Monthly Archives: July 2012

EXCITING CHANGE For Susquehannock Campground

Attention campers and mountain bikers…..we have an exciting change for you! The Friends of Raystown Lake has made the decision to extend the open season for the Susquehannock Campground.

In the past Susquehannock Campground closed after Labor Day. For 2012 the Friends will keep the Susquehannock Campground open until October 29th. After Labor Day all sites in Susquehannock will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Can you imagine a better way to access the amazing fall foliage?

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Step Back in Time This Weekend in Rockhill, PA

If you like ragtime music, here’s your opportunity to hear some that great music played by some of the top ragtime musicians in America.

July 20th to 22th, 2012 are the dates and Rockhill Furnace, Pennsylvania is the place to be to hear great ragtime, just like it was played in grandpa’s time. You’ll be carried back to the good old days on the early 20th century  trolleys at the Rockhill Trolley Museum.

For you amateur and budding ragtime players there will be opportunities to showcase your talent during the festival. Check the Directions page for motel information in the area.

Our festival is shaping up to be one of the premier East Coast venues for ragtime this year.

Mr. Bryan Wright will be discussing  “Ragtime past and present” during the festival. Watch for details at http://www.rockhillragtime.com/.

Your 2012 Festival Itinerary

Note: All concerts will be at the United Methodist Church in Orbisonia, 613 Cromwell Street, Orbisonia, PA.

Friday

Friday Afternoon Concert

7:00 pm. Details to follow

Friday Afternoon Concert Tickets: $20.00

Meet and Greet Reception

Friday evening after the concert, the doors of the Iron Rail Bed and Breakfast will be open for a drop in reception. Come and meet and mingle with the performers and fellow fans. We hope to see some impromptu playing during the evening, but if not, your hosts, Dave and Cindy Brightbill, have lots of rolls for the player piano!! Snacks will be served and the evening will be a great opportunity to hear some ragtime stories as well as music.

Friday Evening Meet & Greet: $5.00

After Hours

For late night ragtime fans ten o’clock at the Iron Rail is the place to be for more music, chat and good times.

Friday After Hours: $5.00

Saturday

Saturday Morning Breakfast at the Iron Rail Bed & Breakfast   (NEW!)

Have breakfast with the performers at the Iron Rail at 9am. David and Cindy Brightbill will host a buffet breakfast. for $6 per person. Contact David for reservations. Visit with the stars while having a great breakfast.

Afternoon Amateur and Free Venues

Again this year the festival will hold free concerts at the Rockhill Trolley Museum on Meadow Street in Rockhill Furnace. Our featured artists will perform. Walk-up talent is encouraged, so here’s your opportunity to not only hear the pros in an informal setting but to showcase your talent. Times will be announced later. The pavilion next to the gift shop is where to go to enjoy the trolleys rolling by while listening to ragtime on the piano there.

Trolley Rides

Back in the golden age of ragtime music, the trolley was the most popular methods of travelling around town. Experience what it was like to travel in those days by taking a ride on some of America’s Historic trolleys at the Rockhill Trolley Museum, just across Meadow Street from the station. Trolley time is any time from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Trolley tickets: Adult: $7.00, Children: $4.00 (2 to 11), Under 2: FREE!

Saturday Afternoon Concert

Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm our performers will be in concert.

Saturday Afternoon Concert Tickets: $20.00

Saturday Evening Concert

Saturday evening at 7:00pm our performers will be in concert.

Saturday Afternoon Concert Tickets: $20.00

Sunday

Sunday Morning Services  (NEW!)

Adam Swanson will provide music at the 9:30 am service at St Luke Lutheran Church in Mt Union. Mount Union is straight north on 522.  Adam will provide prelude, offertory and postlude selections all with a gospel flavor. The main part of the service will be a local southern style gospel group known as “Forever Gospel” in 4 part harmony. David Brightbill is the Organist  Attire is informal.

Amateur and Free Venues

Our free concerts will continue on Sunday at the piano at the Rockhill Trolley Museum. Our featured artists will again perform, subject to their time constraints. Walk-up talent is again encouraged, so here’s another opportunity to showcase your talent. Times will be announced later.

Trolley Rides

The Trolley rides continue on Sunday on the Rockhill Trolley Museum. Trolley time is any time from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Trolley tickets: Adult: $7.00, Children: $4.00 (2 to 12), Under 2: FREE!

