The change of seasons brings crisp Autumn breezes, blazing reds, oranges and gold colored leaves, and a spirit of renewal. Start your fall off with a day at the Kinzua Bridge State Park Fall Festival, sign up to participate in the Marilla Trail Race to race amid spectacular fall foliage, or purchase your tickets now for the upcoming 2016-2017 Headline Series of professional entertainment at the beautiful Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall, Bradford, Pennsylvania.
KINZUA BRIDGE STATE PARK FALL FESTIVAL
The Kinzua Bridge State Park Fall Festival will be held Sept. 17-18 from 10am-6pm both days, rain or shine. In their 19th year, this festival is a pleasure to attend as vendors are set up in the forest-shaded picnic areas adjacent to the park and the lawns leading up to the new Kinzua Bridge Visitors Center and the Kinzua Sky Walk.
There will be over 102 art, craft and food vendors as well as live musical performances. Entertainment will take place at the park pavilion on Saturday afternoon starting at 2pm and running until 4pm. Musical entertainment includes both local and regional musicians.
On Sunday starting at 1pm, the Mt. Jewett Volunteer Fire Department will be serving up their famous Chicken BBQ. Musical entertainment starts at 1pm, with a second performance at 3pm. A favorite with the kids is the ZEM ZEM cars; their performance will begin at 2pm.
The Eagle Dream Rehabilitation Center will feature live birds of prey. The McKean County Wranglers 4-H Club will be offering horse and pony rides.
A great variety of art and craft vendors will be on-site. There will be photography, hand-crafted jewelry, embroidered products, bird feeders, candles, wood turned bowls, paintings and printed stationary, along with woven baskets, t-shirts and purses. Vendor food choices will include beef on wick, chili, Italian sausage and Philly steak sandwiches, pulled pork, sweet corn, cookies, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, mini donuts, and what would a fair be without cotton candy and kettle korn?
The Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources will demonstrate apple cider pressing, leaf waxing, and candle dipping. Visitors will also be able to tour the exhibits within the newly opened Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitors Center and “walk the tracks across the sky” on the Kinzua Sky Walk.
The Kinzua Bridge Foundation, Inc. is the sponsor of the annual Fall Festival. The Foundation is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Kinzua Bridge, the promotion of its historical and cultural significance, as well as the further development of the adjoining State Park. A new sweatshirt/t-shirt design commemorating the new Visitors Center at the State Park will be available for purchase at the Foundation tent.
The Kinzua Bridge State Park Fall Festival, held at the state park, offers free admission. Handicap parking will be available. The Area Transportation Authority will provide a trolley for shuttling visitors to and from parking areas. The address to use for Google GPS is: 296 Viaduct Road, Mt. Jewett, PA 16740. For information on the park please call 814-778-5467.
A SEASONAL HARVEST CELEBRATION
FallFest, held at Flickerwood Wine Cellars in Kane, Pennsylvania, features two days of wine, live musical entertainment, crafts, prizes, and discounts. Held every Labor Day weekend, (this year on Sept. 24-25), FallFest is a seasonal celebration of the harvest of the grapes and of the delicious wines Flickerwood creates from them.
A wide selection of seasonal wines including their award-winning fall wines will be available at the festival. Two to try are Spezie Pesca Vino and Spezie Mela Vino. Spezie Pesca Vino is a spiced peach wine, ideal for simmering or savoring on a cool fall or winter evening. Spezie Mela Vino is a spiced apple wine. It tastes like an apple pie in a glass.
Mark your calendars to join in the fun at Flickerwood Wine Cellars & The Pub, 309 Flickerwood Road, Kane, PA, www.flickerwood.com.
WHEEL AROUND THE HUB BICYCLE RACE
This fall ride, held in Smethport, PA on Saturday, Sept. 17, takes you through the unmatched beauty of northwestern Pennsylvania during fall foliage season along scenic Route 6 and Route 46. A variety of race options are available including a 53-mile circuit ride, or the 15-mile fun race. For the youth, ages 12-17, they can sign up to participate in a one-lap race.
After the race, join in the celebration with live music and a BBQ dinner. For additional information please call 814-598-5811 or register online - keyword “Smethport”, www.smethportpa.org/category/wheel-around-the-hub.
ON YOUR MARK-SET-GO!
The Marilla Trail Race features competitive trail races at both a 14-mile and 7-mile distance amid fantastic fall foliage in a beautiful area of northwestern Pennsylvania. This year a 3.7-mile loop has been added for hikers. The stunning views around the scenic Marilla Reservoir will provide an amazing backdrop for this event, which draws participants from across the Twin Tiers and surrounding region.
Last year the race had 126 runners, some from as far away as Utah, California and Washington State in addition to people from throughout Pennsylvania and New York. The race is organized by the Tuna Valley Trail Association and the Marilla Trail Race Committee, both made up of active runners who know how to organize a good race. All proceeds raised support the building and maintenance of trails by the non-profit, all volunteer, Tuna Valley Trail Association. The name “Tuna” is based on the Native American name for “Tunungwant Creek” which runs through the valley.
The Marilla Trail Race will kick off at 9am on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Marilla Reservoir, located along Route 346, five miles west of the City of Bradford. For information please call 814-598-7082, Josh Preston, the committee chairman, or to register online go to www.marillatrailrace.com.
SEASONAL COOKING CLASSES AT THE LODGE AT GLENDORN
Named the No. 1 Resort Hotel in the Continental U.S. in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2016, The Lodge at Glendorn, located in Bradford, Pennsylvania, is now offering seasonal cooking classes for their guests.
The culinary team at Glendorn is excited to share their kitchen skills with guests of their luxury resort. In addition to their new culinary garden, Glendorn’s seasonal cooking classes (scheduled and upon request) are perfect for a romantic fall getaway.
Their team can design a special class just for you where you can learn to prepare and de-bone fresh trout caught in one of their streams or lakes, or take a seasonal exploration through their garden to craft the very best in farm-to-table fare.
YOUR TICKET TO A SEASON OF GREAT PERFORMANCES
The Headline Series presented by the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center for 2016-2017 offers a wide variety of quality, professional entertainment at very reasonable pricing. Tickets are only $35 for the Headline Series. All the shows will be at the Bromeley Family Theater, Blaisdell Hall, a beautiful theater with plush comfortable seating, located on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
ARTRAGEOUS starts the season off with a palette of captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting audience interaction. Artrageous will take you on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity and fun! Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 pm, www.artrageousexperience.com.
There are many Beatles tributes, but there’s only one show that celebrates the genius of Paul McCartney at the height of his career in the mid-1970s. And this is it! The McCartney Years is a note-for-note faithful recreation of a mid-1970’s Paul McCartney concert. The show is period-true technically stunning and sonically explosive. Every note is live and played true to its original arrangement. Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30pm, www.themmccartneyyears.net.
Jason Michael Carroll with Ayla Brown … Jason rose to fame after being discovered at a local talent competition in 2004 and later signed to the Arista Nashville label in 2006, releasing his debut album Waitin’ In the Country. The album produced three Top 40 hits including, “Alyssa Lies,” “Livin’ Our Love Song,” and “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” and soared to number one on the US Country charts, selling nearly half a million copies. You’ll hear other Carroll favorites like “Where I’m From” and “Hurry Home” along with a couple of other surprises. Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at 7:30pm, www.jasonmichaelcarroll.com.
“A Match Made in Las Vegas!” Barbara & Frank, The Concert that Never Was … It is unlikely the two powerhouse voices of the century would have ever shared the same stage … until now! Two great artists paying tribute to their characters, singing the most memorable music and songs ever written, they never worked together, exactly. They taped a duet in separate recording sessions, but it is tantalizing to think what it would have been like to have Barbara Streisand and Frank Sinatra teamed up for a concert tour. Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 7:30pm. All seats $40, www.barbaraandfrank.com.
Sings & Swings … Donny Most, best known as “Ralph Malph” on the hit TV show Happy Days, returns to his first love - music. Donny has always appreciated the swing and band style of music and now he delights audiences with a unique show which fuses the swing era with 50’s cool. Sinatra, Darin, Martin and more delivered through his creative interpretation and the support of a 7-piece band. Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:30pm, www.donnymost.com.
How about adding a little magic to your life? The Mike Supper-Magic & Illusion was the winner of NBC’s hit TV show “Phenomenon” and top finalist on “America’s Got Talent.” Mike is the only magician in history to win a live magic competition on primetime US Network television and he was voted America’s Favorite Mystifier. Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 3pm, www.mikesuper.com.
Tickets to all performances may be ordered for the season or separately by calling 814-362-2522 or online. Group Rates are available for groups of 20 or more with reserved seating and a 10% discount. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Performances will be held at the Bromeley Family Theater, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA, www.bcpac.com.
IT’S MORE FUN IF YOU STAY OVER!
Plan your road trip now. Maybe a fall foliage, leisurely drive along two-lane highways through the Forest? Enjoy beautiful scenery with a few stops along the way at the Kinzua Bridge State Park, a local shop or roadside stand. Leave time for sipping wine at Flickerwood, or for enjoying a cocktail at CJ Sprits - northwestern Pennsylvania’s first craft distillery. End your evening at a local B&B, hotel or cabin for a stress-free getaway.
Purchase your tickets now to ensure the best seats, reserve a table at a local restaurant, and book a room in Bradford at the Mountain Laurel Inn, the Best Western Bradford Inn, the Holiday Inn Express, or the Comfort Inn for performance nights.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
For a complete list of attractions, accommodations, and fun things to see and do, order a free Allegheny National Forest Visitors Guide & Map by calling 800-473-9370. The free Scenic Driving Tour Brochure, with 7 scenic drives mapped out with attractions highlighted along the way, can be ordered by phone or downloaded from www.visitANF.com.