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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.