$5...it'd less than the cost of a zoo, motor race, musical performance, art museum, children's museum, flower shows. Yet the Schuylkill County Fair has aspects of all of these for the bargain price of $5 a day (free for children under 12) along with hikes, lessons in tying flies, crazy contests involving eating and other feats and More. The fair open at 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and at 11 a.m. on Tuesday and Saturday -- Kids' Days. It's something everyone of all ages should experience at least once. There is definitely something to appeal to everyone. This week is fair week so don't miss this summer "must see". To learn more about the fair stop by their website.
It's a classic. everyone's seen it and, if you haven't, you really should. I'm referring to Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" about, well...life in a small town. The Tamaqua Area Community theater is presenting it this weekend -- Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. a the Community Arts Center, 125 Pine Street, Tamaqua. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. come enjoy an old favorite or discover a must see.
If you're involved in local theatrics you might want to stop by the Schuylkill Mall this weekend to fill out your wardrobe. Frackville Rotary Club's Cinderella's Closet is moving from the mall (isn't everyone) and they're having a clearance sale before they move to their new location. Wouldn't this be a great opportunity to pick up a few gowns that might be needed in future high school or community theater performances? Gowns are $1 and $10 for a bag. They'll be open this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We're quite the musical area! Again there are plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy a performance.
Cressona Band at East End Park, Mountain Avenue, Tamaqua
Bring a lawn chair. Refreshments available.
Dixie Melody Boys at Lewistown Valley Tabernacle, 614 Valley Road, Tamaqua
Upper Schuylkill Marching Band at Broad Mountain Health and Rehabilitation Center, 500 W. Laurel Street, Frackville
There will also be a health fair from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Red Cross Blood Drive from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Big and Bad Rockabilly Cats at Tamaqua Train Station, 18 N. Railroad Street, Tamaqua
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
M&J Big Band at Valley View Park, Gap Street, Valley View
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Outdoor Band Festival at Bethany Christian Fellowship, 102 Front Street, Cressona
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bring lawn chair. Refreshments available. Skateboard park for the kids.
Countdown to the best used book sale in Schuylkill County -- the Republican Herald Newspaper Book Sale that benefits the Newspaper in Education program for local students. Even though the Schuylkill Mall is in the process of closing the book sale will still be held there in it's regular spot (Blum's Auction arm of the mall). So spread the word!
The sale will be Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be a special sale on Sunday. It's shrouded in mystery.. What will it be...a bag sale, a box sale, a half price sale? I'll let you know when I hear the details. If you have specific books you're looking for you might not want to hold out until the final day since the sale has only one or two titles of many of the most popular books. You never know what will be left on the last day.
Prices! Books are $3 for hardcovers (all sizes) and $1 for paperbacks. There are a few exceptions -- children's hardcovers are $1 and paperbacks are 3 for $1, Harlequin romances are 5 for $1. but the final word is no books is over $3. There is also a Blu Ray/DVD/VCR tape/books on CD section.
If this is your first time at the sale, it is a great idea to familiarize yourself with the layout, especially if you'll be coming Thursday morning -- picture Black Friday with televisions priced at $50. There are two rooms. Fiction and Nonfiction. Fiction has books alphabetized by author's last name, mostly on shelving along the walls although a few authors are on tables. Check out the A, B, C signs on the walls to get your bearings. Down the middle of the room are rounders (round tables) mainly with romance. The rounder by the door is for large print books and back by the checkout counter is a science fiction/fantasy/horror rounder. The back of the room is dedicated to Chrisitian fiction (on the left) and children's/teen (on the right).
The non-fiction room is divided into categories. You can't enter this room from the mall, only from a large archway in the fiction room. As you enter the room directly in front of you against the wall are the DVDs. To the the right in shelving on the walls are *vintage books, *classics, history and biography/memoir. Rounders to the right are coffeetable books, crafts, hobbies, art, travel, humor, puzzles, science, gardening, house care, music. To the left in the shelving on the walls are religion, gift books, business, foreign language, self-help. Rounder to the left contain textbooks, sports and an entire rounder of cookbooks.
*These can be fiction books even thought we call this the non-fiction room.
1. Park in the bank lot and enter through the mall entrance or the Dunham's lot and enter through Dunham's, turn right once you enter the mall and make a second right when you come to the center of the mall.
2. Bring cash since that's the only thing the sale accepts.
3. Bring your list! For fiction know your author's last names since fiction is alphabetized by author's last name. Nonfiction is sorted by category (religion, cookbooks, biographies, history, textbooks, etc.)
4. Bring a friend to help you look and/or carry your books. You can also ask an employee to store your books behind the counter while you do some more browsing.
5. The sale will bag purchased books in plastic "grocery store" bags but, if you plan on buying a good amount, consider bringing a sturdy tote bag or an extra dollar to purchase a Republican Herald tote.
6. If you purchase A LOT of books the sale can give you a box to hold them and lend you a small cart to get them to your car.
7. Consider this sale Christmas in July -- many books are in fabulous condition and could make great gifts for the people on your Christmas list.
