Backyard Tourist Columns - April 2014

By Andrew Miller

Hello neighbors.  April is days away!  Hallelujah! Let’s not waste any time and let’s start exploring all the great things to see and do at the end of March and throughout April in the Susquehanna River Valley.

Festivals, shopping specials and open houses celebrate Spring’s arrival. Enjoy area open houses at Mifflinburg’s Country Farm and Home through March 29th; Middleburg’s Star Hallow Candle Company, April 4th-5th, and the Decorating Center/Country Traditions at D.C. in Mifflinburg, April 10th-12th.  Armish’s Country Star in Selinsgrove offers their Spring Fling Celebration on April 5th; Fero Vineyard’s is hosting a day of girl-time, wine and shopping on April 5th, and Brushstrokes in Lewisburg is offering their Spring Cleaning Sale through March 31st with great sales for all you artists out there.  And don’t forget the Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts runs April 25 – May 10, featuring the Market Street Arts Festival, performing artists, musical entertainment, art workshops and contests.

Fishing enthusiasts will not want to miss the beginning of PA Trout Season, opening April 12th so be sure to stop by Blue Heron Sports to grab your gear and find out more about upcoming tournaments.  Pick up/request a copy of our Susquehanna River Valley Fishing Guide to find the best spots for fishing in the region.  If you think you may eventually prefer to swim with fishes, be sure to check out all the classes and events at A Water Odyssey Scuba.If you prefer to be on the green, download our “Golf in the Susquehanna River Valley” brochure from our web site or sign up for spring golf instructions at the Tee to Green Golf Center between Northumberland and Danville.

History lovers will enjoy the documentary film, “Surrender! The Sudden Death of Alvira, PA” [this Union County town was seized by the Government and leveled in 1942 to make room for a TNT plant] on March 30th; a Tour of Grove’s Mill [one of the oldest water-powered grain mills in the country that is still in operation] on April 6th;  Afternoon Tea with Beatrix Potter at the Abigail House in Danville on April 13th;  Jeff Greenawalt will portray George Washington and discuss his involvement before and during the French and Indian War and his dealings with Andrew Montour , April 17th at 7pm at Hunter House in Sunbury; the 150th Anniversary of “In God We Trust”, April 22nd and 27th in Milton; Author Presentations and Book Signings by area native, Berk Dunkerly, on his book, “No Turning Back A Guide to the Civil War Overland Campaign, from the Wilderness to Cold Harbor”, on April 22nd and 23rd, and “The Real Isle of Que” – a Snyder County Historical Society Program on April 29th.

I will use my remaining space in this column to entice you visit our web site to learn more about:  Country Farm and Home Make and Take classes; Mater Gardener Presentations; Spring Art Shows at the Packwood House Museum; Kid-Friendly Programs and Presentations; the Buffalo Valley Therapy Dog Parade; Celebrating Easter at Kohl’s Stony Hill Farm; an Easter Egg Hunt at the Island Park Marina in Sunbury on the 19th, plus the Susquehanna Valley Cruise Inn  - showcasing car, classics, antiques, Hot Rods, trucks and "pimped out rides" on April 19th.  And believe me, there is still more events to be found on the area’s only regional Calendar of Events!

For more information on all August events in the Susquehanna River Valley go to VisitCentralPA.org; sign up for our weekly e-newsletter; call us at 1-800-525-7320; stop by our Visitor Center on Route 15, or download our NEW Mobile App.

Andrew Miller is the Executive Director of the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau.