The Great Gratz Fair opens on Sunday, September 16th for it's 145th season. $8.00 admission includes parking, carnival rides (exceptions noted), Midway shows, Main Stage shows (exceptions noted). Seniors and Active Military are only $4.Buy your tickets and check the schedule here.
Thursday, September 20
Penn State Master Gardeners in Perry County's September are hosting an event on Thursday, September 20th from 7-8:30 PM at the Penn State Extension, Perry County 8 South Carlisle Street in New Bloomfield. The topics covered will be on Paw Paws, Figs & Gooseberries. The program is free, but pre-registration is requested. You can register online at https://extension.psu.edu/paw-pawsfigs-and-gooseberries, or call 1-877-345-0691.
Friday, September 21
The 14th annual Mechanicsburg Chamber Golf Outing is on Friday, September 21st at Rich Valley Golf on 227 Rich Valley Road in Mechanicsburg. Registration & Lunch are at 12:00 PM followed by 1:00 PM tee time & 5:30 PM steak dinner. Sponsorship & prize donation opportunities are available. Contact the chamber to play, sponsor or volunteer at 717-796-0811, or visit www.mechanicsburgchamber.org
Saturday, September 22
Join us at Millerstown Community Park for Community Day 2018 on Saturday Sept 22 from 11 am 3 pm for a full course pig roast lunch, participate in a chili cook-off (entries still being accepted), let the kids play in the fun zone and shop the vendors (vendors still being accepted). All proceeds benefit Millerstown Fire Company. Event is hosted by New Harvest Community Church in Millerstown. For more information email email@example.com.
Saturday, September 22
Hunter Trapper Safety course at Ned Smith Center. This training course is required by law for all first-time hunters and trappers before buying a license and is open to anyone age 11 and older. There will be a certification exam at the end of the course. Course manuals are available at the Ned Smith Center gift shop during regular hours (Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Lunch will be provided. To register, please visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website (pgc.pa.gov), click on “Education,” and search for this class by name and location. There is no charge for the course, the manuals or lunch.
TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. LOCATION: the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art ADMISSION: Free, registration through PA Game Commission
Saturday, September 22
The Perry Farm Fest will be held Saturday, September 22nd from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Perry County Land & Cattle Co at1800 Homestead Road in Newport. Hosted by Bill & Marti Roberts, the Perry Farm Fest is fun for all ages! There will be learning stations, free milk & ice cream, local food vendors, animals & equipment and real farmers!
Monday, September 24
The next Perry County Chamber networking event is sponsored by Sherman's Valley Strutters at Cluggy's at 7456 Spring Road in New Bloomfield from 6 - 8 PM. Register here.
September, 28-30 The Pillow Bicentennial Celebration will continue September 28, 29 and 30. Pillow began as Schneidershtettle in 1818, became Uniontown in 1864, and Pillow in 1965. Pillow will open the celebrations on Friday evening, September 28, at Pillow Borough Hall, with a reenactment of a 19th century Town Hall Meeting Saturday, September 29, will feature “Heritage Day in the Park”, with old time crafters doing demonstrations; a display of antique cars and other vehicles; children’s games; a photographer doing original tintype photography on site complete with 19th century costumes; Civil War campsites; food and entertainment; and a parade. The parade will begin at 11am. “The After Hours Big Band” will be on stage from 6pm to 9pm. Sunday, September 30, will begin with a community church service including special musical presentations, a community lunch followed by the presentation of the “Quilts of Valor” to our residents who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. The celebration will end with musical presentations by “Men in Harmony” and others to be announced.
Friday, September 28
Read between the wines! Yes, we said wines, not lines! This is Dauphin County Library's Annual Wine & Book Event Friday September 28th at Armstrong Valley Winery. Tickets are only $25 and include free wine tasting, cheese and chocolate buffet, book pairing list, wine glass and wine tote to take home! Swing music performed by Me, Myself & I. There will also be lots of raffle prizes! Buy your ticket at the Dauphin County Library in Elizabethville or Harrisburg & support your local library!
Saturday, September 29
Always wanted to own a Ned Smith original or print? Looking for great wildlife art, prints and originals? This is your event. We will have over 150 pieces of wildlife art for you to take home with you. TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. LOCATION: the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art ADMISSION: Free, Winners of items will pay for those items
Sunday, September 30
The Historical Society of Perry County will host a Living History Sunday September 30 at Trinity Christian church 106 W. High St. New Bloomfield. There will be two presentations by six costumed actors portraying personalities that were founders of the community.
Tickets are $10 in advance $12 at the door. Call 717-636-1185 for tickets and information.
Saturday, October 6
Vendors Needed for Newport’s Canal Day!
Downtown Newport will be bustling on October 6th from 9 AM to 2 PM as the Newport Revitalization and Preservation Society hosts Canal Day. The street fair includes music by Friend of Bob, a blessing of the animals by Rev. Rebecca Myers of Chamber member the Church of the Nativity & St. Stephen, an NHS pep rally, and a children’s area. Local businesses, nonprofits, and artisans sell food, merchandise, and crafts, and participate to bring awareness to their organizations.
