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Joycie’s Thursday Night Live
Out for a walk on a Thursday evening in Montrose, the sounds of music will draw you to Tannery Place. Drawing closer, the tempting smell of hamburgers, spiedies, and sausages wafting through the air make a visit to Joycie’s Thursday Night Live irresistible.
Families sit at picnic tables and chairs, cuddling babies, visiting with old friends and making new, or just sitting back eyes closed listening to the music of the evening.
When looking at this scene from a distance it would not be difficult to think perhaps you had taken a step back in time.
Dogs and children play together making their own kind of music. Vendors have set-up their wares for those looking for something different; garden fresh vegetables, homemade jams and jellies, soaps and lotions, or how about original jewelry made by a local artist as well as clothing made in a one of a kind style.
As dusk settles in and the music plays on, children and adults head for the ice cream or maybe a piece of homemade pie. Heading home there is a feeling of well-being and peace. Body and soul have been refreshed. (If you head to this event, be sure to bring lawn chairs, as the picnic tables fill up quickly!)
White Oak Saturday Morning Market
The scene is similar at the White Oak Saturday Morning Market.
With seating both outside and in, this is a relaxing place to enjoy a delicious farm-fresh breakfast of organic ingredients (no GMOs– and gluten-free options, too) amid live music from local artists as other local artisans sell their wares. One can also purchase fresh vegetables, herbs and plants.
There is no cover charge for either event and both Joycie’s Thursday Night Live (barbecue starts at 5:30 p.m. and live music at 6:00 p.m.) and the Saturday Morning Market (8 a.m. – noon) are seasonal; Joycies runs through the first week of September, while White Oak’s Saturday Morning Market is open through the end of August. So, time is running out to give both a try!
Montrose Theatre’s Kids’ Summer Series
If you are looking to do something with your children during the week, take advantage of the Montrose Theatre’s Kids’ Summer Series. Throughout August, both children and adults can attend children’s’ movies for free on Wednesday mornings at 10 and Wednesday afternoons at 3. Popcorn, other snacks, and beverages are for sale during the showing–and the seating is comfortable in an air-conditioned setting.
Movies and Music in the Park
Speaking of movies–and live music, Movies and Music in the Park wraps up its Robin William’s movie series on Friday, August 18, with Hook. Live music by Carl Hagstrom and Friends starts at 7 p.m. and the outdoor movie begins at dusk. This event takes place at the Montrose Memorial Park and attendees need to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating.
This free event is fun for both young and old–and children often play at the playground or dance on the basketball court before the movie starts while the adults sit and listen to music.
Pizza, popcorn and juice are sold during the event for minimal cost.
Harvest Moon Festival
In September, the 15th and 16th, the Harvest Moon Festival will take over the parking lot across from Holy Name of Mary’s Catholic Church with live music from local bands, ethnic food, desserts, a quilt raffle, games, a basket raffle, JCs Cafe and a wheelbarrow full of cash. There is no cover charge–and all are welcomed.
Autumn Equinox Labyrinth
On the 22nd of September, at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting, The Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center at 200 Lake Avenue will be celebrating the final harvest of the season with a labyrinth walk. On this day, there will be 12 hours of sun and 12 hours of darkness.
There is no fee for this event, but RSVPs are needed. (570-278-9256)
Artists’ Open House Weekend and “Film Festival Celebrating the Artist: Richard Gere”
The Columbus Day weekend is packed with events for Montrose.
In conjunction with the Artists’ Open House Weekend, the Montrose Restoration Committee has a film festival scheduled with a plethora of movies, starring Richard Gere; The 21st annual Artists’ Open House Weekend is also scheduled to take place with multiple studios right in Montrose and others throughout Susquehanna County.
The “Film Festival Celebrating the Artist: Richard Gere” will be at the Montrose Theatre, October sixth through the ninth, with a full line-up of movies, including: Officer and a Gentleman; Hachi: A Dog’s Tale; Time Out of Mind; Norman; Chicago; Runaway Bride; Yanks, and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Tickets are available at The Butler’s Pantry, 15 South Main Street or can be purchased online at: https://mrc.ticketbud.com/gerewemovielisting
A special showing of Pretty Woman at the high school from 7:30 – 9:45 has an added bonus–Richard Gere will be making a personal appearance. To purchase tickets: https://mrc.ticketbud.com/prettywoman
The Artists’ Open House Weekend will feature art work and demonstrations, many of which can be reached by a good old-fashioned walk around Montrose.
