August already! Summer is flying by, and I’d like to slow it down. Soon the kids will be back in school and we’ll be going to football games. But not yet, thank you. Not just yet. We’ve got a few more lazy days of summer to enjoy.
Although, I wonder why they’re called lazy days of summer. I really do. Summer has been pretty busy for me and August is no exception as it happens to be full of some traditional events we all know and love. How about you? Is your calendar full? If not, I have a few suggestions I’d like to run by you.
Did you know our Schuylkill County Fair has been going strong since 1983? No? Well it has, and we’re blessed to have this fine agricultural tradition. If you didn’t get to the fair yet this week, no worries, you’ve still got time.
Today is Country Day and Saturday is Family Fun Day at the fair! There will be an antique tractor pull Saturday morning, kid’s hay bale toss, penny/candy scramble, The Mahoney Brothers in concert in the evening and plenty to eat throughout the day, so be sure not to miss it!
Our county is overflowing with some of our best traditional events and activities in every corner this month. Cruisin’ Pottsville is on Aug. 19 with classic cars, music and fun at Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum. The 103rd annual Lithuanian Days celebration is at Annunciation BVM Roman Catholic Church Hall in Frackville on Aug. 12 and 13.
You can also swing out to Klingerstown for Benigna’s Creek’s “Three Wineries & a Pig” on Aug. 19. In the east, the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce continues to offer its free Summer Concert Series on Aug. 10, 17 and 24. If you haven’t been one of these concerts yet, I highly recommend that you make time to do so.
The picturesque 1874 train station makes for a fabulous setting. When you add in some refreshments from Tamaqua Station Restaurant and the free concert, you’ve got a summer night to remember.
Heading south, Orwigsburg’s Family Fun Festival is on Thursday and Schuylkill Haven’s Island Park Festival is on Aug. 19.
The pace for Schuylkill County traditional events continues in the northern tier of the county too with Pioneer Day at Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train on Aug. 19 and Shenandoah Heritage Day on Aug. 26. Both events offer fun for all ages, a complete array of delicious ethnic foods and popular picnic fare, games, children’s activities and music.
Pioneer Day also features tunnel and museum tours and steam train rides on the Henry Clay, while Shenandoah Heritage Day will feature the unique and dazzling Parade of Nations.
Still not enough for you? That’s OK, we’ve got this! Silver Creek Fire Tower Hike is on Tuesday; Lebanon Reservoir & Swatara Furnace Hike is on Aug. 19; Know Return: Kansas Tribute Band is playing at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center on Aug. 12; Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson’s Summer Celebration is on Aug. 12; Orwigsburg Historical Society’s Vintage Truck Museum Tour at Ernst’s Truck Restoration Museum on Aug. 17.
4Play Moonshine’s End of Summer Beach Party & Seafood Boil is on Aug. 26; “It Is Well: A play about the life of Philip Bliss” at the Tamaqua Community Art Center on Aug. 13 and finally, “Spring Awakening” at the Majestic on Aug. 11, 12 and 13. That’s an awful lot of activity and variety in one month!
And there’s more. More food, more enjoyment, just plain more!
The Greater Schuylkill Haven Area Business Associations is hosting a Crabfest at Island Park on Aug. 11 with live music by Diaspora. Red Lion Café is having a Brew & Chew on Aug. 18. It’s wing night every Wednesday at Roma Pizza.
There’s live entertainment every weekend at Vito’s Coal Fired Pizza, The Lodge at Sharp Mountain and Blue Mountain Summit. August’s overriding theme seems to be fun and food, everywhere you go!
I know I ran through all that pretty fast but the details can be found on our calendar of events on our website at www.schuylkill.org.
At the visitors bureau, we’re making good use of August’s long days visiting our members, connecting with tourists and working to put together our 2018 Visitors’ Guide in the design you know and love, including the pull-out map.
Our guide is a tremendous value designed to bring your organization or business customers and promote the community. We see to it personally!
All summer I’ve been talking about the endless things to do that often celebrate the great traditions of Schuylkill County but, truth be told, we celebrate Schuylkill County life and its traditions all year long. So, if your organization celebrates Schuylkill County life, consider joining the visitors bureau and being a part of our 2018 Visitors’ Guide.
To find out more about the guide, the benefits of membership or August events, give us a call at 570-622-7700 or go to www.schuylkill.org. We look forward to seeing you enjoying everything Schuylkill County has to offer this August!
(Gargano is executive director of Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau)