TUNKHANNOCK — River Day will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at Riverside Park. The free event will be held rain or shine.
For the 14th consecutive year, the event will feature kayaking, nature explorations, environmental organization displays and presentation, live animals from the Endless Mountains Nature Center, food vendors, and four live musical performances.
To begin the day, a free session of Kundalini Yoga will be held at 10 a.m. Bring a blanket or yoga mat and experience what yoga can do for the mind and body, while being outdoors under the trees at the river’s edge.
Kayak enthusiasts may join one of two river floats organized by Keith Brown of Endless Mountains Outfitters and Art Coolbaugh of Susquehanna Kayak and Canoe Rentals. Rent a kayak and float down the river from Meshoppen at 9:30 a.m. or the Howland Preserve at noon, arriving at Riverside Park just as the music begins at the pavilion. To register, call Endless Mountains Outfitters at 570-746-9140 or Susquehanna Kayak and Canoe Rentals at 570-388-6107.
Live music will begin at the pavilion from 1 to 2:30 p.m. with Retro Rocket, an acoustic trio that plays a blend of Americana and original compositions.
Abi and Tim Zieger will bring a mix of traditional songs, folk tunes, and a mix of indie-acoustic originals from 3 to 4 p.m. They will be joined by students from their Jam Along Band Camp, who will share what they have been learning about music and musical instruments all week at the Dietrich Theater.
The music will pause briefly from 4 to 4:30 p.m. to feature the 444 Club. This club includes those who have paddled all 444 miles of the Susquehanna River – from Cooperstown, NY, to Chesapeake Bay.
Flatland Ruckus will take the stage from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., featuring country music, southern rock and rock. Chris Shrive is the lead guitarist and singer.
To end the day, Hickory Project will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. The band plays traditional and original acoustic music with elements of bluegrass, Celtic, swing, and jazz.
At the presentation tent, there will be opportunities to learn new information and ways to appreciate the environment. From 1 to 2 p.m., Rebecca Lesko will present Native American Lifeways.
Ed Zygmunt, Research Conservationist of the USDA, will present a program from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. called Simple Approach to Stormwater Management for Homeowners.
From 4 to 5 p.m., Rick Koval will acquaint spectators with the snakes and reptiles that live in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
There will also be many activities planned for children at the park.
Young artists may add their designs to a painted mural inspired by the natural surroundings, guided by Dietrich Theater art teachers Amy and Steve Colley from 3 to 6 p.m.
Also from 3 to 6 p.m., face painter Valerie Johnson will transform little faces into insects and animals, the Endless Mountain Nature Center will feature live animals, and rock painting will be offered by the Kitson Arts Alliance.
Southwest Savory food truck favorites, Kool Cow Cabin Creamery ice cream, fresh-squeezed lemonade and vegetarian empanadas and jambalaya by Sam James will be available for purchase.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission will have a display focusing on wildlife living along the river. Also, the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Program display will focus on plastic pollution.
The Frances Dorrance Chapter of the PA Archaeological Society will demonstrate and allow participation in digging and screening for artifacts.
River Day is planned by the Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater and the River Day Committee and sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation.