Enjoy new season of fun activities
OKfolks, its time to be optimistic, because spring will be here in 18 days! And we all knowwhat that means: brightening skies, milder temps and the promise of newlife! As I’m writing this, it’s cold and rainy but as I said, let’s be optimistic and spring forward into a new season of events and activities in Schuylkill County.
Personally, I find spring arrives very late in our little corner of the mountains of East Central Pennsylvania, but that’s no reason for you to stay indoors. In fact, whether spring cooperates or not, we’ve got outdoor activities aplenty in March.
OnMarch 11, you can trek the old mine hill, Schuylkill Haven rail bed and old Centre turnpikewith “Hiker Jim” on the Broad Mountain Bench Trail and onMarch 25, you can joinPorcupinePat for the Tri- ValleyTrailTrek. For complete information on both of these Schuylkill on the Move hikes, email porcupinepat@ yahoo. com.
Retired foresterFrank Snyder will be atSweet Arrow Lake CountyPark, Pine Grove, onMarch 25, leading theForest Etiquette hike where you can learn a multitude of skills including: how to becomemore comfortable during your outings by knowing howto react if you face a bear; howtomake a warning fire in the rain and howto protect yourself fromticks. HawkMountain Sanctuary, Drehersville, will have aWee OnesWalk onWednesday, and the always- popular Raptor Egg Hunt onMarch 31.
Speaking of egg hunts, there are several around the county youmay want tomake note of: Schaeffer’s Harley- Regina Gargano Davidson Easter Eggstravaganza isMarch 31. Pottsville’s Easter Egg Hunt isMarch 25 at Alumni Field. Minersville’s annualEaster Egg Hunt is March 31. Shenandoah’s and Port Carbon’s areMarch 31, too. PioneerPole Building’s annualEaster Egg Hunt is March 24, and as always, Lessie’s Garden& Greenhouse hosts its annual Spring Fling onMarch 24, where you canmake a dreamcatcher, find themagic egg, learn gardening tips fromPenn State Master Gardeners and so muchmore.
I saidMarch is the official beginning of spring and it is. But tomy mind, St. Patrick’s Day ismore synonymous withMarch than springtime. For those of us inclined to be “Wearin’O’ the Green,” we have twoweekends in Schuylkill County for celebrating.
ThePottsville St. Patrick’s Dayparade isMarch17, followedbya “grand celebration” atHumaneFireCompany. OnMarch24 in Girardville, the St. Patrick’sDayparade begins atnoonandtravels more than a mile, until it concludeson“A” Street. If you’re looking to danceanIrish jig, I suggestyouheadto theTamaquaCommunityArts Center onMarch17 for the Celtic Martins concertwhere there’s boundto be dancing in the aisles.
The list of non- holiday related entertainment is impressive and diverse this month aswell. Our own community chorus, the Schuylkill Choral Society, presents Remembering WorldWar I onMarch 11 at D. H. H. Lengel Middle School in Pottsville. The Majestic Theater brings us several opportunities to get out and enjoy ourselves with “Murder on the Nile,” March 9- 11, and “The Quiet Man” on March 16.
The Tamaqua Historical Society is kicking up its heels with a Coal Region Breweries exhibit with the grand opening celebration Saturday! This exhibit is a 250th anniversary of anthracite celebratory event.
In addition to the large exhibit of 150 years of coal region brewing history, there will be beer tastings from three regional craft brewers and live re- enactments. The doors open at 5 p. m.
TheWalk InArt Center’s First SaturdayOpen House features “The NewMove Is Rising” by Ibiyinka Alao in the main gallery. Guy Lehman Photography is studio artist of the month. The Pine GroveArea SchoolDistrict is featured in the community gallery and therewill be other artistic activities to engage you aswell.
Sweet ArrowLake is having an Indians of the PlainsBlackfoot, Crowand Sioux programonMarch 20 that will present the culture and environment of Indians living in Montana and South Dakota. Our partners at Stone MountainWine Cellars are celebrating SpringFever Weekend onMarch 24 and 25 with wine, snacks, specials of all sorts and live music.
( Gargano is executive director of Schuylkill County