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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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Free Visitor WAKE-UP Reception July 3

The HCVB Visitor Wake-Up Receptions continue each Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. through August 14, 2012, at the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center in the Seven Points Recreation Area.

The Wake-Up Reception series is a great place to learn all about the fun things to do and great places to visit in the Raystown Lake Region. The series continues with special events planned each week on Tuesdays through August 14.

Each visitor reception typically includes 14-22 displays and door prizes from area attractions, eateries, and shops; free snacks while supplies last, a door prize drawing for a free pass for two to take Seven Points Marina’s Sightseeing Tour aboard the Princess Lake Cruiser on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, July 3:
  • Special guest poet Gabriel Welsch reading from his book
    “The Death of Flying Things”
  • Food sponsor Standing Stone Coffee Company
About “The Death of Flying Things”
Welsch’s third collection of poems, The Death of Flying Things moves through three seasons in Pennsylvania’s breathtaking center. Within, read what it feels like to ride the oldest roller coaster in the world (located in Altoona), hear the roiling tensions at the bar near Malcolm Cowley’s birthplace (in Cambria County), consider the threat and fragility of flowers, hear what smoke means in November in Pennsylvania, and note the unlikely combination of black walnuts and baseball.

Upcoming Wake-Up events:

Tuesday, July 10 

Special guest TBD
Food sponsor: Walmart of Huntingdon
Tuesday, July 17
Special guest artist Leah Davis Dell of Vintage Art Glass and The Foxy Grape with “Stained glass treasures of Huntingdon County”
Food sponsor Hoss’s Steak & Sea House Huntingdon
Tuesday, July 24
TBD

Tuesday, July 31

Special guest Standing Stone Coffee Company discussing “Coffee from bean-in-the-field to cup-in-your-hand”
Food sponsor TBD
Tuesday, August  7
Children’s Book Author Amanda Jenkins with her book “The Italian Hand Story”
Tuesday, August 14
Special guest TBD
Food sponsor Fairfield Inn & Suites Huntingdon Raystown Lake
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Last Minute Fathers Day Ideas

Okay, you’ve only got four days to plan something for dad! What do you do?

We have some ideas for you that dad is sure to appreciate, all of which you still have time to pull-off!

    1. Weekend getaway in the Raystown Lake Region:  If dad loves the water, why not rent a houseboat from Seven Points Marina  or Lake Raystown Resort Lodge and Conference Center?  It is impossible to find accommodations any closer to Raystown Lake than a houseboat!  These are perfect for the dad who loves to fish, swim, kayak, grill, and/or drive a boat.  Plus mom and the family get the comforts of home with fully equipped kitchens, and bathrooms, not to mention comfy beds!  Other types of accommodations are also available this weekend from camping to bed and breakfasts, cabins and vacation homes.  Visit Raystown.org/places-to-stay to hone in on exactly the type of lodging you are looking for!
    2. Nostalgia and Ice Cream: Is dad the guy who loves cars, or is he the guy who has fond memories of riding the streetcar through his hometown?  Why not treat him to a visit to the Swigart Automobile Museum, and take him for a ride and an ice cream treat at the Rockhill Trolley Museum? Other great places to reminisce are the Isett Acres Museum, Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, and the Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society Museum.
    3. The Bird’s Eye View: Take dad on a road trip he’ll never forget.  Stop at Jo Hays Vista on Route 26 for a bird’s eye view of Happy Valley, then let him interact with raptors at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.  After that, head south to Ridenour Overlook and Hawn’s Overlook for great views of Raystown Lake.  Get back on Route 26 south then turn right onto 164 west to check out the views from atop Tussey Mountain on your way to a surprise helicopter tour of Raystown Lake or the Horseshoe Curve with Pine Bottom Aviation!  Check out this Google Map for directions and suggested places for eating along the way!
    4. Buck the System: Admit it, there’s something mesmerizing to almost all dads about cowboys riding bucking broncos and bulls!  If this describes your dad, then you need to get him tickets to the Central Pennsylvania Rodeo this weekend! Add in some great vittles, and dad can settle into the grandstand at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds, and have a mighty fine time!  Yee Haw!
    5. The Old Standbys with a Different Twist: So, the old standby is more your speed for a Fathers Day gift…The RLR has you covered there too!  Want a sweater or socks?  Then check out Terrace Mountain Alpacas for great Alpaca wool products.   New camping gear? Rothrock Outfitters and Bear Creek RV have your back!  Dinner and a show?  Check out some great places to eat and the Clifton 5 or Playhouse at  McConnellstown!
    6. A Gift from the heART: Gifts of art are always appreciated.  The RLR has some great places to find the perfect piece of work for your favorite piece of work, I mean dad!  Check out the Log Cabin Gallery Shop, Vintage Art Glass and the Foxy Grape, Li’l Deb’s Custom Stained Glass, Reeve’s Gift Boutique, Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe, and Family Treasures, all have great artwork for sale!

