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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
CANDIDATES DEBATE for the office of county commissioner, Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Courthouse, Montrose. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Susquehanna County. All are welcome.
BIG BUCKS BINGO and pizza party, Wednesday, April 23, 6 p.m. at the Family Community Center, New Milford. Prizes, free books, refreshments. For info, call the Literacy office, 278-9027 or 465-2880.
LUNCHEON, Thursday, April 24 at the Starrucca Baptist Church social rooms. Serving at noon. Sponsored by the Bag Ladies. All are welcome.
SPRING FLING PACT, Friday, April 25, 6:30 p.m. at the Family Community Center, New Milford. For info, call the Literacy office, 278-9027 or 465-2880.
LYON STREET CEMETERY ASSOCIATION meeting, Friday, April 25, 7 p.m. at the home of Paul and Susan Harvatine. All shareholders and lot owners urged to attend. For info call 679-2386.
SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER, Friday, April 25, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lawsville Grange Hall, Rte. 29. Takeouts available. All are welcome.
EAST ARARAT Cemetery Association meeting, Friday, April 25, 6 p.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church.
SOUTHERN TIER ORCHID Society Spring Show during regular hours April 25 through 27 at the Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY. All are welcome.
HIKE WITH THE LLAMAS, Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. to noon at Salt Springs State Park. Tour the new Friends Land, adjoining the State Park, which offers beautiful vistas. Limited to 10. Call 967-2349 for reservations or info.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, April 26, 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Elk Lake School. Sponsored by the Dimock Community Church. All are welcome.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Lakeside United Methodist Church. Takeouts available. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, April 26, noon to 3 p.m. at the Lakeside United Methodist Church. Takeouts available. All are welcome.
WELCOME HOME CELEBRATION for the 109th Infantry Company C soldiers who returned from a year in Bosnia, Saturday, April 26, 4 p.m. at the VFW, Montrose. All are welcome.
ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Saturday, April 26, 5:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
SPINNERS WEB, a hand spinning guild will exhibit at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton, on Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For info call 1-866-PATRAIL.
PANCAKE SUPPER, Saturday, April 26, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Susquehanna Valley Grange, Rte. 79, South Windsor. All are welcome.
RECYCLE DRIVE, Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Montrose United Methodist Church upper parking lot. Bring returnable aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles. Sponsored by the Montrose Spanish Club.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, April 26, at Kingsley Methodist Church. Takeouts only, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. all are welcome.
April 26 & 27
LAKESIDE MAPLE FESTIVAL, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26 and 27. Open house at Warrens Sap House. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, April 27, noon to 3 p.m. at the Lakeside Methodist Church. Takeouts available. All are welcome.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Sunday, April 27, 11 a.m. until sold out at the Clifford Fire Hall. Sponsored by the Community Rod & Gun Club. All are welcome.
JR. SABER PEE WEE Football/Cheerleader sign-ups for returning players only, Sunday, April 27, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Susquehanna fire hall.
DRAMA/VARIETY SHOW, Sunday, April 27, 2 p.m. at the Montrose Theater, featuring the Endless Mountains Homeschool Dance Club. For info call 800-638-4247. All are welcome.
EARTH DAY celebration, Sunday, April 27, beginning at 1 p.m. at the First Universalist Church, Brooklyn. American Indians, drumming groups, Indian dancing, more. All are welcome.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE for EMTCs Ed Camp. Students in grades 5 -12 will attend workshops and clinics the week of July 21-25 at Blue Ridge School, New Milford. Call 434-2422 or visit www.4emtc.org for info.
ED CAMP registration deadline is April 30. Camp to run July 21-25 at Blue Ridge High School, New Milford. Kids in fifth through twelfth grade (as of the 2002-03 school year) welcome. For info call 434-2422 or visit www.4emtc.org.
