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After Labor Day weekend, I and my staff at the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau hear this a lot from friends, family, neighbors, and other community acquaintances: “Now that summer’s over, you get to relax. Right?” While it is true that the part of our job that includes serving visitors on-site at the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center does slow down a bit after Labor Day, we still expect to serve around 3,500 visitors over the counter during September and October (compared to just over 10,000 during July and August).
But visitor services is far from all that we do. In the late summer and fall, the focus of our staff shifts partially from serving visitors to recruiting businesses into the association, planning and selling advertising for the 2013 Huntingdon County/Raystown Lake Region Visitors Guide, updating the look, feel and functionality of our website at Raystown.org, and mapping out strategies for advertising and promotion to attract new visitors in 2013.
September and October weekends are also jam-packed with events in the Raystown Lake Region. Starting this weekend with the Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, and continuing with fantastic festivals, craft fairs, historic interpretations, harvest activities, and Hauntingdon events, and more through Halloween! This is prime-time to come visit us. The water and daytime temperatures are still warm enough for water sports, and the nights are cool enough for cuddling up by a campfire or fireplace, and getting a good night’s sleep, and best of all, if you can make it mid-week, you’ll feel like the entire 8,300 acre Raystown Lake belongs to you and you alone!
So have a great fall! We’ll be “relaxing” at the office, ready to help you have a great Raycation! 😉
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 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
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Today is the official opening of the Seven Points Campground at Raystown Lake, which surrounds our office at the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center! The campground is being managed this year for the first time by the Friends of Raystown Lake, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help promote and protect the environmental and recreational missions of the Army Corps of Engineers Raystown Lake Project by engaging in partnerships to further those missions. As the recreation mission of the Corps continues to deal with decreases in the federal budget, organizations like the Friends of Raystown Lake are finding creative ways to keep a good thing going at Army Corps projects around the country. We applaud them for that!
Although we have a good number of campgrounds, vacation homes, B&B’s, and hotels that are open year-round in the Raystown Lake Region, there is a general consensus that April is the “soft opening” of our tourism season. By the end of April almost all of our places to stay and attractions are open for business (there are a handful that won’t open until Memorial Day Weekend). Here are a few reasons why April is a great time to visit the RLR.
- The Fish! Trout season begins in Huntingdon County on April 14th. Even if you don’t like to fish, it is always an amazing drive along route 26 between McAlevy’s Fort and Huntingdon to see the linear tent city that develops beginning Friday, April 13th. For the local trout stocking schedule, click here. We have world-class trout streams in the Little Juniata River, Spruce Creek, Standing Stone Creek, Shavers Creek, Great Trough Creek, and Blacklog Creek. We also have great fishing for species other than trout in Raystown Lake, and on the Juniata River. Check out our partner site at The Alleghenies for great fishing options in the region.
- The Blossoms! From yellow forsythia, white apple, soft pink pear, hot pink redbud, lilac, rhododendron, and white mountain laurel, the blossoms on our native trees and shrubs is gorgeous during April (some started blooming with an early warm spell in March). Spring in our niche of The Alleghenies is equally as beautiful as our autumn leaves.
- The Birds! Whether you are a novice who marvels at the sight of a bald eagle, or a seasoned ornithologist with a life list of songbirds, we’ve got the place for you! For a guaranteed look at raptors, check out Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, where their raptor center features a variety of live birds of prey that due to injury, would not likely survive in the wild. For a great place to view and hear songbirds, check out the Hillside Nature Trail at Seven Points Recreation Area at Raystown Lake.
- The Shows! April in Huntingdon County, brings with it a lot of great shows. The Playhouse at McConnellstown opens its season with Belles in April as Juniata College closes its season with fantastic student performances in theater and music. April also kicks off a great season of outdoor concerts with the live music at Mayfest of Huntingdon! Shows also include minor league and NCAA baseball, as well as Penn State Football‘s annual Blue-White Game.
So whatever your passion is this spring, bring it to the Raystown Lake Region, and stop in and see us at the Visitors Center while you’re here!
- -Stroll through downtown Huntingdon during Mayfest (in April), and see six different historical time periods come to life. You could witness a joust, join in a hula hoop contest, or take an old-fashioned covered wagon ride around town.
- -Pedal with mountain bikers from all over the east coast on the Allegrippis Trails overlooking Raystown Lake as part of DirtFest, sponsored by Dirt Rag Magazine and the Raystown Mountain Bike Association. The Allegrippis Trails were named one of the Top 4 best bike trails in North America by Men’s Journal in 2009.
- -Chase the thrill of the Wild West, while the big boys try to go 8 seconds on an ornery bull at the Central PA Rodeo held at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds. Hear the sound of pounding hooves, and watch the dirt fly in this high-intensity performance.
- -Listen to championship-caliber musicians from all parts of the country perform at the Central Pennsylvania Ragtime Festival in Rockhill Furnace. The 2011 festival featured Adam Swanson, the three-time junior champion of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest, and Frederick Hodges, hailed by the press as one of the best jazz and ragtime pianists in the world.
- -Sing, dance, and worship at Creation – one of the largest Christian music festivals in the United States – on the Agape Farm in Mount Union. This four-day festival features Christian bands, speakers, and authors. Some estimates say as many as 100,000 people attend the show each year.
- -Stare in awe at one-of-a-kind vehicles, as well as “Herbie the Love Bug,” and a Delorean DMC-12, just like the one in “Back to the Future,” at the Swigart Automobile Museum Meet in Huntingdon. The meet is co-hosted by the Allegheny Mountain Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America.
- -Smell and taste award-winning barbeque cooked low & slow by semi-professional teams at Barbeque at the Beach, Raystown Lake. Teams at past events have come from as far away as Florida and Canada.
- -Learn from artists who hand-craft their wares right before your eyes at Hartslog Day in Alexandria. The 2012 festival will be the 37th year for this event, and includes activities for all ages, live music, and food vendors.
- -Ride the oldest operating narrow-gauge railroad east of the Mississippi during the East Broad Top Railroad’s Fall Spectacular in Rockhill Furnace. Originally chartered to haul the coal of the East Broad Top area, the railroad began operations as a tourist attraction in 1960. The changing leaves and cooler air make for a wonderful ride on an antique steam engine.
- -Feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up as you brave haunted houses, haunted caves, and walking tours by lantern light in Hauntingdon. The “Coolest Small Town in PA,” as voted in 2009 by readers of BudgetTravel.com, turns into the “Ghoulest Small Town” during the month of October, and features a variety of scary and not-so-scary activities for adults and families.
- -Get transported to a magical place filled with sparkling lights and animated displays during the Rockhill Trolley Museum’s Polar Bear Express in Rockhill Furnace. Ride aboard an authentic electric trolley car to Blacklog Narrows. An open-air trolley is available for the more adventurous folks. Warm up in the cafeteria with some hot chocolate and snacks after your trip.
There’s never a dull moment in the Raystown Lake Region!
Julie Price is the Director of Operations at Sweet Annie Herbs and the Gage Mansion, and resides in Huntingdon.