Wyoming County Cultural Center/Dietrich Theater
60 E. Tioga St.
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
10th Annual River Day in Tunkhannock
Do you know that Riverside Park in Tunkhannock has a brand new pavilion? Bigger, better, and flood resistant! It will make its debut on River Day 2014 on Saturday, July 19 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. with non-stop live music. Everyone is invited to this free rain or shine event.
For the tenth year in a row, the beautiful waterfront will be the setting for arriving kayaks, nature explorations, environmental organization displays, the Ross Park Zoo Mobile, food and farm vendors, and 3 live musical groups. Erica Rogler, Executive Director of the Dietrich Theater, states, “We are thrilled that River Day has grown every year and is enjoyed by so many.”
A free pre-event on July 19 at 10:00 a.m. will be a chance to try out Nia, a combination of yoga, martial arts, and dance for health, wellness and fitness. Pre-registration not required.
Another pre-event will be The Susquehanna Jamboree Kayak Fishing Tournament. To find out information about it visit the Pennsylvania Kayak Fishing Association at http://pkfa.org.
Kayak enthusiasts may want to join one of two River Floats organized by David Buck of Endless Mountains Outfitters (www.emo444.com) and Susquehanna Kayak and Canoe Rentals (www.kayaktheriver.com). Rent a kayak and float down the river from Mehoopany or the Howland Preserve, arriving at Riverside Park just as the music begins at the pavillion!
At 1:00 pm visitors can explore the displays and produce of many farmers and environmental agencies. Don’t miss organic produce from 4 Seasons Farm, raspberries and jam from Conifer Corner, and local honey from Gingher Apiary. Lazy Daisy Alpacas will display live alpacas and offer clothing for sale.
Also at 1:00 pm take in a Karate Demo by High Energy Fitness and Karate. While you are at it, tour the High Energy Fitness and Karate center at Riverside Park to see all its programs at its Open House and meet the instructors. From 2:15-2:45 pm there will be free demonstrations and mini classes with cardio kickboxing, step class, cycling, tone fit, and yoga instruction.
To learn more about the life in and around the river, two explorations are offered. At 3:00 pm Jerry Skinner, biology professor at Keystone College and resident naturalist at Woodburne Nature Preserve, will conduct a dragonfly exploration. At 4:00 pm biology teacher Bob Daniels will conduct a River Critters exploration.
New this year will be relay races and other fitness activities for children at the park’s basketball court, sponsored and supervised by the Walter B. Tewksbury Memorial Committee.
There will be many activities at Riverside Park planned especially for children. Check out the display and activities at the Endless Mountains Nature Center display, always fun for kids. Right at the river young artists will be able to add their designs to a painted mural inspired by the natural surroundings, guided by Amy and Steve Colley, Dietrich Theater art teachers. Valerie Johnson, face painter extraordinaire, will transform little faces into all kinds of insects and animals. These opportunities are free!
Always featured at River Day is continuous music at the new pavilion from 3:00 to
7:00 pm. This year back by popular demand will be Sadie Green Sales Jug Band with David Driskell and Timothy Walker, joined by some of their students from the previous week’s classes at the Dietrich Theater. They will perform from 3:00-4:00 pm. The always-popular Coal Town Rounders will return with their rousing alternative bluegrass music from 4:30-5:30 pm. Get ready for some foot stomping fun! And the day will end with the return of the Hickory Project, and their hard-driving acoustic music deeply rooted in bluegrass.
While watching kayaks, listening to music, visiting displays and farm stands, and seeing Ross Park Zoomobile wild animals up close, take a break and enjoy some delicious treats! Simply Savory’s BBQ and delectable sides, Hillside Farms ice cream, fresh squeezed lemonade and vegetarian empanadas and jambalaya by Sam James, hot dogs served by Tunkhannock’s hot dog vendor, and more.
River Day is planned by the Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater and the River Day Committee and sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation. For information about River Day check out
call the Dietrich Theater at 570-996-1500.