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Category: Community events
SEPTEMBER 17, 2011
Pumpkin Festival Time
Only two weeks left until the Annual Frackville Pumpkin Festival! On Saturday, October 1, 2011 between 10AM and 2PM you'll find lots of autumn fun on Frack Street between Balliet and Lehigh. Pony rides, pumpkin crafts, music, lots of great food, and many contests with prizes provided by our local businesses. Join the scavenger hunt, write a pumpkin limerick, eat a pie very fast, enter your favorite pumpkin or squash recipe, or bid for a pumpkin art piece-you can do it all at the Pumpkin Festival. On Friday, September 30 at 5:30PM at the Schuylkill Mall, you can try your skill at Pumpkin' Chunkin'-throwing a pumpkin as far as you can in the parking lot to win Mall gift certificates. It promises to be a great weekend, so mark your calendar and plan to attend. Your friends and neighbors will be there-why not you too! Call the library for information about all activities at 874-3382.
On Saturday, July 30, 2011, the Frackville Recreation Board will be holding their Annual Christmas in July event at the Frackville Elks. This fun-filled evening will feature music by DJ Ed Collins, a local favorite and a light buffet. The real attraction of the event is the long list of great prizes donated by local merchants and Frackville supporters. Gift cards, cash, services, and great Yuengling items will be in the drawing. In addition to a chance to win the prizes, each ticket holder will also receive a collectible Yuengling beer glass. Tickets are $15.00 per person, and can be purchased at the library or from any Recreation Board member. Call 874-3382 for more information. Proceeds go to the Recreation Board to cover the cost of free community events such as the Christmas Parade.
Once again the library is sponsoring its Art of the Pumpkin contest in conjunction with the Frackville Pumpkin Festival, being held September 30 and October 1, 2011. Wooden pumpkin blanks are being sold at the library for $10 each ($5 for students or adults over age 65). These blanks can be decorated in any medium-paint, paper, fabric-the possiblilities are endless. The finished art pieces will be displayed around town prior to the festival, and will be judged to determine a winner. Prizes will be announced soon. The pumpkins will then be awarded to the highest bidder in a Chinese auction. All procedes go to the library's general fund. So put on your creative thinking cap, and create a one-of-a-kind pumpkin for this unique contest. Entries must be returned to the library by Wednesday, September 21.
The library has kicked off its Annual Fund Drive and Century Club Campaign for 2011. This activity is very important in that it not only helps us to maintain our services to the community, but it also insures that we meet the standard for local effort that the State of Pennsylvania requires in order to give us State Aid to Public Libraries. As you plan the remainder of your charitable giving for the year, please consider the library.Any amount is greatly appreciated, but if you can, a donation of $100 or more qualifies the giver to be part of our Century Club. This fund is used to enhance and expand the library through building repairs, new equipment, and other special projects. We look forward to having you as a member.
The Frackville Recreation Board in conjunction with the American Legion Post 398, Frackville will be holding our community's annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30, 2011. The parade begins at Lehigh Avenue and Arch St. at 8:45AM and will proceed up Lehigh Aveneue and over Spring Street to Memorial Park. At the park there will be a ceremony honoring local veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as musical selections by soloist Mary Wofford and a gun salute and taps by the American Legion Post Honor Guard. Light refreshments will be served afterwards at the American Legion Post on East Oak Street. All Frackville citizens are invited to attend. Parade and ceremony will be held rain or shine. For more information call the library at 874-3382.
On Tuesday, August 17, 2010 the library will be joining the Schuylkill County Firefighters Convention and the Frackville Recreation Board for their Family Night event at the Elks Grounds on Arch Street between Second and Third. Games, crafts, music and refreshments will be featured free of charge between 6 and 9PM. After the festivities an outdoor movie will be screened. Come along and enjoy this old-fashioned block party event where you can meet your neigbors and salute our local firefighters too.
In preparation for the Frackville Pumpkin Festival on October 2, the library is again launching it's contest for artists, The Art of the Pumpkin. Artists can purchase a wooden pumpkin blank from the library for $10.00($5.00 for high school students and adults age 65 and up). The pumpkin blank can be decorated in any medium-paint, fabric, paper, anything you like. Pumpkins will be on display around town the week before the festival. One the day of the festival, they will be judged and prizes awarded. Call the library at 874-3382 for more details or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com. The festival is being organized by the Frackville Business and Professional Association.
On Saturday, August 21, 2010, Frackville's Goodwill and Friendship Fire Companies will be hosting the Schuylkill County Firefighter's Convention. I'm sure many of you will remember this event from years past, and it is always an exciting time for the town. Here at the library we are planning to be involved in helping to make it fun for our patrons and other residents. If you are a library fan and would like to join our Frackville Free Public Library Supporters Group to march in the parade, please contact Elaine at the library. The route is approximately 2 miles long, and there is some uphill. It begins at 1PM, and will probably move relatively slowly. For more information call 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
Tickets for the library's 3rd Annual Golden Ticket Dinner are now available. This event, which benefits the library, will take place on Sunday, January 31, 2010 (no football until the evening that day!) at the Fountains Springs Country Inn. The festivities begin at 2PM. For a donation of $125, attendees will receive two delicious dinners with wine or beer and a chance to win the grand prize of $2500! What a great way to start off the New Year-take a chance to win big and help keep your public library going strong for 2010 and beyond. Call the library for information or to reserve your ticket or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com. Tickets may also be purchased from any Library Trustee.
