Monthly Archives: May 2012

Welcome Trans-Sylvania Epic!

At about 10am this morning, some of the best mountain bike racers in the United States will be converging on the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake for day four of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race.  This event, in its third year, is a project of The Outdoor Experience Organization, and has become wildly popular in the off-road bicycle racing community.

If you are in the area this morning, and would like to see the action, spectators will be allowed to drive in to sites 1-8 at Susquehannock Campground to watch the race.  This is the area where the start-finish line will be, and will also be the midpoint of the 2-lap stage.  Two years ago following the Allegrippis stage of the TSE, one racer proclaimed “This was the most fun I’ve ever had racing on two wheels!”

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Rockhill Trolley Museum to Continue Operating in 2012

The Rockhill Trolley Museum has been associated with the East Broad Top Railroad and the Kovalchick family since 1960. It was in October of that year that Johnstown Traction Company # 311 was moved to Rockhill Furnace and became the first trolley in what is now known as the Rockhill Trolley Museum.

During 2012, the trolley museum will continue to operate on its normal schedule of weekends only, starting Memorial Day weekend through the end of October. The winter holiday events will take place in late November and early December. Additional special events will be held throughout the year. Please check our website at www.rockhilltrolley.org for a complete listing of all of our 2012 events.

While associated with the EBT Railroad for over fifty years, the trolley museum is a separate non-profit corporation operated by Railways To Yesterday, Inc. The Rockhill Trolley Museum is deeply grateful for the many years of support from the East Broad Top Railroad and the Kovalchick family. We are looking forward to many more years of mutual help and cooperation. The trolley museum is staffed entirely by volunteers that are responsible for all aspects of the museum. We are deeply disappointed to hear that the EBT will not operate during 2012. The Rockhill Trolley Museum looks forward to the operation of East Broad Top Railroad in the future.

Rockhill Trolley Museum photo by David Schwartz

The Rockhill Trolley Museum will continue normal operations on weekends Memorial Day Weekend through the end of October 2012, as well as special holiday events in late November through December! (photo by David Schwartz)

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Great public concerts this weekend at Folk College

One of many jam sessions at Folk College, Huntingdon, PA photo by Johanna Ballreich

One of many jam sessions at Folk College, Huntingdon, PA (photo by Johanna Ballreich)

This  is the 7th annual Folk College weekend in Huntingdon! Come and  experience some of the best folk music has to offer, ranging from traditional Irish to world renowned Mark O’Connor, Spanish percussion and contemporary interpretations of traditional music.
Concerts are held  on Friday and Saturday evenings, May 25 and 26 in Rosenberger Auditorium on the Juniata College Campus, starting at 7 pm. Tickets  are available atthe door, $10 for HCAC members, $12 for all others.

Friday evening features:
Simple Gifts
Four Shillings Short
Tom Lozano and Polly Ferber
and a special appearance by Mark O’Connor.

Saturday:
The Horseflies
Twilite Broadcasters
Atwater-Donnelly
adjunct staff
and a contra dance

Check out details online at www.folkcollege.com.

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Welcome to the Water!

Publisher’s Note:  As we kick off another summer season with Memorial Day Weekend, we thought it would be a good time to share an excerpt from our 2002 Raystown Lake Region/Huntingdon County Visitors Guide.

Raystown Lake Recreation Area

We are proud to offer the largest lake within the state. With it’s 118 miles of shoreline, 8,300 acres of clean, clear water and 30 miles (as a bald eagle flies) of lake, there is plenty of room to enjoy all kinds of water activity. What most people like about the lake is that except for just a few miles that are developed, nature’s beauty is the backdrop. The US Army Corp of Engineers manages the lake; they operate campgrounds in the Seven Points Recreation Area, Nancy’s Camp and Susquehannock. Eight launch ramps are available for boaters, the lake has no size or horsepower restrictions, and personal watercrafts are welcome. Picnic Pavilions are available for rent and weekend events are provided at the Seven Points Amphitheater. Hiking trails have been developed in 4 areas of the facility. There are four private concessions on the lake, which offer a wide range of services including camping, restaurants, marinas, amusements, entertainment and accommodations.

