Enjoy some fun in the sun this month
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!