Columbia Montour Quarterly Vol. 5: July-September 2022



Volume 5 July - September

Your All-Access Guide to Columbia & Montour Counties!






2022 Covered Bridge Photo Contest Winner Announced


Susquehanna Sojourn Comes to North Branch


Discovering Weekly Summer Concerts


10 Finding History Under Your Nose: Croop’s Glen Park

Quarterly Feature: Ricketts Glen State Park Seasonal Programs 20 18 Summer Heritage Passport Returns

Events Calendar 24 Member Spotlight 28

Registration Open for Waterway Exploration Training Session 33



Your Summer Adventure Begins in COLUMBIA & MONTOUR Counties



The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce this year’s Covered Bridge Photo Contest winner. The winning image will be featured as the 2022 Covered Bridge Puzzle. This year’s puzzle will be released in the fall as the twelfth installment in the Visitors Bureau’s limited edition series, and will feature the Parr’s Mill Covered Bridge for the first time. Ben Prepelka ’s snapshot of the Parr’s Mill Bridge in Columbia County was selected as this year’s overall winner. Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Ben quickly discovered that his parents were passionate about travel, photography, painting and wildlife. As the youngest member of his family, Ben grew up exploring much of the state at a very early age. His photography focuses on that part of his youth, echoing the passion his parents had for the great outdoors. Now a Florida resident, Ben tries to make it back to Pennsylvania as often as he can. Several other photographers were recognized in this year’s contest with an honorable mention designation: Mark Koskulitz (photo featuring Jud Christian

Ben Prepelka’s winning image of the Parr’s Mill Covered Bridge

Covered Bridge), Anthony Berard Jr. (Johnson Covered Bridge), Tony Bendele (Esther Furnace Covered Bridge), Cathy Kuczynski (Hollingshead Covered Bridge), and Bonnie Tharp (Richards Covered Bridge). The Visitors Bureau would like to thank everyone who submitted photos to the contest.

Spanning the north branch of Roaring Creek, the Parr’s Mill Covered Bridge connects Franklin and Cleveland Townships in Columbia County. This Burr Truss arch span was built in 1865 by F.L. Shuman at a cost of $1,275. It is located four miles south of Catawissa on Parr’s Mill Road, off Ashton Hollow Road, east of Pennsylvania Route 487. Named after Washington Parr, who purchased the nearby Willow Grove Grist Mill in 1875, the bridge and mill became known as Parr’s Mill Bridge and Parr’s Mill, respectively. The Visitors Bureau is now taking pre-orders for the 2022 Parr’s Mill Covered Bridge puzzles – cost is $15, tax included. Puzzles are 550 pieces and supplies are limited. Individuals interested in pre-ordering a puzzle may use the linked button below to fill out a pre-order form with a name, contact info, and number of puzzles requested. No payment will be taken at the time of pre- order. When the finished puzzles arrive (likely in September), those on the pre-order list will be contacted directly to arrange pickup or shipping plans. Afterward, any puzzles not reserved for pre-orders will be made available to the general public to purchase at the Visitors Bureau Welcome Center.

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Susquehanna Sojourn

Comes to North Branch

photo by Chuck Haupt

Since 2009, the SGP sojourns have utilized varying locations along the Susquehanna River and have spanned anywhere from 1-10 days in length. More recently, they have shifted to sin- gle-day events to welcome newer paddlers the opportunity to kayak with a group and enjoy a day out on the river. The event usually sees 75-100 participants each year. The route along the North Branch from Berwick to Bloomsburg is notable due to the chain of river islands along the way. These are great habitats for waterfowl, so there is always a chance of seeing wildlife. The rolling mountain scenery is another a feature of the route and makes a perfect setting for this full-day paddle. After launching from Berwick, and a picnic lunch stop at Colum- bia Park, the sojourn will end about 10 miles downriver at the PFBC Bloomsburg river access in the Susquehanna Greenway River Town of Bloomsburg, PA. This river town is the perfect lo- cation to recap the day with new and old friends over a well- earned libation or dinner at one of numerous restaurants and establishments. Tickets for the paddle are $20 each, with lunch and a shuttle in- cluded. Kayak rentals are also available at the time of registration for an additional fee. This easy paddle is open to all ability levels. Sojurn registration closes on July 29, 2022, or when tickets sell out. This annual kayaking event has sold out the past few years, so don’t wait too long to purchase your tickets. The Susquehanna Sojourn: Berwick to Bloomsburg Paddle is fi- nanced in part by the Columbia County Commissioners’ Tourism Fund and by a grant from the Community Conservation Part- nerships Program Environmental Stewardship Fund under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