8. If you need help ask a Republican Herald employee -- they're easy to spot in their matching golf shirts and t-shirts (most are navy blue with a few white and red thrown in for variety).
New York may have Shakespeare in the Park but Schuylkill County has Shakespeare at the Mansion (Yuengling Mansion, that is). If the last time you experienced Shakespeare was when you and your fellow classmates were stumbling over the thine and withal and beseeming of Romeo and Juliet in a high school English class perhaps it's time to revisit him in a new way. Live and in person! Schuylkill Free Shakespeare is performing Much Ado About Nothing and The Tragedy of Macbeth at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts this weekend.
Catch Much Ado About Nothing on Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 23 at 4 p.m. The Tragedy of Macbeth will be on Saturday July 22 and Sunday, July 23 at 8 p.m. Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy that brings together two couples, love, arguments and all the fun that goes along with them. The Tragedy of Macbeth is about a man who wants to be king and will do just about anything to reach that goal -- things do not go as he planned (when do they ever?)
The performances are free but check out their website and Facebook since they occasionally have fundraisers -- including some really cool Shakespeare t-shirts.
Tonight the weatherman mentioned that the end of the week might have a heat wave in store for us. It doesn't matter where the temperature tops out -- I know that fall is creeping closer and closer. My nephew has already bought his new "school" sneakers while a young friend of mine heading to Kindergarten just found her Spiderman backpack. As we head to stores with our children and their lists, it's easy to forget that for many students it isn't about the "perfect" shoe or school supply. In many families there's a struggle to provide the bare minimum of supplies.
Can you provide a few extra supplies? A box of crayons, a tablet, a big pink eraser? Schuylkill United Way is holding their 15th annual Stuff the Bus Campaign. You can donate your supplies at Mother Bear's Candy, Cressona Mall; Wal-Mart, St. Clair; Fairlane Village Mall, McCann School of Business and Technology, The Lodge at Sharp Mountain and BB&T Bank, Pottsville. Donate your supplies by July 31.
At the Salvation Army in Pottsville, supplies will be sorted on August 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and backpacks will be stuffed August 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. If you'd like to volunteer call 570-622-6421 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What can you Stuff the Bus with?
I used to walk every day with a friend of mine but different work schedules have forced us to soldier on alone. Let me tell you, it's a lot easier to say "Not today" to yourself than it is to a friend. If you need some outside help too, you may need an exercise buddy. People in the Schuylkill Haven area can join the Indoor Walking Club that meets at the Schuylkill Haven Center, 340 Haven Street, Schuylkill Haven on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Call 570-624-3018. Even if you aren't from the Schuylkill Haven area you might want to touch base with them to see how their group works and organize one in YOUR area. Exercise is easier with a buddy...or two...or twenty. If you are starting (or continuing) a walking program save October 28, the date of VISION's annual Zombie 5K Run/Walk. It's great to have a goal and this is a fun goal to have!
There are so many free musical performances this week I'm amazed! So grab your lawn chair and don't let summer slip by while you're inside watching reruns or folding laundry.
Tuesday, July 18
Third Brigade Band at Orwigsburg Square
7 p.m./ Raindate July 20
Wednesday, July 19
Cressona Band and Junior Cressona Band Concert at Bubeck Park, Schuylkill Haven
6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
Upper Schuylkill Marching Band Concert at American Legion Memorial Garden, 112 Main Street, Shenandoah
Thursday, July 20
Check Cahoe at Tamaqua Train Station
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 22
Pine Grove Community BAnd at Veterans Memorial Park, 44 E. Mill Street, Pine Grove
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
I did something new this week. I made blueberry pie! Who could resist with all this local fruit at the farmer's market? If you've been taking advantage of all the great offerings from our local farmers you should check out a special contest at the Schuylkill County Fair. Schuylkill County Grown Cooking Contest asks entrants to make a delicious item using at least three ingredients grown in Schuylkill County (eggs count). You can even use ingredients that you grew in your own garden. I have this great recipe for Lavender Honey Scones and lavender in my garden. Now all I need is some local honey and eggs and I'm set. Hmmm. There are two categories. Adults (over age 18) have to bring an entry that is prepared in a slow cooker while youth can make a quick bread -- loaf, muffins or cake. So I guess my pie is out! The deadline to register for this contest is July 29 so get out your recipes.
If you like to cook there are plenty of other cooking contests at the fair for adults and kids but if cooking isn't your think you're sure to find something that appeals to you. Flowers, vegetables, animals, photography, painting, sewing, Christmas ornaments, just about anything you can think of will be there. This is a great way to stave off the "I'm bored" cries from your kids as we near the mid-point of summer. Check out Department 19 in the Premium Book online here.
Even if you aren't entering a contest, the Schuylkill County Fair is July 31 through August 5 at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds and is a fun time for the whole family -- entertainments, crazy contests, food, rides, animals and more. It's just $5 to enter and children under 12 are free. What a deal for the whole family! Stop by and see what your neighbors have cooked up.