RUMMAGE SALE, Wednesday, April 30 through Saturday, May 3. Hours Wednesday to Friday are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday (bag sale) 10 a.m. to noon. Donations accepted April 28 and 29. All are welcome.
SAFE TOUCH EDUCATION Night, Wednesday, April 30, 7 p.m. at St. Paulıs Church, Montrose. Parents and children will learn to recognize unsafe situation. Face painting, balloons, refreshments. Sponsored by the Womenıs Resource Center. All are welcome.
ROAST BEEF DINNER, Thursday, May 1 at the Springville United Methodist Church. Serving 4:30 p.m. til ? Takeouts available. All are welcome.
SIGN UP DEADLINE for the Julius Prezelski Basketball School to be held June 25-27 at Montrose Area High School. Call 785-3913 for info.
HILL COUNTRY ARTISTS will meet, Thursday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building, Rte. 706 E, Montrose. Kathy Yulke will lead the group in producing three quick paintings. Bring supplies for three small paintings in a medium of your choice. All are welcome.
HILL COUNTRY ARTISTS meeting, Thursday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building, Rte. 706, Montrose. Kathy Yulke will lead the group in producing three quick paintings (bring supplies). All are welcome.
RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE, Friday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Franklin Forks United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
RUTHIE FOSTER, live in concert Friday, May 2, 8 p.m. at the Montrose United Methodist Church. For info call 278-3311. All are welcome.
JR. SABER PEE WEE Football/Cheerleader sign-ups for new players, Friday, May 2, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Susquehanna fire hall. Must be 7 years by May 1 and not 14 years before February 1. Copy of birth certificate required.
ILLUSTRATED LECTURE on Iroquois beadwork, Friday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 183 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. Free. For info or to register call (607)) 729-0016.
SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Saturday, May 3, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hallstead Presbyterian Church, Pine St. Takeouts available, starting at 4 p.m. All are welcome.
RUMMAGE BAG SALE, Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Franklin Forks United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
RECYCLE DRIVE, Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Montrose United Methodist Church upper parking lot. Bring returnable aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles. Sponsored by the Montrose Spanish Club.
EARTH DAY ON WHEELS, Saturday, May 3, noon to 4 p.m. at Midtown Park, New Milford. Demonstrations, contests, games, more. All free events. For info call 465-2169. All are welcome.
HOBBY DAY, Saturday, May 3, 3-5 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Library, Montrose, PA. Demonstrations, exhibits, Q & A. Call 570-278-1881 for info.
AUCTION NIGHT, Saturday, May 3, at the Fire Hall, Montrose. Doors open at 5 p.m., buffet reception at 5:30 p.m. Auction of art, crafts, and other special items begins at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Library. For ticket info, call 278-1881.
COUNTRY STYLE pancake and sausage breakfast, Saturday, May 3, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
RUN FOR THE SON 100-mile motorcycle ride, Saturday, May 3, starting at 9:00 a.m. at The Basil Leaf, Montrose. For info, call the Wheels for Christ, Montrose Chapter, 836-5030.
WORKSHOP on creating Iroquois beadwork (eyeglass/cell phone case), Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 183 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. For info or to register call (607)) 729-0016.
PEOPLE FOR PEACE, Saturday, May 3, noon at the Courthouse, Montrose. For info call 278-2187. All are welcome.
May 3 & 4
ARTSFEST, Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rowe JHS, off Rte. 220 between Binghamton and Elmira. Arts, crafts, entertainment, food, more. All are welcome.
HOUSE & GARDEN SHOW, Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waverly Community House. Call 586-8191 for info. All are welcome.
ST. JOHNS CEMETERY CLEANUP DAY, Sunday, May 4, 11 a.m. Rain dates May 10 and May 18.
GENEALOGY & HISTORY program, Sunday, May 4, 2 p.m. at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton. For info, call 963-4804. All are welcome.
