Hello neighbors! March is here, and we are eager for spring. Let’s beseech Mother Nature to send sunny skies, warmer days, and the lovely songs of birds returning from their winter vacations. Until then, let’s discover all there is to do in March in the Susquehanna River Valley.
Music isn’t only for the birds — or sung by them! It is a very musical month in the Susquehanna River Valley starting with a concert on Thursday at Bucknell University’s Weis Center for the Performing Arts by the Loreli Ensemble showcasing early and contemporary vocal repertoire for women’s voices. Then on March 20, Che Malambo celebrates gaucho, the unique South American cowboy tradition, in a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle. The National Symphony of Cuba will perform on the 22nd at the Weis Center. On March 9, the Community Arts Center in Williamsport presents the Chieftans, who are highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music. The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra performs your classical favorites on March 17; experience Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour on March 23; The Squirrel Nut Zippers, an American jazz band, on March 24; and Steven Curtis Chapman, the most awarded artist in Christian music, on March 25; all at the Community Arts Center. The Susquehanna Valley Chorale presents Brahms Requiem on March 10-11 Country Cupboard hosts a dinner concert with the Isaacs on March 23.
If cinema and live theatrical performances are your pleasure, you won’t be disappointed. The Campus Theatre celebrates Hollywood’s Biggest Night at their Red-Carpet Gala, a night of glitz, glamour and star-studded movie fun, on Saturday. The Weis Center presents two Cirque shows- Circa: “S” on Tuesday and Air Play on the 24th. Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will perform The Legend of Georgia McBride, March 15-April 8.
Wine connoisseurs will not want to miss The Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail’s month-long “A Ticket to Good Taste and Adventure” where you can visit sixteen wineries along the trail — including our region’s Fero Vineyards and Winery, Shade Mountain Winery, Spyglass Ridge Winery, and the Winery at Hunters Valley. Enjoy entertainment, food, and wine during every weekend in the month of March. Plus, ticket holders receive 10 percent off wine purchases and tickets stamped by all 16 member wineries will be entered into a drawing for Wine Gift Certificates worth $50 good at any of the member wineries! Travel in safety and style with one of our first-class limousine services. Contact BlueLine Chauffeurs or Susquehanna Valley Limousine for a personalized, custom wine-tour. For your relaxation and safety while visiting our 15 wineries, split your adventure by taking advantage of our partners that include bed and breakfasts, signature hotels, and fine restaurants.
The Susquehanna River Valley is home to numerous art, history and specialty museums. On Thursday, the Samek Art Museum of Bucknell University presents its Distinguished Lecture Series with Dianne Modestini, the conservator who restored, preserved and helped authenticate Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. The painting sold at auction for $450 million making it the world’s most expensive painting. The Samek also brings together photographers from around the world to address the problem of economic inequality in their exhibit 1 percent Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality, on display through March 11. The Exchange Gallery will host an open-call Typography Show of artwork that involves typography — “the arrangement and appearance of lettering”. The World of Little League Museum will host a Little League-themed painting party on March 11. Celebrate Commonwealth Charter Day and Joseph Priestley’s birthday from 1 to 4 p.m. March 11 with free activities at the museum. Tour the house on your own and visit with costumed docents in each room. Chemistry demonstrations by Dr. Priestley take place at 1:30 and 2:30 in the Pond Building.
Outdoor fun includes a variety of events. There will be a Maple Sugaring Open House Sunday at Montour Preserve. Enjoy a film and talk in the Environmental Education Center followed by a short walk to the Sugar Shack to experience the sights, sounds and smells of maple sugaring. The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art presents Ducks and Geese of the Susquehanna River on March 11 and do some early spring star gazing at their Cruisin’ the Cosmos Star Party on the 24th. For the more adventurous, spend the day on the trails with Off Road Consulting as you explore the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area in a scenic, guided trail ride.
Fun for kids is off the charts with programs at our local libraries and children’s museums. There are science labs; arts, music, and crafts classes; Discovery Programs; game nights; and Dr. Seuss Celebrations. First Friday at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum brings Culture Café: Nepal and a juried art show or come to a LEGO expo on the 16th. The Lewisburg Children’s Museum has a Farm Animal Rescue Program Saturday, and on March 11 Learn the basics of painting a portrait, with YOU as the subject at Portraits POP! Friday through Sunday, The Community Theatre League present’s Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. in a production performed by students participating in The Penguin Project, which empowers children with special needs through theatre. For animal lovers, Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland hosts Reading with Reptiles, a new story hour and day at the zoo to be held on March 14 and 28; and Owens Farm will have a Lamb Cuddle Tour on March 31. For those days when the spring weather is gloomy, head to Treasure Castle Playland, an indoor children’s playground, offering family gaming, fortress wall climbing, castle gardens for tiny princes and princesses, and royal food court dining.
Fun for all ages includes live music at favorite local eateries, Comedy Nights at the Front Street Station on March 9 and 10; Country Farm and Home’s Spring Open House March 21-31; and if you like to be creative try Arts and Crafts classes offered at the YMCA Arts Center in Sunbury.
Spring in the Susquehanna River Valley offers so many unique and exciting things to do. Celebrate the warmer weather to come by discovering and exploring many of these great opportunities in your own backyard!
For more information on these and other March 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 Valley Visitors Bureau.