En­joy some fun in the sun this month

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS - Regina Gargano (Gargano is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Schuylkill County Vis­i­tors Bu­reau)

July means sum­mer is in full swing.

It’s a month for cel­e­bra­tions, pic­nics, fire­works and all kinds of fun in the sun! Schuylkill County is burst­ing with things to do this month. From Klinger­stown to An­dreas, Port Clin­ton to Ring­town, and ev­ery­where in be­tween; the va­ri­ety of things to en­joy in July is pretty awe­some!

Fire­works are the tra­di­tional way we cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary of the birth of our na­tion and although most are over, there are still some of the pop­u­lar py­rotech­nics sched­uled in Schuylkill County.

Saint Clair will have a fan­tas­tic fire­works dis­play Satur­day af­ter its an­nual car cruise. Ea­gerly awaited each year, the car cruise fea­tures a va­ri­ety of clas­sic cars, hot rods, trucks, mu­sic and great food through­out the day. Satur­day is also Schuylkill Haven’s Safety Night Out with Fire­works at Is­land Park! This pop­u­lar event fea­tures a dunk tank, food, en­ter­tain­ment by Mind­set, a bas­ket raf­fle, an­i­mal safety, bike safety and much more.

It’s a great month to get out­side. You might not agree with me. You might be say­ing, “Gina, you’re wrong. It’s hot. No way,” but I’m telling you our pris­tine out­doors, lush with forests, moun­tains, trails, streams and lakes are per­fect right now. Com­fort­able with plenty of shade. And we’ve got nu­mer­ous guided op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­joy them!

You can join Mike Cen­teleghe at Sweet Ar­row Lake County Park on July 21 for the Sweet Ar­row Splash at 9:30 a.m. In the af­ter­noon, you can join Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy to learn how In­di­ans used trees, rocks and beads to talk. There’s the “Trout Run” hike on July 21 with Robin Tracey, that meets at the trail­head just off Route 443 in Swatara State Park, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The “Broad Moun­tain Bench Trail” hike on July 22 is easy and yet pro­vides lots to see and do. And on July 27, Por­cu­pine Pat will guide you on the new “Route 61 Schuylkill River Trail Seg­ment.”

On your own, Lo­cust Lake, Tus­carora, Sweet Ar­row Lake and the Schuylkill River of­fer kayak­ing, ca­noe­ing and fish­ing daily. Stop by the vis­i­tors cen­ter and pick up the brand new Schuylkill County Out­door Recre­ation map to help you plan your hik­ing, bik­ing, swim­ming and boat­ing. We’re open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day. We also have the North­east PA Hike & Bike Trails map, the Weiser State For­est map and recre­ational guide, the new Schuylkill River Trail map, the Ap­palachian Trail map and other re­sources.

July is a mu­si­cal month in Schuylkill County, too. We’ve got a num­ber of sum­mer con­certs through­out our com­mu­ni­ties. The Ta­maqua Cham­ber of Com­merce’s sum­mer con­cert se­ries is host­ing It Takes Two on July 12, Shell­shocked Churchills on July 19 and Big Bad Rock­a­billy Cats on July 22; all on the plat­form of the beau­ti­fully re­stored 1874 train sta­tion in Ta­maqua. Pottsville’s Joul­wan Park is home to The Boys Up­stairs on Sun­day and The New In­di­vid­u­als on July 22.

Our part­ners in the west­ern tier, Val­ley View Park, are host­ing Large Flower Heads Satur­day, Mem­ory Lane on July 21 and Reck­less on July 28. Shenan­doah’s Amer­i­can Le­gion Me­mo­rial Gar­dens will be hop­ping with a Dorsey Brother’s trib­ute fea­tur­ing M&J Big Band on July 27 and in the Lewis­town Val­ley, Heisler’s Sum­mer Con­cert Se­ries runs ev­ery week­end.

While we’re talk­ing mu­sic, the much an­tic­i­pated Schuylkill County Fair be­gins July 30. This year’s fair com­mem­o­rates “Cheers to 35 Years! Farms, Fam­ily Fairs, Fun.” What a won­der­ful theme! The Schuylkill County Fair, chock full of mu­sic, food, en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to please all ages, serves as a vi­brant con­nec­tion be­tween the num­ber one Penn­syl­va­nia in­dus­try — agri­cul­ture — and our com­mu­nity. Thirty-five years of tra­di­tion and count­ing! Make time to visit our fair to con­nect with the best our lo­cal agri­cul­ture has to of­fer. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. schuylkill­fair.com and as al­ways, get out and cel­e­brate all that our beau­ti­ful boun­ti­ful county has to of­fer!

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