The Butternut Gallery and Second Story Books, 2nd floor, 204 Church Street, will be showing off a variety of mediums with works by artists Tom Canouse, with wooden carvings, utensils, woodcuts; Betty Braden, with new abstract landscape collages and paintings from the garden and shore; and Joe Weldon, with acrylic figurative paintings, drawings and collages.
Another cluster of artists can be found by walking east from Butternut. Rita Eddy’s watercolors, acrylics, and pastels on all subject matter will shown at the Presbyterian Church, 367 Church Street; Amy Hsiao can be found at 125 Jessup Street behind the Methodist Church with paintings moving between realism and abstraction, and Kathryn Lesoin will be at her studio at 1163 Sprout Road, about a 1.5 mile walk from town (although you may want to drive) with works created with a blend of paper, image and beeswax.
Within an easy walk from town, heading south, Richard Griffith will be showing his watercolors and pastels of local landscapes and buildings at 503 Lower South Main Street.
At the other end of town, Karen Farmer will be showing her contemporary hand-dyed, stitched textiles for the wall at her home, 430 Chenango Street.
Another close-by artist showing her work is Maureen Van Nostrand, with “awe”-inspiring scenes on various canvas sizes in oil paint. She can be found 1.3 miles due east of town at 9601 SR 167.
Many other artists can easily be found by car utilizing the Artists’ Tour Map at http://www.artiststour.com/brochure-2017-1.pdf.
For even more information about the tour, check at the Artists’ Open House Weekend web site at: http://www.artiststour.com/index.html
Fall Bed and Breakfast
One really can’t have a list of things to do in Montrose without mentioning the Montrose Bible Conference at 218 Locust Street. During the Columbus Day weekend, the Bible Conference is hosting a “Fall Bed and Breakfast.”
This Montrose staple offers a multitude of activities for both young and old–way too many events to list, but it is an easy walk from town and their web site is user friendly, listing all scheduled events at: http://www.montrosebible.org/OurEvents.aspx
Even if you don’t plan on attending any events, or if you plan on visiting, there are definitely things to appreciate about the beauty of small town Montrose.
Read all about it below, in an essay by John Eidenier:
THE BEAUTY OF SMALL TOWN LIVING IN MONTROSE, PA
I know, I know, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” but one would have to be blind not to see the beauty of Montrose and of the people who live here. There are no strangers here, only friends, and that is the beauty of living in a small town.
Nestled in the Endless Mountains, Montrose offers the beauty of nature, tree-lined streets, and old victorian homes. Unlike cities, our town still has a strong connection with the seasons of plowing, planting, reaping. Neighborly talk is an everyday occurrence on porches or by those who are out for a walk, often with a dog on a leash.
What I like most about small town living is the friendliness of it all. Here friends share the town and take an interest in the well-being of each other. For me, this interest is best expressed in the annual block party. The specific party that I attend includes the streets of Lincoln Avenue, Drinker Street, Wilson Avenue, and Park Street. Our neighbors, Cindy and Ellen, do a great job of announcing the day of the party and making sure that each home is notified.
“What I like most about small town living is the friendliness of it all. Here friends share the town and take an interest in the well-being of each other.”
On the day of the party, neighbors bring grills on which hot dogs and hamburgers are cooked; lawn chairs are unfolded and children’s games are set up. It is a fine opportunity for people to get to know each other better, to share food, and for the children to play together. Sometimes, prior to the chairs being folded up, the games put away, and the grills shut down, there is a small band that plays, a fitting end to a fun-filled day.
With a Norman Rockwell hominess, Montrose is a town that is an ideal place to live. The courthouse at the top of Public Avenue has huge pillars and a certain towering strength that seems to “protect” the town. The historic movie theater still shows current movies of the day. Most places, such as the post office, the movie theater, courthouse, parks, churches, are all within easy walking distance. The park has a baseball diamond, an oval walking/jogging track, basketball hoops, play equipment for children, and even a pickleball court.
“With a Norman Rockwell hominess, Montrose is a town that is an ideal place to live.”
I think all you need to do is come visit, and you too will see the beauty of small town living.