WORKSHOP on creating a traditional Iroquois beaded pincushion, Sunday, May 4, noon at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 183 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. For info or to register call (607)) 729-0016.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, May 4, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the HallsteadGreat Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All you can eat! All are welcome.
BUS TRIP to Sight and Sound, Tuesday, May 6. Featured program is "Daniel: a Dream, a Den, a Deliverer." Call the Montrose Bible Conference for info, 278-1001.
FOOD SAFETY and Sanitation Training for volunteer groups, Tuesday, May 6, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the County Office Building, Montrose. For info, call the Cooperative Extension at 278-1158.
SABER FOOTBALL BOOSTER CLUB meeting, Tuesday, May 6, 7:00 p.m. at the Susquehanna Community High School. For info, call Kathy Whitney, 879-4440.
TURKEY BUFFET, Thursday, May 8, 5 p.m. at the Starrucca Methodist Church. Takeouts available, 4:30 p.m. All are welcome.
OPEN AUDITIONS for Endless Mts. Theatre Co., Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge High School. Call 434-2422 for info. All are welcome.
ALL FOR ONE, mens gospel quartet will host a Friday Nite Sing, Friday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference Dining Hall. Free. Call 278-3222 for info. All are welcome.
May 9 & 10
OZ! Presented by the Mountain View Elementary Players, Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Elementary School, Kingsley. All are welcome.
SPRING BIRD WALK, Saturday, May 10, 7 a.m. at the Florence Shelly Preserve, Stack Road, Thompson. For info call 879-4244. All are welcome.
OPEN AUDITIONS for Endless Mts. Theatre Co., Saturday, May 10, 9:30 a.m. at Blue Ridge High School. Call 434-2422 for info. All are welcome.
ORTHOPAEDIC OUTREACH clinic for kids, Saturday, May 10, 8 a.m. to noon at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. Advance appointments required, call 1-800-281-4050.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. Take outs or eat in. All are welcome.
MOTHERS DAY BUFFET dinner and concert, Sunday, May 11 at the Dreyer Lodge Tea Room. Buffet, 12:30 p.m. with concert (Carrie Brush) to follow at 2:30. For reservations, call the Montrose Bible Conference, 278-1001.
On Sunday, May 4, over 100 dedicated volunteers from the Susquehanna County and surrounding areas will be walking to save babies' lives as participants of the March of Dimes WalkAmerica. When you walk in WalkAmerica, you give babies born prematurely a fighting chance like this years ambassador child, Sarah Marble of New Milford. Walkers will be raising money to support the important mission of the March of Dimes. If you would like to register to walk, get more information, or participate as a corporate supporter in this event call 1888-864-9504 or register on-line at WWW.WalkAMERICA.ORG.
The fifth annual "Earth Day on Wheels" will take place Saturday, May 3, noon to 4 p.m. in Midtown Park, Main Street (Route 11), New Milford, PA, with a focus on ecology, wrapped in a bicycle theme.
Stunts will abound at the fifth annual "Earth Day on Wheels."Community youth groups, whose interests are enjoying and preserving our lands and waters, will join in activities and displays with local groups who maintain safety and well-being. The event targets todays youth, to enlighten them on the situation with our environment.
Entertainment includes a pro bicycle stunt team, NBL Racing team, unicycling, juggling, bicycle rodeo and bike contest (prizes for three categories: race, freestyle, and mountain), special attractions, special guest, games, challenges, activities, demos, good food from the good Earth and much more.
For more info, call New Milford Bike Shop (570) 465-2169. 278-3589.
The Susquehanna County Farm Bureau, a legislative organization with over four hundred members, will be hosting "Meet the Candidates," at the Lenoxville Community Hall, Lenoxville, PA on May 9, at 7:30 p.m.
The purpose of this event is to give Susquehanna County voters a chance to meet all of the candidates for county offices. All fifteen candidates have been invited to take part in this event.
It's no figment . . . the auditions being held May 8 and 10 by Endless Mountains Theatre Company are open to all interested community members!
