Grab your hiking boots and get outside and enjoy this great big beautiful world! There are some wonderful hikes -- something for everyone coming in April.
Sunday, April 7
Sheppton Mine Disaster Site from 1 pm to 3 pm
Meet at the parking lot of East Union Township Building for this 2 mile walk rated easy. Led by John Domalakes, this walk will take you to the site of a miraculous mine rescue.
Tuesday, April 9
Vernal Pool Exploration at 10:30 am
Meet at Miners' Memorial in Shenandoah for this 5 mile hike rated moderate. Led by a naturalist from Tuscarora State Park, this hike will include Peddler's Grave and the Greeny. Leashed dogs are welcome if they are friendly with people AND other dogs. Bring a lunch!
Sunday, April 14
Big Lick Mountain Adventure from 9 am to 1 pm
Meet at the Dollar General Store on Route 209 in Williamstown for this 8 mile hike rated difficult. Led by Sojourner Steve, this hike on a loop will include Williamstown Tunnel, Plane Tunnel and Big Lick Tunnel. Leashed dogs are welcome if they are friendly with people AND other dogs.
Saturday, April 27
Spring Wildflower Walk from 1 pm to 4 pm
Meet in the parking lot of Frog Hollow on Stone Mountain Road just outside of Friedensburg for this 2 mile hike rated easy. Led by naturalist Mike Centeleghe, this hike is a chance to enjoy beautiful flowers.
This is no April Fool's Joke! The Pottsville Library is hosting a Used Book Sale on Monday, April 1 from noon to 2 pm so, if you need a few new books to read (and who doesn't?), stop by and see what they have!
So...do you have any Spring projects planned? Not the boring type of clean the garage, wash the curtains type but fun ones like paint a mural or plant a cactus garden? If you need some help coming up with a fun Spring project why not check out the Walk In Art Center that has several interesting classes coming up. You can register for one - or ALL - of the following classes here. Fees range from $15 to $60 and include supplies.
Digital Drawing - March 29 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Ages 12 and up
String Art w/Lisa - March 29 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm - Ages 12 and up
Easter Bunny & Duck Ceramics - April 1 from 6 pm to 9 pm - Ages 16 and up
Digital Animation - April 5 - from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Ages 12 and up
Crochet a Beanie - April 7 form 2 pm to 5 pm
Loom to Womb Baby Blanket - April 10 & 17 from 6 pm - Ages 18 and up
Dreamcatchers - April 12 from 6 pm to 9 pm - Ages 12 and up
Pysanky Egg Class - April 13 from 1 pm to 4 pm - Ages 13 and up
Alcohol Ink on Tile - April 18 from 7 pm to 9 pm - Ages 18 and up
Spring Truck Painting - April 20 from 5 pm to 8 pm - Ages 12 and up
Soapmaking - April 27 at 6 pm
Another place offering creative classes is Diakon Living & Learning. Just a heads up, the website notes that classes are for "After 50" but the organizers assure me that adults of all ages are welcome! Check out their Spring catalog here.
This may not be a Spring class but I couldn't resist adding it to today's post! The Orwigsburg Area Free Public Library is inviting everyone to come get their geek on with their DC Comics Trivia Night. This free event will challenge your knowledge of DC Comics lore and characters on Wednesday, March 27 at 6 pm. If you're feeling lucky while you're at the library, pick up a Monthly Lottery Calendar. Just $5 for 30 chances to win. There's a different prize each day - everything from gift cards for local restaurants to tickets to sporting events to Dorney Park passes.
As Winnie the Pooh would say, "It's a rather blustery day!" I choose to ignore that (and the snow crystals I saw in the grass when I popped outside this morning) and focus on the SUN! Isn't it gorgeous? To celebrate the sun-shiney days we've had I want to tell you about so many outdoorsy fun happening.
First up, if you enjoy a stroll in the sunshine take your camera (or phone) with you and snap some pics for the annual Schuylkill Conservation District "Give Us Your Best Shot" Photo Contest. The contest is free and you can enter just one photo in each category -- either by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailing an 8" x 10" unframed print to Schuylkill Conservation District, 1206 Ag Center Drive, Pottsville PA 17901. Photos must have been taken in Schuylkill County between January 1, 2018 and April 6, 2019 and sent by April 6, 2019. Include your name, address, phone number, email address as well as the type of camera used. There will be cash prizes in each category as well as one Grand Prize winner and one Runner-up.
Now, a drumroll before I share the categories........
