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Candy Lake game takes over the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center!

1000х1000The Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau and Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe invite you to imagine a world where all of your surroundings are made of candy, cookies and other treats. For the week of December 7-13, 2015, the Raystown Lake Region Visitor Center has been transformed into Candy Lake.

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Inspired by a popular childhood board game, Candy Lake is an imaginary lake featuring islands where the landscape and structures are made of sweet treats. Visitors to Candy Lake follow a colorful path to visit each island display. The islands have been designed by area businesses and organizations along a candy theme. Attendees can choose to play the life-sized game, or simply stroll through the displays on their own.

At the end, guests are invited to make a free-will donation to vote for their favorite island. Each organization and business presenting an island has chosen a charity that will benefit from the cash votes, and at the end of the week, the Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe will match the public contributions to the charity that receives the most.

The first 100 children aged 12 and under will receive a stocking and a small toy courtesy of the Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe and Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau.

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Candy Lake event at the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center

Participating businesses and organizations include: Rockhill Trolley Museum, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Huntingdon County, Fairfield Inn and Suites benefiting Habitat for Humanity, Juniata College, Thompson’s Candle Co. benefitting Huntingdon House, Perma-Chink benefiting Habitat for Humanity, Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast benefiting Huntingdon Landmarks, Standing Stone Coffee Company benefiting St Vincent de Paul and Isett Heritage Museum benefiting Huntingdon House.

December 7-13, 2015
Monday 8am-2pm, Tuesday-Wednesday 8am-4pm, Thursday-Saturday noon-8pm, Sunday noon-4pm

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100 Mile Journey to Raise Awareness of Pennsylvania Tourism Industry

Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Matt Price is leading this trip on the Juniata River and Susquehanna River. You can follow the journey at www.PaddleForPATourism.org. Paddlers are welcome to join the trip — especially for the last leg into Harrisburg. Launch for the first day of the trip Riverside Park, Mapleton Depot, PA at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015. Launch for the last leg is from Riverfront Campground, Duncannon, PA at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Here are the details released to media:

Paddle for PA Tourism launches on 100 mile waterway journey 4/27/2015

Matt Price is leading a 100 mile paddling trip to raise awareness of PA Tourism. Launching 4/27/2015. Photo by Ed Stoddard, http://www.paddleforpatourism.org

MAPLETON DEPOT, PA: Beginning on the morning of April, 27, 2015 a group of Pennsylvania travel industry professionals and advocates will embark on a 100-mile journey down the Juniata and Susquehanna Rivers from Mapleton to Harrisburg, arriving on Saturday, May 2nd, the day before the annual Pennsylvania Tourism Summit.

The goals of the trek are to build awareness of Pennsylvania’s travel and tourism industry and to raise funds for TravelPAC, the official Political Action Committee of the Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism (PATT). TravelPAC uses funds to directly support political candidates for elected positions in Pennsylvania government who have demonstrated a commitment to support one of the state’s largest revenue generating and job creating industries—Travel and Tourism.

The through-paddlers include PATT President/CEO Rob Fulton of Harrisburg, Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Matt Price of Huntingdon, Seven Points Marina Tour Boat Captain Steve Prosser of Hesston, and Miles Partnership Senior Vice President Jay Salyers of Boulder, CO.

The group will experience a variety of lodging types on their journey ranging from a public Leave-No-Trace camping island managed by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to a luxurious bed and breakfast located at one of Pennsylvania’s wineries, and many options in between.

The paddlers will be blogging about their experiences at http://www.PaddleForPATourism.org, which is also where supporters can make a contribution to TravelPAC. According to Pennsylvania law, TravelPAC may only accept contributions from personal accounts or credit cards, and may not accept contributions from corporate or partnership entities, including not-for-profit organizations. Organizations, corporations or partnerships that would like to support Paddle for PA Tourism may contribute as a sponsor for the event through the Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism.

The group invites anyone with an interest in PA’s travel and tourism economy to join them for single-day segments of the trip, and would like to get as many paddlers as possible for the final leg on Saturday, May 2nd from Duncannon to City Island in Harrisburg. Rental equipment and shuttle services are available from local outfitters. Check http://www.VisitPA.com for outfitters in the appropriate area. Details on joining the event can be found at http://www.PaddleforPATourism.org.

