Enjoy autumn splendor
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!