If your in an art mood there are two art exhibits this weekend. First up is the return of the Keystone Fine Art Juried Exhibition at the Walk-In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven. The opening will be on Saturday, November 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 pm. The art will be displayed through November 18. An exhibition space I haven't visited yet but have been meaning to is the Dreamcatchers Art Emporium, Pottsville. This weekend they will also be having an art exhibit on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
If you're in the mood for a familiar favorite, stop by the Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven for a performance by the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 5. Their performance will include Debussy String Quartet Op. 10, Kodaly Duo for violin and cello and Schubert Cello Quintet in C Major. Their guest artists will be Dana Weiderhold on violin and Jesus Morales on cello.
November is a big month at the Majestic Theatre so you might want to check out some of the events happening there. First up (OK, this is technically the end of October) is a fun Halloween event: Platform Reading with a Medium. The medium is Amy Wolff and, even though I only have the slightest idea of what this is, it sure sounds like a fun alternative to haunted houses and hayrides for Halloween fun! It's happening sunday, October 29 at 3 p.m. at tickets are $15.
Next up is one of my favorite movies...except this time it'll be a live show: Father of the Bride! Again tickets are $15 and you can catch the show on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 5 at 2 p.m. this is the story of a wedding that (surprise!) gets a little out of hand -- often in hysterical ways
On November 11 the show will have a definitely different tone when the Majestic Theatre presents Anton & Siegfreid, a one act play about life int he trenches during World War I. The show will be on Veterans' Day -- Saturday, November 11 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Admission is free although donations will be accepted.
Next up is Remember Elvis on Friday, November 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Last for the month is the film Centralia: A Lost Town on Saturday, November 25 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10.
For more information or tickets about all these events contact the Majestic Theatre at 570-628-4647 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the autumn look in our local woods by joining some upcoming walks -- there's something for everyone!
Sunday, October 29
Girard Manor Jaunt
Meet at Pumping Station parking lot to carpool at 1 p.m. Led by Tom Pesock, this 4 mile walk is rated moderate and will explore the north slope of Locust Mountain.
Sunday, November 5
Journey to Boxcar Rocks
Meet at state game lands parking lot off Gold Mine Road south of Tower City at 1 p.m. Led by Mike Centeleghe, this 3 mile hike is rated moderate and headed for some GIANT boulders!
Sunday, November 19
Crystal Waterfalls Cascade
Meet at the Schuylkill County AG Center in Pottsville to carpool at 1 p.m. Led by Porcupine Pat, this 4 mile hike is rated moderate. You'll uncover a waterfall you probably never even know about!
Except for the occasional tiny patch for growing tomatoes and zucchini (doesn't it seem weird that zucchini has two c's?), most of us are separated from our food and the journey it takes to get to our plate. I just made chili this morning and the only things in it whose journey I can trace are the herbs I grew in my garden. If you'd like to learn more about the journey our food takes, particularly as it relates to Schuylkill County farmers, don't miss the annual Farm/City Dinner. The theme for this year is: "The Link between Craft Brewing and Pennsylvanian-Grown Hops".
This year's dinner will be happening at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Arch Street, Pottsville on November 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person (checks should be made payable to: Pottsville Kiwanis Foundation). Tickets can be obtained through local Farm Bureau members and at the Ag Center building on the Gordon Nagle Trail (Penn State Extension and Schuylkill Conservation District offices).
While we're talking about the Penn State Extension, one of their groups -- the Master Gardeners -- are hosting a special event on Saturday, November 11 at Evergreen Acres, 135 Fort Lebanon Road, Auburn -- a Wreath and Swag Workshop. Registration fee is $5 and supplies are $10 for a swag or $20 for a wreath (includes greens, wire, ribbon and natural materials for decorating). You can also bring your own decorations, gloves, wire cutters and pruners. Registration deadline is November 3. Contact 570-622-4225 Ext. 13 or email@example.com
Red tape can make even the simplest action seem insurmountable. If you, or someone you know, is navigating the red tape of veterans' (and spousal) benefits, make sure they don't miss the workshop help by Schuylkill County Veterans Affairs director Brenda Zechman at Ridgeview Healthcare & rehabilitation Center, 200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Shenandoah. If you plan on attending this free workshop on Thursday, October 19 at 1 p.m. contact 570-462-1921 of firstname.lastname@example.org
by Monday, October 16. Rereshments and drinks will be available.
Diakon Living and Learning after 50 is hosting their 8th Senior Expo at the Fairlane Village Mall on Tuesday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The expo is always a great mix of fun and education. You can go from massage and cooking demos to receiving a flu shot...from music to a seminar on Medicare Part D. And as an added extra --- giveaways and door prizes! The Republican-Herald will also be including a Expo Guide in their Saturday, October 14 issue. Pick one up!
Centralia is a forgotten town. After all, we don't drive through it anymore, let alone live there so how often do we think about it? Unfortunately, lots of people from outside the area are thinking about Centralia. It has become famous in it's own peculiar way and people travel to the county to check out this oddity. Sadly, they leave with memories but leave behind their garbage. Others seem to think of Centralia as a convenient landfill for their larger trash (tires, etc.)
So an annual Centralia Cleanup has become necessary. Organized by EPCAMR (Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation) this year's clean up will be on Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or when all the dumpsters are full!). Sign up by contacting 570-371-3523 or email@example.com Those registered to help will receive gloves, rakes, garbage bags and shovels -- as well as water and lunch.
October is usually our last chance to enjoy the outdoors comfortably so why not bring your little ones to a fun Autumn Adventure Wee Ones Walk led by Porcupine Pat on Wednesday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meet at the Waterfall parking lot in Sweet Arrow Lake County Park for this sensory walk for children ages 3 to 6.
Not all the fun at Sweet Arrow Lake is outdoors! On Tuesdsay, October 24 fro 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. they're having a Feng Shui workshop at the Clubhouse. The fee to learn about the Chinese art of harmonizing your environment is $5. Register at 570-624-3018, 800-621-6325 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Even if you aren't a fan of Shakespeare, how could you not love it when it's performed by kids using foam swords? Check out this quirky take on Henry V at the Majestic Theatre, Pottsville on Saturday, October 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $10.
Think you know a child ages 6 to 18 who might like to be ON the stage, not watching it? The Majestic Children's Theatre is holding auditions for A Seussified Christmas Carol on Saturday, October 7 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Auditions are easy! Read or recite a passage from your favorite Dr. Seuss book. The show will be performed on December 15, 16, 17.
Another great thing happening at the theatre on October 7 at 7 p.m. -- a showing of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I watched this one at home and wished I had seen it on the BIG screen. Thanks to the Mountain Shadow Veterinary Hospital we all get a second chance at seeing this fun and amazing movie bigger than life. Tickets are just $5