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It is a sweet day coming up August 10 in the Raystown Lake Region

Lake Raystown Resort is celebrating the 4th Annual National Smores Day on Sunday August 10, 2014 starting at 2:00 pm.

You know that campfire gatherings were the original social network?

Campfire1_HelenaKotolaPhotoWWWcpGather your family and friends for the fourth annual National S’more’s Day! This fun-filled, S’more themed event will be located in Lake Raystown Resort’s Conference Center on August 10th. The event will feature s’more themed activities and refreshments for all ages. You will even get a chance to indulge in our ultimate S’more eating competition! Best of all, the event is completely free of cost to all participants! Yes, that is right…free s’mores!

Come and enjoy everyone’s favorite summer snack while watching our candy themed feature film! Our ultimate s’more eating and building competitions will be open to anyone who wishes to participate, and prizes will be awarded to the winners for both events. The winning S’more in past years included things such as gummy worms, pretzels, sprinkles, and more. So be sure to come out and show of your creativity! The entire day will be filled with tasty treats, and lots of sweet memories, so much so that you will be left wanting S’more!

Schedule of Events:
2:00 pm – Registration and Movie Begins
3:30 pm – Games and Activities
4:00 pm – Ultimate S’more Building Competition
4:30 pm – Ultimate S’more Eating Competition
5:00 pm – Winner’s Circle and event concludes

For more information call Lake Raystown Resort, An RVC Outdoor Destination at (814) 658-3500 or visit http://smoresday.weebly.com

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4 and More Cultural District Walking Tours: A Look Inside the Gage Mansion

On Wednesday mornings throughout the summer, the Huntingdon 4 and More Cultural District hosts walking tours of the town, highlighting everything from stained glass and historic sights to trees and yoga. This past Wednesday, the sight-to-see was the historic Gage Mansion, which is currently being renovated by new owners John and Angie Thompson of Thompson Candle Co. and innkeeper Marci Chamberlain. The plan is to open the Mansion as a Bed and Breakfast in Spring 2015.

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Marci showed us some architectural features on the outside of the mansion, and then we headed indoors into the living room, where she explained the history of the building before moving on to the other rooms of the house, pointing out particularly interesting features and sharing tidbits of information along the way. I heard several of the tour participants remarking on all the changes made since the last time they had been in the mansion, which has been a fixture in Huntingdon since its completion in 1896. For me, however, it was my first time inside, and I was repeatedly struck by its beauty and elegance.

The first floor of the Gage Mansion is currently open for reservations as an event venue, and they have also begun to host some events of their own, such as the Mothers Day Tea. You can contact them at (814) 506-8411, gagemansion@comcast.net, or visit their Facebook page.

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The 4 and More Cultural District is a partnership between four non-profit organizations in downtown Huntingdon, the Huntingdon County Historical Society, Huntingdon County Library, Huntingdon County Arts Council, and Huntingdon Health & Wellness Association. They will continue to host walking tours throughout the summer. All tours begin at Merchant Park, on the corner of Penn and 6th St, at 10am, and last approximately one hour.

Upcoming walking tours:

July 16 – Stained Glass, downtown.

July 23 – Stained Glass, churches

July 30 – Portstown Park River Walk

August 6 – Transportation History (Canal/Railroad/Trolley)

August 13 – Yoga in the Park

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Making the most of circumstance on the Juniata River Sojourn.

Every year, during the second weekend in June, a group of about 50 canoes and kayaks filled with enthusiastic paddlers make their way downstream, enjoying the river, camping, socializing, and participating in an event that has become a fixture in the area. This is the Juniata River Sojourn, one of many River Sojourns throughout PA that promote watershed conservation and stewardship while providing a fun and inspiring experience.

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The first Juniata River Sojourn took place in 2001, and until this year, has been organized by the Juniata Clean Water Partnership. Unfortunately, funding cuts left the non-profit organization unable to take on the financial responsibility and time of organizing the Sojourn this year, but Rothrock Outfitters of Huntingdon stepped in to take over organizational responsibility in addition to their usual guide services they’ve been providing for the event for years.