It’s time to kayak the Susquehanna River this summer! Join the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) for their 2022 Susque- hanna Sojourn — a 10-mile paddle along the Susquehanna River Water Trail’s North Branch. SGP is kicking off the annual event on Saturday August 6, 2022, beginning at the Test Track Park Municipal Access in Berwick, PA and ending in Bloomsburg, PA. “SGP serves as the state-appointed water trail manager for the Susquehanna River’s West Branch and Lower North Branch,” says SGP Director of Communications & Outreach, Alana Jajko. “Each year, we offer opportunities to explore these sections of the riv- er, and the first Saturday of August is always highly anticipated for our annual sojourn. It should be a wonderful opportunity to discover this section of the river and Susquehanna Greenway.”



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DISCOVERING Weekly Summer Concerts

July 5 – The Danville Community Band July 12 – The Clickard Consortium July 19 – The Superlatives

DANVILLE Tuesdays thru August 2nd

July 26 – Elise Mark & Friends August 2 – The Urie Kline Band

7:00 - 9:00 PM Held at Memorial Park

July 6 – Memory Lane July 13 – Uptown Music Collective July 20 – The Clickard Consortium July 27 – Gift, Troutman & Gift August 4 – Ice Cream & Cake Festival with the Catawissa Military Band

BLOOMSBURG Wednesdays thru August 4th 7:00 - 8:30 PM Held at the Bloomsburg Town Park

BERWICK Thursdays thru September 1st

July 7 - Ruthy Stock July 14 - Legends Oldies July 21 – Swing Masters

7:00 - 9:00 PM Held at the Jackson Mansion Lawn

July 28 – Burn the Jute Box August 4 - Rose Ostrowski August 11 - DJ Tom Rood (Kids Night; 6:00 - 8:00 PM) FREE books, games, cotton candy, sno-cones and bounce house August 18 – Guilty Pleasure August 25 – Rick Bennett Under the Radar September 1 – Memory Lane Free Cake & Ice Cream Night

Bring your lawn chairs and relax to good music in Columbia & Montour Counties all summer long! Concerts are FREE.


Finding “History Under Your Nose”



by Nate Wiggin

Perhaps a decade or more ago, I was at the absolutely magical Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA when a bit of information caught my eye that captivated me. I saw a sign with some information about the amusement parks that once dotted the landscape here in Northeast and Central Pennsylvania, but have since closed down and all but disappeared. I then read additional information that mentioned a Croop’s Glen amusement park, with some close connections to today’s Knoebels Amusement Park. I was very intrigued, but it took until only recently to finally get the chance to really dive in to the world of Croop’s Glen. It took a lot of work, and the majority of my information is taken from about a dozen or so internet resources.

I contacted the Luzerne County Historical Society to see if they could help me or if they had any pictures. Other than a couple of newspaper clippings, they have nothing. As I researched this subject, I became more and more intrigued for a number of reasons: Why is there very little information available to the public about a park that closed down less than 100 years ago? Croop’s Glen was a big deal in its time, so why has it pretty much been forgotten? During my research, I uncovered a treasure trove of incredibly interesting information that I just can’t wait to pass along. I have driven right by the spot where Croop’s Glen once stood many times over the years without ever realizing it was even there. As I recently stood in front of what was

once the entrance to Croop’s Glen, it was difficult to imagine how special this location once was. Let’s get started! Croop’s Glen was built along Hunlock Creek in Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania. The park actually had a waterfall as a major attraction within its boundaries. Although dates seem to vary, one trustworthy newspaper article states that the park was started in 1917. The park rides operated until around 1941, although the park dance pavilion still hosted events and was used as a skating rink into the 1950’s until it burned down. It was owned by B. Frank Croop, but the property was leased to a Charles Shelly. Shelly was the park manager. The park was located where Route 11 and the Hunlock Creek Turnpike intersect


