Sunday, September 1
Spirit Trail Wildflower Walk at 11 am
Meet at Tuscarora State Park upper beach parking lot near the trailhead for this 4.5 mile hike rated moderate. Pap Knauss will lead this winding hike searching for wildflowers that includes a stream fording and Tuscarora Lake cove. Leashed dogs are welcome if they are friendly to BOTH people and dogs.
Monday, September 2
Long Loop Hike at 10:30 am
Meet at Crow Trail parking lot off of Tuscarora Mountain Road for this 7 mile hike rated moderate. Robin Tracey will lead this hike. Leashed dogs are welcome if they are friendly to BOTH people and dogs. Bring a lunch.
Thursday, September 5
Extreme Reverse Cemetery Ridge Ramble at 6:30 pm
Meet at St. Clair Historical Society for a walk to the Wooden Keg to McCord Avenue to Lawton.
Sunday, September 8
Dyer Run Plus from 9 am to 1 pm
Meet at Clover Fire Company in Heckschersville for this 7.5 mile hike rated moderate. Hiker Jim will lead this hike that includes the reservoir, Broad Mountain fire lane trail and Stephens Road.
Thursday, September 12
Wee One Walk at 6 pm
Meet at St. Clair Historical Society for a 1 mile sensory walk to explore the neighborhood with your youngest walkers.
Saturday, September 14
The Pinnacle from 9:30 am to 4 pm
Meet at State Game Lands parking lot off Route 61 south near Port Clinton to carpool for this 11 mile hike rated difficult that will give you gorgeous view from atop the Blue Mountain. You MUST register for this hike by calling Robin at 570-467-2506. Please bring a lunch and no dogs allowed.
Sunday, September 22
Big Lick Mountain from 9 am to 1 pm
Meet at Dollar General on Route 209 in Williamstown for this 7 mile hike rated moderate. Sojouner Steve will lead this hike that includes the Big Lick Mountain trails, railroads and tunnels. Leashed dogs are welcomes but they must be friendly to both people AND other dogs.
Wednesday, September 25
Wednesday Wander from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Meet at the State Game Lands parking lot by the Mall Road sign of Route 61 north for this 1.5 mile hike rated easy. Mandy Fitzpatrick will lead this hike to learn more about the expansion of the Schuylkill River Trail.
Thursday, September 26
Zig Zag St. Clair! at 6 pm
Meet at Admiral Boone Park in St. Clair to "zig ag" the back streets of St. Clair.
The Life of Honeybees at 2 pm
Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse
This free program will share information abut honeybees and being a beekeeper.
Almost all the school districts have already headed back to school. Some students are groaning to be back in the classroom while others are eager. No matter which type of student you have, this program from Keebler will be great for them, Are you buying cereal for quick breakfasts before heading to school? Snacks to pop in a book bag? Then you should join Keebler's Feeding Reading Program. They have dozens of products on their eligible list. Purchase just ONE of these products and you could select a free children's book. There are books for all ages ranging from Beginner Readers to Teen Books. Check them out at feedingreading.com. It's a great way to encourage your young reader. Each participant can receive up to TEN books. Don't have a young reader in hour home but still love cereal, frozen waffles and chocolate chip cookies? You can earn the books and donate them to your local school library.
While we're talking books...because of Labor Day the monthly Used Book Sale at the Pottsville Library has been moved to Monday, September 9 from noon to 2 pm. Stop by for a good read!
Need to have a little fun with your kids after the first days of the school year? Why not take in a movie. The Majestic Theater in Pottsville is hosting a free movie on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). Admission includes popcorn! You can also purchase concessions from Something Sweet Candies. This month's movie is Avengers: Infintiy Wars.
There is plenty happening at the Majestic Theater in September:
Saturday, September 7
2 pm and 7 pm
A Pause in Time
Tickets: Just $5!
Saturday, September 14
The Genius of Bowie: Full Ziggy Stardust Performance
Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door
Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22
7:30 pm & 2 pm
The Henry Clay Hotel, A Play in One Act
Tickets: $10 Can be purchased online or at the theater
Friday, September 27, Saturday, September 28 & Sunday, September 29
7:30 pm, 7:30 pm & 2:30 pm
Dancing at Lughansa, A Play
It's time for the Schuylkill County Wine Festival! Held at Hegins Park on Sunday, September 1 from 1 pm to 6 pm (gates open at noon) it's a great day for both wine lovers and those who want to enjoy a day outdoors. In addition to wine sampling, there will be music, food vendors and artisans. There will even be horse drawn wagon rides. Dogs are welcome but they must be leashed.
