Veterans Day Events Across PA’s Heritage Areas

Veterans Day 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the day the armistice was signed resulting in the end of World War I. Celebrate by attending a Veterans Day event in one of these 7 heritage areas and honor all of our veterans that have served our country in times of war and peace.

PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor
Sonestown, PA

Armistice Day (Veterans Day) Tribute and Remembrance of The Great War (WWI) (Nov 11)

Allegheny National Forest
Presque Isle State Park
Wayne County

100th Anniversary of WWI (Nov 10)

Lackawanna Heritage Valley
Lackawanna State Park

White Abolitionists, Black Fighters of Waverly (11/13)

Lumber Heritage Region
Irvine, PA

Veterans Appreciation Day (Nov 10)

Youngsville Fire Hall, PA

Second Annual Veterans Breakfast (Nov 11)

Warren, PA

4th Annual 4 Paws 4 Veterans Dinner (Nov 11)

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
Bethlehem, PA

SteelStacks Veterans Day (Nov 11)

Bethlehem, PA

Veterans Day Weekend at NMIH (Nov 10 & 11)

Susquehanna Heritage
Lancaster County

Toss for Troupes (Nov 10)

Elizabethtown, PA

Arts and the Armistice (Nov 11)

Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor
Chambersburg Heritage Center

Additional Funding Available through Façade Program Grant

In an effort to enhance the attractiveness of small towns within the PA Wilds and PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor regions, the Façade Program is helping commercial property and business owners improve the look of their buildings.

In addition to the 30 grants already awarded this year, the PA Route 6 Alliance and PA Wilds Region is giving more local businesses the opportunity to improve their exteriors. PA Route 6 Alliance Executive Director, Terri Dennison said  “A majority of the projects have been completed and our towns are certainly looking fantastic…We are in the position now to award 2-3 more projects that are ready to go.”

The deadline for applying for a grant is November 14, 2018 and funding is available for either façade improvements or signage.  For more information and a copy of the guidelines, visit the PA Route 6 website at http://www.paroute6.com/facade.

Knox-Kane Rails to Trails

Photo Credit: Bradford Era

On Friday, October 19th, the Lumber Heritage Region celebrated the completion of the Knox-Kane “Rails to Trails” project at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Mt. Jewett.  A product of years-long worth of efforts, this project focused on converting a historic, almost four-mile railroad system from Mt. Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge State Park. Now, as an accessible trail, the newly developed Knox-Kane stretch not only provides opportunities for hiking, biking, and horseback riding but also for increased tourism and economic development.

Amongst those participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony were Cindy Dunn, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Janie French, executive director of the Headwaters Charitable Trust. Both Dunn and French were credited for helping secure project funding, with French saying “Without local support, this trail could not have been developed.”

Amongst the guest speakers, was Mt. Jewett Borough Councilman, Brett Morgan, saying  “It’s not often that a small community gets $1 million for a project, and it’s exciting to see what trails can be to a community,”.

For more information on the Knox-Kane Rails to Trails project, click here.

Discover Pennsylvania’s Elk Country

Also known as Elk Country, Pennsylvania’s Lumber Heritage Region (LHR) and is home to the largest wild elk herd in the northeastern United States. Whether you’re visiting the region for Elk watching, or to take in the spectacular views, you will not be disappointed.

LHR’s partner, the PA Wilds, has an Elk Country visitors experience that will keep you coming back for more. With some of the most magnificent wild lands east of the Mississippi, the Pennsylvania Wilds not only provides visitors with breathtaking beauty, but also has some of the best outdoor recreation activities in North America. Grab a locally-brewed beer at Straub Brewery or watch live demonstrations of chainsaw carvings at the Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, all the while being surrounded by breathtaking beauty and spectacular views.

To learn more, visit http://pawilds.com/landscape/elk-country/.

Celebrate the Beauty of the Schuylkill River at the Scenes of The Schuylkill Art Show

Devil’s Pool, oil on canvas by Maura Matthews

The Schuylkill River Greenways NHA has put out a call for artists to participate in the 15th Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill Art Show.  This annual, juried event celebrates the beauty of the region with pieces created by some of the area’s finest artists. Hosted every fall, in partnership with Montgomery County Community College, artworks submitted are displayed in the West Campus gallery for viewing.

