Strawberry Festival set for June 24 at The Gathering Place

Community Classroom - Emily Rancier

Mark June 24 on your calendar! Strawberry Day 5-K Run steps off promptly at 9 a.m. with a Kids Fun Run following at about 10 a.m. The Gathering Place is preparing strawberry delights for every palate to enjoy. Fresh strawberries and yogurt cups, strawberry shortcake and strawberry lemonade will cool you off and, if you are running or walking, restore those calories you have just burned.

There will be kids’ games into the morning on Spring Street, and the library conducts kids’ crafts at the Crossroads Church next to Duffy’s. A scavenger hunt for families will be part of the morning fun with prizes donated by area merchants. Several businesses will offer discounts that day.

Annie’s Kitchen, Pallman’s Farm and Abington Art Studio plan to be under the vendor tents with jams, strawberries and art works to sell. Sutton Family Skin Care, Balance from Inside and Key to Your Art will be there to exhibit. Do come out and have fun at this event that partners us with the Running Center.

Under the leadership of Paula Baillie and Anne Armezzani, classes and daytime lectures are filling the summer schedule at The Gathering Place. We’re planning to be open at noon on Tuesdays and be closed on Sundays and Mondays. On three summer evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., movies suitable for kids and young families will be shown, accompanied by theme-based activities and snacks. On the marquee will be “Tom Sawyer” (July 19),” Little Rascals” (Aug. 10) and “Babe” (Aug. 16).

Noontime lectures include a look at the stars presented by Samantha Wilkerson, an AHHS Science Olympiad member on July 12, and a history lecture by Dennis Martin about Building the Lackawanna Railroad on July 19. Shirley Eagen will show us her technique of egg-acrylic on canvas to create a finish similar to one used by Renaissance artists on Aug. 9.

Eileen Healey plans to teach a class for teens at 6 p.m. on July 13 and 20 on making a mini-art pendant and a course on creative writing for teens will be taught by Anne Armezzani July 19- Aug.16. Connie McDonnell will present “Letting Go: Tips for Parents of New College Students”at 7 p.m. July 20 and 27.

Dori Waters meets Friday mornings with people of all abilities to create. Fiber crafts, needle-felt, painting and polymer clay are some of the activities enjoyed over the last month. These times of creating and sharing called Craft and Chat take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 14, 21, 28 and Aug.11,18, 25. Everyone is welcome.

Our summer schedule will be available at TGP during the Strawberry Festival and in the library. Check for times and cost. Also check for all details.

Due to the persistence of MaryAnn Nichols, Anne Armezzani and Judy Griggs, the concrete floors of The Gathering Place have been covered with beautiful new vinyl and the counter in the gallery area will have its quartz top ready for service as of June 21. We are so excited to have most of the renovation complete. All areas except the kitchen are totally ready for our classes and programs.

We will celebrate that fact and the generosity and love of the Paul Ford family with a reception at 4 p.m. July 23. The Ford family has given so much so that we might realize the vision of a gathering place for this community that we want to give everyone the opportunity to say “Thank You.” Please come for a short program and dedication of the Paul Ford Room that day with a reception to follow.

Look for our fall schedule ideas next month. We hope you are going to like what we have to offer!

Community Classroom

Emily Rancier