If you are still at a loss, then give us a call at 888-729-7869, and we’ll help you out!

Happy Fathers Day!

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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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HISTORY IS ALIVE AT MAYFEST OF HUNTINGDON APRIL 28, 2012

Back to the 50's Hula Hoop Contest at Mayfest of Huntingdon photo by Ed Stoddard

Back to the 50's Hula Hoop Contest at Mayfest of Huntingdon (photo by Ed Stoddard)

HUNTINGDON, PA — Welcome in spring at Mayfest of Huntingdon, a unique historic-themed festival in Pennsylvania with free entertainment, more than 150 street vendors, and costumed performers from various historical eras. The event is hosted on Washington Street in historic downtown Huntingdon, Pa., on April 28 from 9 am to 5 pm, rain or shine. Attendees will enjoy free music, dance performers, demonstrations and exhibits during their stroll through history at Mayfest; along with store and restaurant specials. Each block on Washington Street features a historical theme: Renaissance Faire presented by Allensville Planing Mill;
Victorian Era; Colonial Times presented by Moove In Self Storage; Back to the 50’s presented by Price Motor Sales; and Woodstock. Attendees are invited to wear costumes to join in the fun. Stage schedules and other details are available at www.MayfestofHuntingdon.com.

New for Mayfest 2012:

Italian Street Painting with Graham Curtis- between 3rd and 4th Streets

Italian Street Painting chalk art at its finest. Join renowned local artist Graham Curtis as he creates a temporary masterpiece in chalk on Washington Street in historic downtown Huntingdon PA. Check it out in the Mayfest Renaissance Faire section on April 28, 2012!

Ray Owens Performances at 12, 1, 2p — between 8th & 7th Streets

Treat yourself to a truly versatile performer, GRAMMY Nominated Singer/Songwriter, and National Recording Artist – an entertainer whose engaging vocal style and infectious blend of good time music and humor continues to captivate audiences across the country. Ray has established himself as one of the most requested entertainers today. His travels have taken him from Camden, Maine, to Key West, Florida – Los Angeles, California, to Long Island, New York, and tours throughout Europe. He has performed with such legendary entertainers as Garth Brooks, Arlo Guthrie, Bill Monroe and Bob Hope, and he has toured with Willie Nelson and America, as well as many other major acts.

Ray whips up a veritable feast of classic American songs and stirs in a healthy helping of humor for all audiences to enjoy. When he serves it up from center stage, he pulls you into a world of fun. Ray’s repertoire has grown to include some 900 songs and encompasses such a range of traditional classics, original songs and comedy that it is not hard to imagine why he has so much popular appeal to a wide variety of audiences.

The Crustaceans – performance beginning at 3 p.m. – between 5th and 4th Streets

The Crustaceans are an eclectic group of aging rockers who enjoy playing popular classic rock songs. You will be tapping your feet and singing along to these rock-n-roll classics from the ‘60s through today. The Crustaceans will be performing at the Desert Garden Day Spa starting at 3pm on Saturday, April 28 (Washington & 5th) during Mayfest of Huntingdon.

Centre Squares dancing! Performances 10 a.m. – 1 p.m between 8th & 7th Streets

Square, round & line dancing with the popular State College group. Demonstrations and oh, yes, audience participation encouraged!

Entertainment on Every Block of Downtown Huntingdon PA During Mayfest!

Renaissance Block at Mayfest of Huntingdon photo by Ed Stoddard

Make way for the Queen on the Renaissance Block at Mayfest of Huntingdon (photo by Ed Stoddard)

Washington Street festival navigation guide:

  • Renaissance Faire presented by Allensville Planing Mill: Between 3rd & 4th
  • Woodstock: Between 4th & 5th
  • Victorian Era: Between 5th & 6th
  • Back to the 50s presented by Price Motor Sales: Between 6th & 7th
  • Colonial Times presented by Moove In Self Storage: Between 7th & 8th

Stroll Through History on Washington Street in Huntingdon PA on April 28, 2012 DOWNTOWN HUNTINGDON STORES & RESTAURANTS are open. Stop in our shops!

