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February 15, 2019

 

Tables for Member Mixer

The Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce’s Member Mixer will be on Wednesday, March 20. Members interested in a table are asked to contact the Chamber office now.

Plan to Contribute Items for Auctions? Contact Julie by March 8!

Members who plan to contribute items for the live and silent auctions at the Chamber Mixer on Wednesday, March 20 are asked to contact Julie on or before Friday, March 8 at 570-724-1926 or JulieV@wellsboropa.com. Proceeds from the auctions will benefit the chamber-sponsored Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival Family Day and Children’s Health Fair. The Saturday, June 8 event is free and provides healthy activities and information for children and their parents.

Three-Day Wellsboro Winter Celebration Starts Today, Feb. 15

The Wellsboro Winter Celebration starts today, Friday, Feb. 15 with entertainment at 7:30pm including the Driftwood band concert at the Deane Center and Hamilton-Gibson’s first performance of the comedy “You Can’t Take It With You” at the Warehouse Theatre. The EMMF Jazz Fest will feature Bram Wijnands in concert at 7:30pm this Saturday, Feb. 16 and at brunch this Sunday, Feb. 17, both at the Penn Wells Hotel. The celebration will continue this Saturday, Feb. 16 in downtown Wellsboro with the Old Man Winter ice throne to be ready for kings and queens of all ages to sit on at 9am, ice carving demonstrations between 9:15am and 4pm and an ice carving contest between three ice chainsaw artists with heats at 11am, 11:30am and 12pm. Fans can meet Waste Management Winter RallySprint competitors and see their cars at The Green between 11am and noon this Saturday, Feb. 16. Also on Saturday, Feb. 16 in downtown Wellsboro will be the free Deane Little Beans program, Chili With a Chance For Chocolate Taste-Off, Winter Brew Tasting, artists and craftsmen on Main Street, cookie decorating and hot chocolate for youngsters 1 to 12 years of age, and winter games and activities for children and adults. On Sunday, Feb. 17 will be the Mt. Tom Challenge. For a complete listing of events, visit www.wellsboropa.com and click on Wellsboro Winter Celebration or call 570-724-1926.

RallySprint is This Saturday, Feb. 16; Competitors and Volunteers Can Register Tonight, Feb. 15 & Saturday Morning

The 9th Annual Waste Management Winter RallySprint is this Saturday, Feb. 16 on Waste Management property in Duncan Township. This Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16, the Tioga County Fairgrounds in Whitneyville is serving as rally headquarters, (GPS Address: 2258 Charleston Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901). The entry list currently stands at eight teams. Competitors can register in person at the fairgrounds tonight, Friday, Feb. 15 from 5pm to 8pm and this Saturday, Feb. 16 from 8am to 10am. The Novice Seminar for all new competitors will be at 10am on Feb. 16 at Whitneyville. Volunteers can register in person at the fairgrounds from 5pm to 8pm this Friday, Feb. 15 and from 7am to 9am this Saturday, Feb. 16. The rally organization needs people to help monitor the spectator area, the course and the start and finish and those with amateur radio licenses are needed to help with communications. The rally course consists of one stage run six times for a total of 40.06 stage miles and a total distance of just over 52.88 miles, including 12.82 transit miles. Each team’s goal is to finish the competition stages in the fastest time. Fans will be able to get close to the rally cars and talk to the drivers and co-drivers between 11 a.m. and noon this Saturday during the parc exposé on Pearl Street at The Green in downtown Wellsboro. Three of this year’s entrants are the top winners in the last year’s RallySprint. They include: Matthew Chmielewski and co-driver Pete Sandy who finished first overall in their 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX in 2018; second overall and first in the R2U class, Josh Hickey of Burke, Virginia, and Jim Spoth of Frederick, Maryland in their 1985 BMW M42 318i; and third overall and second in the R2U class, Alan Edwards and Daniel Baker in their 2003 Dodge Neon. For the ceremonial start, the first car will leave The Green at 11:58am followed in one-minute intervals by the others. The first car will start Stage #1 at about 12:19pm and Stage #4 about 4:01pm. The first car will finish the RallySprint around 5:43pm and the last around 6:14pm. The spectator area at 782 Antrim Road in Duncan Township will open at 10am this Saturday. To ensure good parking and seating, people should be there by 11am. Fans will see the cars at speed negotiating the course six times, three in each direction. The spectator area is near the service area giving fans another opportunity to see the drivers, crews and cars up close. Admission is $5 per person. On-site will be portable bathrooms and food vendor Talarigo’s Paradise Grill and Barbeque with hot and cold food and beverages for sale. Parking is free. Map coordinates are: N41.644/W77.275. At the RallySprint’s website http://wmwr.info/ is the entry list, full rally schedule, spectator and volunteer information and signup. The official event hashtag is #wmwr19.

