Sched­ule ‘out­door time’ this month

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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

Vis­i­tors Bureau)

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