There's a celebration for just about everything under the sun -- the quirky, the fun and the downright weird. A fun one's coming up this week with National Travel & Tourism Week. The Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau is starting off the week with a bang at Heisler's Cloverleaf Dairy. There will be a Tourism Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- rain or shine. There's even a free gift for kids under age 18. come out and discover new things about Schuylkill County because you don't have to be a visitor to have fun.
You also have two chances to enjoy the art of Schuylkill County. On Saturday, May 5 the Fairlane Village Mall will be hosting Festival of the Arts. There will be a little bit of everything: performances, youth theater workshop, youth vocal competition and a chance to become more familiar with different area organizations involved in the arts.
There will also be Art in the Park on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bubeck Park, Schuylkill Haven. Admission is free and you can enjoy, art, vendors, music and food by the Rainbow Hose Company.
Time to plan this month's hikes. Even if you aren't normally a hiker give it a try. This could be your month! It's not to cold, not to hot, not to rainy, not to humid. May is the ideal month for hiking!
Thursday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m.
Meet at Pennsylvania anthracite Miners Memorial, Main & Washington Streets, Shenandoah for a 5 mile hike rated moderate. This hike will head for Peddler's Grave and the Greeny in a search for animals in the vernal pools. Bring a lunch. Dogs are welcome if leashed and friendly to dogs AND humans.
Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m.
Meet at St. Clair Historical Society, 24 North Nichols Street for a walk through town highlighting many of the town's historic locations.
Sunday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Meet at 806 Valley Road in Pine Knot for a 7 mile hike rated moderate. Led by "Hiker Jim" this will explore the Dyer Run Gorge Trail.
Saturday, May 12
Meet at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park pavilion for two hikes. The Bird Walk begins at 1:30 p.m. and the Tree Walk begins at 2:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Meet at Locust Lake State Park parking lot to carpool to the reservoir for a 8 mile hike rated difficult. Led by Robin Tracey, this hike will lead to a lunch break at the Fire Tower. Bring a lunch. Dogs are welcome if leashed and friendly to dogs AND humans.
Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Meet at New Philadelphia Post Office on Route 209 for a 3 mile hike rated moderate. Led by Porcupine Pat, this hike will introduce hikers to the mine water drainage project that cleans the water before it empties into a nearby river.
Do you have some time to help improve the community? Then why not join the Captain Jason B. Jones Memorial Day of Caring on Friday, May 11? Hosted by Schuylkill United Way this is a way to match vounteers with needs in our community. For instance, local elementary school students are writing letters to U.S. military personnel. Contact Christine Johnson at email@example.com or 570-622-6421 to create a project or learn about a project or organization that needs your help.
Technically, there's a month or more of school days left but, as we all know, once May arrives Summer Fun is calling to students. Does you student want more than swimming and ice cream this summer? Perhaps they would be interested in Camp Cadet. Organized by the Pennsylvania State Police Troop L for students ages 12 to 15 from Schuylkill, Berks and Lebanon counties, the camp will be held from August 12 to 18 in Douglasville, Berks County. The camp will feature presentations on topics such as bomb squad, computer crimes, water rescue, K-9 units, FBI and more. There will also be fun activities such as marksmanship, swimming, horseback riding, volleyball and kick ball. The cost of camp is just $100 and applications must be submitted by May 31. You can get more information and an application by contacting Trooper David Beohm at 610-378-4036 or firstname.lastname@example.org