           

Driftwood to Perform Tonight, Friday, Feb. 15

Driftwood will perform Americana folk rock at 7:30pm tonight, Friday, Feb. 15 in the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. On stage will be Joe Kollar on banjo and guitar, Dan Forsyth on guitar, Claire Byrne on violin, Joey Arcuri on upright bass and Will Sigel on drums. Kollar, Forsyth and Byrne write Driftwood’s original songs and share the role of lead vocalist. Arcuri also sings. The band’s sound is a nod to 1960s R&B, 1970s country rock, contemporary pop, folk and traditional Appalachian music. Their fast-paced arrangements of Americana standards, vocal tradeoffs and penchant for genre-bending improvisation quickly generated a dedicated following of fans known as “Drifters” not only in their native Binghamton, N.Y. but also up and down the East Coast. This concert is BYOB. Bring your favorite beverages and snacks and reserve a table at no extra charge. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance and $25 at the door. For tickets and a table, call 570-724-6220 or visit deanecenter.com

           

HG’s “You Can’t Take It With You” Opens Tonight, Feb. 15

The first performance of Hamilton-Gibson’s production of "You Can't Take It With You” is at 7:30pm tonight, Friday, Feb. 15 as well as at 7:30pm this Saturday, Feb. 16 and 2:30pm this Sunday, Feb. 17 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. The last two performances will be at 7:30pm on Feb. 22 and 23. This madcap, comedic play is about sweet-natured Alice Sycamore who falls for Tony Kirby. But when she invites her snooty prospective in-laws to dinner to give their blessing to the marriage, Alice's peculiar extended family appears to be too eccentric for the staid Kirbys. Cast members are: David Stinebeck as Grandpa Vanderhof; Erin Topf as Grandpa's daughter Penelope Sycamore; Jim Reifer as Paul Sycamore, Penelope’s husband; Laureen Davis as Alice Sycamore and Samantha Coolidge as Essie Sycamore Carmichael, Penelope and Paul Sycamores’ daughters; Ryan Dalton as Ed Carmichael, Essie’s husband; Ryan Mullins as Tony Kirby, Alice’s fiancé; Brian Delp as Mr. Anthony Kirby, Tony’s father; Theresa Delmotte as Mrs. Miriam Kirby, Tony’s mother; Andrei Rudic as Boris Kolenkhov, Essie’s extremely eccentric Russian ballet instructor; Shirley Warren as Rheba, the Sycamore family's maid and cook; Gary Siegfried as Donald, Rheba's fiancé who does odd jobs around the Sycamore house; Brett Maynard as Mr. De Pinna, Paul Sycamore’s assistant, formerly the family’s iceman; Bob Borzok as Wilbur Henderson of the IRS who comes to talk to Grandpa about his income taxes; Coleen Evert as Gay Wellington, an actress Penelope has asked to read her latest play; and Anne Bishop as Grand Duchess Olga Katrina. The play is sponsored in part by the Wellsboro Electric Company. Admission for adults of all ages is $12 and $6 for youth, 18 and under. Purchase tickets online at the HG website at hamiltongibson.org or via links to TicketLeap on HG's Facebook page or at the door.

 

February Activities at Pop’s Culture Shoppe

Open Game Nights are on Fridays, Feb. 15 & 22

Fridays from 6pm until late, all ages and abilities can play board games and join in a “Game Night Challenge.” The winner will receive a $5 store credit at 9pm, if present. A HeroClix 300-point Team Tournament will be from 6 to 9pm tonight, Friday, Feb. 15 in preparation for the HeroClix Realms Open Championship tournament on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 12:30 to 6pm. The entry fee is $5 or free with a $10 purchase. Participants will win $5 or more in Clix store credit plus LEs. For information and a Game Night tournament schedule visit wellsboropa.com.