The annual Sojourn rotates between three different sections of the watershed—the Little Juniata and Frankstown Branch, the Mainstem, and the Raystown Branch, this year’s locale. The plan was to paddle from Everett to Heritage Cove Resort over the course of three days, stopping to camp at specified locations along the way. However, Mother Nature had other plans, as inches of rain dumped on Central Pennsylvania in the days preceding the scheduled event, rendering the Raystown Branch of the Juniata at a level too high to safely lead a group of paddlers of varying experience.

But rather than cancel the event that is important to so many, a new plan was made—paddle the length of Raystown Lake instead, beginning at Heritage Cove and ending up at Snyders Run.

The clouds and rain cleared just in time for the multi-colored flotilla of canoes and kayaks to launch on Saturday morning, and paddlers of all ages, from 7 to 70, began to make their way down the lake, keeping a steady but casual pace while enjoying the scenery, beautiful weather, and the occasional great-blue heron flying by. Farther down the lake, as the channel widened, the great-blues disappeared but we did have an eagle sighting.

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The Sojourn is about more than just paddling. It’s about camaraderie and taking a break from everyday life for a few days, spending evenings by the campfire enjoying each others stories and a variety of entertainment, from live music to educational programs. As long-time Sojourner Mark Fasick says, “Paddling is secondary. It’s all about the people we are with, old and new friends, and great memory-making!”

 

The three-day event ended in the early afternoon on Monday after a short and much-quieter paddle from Susquehannock Campground to Snyders Run, where goodbyes and til-next-years were exchanged.

 

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Wednesday Walking Tour to Feature River Ecology

HUNTINGDON, PA: The 4 and More Cultural District partnership continues its weekly Wednesday morning walking tours with a walk exploring the ecology of the Juniata River on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The tour will meet at Merchant’s Park on the corner of Sixth and Penn Streets in downtown Huntingdon at 10:00 AM. The hour-long walking tour will be led by Mike Makufka, executive director of the Juniata Clean Water Partnership. The tour is free of charge, but donations to the Juniata Clean Water Partnership are welcome.
Upcoming Wednesday Walking Tours include:
July 3: A History of Stained Glass
July 10: River Ecology
July 17: History and Architecture
July 24: Public Art
July 31: Civil War History
August 7: A History of Stained Glass
August 14: River Ecology
All tours begin at 10:00 AM at Merchants Park on the corner of Sixth and Penn Streets in downtown Huntingdon.  Ample free parking can be found in the borough parking lot across the street.
About 4 and More: The 4 and More Cultural District partnership is an initiative of Huntingdon Landmarks, Inc. to promote downtown Huntingdon as a hub of cultural learning and creative entrepreneurship, centered on the activities of four non-profit organizations on 4th Street: Huntingdon County Historical Society, Huntingdon County Library, Huntingdon County Arts Council, and Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association. For more information like 4 and More Cultural District on Facebook at facebook.com/4andMoreHuntingdon.
About the Juniata Clean Water Partnership: The Juniata Clean Water Partnership (JCWP) is dedicated to enhance, restore and protect the natural resources of the Juniata River watershed. JCWP is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. More information can be found at JCWP.org.
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April 25, 2013 email newsletter from the Raystown Lake Region

April 25, 2013 Raystown Lake Region newsletter

Check out our latest email newsletter. We regularly communicate with subscribers about events happening in the Raystown Lake Region.

Check out our latest email newsletter.  If you would like to get future newsletters in your inbox, please click the subscribe link.

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Main Stem Madness: A Day on the Juniata River Sojourn

By Mike Makufka, Juniata Clean Water Partnership

With the smell of breakfast gently filling the air with pleasing aromas, the group of campers hastily finishes packing their tents and breaking camp to begin another day on the river. This group (officially called sojourners), numbering a little over 100, are on the first day of what will be a seven day adventure on the Juniata River. Each person is here for different reasons, but they all share a love for the outdoors and the beauty of the river. Some are veterans of many a trip but there are also a number who are experiencing this event for the first time. Once breakfast is done and vehicles packed; people begin assembling along the river’s edge that is lined with canoes and kayaks of many different colors. They are checking equipment, filling water bottles, and putting on their personal floatation device in anticipation of the day’s adventure. All are anxious to hit the water as they say. What you may be asking is this madness that  overcomes normally sane people? It is the annual Juniata River Sojourn and it happens every year during the second week of June.

