Schedule ‘outdoor time’ this month
It’s the Labor Day holiday weekend and automatically my brain starts thinking summer is over, but in actual fact it is not.
We’ve got a few more weeks left and I, for one, am squeezing every last warm sunshiny drop out of my favorite season. The holiday weekend does bring with it some fine annual events.
Our friends at Our Town Foundation in Hamburg are once again hosting the Taste of Hamburg-er Festival on Saturday. The folks at No. 9 Mine are all set for their OldFashioned Miners Labor Day Picnic on Sunday, but the holiday event that comes foremost to mind is the Schuylkill County Wine Festival in Hegins Park on Sunday.
The wine festival offers a great deal more than a fine selection of Pennsylvania wines for you to taste. They’ve got a large variety Regina Gargano of delectable foods to go with the wine, entertainment on multiple stages throughout the park, a basket raffle and wine-related arts and crafts.
Although fall heralds the oncoming winter to me, I do have to admit that early fall weather is perfect for enjoying outdoor activities; usually sunny, mild but with a hint of crispness in the air and perfect for hiking, biking, camping, golfing and more. Plus, outdoor activity in the fall offers us even more beauty than usual as Mother Nature changes into her vibrant autumn gown.
Our partners at Schuylkill on the Move have two enjoyable hikes scheduled this month: Silver Creek Reservoir hike on Sept. 10 and Peddler’s Grave hike on Sept. 18. Specifics on these hikes can be had by emailing porcupinepat@yahoo. com or calling 570-622-4124 ext. 113. Both Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Drehersville, and Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove, have full schedules of outdoor recreation opportunities this month, too. Go to our calendar of events for details at www.schuylkill. org and schedule some “outside-time” on your calendar too!
As you all know, we are never short on art, heritage and culture in Schuylkill County, not in September or any other month for that matter. Make time to head to Orwigsburg on Sept. 10 for its Heritage Celebration. This event includes delicious food, artisans, demonstrations, children’s activities and an historic trolley tour to ensure something fun for everyone. Don’t forget Minersville’s Spirit Day on Sept. 11 and Schuylkill Haven Borough Days, complete with train rides, on Sept. 24!
Our friends at the Walk In Art Center will be holding their Annual Kick Up Your Heels VII: a night of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, art and dancing on Sept. 10. The mission of the Walk In Art Center is to inspire, equip and celebrate the cultural and creative talent of Schuylkill County. To find our more about this fine organization and get ticket info, go to www.walkinartcenter.org.
More cultural opportunities include: The Bees Knees in concert on Sept. 10 and Lend Me a Tenor on Sept. 23, both at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, Mud & Maker’s Fall Open House on Sept. 9, Fieldwood Winery’s Fall Harvest Festival on Sept. 17, an Apple Festival at Valley View Park on Sept. 24 and the Fall Arts Festival at The Arts Barn on Sept. 25 with live entertainment, artist demonstrations, kids’ activities, food, libations and much more!
Speaking of fall festivals, you will thoroughly enjoy yourself at Pioneer Evergreen’s fall festival, running weekends mid-September through Halloween.
Pioneer Evergreen Farms, Orwigsburg, offers great fall family fun for everyone in a beautiful country setting, including wonderful food, more than 35 awesome activities and one of the area’s best scenic mountain hayrides. They’ve even got private rooms for rent that are perfect for your autumn birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations.
Next month, I’ll be talking about haunted happenings and soon enough, we’ll be moving into the holiday season. In each and every month, each and every day in fact, we have many, many opportunities to enjoy ourselves.
If your organization enriches the fabric of Schuylkill County (and I’m betting it does!), consider joining the visitors bureau and being a part of our 2017 Visitors Guide.
To find out more about the guide, the benefits of membership or September events, give us a call at 570622-7700 or go to www. schuylkill.org. We look forward to seeing you out and about enjoying autumn’s splendor!
(Gargano is executive director of Schuylkill County