Shallow water is really not an issue for general running on the lake, the average depth is 80 feet, and some have graphed depths upwards of 200 feet.  Although some structures do exist, the rumor that a town was flooded is just that, a story.

For swimmers, skiers and personal watercraft users, wet suits are common until the end of May, beginning of June.  In July and August surface temps are 75-80 degrees. Visit the Raystown Lake Visitors Center in the 7 Points Recreation Area for more information, plus a gorgeous view of the lake!

WATER ACTIVITIES

BOATING

Raystown Lake glassy at Seven Points Marina photo by Abram Eric Landes, aelandesphotography.com

Early in the morning, Raystown Lake is calm, and the waters are glassy. (Photo by Abram Eric Landes aelandesphography.com

The PA Fish and Boat Commission enforce rules and regulations; a license is required for all motorized vessels. Persons using Personal Watercraft must have a certification.

Boating on Raystown Lake

All sizes of boats are welcome on Raystown Lake; there are no restrictions of horsepower.  During the busy weekends in July and August, it is suggested that those using small boats consider using Weavers Falls, Aitch, James Creek and Snyders Run areas, which have easy access to the abundant no-wake areas.  There are 8 public boat launches, since our lake rarely freezes completely; boaters can usually enjoy the lake year round. Boat rentals, and launch and park services are available at the marinas; water trampolines are also available.  The US Army Corps of Engineers no longer charges a launch fee at the 8 public launch ramps.

SWIMMING

Seven Points Beach photo by Kevin Mills, picturesbykevin.com

Seven Points Recreation Area Beach on Raystown Lake (Photo by Kevin Mills picturesbykevin.com

The public beaches at Seven Points and Tatman Run at Raystown Lake offer refreshing relief on a dog day afternoon. For those who boat, we encourage swimming in the “no-wake” areas, rather than the main stream. Three of our state parks offer swimming as well.  Greenwood Furnace State Park offers a 300 foot sand beach on Greenwood Lake from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Whipple Dam offers guarded beaches and cool waters for swimming in a beautiful environment. Cool off in our clean water resources!

WATER SKIING

Water Ski Magazine recently named Raystown Lake as a water ski haven. On the Lake, serious skiers find glass!  For those with little time to explore, try the mountainside of the lake between mile markers 25 & 26; 10 & 8; 4& 2; 2&1. You’ll find the best skiing during the week, and on weekends try VERY early morning and after 5pm.  Ski and toy rentals are available at the boat dealers around the area, just use the guideto find your options.

Water skiing on Raystown Lake photo by Kevin Mills, picturesbykevin.com

Water skiing is a popular activity on Raystown Lake (photo by Kevin Mills, picturesbykevin.com)

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High Iron Hiatus

We learned late last week that the East Broad Top Railroad will not be operating in 2012.  The historic narrow-gauge railway has been in operation for around 140 years, including the last five decades as a tourist railroad.  Operating a tourist attraction using century-old equipment in century-old buildings, on a century-old right-of way presents a unique set of challenges.  We don’t know all of the details of the decision why not to operate this summer, but we know that some significant investments are needed to keep the steam operation running smoothly and safely for the general public.

Railroad officials have stated on their Facebook page, that they still hope to be back up and running full-steam in 2013.  There are several organizations who support the East Broad Top Railroad, its preservation and promotion, including the Friends of East Broad Top, Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society, East Broad Top Preservation Association, Railways To Yesterday (operators of the Rockhill Trolley Museum), and the Kovalchick family, who have owned the railroad since 1956, just to name a very important few.