Originally, the park had picnic pavilions and a dance hall, but for the 1927 season, two wooden roller coasters were also added. The first – a full size coaster – was known as the Twister. The Twister was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. The second coaster was known as The Kiddie Coaster. The park also had a large swimming pool and other rides such as The Whip, Bumper Cars (Skooters), and a carousel. There were a variety of foods visitors could buy such as cotton candy (cotton floss) or popcorn. The park operated until around 1941 when the onset of World War II seems to have led to its demise. There is also another reason that some have given as to why the park eventually closed up. We will cover that a little later in this article. By the way, to give you an idea about the scope of the park’s popularity – in 1928 it was reported that they had room to park 2,000 cars. I am fascinated with old time amusement parks and older rides. I have visited some of those parks;

places like Lakemont Park in Altoona (Leap the Dips Coaster – 1902), the old Bushkill Park in Easton (Haunted Pretzel Dark Ride), or the now defunct Angela Park outside of Hazleton. So, at the start of looking into the history of Croop’s Glen I expected to find just another once popular park that has now faded away. Although that is true, I discovered some aspects to this “story” that will make this article a most interesting one. The park’s connection to modern day Knoebels is kind of mind blowing. Hang on to your hats, as I am about to reveal some real history under your nose that most of you have experienced and never even realized.

Charles Shelly, Croop’s Glen Park Manager

between Shickshinny and Nanticoke. Directly across from the park was the Hunlock Creek Train Station of the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad (DL&W). This station played a major part in the success of the park, as visitors could easily travel to the area by train for their day out at Croop’s Glen.

The “Twister” during construction. (courtesy of Philadelphia Toboggan Company)

Hunlock Creek Train Station (courtesy of Sheila M. Brandon)

A train leaves the Hunlock Creek Station

The “Twister” at Croop’s Glen Park, circa November 19, 1926. (Courtesy of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company)


Knoebels sign detailing the Wurlitzer’s history

The Wurlitzer Organ at Knoebels Amusement Resort, originally from Croop’s Glen Park.

Park in Harvey’s Lake, PA where it remained until the mid-1960’s. Then, it was purchased by George Perluke in the late 1960’s. Perluke added it to his small amusement park in Beach Haven, PA as an added attraction to compliment the Beach Haven

One of the proud attractions at Croop’s Glen was a Wurlitzer Organ built in 1907. You know – the kind that plays by itself like the ones on a carousel, playing the most magical of tunes that transport each of us directly back to our younger days when times were much simpler and innocent. Well, Knoebels purchased that very organ in 1948, after Croop’s Glen had closed. It has since undergone a complete restoration, and it still operates at Knoebels. If you have ever visited the park, you have heard it and watched it. It is located near the Phoenix Roller Coaster. The connections do not stop there. One of my favorite rides at Knoebels is the Whip or “The Whipper.” Each time I ride it, I am thrilled by the nostalgia of this perfectly preserved attraction. And, you guessed it: Knoebels purchased that ride from Croop’s Glen! Perhaps the most monumental thing I learned concerns the Croop’s Glen carousel. Of course, Knoebels is world

famous for the Grand Carousel and the opportunity to catch a brass ring, but located in the back of Knoebels’ Kiddieland is another wonderful, albeit smaller, carousel. Amazingly, this was the carousel that was originally at Croop’s Glen. This carousel has quite the history. Croop purchased it to put in his park in the 1920’s. It was then sold to Lawrence Knoebel in 1948. He used it as a traveling Carousel, taking it to fairs and carnivals from 1948 to 1950. It was then sold to Sunset Beach

“The Whipper” at Knoebels, originally from Croop’s Glen

Whipper car at Knoebels


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Knoebels carousel in Kiddieland, originally from Croop’s Glen Park.

