For all you animal lovers, something interesting is happening in Schuylkill Haven this Saturday, August 13. The Red Creek Wildlife Center, 301 Moon Hill Road is holding an Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will be jam packed with activities many which will be photo (and Facebook) naturals:
The Hillside SPCA will be having a Pooch Parade at Pioneer Pole Buildings, Inc., 716 South Route 183, Schuylkill Haven on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day will include a parade (of course!) put all participants must be leased -- there will be prizes, a raffle, vendors and crafters. For more info call 570-739-0078 or visit the Hillside website here.
The Hillside SPCA is also having their Annual Dog Balls Golf Tournament at White Birch Golf Course, Tuscarora on Sunday, September 11. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 10:30 a.m. $75 per golfer includes golf, skins, picnic and prizes. $25 for picnic only beginning at 3 p.m. Entrance fees and sponsorship are due by September 1. Contact Ed at 570-617-3502, Jerry at 570-617-6341 or The Greystone at 570-628-4220. Learn more about the event here.
Years ago my young daughters and I almost got thrown out of the Smithsonian! We were in the American Art Museum and, as I was tending to one daughter, another became fascinated with a painting of flowers. The paint was very thick and "clumpy" and made the flowers appear almost three dimensional. She had a fascinated look in her eyes and she reached out...to point at the flowers I thought. But she touched them! A painting (by a famous artist and perhaps priceless) hanging in a museum! A guard swooped down on us instantly and delivered his "no touching" speech. Mortified, we decided the Air and Space Museum was more our speed -- at least there the planes are hanging from the ceiling and out of a seven year old's reach.
I see that same fascinated gleam in my husband's eyes but not at museums...at car shows. Sometimes it's an engine, sometimes a shining hubcap, sometimes a hood ornament. If the owners weren't shadowing him closely, I'm sure he would eagerly jump into the driver's seat or go over the engine with a fine tooth comb. But he has to satisfy himself with, as the museum guard told my daughters so many years ago, "looking only with your eyes".
He'll have plenty to look at this Saturday, August 13 at the 23rd Annual Great Pottsville Cruise. Join us to check out the amazing vehicles from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Pottsville. But there's more to do than just look at the vehicles. You can join the Raffle Run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Most of the stops-- 12+ -- are in Pottsville but there are also stops in Frackville, Schuylkill Haven, Orwigsburg and St. Clair. Get your raffle run map at any of the stops listed here. Every stop you visit gives you another chance to win at the evening's drawing (visit 20 or more stops and you'll be entered in a special drawing). Many of the stops are also having their own giveaways, free gifts or other special events.
You can also tour Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum, listen to music downtown from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., purchase a Pottsville Cruise t-shirt, check out our vendors or have fun at the Cruise & Crawl for crawlers 12 months and younger and the Arch Street Parking Lot at 6 p.m.
This Saturday, August 13 is Women's Outdoor Day at the Friedensburg Fish & Game, 169 Stone Mountain Road, Pine Grove. Even if you've never considered yourself an outdoorsy girl why not come and see what Women's Outdoor Day has to offer? It's fun to try new things. Newbies are welcome! Events begin at 9 a.m. and lunch is provided. You can try your hand at canoeing, fishing, shooting, archery. I'd be there giving archery a shot but sadly I'll be out of town. So go and hit a bullseye for me!
Women ages 16 and up can register for this free day by calling the Schuylkill Conservation District at 570-622-3742, extension 114 and asking for Christy Zullie.
Just as faithful as the swallows that return to return to San Juan Capistrano each spring, are the drum and bugle corps that return to their championship each summer. And as they pour into the area from all over the country, many groups will be taking a break in Schuylkill County before the DCI Eastern Classic in Allentown. In return for the hospitality offered by several of our local schools, we have the opportunity to enjoy the talents of these groups from California, Wyoming, Georgia and Iowa -- free! Stop by the Pottsville Area practice field either today or Saturday. Practices will be from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Is your sweet tooth demanding something yummy that features the marvelous fruits that are ripening is this fabulous summer weather? How about a pie? The Pottsville Free Public Library is having a Deppen Pie Fundraiser this month. Order your pie by stopping by or calling the library at 570-622-8880 to order your pie by August 17 and pick up will be on August 31. Choose from:
Visiting Eckley Miners' Village is always a trip back in time but this weekend will be special -- a trip back to the 1940s. There will be a variety of displays, vendors and events happening this weekend. What interests you?
You can continue your 1940s experience by heading to the Freeland Public Park Pavilion, 410 Front Street, Freeland for a Swing Dance with live music by the Hazleton Philharmonic Big Band Sound and The Blue Notes. The dance is on August 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. And $2 off if you're wearing 1940s attire!