Mahjongg Club is Saturdays, Feb. 16 & 23

On Saturdays from 12pm to 4pm is free play with others. New players are always welcome.

 

MTG Ravnica Standard Constructed Event is This Saturday, Feb. 16

This Saturday, Feb. 16 from 1 to 4pm the top eight winners of the Magic: The Gathering Standard Constructed Format event will win prizes, including a Champion Playmat for the store’s winner. A prize pack will be awarded at the conclusion of the event.

Chess Club is Mondays, Feb. 18 & 25

On Mondays at 3:30 pm, all skill levels are invited to play or learn chess for free in a casual environment.

Mahjongg in the Morning is Tuesdays, Feb. 19 & 26

On Tuesdays, from 10am to 1pm new players and people who want to learn are always welcome to join this free, fun group.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Club is Wednesdays, Feb. 20 & 27

On Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6pm play Yu-Gi-Oh! Learn the basics with others, collect cards, improve and play in tournaments and get ready for Sneak Peeks.

Ravnica Allegiance Sealed League to End on Wednesday, Feb 20

The Magic the Gathering: Ravnica Allegiance mid-season sealed league ends on Wednesday, Feb. 20 with play from 3:30 to 6pm. Pay $25 and be guaranteed six packs. Participants can keep the cards plus prizes ranging from door prizes to awards for the most games played, the highest winning percentage, and most creative deck to name a few will be presented.

Magic the Gathering: Commander League is Feb. 20 & 21 and 27 & 28

Join in Commander League action from 3:30 to 6pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Play and earn points each time (limit two matches per week) with prizes awarded at the end of the 12-week league on March 21. There will be new goals each week. Free

Pokémon Club is Thursdays, Feb. 21 & 28

On Thursdays from 3:30 to 5pm, play Pokémon with others. Learn the basics, collect cards, improve and play in tournaments. Free

Dungeons and Dragons 5E is Thursday Feb. 21

At 6pm, join Mitch for an open Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition scenario. Characters will be provided for those who don’t have them. Bring your dice. Contact Pop’s if you are interested in being a Dungeon Master for a future event.

 

Magic: The Gathering Modern Constructed Format Tournaments are Thursdays, Feb. 21 & 28

On Thursdays at 6pm play in Magic: The Gathering Modern Constructed Format tournaments. Ten proxies are permitted. The entry fee is $5 or free with any $10 purchase. 

FMI: Stop in at Pop’s Culture Shoppe at 25 Main Street in Wellsboro, call 570-723-4263 or mail info@popscultureshoppe.com.

FFA Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, Feb. 16

From 8am to 11am, this Saturday, Feb. 16, Wellsboro Area Senior High School Grand Canyon FFA members are hosting a pancake breakfast at the Wellsboro Firemen's Annex on East Avenue. On the menu are pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, tea, coffee and orange juice. The price is $6 for adults, $3 for youngsters 6-12 and free for children 5 and under and farmers. Takeout is available for walk-ins. Proceeds will be donated to Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries at 725 Gee Road in Tioga, Pa. 

 

Ice Carving Demos & Contest are This Saturday, Feb. 16

This Saturday, Feb. 16, Jeff Meyers, Shawn Eckhart and Erik Cantine, all of Elegant Ice Creations, Inc., will carve 22 blocks of ice weighing 3.3 tons into seven different figures on Wellsboro’s Main Street and six on The Green during the Speed Carving Competition. All ice events are free. People can watch the carvers at work and ask them questions. The three men will work together to finish turning 2,100 pounds of ice into the Old Man Winter ice throne in front of the law offices of Ginn & Vickery, PC at 99 Main Street. By 9am adults, teens and children can sit on the throne while friends and relatives take their pictures. Working separately, Eckhart, Meyers and Cantine will complete two sculptures apiece for a total of six on the sidewalks in front of downtown businesses. Each of the sculptures will be carved from 450 pounds of ice and be done in an hour from start to finish. The men will use chainsaws to do the basic carving and smaller hand and power tools for the detail work. Beginning at 9:15am, a sailboat will be carved in front of Timeless Destination at 77 Main Street; at 10am, Winnie the Pooh at Café 1905 at Dunham’s Department Store at 45 Main Street;  at 1pm, a swan on a heart at The Fifth Season at 100 Main Street; at 1:45pm, a koala bear at Peggy’s Candies & Bake Shoppe at 84 Main Street; at 2:30pm, a rooster head at Indigo Wireless at 64 Main Street and at 3:15pm, a snowman at the Arcadia Theatre at 50 Main Street. During the speed-carving contest on The Green, 20-minute heats at 11am, 11:30am and 12pm will determine whether Meyers, Eckhart or Cantine will earn bragging rights as the one who creates the best ice masterpieces. They will carve six different figures during the heats using a 300-pound block of ice per sculpture. Two of the men will compete in the first heat. The loser will compete against the third man in the second heat, and the two winners will compete against each other in the third heat. Each will use a chainsaw and one tool he selects to create a different sculpture of his choosing during the heat. Audience members will be the judges.