The carousel at Croop’s Glen Park

Speedway auto racing facility. Then in 1976, it was once again purchased by the Knoebels family. The carousel has since been restored beautifully, and it has a permanent home near the Ol’ Smoky Train in Kiddieland. In addition, the Cotton Candy stand near

the Galleon ride and the Baby/Mother Aid station also came from Croop’s Glen park. Just imagine, every time you visited Knoebels, history was right there…under your nose!

to bring about its demise or closure? As stated earlier, the onset of world events surrounding World War II appear to be the biggest factor with decreased travel and gas rationing. However, there was another monumental and tragic event that

So, what happened to Croop’s Glen


happened on the grounds of Croop’s Glen in 1935 that pretty much sealed the fate of this once booming park. I will sum up the following event using information I gathered from newspaper articles of that time and a number of other internet resources. On June 29, 1935, the Nanticoke Unemployed League (NUL)was sponsoring a day at the park. Reports have it that the park was filled with visitors that day. The park had a grand picnic pavilion that actually straddled Hunlock Creek. It was a soothing setting, as the sounds of the flowing water would fill the building. The floor of the pavilion was suspended about 20 to 30 feet above the creek bed. On that day, the NUL was also holding a “Cutest Baby Contest.” There were said to be hundreds of spectators in the pavilion to witness the event. I saw one article that stated there were 3,000 visitors, but I couldn’t determine

if all of them were in the pavilion. At around the same time the judging was to start, a storm came up. This caused a lot of park visitors to crowd into the pavilion for cover. Suddenly without warning, the center of the floor gave out sending men, women, children, and infants crashing into the creek below. Witnesses said it formed a funnel causing people to slide right down. Guests piled up, causing all kinds of injuries. Although there were no fatalities, a number of people suffered permanent disabilities. There were 147 visitors injured in total. The injured were rushed to Nanticoke State Hospital in ambulances, private cars, and trucks. Some ambulances had as many as nine victims in each one. As a result of this, there were numerous lawsuits filed against the park for negligence. There are some who contribute those lawsuits to being

the reason Croop’s Glen permanently closed. However, the park continued to operate its rides until the end of the 1941 season. The park was open in 1942, but none of the mechanical rides were in operation. The dance hall/skating rink did operate into the 1950’s until its demise in a fire, as I mentioned a bit earlier.

Croop’s Glen Park ticket booth


Another view of the coaster pavilion (courtesy of Sheila M. Brandon)

A view of the roller coaster at Croop’s Glen, complete with 5¢ tickets!

Once the park closed, the grounds were used as a sawmill by Stanley Croop. As a further insult to the memory of Croop’s Glen, a large portion of the park grounds were destroyed when the land was taken to widen the Hunlock Creek Turnpike and Route 11. At the time, the 125 year old Hunlock Creek Hotel was also destroyed. The hotel used to cater parties at the park, and many park visitors would stay at the hotel.

I also mentioned the Hunlock Creek Rail Station. The station sits across Route 11 from the park site. A rails- to-trail path runs right beside it. It is in great disrepair, and won’t be with us much longer. It is unique as it is one of the “pagoda” style depots built along the DL&W line (see pics). It was also turned 90 degrees at some point and raised onto a concrete foundation for a purpose I do not know or understand.

Hunlock Creek Station

Hunlock Creek Station rendering

Croop’s Glen Park Giant Victrola sign (courtesy of Sheila M. Brandon)

Croop’s Glen Park Dance Pavilion / Skating Rink.


Wow, there is a lot of information there! To anyone who has ever been to Knoebels Amusement Resort, or plan to go in the future, I hope you can appreciate the connection to the past within the park itself. This was a tough one to gather a lot of information. I really had to search the internet to find any pictures. Most pictures I did find were attached to sites that featured the personal collections of old time photos belonging to relatives. The majority of the best park photos seem to be from the collection of Ellen Geisel from Honey Brook, PA. I also want to recognize the work of Cheri Sundra for uncovering a lot of those photos, as well as the authors of many articles about Croop’s Glen that I was able to use to put this together.

Hunlock Creek Station, circa 2010 (Credit: Joseph N. Scherbenco)

A foundation from one of the park’s buildings

An old bridge near the entrance

Layout of Croop’ s Glen Park, drawn from memory by Dick Knoebel for Christopher Paul of Shamokin, PA


Croop’ s Glen Park Ticket Booth

I enjoy featuring old places or items that can still be seen, experienced, or visited. The site of Croop’s Glen is one of those spots – sort of. It is possible to see into the former park grounds, look at the entrance pillars and sign, and see some buildings. However, the property is posted with No Tresspassing signs.

