September time to renew, revive, reconnect with community through many celebrations
Well, here we are in September with school begun and fall right around the corner.
Sigh. Where did the summer go? I’d like to hit the reset button.
As usual, time is moving too quickly for me. Although in a way, September affords me a mental reset, if you will. It really marks the beginning of a new start of sorts, don’t you think? ( When I stop and think about it, each new season does this for me in its own way.)
Every September, we get ready for the school year and the new start it brings. We bring in the harvest and enjoy the fruits of summer, readying ourselves for autumn and all its finery.
Early- fall weather is usually pretty darn near perfect, warm but crisp, allowing outdoor pursuits while warning us time is limited before the approach of winter. We feel the gentle nip in the air knowing we have plenty Regina Gargano to enjoy from Friday night coal region high school football games to apple picking, and only a few short weeks to in which to appreciate it all.
While I’m resetting my brain to fall and its varied characteristics, I can’t forget that it’s Labor Day weekend.
We have some wonderful annual events this weekend, including Taste of Hamburg- er Festival in Hamburg in nearby Berks County and the BowWow Pool Party at Pottsville’s JFK Pool, both on Saturday, and the Schuylkill CountyWine Festival at Hegins Park on Sunday. These annual celebrations are very popular and afford both fun and entertainment throughout our region over the long holiday weekend.
Speaking of the long holiday weekend, did you know that Labor Day is a federal and public holiday in the United States that honors the American labor movement and the social and economic achievements that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well being of our country? Enacted in 1882, typical Labor Day celebrations took the formof “a street parade which exhibited to the public the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations of the community followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.”
In this same vein, our friends at the No. 9 Mine and Museum have a traditional Old- fashioned Miners Labor Day Picnic on Sunday, where you can enjoy our anthracite history and culture that we all know assisted in shaping forging those social and economical achievements in our country’s work force so long ago.
Our region’s history and culture includes a host of nonprofit organizations that support our citizens and our way of life. Schuylkill County is rife with organizations doing important work every day, and many of these organizations are hosting great events this month that deserve your support.
September’s events offer us tangible proof that we are truly blessed with a very giving and celebratory community: Schuylkill County Historical Society’s “The Military, Music & Memories, 100th Anniversary of WWI” on Sept. 19 at The Majestic Theater, Pottsville; Pioneer Pole Building’s Pooch Parade on Sept. 9 benefiting Hillside SPCA, Pottsville; Walk In Art Center’s annual Kick Up Your Heels on Sept. 23; Orwigsburg Heritage Day Celebration on Sept. 9; Hegins Valley Arts & Crafts Faire benefiting Hegins Park and Benigna’s Creek Fall Harvest Festival, both on Sept. 16; Schuylkill Haven Borough Day on Sept. 29; Apple Festival at Valley View Park on Sept. 30; The Arts Barn Fall Arts Festival on Sept. 24; “Arsenic & Old Lace” on Sept. 15 and 16 at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center; Gabriel Chamber Ensemble in concert on Sept. 10 at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven; Tamaqua Has Heart Art Gala and Auction on Sept. 28, and the Frackville Pumpkin Festival on Sept. 30.
All of these events support our community while offering a great time for young and old alike.
Be sure to get outdoors and enjoy a variety of hikes sponsored locally this month. There’s “The Pinnacle Hike” on Sept. 16; Sweet Arrow Lake County Park’s “Fall BirdWalk,” Sept. 23; “Bake Oven Knob & Baer’s Rocks,” Sept. 24, and lots of great hiking at Hawk Mountain, Drehersville, too.
September also marks the beginning of the autumn hawk watch at Hawk Mountain, and some programs this month include International Vulture Awareness Day, Saturday, and the sanctuary’s Fall Native Plant Sale on Sept. 16 and Monarch Conservation Celebration on Sept. 23.
At the visitors bureau, we’re continuing to visit our members, connect with tourists and work on our 2018 Visitors Guide. Our guide is a tremendous value designed to bring your organization or business customers and promote our community. There’s still time to join us in membership and be a part of the guide before we have to print, so if your organization celebrates Schuylkill County life, give us a call at 570- 622- 7700 or check us out at www. schuylkill. org.
( Gargano is executive director of the Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau)