Septem­ber time to re­new, re­vive, re­con­nect with com­mu­nity through many cel­e­bra­tions

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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)

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