Free Fly Tying Demos and Lessons are This Saturday, Feb. 16

This Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9am to noon Trout Unlimited Tiadaghton Chapter #688 members are offering free fly tying lessons for children and adults during the Flies and Lies Social at the Wellsboro Community Center, 3 Queen Street in Wellsboro. The social is free and open to the public with free coffee and donuts. It is for first-timers who want to learn how to tie flies, experienced fly tiers interested in tying a new pattern, and those who want to find out about Chapter #688’s conservation and community efforts. On site will be fly-tying equipment and materials to use free. There will be fly-tying demonstrations with tips for beginners and experienced fly tiers along with an opportunity to swap flies, tying materials and tall fishing tales. “Bring your fly-tying equipment, a friend, a relative or an idea for a new killer fly,” said Bill Paulmier, organizer. “Beginners and fish stories are always appreciated." Walk-ins are welcome. It is not necessary to preregister. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For additional information, call Bill Paulmier at (814) 367-2636.

Deane Little Beans to Have Free Fun with Invisible Ink, Codes

At 10am this Saturday, Feb. 16, Rachel O’Connell of Alexandria, Virginia will give youngsters ages four to 12 and their parents a hands-on opportunity to become an American Revolutionary War patriot spy during Deane Little Beans The Spy Who Came In From The Cold in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center, 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. O'Connell will give codes to younger and older children to figure out and some to take home along with the formula to make child-friendly invisible ink at home. She will portray elusive female spy Agent 355 and is bringing with her historian Joel Pelovitz of Washington, D.C. who will portray Benjamin Tallmadge, organizer and leader of the Culper spy ring and author of the Culper numeric codebook. During her fun, interactive program, O'Connell will show children how to use invisible ink, paper codes, codebooks and different cipher wheels to create and read secret messages. She will share stories about real patriot spies, both men and women, and how their spying methods helped the 13 colonies win the American Revolutionary War against the British. Following the program will be snacks and indoor winter games in the lobby. To register for this free program call 570-724-6910 or email info@thefifthseason.biz

 

Chili Taste-Off is Feb. 16; Get Passports Starting Today, Feb. 1

The Chili With A Chance For Chocolate Taste-Off is this Saturday, Feb. 16, from 11am to 2pm in downtown Wellsboro. There will be 15 chilis to taste at 15 different sites and an opportunity to win one or more of 15 fun and unique baskets of chocolates, each valued at $25. Those who want to taste the chili and select the winners can purchase a taste-off passport for $5 at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street between 9am until chili taste-off tickets are sold out or no later than 1pm and between 11am and 2pm outdoors in front of Penn Oak Realty, Inc., 65 Main Street. Passport holders can visit as many of the 15 tasting sites as they wish and at each one enter the drawing for that site’s basket of all types of chocolates. The host sites for chili taste-off entries are: The Fifth Season, From My Shelf Books & Gifts, Garrison's Men's Shop, Johnny'z Hot Rod Café, Mountain Home, The Native Bagel, Peggy's Candies & Gifts, Pop’s Culture Shop, The Roost, Senior's Creations and The Main Street Olive Oil Company, Shabby Rue, Stained Glass Reflections, Timeless Destination, the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro and Wild Asaph Outfitters. Signs will be placed outside each tasting site making it easy to spot chili and chocolate locations. Passport holders are also welcome to stop in at Century 21 Gold Star Real Estate to spin the wheel for a surprise. Taste-off proceeds will benefit dogs and cats at Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries.

           

This Saturday, Feb. 16 is Free Winter Brew Tasting

Sample winter beers and enjoy refreshments free at The Fifth Season, 100 Main Street from 11am to 2pm this Saturday, Feb. 16.

 

Free Winter Games & Activities are This Saturday, Feb. 16

From 12pm to 3pm this Saturday, Feb. 16, family winter fun on The Green will include free activities. Children can try cross-country skiing and mini-golf in the snow, make snow art and at 2pm compete in tubing races. If there is no snow, they can play Frisbee golf and go ice fishing on land. Also from 12 to 3pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is offering cookie decorating and hot chocolate for youngsters ages 1 to 12 and their parents in Fellowship Hall on Walnut Street providing a fun place to warm up and take a bathroom break.

           

This Saturday, Free Drawing & Painting Workshop Begins

The free Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting Workshop will start this Saturday, Feb. 16 in Room 124 in Allen Hall on the Mansfield University campus in Mansfield, PA. A different lesson on a specific medium and/or a fundamental concept of drawing or painting is being offered from 12pm to 3pm on the following Saturdays: Feb. 16 and 23, March 2, 16, 23 and 30 and April 6, 13, 20 and 27. The 10 classes are free and open to adults and teens, ages 14 and older. All materials will be provided. The workshop is for those new to the arts. All experience levels are welcome. Participants are not required to attend every class. They can select the topics that interest them. Preregistration is required. For detailed class information and to reserve a seat, email kcobb@mansfield.edu.

EMMF Jazz Fest with Bram Wijnands is This Saturday & Sunday

The Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street in Wellsboro will be jumping and jiving with hot jazz as Bram Wijnands from Kansas City, Missouri takes over the piano during the 8th Annual EMMF Jazz Fest Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17. On Saturday night, Feb. 16, the doors at the Penn Wells Dining Room will open at 7:15pm for the 7:30pm show and dancing. Wijnands will play boogie-woogie, barrelhouse blues and stride piano music as well as original jazz compositions he wrote. Wijnands brings his joyful exuberance and showmanship to all of his concerts. His technical skill, dexterity and knowledge bring each tune to life. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Wijnands has been teaching jazz piano, arranging for small bands as well as combo and jazz piano techniques and theory since 2000 at the University of Missouri's Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Since 2006, he has also been teaching Jazz piano and bass at Kansas Community College in Kansas City. Saturday night from 5 to 7:15pm will be a pre-show dinner in the Penn Wells Dining Room followed by Wijnands' performance. The pre-show dinner is $30 per person plus tax. Concert tickets are $30 per person. Jazz Fest will end on Sunday, Feb. 17 with the Family Jazz Brunch from 9am to 1pm at the Penn Wells. An EMMF Jazz Fest musician will perform from 10am to 1pm. The music is free. The brunch is $18.95 per person plus tax. For Saturday night concert ticket information, call the Endless Mountain Music Festival at 570-787-7800. For reservations for the Saturday night dinner and Sunday brunch, call the Penn Wells Hotel at 570-724-2111.

        

Mt. Tom Challenge is This Sunday, Feb. 17

Adventurous weekend warriors of any age who enjoy testing their skills are invited to take part in the Mt. Tom Challenge this Sunday, Feb. 17. It is free. Registration from 8 to 8:45am and the challenge start line are both at the bottom of Mt. Tom. Participants can begin a lap any time between 9am and 11am. The challenge is to complete one lap up and down the mountain regardless of weather conditions. Some entrants do as many laps up and down the mountain as they can in two hours. Participants run, climb or scramble up Mt. Tom’s 1,100 vertical feet of trail to its summit, continue a short distance along the ridge and then descend using a forest road. Based on weather and snow and ice conditions, the Mt. Tom Challenge course can vary greatly at different elevations. To get to the Pine Creek Rail Trail Darling Run Access, take Route 6, turn onto Route 362 and drive about 1.5 miles to Darling Run. Runners, hikers and spectators should leave their vehicles in the Darling Run Access parking lot and walk across Route 362 on foot to the registration tent located at the bottom of the trail on Mt. Tom. For more information, email the Tyoga Running Club at run4trc@gmail.com or call Tim Morey at 570-724-8561.

