With the school days slipping away are you wondering what your student can do this summer? There is a fabulous opportunity for students ages 13 to 15 -- Norm Thornburg Conservation Camp. The camp takes place at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds from June 15 to 17 and the deadline to apply is June 1! Camp includes canoeing, field sports, bonfires, fishing, wildlife management and more. Fee is $100. Contact Porcupine Pat for more information at 570-391-3326 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also check out a variety of classes at the Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven on Wednesdays focusing on art, animals, science, music and more. You can also find classes at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, Pottsville for ages 3 through 14 in theatre, musical performance, art and cooking.
Kids aren't the only ones who can learn new tricks this summer! Check out the class list at Diakon Living & Learning After 50. In addition to classes there are also clubs you can join to celebrate hobbies like gardening and photography and other trips and events.
Did you miss the Block of Art? If you feel the need to get a dose of local art you have a second chance this weekend! the Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven is have an unveiling of the "Out of the World: the Planet Walk" display on the third floor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Sounds mysterious, doesn't it? Apparently this is a project led by the Schuylkill Haven Area Middle School and I can't wait to see what they've come up with -- admission is free.
The Fairlane Village Mall is also hosting Chip Off the Block of Art from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- a gathering of local arts and crafters. This is somethig new so I'm not quite sure what it'll be like but I'm sure it's worth checking out.
Stop by the Majestic Theatre, 209 North Centre Street, Pottsville for M&T Movies at the Majestic on Saturday at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Admission and a bag of popcorn are free. you can purchase drinks and candy there.
This Saturday we have the opportunity to attend not one, but two festivals! So what are you in the mood for -- wine or kielbasi? They're both from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. so choose which one strikes your fancy.
The Kielbasi Festival is (of course) in Shenandoah and they're celebrating a milestone this year -- the tenth annual Kielbasi Festival. You'll find the festival on Main Street. Along with the three kielbasi heavy hitters: Capital Foods, Kowalonek's and Lucky's, Mrs. T's Pierogies will also have a booth. If you're a kielbasi maker why not enter the Kielbasi Making Contest. Bring one ring of cooked kielbasi in a baggie to the DSI office before noon on Saturday. On the baggie write your name and the category (fresh or smoked). The entry fee is $6. While you're enjoying your pierogies and kielbasi you can listen to some live music and enjoy other vendors, especially those celebrating ethnic crafts.
In another corner of the county you can attend the Appalachian Wine Festival at the Schuylkill county Fairgrounds, Summit Station. You can purchase tickets online for $20 or at the gate for $25. Tickets are just $10 for designated drivers, non-drinkers and underage attendees. Children under 12 are free. feel free to bring chairs, canopies, tables, etc to make your day more comfortable. You are also permitted to bring bottled water and snacks but there will be plenty of food available -- my guess is that if Saturday is anything like today the ice cream vendor will be a sellout! In addition to at least nine local wineries for sampling there will be live music and many vendors.
There are two Narcan training sessions being held in the county this month. Narcan is an overdose reversal drug used by many first responders and police departments. The first is at Faith Church, 1168 Centre Turnpike, Orwigsburg on Thursday, May 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The second is at Trinity United Church of Christ's Founder's Hall, 22 Lafayette Street, Tamaqua on Tuesday, May 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The events are free but you must register at www.coginc.org or by calling 570-628-6990.
Well, Mother Nature had me fooled this weekend. I thought we'd be trapped indoors all weekend but wasn't Sunday gorgeous! If you're looking to enjoy the improving weather why not add a Schuylkill on the Move hike to your calendar? There are three coming up:
Wednesday, May 17
Tree-mendous Tree Trek begins at 6:30 p.m. Meet at the St. Clair Historical Society. This two mile walk is rated easy.
Saturday, May 20
Cold Springs Hike-Rausch Gap from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet at the Appalachia Trail parking lot at the corner of Routes 443 and 72 across from Swatara State Park at 9:20 a.m. Robin Tracey will lead you on a hike to explore the ruins of an old resort town. Bring a lunch and dogs (leashed and friendly with dogs AND humans) are welcome. Registration is required by calling 570-467-2506. This 5 mile hike is rated moderate.
Saturday, May 27
Southside Scramble begins at 10 a.m. Meet at Admiral Boone Park, St. Clair. This will be a three mile walk.
