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The natural beauty that surrounds us in northeastern Pennsylvania often awes me. We will celebrate one of our region’s most important and breathtaking resources, the Susquehanna River, at River Day from 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. Held at Tunkhannnock’s scenic Riverside Park, the day’s festivities will include live music, environmental activities, nature walks, face painting, balloon creations for kids, a River Float, a Volunteer Spirit Trail Walk, mural painting, Smokey Bear, farm and food vendors and so much more. For float information, call 570.746.9140.

Our musical guests will include the ever-popular bluegrass group Coal Town Rounders, the rock and reggae inspired George Wesley Band and Sadie Green Sales Jugband who play both traditional and original jugband music. They will also invite students who attended their Jammin’ in a Jugband classes this week to join them on stage for a couple songs. For addition entertainment, there will be a karate demonstration by High Energy Fitness and Karate at 2 p.m. Sounds like fun, right?!

At River Day, the Endless Mountains Nature Center will have a variety of activities for kids. There will also be a kayak display by Endless Mountain Outfitters. The DCNR Bureau of Forestry will have a display featuring forest stewardship, forest recreation maps and forestry trivia. Plus, Smokey Bear will make an appearance. The South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Coalition will offer water-testing demonstrations and Anthracite Outfitters will have a kayak fishing display. Several organizations, including the Endless Mountains Heritage Region, the Susquehanna Greenways Partnership and the North Branch River Trail will have river and area information and displays. River Day is the perfect time to learn more about our region’s environmental organizations and the good work that they are doing.

If you are interested in taking part in nature explorations at River Day, you are welcome to join naturalists Jerry Skinner for a program at 3 p.m. and Bob Daniels at 4 p.m. You will also have the opportunity to see basketry demonstrations by local basket maker Gail Vieczorek and visit live alpacas with Lazy Daisy Alpacas. Admission to River Day is free.

On the morning of River Day, join us for the first-ever Volunteer Spirit Trail Walk at 10 a.m. The walk will start at the Iroquois Trail next to the Tunkhannock Little League Park on Sunnyside Road. You are welcome to walk as much or as little as you want. Registration is $10 per adult and free for children to age 15. Proceeds from the walk will go towards the purchase of playground equipment at Riverside Park. For more information or to pre-register, visit www.volunteerstrong.org.

For those of you who would like to give yoga a try, there will also be a free yoga class on River Day from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park with instructor Barbara Tierney.

And the food at River Day will be amazing - barbeque by Simply Savory, Hillside Farms ice cream, lemonade and more.

Be sure to make River Day part of your Saturday activities. We hope to see you there!

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