Doesn't Labor Day strike you as the most wonderful of holidays? It asks nothing of you...no big holiday meal, no gifts, no traditions. It comes at the most perfect time of year...allowing you to enjoy the summery weather for one more time before cold weather is upon us once more. It even has a question as to its founding...you can learn more here. I hope you won't be wasting your break from Labor and have something - or perhaps several somethings -- planned for the upcoming long weekend. Need ideas? As expected, I have plenty! Everything is FREE unless otherwise noted.
*If I get any updates throughout the weekend I'll add them!
Friday, August 31
Movies at Broad Mountain
At Broad Mountain Health & Rehabilitation Center, 500 W. Laurel Blvd., Frackville at 8 pm
Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy Despicable Me 3. There will be free popcorn, door prizes (even though there is no door) and snacks for sale. Rain date: Sept. 7
Saturday, September 1
Gratz Pets Day Fair
At Gratz Fairgrounds from 10 am to 6 pm
Bring your pet or just come for the fun! There will be a pets-in-costume contest, drawings, pet rescue organizations, food, entertainment, collections of supplies for animal shelters and many other activities.
At the Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven from 1 pm to 5 pm
Don't miss the opening reception of an exhibit by painter and illustrator William Moser Jr. Light refreshments.
Eagles: Power and Majesty
At Locust Lake State Park amphitheater at 5 pm
Learn all sorts of things about eagles: their history, ecological importance, population and problems they have faced.
The Molly Maguires Movie
At the Majestic Theater at 6 pm
Starring Sean Connery!
At the Valley View Park at 9 pm
Prior to the fireworks there will be some activities and food for sale. Parking is limited due to recent rains. There will be bussing from the Schwalm Truck parking lot to the park. Parking is also available at Valley View Gun Club. Grab a minivan and plan some carpooling! Donations will be accepted.
Sunday, September 2
Creature Feature Show
At Locust Lake State Park amphitheater at 6 pm
Local teacher Pam Ulicny will bring some of her favorite pets, including reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates to the program, where everyone will learn more about them.
Monday, September 3
Labor Day Mass
At Castle Green Grotto, 950 Valley Road, Heckscherville at 10 am. Bring a chair
At Hawk Mountain Sancturary. Programs are included in trail fees: $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for childrens. Raptors Up close programs at 10 am, noon and 2 pm. Trapping and Tracking talks at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Binoculars Basics at 9:30 am and 12:30 pm. Name that Raptor at 10:3- am and 1:30 pm
Wolf Creek Falls & Reservoir Hike
At Wal Mart parking lot at 10:30 am for a five hour hike. Leashed dogs who are people AND dog friendly are welcome. Pre-register by calling 570-467-2506.
Wednesday, September 5
Creatures of the Night
At the Sweet Arrow Lake clubhouse at 7 pm
Bring your lawn chair for this outdoor event that will feature nocturnal animals coming for a visit from Hershey's ZooAmerica.