Go on Mountain/Snow Bike Ride This Sunday, Feb. 17 or Next

At 9am this Sunday, Feb. 17 and next Sunday, Feb. 24, leave the parking lot at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Appalachian Research Branch at 176 Straight Run Road in Asaph, eight miles from Wellsboro to go on a mountain or snow bike ride. For weekly updates on equipment and clothing requirements based on weather conditions, call Tom Oswald at 570-662-3097, email tom@oswaldcycleworks.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/OswalCycleWorks/.

           

Retailers to Register by Feb. 18 for PA Wilds Buyer’s Market

Retailers who pre-register by Monday, Feb. 18 will be admitted free to the Buyer’s Market Wholesale Showcase and receive an official Buyer’s Mug and Kit. Or, those interested in participating can wait and register the morning of the event and pay a $10 admission fee. The Wholesale Showcase is being held from 9am to noon on Saturday, March 2 during the 3rd Annual PA Wilds Conservation Shop Buyer’s Market at the Gemmell Student Complex at Clarion University. The Wholesale Showcase is the perfect opportunity for retailers to find quality wares, gifts, foods and beverages crafted in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Retailers will be able to place orders to stock their shelves with these regionally made products during the Wholesale Showcase. The public is invited to attend the Buyer’s Market for free from 1 to 4pm in the afternoon on March 2. Additional details and registration information can be found at wildscopa.org/buyers-market

Tyoga Running Club to Host Free Runs Feb. 21 & 28

The Tyoga Running Club is holding free one-hour Thursday Night Runs on Feb. 21 and 28. Each run starts promptly at 6pm and is open to the public. Meet in the Packer Park parking lot behind the Wellsboro Senior Center at 3 Queen Street in Wellsboro. Wearing a headlamp is recommended. There are different pace groups with varying distances for runners of all ages and ability levels. For information, email run4trc@gmail.com or visit www.Facebook.com/tyogarunningclub.

Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter to Meet Thursday, Feb. 21

The monthly meeting of the Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter, Tioga County, Pa. will be at 6pm on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Lambs Creek Sportsman's Club at 339 Sportsman's Club Road, Mansfield, Pa. The Feb. 21 training is "Refuse to be a Victim." It is for members only. The goal of this course is to empower participants to make the best decision for themselves. Included is information on mental preparedness; the psychology of criminals; home, automotive, travel, physical and cyber security; and personal protection. The course does not offer handgun training or hands-on personal protection training. Leaders are Marilyn Jones and Pat Butts. Members will decide on a separate date and location to do shooting drills and scenarios. "Any woman who is 18 years old and older from any county or state is welcome to join our chapter," said Jones. Membership is not limited to women who live in Tioga County, Pa. Those who join can be a beginner or novice with absolutely no experience in handling a gun to those who are skilled and experienced shooters. The fee is $50 per year. For more information contact Jones at 570-549-2794 or jones_mk@yahoo.com.

 

The Grand Canyon Sled Dog Challenge is Saturday, Feb. 23

The Grand Canyon Sled Dog Challenge will be on Saturday, Feb. 23. Straub Brewery of St. Marys, Pa. is the sponsor. The challenge is an out and back 18-mile mid distance run on the Pine Creek Rail Trail from Ansonia to Tiadaghton. A new competition category has been added this year - skijoring. A competitor on cross-country skis is pulled by one, two or three dogs. For skijoring, humans don’t have to be expert skiers and dogs are usually purebreds and mutts that are healthy and love to run and tow. The skijorers will be the first to start the challenge at 9am leaving in two-minute intervals from the start at the Marsh Creek Access in Ansonia. They will cover nine miles on the Pine Creek Rail Trail to Tiadaghton and then nine miles back to Ansonia. Following the skijorers in two-minute intervals will be pro and registered breed teams of six and eight dogs pulling dogsleds under the direction of their mushers. If the challenge is a go, the public is invited to meet the competitors and their dogs from 6 to 7:30pm on Friday night, Feb. 22, at the Burnin’ Barrel on Route 6 in Ansonia (GPS address: 5440 U.S. Route 6, Wellsboro, PA 16901) On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Burnin' Barrel will open at 11am for lunch. There will be three varieties of Straub beer on tap. A representative from Straub will be on hand with a limited supply of T-shirts and pint glasses. If the challenge cannot be held because snow conditions are not right, Mary Beth Logue, a mid-distance sled dog racer who lives in Trout Run, Pa. and is a Pennsylvania Sled Dog Club member, will have eight to twelve of her Alaskan huskies with her at the Darling Run Access at 9am on Feb. 23 as well as racing equipment and supplies. She will give short presentations about mushing and people will have the opportunity to meet her dogs, dress like a musher and stand behind a sled so a friend or relative can take their photo. Spectators can park at the Darling Run Access to get great views of the fast-paced action if the challenge is held or to meet Logue and her sled dogs if it isn’t. To get to the Darling Run Access, take Route 6 to Shippen Township, turn onto Route 362, drive about 1.5 miles, turn right, enter the access area and park. No matter whether the challenge or different activities are held at the Darling Run Access on Feb. 23, there will be hot chocolate, coffee and snacks available for purchase. For more information, call the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926 or email info@wellsboropa.com

