En­joy new sea­son of fun ac­tiv­i­ties

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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

Vis­i­tors Bureau)

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