Ward off cabin fever

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - News - Regina Gargano

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

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