all our energies on the upcoming Strawberry Festival 5K Run and Kids’ Fun Run on Saturday, June 18. Starting time for the adult race is 9 a.m. The events committee will be there at 8 a.m. shepherding vendors and non-profits to their spaces. At present there are about 15 booths showcasing Clum’s honey, Hull’s maple syrup and wool, Pallman’s strawberries, Leslie’s patched purses and skirts using recycled fabrics, Beta Bread, Annie’s Country Kitchen just to name a few.
Abington Art Studio plans to set up an art show featuring work created by their artists on Spring Street. Add to that a bouncy house, a photo booth and kids’ games and activities and you have one fine day in downtown Clarks Summit. Many thanks to the The National Running Center on Davis Street for their partnership and to a long list of sponsors who have made this festival possible (and to Erin Kenney and Barbara Bratz who did such a wonderful job procuring them).
Don’t forget that this year we are offering pulled chicken and pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw for lunch, as well as the strawberry shortcake and strawberry lemonade that were such a hit last year. Sunrise Cafe donated all the coleslaw that will be served with the sandwiches and we thank Janet Dobson for that! So many people and businesses have offered food, coupons and time that we are overwhelmed with their generosity. Thank you!
See you at the Strawberry Festival 5K Run and Kids’ Fun Run this Saturday!