Sunday Afternoon Concert

Our Sunday afternoon concert will start at 4:00 pm. The Golden Voice of Ann Gibson, accompanied by Fredrick Hodges. Ann is going to feature music from the Great War era. She is sure to please!

Sunday Afternoon Concert Tickets: $20.00 per person.

Special Combined Event Passes

All-Concert Pass is $70.00. This does not include entry into the after hours events.

Deluxe Pass: $80 for All Piano and Vocal Concerts, and entry to the After hours Events.

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The Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center

Every year, more than 20,000 people pass through the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center inside Raystown Lake’s Seven Points Recreation Area near Hesston, Pennsylvania.  The Visitors Center is home to the US Army Corps of Engineers Raystown Lake Project Ranger Staff as well as the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau.  The two organizations work closely together in the building’s operation and programming.

New seating area in the lobby of the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center courtesy of Park Furniture of Huntingdon (Photo by Vickie Smith)

New seating area in the lobby of the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center courtesy of Park Furniture of Huntingdon (Photo by Vickie Smith)

This cooperation was evidenced this morning as Park Furniture of Huntingdon delivered some beautiful lodge furniture as a donation for a new seating area in the main lobby.  Park Furniture is a member of HCVB, and has been very generous in providing the furniture, which they intend to rotate as styles change.

Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center Exhibition Area (photo by Bruce Cramer)

Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center Exhibition Area (photo by Bruce Cramer)

In addition to having a great and comfortable place to relax in air conditioning on a hot afternoon, the Visitors Center features exhibits, displays, and public restrooms, as well as one of the best overlooks of Raystown Lake, all free of charge.

The staff of the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau is always willing to answer questions, give directions and recommendations for things to do, places to eat, places to stay, places to shop, and more at the information counter.

Vickie Smith, HCVB Visitors Center Manager, assisting customers with directions. (Photo by Abram Eric Landes, aelandesphotography.com

Vickie Smith, HCVB Visitors Center Manager, assisting customers with directions. (Photo by Abram Eric Landes, aelandesphotography.com

The Visitors Bureau also operates the Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe, where you can grab a quick snack, Raystown Lake souvenirs, local artwork and crafts, books about local history, other works by local authors, and more.

The Visitors Center is also a trail head for the Hillside Nature Trail and as of May 2012 for the Allegrippis Trails, and soon to be for a loop trail connecting all of the campsites within the Seven Points Campground to the Visitors Center, picnic areas, Seven Points Beach, and Seven Points Marina.

From now through August 14th, every Tuesday morning HCVB hosts a Wake-Up Reception that includes displays and door prizes from area attractions, restaurants, and shops, continental breakfast, and a featured guest.  Tuesdays Mid-June through Mid-August 9:30-10:30 AM.

Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center, Hesston, PA (Photo by Abram Eric Landes, aelandesphotography.com)

Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center, Hesston, PA (Photo by Abram Eric Landes, aelandesphotography.com)

Next time you’re in the area, stop in to the Visitors Center and say “Hi!”

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( A version of this appeared in the July/August issue of Pennsylvania Magazine)

We circle the smoking cone, looking for “the eye of the fire-” a gaping hole with intense heat pouring out. Inside the dirt and duff covered pile of stacked logs, the charcoal “pit,” the temperature soars, turning the wood into charcoal. The hole or “mull” glows in the dark night and when we poke a stick in, there is an empty space, 12 inches deep. As the wood shrinks, it collapses in. Mulls tend to be on the windward side. Before oxygen can get in and burn up the wood inside at a rapid rate, we need to close it up and fast.

We hurriedly stuff in dried leaves and dirt, tamp it down with the back of a shovel and go back to our seats at the picnic table here at Greenwood Furnace State Park. We chat…

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Enjoy Your Holiday, Play It Safe

BALTIMORE, Md. — The Fourth of July is one of the busiest holiday weekends at US Army Corps of Engineers lands and waters, such as Raystown Lake and visitors are encouraged to have fun, stay safe, and make it home alive.

The USACE hosts 370 million visits annually at its more than 400 lake and river projects where people enjoy fishing, boating, hiking and more. While outdoor recreation is fun and healthy, USACE urges our visitors to expect the unexpected and think about these four safety tips this Fourth of July.

