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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
CONSERVATION EASEMENTS meeting, Wednesday, July 23, 7 p.m. at the Wayne County Visitors Center, Honesdale. For info, call R.E.S.C.U.E., 7982530. All are welcome.
R.E.S.C.U.E. public meeting, Wednesday, July 23, 7 p.m. at the Wayne County Visitors Center, Honesdale. Topic will be Conservation Easements. For info call 7982530. All are welcome.
WEDNESDAY MORNING ESCAPADES, Wednesday, July 23, 10 a.m. at Salt Springs State Park, Franklin Forks. Hike the parks ten miles of trails and discover its many habitats. All are welcome.
FRED LEWIS day lily garden at 53 High St., Montrose will be open to the public, noon to 4 p.m., July 23 through 27, weather permitting. Garden features over 300 varieties.
BEGINNERS SCRAPBOOK class, Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m. to noon at the Susquehanna Branch Library. Bring photos, scrapbook, scissors, double-sided tape, colored scrapbook paper. Call 8534106 to register.
LAWN SUPPER, Thursday, July 24, at Starrucca Baptist Church social rooms. Serving 5 p.m. All are welcome.
SUSQUEHANNA NEIGHBORHOOD CRIMEWATCH meeting, Thursday, July 24, 7:00 p.m. at the boro building. All are welcome.
ED CAMP Final Performance, Friday, July 25, 7 p.m. at Blue Ridge High School, New Milford. Students of the Ed Lonzinski Middle/High School Theater Camp will present a showcase performance. For info call 4342422. All are welcome.
STARRUCCA SCHOOL REUNION, Saturday, July 26, 11:00 a.m. at the Starrucca Community Hall. For reservations, call Rebecca, (607) 7855198.
HELP A VETERAN DAY, Saturday, July 26, beginning at 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 86, Susquehanna. Donations accepted, new clothing (not used) or cash for vets at the VA Hospital, Wilkes-Barre. Refreshments, entertainment. Free (must be 21).
STARS & STRIPES ride on the Stourbridge Line, Saturday, July 26, departing at 10 a.m. from Honesdale. For ticket info, call the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 2531960.
FRIENDS OF LITERACY picnic, Saturday, July 26, noon to 4 p.m. at Salt Springs Park. Volunteer awards, trivia contest, Best Character from a Book costume contest. Bring a dish to share; hot dogs and drinks provided. Call 2789027 or 4652880 to register.
GREEN PARTY potluck, Saturday, July 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2255 Franklin Hill Rd., 1/2 mile east of Milk Can Corners. Grassroots music jam session. For info call 879-4704. All are welcome.
ROAST BEEF SUPPER, Saturday, July 26, 5:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY meeting, Saturday, July 26, 2:00 p.m. Program: Northern Electric Railroad and Brooklyn 200th Anniversary. For info call 289-4603 or 289-4610.
GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY RUN on the Stourbridge Line, Sunday, July 27, departing at 1:30 p.m. from Honesdale. For ticket info, call the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 2531960.
WALK THROUGH OUR COUNTYıS HISTORY program, Sunday, July 27, noon to 5 p.m. at Old Mill Village, New Milford. Hosted by CASS. For info call 4653448. All are welcome.
July 27 - 31
WOODLAND RESOURCES ADVENTURE, July 27 through July 31 at Keystone College for students 12-15. Fee. Call 2653409, ext. 5 for registration info.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL at North Jackson United Methodist Church, 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. for children grades K-12. Call 7273123 for info.
WEDNESDAY MORNING ESCAPADES, 10 a.m. to noon, July 30 at Salt Springs Park, Franklin Forks. Join for a treasure hunt and follow natures clues to a special surprise. All are welcome.
ROADMAP YOUR SUCCESS: An Interactive Business Plan Workshop, Wednesday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the County Office Building, Montrose. To register, call 1-800-829-7232.
SUGARING AND NIGHTLIGHTING program, Thursday, July 31, 8:30 p.m. at the Woodbourne Preserve, Dimock. Bring flashlight. Call 2783384 for info. All are welcome.
August 1 & 2
BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL, August 1 and 2 in Montrose, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Green. Blueberries, entertainment, raffles, more. For info, call the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library, 2781881. All are welcome.
PRESTON HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, Saturday, August 2, 11:00 at the Preston School, Lakewood. For info or registration, contact Mr. and Mrs. William Ellicks, RR 1 Box 1828, Starrucca, PA 18462.
PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, August 2, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at East Ararat United Methodist Church. All you can eat! All are welcome.
MUSIC IN THE PARK, Sunday, August 3, at the Clifford Firemens Grounds, Rte. 106.10 a.m. worship service followed by day-long entertainment until 7 p.m. Bring chairs. Refreshments available. All are welcome.
GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY RUN on the Stourbridge Line, Sunday, August 3. Departure from Honesdale at 1:30. For info call the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 253-1960.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, August 3, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the HallsteadGreat Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.
August 3 - 9
FAMILY CAMP at Montrose Bible Conference, August 3 through 9. Family activities, concert by Carrie Brush, adult Bible teaching, kids chapels, more. For info call 2781001. All are welcome.
ANNUAL SHERWOOD BARBECUE, Thursday, August 7, 6:00 p.m. at the home of Ivan and Elaine Burman. For info or reservations call 7562406.
Monday, July 28: roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, asparagus, dinner roll, peaches.
Tuesday, July 29: vegetable lasagna, Italian green beans, pineapple juice, rye bread, chocolate pudding, diet chocolate pudding.
Wednesday, July 30: chicken fricassee, three-bean salad, V-8 juice, biscuit, tropical fruit.
Thursday, July 31: seasoned pork chops, parslied whole potatoes, pickled beets, wheat bread, Boston cream pie/diet pears.
Friday, August 1: sweet and sour chicken, corn, tossed salad, white bread, cream puffs/diet vanilla pudding.
One of the highlights of the annual Blueberry Festival for most people is delicious food, which will be available in abundance Friday, August 1, and Saturday, August 2, during the 24th Annual Festival. The Blueberry Festival began in 1980 as a fund-raiser for the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association, which serves the county with a museum, a main library and three branches, and Books-By-Mail and Books-On-Wheels.
Breakfast and lunch will be served on the Village Green during the Blueberry Festival on August 1 and 2. For breakfast (8-10:30 a.m.) there will be pancakes with blueberry sauce, sausage, and fruit. At lunch time, the choices will include hamburgers, hot-dogs, and more.
Members of the community will provide a variety of food and snacks all day on Friday and Saturday, starting of course with fresh local-grown blueberries. Blueberry muffins, ice cream, pie and other baked goods will be for sale, as well as lemonade and iced tea. Jams, jellies, and produce of all sorts are donated by local people to benefit the Association. You can even keep the Festival flavor going all year by purchasing one of the popular series of recipe collections by local cooks.
Once again there will be a Blueberry Muffin Contest. "Many wonderful cooks volunteer to bake muffins for the Festival," says Administrator/Librarian Susan Stone, "and this is a great way to honor the best home-made muffins." The muffins will be judged at 10 a.m. Friday by a "local celebrity panel" of Commissioner Lee Smith, Father Jim Nash, and Marie King. Afterwards, winning muffins will be available to buy! To enter, please submit two dozen home-made (no mixes) blueberry muffins by 9:30 a.m. Friday, accompanied by a form available at the Montrose Library ahead of time, on the library's website (www.susqcolibrary.org/bf.htm) or at the Muffin Table Friday morning.
The regular meeting of Hill Country Artists will be held on Thursday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building on Rt. 706 East of Montrose. Following a short business meeting, Gary Green, artist and teacher from Efferta, PA, will present a demonstration of watercolor painting using his en plein aire sketches as references. He will give information on painting en plein aire (outside, rather than in a studio) as he works. The following Saturday, August 9, Mr. Green will offer an all day workshop at Salt Springs, painting en plein aire with the medium of your choice (he will work in watercolors).
All interested persons are welcome to attend the meeting and/or workshop. For more information and to register, call Rita Eddy at 553-2500.
On Friday evening, July 25, the Blue Ridge High School auditorium in New Milford will come alive with talent! When the curtain goes up at 7:00 p.m., local theater-lovers will have the privilege of experiencing a star-studded revue of classic stage entertainment by the Ed Lonzinski Middle/High School Theatre Camp!
For the second summer in a row, Endless Mountains Theatre Company's "Ed Camp" has provided aspiring young entertainers with the opportunity to receive a week of professional-quality training in the theater arts. And Ed Camp week is crowned by a public showcase of top-notch summer entertainment, this Friday's Ed Camp Final Performance.
"I like Ed Camp because we have the opportunity to work with the students on some of the fundamentals of theater; things for which there is no time when working on a production," says Scott Fisher, the Mountain View teacher (and seasoned, multi-talented theater maven) who administers the Ed Camp program. "Monologues, improvisation, audition techniques and dance are all areas that are seldom covered with young people because most schools aren't able to offer more classes in the arts."
For more information on Final Performance or EMTC's upcoming shows and outreach programs, call (570) 434-2422.
The 24th annual Blueberry Festival, which will take place Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) on the Village Green in Montrose, will feature dozens of events and activities. All proceeds from the event help operate the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association, which serves the county with a museum, a main library and three branches, and Books-By-Mail and Books-On-Wheels. Paula Catlin and Ellen O'Malley are chairing the festival this year.
