Community Classroom: The Gathering Place is open for classes this summer

Community - Classroom - Emily Rancier

The Gathering Place is open for classes this summer and the Art Gallery is open from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Make sure you stop in and say hello to Connie McDonnell and our new intern, rising senior Marla, who will be gallery sitting. We also plan to be open from noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays. We are looking for volunteers to “sit” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

The new show,” Land Sea and Sky,” will open Friday, June 22. Even if you’ve stopped in before, there’s a whole new view awaiting you in the Gallery. Many mediums are represented; established and emerging artists’ work will grace our walls until the end of August. Come in and see.

The following night, Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m., Laurel Radzieski and Dale Sznyter will read their poetry with the new art show backing them up. Enjoy the arts and indulge your senses of sound and sight and feeling on this Saturday night.

The summer brochure is printed – look for our giant “G” and a colorful blue banner for summer 2018. Stop by The Gathering Place and pick one up. They will also be available at the Abington and Dalton libraries. We begin our summer classes with a talk on Gambling Prevention at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. The Voluntary Action Center does a wonderful job discussing difficult topics; certainly, you will learn a lot in a welcoming atmosphere and it’s free.

Lisa Rigau addresses the rediscovery of a healthy relationship with food in a class called Eating Mindfully from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21. If you have turned to food as a distraction or a comfort, you might benefit from this class which costs $20.

Coming up in July, Lisa Imbriaco will present two computer classes: Introduction to Power Point ( July 10 and 12) and Desktop Publishing (July 19 and 24) Each class has two sessions from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and each costs just $20. See the brochure or the website for more information about these classes.

Anne Armezzani is back doing what she does best, encouraging young people to write in the best way they can — and have fun doing it. She will be at TGP three Wednesday mornings — July 11, 18, 25 from 11 a.m. to noon to help your teen create stories or craft non-fiction in comfortable, relaxed surroundings. Cost is $15.

Bob Bass of the Clarks Summit Fire Department will talk about fire safety in the home and the help you can obtain from the fire department with installation and maintenance of fire detectors and other home safety devices at noon July 11.

Prior to our bus trip to Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, Abby Calin Ziegler will talk to us about opera, its tradition and magic. This will be a wonderful introduction and warm-up for all who are attending “The Barber of Seville” or “West Side Story” this July. Abby’s talk will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 at TGP and the cost is $15 . Everyone who has a curiosity about opera is encouraged to attend.

Rounding out our summer program, Michaelya Moore plans to bring All About Theatre to students ages 6-13 and to people with special needs. Play-Building and Acting for Kids starts July 16 and ends with a play at 6 p.m. July 30. Play Building and Acting for Special Actors begins its six-week program July 16 and ends with a play July 28. There will be six classes and the cost is $95. Contact Michaelya at 570-233-3682 or at for more information.

Memory Café will continue through the summer at 10 a.m. the second Friday of the month. Craft and Chat meets from 10 to 11 a.m. June 22, July 13, 20, 27. Book Club meets at noon every third Thursday in the Gathering Place Art Gallery. The list of books being read this summer is in the brochure or you may find it on the website.

The Songwriters Roundtable will continue meeting during the summer months on Sundays, July 15 and Aug. 19.

Don’t forget the Strawberry Festival from 9 to 11 a.m. June 30. There will be strawberry lemonade, strawberry shortcake and fun and games outside The Gathering Place, and, of course, the 5K winners’ awards ceremony in the art gallery. See you there.



Emily Rancier

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