Tours of the railroad shops in Rockhill will continue to be available to groups of 20 or more people this summer.  These tours are amazing in and of themselves.  The twin communities of Rockhill and Orbisonia will continue to hold their homecoming and Christmas in Our Hometown events, and the Rockhill Trolley Museum will continue its weekend operations beginning this Memorial Day weekend.

In other words, there is still a lot of history and activity to be explored in the Rockhill-Orbisonia area.  Please don’t let the absence of steam excursions keep you away!  If you’d like help planning your trip, give the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau a call at 888-729-7869.

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Bicycling and tourism months converge in the RLR

Through the forest via Allegrippis by Abram Eric Landes

Through the forest via Allegrippis Trails (Photo by Abram Eric Landes, http://aelandesphotography.com)

The month of May is both National Tourism Month, and National Bicycling Month.  The tourism industry and the bicycling community have formed a fantastic synergy in the Raystown Lake Region of the Alleghenies.  In 2009, the area opened its arms to mountain bike enthusiasts with the grand opening of the 32-mile Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake, a phenomenal addition to what was already a very popular biking destination for both on and off-road riders.

In the past year, the US Army Corps of Engineers has estimated that the Allegrippis Trails system has attracted over 26,000 visits.  Assuming that the trailhead visitation mirrors the normal visitor trends at Raystown Lake, it can be safely estimated that about 9,000 of these visitors travelled more than 50 miles to reach the trailhead along Baker’s Hollow Road, and combined spent a more than $1.3 Million while in Huntingdon County.

Dirt Rag DirtFest at Raystown Lake photo by Ed Stoddard

Dirt Rag Magazine brings it’s signature event, DirtFest to the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake for its third year in a row. (photo by Ed Stoddard)

The weekend of May 18-20, 2012, more than 1,200 mountain bikers will be converging on the Huntingdon/ Hesston area for Dirt Rag magazine’s DirtFest.  This will mark the third year in a row that the magazine has chosen the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake as the location for their signature event.

The following weekend, begins the Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race.  The seven-day race is based out of Seven Mountains Boy Scout Camp, and will follow routes through Bald Eagle and Rothrock State Forests, as well as remote starts in R.B. Winter State Park and on the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake.  This event, also in its third year, will draw some of the top talent in mountain bike racing to our area for an entire week.

The Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau is asking any and all businesses in the area that have marquees to display a “Welcome Mountain Bikers” message for the weeks of May 15 through June 4.  We are also asking drivers to be extra-cautious on area roads, as we will expect to see an increase in bicycle traffic during this time.

The bicycling community has a strong track record of economically supporting the communities that are friendly to their sport.  Please join us in welcoming them to Huntingdon County, and inviting them back to ride again!

Sincerely,

Matt Price
Executive Director
Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau

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A Huntingdon Lifestyle as defined by Webster’s

Publisher’s Note: This article first appeared in the 2008 edition of the Raystown Lake Region/Huntingdon County Visitors Guide.

 By Lisa Roth

Webster’s defines the noun lifestyle as a way of life or style of living that reflects the values and attitudes of an individual or group. Prior to 1993, I would have to say my husband’s and my own style of living reflected packrat values coupled with a lazy nomadic attitude. In other words, when it became impossible to ignore the need to spring-clean it became entirely possible to move. So move we did, every two or three years thanks to our educational needs, and we averted many a spring-clean as a result.

Then came our move to Huntingdon with a toddler and dog in tow. That move, coupled with having our first child, was the beginning of a whole new level of “expensive toy buying years.” John and I bought our first car, then another, our first home, then another one, two, three kids arrived, and more pets. One day I looked up and 15 years had passed.

We had been so busy growing a family, a career, a zoo-like atmosphere that we never stopped long enough to realize we had also grown roots. Strong, powerful roots. The years had passed and we hadn’t moved, like clockwork, to another place. Why didn’t we?