I ask if you stop to visit this site that you respect those signs, and please do not enter the property without permission. I am so grateful for your interest in my work. A reminder that all of this is just meant to be fun and informational, and I do my best to be as accurate as possible in all aspects. If you

have anything to add, share, or correct by all means please do. Thanks for reading along as we take a closer look at “History UnderYour Nose!” To read more of Nate’s “History Under Your Nose” blog, follow him on Facebook by visiting:

Croop’s Glen Park Entrance artistic rendering

Croop’ s Glen Park Entrance Now


Summer Heritage Passport Returns The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau’s Summer Heritage Passport has returned for 2022. This year’s trail is entirely digital, and takes participants on a journey through the history, culture, and stories of Columbia & Montour Counties and beyond. The Heritage Passport program is valid now through Labor Day (Monday, September 5th). At each of the stops, passport holders will use their mobile device to check in, indicating their attendance at that location. Travelers who visit at least three stops this year will receive a commemorative embroidered patch, sent in the mail. Those individuals who visit at least 12 stops will be entered to win one of six prize basket bundles, each filled with re- gional gift cards, books of ride tickets from Knoebels Amusement Resort, historical books, puzzles, and local goodies. Anyone who visits at least 16 of the locations will receive a double entry for the grand prizes. Two of the baskets will be geared toward youth participants, so parents and grandparents are encouraged to use the summer passport as an educational summer adventure with their young ones while school is out of session. Each of the twenty participating locations holds a unique experience for visitors, from Bill’s Old Bike Barn to the Ber- wick Historical Society’s Jackson Mansion. The majority of the stops on the summer passport can be found in either Columbia or Montour Counties, or within a short drive. Other participating locations include: the Barton House at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, the Columbia County Historical & Genealogical Society, the History Buffs of Northeast Pennsylvania’s monthly historical speaker series, the International Harvester Collectors Museum in Millville, the Jane E. DeLong Memorial Hall in Washingtonville, Danville’s Montgomery and Boyd Houses, the historic Mooresburg School, the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine in Ashland, and the Thomas Beaver Free Library in Danville. Berwick’s new Stuart Tank Memorial Museum is also on the list, as are Eagles Mere’s three museums: the Eagles Mere Air Museum, Eagles Mere Auto Museum, and Eagles Mere Museum. And visitors to Knoebels Amusement Resort will be able to check in at the park’s three museums (Carousel, History, and Mining). There is no cost to sign up for the passport, but admission fees may apply at several of the locations. Please call or visit participants’ websites for complete hours of operation. If families are participating, it is recommended that each family member signs up individually for their own copy of the pass. A valid email address is required, as the passport will be accessed via a link sent to the passholder. No app downloads are required. Sign up today !

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Seasonal Programs & Events for Everyone! Quarterly Feature: Ricketts Glen State Park by Jenn Puckett


Most of us know about this beautiful park, famous for its Falls Trail System showcasing 22 stunning waterfalls. This gem also features 245-acre Lake Jean, popular with kayakers, swimmers and fishermen. But did you know that during the spring, summer and fall, Ricketts Glen also offers an amazing number of events, led by DCNR staff and other professionals? And the best part? It’s all free! You can learn about fly-fishing, geocaching, birdwatching and so much more. Want to learn to kayak? There’s a program for that. I was able to experience this informative class with Rhiannon Summers, Environmental Education Specialist on a sunny day at Lake Jean. I had some basic kayaking experience but even if you don’t have any and are simply curious, this is a great class. Though I’d been on the water before, I’m always a bit nervous as I’m not a what you’d call a naturally graceful person. I met Rhiannon just past the boat launch at the lake. My first impression of her was someone who absolutely loved what she was doing and couldn’t wait to share it with others. She made me feel welcome and safe. She asked me about my experience kayaking, and then we got started. First, we got on our personal floatation devices, otherwise known as a PFD or lifejacket. In the few times I had kayaked, I always wore a lifejacket. I’m not a strong swimmer and I always knew if the worst happened, I would need a PFD. In ten minutes, I learned that everything I thought I knew about wearing a lifejacket was incorrect! Rhiannon carefully went over exactly how it was supposed to fit and why it was very important to wear

