‘Rock Around the Town’ is the theme of the June ‘Downtown-Go-Around.’

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Abington Journal/ Joan Mead-MatsuiEventgoers are invited to play “Rock Band” at Jaya Yoga while browsing feather and small metals jewelry by Clarks Summit artist, Katy Bills, shown.
Abington Journal/ Joan Mead-MatsuiEventgoers are invited to play “Rock Band” at Jaya Yoga while browsing feather and small metals jewelry by Clarks Summit artist, Katy Bills, shown.
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Robert Hughes of Clarks Summit will read “Barrymore’s Ghost” a play written by Scranton born actor and playwright Jason Miller as a part of the Second Friday Art Walk.

Miller’s one-man play features the voice of actor John Barrymore, who speaks from the grave and attempts to justify his chaotic self-indulgent life. “It’s a human look at Barrymore,” actor Hughes said. “It questions the status quo. We are obsessed with celebrity in this country.”

Hughes, a personal friend of the late Jason Miller, is excited to take part in bringing live theater to Clarks Summit. The late Miller said of Hughes, his high school comrade, “He does me better than I do myself.”

“Barrymore’s Ghost” is “brilliantly written,” Hughes said. “It’s funny; it’s irreverent.” Hughes will be reading at between 8 and 8:30 during the variety show at the Clarks Summit Borough Building which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 14.

“I’m excited about the Second Friday here. Let’s get this going,” said the father of three Abington Heights High School graduates Tiffany, P.J. and Katie Ann. He lives in Clarks Summit with his wife Anne Marie.

“Rock Around the Town” is the theme of the June “Downtown-Go-Around,” and those who attend June 14 can expect to find specimens of fun with events planned for everyone in the family.

The Downtown-Go-Around, organized by the Clarks Summit Arts Committee, a non-profit arts organization formed under the auspices of the Abington Business and Professional Association, plans the monthly events for young and old alike. Festivities get underway at 5 p.m.

Eventgoers are invited to play “Rock Band” at Jaya Yoga while browsing feather and small metals jewelry by Clarks Summit artist, Katy Bills; check out the rocks and gems at the Abington Community Library; experience a variety show at the Clarks Summit Borough Building with Denny Corby, Robert Hughes, Tom and Lori and “Unfinished Business,” hosted by Pat Finnerty; visit downtown food venues for a bite to eat, including “What the Fork” Gourmet Food Truck.

Bills’ motto is “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Jewelry making is her main form of art and she enjoys creating because “it all started as a gift.”

“My first set of beads was a gift and most of my work is given as a gift. The compensation goes to continuing that cycle, and my only aspiration is that I can continue expressing my gift in hopes that I can continue to pursue what I enjoy doing,” said Bills, who studied with Paul Nielsen, Keystone College and currently has work on display in the student art show at the Keystone College library.

“When I started it was for fun and simply made with love. I began making jewelry as gifts for family and friends, I didn’t intend for it to pick up but I’m thrilled that it is. Aside from the feathers I really enjoy working with small metals…”

At 6:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, Stephen Carter, who currently specializes in historic Pennsylvania minerals will present a PowerPoint slideshow on the Cornwall Iron Mine that once existed in Lebanon County, and “will display minerals specimens, as well, from the mine and other areas of Pennsylvania.”

According to pennminerals.com, in 1737 Peter Grubb, son of a miner from Cornwall, England, purchased the land that would become the most historically significant mine in the Western Hemisphere. Library director, Leah Ducato Rudolph said of Carter’s presentation, “I have always wanted to hear about his collection, and the theme works great with adult summer reading, “Groundbreaking Reads.”

On June 15, the music will continue as kids have an opportunity to hear some of their punk favorite tunes at “The “Punkleavy Fest,” which according to Mari Walker, owner, Duffy’s Coffee House, was borne out of the taste that the young attendees got from the last Downtown Go Round event May 10. It will be hosted at the Clarks Summit Borough Building.

“It was a huge success and around 300 people attended. They wanted to build on that and just go with a punk theme, as they know many local young bands that do not have a venue. The Downtown Go Round committee of the ABPA, along with the ABPA, decided to support them. It will start at 3 p.m. on June 15 and go until 9 p.m.”

Mari Walker, owner, Duffy’s Coffee House and Downtown-Go-Round committee member said the committee is seeking volunteers to help with upcoming events, including high school students in need of service hours.

For updates, visit facebook.com/pages/Downtown-Go-Around/18263939 5221251?fref=ts.

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