Silver Creek Reservoir Hike from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Meet at Locust Lake State Park parking lot. Robin Tracey will lead you on a hike to the reservoir and fire tower. Bring a lunch and dogs (leashed and friendly with dogs AND humans) are welcome. Registration is required by calling 570-467-2506. This 8.5 mile hike is rated challenging.
Exercise your right to vote! Tomorrow is Election Day. Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Make your voice count.
Break out your umbrellas because this event is happening rain or shine! The Schuylkill Technology Center Plant Sale will be held in the Marlin parking lot of the school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Not only are they featuring plants grown by the students -- a great selection for your window boxes and containers as well as some beautiful flowering shrubs -- but they've added a new twist. This year they invited local crafters and vendors to attend. Sometimes you can snag a box for your plants but to be in the safe side I'd bring a box (and someone to carry it for you while you shop) or at least some newspaper or plastic to line the trunk of your car. Profits benefit student activities.
Hope Hill Lavendar Farm will also be having their Opening Weekend on May 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be plants for sale.
I won't be at the STC Plant Sale for the first time in...forever. Sorry! But there are two more plant sales coming up where you'll see me:
Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
South Schuylkill Garden Club on Saturday, May 20
Senior/Community Center, Haven Street, Schuylkill Haven from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
All plants are grown locally: perennials, vegetables, shrubs, dayliliies, heirlooms, small trees and more. There will also be a bake sale and refreshments for sale (perfect for the non-gardener who accompanies you!)
I know I promised you a lost of hikes this weekend but, since they were good weather only hikes, I thought it would best not to list them since it's not looking good for their happening. I'll let you know if they are re-scheduled Have fun jumping in the rain puddles this weekend!
Yesterday afternoon I came outside to the biggest surprise. It was sunny! The weather was nice! So, with my fingers crossed that the weekend's predicted scattered showers will be more scattered and less showers I thought I'd give you a peek at some of the upcoming outdoor events. Maybe you'll find a fun idea for mom. In case you forgot, this Sunday is Mother's Day. Stay tuned for a list of hikes scheduled -- they'll be posted on Friday.
Orwigsburg Market Street Square from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bring out your canine buddy for a pet parade, music, demonstrations and vendors. Rain date is May 18.
South End Field and Stream Association, Whipporwill Dam, Morea Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m. with trout release at 10 a.m.)
The rodeo is for children ages 15 and younger and includes prizes in three age groups. Free food and drink for the kids and food and drink can be purchased by adults. For information call 570-205-5527.
International Migratory Bird Day
Hawk Mountain from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Celebrate migration with crafts, games and educational activities about migration. Author Peter Dunne will discuss his latest book Birds of Prey at 2 p.m.
Disc Golf Tournament
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park beginning at 10 a.m. (registration from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.)
Two rounds of disc golf for a $45 fee ($35 for amateurs) with $5 of that to benefit "Friends of Schuylkill County Parks and Recreation". Gifts for all participants as well as prizes for top three winners. Lunch will be available for purchase. For more information call 570-449-8894 or email@example.com
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park at 6 p.m.
Bring your digital camera, download cable and an empty card and Bob Evanchalk will show you some great photo spots. Rain or shine. Free. Advanced registration at 570-391-6400.
My son is anxiously counting the days until the end of school. He can't imagine he's going to pack so much fun into just three months. Sadly, some parents are counting the days until the end of school with a different kind of anxiety. They can't imagine how they'll provide healthy meals for their children without the help of free school lunches. Just in time, our letter carriers are working to replenish the pantries of local food banks. This Saturday, May 13 will be the 25th Annual Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. In addition to your letters and packages, letter carriers will be picking up bags of nonperishable food. All collected foods will be donated to local food pantries. Please place your donation in a bag. Some suggestions are: cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, rice, juice, peanut butter and canned foods (fruit, vegetables, tuna, beans). It's easy to throw a few extra items in your cart when you visit the grocery store this week. For more information contact Pam Donato at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-662-2489.
While we're on the subject of summer, start thinking like a tourist. It's a great way to discover fun and surprisingly affordable things to do in the county this summer. You can get a great head start by visiting the Tourism Expo at the Fairlane Village Mall on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chances are you'll find something you want to experience among the exhibitors ranging from wineries to historical sites to outdoor activities to festivals and celebrations. Don't limit your summer vacation to one week at the beach -- you can find plenty of things to enjoy all summer long right here.