Join in the fun by participating in the table decorating contest. This year's theme has so many possibilities -- Winestock: Peace, Love and Wine. This year every entrant will receive at least one bottle of wine -- but the five extraordinary tables will receive larger prizes. For tips on table decorating check out the Schuylkill County Wine Festival website.
Wineries attending include:
Tickets are $15 per person, $5 for designated drivers and free for those 16 and under. Please bring ID if you will be sampling wines from the 12 wineries at the festival. Group discounts if you have 10 or more people ($10 each). Admission includes a wine glass and ticket to win the wine basket. Please do not bring beer or meals. Snacks are OK. You'll also love the offerings from the food vendors.
Normally, I'm a pretty neat eater. I don't dribble gravy on my shirt. I don't drop meatballs into my lap. I don't spill my drink on the tablecloth. With one exception...peaches. I love peaches so ripe and juicy that you struggle in vain to get control of the juiciness with the help of a napkin but still end up with juice all over your chin. So good. So fresh. So brief a season when you can get a really good peach! How wonderful it must be to pick a peach and eat it right off the tree!
If you a fellow peach aficionado, enjoy them with a crowd of other peach lovers at a Peach Festival.
Wednesday, August 21
North Parish Peach Festival from 6 pm to 8 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church, 13th & Market Streets, Ashland
For just $5 enjoy peaches, ice cream, baked goods and a beverage. Eat in or take out.
Sunday, August 25
Peach Festival from 3 pm to 6 pm
Jacob's Lutheran Church at the Pine Grove Masonic Lodge, 23 Oak Grove Road, Pine Grove
Peach treats, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken BBQ and delicious desserts.
Almost all of us know someone who has been touched by the opioid crisis. A family member, a friend of a friend, the guy who lives down the street, a co-worker...perhaps even yourself. If you personally or a group you're involved with wants to know more about the opioid crisis you can attend the upcoming Opioid Crisis hosted by Penn State Schuylkill and Lehigh Valley Hospital on Saturday, September 21. This free day's workshop will be at the Morgan Auditorium at the Schuylkill campus from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM and include light breakfast and lunch. To register to attend the workshop, register here.
The topics and speakers will include:
There will also be a variety of grassroots organizations or vendors that are involved in addressing the opioid crisis. If you are involved in a group that should be sharing their knowledge with those attending the workshop you can register here.
I tried to make a blueberry pie this summer. It did not go well. Perhaps I am more an eater of pies and less a maker of pies. Thankfully, I have our local libraries to support my love of pies. Not with cookbooks I can borrow that have delectable pie recipes (tried that, didn't work) but with their regular Deppen Pie Fundraisers. So if you think your Labor Day Picnic would be vastly improved by a delicious summer pie, stop by the Pottsville Free Public Library. You can order a Deppen Pie until Saturday, August 17 for delivery on Friday, August 30 (after noon please - they need a few hours to sort out the pies after delivery). Pies are just $10 and also are a great thing to pop in the freezer until you're in a pie mood (except the lemon sponge and coconut custard which do not do well in the freezer). You can choose from:
Just last week a few friends and I got on the topic of insurance and the major consensus was that we didn't understand it...would it change with a new president, should we have supplemental insurance, would Medicare still be there when we needed it, even if we someone amassed enough money to retire would we have to keep working for medical insurance, why does the same medication cost less in Canada than in the US. So many questions, very few answers.
If you want to learn a little something about medical insurance, attend a free viewing of FIX IT: HEALTHCARE AT THE TIPPING POINT. The documentary will be screened at the Majestic Theater, Pottsville on Sunday, August 11 at 2 pm. This film reveals thoughts for medical insurance reform from many different types of people: doctors, patients, health care experts, business leaders and more. There will also be a Q&A with the director/writer Vincent Mondillo. I haven't seen the film yet, but I bet it will give everyone something to think about.
Have you been thinking about trying yoga but are intimidated by the thought of being in a room full of super flexible and balanced people managing downward dog and smiling cows without, well....falling over? So why not give yoga a try in a low pressure environment -- the outdoors. To be specific, Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. Bring a towel or yoga mat to the large pavilion for a yoga class from 10 AM to 11 AM led by Porcupine Pat McKinney. This is a class for everyone from 8 to 68.