The Majestic Theatre may be closing -- just for the winter season -- so, if you'd like to enjoy an event at this historic venue, take advantage of one of the upcoming performances. On Saturday, October 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 9 at 2 p.m. the Majestic Players will be presenting Almost, Maine -- a funny romance in a town that might remind you of the small towns that populate Schuylkill County! Tickets are $15.
Then on Saturday, October 15 at 7 p.m. your family can enjoy Hotel Transylvania 2 for FREE -- plus free popcorn. Thanks to the Movies at the Majestic sponsor M&T Bank.
This weekend you can get a jump on your holiday shopping (and shopping just for you) by attending PURSE-onality at the Fairlane Village Mall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a used purse sale. TONS of purses -- some with the tags still on as well as some high end names like Dooney & Bourke, Coach, Kate Spade ans more. Most purses range from $1 to $15 although some of the more notable ones will be a bit more expensive. In addition to purses, you can check out 19 home party company vendors. Check out exactly which vendors will be their at the PURSE-onality website. Profits from the sale will benefit the Newspaper in Education program for local students run by The Republican-Herald and programs sponsored by Pottsville Rotary.
My parents love a good bus trip. They get to go places they might never visit otherwise and without the hassle of driving, finding parking, packing the trunk (always a frustrating event for my dad) and navigating unfamiliar roads. Most recently they went to Charleston and had a great time. But you don't have to go far from home to enjoy a great bus trip. The Schuylkill Conservation District is organizing a West End Wandering Bus Bash for Saturday, October 15. The Bus Bash will take travelers from the Schuylkill County AG Center in a comfy motor coach complete with AC, restroom and the fun "Porcupine Pat" McKinney as your tour guide. You can savor the beauty of the autumn forests as well as see some interesting local sites: a covered bridge, the Old Mill at Hegins, a preserved farm and more. The tour will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $19 per person (everyone purchases their own lunch at either Arby's or McDonald's in Pine Grove. To sign up call 570-622-4124 ext. 113 or email email@example.com
While you're waiting for the bus trip (and for the leaves to change) I have a great suggestion for getting in an autumn-y mood. Stop by the Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Frack Street (between Lehigh Avenue and Balliet Street). There's a little bit of everything on Saturday: children's parade from the library to festival, penny art contest, pie eating contest, limerick contest, pumpkin art contest, pumpkin painting and food and craft vendors. The library is also having a contest every football fan will want to enter: two tickets to the Eagles vs. Redskins game on December 11.
To paraphrase Tolystoy, "It was the best of times for history buffs, it was the worst of times." The best because there are three great history programs this week. The worst because they are all on Wednesday at 7 p.m. so you'll have to pick just one! So here's next Wednesday's selection:
At the Ashland Area Historic Preservation Society, The Station House, 501 Chestnut Street, Ashland: "Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross" portrayed by Maureen Costello. Enjoy the fun of having history, and it's participants, come alive!
At the Orwigsburg Historical Society, 109 E. Mifflin Street, Orwigsburg: "History of Public Auction" by Raymond Stumpf. Don't just be a member of the audience, be a part of the presentation. Bring family artifacts and photos.
At Schuylkill County Historical Society, 305 N. Centre Street, Pottsville: "Shenandoah: the Community and its History" by Andy Ulicny, author of My Shenandoah 1966. Celebrate the sesquicentennial of Shenandoah by learning more about the town in its heyday.
I've been cooking for my family for 25 years and, although I started out as a "strictly by the book" cook, over the years I've tweaked the recipes to fit my family's preferences (no to mushrooms, yes to cheese, medium on the spicy range to name a few). Of course it was daughters that really gave me the push to transform some of my dishes to healthier versions. Did you know you could use cauliflower as a healthy substitute for potatoes or rice? Just this week the newspaper had a brownie recipe (my son LOVES brownies) that uses black beans. I'm sort of on the fence about trying this one but think I might. Stay tuned for my son's review. If you'd like to know where to start in making some of your recipes more healthy don't miss "Switcheroo" on Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mahanoy Senior Community Center. Bring a few favorite family recipes and learn how simple substitutions can make your family healthier.