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Mapleton’s Riverside Park will be the starting point of the 2013 Juniata River Sojourn on the Main Stem of the Juniata River.

The Juniata River Sojourn is a multi-day floating trip down the river that combines beautiful scenery, a touch of history, and great friendship into a fulfilling vacation.

Any trip on the river, whether one day or several days is technically called a sojourn, the Juniata River Sojourn is an organized
event in which all participants float together, eat together, and camp together. It is a bonding experience with like-minded people. An added feature we provide is that the trip uses professional outfitters provided by Rothrock Outfitters who know the river well and can offer help with paddling and always stress safety first. You kind of leave the driving to us. All of your comforts are met. Well almost all; sometimes showers are at a premium and port-a-potties are the norm. But as far as outdoor adventure goes, I can promise that meals are good and hot and the campsites are usually cozy. But the best feature of all is the fact that the trip is family oriented and is the perfect place for parents, children and sometimes grandparents to enjoy the outdoors together.

All this begs to ask “what is a typical day like? ” A typical, if there is really such a thing, begins with a six AM wakeup. For all you sleepyheads; you do get used to it. The first order of business is breaking camp and packing gear which all needs to be done before seven AM. At seven, breakfast is served. Each day catered meals are provided and every effort is made to accommodate people with
special dietary needs. All you need to bring are eating utensils and an appetite. Once breakfast is Getting started A Hazy Morning
concluded at eight AM, drivers of all vehicles assemble in a convoy to shuttle gear and vehicles to the next campsite. A bus awaits them there to shuttle people back to the launch site. Once everyone is ready to go, a brief safety talk is conducted and we are on the water. Just the sight of so many boats in one place is inspiring.

The dew hanging low on the water in the early morning gives peacefulness to the beginning trip. As boats slowly drift downstream the excitement of what lies ahead and the pure freedom that you feel is hard to duplicate anywhere else. Paddling along with people you only met yesterday or with old friends from many a sojourn past, you begin to form bonds that sometimes last a lifetime. Sharing the sight of a bald eagle soaring aloft or the splash of a river otter as it slips into the river makes you appreciate the natural beauty the river has to offer. But wildlife is not the only sight that awaits you.

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Paddling is a favorite pastime on the main stem of the Juniata River in Huntingdon County.

You are also floating through history. The Juniata River and its three branches, the Raystown, Frankstown, and Little Juniata are steeped in history. From Native American trails and old campsites to the Main Line Canal to the railroad; the Juniata River helped shape American history. The remnants of bygone days are there for the viewing if you know where to look. A journey as part of the Juniata River Sojourn group can help you discover these glimpses into the past. Each section of the river offers a wide-ranging visit back into history. You may drift under an iron truss bridge in Huntingdon County (circa 1870), the partially restored structure of a woolen mill (circa 1800’s), numerous historic foundry buildings, structures from the canal days, or covered bridges the Juniata River
offers it all. Float the Raystown Branch and you can see the remnants of the double covered bridge near the site where British soldiers forded the river and you feel yourself drift back in time.

After several hours on the river when the sun is high in the sky; it is time for lunch. Lunch is usually a catered affair at a pre-determined stop with each day’s menu different from the next. After the meal a short program is offered. The program is always tied into a unique feature of that area. Occasionally though, lunch is on the river and then the group decides where and when to stop. In that case, you can revel in the surroundings or take a dip in the cool refreshing water. After lunch it’s back in the boats for the
afternoon’s adventure.

The afternoon float offers similar experiences as the morning but it also has something that is just a whole lot of fun; and that is water fights and rope swings. There are many places along the river for opportunities to swim, swing off of rope swings, or just play. The Juniata Sojourn certainly provides many chances to do just that.

The days on the river are very relaxing and the outfitters allow plenty of time for enjoying the wonderful experiences the river provides. So kickback and allow the stress of everyday life to drift away.

As the afternooon fun begins to wane, the day’s trip is nearing its end. The evening’s campsite comes into view and tired but happy people crawl out of their boats and begin to setup camp. Tents are erected, clothes are changed and the wet ones are hung out to dry. If available, Old railroad bridge near Cypher Water Battles showers are in order. Nothing feels so good as a shower after a day of playing in and along the river. On most days the float ends around three-thirty or four PM. Since dinner is at six, there is time to relax have a few beverages and talk about the day’s events. And there is always plenty to talk about. At six o’clock dinner is served and a hot meal
along with cold drinks and desserts replenishes the body and tops off a good day. Or so you think. The evening provides still another surprise. An evening program, maybe a campfire talent show, or exploring the hidden treasures near the campsite await you. Evening programs start at seven PM and a varied in nature. Previous programs included history talks, local geology, environmental presentations, flyfishing lessons, swimming, first aid, wilderness survival, storytellers and music. There is something for
everyone.

Nighttime brings an air of silence and peace. The full day of activities and great food leaves a person satisfied and sleepy. Those tents sure look inviting and the sleeping bags bring relief to tired muscles. Sleep comes quickly and as nature’s nighttime sounds fill the air, dreams of the what lies ahead tomorrow fill your head. Just another day on the Juniata River Sojourn.

The 2013 Juniata Sojourn will be held June 8 thru 12, 2013 on the main stem of the Juniata River. Registration will open on April 8 and can be accessed at www.jcwp.org.

You do not have to be an experienced canoeist or kayaker to join the fun. Just remember that everyone had to start sometime and what better place to learn than with experienced guides/teachers and a group of friendly helpful people. If you do not have a boat, Rothrock Outfitters (814-643-7226) will gladly offer rentals to fit your needs. Ask for Tony, Paul or Evan and they will put you in business. If you are looking for new adventures or taking up kayaking again, a sojourn is just the ticket for you.

If your interest is peaked than call Mike at 814-506-1190 and I can answer any questions you may have. I look forward to seeing you on the river.

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Vote Now for the Juniata River to be Pennsylvania’s 2013 River of the Year!

The public again is invited to vote online for the 2013 Pennsylvania River of the Year, choosing from among six waterways nominated across the state.

Photo by Matt Price

Mapleton’s Riverside Park will be the starting point of the 2013 Juniata River Sojourn on the Main Stem of the Juniata River, a candidate for River of the Year.

They are: Juniata River and Swatara Creek in south central Pennsylvania; Kiskiminetas River and Monongahela River in the southwest; Lackawanna River in the northeast; and Schuylkill River in the southeast.

Vote here!

“Individually, each of these waterways showcases unique natural resources and recreational potential,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard J. Allan. “Collectively, they demonstrate just how blessed Pennsylvania is with its wealth of rivers and streams.”

Nomination of the six waterways was based on their conservation needs and successes; as well as well as celebration plans should the nominee be voted 2013 River of the Year. Visithttp://pawatersheds.org/vote to read the nomination statement for each and to vote. Voting ends Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

“This is the third year that our selection process is through public voting,” said Allan, “and we know the spirit of competition rallies community support around our waterways and puts deserving rivers and streams in the limelight.”

DCNR and the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, or POWR, administer the River of the Year program. Nominations were made by local groups.
Pennsylvania’s River of the Year is an honor designed to elevate public awareness of specific rivers and recognize important conservation needs and achievements. River of the Year designations have been presented annually since 1983.

“We are excited to partner with DCNR for a third year of public voting on River of the Year,” POWR Executive Director Janie French said. “The River of the Year program is a great way for us to highlight the opportunities and challenges facing the state’s waterways. As part of the larger river sojourn program, the River of the Year helps connect thousands of Pennsylvanians to the water.”

After a waterway is chosen, local groups implement a year-round slate of activities and events to celebrate the river, including a special extended paddling trip known as a sojourn. These water-based journeys for canoeists, kayakers and others raise awareness of the environmental, recreational, tourism and heritage values of rivers.
The Pennsylvania Sojourn program, jointly run by DCNR and POWR, is a unique series of a dozen such trips on the state’s rivers. For more information about the sojourns, visit http://www.pawatersheds.org.

POWR and DCNR also work with the local organization to create a free commemorative poster celebrating the River of the Year.
Pennsylvania’s 2012 River of the Year is the Stonycreek River, flowing through Cambria and Somerset counties.

To learn more about DCNR’s Rivers Program, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us (click on “Conserve,” then “Waterways”).

Download this press release (Word document).

Photo by Matt Price

Paddling is a favorite pastime on the main stem of the Juniata River in Huntingdon County.

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