Backyard Tourist Columns - June 2014

By Andrew Miller

Hello neighbors!  June is here.  Grab your kids, family, friends, shorts and sunglasses and explore all the awesome things to enjoy this summer right in your own backyard.  Let the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau be your vacation resource for your  summer fun. 

What better way to kick off summer than enjoying our fairs and festivals?  Don’t miss the Open House & Craft Fair at Hunters Valley Winery, June 7th-8th; the Strawberry Festival at Warrior Run Church in Watsontown on June 8th; Pineknotters’ Days Celebration in Northumberland, June 29th – July 5th, or the Union County Veteran’s Day “Hometown Independence Celebration” – which includes The Freedom Bike Ride, USO Gala Dinner Dance, Big Band concert and fireworks, June 27th and 28th. 

History and heritage lovers will want to tour our museums that include the Mifflinburg  Buggy Museum, the Slifer House Museum, the Gutelius House Museum, Fort Augusta Museum, the Joseph Priestly House Museum, the Packwood House Museum, the Peter Herdic Transportation Museum, Thomas T. Tabor Museum, the Snyder County Historical Museum, The Dale/Engle/Walker House or attend a workshop on Native American History in Central PA on June 26th or meet the author of “The Cogan Legend”, Robert Miller on June 19th.  You can even have Afternoon Tea With Queen Elizabeth II on the 29th at the Abigail House in Danville.

School is out for summer!  And there is a TON of fun to be found at a variety of summer camps throughout the area in June:  Kid’s Cave Kamp at Lincoln Cave in Huntington; Elementary and Middle School Music Camps at Central Oaks Heights; Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority’s Summer Camp; Fishing for Families, Digging for Dinosaurs, plus Nature, Arts, and Archeology Summer Camps at the Ned Smith Summer Camp; Box of Light Summer Camp [featuring Mincecraft Filmaking, Claymation, Legos and comic book creation], or “Snack-Attack:  Kids Cooking Workshop Series” at the Children’s Museum.  Check out the calendar on our web site for more amazing classes, workshops, movies and special events for kids at our local libraries.

June is also full of outdoor adventure.  Canoe and kayak lovers will not want to miss the North Branch Canal Cruise, the Schuylkill River Sojourn, or Canoe Susquehanna’s three June events:  The McKees Mainstem Adventure, the Lewisburg Appetizer and the Peace of the Susquehanna Guided Kayak Trips.  Enjoy outdoor fun at the garden tours of Lewisburg and Mifflinburg; wagon rides, flower picking and farm tours at Owens Farm in Sunbury; and enjoy animals of all kinds at T&D’s Cats of the World, plus the dinosaur and butterfly exhibits at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland.  Outdoor competitors will not want to miss the newly opened Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area’s first race of the season – the Ruff and Tuff Road to Trail Race on June 7th.  June also welcomes the opening of many community pools - including the West Beaver Veteran’s Pool – plus opening day for bass on June 14th.  Be sure to check out our web site for a list of regional fishing tournaments [announced by Blue Heron Sports] and download the only regional Fishing Guide for the Susquehanna River Valley. Is golf you favorite summer pastime?  Download our Golfing in the Susquehanna River Valley brochure featuring a variety of golf courses throughout the region.

Other fun June events include theatrical performances of “Happy Days“ and “The Wizard of Oz” at the Milbrook Playhouse plus the musical “1776” at the Courtyard Theater; the Free Family Film Series at the Campus Theatre; knitting, needlecraft and cross-stitching classes; the Susquehanna Valley Cruise-In at Lickety Split Diner, and the Dog Days of Summer [pet-friendly event featuring vendors, costume contest, and dog trainers] on the 21st at Hufnagle Park in Lewisburg.

Be sure to check out our web site for a complete list of regional Summer Concert Series, area bands and musical entertainment, such as Selinsgrove’s new summer event – “Piano Palooza!”

And don’t forget all of our wineries, State Parks, hiking and biking trails – including 7 bike routes available in our Visitor Center - Knoebels Amusement Resort, our amazing restaurants offering fine food and specials; plus more fun events that I could even list here!   Check out our web site later in June for a complete listing of regional fireworks and themed itineraries to make your vacation planning for yourself or visiting friends and family as easy as 1, 2, 3!

June offers amazing things to explore, discover and enjoy.  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 Mobile App.

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