one. She went over paddling techniques, what to do if the kayak should capsize and more. Then it was time to get in the water. This was my first experience with flat-water kayaking. As we scooted our kayaks into the lake, Rhiannon was with me every moment. In the shallows, we worked on my paddling skills and then off to some slightly deeper water. It was amazing, different from any other boating experience I’d ever had. There’s a feeling of being cradled by the water, without having to fight the current or tide. Once we got back to shore, I felt


so much more confident. I’ve since gone back and taken my son out on a double kayak – and we had a wonderful time! Folks tend to come to this amazing State Park for the waterfalls, but there is so much more to offer at Ricketts Glen. Some other programs include learning how to use a compass, tree identification, invasive species, fly-fishing, yoga on the beach, archery and more. You can see them on the Visitors Bureau’s events calendar and on the Ricketts Glen website. Park address: 695 State Rt. 487, Benton, PA 17814

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The Big Rig Series Friday, Sept. 30th @ 7:00 PM Championship Demo Derby Saturday, Oct. 1st @ 1:00 PM Truck and Tractor Pull Saturday, Oct. 1st @ 7:00 PM

TobyMac Sunday, Sept. 25th @ 6:00 PM Full Size Truck Demo Derby Wednesday, Sept. 28th @ 7:00 PM Central Pennsylvania Legends Thursday, Sept. 29th

Harness Racing Friday & Saturday, Sept. 23rd & 24th, 11:00 AM Justin Moore Friday, Sept. 23rd @ 8:00 PM Nelly Saturday, Sept. 24th @ 7:30 PM





bats of our watershed August 2 Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat, 2205 Hiawatha Blvd, Williamsport national night out August 2 Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 620 W. Third Street, Bloomsburg 570-784-6779 river poets reading series August 4 Kocher Park, 1519 State Route 487, Orangeville • 570-387-0920 susquehanna sojourn : berwick to bloomsburg paddle August 6 Berwick’s Test Track Park to PFBC Bloomsburg Access • 570-478-0178 montour delong community fair August 8 -13 Montour DeLong Fairgrounds, 2628 Broadway Rd, Danville • 570-437-2178 invasive invaders August 16 Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat, 2205 Hiawatha Blvd, Williamsport. usac east coast wingless sprint cars and 358 modifieds ( big diamond rules ) August 18 Bloomsburg Fair Raceway, 620 West First Street, Bloomsburg • 570-784-4949

berwick ’ s world war II weekend July 15 – 17 Berwick Test Track, South Eaton Street, Berwick

may the force be with you day July 16 Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 West 7th Street, Bloomsburg museumfundraiser.home • 570-389-9206

amazing animal adaptations July 16 Folk’s Butterfly Farm, 9 Butterfly Lane • 570-394-7298

microplastics and fish anatomy July 19 Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat, 2205 Hiawatha Blvd, Williamsport keystone bulls and barrels July 20 & August 30 Keystone Horse Center, 103 Horse Farm Road, Bloomsburg • 877-539-4677 usac east coast wingless sprint cars and urc 360 winged sprints and imca modifieds July 29 Bloomsburg Fair Raceway, 620 West First Street, Bloomsburg • 570-784-4949


artfest 2022 August 20 Bloomsburg Town Square, Bloomsburg • 570-317-2596 all circuit of champions – sprint cars and wingless sportsman August 24 Bloomsburg Fair Raceway, 620 West First Street, Bloomsburg. • 570-784-4949

aquatic photography and videography September 10 Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat, 2205 Hiawatha Blvd, Williamsport. 43 rd annual fall arts & crafts festival September 10 Downtown Danville, Mill Street, Danville 570-284-4502 • knoebels doggie dive September 11 Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, 391 Knoebels Blvd, Elysburg • 800-487-4386 flooding impacts & agnes ’ 50 th anniversary September 13 Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat, 2205 Hiawatha Blvd, Williamsport. 167 th annual bloomsburg fair September 23 – October 1 Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, Bloomsburg flex those mussels September 27 Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat, 2205 Hiawatha Blvd, Williamsport 27


river poets reading series September 1 Bloomsburg Public Library, 225 Market Street, Bloomsburg • 570-784-0883

beaver run auction September 3 Beaver Run School, 290 PPL Road, Danville danville heritage festival September 9 - 11 Hess Field & Surrounding Areas, Danville 570-284-4502 •


Member Spotlight The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau is proud to welcome the following businesses as recent new members to the organization!

