Come alone, or bring the family, the Allegheny National Forest Region in nearby northwestern Pennsylvania is brimming with excitement. Join in the fun of the “We Gotta Regatta, or participate in the ANF Photo Trek or Kinzua Fly-Fishing School. Summer Camp isn’t just for kids!
You can tour and taste the new craft vodkas at CJ Spirits, sample the local wines at Flickerwood Wine Cellars, relax and enjoy room service at your hotel, or plan an escape to your very own cabin in the woods.
TOURING AND TASTING AT CJ SPIRITS
CJ Spirits, 120 Willow Run Drive, Kane, is northwestern Pennsylvania’s first craft distillery. Using pure Allegheny Mountain spring water, state-of-the-art distillery equipment, and time honored methods, the finest premium spirits are the hallmark of this newly opened craft-to-grain distillery. CJ Spirits is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11am-9pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am-11pm.
Your eyes will be drawn to the 300-gallon Artisan Hybrid still upon entering, and your senses will respond to the scent of freshly mashed grain. Guests can view the distillery in action while relaxing and sampling in the tasting room. Take a seat at the beautiful wooden bar handcrafted from local black cherry timber by skilled carpenters, or at the comfortable tables that seat groups of four or more.
Rocksov and Wilds Vodka are first on the suggested sampling list of spirits to try. Rocksov Vodka is a small batch, rye based, ultra-premium vodka with a slight undertone of grain. Made from 100% rye, the grains are hand milled on site. The process of distilling begins with 500 lbs. of grain cooked at an exact temperature for five hours, followed by age-old distillery practices that produce Rocksov’s flavor notes. Rocksov Vodka is great straight and it also makes a memorable martini.
Wilds Vodka is more neutral, less expensive, and is a great mixer for drinks combining fruit juices. Fashioned from locally grown corn that is milled on site, Wilds Vodka is then distilled, charcoal filtered and finally cut to proof with pure Allegheny Mountain spring water.
In the tasting room, you can sample from the selection of spirits, or order a signature cocktail, while enjoying homemade appetizers from the “Small Plate” menu. A suggested start would be the Warm Olive Platter, a plate of mixed olives with garlic, rosemary and olive oil for dipping, and the Sausage Rosksov, grilled and sliced Italian sausage in CJ Spirit’s own Rocksov Vodka sauce. Both are served with fresh baguette rounds. Other choices include: Caprese Plate, Humus Plate, Beet Crostini, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Chile Cheese Nachos and two types of Sliders - Pulled Pork or Meatball. Partners, Sam Cummings and Tom Jones invite you to stop in, taste and tour … “If the kitchen lights are on, the kitchen is open.”
Graveyard Sam’s White Whiskey will be available mid-summer. Graveyard Sam’s is short aged in an oak barrel and is similar in taste to old-fashioned “moon-shine.” CJ’s will be producing a handcrafted Rum and Gin later this year.
Groups are welcome for sampling and tours of the distillery with advance reservation. Seating is available for up to 40 people.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! On Saturday, June 14, CJ Spirits will host a Grand Opening from 11am-11pm. Outdoor seating will be available, live music, sampling and door prizes, along with their regular menu and cocktail choices will make this a signature event.
WE GOTTA REGATTA
Float your boat, kayak, canoe or a water craft of your own making in the 2014 Tuna Valley Trail Association “We Gotta Regatta” fundraiser, to be held Saturday, May 17. A family activity, all ages are encouraged to join in the fun for a day of water recreation, a 5K Run event, and a pig roast with live music at Historic Crook Farm, the official pull-out site for the regatta. Cost is $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
The Tuna Trot - a 5K Run event is a run around the Crook Farm Trail Loop (about 2 miles). Registration begins at 8:30am at Crook Farm. Anyone with a Regatta ticket may enter, or there is the option to participate in the run only for $5. Tickets are available at the registration booth. Race time is 9am. Prizes will be given.
The “We Gotta Regatta” is a paddle, float, boat regatta on the Tunugwant Creek, locally knows as the “Tuna.” Three attended launch sites are available for you to choose from … you pick the length that suits your crew the best: Fifth Ward-4.1 miles, Dorothy Lane-5.3 miles, or Browntown Road-9 miles.