At Sweet Arrow Lake County Park there's plenty happening. This week bring the whole family to "Indians of the Great Lakes and Beyond" on Sunday, March 31 from 7 pm to 8 pm. This free presentation by Dave "Big Owl" McSurdy at the clubhouse will include a slide show and a display of Native American items. Then on Tuesday, April 2 Porcupine Pat McKinney will share "Pow Wow (PA Dutch) Folk Medicine" from 7 pm to 8 pm. You can learn about folk medicine treatments, the history behind them and even some stories from people who have used these treatments. The cost is $5 per person. Please register with Susan Long at 570-624-3018.
If you're interested in doing a little clapping, there are several performances planned for the upcoming weeks. Tomorrow if one that's always fun for the kids: Movie Night at the Majestic Theater. This month the free movie is actually TWO free movies. The double feature will start with "The Incredibles 2" at 5 pm followed by "Ready Player One" at 7 pm. Everyone gets a free bag of popcorn and you can purchase drinks and candy. Doors open at 4:30 pm.
Noel Coward's "Present Laughter" will be at the Majestic at 7 pm on April 5 and 6 as well as a 2 pm matinee on April 7. "Present Laughter" is a comedy about a man's mid-life crisis and the many women who are the witnesses (causes?) of it. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
There will be a free performance by the Copeland String Quartet on March 31 at 4 pm at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 South Second Street, Pottsville.
A big thanks to the Majestic Theater that posted a list of upcoming Spring performances at our local high school here. There are quite a few to choose from...any favorites?
Welcome to the first day of Spring! This is it. We have officially made it. Of course it doesn't feel fully like Spring so, if you need to get in a Spring mood why not start thinking about your garden? The Pottsville Library is taking orders and money for Easter flowers until Thursday, April 4. Pick up is Tuesday, April 16 AFTER noon. They are selling a variety of bulbs:
This year the following are available:
Bundles of Ten: Concolor Fir, Norway Spruce or Eastern White Pine
Bundles of Five: Red Oak, Sargent Crabapple, Arrowwood Viburnum, Silky Dogwood, American Cranberry
One of my daughters weighs 100 lbs. soaking wet. She is also a runner who sees nothing wrong with going on long (45 minute) runs alone. Until the day a car with two men in it trailed her along a relatively deserted road -- no car traffic, no people. She ran behind one of the few houses, as if she lived there and was going in the back door. Luckily, the car took off and the house's occupants, who knew our family, drove her home and stayed with her until we returned. That was the day I ordered her first pepper spray and personal alarm (picture your car alarm times 10).
If you're like me, you consider yourself safe. After all, how could we get through the day if we were constantly thinking about the things that probably won't happen but could maybe....happen? But those possibilities remain. That's why I was pleased to see a self-defense presentation and product sale on Saturday, March 23 at 2 pm in the Frackville Municipal & Community Center, oak and Center Streets. For information contact 570-874-0174.
On a lighter note....
That same daughter is also an artist so I thought I'd let you know about two upcoming art show featuring our local young people. First up is Made in PGA Art Show for those 16 and under. If you know a local artist encourage them to drop off their art at Made in PGA, 61 South Tulpehocken Street, Pine Grove on Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Entry fees are just $1 per piece. Work must be original and matted or framed. They are accepting photography, painting, drawing as well as sculpture and abstract art. If you are an art lover, stop by for the show on Saturday from noon until 5 pm.
High school students will be featured in an annual show at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, 1440 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville on Sunday, April 7 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Pieces will range from drawings, paintings and photography to sculpture, pottery and even jewelry. I think in past years I even remember some textile art. For information contact 570-622-2788 or email@example.com
Feeling lucky? Luck o' the Irish lucky? No matter what your background why not celebrate Irish heritage at a local St. Patrick's Day Parade?
First up is the Pottsville Parade on Saturday, March 16. The parade begins at 11 am in downtown Pottsville and will be followed by the Grand Irish Party at Humane Fire Company. Tickets for the Grand Irish Party are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Murphy Jewelers.
If you miss Pottsville's Parade, head to Girardville for their parade on Saturday, March 30 at noon.
Of course, the St. Patrick's Day fun isn't confined to parades only. Two libraries, Orwigsburg and Pottsville, are having St. Patrick's Day parties for their children readers (ages 3 to 12). Both parties are this Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m. For adults there is a St. Patrick's Day Dance at the Frackville Elks on Saturday, March 16 with music by Sakes Alive. There is a cash bar, a $7 cover and doors open at 7 p.m.