SUMMARY OF EVENTS FOR MAYFEST OF HUNTINGDON 2011 Saturday, April 30:

9:00-5:00 150+ Street Vendors on Washington Street ‐ crafts, art, food, exhibits, demonstrations and more (including approximately 30 non-profit organizations)
9:00-5:00 46th PA Regiment Infantry Civil War Band with period correct clothing – between 5th & 6th Streets
10:00-1:00 Ancient Echoes – between 3rd & 4th Streets
10:00-3:00 Italian Street Painting with Graham Curtis – between 4th & 3rd Streets
10:00-1:00 Centre Squares dancers, demonstration and audience participation – between 8th & 7th Streets
11:00 Dan & Galla – between 6th & 7th Streets
12:00 Ray Owens, classic American songs – between 8th & 7th Streets
12:00-4:00 Dayze Gone Bye Conestoga Wagon Rides ‐ Pick up at 5th & Washington Streets ‐ Must have a Mayfest Button to ride. (Can be purchased on the wagon or at the information booth)
12:30 50s Contest Hosted by Dan & Galla – between 6th & 7th Streets. (Near 613 Washington Street) Jitter Bug Contest, Bubble Gum Blowing, Pie Eating, Hula Hoops, FUN! Costume contest: Anyone in a costume can participate! Awards in many categories including most historically period correct and funniest costume.
1:00 Ray Owens, classic American songs – between 8th & 7th Streets
1:00 Jump rope and hop scotch competition – between 4th & 5th Streets
1:00 Hootenanny with Local Musicians – between 7th & 8th Streets
1:00 Jen Bertiaux , live acoustic music at The Daily Scoop & Lil Debs Custom Stained Glass Art Studio, 4th & Penn St.
2:00 Nick Miller Project featuring Gabe Green – between 4th and 5th Streets
2:00 Ray Owens, classic American songs – between 8th & 7th Streets
3:00 Street party with local band favorite The Crustaceans! Live music – between 4th & 5th Streets

DETAILS on entertainment plus fun things to do and see at Mayfest of Huntingdon:

Renaissance Faire – Washington Street, between 3rd & 4th Streets Presented by Allensville Planing Mill

Ancient Echoes performs Celtic Music & English County Dance group wears period costumes and interacts with the audience. The group includes Holly Foy who began playing guitar at age 11 and took up the hammered dulcimer in her late 20’s. She plays guitar, Irish skin drum (bodhran) and hammered dulcimer. Also performing will be Lisa McDivitt playing the recorder, harp and Irish floor harp. She has been a member of the SCA (Society of Creative Anachronism) for over 25 years and spends a week each summer at Pennsic, the largest Renaissance gathering in the world.

Knighting Ceremony – Kids can become knighted by the Queen for doing a good deed. Parents can nominate their children for knighting. Times to be announced.

Don’t miss the zany outhouse race to benefit Relay for Life / Cancer Society, home-brewed beer demonstration and authentic blacksmith demonstration on this block.

Woodstock Era – Washington Street, between 4th & 5th Streets

Dayze Gone Bye Conestoga Wagon Rides (Mayfest button required.) Start your ride in a horse-drawn vintage Conestoga wagon at the corner of 4th & Mifflin. Ride through historic downtown Huntingdon.

The Toss n’ Turn Twirl & Dance Team performs jazzy routines that are sure to be crowd pleasers. Also, don’t miss the jump rope and four-square competition on this block.

Victorian Era – Washington Street, between 5th & 6th Streets

Performing throughout the day will be the 46th PA REGIMENT BAND (Logan Guard) formed in December 1995 by a group of musicians from the Altoona area. The bands desire is to honor the Logan Guard Militia from Lewistown, the 46th PA Volunteer Regiment, and the musicians from Birdsboro Community Band who enlisted together and maintained the morale of the troops with their music throughout the war.

Don’t miss the DUNGEON on this block!

Back to the 50s – Washington Street, between 6th & 7th Streets Presented by Price Motor Sales

Dan & Galla will perform 50s tunes at scheduled times during the day. They also host the fun 50s-style contests like jitter bug, bubble gum blowing, hula hoop, and pie eating!

Don’t miss the COSTUME CONTEST hosted by Dan & Galla! Anyone in a costume can participate! Awards in many categories including most historically period correct and funniest costume.

Colonial Times – Washington Street, between 7th & 8th Streets Presented by Moove In Self Storage

Don’t miss the Hootenanny with local musicians on this block!

CHECK WWW.MAYFESTOFHUNTINGDON.COM FOR STAGE SCHEDULES, DETAILS AND UPDATES

Mayfest of Huntingdon is chaired by volunteer Linda DeArmitt and produced by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. The event is sponsored by Price Motor Sales, Moove In Self Storage, Allensville Planing Mill, the Huntingdon County Visitor’s Bureau, The Borough of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, WTAJ-TV Channel 10, wearecentralpa.com, HUNNY 106.3, QWiK Rock, and many local businesses and individuals who donate to make this event possible. Many other sponsors are listed at www.mayfestofhuntingdon.com.