Kids will enjoy the Duck Race. Fast ducks for 50/50. Buy a race duck for $1 (or as many as you like); your duck will race down the Tuna for the 50/50 prize. Duck Race time is 5pm.
If you would like to watch the fun, but don’t want to run or paddle, plan to be at the Pig Roast at Crook Farm, 476 Seaward Avenue in Bradford, at 2pm. The Regatta pig roast, with live music, runs until 6pm. To purchase “We Gotta Regatta” tickets, or for additional event information please go to www. tunavalleytrail.com/regatta
THE WINERY THAT ROCKS
Flickerwood Wine Cellars, 309 Flickerwood Road, Kane, PA, was established in May 2000 by the Ron Zampogna Family. This family not only makes fine wines that continue to achieve award-winning status in the wine industry, they also make great music. Open seven days a week, Flickerwood Wine Cellars features a lovely lounge where you can enjoy wine sampling along with a variety of scheduled musical and entertainment events, including the popular “Wine Down Fridays.”
This year on May 24-26, FlickerFest will be held to celebrate the winery’s 14th
anniversary. FlickerFest is a three-day event that includes wine, food, artisans selling their handcrafted wares, home winemaking competition and live music. For more information on “The Winery that Rocks” call 814-837-7566 or visit www.flickerwood.com
LEISURE LEARNING ACTIVITIES
The ANF Photo Trek is a two-day photography workshop, to be held May 17-18. During the ANF Photo Trek you will discover and photograph woodlands, pristine trout streams, outrageous rock formations and unique historical architecture and local characters.
The ANF Photo Trek is under the direction of renowned published photographer Ed Bernik, who will accompany you for two days of photography in the Allegheny National Forest Region. You will learn the art of seeing, how to choose a lens, and the details of exposure and composition. Student photo critiques will be a part of this experience. The workshop is customized to your level as a photographer.
Plan to bring comfortable walking shoes and rain gear. The ANF Forest Trek will take place rain or shine. Recommended equipment to bring: a digital DSLR camera, additional lenses - including wide angle, telephoto, prime lenses, and macro (a kit lens is acceptable), polarizing filter, neutral density filter, flash, tripod and a laptop for download and review (all equipment is not required; some equipment is available for loan). Two lodging options are available: choose a local hotel or bed & breakfast in Bradford, or you can select to stay on campus at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Fee is $239 per person, which includes instruction, two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners. If you select to stay on campus with lodging, the fee is $319 per person. Classes run from 8am on Saturday, May 17 to 3pm on Sunday, May 18. For additional information or to make reservations please call 814-362-5078 or e-mail email@example.com
KINZUA FLY-FISHING SCHOOL
Fly-fishing puts you on stream in beautiful natural settings. To further your enjoyment of the sport, why not learn from experienced anglers? Now in its 21st consecutive year, the Kinzua Fly-Fishing School, this year to be held May 16-18, provides experienced instructors that will teach fly tying, fly casting and fly-fishing techniques with nymphs, wets, streamers and dry.
This three-day school includes two days of instruction by famous fly-fisherman Joe Humphreys and one day of instruction from the Kinzua Fly-Fishing School Staff for a total of 30 hours of instruction and supervised practice.
Class size is limited to 30 to insure a small pupil-to-instructor ratio. Students will have ample opportunity to reinforce skills learned and to practice those skills in a classroom, field, and stream setting. Classes are held at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, Pennsylvania, and on nearby streams. Students can stay on campus for a fee of $445 per person for Kinzua Fly-Fishing School courses and overnight accommodations. If you choose to stay off-campus at nearby hotels, your class fee will be $420. For additional information or to register e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
PLAN YOUR TRIP
Our area offers deluxe and rustic cabins, camping, bed & breakfasts, hotels and lodges - everything from the primitive to the ultra-plush. You can view the full list of accommodations, along with the upcoming list of events, other attractions, museums, shopping and local restaurants at www.visitANF.com
The new seasonal driving brochure, “Scenic Drives in the Allegheny National Forest,” lists seven suggested driving tours in the region and features color-coded mapping to highlight things to see and do along the way, including the Kinzua Sky Walk and the Longhouse National Scenic Byway. Phone 800-473-9370 or visitANF.com to order the FREE Scenic Driving Tour Brochure with Map.