En­joy fall fun at its finest

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In “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzger­ald wrote, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” Now, I don’t know about that. Fitzger­ald’s char­ac­ters in that novel had a ten­dency to­ward the un­re­al­is­tic at times and it’s widely ac­cepted as an ironic state­ment in the novel as well, but if I take a minute to think it over, I can see some truth in it too.

Af­ter all, the kids are back at school and life’s pace has changed yet again.

For me, some­how, some­way that pace seems faster. Per­haps my pace is a tad slower in the summer. I’m not sure why and I can’t re­ally prove it but fall’s crisp­ness does seem to speed time up. These next three months and their ac­com­pa­ny­ing hol­i­days fly right by on my cal­en­dar and I find my­self hard-pressed to keep up.

But busy or not, Oc­to­ber is a beau­ti­ful month here in the east-cen­tral moun­tains of Penn­syl­va­nia and I urge you to find time to go out­side and en­joy it.

Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary, Dre­hersville, is the per­fect place to get out­doors and en­joy the chang­ing col­ors of au­tumn. They’ve got a Wee Ones Walk on Oct. 5 and Stargaz­ing on the Moun­tain on Oct. 8. Sweet Ar­row Lake County Park, Pine Grove, is an­other ter­rific venue to en­joy au­tumn’s glory. They’ve got a Make Like a Tree & Leaf tour on Oct. 8 and Walkin’ The Rails: A Trip Down The Stony Val­ley Regina Gargano Rail-Trail on Oct. 18.

While you’re down in the south­ern Schuylkill re­gion, plan on spend­ing some time at Pi­o­neer Ev­er­green Farm’s Fall Fes­ti­val between now and the end of Oc­to­ber. Pi­o­neer of­fers au­tumn fam­ily fun at its finest.

Not only do they have one of the best scenic moun­tain hayrides to be found any­where, they’ve also got a water bal­loon launcher, 60-foot tube slide, corn crib, 3-acre tree maze, horse/pony rides, pet­ting zoo, 200-foot moun­tain slide and lots more.

You can com­plete the ex­pe­ri­ence at the hot dog and s’more roast! It’s eco­nom­i­cal, lots of fun and right here in your own back­yard.

Speak­ing of which, you all know how I am about sup­port­ing the busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions that com­prise our rich, di­verse and boun­ti­ful com­mu­nity and that’s a big part of why I write the col­umn.

It’s not just so you all know what’s hap­pen­ing around the county. That’s nice and it’s very im­por­tant, but more im­por­tantly, to get you to pa­tron­ize these fine folks!

They do a great job and they’re do­ing it for us.

Take a look at the awe­some stuff hap­pen­ing in all cor­ners of our com­mu­nity in Oc­to­ber: Av­enues Fall Fes­ti­val Satur­day; Ta­maqua Her­itage Fes­ti­val on Oct. 9; Pine Grove Hose, Hook & Lad­der Art & Wine Fes­ti­val on Oct. 8 and 9; Pine Grove Au­tumn Stroll & Hal­loween Pa­rade and Ma­hanoy City Fall Fes­ti­val both on Oct. 15; A Night of Chili and Chills at the Orwigsburg Memo­rial build­ing and Pi­o­neer Tun­nel Coal Mine & Steam Train Fall Fes­ti­val both on Oct. 22; Schuylkill County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s “Pow Wow: PA Dutch Folk Medicine” with Por­cu­pine Pat on Oct. 26; Schuylkill County Coun­cil for the Arts’ Night at the Man­sion Hal­loween Bash on Oct. 29; An­thracite Phil­har­monic Spooky Strings III con­cert at The Lodge at Sharp Moun­tain on Oct. 29 and Pottsville Mer­chant’s trick-or-treat, in­clud­ing a bounce house and a haunted house at the li­brary, on Oct. 27.

I’ve re­ally only scratched the sur­face here dur­ing our time to­gether. There’s a great deal more go­ing on in Schuylkill County, so visit our cal­en­dar of events at www.schuylkill.org for a com­plete list­ing of har­vest hap­pen­ings and spook-tac­u­lar fall haunts!

(Gargano is ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Schuylkill County

Vis­i­tors Bu­reau)

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