With the surge in corona virus cases in the area, we have
decided to close the building starting Wednesday,
December 16. We will continue to evaluate
and will reopen as the situation permits. 

Our Open Door Pantry will remain open for use and donations.

The Gathering Place invites the community to join the
“Bears in the Summit” project
as Downtown Bear sponsors, artists, or volunteers.

To celebrate the Abingtons’ harmony with these furry critters, The Gathering Place has launched a community art project, “Bears in the Summit.” The project follows in the footsteps of the famous Cows on Parade in Chicago, the Miles of Mules in northeastern Pennsylvania, and the Black Bear Film Festival in Milford, Pennsylvania.

The Project

Artist Application

         – Artist Guidelines

 Downtown Bear Sponsor; Advertise in our program

For more information and to register for these virtual salons,
click the picture.

Understanding Racism Through the Written Word

In an effort to promote unity and a better understanding of the world we live in 
The Gathering Place has a small selection of books available to borrow. 
Please sign-out one book at a time.


Maya Angelou: Poems
Maya Angelou: I Shall Not Be Moved
Derek Walcott : The Bounty
Mother Love: Rita Dove
Phillis Wheatley: The Collected Works of

Narratives of Women:

You May Plow Here: The Narrative of Sara Brooks: edited by Thordis Simonsen
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Harriet Jacobs
Ain’t I a Woman – Female Slaves in the Plantation South: Deborah White
A Black Woman’s Civil War Memoirs: Susie King Taylor

History, Fiction, Non-fiction:

The Trials of Phillis Wheatley: Henry Louis Gates
Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670-Stone Rebellion:
Peter Wood
The Ways of White Folks: Stories by Langston Hughes
Between the World and Me: Ta-Nehisi Coates
I Am Not Your Negro: texts by James Baldwin
The Fire Next Time: James Baldwin
Go Down, Moses: William Faulkner
The Color of Water-A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother: James McBride


In response to the pandemic and the need it has created in our community,
The Gathering Place, The First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, and
Our Lady of Snows Church, in cooperation with the Clarks Summit Borough have created The Open Door Food Pantry. The pantry is located in the entryway to the 
Borough Building elevator on Spring St.

We are accepting donations at this time. If you have extra and want to help, the door is always open, the shelves are set up, just place your donations on the shelves.

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Stay safe and healthy.

Donate to The Gathering Place.

Take classes, go to lectures, enjoy community events and art shows or just meet with friends.
Help us so we can offer you so much more.
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Many Thanks to Our Patrons
Hal & Paula Baillie    Dorrance R. & Susan S. Belin
Joe Dippre & Graeme Baillie
The First Lieutenant Michael J. Cleary Memorial Fund
of The Luzerne Foundation
Bill & Grace Farrell      Forensic Associates of NEPA, LLC
Emily & Lee Rancier     Jean & Gene Stark       
 The Waters Family