Like so many people growing up in a Schuylkill County small town, I attended a Memorial Day parade (ours was actually Sunday so the fire trucks could attend another parade in another small town on Monday). The parade always ended at the town memorial -- a slab of gray stone carved with names of people I didn't know. Sure, I recognized many of the last names but I didn't know the stories behind the names or how they were related to the people I knew who shared their name. Now, in addition to our hometown memorials, many towns are adopting the practice of hanging Hometown Hero banners on their main street, each featuring the photo and names of one of the town's military heroes.
This Saturday, the Ashland Area Historic Preservation Society is beginning an event that I hope all our Schuylkill County towns will imitate -- they're sponsoring a Visiting Our Hometown Heroes walk at 10 am. beginning at the society at 318 Centre Street. I'm hoping the walk by each banner will also feature a bit of information about the man or woman memorialized on the banner. There is a small fee for the walk -- 10 cents a block or, for the entire walk $4.00. The proceeds will benefit the restoration of the Station House at 501 Chestnut Street. Step up local historical societies -- this would be a great event for July 4th!
Mahanoy City will be hosting another walking tour of their town on June 17 at 1 p.m. The walk will follow a lecture on Father Emil Kubek at St Mary Ruthenian Church, 621 W. Mahanoy Avenue. Kubek was an author of poetry, short stories and prose who wrote about the immigrant experience using Mahanoy City and its people as his muse.
Looking for a fun performance to enjoy this weekend? The Strawberry Playhouse, 60 Church Street, Tuscarora is featuring Oliver! on July 16 anf 17 at 7:30 p.m. and July 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, seniors and students $13 and children under 10 $5. And here's a nice bonus -- bring a non-perishable food iten and receive $1 off your ticket price.