By Gina Gargano, Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau
The long cold winter is winding down and spring is on its way; at least that’s what Punxsutawney Phil said last month! March “springs” us forward into a host of fresh events and activities in Schuylkill County. We can’t help but think of the weather and being outdoors as we move into spring. Slightly milder temperatures and a brightening sky remind us daily that change is on the way!
When I’m thinking about getting outdoors, I think about taking a nice walk. I usually walk around my neighborhood absorbing the changes: more birdsong, green poking though the lawns, the slightest hint of buds on tree limbs, the sounds of children playing, the scent of spring in the air. But why stop there? Every year our community partners at Schuylkill on the Move host a series of walks throughout the county. Join in on the 9th for the “Tree Trail” at Locust Lake & the 23rd for the “Indian Run Ramble”.
Getting outdoors and enjoying our natural resources is truly something anyone can enjoy. And Schuylkill County has plenty of places to do it. If you’re a hiker, places like the John Bartram Trail, Swatara State Park, Conrad Weiser State Forest, Tri-Valley’s Environmental Education Center, the Lehigh Valley and New England Rail Trail in South Tamaqua, the Appalachian Trail, and so many more offer limitless possibilities for all ages and abilities.
Perhaps you need some information on Schuylkill County’s treasure trove of natural outdoor recreation gems. Stop by the visitors’ bureau and pick up The Appalachian Trail map, The Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area brochure & map, PA’s Fishing & Boating Opportunities brochure, the PA Recreational Guide for Tuscarora & Locust Lake State Parks and even the Schuylkill County Airport’s Bright Sky brochure featuring both air tours and flight instruction.
March has a nice roster of events lining up as well: Walk In Art Center 1st Saturday March Madness open house on the 2nd; MIXX is playing at the Mineshaft Café on the 2nd; Mud & Maker’s famous Wheel & Wine’s are scheduled for the 8th & 29th along with a Handprint Plate Extravaganza on the 9th; The Maid’s Quarter’s Second Sunday Brunch is on the 10th; Downtown Shenandoah Inc. will have their monthly soup sale on the 14th; the Sovereign Majestic’s featured M&T movie is Roger Rabbit on the 9th and A Tribute to Elvis is scheduled for the 23rd; Stonehedge Gardens does Shamanic Visions, Drumming & Meditations on the 16th; March 22nd – 24th is the annual Les Brown Big Band Weekend in Tower City; Lakeside Ballroom is rockin’ on the 23rd with Idol King: A Tribute to John Mellencamp & Journey; Lessie’s Garden & Greenhouse is hosting a Spring Fling on the 23rd complete with the Easter Bunny, face painting, egg paint & flowers; Stone Mountain Winery welcomes spring on the 24th & 25th; Sweet Arrow Lake County Parks hosts a seed starting clinic on the 26th, trout stocking on the 29th, opening day trout breakfast on the 30th & a community sunrise Easter service on the 31st and finally out & about at Hawk Mountain on the 28th for the Salamander Search.
Now, for those of us inclined to be “Wearin’ O’ the Green” this month; we have two weekends in Schuylkill County for celebrating. The Pottsville St. Patrick’s Day parade is March 16th followed by a celebration at the Humane Fire Company and a bar crawl still later. On March 23rd in Girardville, the parade begins at 12 noon.
The Knights of Lithuania, Council 144 teams up with our own Schuylkill County Historical Society to bring us the history, art, culture & heritage of Lithuania through a special exhibit that runs the entire month of March. The exhibit will cover sports, marguciai, wood carving, pottery, etched mushrooms, intricate paper cuttings, straw ornaments, weavings, and a full array artistic textile works.
So as usual we run the full gamut in March. We’ve got art, culture, heritage, outdoor recreations, live entertainment, food, wine, holiday happenings and more right here in our own backyard. For all these activities and many more, you can check out our great calendar of events at www.schuylkill.org or visit us on the first floor of Union Station in Pottsville to pick up resources, Skook glassware, stickers or some great coal candy for your Easter Baskets! Spring into action and enjoy the variety of activities March offers in Schuylkill County & remember to shop local.