Holiday traditions live on in county
This pastweekend Iwas recovering fromThanksgiving, getting outmy Christmas decorations, cleaning, listening to Christmas carols, decking the halls and stuffing myself with the reheated remains of ourThanksgiving repast, when it occurred to methat I’d better take a half hour and go over December’s calendar. AndI’m glad I did!
Betweenworking, shopping, baking, wrapping and holiday events and gatherings, I’m going to need to burn the midnight oil this month. And I’m betting many of you are too!
Traditional celebrations abound in Schuylkill County throughoutDecember and I am so glad they do. These celebrations give us an opportunity to connect to and support our community.
Beginning today and running through Sunday, the Spirit of the Holidays Arts and CulturalTour is designed for you to experience the holidays Regina Gargano withPennsylvania artisans, cozy shopping in the county and entertainment.
The tour is self- guided and encompasses Mud& Maker in Pottsville, Walk In Art Center and The Arts Barn in Schuylkill Haven and The Art& Craft Gallery inHamburg. The Schuylkill County Council for the Arts will once again host Christkindlmarkt on Saturday and Sunday, providing you with unique and excellent shopping in a traditionalGerman Christmas environment.
Asalways, Schuylkill Choral Society will delight us with itsannual holidayconcert on Saturdayat United PresbyterianChurchinPottsvilleandon SundayatSchuylkillHaven AreaHighSchool. Thisyear’s concert, “AHawaiian Christmas,” promises to getyouin the holidayspirit if you’re not alreadyfeeling it.
Orwigsburg’sFestival of Lights kicks off at 4: 30 Saturday in the squarewith music, kids cookie decorating, Christmas carol sing- a- longs and carriage rides with Santa! ThePottsville Lions Club will have its free Christmas movie at the MajesticTheater on Dec. 16, complete with free popcorn, candy treat and a visit fromSanta. “Tomas Garth, ACountry Christmas,” will also be at the MajesticTheater on Dec. 23.
Hope Hill Lavender Farm’s holiday open house, complete with live music, refreshments and luxury lavender beauty items that make special gifts, is on Dec. 10.
Itwouldn’t be the holidays if Iwasn’t talking about shopping, nowwould it? After all, gifts are a traditional expression of love this time of year and it’smy job to urge you to explore the many creative local choices we have at our disposal.
Perhaps luxurious high quality lavender products from Hope Hill Lavender Farmare in order? Amembership to the Schuylkill County Historical Society or Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, for an individual or a family, isawelcome stocking stuffer.
Maybe someone you love needs a beautifulwork of art fromMud& Maker, The Arts Barn orWalk InArt Center? Or better yet, art lessonsmay be the perfect gift for that hard to buy for loved one.
Perhaps a one- of- a- kind gift fromTink’s Antiques or HiddenTreasures willmake a loved one smile? Agift certificate for Pristine Green Cleaning or Bee Hive Hair Salon is sure tomake someone smile! Howabout tickets to aGabriel ChamberEnsemble concert? There’s no limit to the unique gift choices locally available.
And shopping locally is more than just convenient. When you shop in your downtown communities you put revenue back into your community. Studies show that for every $ 100 spent at a chain store, a mere $ 13 circulates back into the community. Conversely, the same $ 100 spent at a hometown business circulates $ 45 back into the community. Unique high quality gifts that benefit our communities and way of life; there’s no better way to give!
Nowyou or your loved ones might prefer something a littlemore traditional but rest assured, you can shop a slew of county retailers for a host of festive gifts including: Framing Mad, Forget- Me- Not Florist, HealthyHabitsNaturalMarket, Lessie’s Garden& Gift Shop, PeaceFrog, Ellen’s Gourmet Baskets, The Crafty Fly Gift Shoppe, Schaeffer’s Harley- Davidson, Somewhere in Time Sports Collectibles, Kowalonek’s Kielbasy Shop, C& CCandies, MommaMillie’s Bakery and Pine Creek Country Gardens.
I can’t forget our seven fabulouswineries for gifts either: Benigna’s Creek, Red Shale Ridge, Galen Glen, Blue Lizard, Stone Mountain, Long Trout and Fieldwood. There’s also a ton of great restaurants that offer gift certificates too but alas, I’m running out of time and space. ( Personally, I love restaurant gift certificates and find them especially usefulwhen I’m too tired or too busy to cook.)
Formore information on gift ideas and great holiday events, go towww. schuylkill. org or give us a call at 570622- 7700. From all of us here at the Schuylkill CountyVisitors Bureau, have a happy and blessed holiday season!
( Gargano is executive director of Schuylkill County