New Marywood Amphitheatre Celebrates Family’s Commitment to the Arts

Michael J. Delfino and Sr. Anne Munley, IHM, president of Marywood University, stand in front of plans for Marywood’s Amphitheatre at the new Learning Commons. Photo Credit: Marywood University

Michael J. Delfino and Sr. Anne Munley, IHM, president of Marywood University, stand in front of plans for Marywood’s Amphitheatre at the new Learning Commons. Photo Credit: Marywood University

Michael J. Delfino, a longtime supporter of Marywood University and its mission, presented a gift in support of the Michael and Gwen Calabro Delfino ’47 Amphitheatre on Marywood’s new Learning Commons—honoring the legacy of his late wife Guenelda (Gwen) Calabro Delfino, an alumna of the Class of 1947.

Mrs. Calabro Delfino and her four sisters all attended Marywood. The family’s contribution to the region has also left a mark. (Mrs. Calabro Delfino’s father, Joseph Calabro, opened one of the first Pennsylvania movie theaters in Carbondale in 1922.)

Following in Mr. Calabro’s footsteps, Mr. and Mrs. Delfino opened their first business, the Maple Drive-In Theatre in Honesdale in 1953; then, in 1969, they purchased the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City. Mr. Delfino continues to operate the drive-in theatre, along with a flea market and the Circle of Screams Halloween attraction.

“I am confident the amphitheatre at Marywood University will continue our family’s multigenerational commitment to provide entertainment for the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania in perpetuity,” said Mr. Delfino.

The amphitheatre, located on the east side of Marywood’s Learning Commons, will provide a newly expanded, natural tiered lawn and will constitute the ideal open-air setting for academics, staged art, outdoor exhibitions and recreation. The outdoor space of the Amphitheatre enhances Marywood’s continuing commitment to provide the community with an array of cultural and educational events.

The newly constructed Learning Commons and the Motherhouse and Seminary Memorial Garden at Marywood University will be dedicated at a special event celebrating the University’s 100th Anniversary at 10 a.m. on September 8, 2015. This event is free and open to the public.

For a full listing of Centennial Events at Marywood University, please visit http://100.marywood.edu/celebrate/events/index.html.

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