Welcome to February! I just read an article about a couple who went on vacation in December to...the Arctic. Wouldn't be my first choice, but I'm not averse to heading out into the wintry weather to have some fun. I wouldn't go all the way to the Arctic but I would go to Sweet Arrow Lake State Park. And they have a lot of events squeezed into the shortest month of the year.
Of course the month starts off with a bang -- a bang starring a groundhog named Grover. Stop by Sweet Arrow Lake State Park tomorrow for breakfast ($6 for adults and $4 for children) starting at 7:30 a.m. There will also be Grover's seasonal prediction at 9 a.m. as well as songs, stories and a groundhog auction. For additional information call 570-345-8952 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You'll get two chances to lace up your hiking boots and brave the weather for some outdoor hikes, First is the Tree-mendous Winter Tree Trek on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. I want to go just because of that fabulous name! Meet at the large pavilion near the clubhouse and Frank Snyder will lead you in learning to identify deciduous trees using identifiers other than their leaves. You also get a free copy of "Common Trees of Pennsylvania". Dress for the weather! The other hike is on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Cabin Fever Hike with Porcupine Pat will meet at the Waterfall Road parking lot.
If you don't want to head out into the cold, Sweet Arrow Lake is also offering two indoor activities this month. The Break the Ice oldies dance will be on Friday, February 24 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with music by "The Legends". Advance tickets are $10 and $12 at the door. Call 570-624-3018 for advance tickets. You can also prepare for your warm weather fun by brushing up on your boating skills at the PA Basic Boating Course on Saturday, February 25 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the clubhouse. There will be a 1/2 hour break for lunch -- brown bag it since no lunch will be provided. This course will allow you to apply for your Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate, which is needed to operate any boat greater than 25 horsepower and personal watercraft (Jet Skis). Pre-registration is required. Contact Drew Kline at 570-527-2505.