Ward off cabin fever
So herewe are, knee- deep in winter with Mother Nature refusing to release her wintery grasp on us.
And she’s not going to for another sevenweeks, end of story. I don’t carewhat the weathermen say. And let’s face it, even the first day of spring can often feel like winter here in our little neck of Penn’sWoods. So, it’s up to us to make the best of it.
As luckwould have it, it won’t be that hard, either. February is packed with activity to help usward off that pervasive winter malady— cabin fever.
The “month of love” boasts a sundry lineup of events going on in SchuylkillCounty including live entertainment, Valentine’s specials, wine and chocolate, outdoor diversions, music, history and even pageantry! On Saturday, the GreaterPottsvilleWinter Carnival and its “Feels Like Home” theme culminates its 51st year with the crowing of the Queen of SnowsatPottsvilleArea High School, complete with a royal reception at St. Nicholas Hall immediately afterward. We wish the best of luck to all of our talented SchuylkillCounty contestants!
Imentioned wine and chocolate a moment ago. After all, wine and chocolate are February staples. What wouldValentine’sDay be without something rich, heady and sweet for the ones who hold a special place in our hearts?
Galen GlenWinery in Andreas has a “Be Mine with Wine& Chocolate Luv- aCake” on Saturday and Sunday and“SweetWine for your Sweetheart” onFeb. 10 and 11. Benigna’sCreekVineyard andWinery in Klingerstown will delight youwith“Wine& Truffles” on Saturday and Feb. 10. This is a hands- on, make- your- own event and reservations are required. Call 570- 425- 3090 to secure your spot. Stone MountainWine Cellars in Pine Grove is sharing the love with“Wine, Chocolate andValentines” on the Feb. 10 and 11. It’s an entire month of delectable luscious loveliness!
Everyweekend there is a host of livemusical talent around our county. Places like Blue LizardWinery, Blue Mountain Summit, The Red Lion Cafe, Vito’s Coal- Fired Pizza, Roman Delight and The Lodge at SharpMountain offer live entertainment, libations and sumptuous victuals regularly.
Perhaps youwould prefer a concert? 4PlayMoonshine in Schuylkill Haven hosts Sapphire on Feb. 10. The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble’s concert on Feb. 25will feature strings, piano and clarinet by Prokofiev, Schikele, Schoenfield, Brahms, Shostakovich and Beethoven.
Cabin fever runs amok this time of year, but noworries! There are many diverse activities throughout the month to keep you busy and interested. Believe me, there is absolutely no reason to remain bored at home.
Check this out: Second Sunday Brunch at The Maid’sQuarters on Feb. 11; Walk In Art Center has Ladies Night Out on Thursday and a Craft BrewFest on Feb. 24; AMajestic Mardi Gras Evening to benefit the Majestic Theater onWednesday; Tamaqua Community Arts Center is home to a pysanky eggworkshop on Feb. 24 and a fly- tying class on Feb. 25; SweetArrow Lake’s Annual Cabin Fever Hike on Feb. 24 and TreemendousWinter Tree ID Trek on Feb. 18.
We also have hikes with our partners at SchuylkillOn theMove this month, too. These walks are designed to develop an appreciation of our beautiful natural surroundings and include interesting historical facts aswell.
Consider joining “Hiker Jim” at 8 a. m. Feb. 25 for the CountyViewHike. This easy hike ismore than five hours and 8 miles long, offers plenty to see including the “88 and diversion canal” plus “The Old Jerk” and a spectacular viewof our county. You can meet Jim behind Mount Pleasant HoseCompany in BuckRun onRoute 901.
Finally, aFebruary tradition in Schuylkill County that I cannot forget is the annual HistoryFaire at theFairlane Village Mall onFeb. 10.
The history of Schuylkill County is inextricably bound to the history of the United States’ anthracite industry. Although the settlement of Schuylkill County occurred long before the discovery of the “black diamonds” that would fuel the nation’s industrial revolution, it is anthracite coal that forged our region into the rich diverse community it is today.
Plus, as I mentioned last month, 2018 is the 250th anniversary of anthracite and this year’s history fairewill be all the more special because of it. This event always offers an abundance of photographs, artifacts and collectibles detailing our county’s rich cultural heritage and diversity and is sure to have something for everyone.
( Gargano is executive director of Schuylkill County