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Open House at C. Barton McCann School of Art

April 28th and 29th 1-4pm

Featured Exhibition:
The JV Re-Creation Project is a creative performance designed to celebrate the arts and encourage environmentally sustainable practices. For this project, students and faculty members from the campuses of the Juniata Valley School District and Juniata College came together in the spring of 2012 to explore local sources and personal gifts. These sources and gifts informed the participants’  re-creations in the form of sculpture, poetry, dance, film, vocal and percussive performance, photography, storytelling and fashion.  Participants performed in early April on both the high school and the college campuses, promoting a celebration of cultures, introspection, and service. In addition to highlighting our local farming and hunting cultures, the Re-Creation Project 2012 expanded the audience’s cultural experience by featuring the music, stories and dress of The Gambia, West Africa. All proceeds supported the Juniata College club, Power Up Gambia, organized to raise funds to purchase solar panels and technical training for Gambian hospitals without electricity. All in all, the JV Re-Creation Project served to enrich participants and audiences alike.

Designers:
Kitana Downs and Anna Sajeski

C. Barton McCann School of Art
4144 Miller Road, Petersburg, PA 16669
814-667-2538 
admissions@mccannart.org
www.mccannart.org
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David Burgess in Concert

The Huntingdon County Arts Council is pleased to bring world-class guitarist David Burgess to Huntingdon this week. He will lead a master class at Huntingdon Area High School on Thursday, March 8 and a concert at the Stone Church of the Brethren on Friday March 9. The public concert starts at 7:30 and tickets will be available at the door.
The Art Space is located at 212 Fourth Street in Huntingdon.
We look forward to seeing you then!
Visit www.huntingdoncountyarts.org for more details.
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Six More Weeks of Winter? Happy Groundhog Day!

This morning, the eyes of the world were on Pennsylvania, and a celebrated rodent named Punxsutawney Phil.  Our beloved groundhog emerged from his burrow, saw his shadow, and proclaimed there will be six more weeks of winter.  Coincidentally, the calendar says the same thing!  The Raystown Lake Region has been experiencing an unseasonably warm winter so far, exemplified by the last two days with temperatures near 60 degrees.  Let’s assume that Phil is right, and that the winter weather is still to come.  We at the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau say: “bring it on!”

Most people think of our area in terms of summer, when our number one activity partaken by visitors is swimming.  Others really enjoy the fall when the leaves reveal their dramatic colors, and temperatures cool slightly for enjoyable hiking and biking.  Still others look forward each year to the redbud trees in bloom in the spring, and the advent of fishing seasons.  But winter can be just as fulfilling and refreshing in our little niche of The Alleghenies.

When the snow falls, our area is perhaps at its most beautiful, whitewashed with brightness.  A clear, moonlit winter night with snow on the ground is a great time to experience the trails in the area without need of a flashlight.  Many of our privately-owned vacation rentals are open year-round, giving you the opportunity to rejuvenate cuddled up by the light of a fireplace after a day of sled riding, shopping, snowball fighting, snow fort making, etc.  And as a bonus, winter produces the least crowded conditions at our restaurants, shops and recreation areas.

Here are a few suggestions of things to do during a winter Raycation:

  • Ride a Bike!  We’re not kidding, and neither are the folks at Rothrock Outfitters.  Rothrock Outfitters rents and sells a line of Fatbikes with wide, low PSI tires that are perfect for riding on snowy trails, lake ice, frozen streams and more.  Layer up and ride!  It’s also likely that one of the employees will ride with you if you’re a little tentative at first.
  • Throttle Up! Bring your snowmobile out for riding on about 200 miles of legal roads and trails.  Download a map of the main trails in Rothrock State Forest, or of Rothrock’s Trough Creek Wilderness trails, and get your motor running.  If you’re on your motorsled in the area of Whipple Dam State Park, we recommend a stop at Doan’s Bones Award Winning Barbecue for a warm-up lunch or dinner.
  • Warm the heART! Take a ride through the area on the Route 22 heART of the Alleghenies Artisan Trail, or the Art Thrives on 45 Artisan Trail.  These two driving routes through our region feature unique artists, galleries, and marketplaces to buy from local artists.  Huntingdon’s 4 and More Cultural District is an emerging cultural arts colony in the downtown area with unique programming at a variety of venues.

As always, you can plan your Raycation at our website: www.raystown.org, or give us a call at 888-RAYSTOWN (888-729-7869)

Happy Groundhog Day!

Sincerely,

Matt Price
Executive Director
Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau

 

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