Enjoy fall fun at its finest
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