Yesterday I had to walk from my place of work to my car -- about three blocks. When I got into the car I just about started crying I was so cold. So...I'm not the toughest person. Of course some people find the cold invigorating! If you're one of those people you might want to celebrate the beginning of 2018 with a New Year Hike. Jim Eisenhart will be leading a 5 mile hike along the railbeds starting at 9 a.m. Monday morning from the WalMart parking lot, Coal Creek Commerce Center, St. Clair. For more information contact Jim at 570-527-7748.
I've always enjoyed the opening of art exhibits because they offer the chance to meet the artist(s) and maybe even get an insight into why they create what they create. The Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven will be holding an opening reception for their newest exhibit Scenes of the Schuykill today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit will feature 15 pieces depicting the Schuylkill River that were displayed in the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area juried art show. If you miss the opening you still can view the Schuylkill through the eyes of these artists until January 31.
Thanks to the romance of the holidays, there will be plenty of new brides and grooms-to-be come January 1. So the proposal has been accepted...what comes next? So many things! No new bride, groom or mom-of-the-couple should miss the annual Bridal Fair at the Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven on Saturday, January 6 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be dozens of wedding related vendors as well as some fun! Come for the bridal fashion show, the demonstrations, the door prizes and of course -- the DIAMOND CAKE DIG. For the first time this year there will be a free giveaway of a TWO DAY RENTAL of the Walk-In's Main Gallery. Learn more about the event at Walk-In Art Center.
If that isn't enough wedding hoopla (and is there ever enough wedding hoopla for a bride-to-be?) stop by the Lodge at Sharp Mountain Bridal Fair on February 25 from noon to 3 p.m.
What's your goal for 2018 going to be? If it's to try new things you might want to give community theater a shot. There are plenty of opportunities in Schuylkill County for budding thespians of all ages. In fact, the Majestic Players are holding auditions for "Death on Nile", an Agatha Christie murder mystery, on Sunday, January 7 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The show will be performed on March 9, 10 and 11.
For the younger crowd (grades K through 8) there's an even earlier opportunity. Pottsville Gymnastics & Theatrical Center Inc. is holding auditions for "The Wizard of Oz" starting December 28. Those auditioning should be ready to sing 30 seconds of a song of their choice a capella. You have to sign up for a specific time slot -- visit their Facebook page for more information. The show will be performed March 2, 3, and 4.
Merry Christmas to Everyone!
Hope you aren't all Christmas-ed out! Because there a few wonderful holiday (including New Year's) events still to come. Keep your eye on today's post in case I uncover anything else I want to share. If I happen upon any other events between now and January 1 I'll add them to this post.
Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00 p.m.
At Marian High School
Christmas Movie Double Feature
Wednesday, December 20 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
At Walk-In Art Center
Tickets: FREE plus FREE Hot Chocolate & Snacks
A Christmas Story at 6 p.m. and Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Rated R, Adults Only) at 8:30 pm.
Bring a sleeping bag or chair so you can get comfy!
Rock 'N Roll Christmas Concert
Friday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m.
At Pine Grove High School
Tom Davis as Garth Brooks
Friday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m.
At Majestic Theater, Pottsville
Tickets: $15 Call 570-628-4647
I watched a basketball game yesterday at Martz Hall. Games at Martz Hall are always fun because -- for those of us coming from other schools -- it feels so...BIG. If you know a basketball player, let them know about the Elks National Hoop Free Throw Contest. Players ages 8 to 13 can enter the contest on Sunday, December 17 at noon. The contest will take place at the Mahanoy Area Gymnasium, with shooting starting at 1 p.m. For more information contact Tom at 570-952-5068 or firstname.lastname@example.org
***Don't forget to keep watching my December 4 post as I've been adding new holiday events!
December is a busy time for many people -- hectic some would say. Perhaps all of us would enjoy the holidays more if we could take a moment to just be quiet and think about things instead of rushing from here to there. Here's something for you to think about today.
On Thursday, Wreaths Across America will be passing through Schuylkill County on their way to local National Cemeteries and ultimately Arlington Cemetery. The mission of Wreaths Across America is to remember the lives of veterans by placing wreaths on their graces for Christmas. Over 700,000 wreaths will be placed throughout the country, a movement that was started by one man.
The Wreaths Across America caravan will be stopping at the Schuylkill County Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Route 61, Schuylkill Haven (outside Penn State campus) at noon for a wreath placing ceremony. Seven wreaths will be placed: one for each branch of the service, one for the Merchant Marines and ones for POW/MIAs. If the weather doesn't cooperate the ceremony will be held at St. Ambrose Church. Come participate in the ceremony and, even if you can't, take the time to stop and think about what veterans have contributed to our country.
This past weekend my daughter and I visited the Yuengling Mansion for their annual Christkindlmarkt. As we took the long way to the Carriage House (past the sunken garden) she recalled playing their during pre-school and after summer art classes. She was amazed that her childhood playground was now home to Shakespeare performance -- free Shakespeare performances -- compliments of Schuylkill Free Shakespeare, a group of local actors sharing Shakespeare with the community.
But their next performance won't be at the Yuengling Mansion or outdoors (thank goodness considering the weather). On Saturday, December 9 at 1 p.m. two Shakespeare plays will be performed at the Majestic Theatre, 209 Centre Street, Pottsville. Tickets are $10 and will benefit Schuylkill Free Shakespeare. Pottsville Area High School will be presenting "Midsummer Night's Dream". Nativity High School will be presenting "The Tragedy of Richard III".
Another fundraiser on Saturday is a Dine-Out at The Mineshaft Cafe, 1120 Centre Street, Ashland from noon to 6 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ashland Public Library to replace the children's section shelving recently damaged by water.