Artist of the Month: Mary Ryan

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Mary Ryan shows her featured painting, “Flowers on a Rock Wall,” inspired by a photo taken while on an anniversary trip to Dublin, Ireland.

Mary Ryan of South Abington is the featured Artist of the Month for December. While she herself began painting around 1978, Mary explains that she began painting with the Dunmore Activity Hub group about a year before the new community center was constructed.

“It has been a wonderful experience to be a part of a group of such vibrant, talented, generous, kind and thoughtful men and women who enjoy painting as much as I do,” she says. “They are a joy to be with.”

Mary gets most of her ideas from photographs of places she has visited, and this month’s featured painting, “Flowers On a Rock Wall” was painted from a photo taken in Dublin, Ireland, while she was on a trip to celebrate her 40th wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Ryan was quick to praise the group instructor, Jill Swerise, saying, “Jill has been a wonderful instructor. She encourages and supports our efforts with patience and insightful suggestions to help us improve and grow our painting skills.”

Calendar of Events: Dec. 2016

Marywood Holiday Concerts:

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance (MTD) department announces its December 2016 performances and concerts. All of the events are free and open to the public.  The MTD department will present the String Project’s Holiday Concert on Thursday, Dec. 8,  at 6:30 p.m., on the Main Stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts.  The Campus Choir and Orchestra will present a Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m., on the Main Stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts.

Finally, “An Evening of Strings Concert” will be performed on Monday, Dec. 12,  at 6 p.m., in the Marian Chapel in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life.

For additional information on the performances and concerts at Marywood University, please visit the music, theatre, and dance department, at www.marywood.edu/mtd/events/index.html.

Electric City Trolley Rides:

The Electric City Trolley Museum will hold a series of Holiday Season runs which will also help to bring cheer to the less fortunate members of our community. The very popular “Santa on the Trolley” excursions are scheduled for Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18.  Departure times are 10 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm. Reservations are required.The 10-mile ride goes to the Trolley Works Building at the PNC Field and back to the Museum.

For more information and reservations, contact the Museum at 570-963-6590.

Lions Club Snowflake Gala:

Eynon Archbald Lions Club will host its sixth annual Snowflake Gala to benefit Leader Dog for the Blind on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Fiorelli’s. Tickets are $75 per person. There will be live entertainment by The Luongo Brothers.

For information call Linda Kline 570-430-8432 or Kathy Pezak 973-919-6592

Marywood Tree Lighting Ceremony:

Marywood University will gather to kickoff the start of the holiday season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 7,  at 4 p.m., in the Rotunda, which is located in the Liberal Arts Center on the University’s campus. This event is free and open to the public.

This annual tradition, which draws tremendous community support, is accompanied by prayer, ornament presentations, holiday choral entertainment, and light refreshments. Members of the general public are invited to join the entire Marywood community in the Rotunda each year to share this special, joyous tradition of the holiday season. For more information on the history of the Tree Lighting ceremony at Marywood University, please follow this link.

Catholic Choral Concert:

Catholic Choral Society will present an Advent Concert at the parish of St. Ignatius of Loyola, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston, on Sunday, Dec. 11th at 3 p.m. They will be joined by St. Ignatius Adult Choir and Handbell Choir.

The groups will be presenting sacred Advent and Christmas music as well other Christmas selections. The concert is open to the public free of charge.

Dr. Thomas Rittenhouse and  Brenda Grunza are co-presidents of  the Catholic Choral Society. Jean Shields is accompanist and Ann Manganiello is music director of this group For information call 570-587-2753 and see www.catholichoralsociety.org .

Marywood Transfer Day:

Marywood University will hold an on-campus Transfer Day program for college students or former college students considering transferring to Marywood University. In a single visit on Wednesday, Dec. 14,  from 2 to 6 p.m., visitors can complete an application for admission, discuss financial aid and scholarship options, and transfer credits. Transfer Day will be held at the Office of University Admissions in the Liberal Arts Center, on the Marywood University campus. Spring semester classes begin on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. For information, call Marywood’s Office of University Admissions, at (570) 348-6234, or visit www.marywood.edu/admissions.

Marywood Student Docudrama “Memento Mori”:

Marywood University graduate communication arts major, Brandon Trainer, will present “Memento Mori,” a docudrama about addiction and codependency, on Saturday, Dec. 10,  at 7 p.m. in the Latour Room, located in the University’s Nazareth Student Center. A project with great personal meaning for Mr. Trainer, the program will include speakers and light refreshments, leading up to the film screening which will begin at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The docudrama seeks to emphasize the fact that the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, hits closer to home than people might think. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), “Opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers is a serious global problem that affects the health, social, and economic welfare of all societies.” According to the NIH, between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin.”

For additional information about the docudrama film, “Memento Mori,” showing at Marywood University, contact Brandon Trainer, at (570) 229-0606.