We're only weeks into the new year, a time when many people are striving to eat better, and I am being bombarded by sweets thanks to creative fundraisers! My niece and nephew are selling whoopie pies in seven different flavors while a church I know is selling sticky buns that are so big it takes me three days to eat one. I just can't resist! Local libraries are also having their Deppen Pie Sale. The 9" pies sell for $12 and must be ordered at a participating library by February 7 and picked up on February 20. (Tip from a local librarian: Please come after noon so we have a chance to sort the pies.)
The varieties include: blueberry crumb, apple crumb, no sugar apple, strawberry rhubarb crumb, cherry crumb, peach crumb, raisin crumb, shoofly, coconut custard and lemon sponge. This pies freeze well -- with the exception of the coconut custard and lemon sponge -- so you can save them for Easter if you like. Stop by a local library or call them at:
Anyone in your life (including yourself) moaning that they're bored and want to do something different? Luckily, this weekend is the annual Fire & Ice Festival at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. Dress accordingly, since a lot of the fun at this festival happens outdoors! Between 2 pm and 5 pm you can enjoy roasting hot dogs over a bonfire, an ice dive by Schuylkill Haven Dive Rescue & Recovery Team and, if the weather cooperates, ice skating or snowball fights. Indoors you can make homemade ice cream, enjoy musical entertainment, learn about chocolate and judge the Fire Hot Chili Cook Off. If you want to enter your world famous chili call 570-624-3018 for more details.
If you want to really go crazy with outdoors winter fun, why not try a polar plunge? Marian High School is hosting a "Be Cool for our School" plunge at Mauch Chunk Lake, Jim Thorpe on January 26. Registration is from 10 am. to 11:30 am and the $35 fee benefits Marian High School. Plungers receive a t-shirt. The plunge begins at noon. All plungers must be 18 years old, with the exception of current Marian students. You can also be a "chicken" and come to cheer on the wetter participants. There will be music and refreshments for sale -- hopefully soup and hot coffee. For more info or advance registration contact Kathy Goff at 610-704-8037 or email@example.com
If you want to learn about all the interesting things to do and see here in Schuylkill County, now is the time to get your copy of the 2019 Schuylkill County Visitors Guide. This 60 page guide includes a fold out map of the county and is ideal for both visitors and residents of the county. You can download the guide or request a print copy at the Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau website. The guide can also be found at the Visitors' Bureau, Union Station Building, Pottsville, welcome centers throughout Pennsylvania as well as spots throughout the county. Call 570-622-7700 or 800-765-7282 to learn more about where to find a guide.
A few friends and I were grumbling about the cold weather yesterday when I realized that, along with gloves, hot cocoa and cold noses, the cold weather brings one more thing -- Winter Carnival. Yes, it's Winter Carnival time again! Perhaps the best thing about our winter Carnival is that is evolving to have an event for every age and type of person. So let's see what this year has in store for us:
Princess Saturday at the Fairlane Village Mall
Come meet the princesses and purchase your annual Winter Carnival button
Winterfest in downtown Pottsville
11 am to 5 pm
Come enjoy snowman making, food trucks, craft vendors, craft brews and more.
Snowdrop Fashion Show at Fairlane Village Mall
Snowflake Fashion Show at Lodge at Sharp Mountain
Costume Fashion Show at Fairlane village Mall
Royal Tea at Walk In Art Center
11 am to 2 pm
Tickets Needed - $8 per person. Go to Murphy's Jewelers for tickets.
Bring your own tea cup and saucer. All princesses must be accompanied by an adult.
Queen Fashion Show at Lodge at Sharp Mountain
Yuengling Night at St. Nicholas Hall, Primrose
Snowdrop/Snowflake Pageant at Pottsville Area High School
Snowdrop/Snowflake After Party at St. Nicholas Hall, Primrose
Queen's Pagaent at Pottsville Area High School
Queen's After Party at St. Nicholas Hall, Primrose
As we settle down for the long, hard business of getting through the winter, many people get the post-holiday blues -- including kids. If your kids are bummed after the holidays or just suffering from a little cabin fever the Pottsville Library has just the thing planned. On Saturday, January 12 they are hosting Winterfest from 10 am to 4 pm. Kids 8 years and older can participate in several "events" including air hockey, a snowball toss and winter sports video games. Younger children can have fun with older family members playing board games or making crafts. Why not bring them out to see how much more the library has to offer?
Turns out the library isn't the only place hosting a Winterfest. The entire city of Pottsville, in conjunction with the Pottsville Winter Carnival, is organizing a townwide (or at least on 2nd Street between Mahantongo & Markets Street) Winterfest on Saturday, January 12 from 11 am to 5 pm. It's a little bit of everything -- ice skating, music, food trucks, craft vendors and even snowman building. Get more details @pottsvillewinterfest
Like the snowman image accompanying this post? Maybe you should head for the Sip & Paint a Snowman event at Columbia Hose Company No. 1, Shenandoah on January 19. The event begins at 6 pm and costs $40. That includes a ceramic snowman to paint, snacks, beverages and a souvenir wine glass. Call 570-933-4234 for more information.
Life is full of bumpy roads. When someone is going down the road of addiction people are eager to find them help. Sadly, those friends and family members encouraging an addict to get help often overlook the fact that they too may need help. If you have an addict in your life, find the support you may need at two local groups that both meet each Thursday at 6:30 pm.
Healing with Hope meets at Faith Church, 1168 Centre Turnpike, Route 61 and Hope in the Mountains meets at American Primitive Methodist Church, 55 Hunter Street, Tamaqua.
Sometimes the needs of friends and family members outlives even their loved one. Survivors After Suicide meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Catholic Social Services, 200 W. Chapel Street, Hazleton. Call 570-455-1521 for more information.
Are you hoping to turn over a new leaf financially this year? If you need a little guidance St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Orwigsburg is hosting Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University on Monday, January 14 at 6:30 pm. This nine week course which is biblically based is free. Materials can be purchased online at www.fpu.com/1072160 Call 570-366-2316 for more information.
For those of you with questions about Medicare, Darin Troutman will be presenting at Providence Place Senior Living, 2200 First Avenue, Pottsville at the Lunch and Learn Program on January 8 at noon. Call 570-628-6950 to register today.
There are plenty of interesting upcoming events at the Walk In Art Center (WIAC) starting with the Bridal Fair on Saturday, January 5 from 1 pm to 5 pm. There will be over two dozen exhibitors including caterers, photographers, venues, entertainment and more. Along with the famous Diamond Cake Dig there will be a fashion show, food & bake sale, door prizes and more.
If you aren't in the market for all things bridal, you may be more interested in Corks and Chocolate on Saturday, January 26 from 2 pm to 6 pm. Advance tickets are $30 and $40 at the door. The day will include wine tastings, samples from local restaurants and businesses.