Re­solve to ex­plore Schuylkill in 2019

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS - Regina Gargano

Happy New Year from the Schuylkill County Vis­i­tors Bureau!

A new year calls to mind res­o­lu­tions and at the vis­i­tors bureau, our res­o­lu­tion is to work hard at giv­ing you rea­sons to ex­plore and en­joy Schuylkill County so we’ve cre­ated a Skook New Year’s res­o­lu­tion list!

Now, we know most peo­ple don’t keep their new year’s res­o­lu­tions. In fact, 92 per­cent of all new year’s res­o­lu­tions are bro­ken with 80 per­cent of them bro­ken by Fe­bru­ary, but we feel con­fi­dent that we’ll be able to keep ours and help you en­joy our com­mu­nity through­out all of 2019.

Keep in mind that this list merely scratches the sur­face. You can go to our web­site at www. schuylkill. org to sign up for our e- news­let­ter and pe­ruse our craft bev­er­age trail, on­line maps and other re­sources. You can also stop by the vis­i­tors cen­ter and pick up the brand new 2019 Vis­i­tors’ Guide, the Schuylkill County Out­door Recre­ation Map, Schuylkill River Trail Map and North­east Penn­syl­va­nia Hik­ing and Bik­ing Trails Map. We know that with all of this at your dis­posal, plus the Skook New Year’s res­o­lu­tion list, we’re go­ing to suc­ceed in keep­ing our res­o­lu­tion and you’re go­ing to en­joy every­thing Schuylkill County has to of­fer in 2019!

• Take a paint­ing, pot­tery or draw­ing class at Ta­maqua Com­mu­nity Arts Cen­ter, Mud & Maker, Pottsville, The Arts Barn or Walk In Art Cen­ter, both in Schuylkill Haven.

• En­joy de­li­cious fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles ev­ery week at the Home­town Farm­ers Mar­ket, Stone Moun­tain Wine Cel­lars, Pine Grove, or Lit­tle Peace Farms, Schuylkill Haven.

• Delve deep ( 1,800 feet deep to be ex­act) into our An­thracite min­ing her­itage and go on the Pi­o­neer Tun­nel Mine Tour, Ash­land.

• Test your com­pet­i­tive eat­ing met­tle and en­ter the grilled cheese chal­lenge at Wheel Restau­rant, Pottsville, or the piero­gie- eat­ing con­test at Pottsville On Tap.

• Have a spe­cial fam­ily photo taken at Hope Hill Laven­der Farm, Schuylkill Haven. De­tails are on their web­site at hope­hilllaven­der­

• Reach new heights hik­ing to the top of Hawk Moun­tain, Dre­hersville.

• Try some­thing dif­fer­ent and camp in a yurt at Tus­carora State Park, Bar­nesville.

• Im­prove your putt with a round of mini golf at Heisler’s Dairy Bar, Lewis­town Val­ley.

• Cel­e­brate the 190th An­niver­sary of Amer­i­can’s Old­est Brew­ery by tak­ing some friends on the Yuengling Brew­ery tour, Pottsville.

• Take a re­lax­ing break with java and crepes at Pressed Cof­fee & Books, Pottsville.

• Learn some in­no­va­tive ways to im­prove your health and over­all well- be­ing with in­ter­est­ing foods and ideas from Peace Frog Nat­u­ral Foods and Healthy Habits Mar­ket, Pottsville.

• Em­brace our com­mu­nity’s east­ern Euro­pean roots with the many del­i­ca­cies Kowalonek’s Kiel­basy Shop, Shenan­doah, has to of­fer.

• Treat some­one you love to an in­dul­gence from Some­thing Sweet Can­dies, Pottsville, C& C’s Can­dies, Friedens­burg, and Momma Mil­lie’s, Pottsville.

• Try your hand at some­thing new at Al­chemist’s Cove Games and Comics, Schuylkill Haven.

• Share tapas with friends at The Crim­son House, Pottsville.

En­joy a pint at The Speakeasy Se­cret Room, a re­puted Molly Maguire’s hang­out since 1866, at the Wooden Keg, Saint Clair.

• Give your taste buds a thrill with the fa­mous pickle pizza at Roma Pizze­ria and Restau­rant, Pottsville, or the over- the- top “big mac pizza” at Red Lion Café, Pine Grove.

• Start train­ing for the 2020 Yuengling Light Lager Jog­ger race in Pottsville and reg­is­ter in early Oc­to­ber!

• Take off into blue skies on your own tour with the good folks at the Schuylkill County air­port, Mount Pleas­ant.

• Cre­ate your very own pour tour on our craft bev­er­age trail at www. schuylkill. org/ pour- tours- and- more.

• Ex­pe­ri­ence the Ger­man bier­garten at­mos­phere of Stoker’s Brew­ing Com­pany, Ta­maqua, and fill a growler to take home too!

• Hit the newer com­pleted sec­tions of the Schuylkill River Trail or make tracks with Schuylkill On the Move.

• Get muddy on more than 600 mapped miles of trails with Fa­mous Read­ing Out­doors.

• Build a snow­man at Pottsville Win­ter­fest on Jan. 12.

• Kick up your heels at the an­nual Gi­rardville St. Patrick’s Day Pa­rade.

• Step back in time at Jerry’s Clas­sic Cars & Col­lectibles Mu­seum, Pottsville.

• Dis­cover our unique col­lec­tive his­tory and vol­un­teer at the Schuylkill County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Pottsville.

( Gargano is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Schuylkill County

Vis­i­tors Bureau)

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