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Holy Heatwave!

Today is the last of what has been an early heat wave across Eastern Pennsylvania, with record highs in the 80s and 90s over the last several days. A cold front will be moving through this evening, bringing more seasonable temperatures in the 60s and 70s.

Along with packing away the jackets, sweaters and long johns, now is the time to jump on one of the hundreds of great travel deals being offered in the tourism industry. Many hotels, airlines, rental car companies, etc. are offering huge discounts to bring in your travel dollar. Those deals come to those who book early, so don’t wait too long to see whats out there.

Not sure where to go? We have hundreds of listings on our website, www.PAontheGo.com. From the Pocono Mountains to the Delaware Valley and everywhere in between. Take a weekend, and make it great without breaking the budget by visiting all of the great destinations in your own backyard. Or, if you are from outside the area, consider a trip to Eastern Pennsylvania, where the prices are great, the scenery breathtaking, and the options for recreation endless.

Stay tuned to our blog, as we’ll be introducing a new series of articles soon, all about how to save time and money when travelling in Eastern Pennsylvania (and many other places, too!)

PAontheGo.com is a free resource for all things travel and tourism across Eastern Pennsylvania. Visit us at http://www.PAontheGo.com today for more information.



Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
April 8, 2009, 9:11 am
Filed under: America, History, PAontheGo, Pennsylvania, Tourism, Travel

The Mount Hope Estate and Winery isn’t only open during the summer months for the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Throughout the year the site features all manner of indoor and outdoor entertainment. From February through April you will find several shows such as “Comedy in the Pub” and “Pyrate Feaste in the Swashbuckler Pub”. In May there’s the annual “Great Green America Fest”, an environmentally focused event featuring food and wares, information and entertainment. During June, visitors are to the estate are taken on a tour of Scotland and Ireland during the “Celtic Fling and Highland Games”, which features food, merchants, music and merriment.

From July through October the grounds of the estate are transformed into a 16th century town and market for the “Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire” which lasts a total of 12 weekends, some with themed events. With the Queen and her Royal Court holding events throughout the shire, entertainers performing on 13 stages, merchants and tons of food prepared by her majesty’s chefs there is more to do than any one can see in just one day.

In August and September the Victorian style Mansion on the grounds also opens for “Friday Knights at the Improv”. Here cast members of the Renaissance Faire join together to perform off the cuff comedy, creating some of the funniest skits around and no two are ever alike. Throughout November Edgar Allen Poe’s works come to life in “Edgar Allen Poe Evermore”. And finally in December “A Dickens of a Christmas” and “Charles Dickens Victorian Christmas” gets you in the spirit with holiday trimmings and cheer.



The Archbald Pothole

Patrick Mahon, a coal miner, discovered the Archbald Pothole in 1884 when he was extending a mine shaft. He placed an explosive charge and when it was detonated water and stone poured into the mine shaft. He and the miners he was with escaped the mine fearing a collapse. Later Edward Jones, the manager of the mining company, came to investigate what had happened. Jones directed the men clear the debris, almost 1,000 tons of small rounded stones. Once the debris was cleared it was realized there was a vertical tunnel which was responsible for the falling water and stone. The shaft was actually a large pothole, a natural rock formation that is formed where water forms a circular current. Water spins quickly and causes sand and small stones to circulate, eventually causing a circular hole in the bedrock below. The Archbald Pothole, as it was named, is 38 feet deep and 42 feet wide at its maximum length. The pothole cuts through layers of sandstone, shale, and coal.

The Archbald Pothole was formed during the Wisconsin Glacial Period, when water from the melting glacier probably poured through a crevasse to the bedrock. The falling water created enough force to form the pothole, which was discovered almost 13,000 years after it was created.

The pothole served as a ventilation shaft for mining operations and was fenced in by Colonel Hackley, the owner of the land, so he could allow visitors to look at it without the risk of falling in. Edward Jones also led public tours to the site.

A small trail follows the path the coal mine tram would have taken when the mine operated.

The Archbald Pothole was turned over to the public in 1914 when the widow of Colonel Hackley donated 1 acre of land that surrounded the pothole to the Lackawanna County Historical Society. Then in 1940, Lackawanna County gained ownership of the pothole as well as 150 acres of the surrounding land. It remained a county park until 1961 when the land was transferred to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

In the 1990s a $170,000 renovation project was initiated to repair the aging facilities of the park. It reopened in 1997 but despite the improvements trash and attendance remained an issue. In 2002 the State Legislature approved more renovations to the park to include soccer fields, a basketball court, tennis court, walking trail, playground, roads and parking lots.

Hunting in the area is permitted in certain designated places however the killing of groundhog is not permitted and hunters must follow State Game Commission Rules and Regulations.



The Early Bird…
March 23, 2009, 3:31 pm
Filed under: Itineraries, PAontheGo, Pennsylvania, Tourism, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Where are you vacationing this summer? How about those smaller weekend and day trips for the warmer months of the year? You don’t know yet?

While the weather is still cold, and the trees aren’t even starting to bloom yet, now is the time to start thinking about where your travels will take you this summer. With money tight for most expenses, it is even more important to plan ahead to get the most for your leisure dollar – whether it’s a weekend getaway or a week long trip.

No idea where to start? PAontheGo.com has hundreds of listings of things to do, places to see, and even select locations to stay and eat. Browse around today, you may be surprised with the number of options in your own backyard, or just a short drive away.

You can also check out our eBay listings, which feature pre-planned itineraries and travel guides on destinations in Eastern Pennsylvania. These inexpensive guides list all of the top attractions, suggested touring schedules, dining recommendations, and insider tips to make the most of your trip.

PAontheGo.com is a free resource for all things travel and tourism across Eastern Pennsylvania. Visit us at http://www.PAontheGo.com today for more information.



When is a City Not a City?

All throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, there are literally thousands of small neighborhoods, villages, hamlets, and municipalities that dot the landscape. Some are marked, some are not… and only the municipalities – the townships, boroughs, and cities – are actually legal designations.

To add to the confusion, names of those municipalities can sometimes be misleading. As an example, Dickson City in Lackawanna County isn’t actually a city. It’s a borough.

Dickson City spans about 4.7 square miles, and is located a few miles north of Scranton. Like many of the small towns in area, Dickson City was a coal town, built on the success of the local anthracite coal mines. With the mining industry long gone, commercial shopping centers, such as the Viewmont Mall, now share the space within the borough with the older Main Street businesses and homes.

Originally known as the village of Dickson, the area was part of Blakely Township. In 1875, the village became its own separate municipality, and the name chosen by the local petitioners was ‘the Borough of Dickson City’.

So, Dickson City isn’t actually a city, but for the people who live, work and visit here, the semantics of it all doesn’t quite matter as much as other issues. But it’s an interesting quirk nonetheless.

 

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