Keep it local this holiday season
It’sNov. 3 and quite frankly I have no idea where 2017went. I can’t believe it’s almost over.
Where did it go? It’s Election Day nextweek ( you’ll notice I never talk about that!) and the holiday season is hard on our heels.
Which brings us tomy annual dissertation on the importance of shopping local. I could write an entire column on this topic every single month. The data is out there in droves. The facts and figures are endless. But truth be told, I get tired of repeatingmyself.
Besides, you already knowit. You knowsupporting local businesses and organizations is critical to our local economy. You knowthat for every $ 100 you spend in a locally owned business, $ 45 circulates back into our community.
You knowthat the same $ 100 in a chain store only puts $ 13 back into our community. You knowthat local businesses support our community every single day. You knowthat local Regina Gargano businesses do more than provide jobs in our community ( a factwhich is critical in and of itself). You know thatwhen you support a local business you are helping your business neighbor pay for his kids’ college tuition, sponsor a local Little League team, donate to a benefit or support a local event. You knowthis. You don’t need me to tell you, right? I didn’t think so.
As always, there is a fine list of opportunities to support local organizations in November. Some things you might want to consider are: Walk In Art Center’s First Saturday Open House on Saturday; Gabriel Chamber Ensemble’s concert and St. Nick’s Chinese auction, both on Sunday; Schuylkill County Historical Society’s annual Holiday Marketplace on Nov. 11; Mud & Maker’sWheel & Wine Night onNov. 9; Tink’s Antiques’ Sculpted SnowmanWorkshop on Nov. 12; Tamaqua Historical Society’s J. G. Scott Art Exhibit on Nov. 11; SweetArrow Lake County Park’s Change of Season Oldies Dance on Nov. 10; Bake Shop VI’s Thanksgiving Tasting on Saturday and Tamaqua Community Arts Center’s Six to Midnight Concert on Nov. 25.
I mentioned that the holiday season is fast upon us and it truly is folks. November is the month thatwe kick it into full swing.
Schuylkill County has a bevy of holiday events that are appealing to both young and old: Celebrate Schuylkill’s Spirit of the Holidays Arts & Cultural tour, with complete information on locations at www. celebrateschuylkill. com, on Nov. 24 and 25; Coal Cracker Christmas in downtown Shenandoah on Nov. 24; Schuylkill Ballet Theatre’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” on Nov. 25 and 26; Hope Hill Lavender FarmSmall Business Saturday Soiree on Nov. 25; Santa arrives in Garfield Square, Pottsville, on Nov. 25 for the Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa Parade with the children’s party at the Humane Fire Company afterward; Benigna’s CreekWinery’s annual Lighting of the Vineyard onNov. 24 and 25 and Santa train rides at the Historic Minersville Railroad Station on Dec. 3.
At the visitors bureau, we’re getting ready for the holiday season, too. We offer a large selection of local cultural and historical books, original old- fashioned coal candy, the popular Skook stickers, glasses and boilo shooters; all of whichmake great stocking stuffers. Pair the boilo shooterswith Coal Region Classics’ boilo Traditional Hot Toddy Mix for a taste of home that’s sure to please anyone!
Formore information November events, the local holiday shopping guide, outdoor resources and more, go towww. schuylkill. org and remember to keep it local this holiday season!
( Gargano is executive director of Schuylkill County