2 kings pizza 1832 State Route 487, Orangeville, PA 17859 • 570.784.0123 We offer a Full Menu for Eat-In, Pick-up or Delivery. We Serve Pizza, Sandwiches, and Specialize in Fine Italian Cuisine & Seafood.

associated insurance management , inc . 974 Bloom Road, Danville, PA 17821 • 570.275.0100 All your insurance at one agency!

benton antiques etc . 235 Main Street, Benton, PA 17814 • 570.925.2384

Two floors of beautiful and eclectic antiques and our famous “etc” grace the inside of this former hardware store and original Benton Store Co. As you walk through our isles the original floors and architectural details still shine through. Our courteous and knowledgeable vendors offer the most extraordinary items at great prices. Come on in and enjoy the experience.


PLAY. LEARN. DISCOVER. Take a trip to the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum!

THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, BLOOMSBURG 2 West 7 th Street | Bloomsburg, PA Call us at: 570.389.9206

denny & pearl ’ s pizza and stromboli Nescopeck, PA • 570.336.0434

Denny and Pearl Briggs were trailblazers when they brought the incredible taste of fresh dough pizza to fairs and carnivals in 1980. Today, you can find Denny & Pearl’s famous pizza at events throughout the region and beyond. There’s over 50 years of experience that goes into your pizza, and every stand has a family member making sure the pizza and stromboli are just right.

fran ’ s dairy bar 698 North State Street, Millville, PA 17846 • 570.458.6680

Fran’s Dairy Bar has been a local tradition for over 50 years! We are a full-service ice cream shop with over 24 soft-serve flavors as well as hand di[[ed ice cream to choose from. From our homemade waffle cones to our fresh-cut fries there is something for everyone at Fran’s.

hand in hand family resource center Berwick, PA • 570.237.0456

Hand in Hand Family Resource Center provides resources and support to the community to increase inclusion in society. We hold inclusive events, informational sessions, and educational opportunities for families, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities. We see the potential in all people, and we know that everyone has a place.


616 Walnut Street Danville, PA 570-275-1310

Lunch • Dinner • Takeout • Delivery Something for everyone... entrees, appetizers, burgers, salads, soup and don't forget the fresh cut fries! Offering a full bar with a variety of domestic, imported, craft, and seasonal beers. Family-friendly atmosphere with outdoor seating. Open for lunch and dinner. arm Winery 22 - Half_Layout 1 3/11/22 2:03 PM Page 1 Online Ordering Available!

Winery Music Events 2022

Kick Off To Summer Saturday, May 21, 7-10 pm Food Truck: K-Dogs BBQ & Smoked Cheese Music: Light up the Moon 7-10pm Rob Hampton $5 cover Summer Concert Saturday, June 18, 7-10 pm Food Truck: Grilled Cheese Café 2 Music: Evan Campbell (Band or acoustic duo/trio TBD) $5 cover Sunday Funday Sunday, June 26, 1-5 pm Food Truck: Incredible Popcorn Music: Brooke and Kevin 2-4 pm Sunday Funday Sunday, July 17, 1-5 pm Food Truck: Music: Tyler Erik 2-4 pm

Sunday Funday Sunday, August 7, 1-5 pm Food Truck: Sugar Shack Mini Donuts Music: Mike Caigas 2-4 pm Summer Concert Saturday, August 27, 7-10 pm Food Truck: Dubelicious Grille Music: Deuce $5 cover Food Truck Wars Against Hunger Sunday, September 11, 12-6 pm Food Trucks: Grilled Cheese Café 2 Real Taste Taqueria Nanny Cakes Music: Tim Johnson 12-2 pm LCB 3-6 pm Classic Car Show Benefit Sunday, October 2, 1-5 pm Food Truck: Heir’s Home Cooking (Anthony Heir) Music: It Takes Two Raffle Baskets

Wines, Meads, and Ciders

130 Twin Church Rd. Berwick, PA 18603 570-759-WINE




Member Spotlight The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau is proud to welcome the following businesses as recent new members to the organization!

keystone horse center , llc 103 Horse Farm Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 • 1.877.KEY.HORS

