We might still be buried in snow, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think spring. And in Central Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna Valley, that means spring festivals! We’ll highlight two of our favorites here:
Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail
The Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail offers year-round fun, but the entire month of March they host a month-long festival of sorts – “A Ticket to Good Taste and Adventure.”
Take a trip to the Susquehanna Heartland and visit thirteen wineries awaiting you there. Wineries include: Armstrong Valley in Halifax, Benigna’s Creek in Klingerstown, Brookmere in Belleville, Buddy Boy in Duncannon, Fero in Lewisburg, Happy Valley in State College, Hunters Valley in Liverpool, Juniata Valley, Red Shale Ridge in Hegins, Shade Mountain in Middleburg, Mount Nittany in Centre Hall, Seven Mountains in Spring Mills and Spyglass Ridge in Sunbury.
Here’s how this month-long promotion works – you simply purchase a ticket for $20 and when you visit each winery any weekend in March (during their store hours) you present your ticket and it will be stamped.
At each winery you will receive that winery’s logo glass and have an opportunity to taste wine paired with food. At some of the wineries, there will be live entertainment. If you visit all thirteen wineries, your ticket will be entered into a grand prize drawing for nights at bed and breakfast and fine dining meals.
A separate and optional opportunity is to do a scavenger hunt for information about the wineries; correct entries will be included in a lottery to win a refrigerator full of Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail wines!
The best part is that you will have the opportunity to sample great wines of the region and to experience the beautiful and scenic Susquehanna and Juniata River Valleys as you travel. For more info about the wine trail, go to PAWineTrail.com.
Lewisburg’s Celebration of the Arts
April in Lewisburg means it’s time for the 45th annual Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts. This year’s celebration again runs for two weeks, beginning April 25 and continuing through May 10. The two weeks are filled with something special for people of all ages.
The highlight of the two-week celebration is the Lewisburg Arts Festival held on Saturday, April 26. The Arts Festival is held in downtown Lewisburg and includes over 100 juried artists in all mediums, displaying their works throughout historic, downtown Lewisburg. The town will be filled with performing artists as well. On every corner and in between will be musical acts, dancers and more. Of course what would a fun festival be without great food? Saturday will be no exception, with food for every taste from one end of town to the other. Soldiers’ Park will be transformed into the Interactive Arts Park and host to new hands-on activities, especially designed for children, including a petting zoo.
The Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts begins Friday evening, April 25with three exhibits. The Indoor Art Exhibit, a juried show for adult artists and the Scholastic Arts Exhibit, with artists from over 20 high schools, will be held at the Packwood House Museum, 15 N. Water St. The Photography Exhibit, a juried show of amateur photographers, will take place at the Lewisburg Studio, 425 Market St.
The Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts continues for two weeks with varied arts workshops and Lewisburg Live!, live bands in venues throughout downtown Lewisburg on Saturday, May 10.
For more information and a complete schedule, go to LewisburgArtsCouncil.com.
Have fun exploring our beautiful region this spring!