We all have our own ways of knowing that Spring has arrived. A friend mentioned that he knew it was Spring when the men at work removed the snowplow from the company truck. I know when I see my garden starting to burst. For my cousins, it's the first day of trout season. If you and your family mark the beginning of Spring the way that my cousins do I have two fun events for you.
Saturday, April 8
Annual Trout Derby at Little Schuylkill River, Tamaqua begins at noon, registration is from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $15 on Saturday but only $10 if you register now. Fisherman age 16 and older must have a Pennsylvania fishing license and trout stamp. The derby runs through May 8 and has some super prizes! Bicycles, gift cards, fishing rods, golf packages and more. For more information call 570-668-1880.
Sunday, April 23
Family Fun Fishing Event at Sweet Arrow Lake county park from 6:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes $5 food voucher and one tagged fish prize ticket. Families can register for $40, including $10 food voucher and two tagged fish prize tickets. Breakfast starts at 6 a.m. and lunch will also be served at the clubhouse. Fisherman age 16 and older must have a Pennsylvania fishing license. First 150 children ages 3 to 12 registered receive a fishing rod. Over $5000 in prizes with the top prize being $1000.
Counting the days until Block of Art (25 to go)? While you're waiting why not check out the creativity of some of our teen artists at the gallery show for Schuylkill County high school artist at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, 1440 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville. Eleven local schools will be submitting work: drawing, sculpture, painting, pottery, photography, graphics and jewelry. The opening will be on Sunday, April 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Don't miss it!
If your idea of fun demands a little more horsepower you might want to head for Big Diamond on Friday, April 7 for the season opener. Race time is 8:15 p.m. There will be sportsman, modifieds, road runner and street stocks. Raindate is April 14.