At 9 a.m. sharp on Friday morning the book sale opens, with donated hard covers, magazines, records, and videos on sale in the Book Tent on the Green, and paperbacks in the garage of the Library. Donations of good-quality used books are being accepted through Saturday, July 19please bring them to the library by then. Most books are very reasonable, but old and valuable books do come up for sale and are priced accordingly. The wide selection draws book dealers as well as readers and book lovers of all ages and interests. New books, both children's and adults, will also be for sale.
Don't bother holding that yard sale--the White Elephant Sale (Saturday only) will be glad to pass your treasures on. Please stop by the Library, or call 278-4709 for information on where to bring items ahead of time; priced items only will be accepted Saturday morning.
A long-sleeved T-shirt with Alta Mae Hessert's beautiful blueberry design (also on note cards) is a new addition to the wide range of Festival T-shirts, sweatshirts, and more. The popular jewelry, newly introduced last year has been re-ordered. Another limited-edition print of a watercolor by Sarah Miller will be issued this year. Water bottles, candles, pewter key chains and more also make great souvenirs of Montrose and the festival.
Volunteers are always needed to help with the Blueberry Festival. Anyone interested should call 278-1881.
This years Forest City Old Home Days, July 31 to August 2, will have a big emphasis on craft stands. A total of 22 craft vendors have registered to attend this years event, to be held along the towns Main Street, along with local merchant Sidewalk Sales.
For the first time, some of the local craft people will be located inside, on the second floor of Community Bank. Signs will direct the public to the entrance.
Local food and entertainment will be the focus of this years Old Home Days. The Pixie Chicks, Jeffrey James Band, Hickory Rose, the Two Polka Jet Bands, Primetime, Nameless and Shane Williams Band will be featured during the three days.
In keeping with this years theme of Country and Western, there will be a Wild West Bank Robbery and Cowboy Show along Main Street on Thursday, July 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It will end with a horse parade of area horse enthusiasts. There will be audience participation, with sheriff badges and wanted posters for the kids.
The annual fireworks will be Friday, August 1 at 9:30 p.m. The annual parade will start at 12 noon.
There will be a hat show, pet show, doll show and bike contest Thursday and Friday. The Kennedy Park chicken barbecue will be Sunday at the park, starting at noon. Tickets can be purchased at the Forest City offices of Honesdale National Bank or Community Bank. Music in the afternoon by Primetime.
For information on Old Home Days, contact coordinator Jason Pantzar at 7853938 or call 7853800.
During the American Cancer Societys Relay For Life, a 24-hour celebration of cancer survivorship, over 300 luminaria candles will be lit in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who have lost their battle with the disease. The luminaries will line the event track, lighting the way for Relay For Life participants to walk and reflect throughout the night. This moving ceremony will take place at 8:30 p.m., Friday, July 25 at the Montrose Area High School and is being coordinated by Reverend Ed Wolf, Ken Garnsey and Ken Robinson. "As the luminaries light up the night, it is so painfully clear why we are here, and why we need to continue to raise money for cancer research, education, advocacy and service," remarked chairperson of the event, Sue Dean.
Friends and family members purchase the candles. Each of the luminarias bags contains the name of an honoree and all names are read during the ceremony Friday night. Luminarias can be purchased at the event, right up until 8:00 p.m. or by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-888-227-5445.
Another highlight of the Susquehanna County Relay For Life event is the Survivors Reception and Celebration Lap. This marks the ninth year for Barnes-Kasson Hospital to be sponsors of the Cancer Survivors reception at the annual Relay event. All cancer survivors are invited to participate in the Relay For Life celebration, Friday, July 25 at the Montrose Area High School. Dinner will be provided by Barnes-Kasson Hospital for survivors, at 7:00 p.m. At 7:45, all survivors will join together as they walk around the track in celebration of life. Those not up to walking the lap around the track are encouraged to still participate and will be able to sit on the track in a designated area, set up with rocking chairs. The Celebration Lap and dinner is to honor all cancer survivors throughout Susquehanna County and their caregivers. Leading the Survivors Celebration lap will be Honorary Chairperson Robin Wallace avid Relay supporter, committee member and cancer survivor a true inspiration to all participants.
The American Cancer Societys Susquehanna County Relay For Life, sponsored by Donald Dean & Sons scheduled for July 25 - 26 is a team event to raise money to combat cancer and awareness of the disease.
For more information on Relay For Life, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-888-227-5445.
The employees of Peoples National Bank are selling American Cancer Society luminaries in memory of Don Connelly. Don, a member of the faculty of Blue Ridge High School for many years, lost his brave fight with cancer this past year.
Dons wife, Roxie, is considered a good friend to her fellow bank employees and they would like to say thanks for all he has meant to them. The luminaries will be displayed at the Relay for Life, scheduled for July 25 and 26 at the Montrose High School.