Autumn has officially arrived! So how will you spend the first weekend of the season? If you're a music lover you're in luck. There are three concerts this Saturday! So pick one and enjoy.
Chad Reinert at Auburn Fire Company, 131 Front Street, Auburn at 5 p.m. Bring your lawn chair -- and your umbrella (this is a rain or shine performance). This is a free concert but donations are appreciated. Food stands will open at 3 p.m.
Dan Umholtz will give an organ recital at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 312 S. Tulpehocken Street, Pine Grove at 6:30 p.m.
Heritage will be performing at Evangelical Methodist Church, 2875 Fairground Road, Lavelle from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Freewill offerings will be accepted.
This weekend my daughter made an apple cake. Delicious! The only thing more delicious was the extra Honeycrisp apple I found in the fridge. If, like my family, you're an apple lover don't miss the Apple Festival at Valley View Park this Saturday, September 24 at noon. In addition to all types of apple dishes, there will also be musical entertainment. The event is a fundraiser for St. Andrew's United Methodist Church. If you can't wait until Saturday, try the Apple Social at Zion Lutheran Church, Mauch Chunk and Greenwood Streets, Tamaqua today (Wednesday) from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Some of the treats you'll find there will be waffles with ice cream and apples, pies and dumplings.
As a parent who is year eight of college tuition payments (last year for daughter #2) I know that paying for higher education can be incredibly challenging. So how can you manage it? Do some planning and the earlier the better. How about...tomorrow? The Pottsville Library is hosting "College: Getting There from Here" on Thursday, September 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There will be a financial program for parents by Edward Jones Financial Advisors and a separate program for children. However, if your child is under 7 they'll need an adult to accompany them. Please register by calling 570-622-8880.
One of our county's most valuable resources is our natural beauty. But there are things that can mar that beauty, one of them is trash. Help keep our county beautiful by participating -- either individually or with a group -- in the Schuylkill Keep It Pretty (SKIP) Great Fall Cleanup on September 23, 24 and 25. You can register for the Fall Cleanup by filling out the registration form here by September 20. You can select your own spot to clean up and your bags of trash will be picked up if you leave them on a PA state highway. SKIP will also provide supplies: bags, vests, gloves to those who register. Supplies can be picked up at:
Preventative care is one of the easiest ways to protect your health. To learn more about ways to take care of yourself don't miss "Wellness -- Alternative and Complementary Approaches" at the Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center, 300 Schuylkill Medical Plaza, Pottsville on Wedensday, September 21 at 6 p.m. There will be information on traditional medical care as well as acupuncture, massage and yoga.
I am not musical. I do not play an instrument. I only sing in church when there are enough people to drown out the sound of my voice (trust me -- it's better that way). According to my husband, who has been pushing me around the dance floor for 26 years, I do not hear the beat. So I'll have to give credit for daughters who sang in their school choirs and a son who plays percussion to my husband.
Right now my son is in the marching band, the school concerts and the occasional music festival. But he aspires to the high school jazz group. For more classical music students, Schuylkill County offers an incredible opportunity. The Gabriel Youth Orchestra is for musicians in grades 7 through 12 (grade 5 for string players) who play string, wind, brass or percussion. If you know a young musician don't let them miss out on the chance.
On Wednesday, September 21 the GYO is holding open auditions at the DHH Lengel Middle School auditorium from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It's a chance for students to "try on" the orchestra experience and decide if it is for them. If the answer is Yes they can pick up additional information about the GYO experience including how to audition, when rehearsals are and when the performances are.
If you'd like to enjoy this incredible experience, the experiences are:
Sunday, December 18 at the DHH Lengel Middle School auditorium
Sunday, April 30 at DHH Lengel Middle School auditorium
They also perform for an audience made up of students in Grade 4 throughout the county on Friday, December 16.
You can learn more by contacting them at 570-943-2558 or firstname.lastname@example.org