Every spring, in preparation for their big summer season, Susquehanna County's energetic, all-volunteer community theater group puts the call out to any adult or teen with an urge to get in the dramatic spotlight. "We draw on people from all walks of life with all levels of experience," says EMTC Chair Bob DeLuca. "We try to find a place for everybody."
Performing in community theater can be as exciting as your wedding day.
Theatre-lovers were excited to find out that EMTC's July musical this year will be the ingeniously bizarre Broadway smash by Menken and Ashman, Little Shop of Horrors. " 'Shop' is a great show to go out for, whether it's your first musical or your fiftieth," says co-director Ric Rackett, who joins EMTC veteran DeLuca in staging this production. "And you'll never think of plant food the same way again." Rackett, whose credentials in theater have previously taken him into the "pro" scene of entertainment hot-spot Orlando, FL, made his EMTC debut last fall in the encore run of Tony n' Tina's Wedding.
"We're expecting a record turnout for these auditions," says DeLuca. EMTC can also boast a burgeoning reputation, given its 5-season-strong history of pleasing the crowds with its musicals, plays, dinner theater, children's shows, theater camp and improv events.
Auditions will be at Blue Ridge High School in New Milford at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, May 8, and (again at BRHS) on Saturday morning, May 10 at 9:30 a.m. No appointment necessary -- just take this cue and walk in! For more information or to volunteer for off-stage jobs, call (570) 434-2422, or visit www.4emtc.org .
On Memorial Day, May 26, VFW Ayres-Stone Post 5642 will be honoring our veterans with a 10:00 a.m. parade, followed by a Memorial Tribute on the Green in Montrose.
Captain Roland C. Farr is the guest speaker. He is a Tunkhannock High School graduate, Class of 1953. He is married to Julia (Wood) Farr and they have five sons and one daughter.
Captain Farr served in the US Marine Corps, from 1953 to 1975. He served in various duty stations throughout his 22-year career, and received numerous medals. He served in Japan from 1955 to 1956, was a Drill Instructor at Parris Island, South Carolina from 1959 to 1962, when he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant; served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969; and from 1973 to 1975, was Director, Marine Corps Finance School.
After retiring, Captain Farr was a police officer for Tunkhannock Borough, from 1975 to 1980. From 1980 to 1986, he was the police chief for Tunkhannock Borough. Presently, he is Operations Manager for Ace Robbins.
Ayres-Stone Post is honored and looking forward to having Captain Roland C. Farr as guest speaker.
The deep snows of the winter of 2002 have finally melted into the earth and the air is filling with birdsong. And for many bird enthusiasts, spring would not be complete without a visit to the beautiful Florence Shelly nature preserve in Thompson, PA, where two knowledgeable and enthusiastic naturalists will guide birdwatching walks. Evan Mann will lead a walk on May 10 at 7:00 AM, and Ron Milliken will offer an excursion on May 17, beginning at 6:00 a.m.
By mid-May, male birds will have found the places in the ecologically diverse preserve where they will nest, and they will be singing their distinctive songs to attract females. It is not unusual for participants to see and hear as many as sixty different species on a spring morning. Meandering among the woodlands and meadows, fringing the tangled underbrush of Plews Swamp, and exploring the edges of deep glacial Weir's Pond, birders will get an education in birds and their habitats, and may add some species to their life list.
Evan Mann, a chemical plant manager who used to own a business building birdhouses, focuses on identifying birds both by sight and sound, and in educating walk participants in the types of habitats birds favor and why. Ron Milliken, a former programmer at IBM, who calls the Shelly Preserve, "a perfect place for birding," has been leading his annual bird walk there for eighteen years. A tireless birder who customarily shows up an hour before participants to start counting species, he stresses birding by ear, or identifying the birds by their call. Mr. Milliken's walks typically last longer and cover the entire preserve, whereas Mr. Mann tends to focus on fewer areas in more detail.