Our 3rd Annual Golden Ticket Dinner is set for Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 2PM. It will once again be held at the Fountain Springs Country Inn,. For a donation of $125, attendees will receive a delicious dinner for two, wine or beer, and a chance to win our grand prize of $2500! A fun afternoon with friends and neighbors and a great way to help the library. As you probably know, 2009 was a tough one for libraries. Reductions in funds on both the municipal and state levels make local fundraising more important than ever. Please consider using a part of your charitable giving budget for this event . Information and tickets are available at the library . Call 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
We had a great evening at the library's birthday bash last week! All the guests were fascinated by the 1939 vintage film we were showing on our new TV, part of the Senior Spaces grant. Senator Argall presented us with a Pennsylvania flag and we enjoyed a delicious cake. Thanks to all who attended to help us share memories of our first 70 years.
Thanks to all for attending the First Annual Pumpkin Festival sponsored by the FBPA. Everyone there seemed to enjoy the day. Great music, food, and lots of activities provided the kind of community activity we'd all like to see more often in Frackville. Plans are already in place for next year, when the Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 1 and 2, 2010. Look for new events, improved offerings, and even more fun.
and you're invited! On Friday, November 13, 2009 the Frackville Free Public Library turns 70 years old. We're going to be celebrating with an open house event on that day at 7PM at the library. Come visit if you haven't been here in awhile, and find out what we're doing to make the library meaningful to all of the community. If you're a regular user, we hope you'll help us celebrate the institution whose services you've come to value. Be a part of Frackville history and join us.
It's getting close! The First Annual Frackville Pumpkin Festival makes its appearance on Saturday, October 3, 2009. The festivities begin at 9:45AM at the library with a pumpkin parade up to Frack St. and Lehigh Ave. where the festival will begin. There'll be live music, activities for the kids, pony rides, pie eating, and more. You can enter your favorite pumpkin recipes, write a pumpkin limerick, or decorate pumpkins to win ribbons and prizes. Call or visit the library for a festival schedule and contest information. Let's make this a real community-wide event! The Festival is being sponsored by FBPA.
In conjunction with Make a Difference Day, RSVP-that's the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program-are once again sponsoring 'Sock It To Us'. During the next four weeks, they are collecting new socks of any size, style, or color which will be given to those in need. People often donate gently used clothing for homeless, displaced, or poor families, but socks are generally worn out and thrown away. This is a very useful and inexpensive way to make a difference yourself. Socks can be dropped off at the library.
As you may have read in the newspaper, the State Legislature is currently considering a budget for 2009-2010 which includes some serious cuts for public libraries. Whether or not you approve of governments paying for things like libraries, the fact remains that without that support most libraries in this county would not exist. Many county libraries have tried very hard with limited resources to keep up with the times. We've added automated systems to speed up service and help us to do a better job of developing our collections. We've provided free computer access for those citizens who cannot afford the luxury of a home computer. And we've provided opportunities in the form of programs concerning educational, financial, and health related issues that are of interest to our patrons. We really need your help to keep libraries alive. Please contact your State Senator or State Representative and tell them they need to search harder to find a way of balancing the budget without destroying library service in Pennsylvania! If you need further information on this important topic please call the library at 874-3382 or use our contact page.
It's time for the Spring Yard Sale sponsored by the Frackville Recreation Board. On Saturday, May 2, join your neighbors for a walk around town exploring for those great yard sale bargains. Here at the library we don't have a yard, but we'll be out front with books, Frackville collectables, and baked goods. If you have your own goodies for sale, pick up a registration form at the library. For a $7 fee, you get promotional materials and a listing on the townwide map. Last day to register is April 29.
Because of weather conditions for the weekend, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Frackville Recreation Board, origianally scheduled for Saturday, April 4th has been postponed until Saturday, April 11, 2009. The hunt will take place and Memorial Park/Field and begins at 1PM. See the previous post for more details.
On Saturday, April 4, 2009, the Frackville Recreation Board will be sponsoring the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Memorial Park and Field. The festivities begin at 1PM for children from newborns to age 12. There will be various age groups with several special prizes in each group, but all attendees will receive Easter treats. If it rains, the event will be held on Sunday, April 5. If you would like to help out, report to the field at 11:30AM on the day of the event.
I went to last month's meeting of Frackville's chapter of Upper Schuylkill Revitalization, a state initiated organization which is dedicated to fostering civic pride and facilitating programs to help improve downtown vitality in smaller communities. No one who has walked along Lehigh Avenue lately can dispute the need for some attention to this part of town. Lack of small businesses, abandoned buildings, and empty lots have taken much of the pleasure away from a visit to our town's 'main street'. But this can change. Many communities in the Upper Schuylkill consortium have accomplished a lot in making their downtowns more appealing and attractive to residents and visitors alike. In Frackville, even though a few businesses have taken advantage of facade improvement programs, and we have accomplished some of the streetscape enhancements available, there is still a lot of work to do. If you love your town, and if you want it to grow and thrive for the sake of your children and grandchildren, please seriously consider joining this organization. Meetings are held at the Community Center Building(former Elementery Center) on Center and Oak Sts. on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30PM. We really need to see you there!
Yes, we're at it again. Those delicious Deppen pies, locally made, are once more available for sale from the library. They come in ten wonderful varieties-the ever popular blueberry crumb, cherry crumb(one of my personal favorites), peach crumb, double crust apple, lemon sponge(very popular), coconut custard, shoo-fly, raisin crumb, no sugar apple raisin, and strawberry rhubarb. Each pie is a generous 9 inch size, great to eat right away, or freeze for another day. Pies are $8.50 each and the cost of the pie is due with the order. Orders can be placed until Feb. 18 and will be available for pick-up at the library on March 4. Support your library and enjoy some pie. You deserve it! Call 874-3382 for information or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.