Those interested in purchasing a luminary may contact Lori Moore at Peoples National Bank, 879-2175 x 217.
Employees of Peoples National Bank invite all to join them in reaching cancer patients by donating their hair to "Locks for Love". Donated hair must be ten inches or longer. This hair-cutting event will take place at the annual Relay for Life, held at the Montrose High School the weekend of July 25 and 26.
Anyone wishing to donate hair, ten inches or longer, or has any questions, please call Suzie Brant at 879-2175 x 227. If anyone has been wondering why all the long hair at PNB, now you know.
The 24th annual Montrose Blueberry Festival will be held Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 on the Green. Paula Catlin and Ellen O'Malley are chairing the festival this year, and they're hard at work setting up blueberry food and fun for the celebration. This year's quilt pattern is Cactus Basket in blue and green on a cream background. Another beautiful Victorian-style doll house has been built and donated by Tom Simpson; this one is a cottage, and it's on display at the Library. Raffle chances for the quilt and the doll house are available now. Festival proceeds support county library services and the county Historical Society.
Don't bother with that garage sale--the Blueberry Festival's White Elephant sale needs your unwanted treasures (except clothing). You can drop them off at any time or stop by the Library for directions to the barn where items are being collected).
As always, volunteers are eagerly sought, as are donations of crafts, preserves, and good used books and records. Please call the library at 278-1881.
The smell of chocolate will fill the air as the Harford Fair conducts its Hershey "Cocoa Classic Chocolate Contests" at the 2003 Fair. The contests are co-sponsored by Hershey Foods Corporation, the worlds largest producer of chocolate and cocoa.
This year over 100 fairs across Pennsylvania are offering cash prizes for the best "Hersheys Baking Chips Cookies/Brownies/Bars" made from scratch. Harford Fairs contests are preliminary competitions that lead to the selection of the Commonwealths cocoa cake and baking chips cookies/brownies/bars at the 2004 Pennsylvania Farm Show, which will be awarded a grand prize of $500 and $250, respectively.
All Hersheys baked good entries are judged on shape, flavor, appearance, tenderness and crumb.
So dig out that favorite chocolate recipe and give it a try. You could be this years winner of the blue ribbon and a chance to compete for a grand prize of $500 or $250. For more information on entry requirements, call the Harford Fair office at (570) 434-4300.
To really get involved in the Harford Fair, try entering some items or contests this year!
The entry deadline for entering items for competition is quickly approaching. Entries must be postmarked by August 1. Those entering three items or more will receive a one-day pass to the fair. If you are in need of a Fair Entry Book, call the office at 434-4300.
Reserved seating, along with free seating is available for evening entertainment programs. To order tickets you may call the ticket office at 434-4318 or check the fair website for schedule and order form at www.harfordfair.com.
Harford Fair is known as an agricultural, educational, family oriented fair. Whether entering a competition or coming to enjoy the exhibits and top entertainment, there is always something for everyone to enjoy at the Harford Fair. This years dates are August 18 through 23.
Be sure to get your entry forms in by August 1.
Friends of Literacy are gathering on Saturday, July 26 at Salt Springs State Park to mark the first celebration of their annual Awards Day. Through its 21 years, the Susquehanna County Literacy Program has reached out to every corner of our county, bringing their message of hope and encouraging all who want to read to improve their reading skills. It has been an exciting and rewarding program, one which has grown and developed an outstanding outreach, due in a large part to Friends of Literacy.
The picnic in the park is being planned in order to get everyone who has taken any part in literacy during the past years together to renew friendships and celebrate the progress that had been made, in just over two decades. The accomplishments of many of the volunteers will be acknowledged as all share the afternoon picnic. It is hoped that as many as possible who have worked with Literacy will come with their family and friends.
One of the very special activities will be a Jeopardy style Literacy Quiz, emceed by Alexandria Trebeck (also known as MaryAnn Warren). Upon arriving at the park individuals or teams may sign up to participate and there will be no limit on the number of contestants. The highest scoring team or individual will win a cash prize. The quiz will begin at 1:00 p.m., so come early and be ready to see how you score on literacy.
Although it is not a requirement for attending, children and adults are encouraged to dress in costume to represent some well-known character from a book, or even a book title. All those who come in costume are eligible to be judged to determine the Funniest, the Most Recognizable, the Most Outstanding, and the Most Unusual. Prizes will be awarded for these categories.
The Literacy office will be grilling hot dogs and providing something to drink and are suggesting that each family bring something to share. Hopefully there will be some special dishes to taste made from recipes in Literacys "Reading, Writing and Recipes" cookbook. Literacy is looking forward to seeing all of those friends and people who care about literacy. So come and join in for a fun afternoon. Reservations would be appreciated but all are welcome more is always merrier on Saturday, at noon, July 26 for the picnic in the park.
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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