Huntingdon had ceased to be our stepping stone and instead became our destination. While it is neither the fastest nor slowest paced place in which I have lived, I love it. In 10 minutes, I can be anywhere downtown on foot and anywhere in town by vehicle. Driving time in this county IS driving time, not sitting in traffic time.

Here I am surrounded by natural beauty; cradled by gently sloping hills, ridges, and Tussey Mountain and lulled to sleep by meandering streams, creeks, and Juniata River. My heart soars with the birds of prey overhead and pounds at the sight of majestic bald eagles nesting at Raystown Dam.

We enjoy good food, good neighbors and friends, in a quiet, small town atmosphere. The county is rich with history, architecture, and wildlife and we enjoy many outdoor activities afforded us by its landscape. It is still a great place in which to raise a family.

Webster’s sociological definition of roots is the condition of being settled and of belonging to a particular place or society. John and I have now lived in Huntingdon longer than anywhere else, over our entire lives. Whatever your reason for visiting Huntingdon, make it a point to look around, try something familiar, and also something new. Breathe, relax, enjoy, maybe you’ll grow roots too.

Lisa Roth is a Development Specialist for College Advancement at Juniata College.

Webster’s is a dictionary.

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Member News from McCann School of Art

Sequential SmArt: Teaching With Comics
Act 48 Credit

The C. Barton McCann would like to share a great opportunity for local teachers to earn Act 48 credit. This conference that features presentations and workshops by comics creators, librarians, and educators who use comics with students from early childhood to the college level. Comics, an underutilized educational resource, promote reading and literacy in a variety of topics.  They also improve student retention of material and positively influence student attitudes about learning.  Plus, they’re a lot of fun to read!

When: May 18th and 19th 2012
Where: Juniata College

For More Information

Contact Jay Holster at hosler@juniata.edu

Act 48 credits
will be available for the activities on Saturday,
May 19

LEARN MORE
Check Out McCann’s Upcoming Adult Classes

Arts in August – Aug 6th -10th 2012

Our Arts in August classes have just been confirmed.
All classes are 9am- 4pm
Arts in August provides three different fine art classes for all skill levels, from ages 16 to adult. Working one on one with professional artists, learners will gain confidence and proficiency within the medium of their choice through creative exploration. You can choose from:

Ceramics:
This class will introduce the basic skills of working with clay on the potter’s wheel and will provide you with the understanding of what it takes to use the potter’s wheel. No previous experience required, but intermediate students are welcome too.

Drawing and Painting:
With Elly Reddy
This drawing and painting class is perfect for those interested in refining their skills and their technique. Elly encourages students to incorporate your own style into your work. Often outside, this class pulls inspiration from the enviornment and landscape.

Photography:
With Megan from Megan Photography
This class introduces digital photography through the beautiful landscape of McCann. Participants will learn how to use a digital camera to achieve high quality and well composed images.

Click HERE to Enroll

Joys of Plein Air – August 9th -11th

Susan Nicholas Gephart welcomes all mediums and levels, and believes in nurturing the “Artistic Spirit” of the individual artist. Her love of the environment is laced through her landscape paintings and shared in her teachings.
Join this Award-Winning Artist in an upbeat 1 or 3 day landscape painting workshop. You’ll learn how to paint out doors like Monet and The Impressionists. While at this beautiful location you will experience how to respond as a painter to the sound, smell, and light of the environment and express the “Joys of Plein Air” in your art.
Click HERE to Enroll

Jack Troy Class
June 28- July 1

Learn to use the wheel as a tool to make a variety of pottery forms – Cylinders, bottles and enclosed spheres; then change your form by paddling, texturing and exploring alternatives to “the good round pot”.

Canceled

McCann Cooks
May 11th

Unfortunately we had to cancel our cooking class for May. Stay posted for upcoming cooking classes.

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Come out to the Huntingdon County Home and Outdoor Show this weekend!

Huntingdon County Home and Outdoor Show

Huntingdon County Home and Outdoor Show

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