You really had to be there to appreciate the immensity — a vision coming to life, to reality. To see people from all walks of life, all ages and abilities gathering together — in community — to celebrate the arts. Theater, dance, music, drawing, painting, juggling, story-telling. It was all there during the two nights and two days of Ice Festival weekend. It was grand.
We hope that opening our doors — unfinished as we are — gave people a glimpse of what a community center for arts and education can bring to our town and its citizens. We are actively bringing people together to determine future programming at The Gathering Place, to decide policies and procedures that will guide us as we go forward. We’d like to hear from you.
Before I get into our jam-packed April schedule, here are some classes still open in March. Two cooking classes, Vegetarian Cuisine (March 16) and Lebanese cooking( March 27), have seats available for you. Come try something new and amaze your friends.
“Days of Our Lives” is a journal and memoir class designed to get you writing your life stories- don’t wait till it’s too late. Anne Armezzani will help you along your writing journey on March 16.
Colleen Ruddy’s Instrument Petting Zoo (March 18 1 to 3 p.m. ) is a two hour display and demonstration of several stringed instruments she will teach for four weeks, starting April 12. Bring your kids and grandkids to see and hear and try the instruments. Perhaps you will help to interest them in what could be a life-long love for music.
Beginners can learn the basics of a little “hipster” instrument called ukulele in a two-week class March 20 and March 27. And then you’ll be ready to join the “experienced” class April 4 for four more weeks of instruction with Steve Kurilla in a continuation of last fall’s class.
Sean Wolfe from the Scranton Brewer’s Guild is back to put you at the head of the class when talk turns to beer. You will discuss and rate all kinds of craft beer in a one-night session March 29.
All classes (except for cooking classes) will be at The Gathering Place, 304 S.State St., Clarks Summit. The cooking classes meet at First Presbyterian as usual.
Josh Arp will present Proper Pruning Practices — a power point program on how to prepare your trees and shrubs for spring at 7 p.m. April 5. That same evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Kari Johnson will show you how to create a copper pendant in a beginner’s metalsmithing course. Ky Betts begins a four-week class in Cartooning for Adults on April 5 at 6:30 p.m. and Eileen Harte begins a four-week class in Yoga at Everything Natural at 5:30 p.m. What a lot of wonderful choices for just one evening in April.
Other early April classes include Elementary Spanish with Sarah Martin on four Tuesdays and Thursdays April 4-May 2. You meet twice a week for four weeks; that should make a big difference in how much you will learn and retain. Learning a new language is said to be good for the brain.
If you are more into crafts, try Basketmaking with Diana Lombardi at the Abington Art Studio on a Saturday afternoon 3 to 6 p.m. April 8. Or meet for three Thursdays with Kristina Laurito and learn motifs and squares in crochet April 6-20, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Those who enjoy flower arranging may attend one Monday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Kelley Stewart will introduce you to European Mounded Flower Design.
Once again Eugene Litz is opening the doors at 13 Olives on April 5 (6 p.m.) to discuss his olive oils and cooking with them for good taste and health benefits. Gene is a generous supporter of ours and it’s great to see people love to come out for this evening at his store.
Don’t forget our Bus Trip to New York City is coming up fast- April 22. At 8 a.m., we will depart CSUMC for a do-your-own-thing day in the city. We have about 15 seats left to fill, so make your plan and send in the registration form (with check) and you’re set.
There are still more classes beginning later in April and into May. More about those later. In the meantime, check out the website www.gatheringplaceCS.org where all the classes are listed. You will find registration forms there that you can print and send in with your check.