The weather is great, the fish are biting, and miles of forestland trails offer endless opportunities for fun. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16. Why not surprise Dad? Plan a fishing trip or reserve a cabin in the woods for the family. A home brewing or wine making kit from How Ya Brewing will surely put a smile on Dad’s face. Not sure what to buy? Hunt down a great bargain at the Main Street Outlet Store. Hiking the North Country Trail, fishing in the Walleye Tournament or paddling in the regatta are fun ways for you and Dad, or your friends and family, to enjoy the wildly beautiful Allegheny National Forest Region.
BREW UP YOUR OWN BEVERAGES
Offering beer and winemaking supplies for your home, How Ya Brewing is a newly opened specialty store located at 12 Kennedy Street in Bradford, PA.
The perfect Father’s Day gift for a beginner brewer is the Brewer’s Best Beer Brewing Equipment Kit. This kit contains everything a beginning brewer needs to make beer (except a boiling pot, bottles and caps … How Ya Brewing has a wide inventory of these items.) Kits are pre-measured, with easy-to-understand directions, and range in cost from $45 to $170. A five-gallon kit will make approximately 53-12 oz. glasses of beer.
“We’re excited to assist folks who are interested in learning beer or winemaking,” explains Steve Cavallaro, owner. “We have a great selection of beer and winemaking kits, malts, hops, a variety of yeasts, corn sugar and bottling equipment. We are actively expanding our inventory daily to meet the needs of our customers and we will happily place specialty orders.”
The Brewer’s Best line offers a complete selection of spices, herbs, fruits and fruit flavorings to enhance the specific flavors of your finely crafted beer. Seasonal recipes include Summer Ale and Belgian Caramel; classic recipes include Red Ale, German Altbier, Scottish Ale, and English Brown Ale. Or try your hand with a premium recipe for Whisky Barrel Stout, Russian Imperial Stout, Smoked Porter or Belgian Dark Strong.
For the novice winemaker, starter kits are also available. A hot pack contains everything a person needs to make six gallons of wine. “You buy by the flavor,” explains Cavallaro, “and there are over 200 varieties of juice to choose from. For those who know their California wines, Lady Ranch offers a Cabernet Sauvignon wine kit. Some popular fruit wines are blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, pear and strawberry. Making wine takes approximately six weeks from start to finish.”
How Ya Brewing offers a variety of home brewing events at their store for folks to share recipes and brewing experiences. How Ya Brewing is open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, and Saturday 8am-noon. For additional information on upcoming classes and store information, please call 814-362-9565.
HUNTING … FOR BARGAINS
If your Dad is anything like mine, there is nothing he likes better than a bargain. If you would like to give a great Father’s Day gift and impress him with how well he trained you to be a frugal shopper, do your shopping at the Main Street Outlet, located at 90 Main Street in Bradford, PA.
A true outlet store, every 30 days the price drops 10%. The store features a great selection of brand names (that moms, too, will love) - from housewares and furniture, to clothing and power tools, to sunglasses and cosmetics.
“The inventory changes daily,” explains Carl Sandberg, shopkeeper. “What is here today might not be here tomorrow. Check your dates … the price drops according to the date. For example, if an item was placed in the store inventory six months ago, the discount will be up to 60% off the listed price.”
The Main Street Outlet carries a variety of items from large to small. The fishing section might be of special interest in your shopping quest for Dad; a Crystal River Wood Trout Net is only $13.97, and fishing pole combos are real bargains. For the “foodie father,” a wide selection of Cuisinart and other brand name kitchen appliances are on the shelves.
The Main Street Outlet also offers items such as books for $1.00, greeting cards for $1.00 and sunglasses at $7.49. The shop also stocks baby furniture, baby strollers and baby car seats. Jewelry and rings are 50% off suggested retail.
Plan your hunt. Allow time to search through the inventory as item selections vary daily. The Main Street Outlet is open Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm. Phone 814-362-2828.
HIKE A TRAIL
The “Grand Daddy” of all trails is the North Country National Scenic Trail. The largest trail in the United States, it stretches 4,600 miles through seven states in the northern tier of America. There are 96.6 miles of completed trail marked with blue blazes within the Allegheny National Forest (ANF). It is one of three designated National Scenic Trails in Pennsylvania and provides vistas of the Allegheny Reservoir as it passes through rock outcroppings, open hardwoods, old growth forests and strands of majestic hemlock.
A trail head (with parking) is located along Route 346, west of the City of Bradford. From this northern point, situated along the New York-Pennsylvania state line near Willow Bay Recreation Area, the North Country Trail winds south to Tionesta Scenic Area. The Trail then heads west to Dunham Siding, through the village of Kellettville and the ANF boundary near Muzette.
Perfect for a multi-day backpacking experience, the northern section from Route 321 to the Red Bridge Recreational Area is about 29 miles, so allow two to three days. The difficulty level is rated moderate to difficult. Shorter segments can also be hiked as day hikes. Dispersed camping is permitted within the Forest. Developed cabins and campsites are also available. Camping reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov
Up for a challenge? The Allegheny 100 Challenge is June 7-9, 2013. Hike 100 miles of the North Country Trail with the ANF Chapter of the North Country Trail Association. Cost of admission is $40. For additional information please contact Keith W. Kloss at 814-434-7420 or log on towww.northcountrytrail.org
Kinzua Country Recreation offers a hiking shuttle service. If you are looking to rent some “toys” - jet ski, kayaks, and small fishing rafts - along with camps that will sleep two to eight people comfortably, call Kinzua Country Recreation. They can assist you with equipment rentals, hiking shuttle services and lodging reservations. Phone 814-368-7595 or 814-362-2363.
FISHING AND FUN FILLED WATER EVENTS
The Allegheny National Forest Region offers up some of the best fly-fishing streams in the United States. Kinzua Creek, Marvin Creek, and the Tunagawant are a few local favorites. Tourist trout fishing licenses are available for one, three or seven days online at www.fish.state.pa.us.
If you want to create memories and enjoy an afternoon of fun, bring Dad and his friends to the “We Gotta Regatta” in Bradford on Saturday, June 8 from 2-8pm. Float or paddle the “Tuna” on your seaworthy canoe, kayak, or a floatation device of your own creation. The Regatta ends at Crook Farm with a pig roast and live music. Donations benefit the Tuna Valley Trail Association. For additional information please call 814-362-9928 or visit www.tunavalleytrail.com.
Does Dad need a new fish story to tell? Sign him up for the 12th
Annual Walleye Tournament at the Kinzua Wolf Run Marina. A weekend of fishing should provide plenty of new material for the stories of just how big the fish was that got away. The entrance fee for the tournament is $175; this fee assists Chapter 75 of the Disabled Veterans Association to provide much needed transportation to medical appointments and other services. Dates of the Tournament are June 22-23 at the Allegheny Reservoir, Pennsylvania. Entry forms and tournament rules are available at www.davwalleye.com
PLAN YOUR TRIP
For Dads and families that like to stay in a cabin or enjoy camping, a wide choice of cabins, tent and RV campsites are available, ranging in amenities from the primitive to the plush. For additional information call 800-473-9370. B’s Canoeing Guide Service is available to provide guided canoe trips on the “Tuna.” Phone Brian at 814-598-7348.
To order a free visitor’s guide and map, with a complete list of local accommodations, restaurants, attractions and shops, please click on www.visitANF.com