Equestrian center showcasing horse events of all types. Follow us for the dates of our Barrel Racing, Cutting Events, Sorting/Team Penning, Mounted Shooting, Hunter/Jumper, Bull Riding, and Rodeo!

maple ridge sports center 402 Main Street, Orangeville, PA 17859 • 570.683.4138

With 33 years of experience, we strive to provide the best inventory and price in firearms, am- munition, and accessories. Specializing in firearm sales, firearms transfers, firearm raffles, special orders, and estate and consignment sales.

the music hall at phillips emporium 12 East Main Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 • 570.387.8027

This historic building has been a scene for live music since the 1890s, and the Music Hall is a revival of Phillips Café. The Music Hall has a mission to invigorate the local music scene by highlighting seasoned musicians and giving new musicians a place to get their feet wet.

original italian pizza - millville 410 South State Street, Millville, PA 17846 • 570.458.5280

Making pizza is an art where you use human skills rather than machinery or computerized gadgets. Steeped in tradition and pride, here we are proud of the food we make, and we are committed to continuing the art of making fine ITALIAN FOOD!!!!



Member Spotlight The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau is proud to welcome the following businesses as recent new members to the organization!

penn pizza cucina italiana 2403 Columbia Boulevard, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 • 570.387.7908 We offer a Full Menu for Eat-In, Pick-up, or Delivery. We Serve Pizza, Pasta, Sandwiches, Buffet, and Specialize in Fine Italian Cuisine.

peters consultants , inc . 2701 Columbia Boulevard, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 • 570.752.4433

Peters Consultants, Inc. has over 45 years of experience providing a full range of Civil Engineering, Surveying, Structural Engineering, Storm Water & Waste Water Management, and Land Development Services.



From the desk of John Zaktansky, Executive Director of the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association

The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association will hold a new Waterway Exploration Training (WET) educational expe- rience from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at the Montour Preserve near Washingtonville. The program, designed for young people ages 8-12 and their families, will include a three-station rotation focused on in- troducing them to freshwater organisms, streams and water- sheds, including how pollution can impact our ecosystem and how they can make positive changes at home. ​ “We strive to find new ways to connect young people to our outdoor resources, and this program allows us to get their feet ‘wet’ in the concepts of freshwater ecosystems and the impor- tance of curbing our negative impacts on those ecosystems,” said Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper John Zaktansky. “It is so exciting to partner with the Montour Preserve to offer a pro- gram that will hopefully inspire the next generation of water- shed stewards.” Participants, and their families, will rotate through three sta- tions, including a guided hike with Naturalist Jon Beam, a hands-on stream exploration session by Riverkeeper John Zaktansky and a presentation by Middle Susquehanna River- keeper Association intern Peyton Curley using our Enviroscape model focused on how watersheds work, how pollution can move through a watershed and what can be done at home to make a lasting difference.

Parents are encouraged to participate with their children, and all participants should be prepared for hiking, getting wet during stream exploration and being out in the elements (sun- screen, bottled water, etc.) The program is free, but spots are limited, so families are en- couraged to register ASAP by using the sign up button below. Questions? Send an email to or call 570-768-6300. The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association protects and promotes our river-based resources across the 11,000-square- mile middle Susquehanna watershed, that includes all land that ultimately drains into the North and West branches of the Susquehanna River. ​For more information about the association, including regular blog post and podcast updates about the greater watershed, visit

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Van ' S musical Corner Van Wagner | Born in Pennsylvania. Lives in Pennsylvania. Makes music. Mined coal. Logs trees. Teaches kids. Van Wagner is an educator. In the classroom, he teaches Environmental Science at Danville Area School District. He has been selected as Conservation Educator of the Year in 2005 from Schuylkill County and in 2007 and 2009 in Union County. In 2012 he was awarded the Sandy Cochran award for natural resource education from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association. In 2015 the Red Cross presented Van with the Robert N. Pursel Distinguished Service Award. Outside of the classroom he educates audiences with his music and programs on Pennsylvania History. He received an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2018 from the Pennsylvania Heritage Songwriting Contest. His music has been featured on the History Channel, WVIA TV, as well as Country Music Television (CMT). He has released 29 original albums and published a book entitle "Coal Dust Rust and Saw Dust." His music and programs not only entertain but inspire audiences to become involved in learning about Central Pennsylvania and beyond.

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