Wear a life jacket.

  • Statistics show that 90 percent of those who drown at USACE lakes and rivers may have survived if they had worn a life jacket.
  • Drowning is the nation’s second leading cause of accidental death.
  • Expect the unexpected. Accidents happen, even to responsible boaters. A life jacket can provide time for rescue.

Know your swimming ability.

  • Swimming in open water is more difficult than in a swimming pool because a swimmer can tire more quickly and get into trouble.
  • Conditions can change quickly in open water.
  • Swim in designated areas and wear a life jacket. A life jacket will help conserve energy and provide flotation.

Be a “Water Watcher.”

  • When on or near the water watch your children.
  • A child can drown in 20 seconds
  • Drowning happens quickly and quietly. A drowning victim’s head will be back, they will be gasping for air, they will not be yelling, and their arms will be slapping the water as though trying to climb out of the water.

Avoid exhaust fumes around boats.

  • Carbon monoxide, an invisible killer, can accumulate anywhere in or around boats regardless of what type of boat. Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors on and inside your boat. Maintain a fresh circulation of air through and around your boat at all times.
  • Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include eye irritation, headache, nausea, weakness and dizziness. Know the signs and stay alive.
  • Avoid areas around boats where exhaust fumes may be present. Do not let friends swim under or around the boarding platform where fumes can accumulate.

To find a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project near you visit www.CorpsLakes.us.

For more information about Raystown Lake and the surrounding area, visit www.Raystown.org.

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Area Fireworks Displays Start Tonight

Fireworks over Raystown Lake by Kevin Mills

Fireworks on the Lake at Lake Raystown Resort Lodge and Conference Center, Entriken, PA. Photo by Kevin Mills, picturesbykevin.com.

With Independence Day falling on a Wednesday, the Raystown Lake Region will be celebrating all week with fireworks displays, beginning tonight, Sunday, July 1st, at the Lake Raystown Resort Lodge and Conference Center after dusk (9:00 PM-ish).  If you don’t want to find a place to park to watch them (it’s illegal to stop on Route 994 in the area of Entriken Bridge), and you aren’t confident enough to boat at night, Seven Points Marina still has tickets to view them from the deck of The Princess Lake Cruiser.  The cruise on The Princess departs from the marina at 7:00 PM.  A limited number of tickets are still available.  We recommend calling 814-658-3074. ASAP to reserve.

Fireworks at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, State College, PA by Matt Price

Fireworks following a State College Spikes Minor League Baseball Game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, State College, PA on the Penn State University campus. Photo by Matt Price

Also tonight, tomorrow night, and Tuesday night, the State College Spikes Minor League Baseball team will be having fireworks displays following each game in their series versus the Batavia Muckdogs.  Game times are 6:00 PM tonight, and 7:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, on the Penn State University campus, State College, PA.

Tuesday night, July 3rd, also brings a community fireworks display to Huntingdon.  The fireworks are launched from atop Flagpole Hill, and visible from nearly everywhere in Huntingdon Borough and Smithfield Township.  For those of you not familiar with Huntingdon, Flagpole Hill is located at the top of 5th Street (look for the giant American Flag).

Of course the actual Independence Day holiday falls on July 4th, and that’s when the big mortars come out.  Working from South to North along Interstate 99, look for the Independence Day Firestorm fireworks display at Altoona’s Lakemont Park, and another display following the Altoona Curve Minor League Baseball game against the Reading Phillies at PNG Field, Altoona.  One of the largest, most renowned, professional fireworks displays in Pennsylvania happens at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park with its annual Summer Thunder 4th of July Fireworks.  Farther north on Interstate 99, State College’s Central PA 4th Fest will be happening in the area of Medlar Field at Lubrano Park and Beaver Stadium.  This display is the largest all-volunteer fireworks display in the  world.

The fireworks don’t end with Independence Day, though.  The Altoona Curve will have fireworks following each game against the Reading Phillies, July 4th, 5th, and 6th, and Saturday and Sunday night games against the Binghamton Mets.  Game times on Wednesday-Saturday are 7:00 PM and Sunday at 6:00 PM.

If you were counting, that’s 13 fireworks displays in 8 days, including at least one every night!  Be safe, have fun, and don’t drink and drive or drink and boat!

God Bless America!


 

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