For more information and to download a vendor form, visit http://www.nrps.pa.net/canalday.html
Saturday, October 6
Saturday, October 6th is the pioneer festival from 11 AM - 4 PM at Lake Tobias. Free pioneer games and crafts for children. Authentic primitive shelter hayrides, food and fun. Sponsored by Messiah Lutheran Church. Visit www.laketobias.com for more information.
Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7
The Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest is back for the 20th time with a weekend full of family entertainment, games, car show, inflatable games, food vendors, arts & crafts, musical performances, and much more!
Schedule of Events can be found at pennsboropumpkinfest.com!
Tuesday, October 9
Join NSCNA on what would be Ned’s 99th birthday and celebrate the late artist and the legacy he has left behind. We will hear stories from several people who knew this Pennsylvanian environmental champion and also watch the recent documentary produced by WITF. Pre-registration suggested, but not required. All guests at this even will have the opportunity to win a Ned Smith print. TIME: 6 – 8 p.m. LOCATION: the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art ADMISSION: Free admission, donations accepted.
Saturday, October 13
Another of our annual traditions, Fall Family Fun Day is all about the kids! For 2018 we have planned crafts and activities for the kids that have to do with how animals prepare for winter. We will also have ZooAmerica, wagon rides along the “Wic” and a very special dedication of Nature’s Discovery Play area. TIME: noon to 4 p.m. LOCATION: The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art; 176 Water Company Rd; Millersburg, PA 17061 ADMISSION: $5/person 6 and older $15/family of 4
October 17th - 20th
Friends of the Elizabethville Area Library Fall Book Sale held at Salem United Church of Christ on 143 W. Main St.in Elizabethville. All proceeds support the Elizabethville Area Library. Sale starts each day at 10:00 AM. Thursday, October 18th fill a box for $20. Friday October 19th, fill a box for $20 or a bag for $7. Saturday October 20th, fill a box for $20, a bag for $7, or two bags for $10.
Volunteers are appreciated. Sign up at the Library or call 717-362-3148.
Saturday & Sunday, October 27-28
Saturday, October 27th through Sunday October 28th is Boo! At the Zoo Weekend. Children 12 years and younger wearing a halloween costume will freceive FREE park admission (does not include safari tour). Trick or treat candy stations for all children through age 12. Free pumpkin decorating activity for children, while supplies last.
Friday, November 2
Experts on night-time raptors will explore the facts and shatter the myths about these beautiful creatures. This program features live owls from Penn State University’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. Certified bird banders from the Center’s Northern Saw-Whet Owl Banding Project will provide owl banding demonstrations and discuss efforts to gather more information on the tiny birds that migrate through Penn’s Woods on cold fall nights. TIME: 7 – 9 p.m. LOCATION: The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art; 176 Water Company Rd; Millersburg, PA 17061 ADMISSION: $5/person 6 and older
Saturday, November 10
One of the most famous tales from Arabian Nights, the story of Aladdin and his magic lamp has entertained all ages for hundreds of years. Join Aladdin and his super-powered Genie as he learns an important lesson in responsibility. Can Aladdin outwit the evil Fazeem and win the heart of the beautiful princess? Remember, be careful what you wish for! TIME: 11 a.m. LOCATION: The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art; 176 Water Company Rd; Millersburg, PA 17061 ADMISSION: $6/person 5 and older
Saturday, November 10
Following a 7 P.M. presentation by NASA’s Jerry Bonnell, we will bundle up for some fall star-gazing with telescopes set up by members of the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg (ASH). If skies are cloudy, we will have some telescopes set up indoors for a “Telescope Lab” with ASH members. Also, if you need help in setting up or using your own telescope, bring it along. Presented in cooperation with Astronomical Society of Harrisburg, Millersburg Rotary Club, and Millersburg Borough. Pre-registration suggested, but not required. Free admission, donations accepted. TIME: 7 – 10 p.m. LOCATION: the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art ADMISSION: Free admission, donations accepted.
Thursday, November 15
Scott Bills is back to teach us more about some of our favorite backyard birds. Some birds don’t fly south for the winter, learn how to help care for our feathered friends during the coldest part of the year. TIME: 7 – 9 p.m. LOCATION: The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art; 176 Water Company Rd; Millersburg, PA 17061 ADMISSION: $5/person 6 and older
Sunday, November 18
The Williams Valley Educator's Association will be presenting Brad Crum and the BCT Legend Band in concert on November 18, 2018 at the Williams Valley High School in Tower City. A spaghetti dinner is included in the price of admission from 11am-1pm, and the concert begins at 2pm. Tickets are $14.00 and can be purchased at the school or by calling 717-647-2167. Proceeds benefit scholarships presented by WVEA.