Monday, August 18, 2008

Shenandoah Heritage Day

This weekend, the community of Shenandoah will celebrate their annual Ethnic Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 23rd. Despite the recent events that have resulted in national attention and media coverage, this is one event that has the potential to move this community toward healing.

Over the last 13 years I have attended many county events through my responsibilities here at the Visitors Bureau. During this time period, I have come to know this event as one of the best events in terms of food and entertainment variety. Where else can you find such a variety of foods from Eastern Europe, to East Asia and to Central Amercia?

Shenandoah Pennsylvania has come to be known as the home of Mrs T's Pierogies, Kowalonek's Kielbasy and the Annual Ethnic Heritage Day celebration. Hopefully this weekend will bring all of our senses to that common interest in good food and fraternity.

Peace, Paz, Pace, Pokoj!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Dog Days of Summer?

The “Dog Days of Summer” have arrived in Schuylkill County and we have a busy month of ahead. Despite the early summer rise in gasoline prices, Schuylkill County has been drawing strong numbers this summer. And since prices have dropped over the last few weeks we should see a steady flow of business.

As I write this, there are but two days left to the Schuylkill County Fair. Last night's performance by Elvis Tribute Artist Shawn Klush, drew thousands to Summit Station. The next two nights will be equally successful as Country Music star, Mark Chestnutt, performs tonight on the main stage at 9 p.m. and Davy Jones of the Monkees, performs on Saturday at 9 p.m. Tomorrow night's performance is once again, sponsored by the Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau. Saturday's entertainment also includes Aldaliz Corona of Shenandoah, this year's Schuylkill County Idol.

I promise that August is going to be hectic in Schuylkill County.

Next weekend, the City of Pottsville will play host to hundreds of Antique and Classic Cars as the county's top single day event is scheduled for Sunday, August 10th. The Annual Great Pottsville Cruise kicks off on Wednesday, August 6th and runs through next weekend with events in and around Pottsville.

Those of you familiar with the Pottsville Cruise, know about the annual cruise car that is raffled off each year. This year's car is a 1995 Admiral Blue Corvette Coupe that looks like a sweet ride. Now I am not the corvette type. I like my 1999 Ford Contour with the cracked windshield and the tire with the slow leak, but I would gladly accept a corvette to cruise around in.

Thanks to our friend Jerry Enders, owner of Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum, we have four cruise car tickets to give away. Yes, I said we have four tickets to give away and only readers of our blog will have the opportunity to get a free chance at that Blue Corvette! So if you are reading this blog and would like a chance at that cruise car, simply give us a call at 570-622-7700. Tell us that you read about this offer on our Blog and we will enter your name for the raffle of this year's cruise car. If you are one of the first four callers, we will ask for your name, address and phone number.

Oh and remember to call us Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. or 5 p.m., or Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A quick list of great August events include:

August 1-2 Schuylkill County Fair, Summit Station
August 3, 1st Annual Bike Bash, Pottsville
August 6-10 Great Pottsville Cruise
August 16-17, Lithuanian Days, Schuylkill Mall
August 16, Pioneer Tunnel Day, Ashland
August 16, Benigna Creek Winery Festival, Klingerstown
August 16, Island Fest, Schuylkill Haven
August 23, Shenandoah Heritage Day

For a detailed calendar of events, check out the website at

Now call us for those Cruise Car tickets!