These last three months were wet and humid, but I hope you took advantage of all the summer fun found in the Susquehanna River Valley. With fairer weather ahead, September is the perfect month to explore the region’s many amazing attractions and events.
Fall festivals and heritage celebrations are in abundance this month. Check out Milton’s annual Harvest Festival which features a 5K, a parade, and the Milton Model Train Museum open house; the Danville Fall Arts and Crafts Fair; the McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair; Moon Shine Camo’s Annual Shindig; the Heart of Lewisburg Art and Music Festival; the Beaver Community Fair; Lake Augusta Wine and Brew Festival; the Bloomsburg Fair; and Selinsgrove’s Market Street Festival. For some good old-fashioned down on the farm fun visit Ponduce Farms in Elysburg for their fall festival weekends.
Farm fun in September also includes a Sheep Sorting Tour at Owens Farm in Sunbury. Watch the Border Collie herd the sheep and visit with other favorite farm animals. Ard’s Farm in Lewisburg opens its Maze Park, featuring an interactive corn maze, corn cannon, the Fun Barn, plus special mazes for kids, and hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch. Kohl’s Stony Hill Farm, in Milton, offers its corn maze with over four miles of trails, life-sized lawn games, a pumpkin patch, and hayrides through the countryside. Special events include Kohl’s Annual Classic Car Show and BBQ plus Dog Days in the Maze if you like to enjoy the great outdoors with your four-legged friend. You can also take your pooch to Lewisburg Doggie Dips, Knoebels’ Doggie Dive, or race with your dog in the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority’s Tails to Trails 5K Run/Walk.
Art lovers will find exhibits throughout the valley during the month of September. The Milton Art Bank installation of One Silver, One Gold is a funky look at a woman named Alice, a man named Banjo, a doll, a glass eye, and a kettle of boiling soup. Milton Art Bank also presents Paul Botelho’s The Extended Voice, where you can experience the sonic environments of medieval church ruins. Explore the role of women in medieval societies through Bucknell University’s Samek Art Museum’s exhibit, Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts from the 13th-18th Centuries. Related events include a gallery talk, and Manuscripts and Munchies, fun relaxed conversations over lunch. In the Samek’s downtown gallery see Pastoral Pleasures, an exhibit of landscapes from the museum’s permanent collection. The Exchange Gallery in Bloomsburg presents Then and Now, art that explores the changes that happen as time moves forward. Susquehanna University’s Degenstein Gallery will showcase The Quickening Image: Wax-Resist Drawings. Wax-resist drawing is a layered, large-scale, mixed-media approach that utilizes wax as a resist for subsequent ink and charcoal washes.
September is full of musical performances at area restaurants and arts venues. Country Cupboard will be hosting Music in the Courtyard, free concerts with local musicians on Fridays. Front Street Station hosts Music on the Patio with great outdoor dining and live entertainment on weekends. Skeeter’s Pit BBQ presents area favorite, the Folk Justice Band, a classic rock band with a fun light show. Rusty Rail Live welcomes bluesman, Popa Chubby; and Driftwood, a band with a rock n’ roll soul and a folk-art mind. Bucknell University’s Weis Center for the Performing Arts offers two free concerts in September. David Power, one of Ireland’s foremost uilleann pipers, and beloved fiddler Willie Kelly will perform favorite Irish tunes; and oud master, Mohamed Abozekry will perform a mix of Egypt’s classical music traditions with Sufi calls and poetry. Return for a concert with Egyptian vocalist Dina Elwedidi. Red Molly returns to perform Americana music — from folk to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky-tonk in a concert at the Campus Theatre. The Ned Smith Center features Shotgun performing a mix of rock and funk hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The Community Arts Center starts its 2018-2019 season with the music of Charlie Daniels presented by Legends of Rock. Then Tony Danza will hit the stage combining his timeless music with wit, charm, storytelling, and a dash of soft shoe and ukulele performances, while interweaving stories about his life and music.
History enthusiasts will enjoy several events. The Mifflinburg Buggy Museum will sponsor a historic bike tour to share the history of many businesses, including the Brown Carriage Works, Sterling Brothers Throwing Mill, the Hopp Carriage Company and the Mifflinburg Buggy Company. The Lycoming County Historical Society Taber Museum welcomes reenactor Meg Geffken who will portray Abigail Geisinger who is credited with building a modern general hospital completed in 1912. Two years later, the hospital played a pivotal role in the receipt of wounded and recuperating soldiers, casualties of World War I. The Taber lecture series will feature William E. Fischer Jr., U.S. Air Force (retired), speaking about aviation during World War I. Attend the Central PA Vintage Iron Club Festival and step back in time to see vintage tractors, steam engines, hit and miss engines, tractor pulls, and even Tractor Square Dancing. The Gutelius Log House Museum will host an open house with Bruce Teeple of the Union County Historical Society, who will present a program about Pennsylvania German name origins and meanings. In early September Lake Augusta Outfitters offers pontoon boat tours of the Susquehanna River with local historian and storyteller, John Moore. Enjoy Historical True Stories of Early Life Along the Susquehanna River while taking a leisurely ride on the river.
Theater lovers will enjoy Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s performance of The Explorer’s Club. In 1879 London a stuffy old boys club contemplates admitting their first female member in this wildly funny send-up of science, sexism, and changing times (Rated mature). Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s tragic tale of star-crossed lovers from two sparring families, will be on stage at the Community Theatre League. And for children, the Elias Center for Performing Arts invites families to FrankenSTEM where the audience will help bring the creation to life using STEM principles. The Millbrook Playhouse also presents a show just for kids, Pinkalicious the Musical, a tale of a little girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes. Her pink indulgence gives her Pinkititis and lands her at the doctor’s office where she learns the power of self-control and moderation.
For more information (including dates and times) on all September events in the Susquehanna River Valley go to VisitCentralPA.org; sign up for our weekly e-newsletter; call us at 800-525-7320; or stop by our Visitor Center on Route 15.
Andrew Miller is the executive director of the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau.