En­joy au­tumn splen­dor

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - NEWS - Regina Gargano (Gargano is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Schuylkill County Vis­i­tors Bu­reau)

Sum­mer of­fi­cially ends this month and while it’s my fa­vorite sea­son, I have to say that I’m not sorry to see it go this year. (Sorry, Mother Na­ture!) And I think a lot of other peo­ple feel the same way. So, wel­come au­tumn har­vest sea­son and all the fes­tiv­i­ties you bring; we’re glad you’re here!

Or­wigs­burg Her­itage Day is one such sea­sonal fes­tiv­ity. In its 27th year, Or­wigs­burg Her­itage Day cel­e­brates his­tory and com­mu­nity in Schuylkill County on Satur­day. The fine folks of the Or­wigs­burg Busi­ness and Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion in­vite you to join them for de­li­cious foods, horse-drawn car­riage rides, Civil War reen­ac­tors, a va­ri­ety of chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, folk mu­sic with Jay Smar, art, his­tory and a great deal more. Her­itage Day prom­ises some­thing for ev­ery­one in a quaint, walk­a­ble at­mos­phere that min­gles both the past and present. If you’d like to get a pre­view of the day, check out our Or­wigs­burg Her­itage Day video at www.schuylkill.org/video/

It’s Fall Fes­ti­val time at Pi­o­neer Ever­green Farms! Be­gin­ning Sept. 14 and run­ning ev­ery week­end through Oct. 30, it’s the very essence of ev­ery­thing au­tumn! This fab­u­lous lo­cal agribusi­ness venue of­fers a scenic moun­tain hayride, games and more than 38 ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a 60-foot tube slide, bounce house, pump­kin patch, pet­ting zoo, three-acre tree maze, go-kart rac­ing, corn crib, train rides and much more for one low price.

The food and cider are de­li­cious. You can even roast marsh­mal­lows over an open fire! We go at least once ev­ery sin­gle year. Kenny and his team will put a smile on your face while you and your fam­ily cre­ate me­mories for years to come and yes, we have a video of that on our web­site as well!

New to Schuylkill County this Septem­ber is Pottsville on Tap, pre­sented by D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. and the 250th An­niver­sary of An­thracite on Sept. 15. De­signed to show­case the his­tory, her­itage and spirit of the an­thracite re­gion of Penn­syl­va­nia and its peo­ple, this all-day fes­ti­val on Cen­tre Street in down­town Pottsville will fea­ture a beer gar­den and wine tast­ing tent, in­clud­ing 4Play Moon­shine, King Cole Win­ery, Benigna’s Creek Win­ery, Stone Moun­tain Wine Cel­lars, Red Shale Ridge Vine­yards and more; tra­di­tional, eth­nic foods; live mu­sic; ex­clu­sive, lim­ited edi­tion tours of the D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. brew­ery; a free show­ing of “The Molly Maguires” at the Ma­jes­tic The­ater; trol­ley trans­porta­tion, in­clud­ing Union Sta­tion, Jerry’s Clas­sic Cars & Col­lectibles Mu­seum, Yuengling Brew­ery and the Cen­tre Street fes­ti­val area. This is one event you do not want to miss!

To pro­vide a day that is af­ford­able, fun and en­ter­tain­ing for the whole fam­ily has been the pur­pose of Schuylkill Haven’s Bor­ough Day ev­ery au­tumn for 30 years. And they do a fab­u­lous job! Some of the days high­lights in­clude Read­ing & North­ern Rail­road train ex­cur­sions, Vic­to­rian High­wheel­ers, Give & Take Jug­glers, ma­gi­cians, clowns, the Galena Brass Band, kids mini­train rides and an as­tound­ing ar­ray of de­li­cious food and bev­er­ages. This is a short list, folks. Full in­for­ma­tion on Bor­ough Day can be found at www.shbor­ough­day.com and yes, we have that on video too.

Clos­ing out Septem­ber har­vest ac­tiv­i­ties, our friends at The Arts Barn are cel­e­brat­ing the sea­son with its an­nual Fall Arts Fes­ti­val on Sept. 30. As al­ways, fes­ti­val ad­mis­sion and park­ing are free. There will be live mu­sic, lo­cal food ven­dors, wine and beer, fine art and craft ven­dors, live chain­saw carv­ing, bal­loon sculp­tures, face paint­ing, a pet­ting zoo, lots of free kids ac­tiv­i­ties and demon­strat­ing artists. All year long, the Arts Barn Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter pro­motes the vis­ual arts in Schuylkill County by fea­tur­ing art classes, work­shops and chil­dren’s sum­mer camps in a serene ru­ral set­ting. Its ad­ja­cent gallery space, The Arts Barn Gallery, rep­re­sents more than 100 Penn­syl­va­nia artists and ar­ti­sans dis­play­ing fine arts and crafts. Art­work is uniquely dis­played among lo­cal an­tiques avail­able for pur­chase. It is a great or­ga­ni­za­tion do­ing great work in Schuylkill County and I hope you’ll go to the fes­ti­val and sup­port their work.

One thing that all of these au­tumn cel­e­bra­tions have in com­mon is the cel­e­brat­ing of peo­ple com­ing to­gether. In Schuylkill County, we come to­gether in times of duress and in times of joy. I feel proud and blessed to be a part of our com­mu­nity, a com­mu­nity with a rich his­tory of en­joy­ing our her­itage and en­gag­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions in that process.

If your or­ga­ni­za­tion en­riches the fab­ric of Schuylkill County (and I’m bet­ting it does!), please con­sider join­ing the vis­i­tors bu­reau and be­ing a part of our 2019 Vis­i­tors Guide. To find out more about the guide, the ben­e­fits of mem­ber­ship or Septem­ber events, give us a call at 570-622-7700 or go to www.schuylkill.org. We look for­ward to see­ing you out and about en­joy­ing au­tumn’s splen­dor!

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