The group will meet in the parking lot across from Stack Road, a mile north of Thompson on Route 171. For further information call (570) 879-4244.
Theres no place like Artsfest 2003 and its bigger and better than ever! Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 rain or shine at Rowe Junior High School for the annual celebration of the arts. Join for fun, entertainment, games, food, antiques appraisers and a lineup of more than 50 of the finest artisans in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Come early on Saturday for the 5K run at 9:00 a.m. The juried professional artists and craftspeople will welcome you at 10:00 a.m. to their collections of nature photography, stoneware, jewelry, candles, metal sculptures, oils, watercolors, acrylics, pencil drawings, art prints, handmade soap, wreaths, gourd crafts, birdhouses, theme bears, emu eggs, woodcarvings, hand-crafted hardwood gifts, and much more. All work will be available for sale. You will also have an opportunity to watch blown-glass demonstrations as well as a pastel portrait artist and a cartoon illustrator at work. An author and an illustrator of two wildlife books will be available for book signing during the two-day event. Adults as well as children will enjoy the puppet exhibit and demonstrations. You wont want to miss the ever-popular and exciting clay tent, where you can learn to "throw on the pottery wheel" and create your own clay sculpture.
The popular local band, Bridge Street, performing Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and again from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., will kick off the live entertainment schedule for the fest. Matt Noldy and James Pierce will perform solo acoustic guitar selections. Sundays festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with Brian Murphys Trio performing from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tom Knight will entertain children and adults of all ages with his music and puppet show at 1:30 p.m., and Scott Henderson will close the show with his solo performance of folk rock songs from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Wath for "Kids Corner" where the Athens High School Student Council will offer a free child watch service, entertaining your children with arts and crafts projects. Inflatable rides will be available for $1.00 per ride. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the free hay rides that will be offered throughout the fest. Hansom cab rides will be available and for a small fee you can take aim at your favorite community celebrity at the dunking booth. Check your attic and cellar for "treasures" to bring to the antiques appraisers (Saturday only) in the junior high gym, for a nominal fee.
For the fifth year, walkers raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will meet at the Pump n Pantry in Montrose on Saturday, May 10. The four-mile walk (2 miles out and 2 miles back) follows the Bridgewater Riding Club path. The Walk is organized by friends and family of Valerie (Holmes) Shook. Walkers are encouraged to find sponsors, or self-sponsor the day of the walk (no minimum). Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the walk starting at 10. Please call 570-278-1881 or visit www.susqcolibrary.org/valwalk.htm to register and/or pick up an information packet.
Susquehanna County Solid Waste Department is holding a waste tire collection for county residents. There is a $1 charge per tire that are 16 inches or less (all non-industrial tires), and there is a $.10 per pound for tires that exceed the 16 inch diameter (all industrial tires). No tires will be accepted if they are on rims. Residents must first pre-register and pre-pay for their tires during a scheduled three-week registration period, April 14 to May 9. Residents may register in person at the Susquehanna County Recycling Center during this time, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Forms will be available at the Recycling Center. Residents may also mail their registration forms, with their payment, to the Susquehanna County Recycling Center, P.O. Box 218, Montrose, Pa, 18801. Forms are also available in local newspapers and at your local township building or borough offices. Complete instructions on filling out the form, along with tire collection guidelines, are included with the registration form. Residents will be able to choose one of the four tire collection sites listed on the registration form. Residents can only drop-off their tires at the collection site chosen on the registration form.
The actual tire collection will be held on four different days, at four different sites in the county, with the first scheduled to begin on May 17 at the Choconut Valley Elementary School grounds, followed by the Susquehanna Borough Building just off of Rte. 171 on May 24, then the Clifford fairgrounds on May 31 and Susquehanna County Recycling Center on June 7. The times for all four sites will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No tires will be accepted from anyone who has not pre-registered and pre-paid for their tires. The large tires will need to be at the Recycling Center on June 7 before noon. You will be required to present your registration form and proof of county residence (either a per-capita tax record, a property tax slip or a valid Pa drivers license) when dropping off your tires. Any questions, call Derek Smith, County West Nile Virus, (570) 278-4600, ext. 286 or the Susquehanna County Recycling Center, (570) 278-3589.
