.When we were kids, every time we went camping we would have strawberry shortcake. it consisted of these mini round pounds cakes (with a convenient dip in the middle) which we each piled high with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. I recreated these a few times with my daughters but since my youngest doesn't like strawberries the tradition has pretty much died out. I think I'll have to visit a local Strawberry Festival for a sampling of local strawberries. There are quite a few coming up:
Outwood Lutheran Church Hall, Oak Grove & Old Forge Roads, Pine Grove from 4 to 7
$9 for adults/$5for children ages 5 50 12/FREE for children under 5 for homemade chicken pot pie, lettuce with bacon dressing, beverage and dessert. Takeouts and strawberry sundaes available.
North Parish Strawberry Festival
Holy Apostles Episcopal church, 307 E. Hancock Street, St. Clair from 6 to 8
$5 for strawberies, ice cream, baked god and a beverage
Zion Lutheran Church, Mauch Chunk & Greenwood Streets, Tamaqua from 4 to 6:30
$4 for cake, strawberries, ice cream and beverage. Other homemade foods available
If --like my son -- your berry of choice is blue, you might want to consider the annual Kiwanis Blueberry Sale. For $31 you receive a HUGE box full of freshly picked berries as well as a recipe booklet. My son recommends the lemon-blueberry bread. Great fresh, the berries are also simple to freeze: wash, dry, place in the freezer on a cookie sheet and when they are frozen store in an airtight container in your freezer. It's either that or go in on a box with a friend or two because no one can possibly use them all fresh. They're great frozen in lots of recipes including smoothies, muffins and just as a cool frozen treat during the hot days of summer. The deadline to order is June 30 with delivery on July 5 (last year we picked them up in a Boyer's parking lot). To order or learn more about the sale contact Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Majestic Theatre, Pottsville will still be active this summer. Why not add a performance to your calendar?
They're calling for rain Saturday evening. Why not take the kids to M&T Movies at the Majestic at 7 p.m. Catch the original "The Incredibles" before the sequel comes out this summer. There is free admission and popcorn.
A Joyful Noise at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for a singing performance in a variety of musical styles by the Majestic Singers and Majestic Kids Singers.
We Will Rock You at 7 p.m.
The music of Queen and the story of their search for success by the Majestic Players. Tickets are $15