Keep it lo­cal this hol­i­day sea­son

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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

Vis­i­tors Bureau)

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