Two great plays are coming up in the county. First, Arsenic and Old Lace a tale of murder, marriage and lots of laughs. This hilarious tale will be at the Tamaqua Community Art Center on September 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. along with a matinee on the 16th at 2 p.m. Tickets are just $12, $10 for students and seniors. You can order tickets online here.
If you want another marriage with crazy antics, catch Take a Number, Darling at the Strawberry Playhouse in Tuscarora at 7 p.m. on September 22, 23, 29 and 30 along with 2 p.m. on September 24 and October 1. Tickets are $14, just $12 for students and seniors.
If you're looking for something for the kids, why not stop by the beautiful Majestic Theatre in Pottsville for FREE Movies at the Majestic on Saturday, September 16 at 7 p.m. This month's movie is the 2016 version of Disney's Jungle Book -- the live action version.
More interested in being in front of the spotlight? Why not stop by Strawberry Playhouse Auditions on September 25, 26 and 27 at 6:30 p.m. They'll be casting for A Christmas Carol. There will also be signups for Poe Readings at the Yuengling Mansion this October.
The parents -- both retired -- seem to be busier now than when they were working. This week they're off on a bus trip to Michigan but more often it's a local concert, volunteer project or visit to an old friend. If you are 50+ and looking for a fun activity don't miss the fall catalog for Diakon Living & Learning. They often a wide variety of classes, workshops, events, trips and groups that meet regularly to learn new skills or polish old ones. I notice that, compliments of Diakon, Elvis is coming to the Tremont Center tomorrow -- lunch from 11:30 to 12:15 and entertainment from 12:30 to 1:30 . But you can also join in classes on yoga, scuba diving, weight loss, painting, Spanish and more. Visit their fall catalog here.
Rep. Mike Tobash is holding a Senior Expo for those 55 and older on Friday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hose, Hook & Ladder Fire Company in Pine Grove. Over 50 vendors will be participating. There will also be a drug drop-off for unneeded or outdated drugs and a seminar on Senior Crime Prevention. Admission and lunch are FREE. Caregivers are also welcome to accompany seniors who need a little help.
Need a little guidance with senior issues? Ridgeview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center (200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Shenandoah) is holding a Senior Series this fall. This month is Understanding Medicare on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 1 pm. and Adnace Directives and Long-term-care Planning on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m.
This weekend, the Schuylkill County Quilters Guild will be having their annual Quilt Show at the Walk In Art Center. Judging by last year this is an event not to be missed! What could be better than something that both keeps you warm on cold winter's nights and is a piece of art? Stop by the Walk In on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. In addition to viewing these amazing works of art you can watch quilting demonstrations, purchase handmade creations and win door prizes. Lunch will also be available at -- you won't be able to resist this -- the Quilt Cafe. Admission is just $5.
If you get bitten by the quilting bug, the Quilters Guild and the Walk In Art Center can both help you. The Minersville Crafty Quilters meet each Wednesday at 6 p.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Parish Center (across Sunbury Street from the church), Minersville -- use the Lewis Street entrance (there's also a parking lot at the Lewis Street entrance). You must be 18 years or older and beginners are welcome. The Crafty Quilters are happy to share their knowledge.
You can also sign up for two upcoming quilting classes at the Walk In. Picture Your Art Quilt will take a piece of art you make and transform it into a quilt. The class is on Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and cost $20. You'll need a few supplies. Check out the class page here.
Quilting Workshop consists of two classes. Quilting 101 takes place on Thursday, October 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 9 Patch and Half Square Triangles takes place on Thursday, November 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Again, you'll need supplies so check out the class page here. Cost is $50 for both classes.
Does quilting seem a little too...large? Why not start with something a little more manageable -- knitting and crocheting. The Walk In has a knitting circle each Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring your needles and yarn and enjoy some companionship while you work on your new skill. Knitters of all skill levels are welcome. On the other end of the county, the Frackville Free Public Library has a knitting and crocheting circle on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
I was in Schuylkill Haven yesterday which reminded me that this weekend is First Saturday! If you don't know what that means, you've never been to the Walk-In Art Center. Each First Saturday everyone is invited to the Walk-In Art Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to meet artists who have their studios there, see the latest exhibits, have their children participate in art activities and have a little light refreshments. It's a great way to be reminded of everything the Walk-In has to offer.
If you prefer performance art, you might want to audition for a performance of one of my favorite plays -- Father of the Bride. Auditions are at the PADCO Building, 1 Second Street, Pottsville on September 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show will be November 3 through 5 a the Majestic Theatre. Watch the Majestic Theatre Facebook page for more details -- all actors must be age 18 and over.
Finally, if you're planning a picnic to celebrate Labor Day you want want to have it a day early. The Schuylkill County Wine Festival is this Sunday at Hegins Park from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15, children under age 16 with an adult are free. Along with a dozen wineries, there will be food and craft vendors, music, and a table decorating contest--the theme is Wine and Roses.