Michalczyks Celebrate 50th Jubilee

Joe and Dolly Di Rienzo Michalczyk, Dunmore, celebrated their 50th Anniversary on Oct. 2.  

Joe is the son of the late John and Sophie Michalczyk, Dickson City, and Dolly is the daughter of the late Felix (Phil, The Bricklayer) and Dolores Petrini Di Rienzo, South Scranton.

The Rev. Ron Murphy, S.J., a family friend, was the officiant at their wedding mass at the former St Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, South Scranton.

The bride’s attendants were: Marita Nealon McGoff, matron of honor; Linda Diamanti Wills, maid of honor, and bridesmaids Selma Etter, and the late Cindy Caffrey.  The groom’s attendants were Larry Michalczyk, brother of the groom, best man, and ushers Joe Obst, cousin of the groom; the late Michael Fuller, and the late Edward Ruddy.

The couple has been  blessed with three sons:  Joe Michalczyk and wife Anna Huzar Michalczyk, New York, NY; Mark Michalczyk and wife Diane Brown Michalczyk, Dunmore, and the late John Felix Michalczyk.   They were further blessed with four grandchildren: Maura Susan, Joel Matthew, and Kara Grace Michalczyk, all of Dunmore, and the late Ryan Mason Michalczyk

Dolly is a graduate of the former Scranton Central High School and Marywood College.  She is the former Director of S.H.I.N.E. -the Self-Help Information Network Exchange and the Prevention Director of the Lackawanna County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.  Dolly is retired and is a community volunteer and an oil painter.

Joe is a graduate of Cathedral High School and the University of Scranton. He is a former English and Drama teacher at Abington Heights High School. and several local colleges.  Joe is retired and is an active volunteer at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Dunmore.  Joe and Dolly are group travel leaders, having led groups all over the world for 40 years.

The couple celebrated with a renewal of their wedding vows at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, celebrated by Father John Doris. Their children hosted a party at La Buona Vita, Dunmore, and the Michalczyks are planning future trips to Italy and Poland.  

Artist of the Month: Dolly Michalczyk

June Artist of the Month Dolly Michalczyk is shown working on her abstract painting entitled “Long Island.”

By Dolly Michalczyk

Painting classes at the DCC have provided us with a creative outlet, contact with other like-minded folks, and friendships.  For a year-and-a-half our classes had been cancelled.  

At first, classmate Bev Petrini and I would paint outside, while a few of our braver classmates painted as a group.  Then it just got too cold. 

One would think that with all our free time we would have been painting up a storm, but in reality, most of us did nothing on our own.  Perhaps that speaks to the power of the group, or the need for our teacher’s input, or in my case, my laziness to drag out all I would need to paint in my dining room.  I did take a few online drawing and watercolor classes through The Greenhouse Project, as well as creative writing.  

I missed my friends and colleagues and our terrific teacher Jill Swersie.  May was my first time back.  Returning, it was wonderful to see a few dedicated painters, a few new faces, and even greater to hear of the return of our class on June 6. 

In reality, my only work in oils during this quarantine was touching up a huge commissioned piece of Long Island, as seen in the photo.  It is an abstract representation of that seaside area.  This is my first attempt at abstract painting, and while I enjoyed the freedom, I enjoy realism or impressionism best.  

I am currently working on a painting of my grand-puppies, my youngest granddaughter, Kara, in a dance recital, and my oldest granddaughter, Maura, running cross country.

Being back at the Dunmore Hub has been a joy.  We truly motivate each other.

Dunmoreans Running Trips for 2021-2022

Joe and Dolly Michalczyk of Dunmore are offering the following trips for 2021-22:

SOUTHERN CHARM – October, 2021. Experience the history, gardens, charm and singular hospitality of the Low Country in Georgia and South Carolina. Overnight at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club, and discover Savannah and Charleston. (Wait list) 

CHRISTMAS ON THE DANUBE- December, 2021. Cruise along the Danube, explore charming Christmas markets and see Europe dressed in its holiday best. Includes Vienna, Wachau Valley, Benedictine Melk Abbey, a German holiday party with mulled wine, Nuremburg, Würzburg, and beloved riverside towns, and end the cruise in Prague.  (Only a few cabins left.)

COSTA RICA – January, 2022 Aan amazing, tropical paradise, it is a land of amazing diversity with a huge variety of flowers, birds (including hummingbirds), sloths and monkeys.Travelers will stay at a beach resort, a hotel in the rain forest, another near a volcano, and end with a jungle adventure. This trip can be as active as you want it to be: zip lines, nature walks, rope bridges, boat rides and more!  Or just relax! It is a photographer’s dream! (Register by July 10.)

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS OF FINLAND – February, 2022. Join us on a search for the elusive Northern Lights. Tour the fascinating capital Helsinki before heading north to Lapland; enjoy 2 nights in a Finnish log cabin with saun;. try a dog sled ride,  visit Santa’s workshop; spend a night in your private glass igloo, and meet the famous reindeer from Lapland. (Sign up by July 10)

ITALY: THE AMALFI COAST TO PUGLIA – April-May, 2022. This special trip to Southern Italy begins in Naples and includes 4 nights on Amalfi Coast before heading east to explore Matera’s hidden caves; Alberobello with its cone-shaped trulli homes, Lecci and Monopoli on the Adriatic Sea, along with Italian cuisine and wines.

PASSION PLAY – May, 2022. Once every ten Years! Visit Oberammergau, Berlin, Hamburg, Marburg, Rothenburg, Munich, and more.  (Wait list)

THE EMERALD ISLE – July, 2022. Travel with us on this journey to beautiful Ireland to visit Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Garnish Island, Dingle.  Visit the Irish National Stud farm to see its gardens and thoroughbreds. See the Cliffs of Moher before sailing to and spending the night in the remote and famous Aran Islands! Great sampling of the many Irish traditions.

ADRIATIC/CROATIA CRUISE – September, 2022. Enjoy a memorable 7-night cruise on the Adriatic to Old City of Dubrovnik, the island of Biševo, home to the mystical Blue Cave, Brac Island- “Golden Cape” of Bol, the ancient palace of Emperor Diocletian in Split, and more.  This journey includes a few days on land and the cruise on a new yacht!

JOURNEY THROUGH SOUTHERN FRANCE – October, 2022. This is not the typical French trip. We begin in Saint Remy in Provence for 3 nights, then travel west to explore medieval Carcassonne, the Dordogne Valley with 2 nights in a chateau, ending  Bordeaux and its wine region for 2 nights.

SPAIN AND MOROCCO – November 2022. On this tour, we spend 5 nights in Spain visiting Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, and Seville. Then we cross to Morocco to explore this exotic country. Tangier, Fez, Marrakech and Casablanca with their variety of cultures, customs and cuisines await us! 

Collette offers 4-star hotels, a variety of meals, excellent tourmanagers, great guides, airfare, and all the “must sees” at our destinations, plus the best travel insurance in the business.

Contact  Joe and Dolly Michalczyk at 570-961-3691 or at TravelingJoeM@yahoo.com