All submissions must be made on October 22 from 12 pm – 5 pm. The Scenes of the Schuylkill Art Show will take place Oct. 31 – Dec. 14, 2018.

Visit this link for more information: http://www.schuylkillriver.org/Detail.aspx?id=1546

Celebrate The American Industrial Arts at the Festival of Combustion

With craft beer, food trucks, live music and an artisan marketplace, you won’t want to miss Rivers of Steel’s biggest event of the year! Join the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area at the Carrie Furnaces to celebrate the industrial arts Festival of Combustion this September!  Some of the region’s most skilled artists, makers and builders will be showcasing their crafts for you to enjoy. Watch as these artists perform live demonstrations of blacksmithing, glass-blowing, raku ceramics, welding, metal fabrication, and even custom automotive work!

In one of the main events of the festival, The Rivers of Steel’s skilled foundry team will fire up the furnaces and smelt iron, recreating the industrial process that the Carrie furnaces are best known for. Not only will festival-goers be able to witness one of the oldest industrial processes, but they will also be able to partake by carving their very own scratch mold to be cast during the iron pour! Attendees will have access to other hands-on activities including glazing raku-fired vases with Ton Pottery and printmaking with Katy Dement.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate; Kids under 18 get in free! For more information, or to book your ticket now, visit https://www.showclix.com/event/festival-of-combustion-.

2018 Greenways Awards Recipients Announced

Oil City, PA – The public is invited to attend a free ceremony on Wednesday, August 15 at which the annual Greenways Awards will be presented by the Council on Greenways and Trails.  This event will begin at 4 p.m. at Oil Creek Memorial Landing, located on Route 8 North in Oil City adjacent to the Dollar General store.

These annual awards celebrate individuals, groups, and businesses which reach out to assist the communities of Clarion, Crawford, and Venango Counties to enhance or protect greenways and trails, which can be parks, land and water trails, hiking /walking paths, scenic and cultural resources.  The property where the greenway is located may be private or public.

The Thomas Allen Greenways Partner of the Year Award will be presented to Tom Jennings, recognizing his talent and expertise in organizing the Oil Creek 100 Trail race held in Oil Creek State Park.  This year the event will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. To date, it has introduced thousands of people to greenways in the Oil Region National Heritage Region with over 450 runners and their families participating annually each autumn.  This award is sponsored by the Franklin Industrial and Commercial Development Authority.

Clarion County Chapter of the North Country Trails will be receiving the 2018 Greenways Neighbor of the Year Award for their work developing the new Clarion Loop Trail.  This 1.5 mile loop connects Main Street in Clarion to the Clarion River; it has quickly become an asset to the community with many recreational enthusiasts using it daily.  This award is sponsored by the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism.

The James E. Holden Greenways Volunteer of the Year Award is co-sponsored by the Holden family and the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce.   Michael O’Neill will be receiving this award for his work on the Rail 66 Country Trail.

All award recipients will receive framed certificates issued by the CGT, plus native serviceberry trees will be planted in their honor in an active greenways project site of their choice within the three-county area. For best tree survival, the actual tree plantings occur in the autumn; a custom bronze plaque made by Franklin Bronze Plaques is also positioned at the base of each of these award trees.

Refreshments will be served at the ceremony; there people planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling Kim Harris, Awards Chair, at 814-677-3152; Ext. 120, [email protected]  For more information about CGT, please see www.nwpagreenways.org.

Celebrate 5th Fridays with HeritagePA

Pennsylvania’s 12 Heritage Areas are chock-full of U.S. history. Use this extra Friday, just before America’s birthday, to take in the history, heritage, and creativity of PA while supporting local businesses and organizations. For some ideas, check out these two events below happening along the National Road and PA Route 6.

National Road Heritage Corridor:
Visit the Towns Along the National Road & Shop Local

PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor: 
Visit the War Memorials and Historical Sites Along Route 6