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October Toadstools and Other Fun Stuff

Perhaps, the word “blustery” might not apply to the weekend forecasts, but it sounds like it won’t be a pleasant weekend for golf, fishing hunting or other outdoor activities. By Sunday, the region could possibly see the first few wet flakes of snow, and perhaps, the first frost/freeze warnings. Time to bring some plants inside or provide some shelter.

Monday, Columbus Day, the weather returns to more sun and warmer temperatures. A quick reminder – a lot of agencies, and government offices will be closed for Columbus Day.

It was amazing this week to watch the leaves change color so quickly. It seems every day new trees joined the colorful seasonal change. The October toadstools also appeared like magic on lawns and in the woods. There really isn’t a difference between a toadstool and a mushroom. However, always check with a qualified mushroom hunter before eating; they can make a person darn sick if a wrong variety is consumed.

With the return of better net week, there are plenty of outdoor events scheduled. For two special learning events on schedule, click Bats and Spiders. It is a great time to enjoy the changes before winter tightens it’s icy grip.

Halloween is coming quickly and there are many events planned for the weekend. If your group, organization or community has a special event, forward the information and it will appear on this blog. Next week, there will be information on events in Union City and Canadohta Lake.

 

On the Wild Side


The mosquitoes did a disappearing act this past week – thankfully. However, the flies remain a big nuisance and insist in trying to find a way inside, as do some rather large and strange looking and very loud buzzing bees. The honeybees, however, seem to be content gathering food on the many native plants still blooming.

 

Save Our Swamp

Crawford Area Residents for the Environment (CARE) will host a Kayak-Canoe Tour and Photo contest at Geneva Marsh on October 14. The event begins at 1 p.m. but people can begin to show at noon. Registration is $15 per person. Food and drinks will be free.

Person who rather photograph instead of getting out on the water are also encouraged. For more information on the events planned and for a registration form, click Geneva Swamp.

The proceed will help fund the efforts to protect the swamp area; CARE is deeply concerned about the proposed tire incinerator and damage to this amazing natural resource.

Hurry Hill Farm and Maple Syrup Museum

 

Members of the Edinboro Area Historical Society will once again be spending their Sunday afternoons in October hosting the popular October Maple Sundaes at the local Edinboro maple museum.

Located at 11380 Fry Road, a couple miles north of Rt. 6N, the museum features educational exhibits with maple sap producing instruments, actual sections of maple trees and illustrated American Indian lore about maple syrup production.  It also includes a country kitchen ca: 1950 and the outstanding exhibit room that focuses on Edinboro author Virginia Sorensen and her Newbery Award Winning children’s book Miracles on Maple Hill.

Edinboro Area Historical Society members will greet guests at the maple museum.  They also will be serving the famous Hurry Hill Farm Maple sundaes, generous scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with locally produced “real” maple syrup.  These giant sundaes cost only $3 each with all proceeds going to benefit the Edinboro Area Historical Society.

While at the museum, visitors can walk or ride a tractor-drawn wagon to the sugarbush and see the sugarhouse there (weather permitting).

Besides the locally popular maple sundaes, there will be free coffee, maple-flavored tea and cider.

Edinboro historical society members will have copies of The Fountain, the historical society’s annual journal of local history, as well as other society publications and Doucette House Museum gift shop items for sale.

If you need to restock your winter supply of maple syrup in order to get ready for those hot steamy blueberry pancakes on a cold January morning, now is the time to do it.  Also, there will be assorted maple products, candy and copies of the famous book, Miracles on Maple Hill for sale in the maple museum’s gift shop.

This is a great time to bring the kids out to the Hurry Hill Farm Maple Museum. Come now and avoid the Taste and Tour/Maple Festival crowds that will be flocking to the museum in mid-March 2013.  Treat the family to the scrumptious maple sundaes, learn about the history of maple syrup production, and see why Miracles on Maple Hill is such an outstanding book for all people, young and old alike.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Events are free and open to the public, just be sure to call the Nature Center to register at 814-763-5269.

Take a walk, enjoy the colors, learn about the leaves

Tuesday, October 9, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Join Mark Lewis, Service Forester, PA Bureau of Forestry and learn about the science behind the colorful leaves. Meet at the Nature Center. (bet you’ll also see some October Toadstools)
6 Annual Fall Nature Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, October 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Meet at Stainbrook Shelter #2 See what you can find on this adventure trip.

Later in October will be two events. Building a bat box, with Terry Lobdell and Spiders, with Edinboro professor Matt Foradori. For more information on these special “Halloween” events, click BATS and SPIDERS.

 

Union City


Homecoming weekend is October 13 and is always a great time in the community. For Halloween, the Trail of Treats is scheduled for Halloween night in downtown beginning at 5 p.m. More information on Trail of Treats next week. Christmas on Main will be November 24 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Canadohta Lake


The annual lake draw down is scheduled for November 1 this year. It’s time to get the water craft out and stored for winter. The lake is lowered every year to help protect the docks and the shoreline.

 

Fishing Report


Darl Black writes a weekly report on fishing in the region. For the report, click, FISH.

 

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