En­joy spook- tac­u­lar fall fun

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - News -

“Lis­ten! The wind is ris­ing, and the air is wild with leaves. We have had our sum­mer evenings, now­for Oc­to­ber eves!”

— Hum­bertWolfe. I love that one! It’s in­vig­o­rat­ing. And a lit­tle spooky. Per­fect. Oc­to­ber is a beau­ti­ful­month in Penn­syl­va­nia and Schuylkill County is par­tic­u­larly lovely with its moun­tains, val­leys and pas­toral scenes. Au­tumn’s fin­ery is all around us as Mother Na­ture dons her most vi­brant gown, so plan plenty of out­door time this month.

The first thing I rec­om­mend is tak­ing a walk. I love tak­ing a sim­ple walk around my neigh­bor­hood, but there are many walk­ing and hik­ing op­tions through­out Schuylkill County youmay want to con­sider.

There’s a vig­or­ous sev­en­mileWolfe CreekFalls Hike at 10: 30 a. m. Satur­day with RobinTracy. You have to regis­ter with­Robin at 570- 4672506, so be sure to give her a call to­day. If you’re look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle­more mod­er­ate, joinRobin onOct. 11 for theSwatara StatePark Hike. Regina Gargano

There’s aWeeOnes’ Au­tumn Ad­ven­tureWalk with Por­cu­pine Pine at Sweet­Ar­rowLake County Park, PineGrove, on Oct. 18 and Gi­rard Manor Jaunt with TomPe­sock rounds out the month’s guided hikes on Oct. 29.

Of course, there are plenty more op­por­tu­ni­ties you can en­joy on your own. The his­toric Tow- Path trail in Port Clin­ton, Schuylkil­lVal­ley Trail, The Ir­ish Flats Trail in Schuylkill Haven, Tri- Val­ley’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter, Land­ingville Marsh, the Sen. James J. Rhoades Na­ture Trail and the Le­high and NewEng­land Trail in Ta­maqua all pro­vide ex­cel­lent views, dra­matic fall col­ors and some in­vig­o­rat­ing ex­er­cise this month.

Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary, Dre­hersville, is the per­fect place to get out­doors and en­joy the chang­ing col­ors of au­tumn and they’re packed with ac­tiv­i­ties this month.

TheM& T Rap­torsUp Close pro­gram runs ev­ery week­end through­out the month. There’sArc­tic Rap­tors: Adap­ta­tions to an Ex­treme En­vi­ron­ment on Oct. 14, Vera Cruise River of Raptor on Oct. 21 and Mi­grat­ing Bird­sKnowNo Bound­aries: The Mid­dle East Test Case on Oct. 28. The views at Hawk Moun­tain are un­sur­passed and I prom­ise you will thor­oughly en­joy time you spend there.

Whi­leyou’re in the south­ernSchuylkill re­gion, make time to visit PioneerEver­greenFarm’sFal­lFes­ti­val run­ning throughtheendof the­mon­thinOr­wigs­burg. Pi­o­neer of­fers af­ford­ableau­tumn fam­i­ly­fun at its finest.

Not only do they have one of the best scenic moun­tain hayrides to be found any­where, they’ve also got a 200foot moun­tain slide, ob­sta­cle bounce house, pump­kin patch, tube slide, wa­ter bal­loon launcher, pedal go- karts, a buck­ing bronco, train rides, pony rides, a smart farm game, a pet­ting zoo and a three- acre tree maze. You can top off your visit at the hot dog and S’mores roast!

Nearby in Schuylkil­lHaven, it’s First Satur­day, where there will be var­i­ous spe­cials at busi­nesses all around town, in­clud­ing 4Play Moon­shine’s Goblets, Steins and Moon­shine paint­ing­work­shop, Walk In Art Cen­ter’sOpen House plus awhole lot­more through­out the town. Walk In Art Cen­ter also has a Safe Trick orTreat event planned for Oct. 11 and aMur­der Mys­tery Din­ner on Oct. 21.

There are a va­ri­ety of har­vest hap­pen­ings in many of our towns through­out Schuylkill County. In Pottsville, Av­enues’ Fall Fes­ti­val is on Satur­day and the Ma­jes­tic Chil­dren’s The­ater presents “Shake­speare’s Henry V” on Oct. 14 and 15. In Ta­maqua, the Her­itage Fes­ti­val is on Sun­day and the Ta­maqua Com­mu­nity Arts Cen­ter brings us aBar­ber­shop Cho­rus Con­cert onOct. 14.

Ash­land is home to its an­nu­alAp­ple­fest on Oct. 14 and Pi­o­neer Tun­nel Coal Mine& Steam Train’s fall fes­ti­val onOct. 21. In Pine Grove, you can en­joy the an­nu­alAu­tumn Stroll and Hal­loween pa­rade on Oct. 21.

Spooky, scary, creepy, crawly, ghoul­ishly good times are an Oc­to­ber hall­mark and Iwould be re­miss if I didn’t round out this ar­ti­cle with some fright­en­ing fiendish fun.

Eck­ley Min­er­sVil­lage hosts a haunt­ingly good time the last twoweek­ends in Oc­to­ber with haunted lantern tours. No. 9 Mine will scare you right out of your pants Oct. 27 to 29 in the haunted mine. SCCAsim­ply oozes dread on Oct. 27 and 28 with the­works of Edgar Al­lenPoe and again onOct. 30 and 31 at the Haunted Man­sion tours.

Orwigsburg’sANight of Chili and Chills will have your spine tin­gling on Oct. 28! Fi­nally, you can take a Haunt­edWalk­ing Tour of Pottsville ev­ery Satur­day evening in­Oc­to­ber thanks to our friends at the Schuylkill County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

I hope you’ll en­joy ev­ery­thing our fine com­mu­nity has to of­fer this month. For more in­for­ma­tion on these and other Oc­to­ber events, visit our cal­en­dar of events atwww. schuylkill. org and our part­ners atwww. skoocal. com for a com­plete list­ing of spook- tac­u­lar fall fun!

( Gargano is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Schuylkill County

Vis­i­tors Bureau)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.