St. Johns Cemetery Committee and the St. Johns Mens Club announce the cemetery cleanup day on Sunday, May 4, to begin at 11 a.m. Rain dates are Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 18. The cleanup volunteers will leave all graveside decorations, urns and vigil candles in place, providing they are in good condition. All others, damaged beyond repair will be picked up and placed near the last cemetery entrance off Turnpike St. If they are not picked up at a later date, they will be discarded. Your cooperation will be appreciated to keep the cemetery in excellent condition.
Roselyn Hibbard, one of the best known and favored local singer/songwriters, will open the show for nationally recognized Ruthie Foster on Friday, May 2, at the Montrose United Methodist Church. Doors open at 7:00. Admission is free, but donations for the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies are encouraged.
Roselyn, a lifelong resident of Susquehanna County, will perform original acoustic works that reflect her local roots and appreciation for the traditions of rural Pennsylvania. Expected to join Rosi for a few songs will be Janet Lunger and Gene Hubbard. The three together, known as "oneVoice," offer interweaving harmonies and delightful melodies but they encourage the audience to "listen to the words."
Ruthie Foster hails from College Station, Texas, and is best known for her hybrid of blues, gospel, roots and folk music. Ruthie appeared this past Saturday at the Old Settlers Music Festival in Austin, Texas which also featured many world renowned artists including the Del McCoury Band, Jerry Douglas and Patty Griffin.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects 30,000 individuals in the United States. A walk will be held at the Susquehanna Community High School, on May 31, to help raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The money raised will be used to start new gene therapies and treatments. The walk will be held, rain or shine, on the high school track. Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10:00. There will be an intermission and there will be refreshments, music and lots of prizes for the participants who raise large amounts in donations. If you would like to help raise money for the cause by being a participant, you can pick up a registration form at the Susquehanna Community High School office during regular school hours.
Susquehanna County Council of Republican Women will hold their annual luncheon and fashion show on Saturday, May 17 at the Montrose United Methodist Church. Lunch will begin at noon, served by the ladies of the church with fashion show to follow.
R & A Boutique of Susquehanna will present fashion with members of the local council, family members and friends as models. The usual highlight of the afternoon will be door prizes from county business people who so generously give for this annual event. According to Chairman Mary Evans, arrangements are being made for special music.
SCCRW President Donna Cosmello has extended an invitation to anyone interested in attending. Tickets are available by calling Mary Evans at 570 278-4600, ext. 113.
Two special spring events have been combined once again! Mark Saturday, May 3 on your calendar for an afternoon of hobbies at the Montrose Library, from 3 p.m.-5 p.m., followed by a reception and auction at the Fire Hall. "Hobby time demos to try, then snacks, and mementos to buy!"
This is the twelfth year that the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association has invited a dozen or more hobbyists and crafters to show their work and answer questions. Hobby Day is a free program that's fun for all ages. Featured activities so far include ballroom dancing, bee keeping, children's crafts (origami frogs!), cookie or cake decorating, glass beads, miniature quilts, researching family history, stir-frying, scrapbooking, and woodworking. Stop by anytime between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., and bring the whole family.
An auction to benefit the library returns for a fifth year, immediately following Hobby Day. Tickets are available at the door. The Fire Hall doors will open at 5 and the festivities start at 5:30 with a buffet reception. The auction begins at 6 p.m., with an incredible array of art, crafts, tickets and gift certificates, and lots more to bid on, including some of the hobbies represented at Hobby Day. Entertaining auctioneers Dave and Josie Coddington make this a delightful, laughter-filled event. For more information on Hobby Day or Auction Night, call 278-1881.
Montrose, in the heart of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, will again be host to the (re)named "Quilts of the Endless Mountains Show," Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11. The show committee's goal is to display 300 quilts from the Endless Mountains - but that's just the beginning!
As in 2001, the show will be housed in several buildings, most within easy walking distance of each other. Each building will feature a unique aspect of the show - in addition to quilted items of all sizes on display. Although there is no fee to enter any quilted item in the show, there will be a slight fee ($3.00 per person) to attend the show. One ticket will admit the holder to all of the sites and will be available at each site.
The United Methodist Church on Church Street, probably your first stop, will house antique quilts in the sanctuary. A vendor's mall in the main Social Room will feature local and national vendors. A quilt made by the Show Committee and a Janome sewing machine (compliments of Sister's Choice Quilt & Fabric Shop, Great Bend), both to be raffled by the close of the show on Saturday, will also be located here. A light lunch will be served by the United Methodist Women in the downstairs Wesleyan Room. Parking is available and fire police will be on hand to direct traffic at that busy intersection.
The next stop on Church Street is at The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies, headquartered at 75 Church Street, location of the oldest building in Montrose. Built in 1816 as the first bank in Susquehanna County, it was later home to one of the members of the Anti-Slavery Society from 1840 to the 1880's. Enjoy the ambiance while you view the Challenge Projects, a new feature at the show this year. Fifty-some kits have been sold with a few still available. This project challenges a quilter to produce a finished quilt of 24 x 24 inches from a specific choice of fabrics. P & B Fabrics, a favorite line with many quilters, generously provided QEM with two bolts of fabric, "A Garden Plan" being the fabric which every challenge project must contain. Challenge Project 2005 kits will be available at this site to provide quilters the opportunity to begin creating their submissions for the next QEM Challenge immediately. Visitors to the show will enter and exit through the wide side porch off the drive; however, parking is at the Presbyterian Church next door.
The next stop, as already mentioned, is the First Presbyterian Church, at 71 Church Street. Pedestrians may walk through the back yard of 75 Church Street to reach the entrance off the church parking lot. A borrowed exhibit from the American Quilter's Society entitled "United We Quilt" will be shown in the Westminster Dining Hall. These works were produced in response to the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center by internationally known quilters, a truly one-of-a-kind exhibition. The Show Committee is pleased to present this to the public. Thirty-three unique pieces are included in this exhibit.
Further along and on the opposite side of Church Street is St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Using the center front entrance will bring the viewer to the quilts in the Parish Hall. With its high ceiling and large windows, this space offers perfection in displaying the larger quilts. From the side entry on Chestnut Street, pre-registrants will have opportunity to participate in a lecture and a class with well known author and quilt teacher, Anna Marie Tucker, of Milford, Pennsylvania. A limited number of openings will be available for each of the sessions, one to be held Friday afternoon; the other, Saturday morning, both in the Meeting Room below the Parish Hall.
Another event limited to pre-registrants will be held on Saturday afternoon at Holy Name of Mary Parish Center, the pink Victorian gingerbread on South Main Street. This will be a combination slide-lecture and tea, limited to 35. Gloria Driscoll, of Endicott, and her sister present a fabulous program called "Stadell Mountain Quilts." These are antique quilts found in an old family-owned farm house. The tea will precede the program so that nothing sticky gets near the quilts. Sign up early. There is plenty of parking space next to this site.
The QEM Show Committee welcomes inquiries regarding any of its planned activities. Those wishing to display one (or more!) quilted items may request a registration form. Those interested in the classes or the lecture/tea may request a show brochure. All participants in the 2001 show have received preliminary information and registration forms regarding the 2003 event, and will automatically receive the show brochure with schedules, classes and lecture/tea registration information. Call Cindy Applegate, Show Chair, at (570) 934-2297.
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