First Presbyterian Church plans Festival of Ice activities

First Posted: 1/28/2014

An ice sculpture resembling legendary rock star Bob Dylan will soon sit outside the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School Street, which is participating in the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice for its fifth year Feb. 13 -17. With a number of free activities and one fundraiser planned for Friday and Saturday, the congregation hopes to have fun while reaching out to the community.

“The church opens its doors for the Ice Festival to make more people aware of their programs and ongoing events,” said Beverly Bright, member. “One part of our mission is to serve God, by identifying needs in our world and congregation and responding to those needs in ways that are faithful to the Gospel. To these ends, we commit our time, talents, resources and love.”

The first of the planned events is a juried photography exhibit featuring works by members of the Northeast Photography Club. Dave Porter, head of the Art Department at Keystone College, will judge the exhibit, and awards will be presented Friday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. An opening reception will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will also be open Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m.

According to Bright, “the club has a 25-year history of fine photography and includes many published and professional photographers, as well as hobbyists and amateur camera enthusiasts.”

An art show featuring works by members of the church and other area artists will also be held in Room 206 Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artwork in various mediums such as photography, watercolor, greeting cards and paintings will be displayed.

The church’s weekend Festival of Ice schedule also includes:

Vocalist Erin Malloy in Concert, Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. — Malloy will perform a selection of love songs in honor of Valentine’s Day in the Church Sanctuary.

Piano and vocal performances, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Students from the Abington Piano Academy and the Vocal Studio of Jessica Hitchcock will perform in the Fellowship Hall.

Chili Cafe, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chili, soup, hot chocolate and desserts will be available for sale in the lower-level Fellowship Hall, with proceeds benefiting various mission projects.

Juggler Rob Smith, Saturday at 2 p.m. Smith, who performed at the church to a packed house the past three years, juggles balls, clubs, fire torches, rings and flying knives in the Church Sanctuary with “razor sharp” accuracy.

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