Lyman Run Winter Adventure Hike is Saturday, Feb. 23

On Saturday, Feb. 23 at 9am leave the Day Use Area parking lot at Lyman Run State Park (GPS address: 454 Lyman Run Road, Galeton, PA 16922) to go on a one to two-hour hike with outdoorsmen Chip Harrison and John Halter to explore several areas that are off the beaten path. This free hike is considered moderate to difficult and is for more experienced hikers due to some climbing and off-trail travel. Participants should dress in layers and bring plenty of snacks, water and/or hot beverages and hiking staffs, trekking poles or walking sticks. The hike will be cancelled if the weather is severe. For information, call Harrison at (814) 435-2518 or the park at (814) 435-5010.

Hillbilly Gypsies to Perform Saturday, Feb. 23 in Wellsboro

The Wellsboro Community Concert Association is hosting the Hillbilly Gypsies at 7:30pm on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center, 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Hailing from the State of West Virginia, the Hillbilly Gypsies will perform their own brand of old-time bluegrass and mountain music in the traditional way – around a single vintage ribbon style microphone. Band members are best known for their lightning fast, award-winning picking skills, musical arrangements and original songwriting mixed with their natural comedic wit, high lonesome vocal harmonies and a strong passion for old-time and traditional music. Trae Buckner and his wife Jamie Lynn are the founding members of the Hillbilly Gypsies. He plays guitar, clawhammer banjo and harmonica and they are the band's lead singers. Ben Townsend plays fiddle and banjo; Levi Houston Sanders, banjo, guitar, autoharp and mandolin and Ryan Cramer, upright bass. The three also sing. Admission at the door is $20 for adults and free for accompanying children 12 and under and $5 for students, 13 to 18. Tickets are also available by calling the Deane Center at 570-724-6220 or visiting www.deanecenter.com or www.wellsborocca.org.

Register by March 1 or 8 for Wine 101 on Saturday, March 23

Gene Losey is presenting "Wine 101: Learn to Select & Pair Wines Like a Pro." This fun, interactive seminar will begin at 7pm on Saturday, March 23 in the Gallery at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. Participants will be comfortably seated at tables as they sample a selection of wines from around the world along with light hors d'oeuvres and dessert. Taste wines and learn how to choose and preserve them and how and when to decant them. Appreciate the aromas and flavors and learn about different types of wines, their history and the regions they are from. Losey will also do a special food pairing of chocolates and wine. Each person will receive a complimentary wine glass to take home. Seating for Wine 101 is limited to 30 people. Tickets are $25. Those who order tickets before 4pm on Friday, March 1 will receive a $5 discount. Every person in a group of six or more who make a group reservation prior to 4pm on Friday, March 8 will receive a $5 per person ticket discount. The two discounts cannot be combined. Wine 101 tickets are available at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street between 8:30am and 4pm weekdays. To pre-pay with a credit card, call the chamber at 570-724-1926.

Intro to Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing is Saturday, March 2 at Sinnemahoning State Park

Join park staff at the Sinnemahoning State Park Office & Wildlife Center at 4843 Park Drive, Austin in Potter County for a free, fun introduction to the popular sport of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on Saturday, March 2 from noon to 2pm. This program is for first-timers as well as those with more experience. All equipment and instruction will be provided. A limited number of adult-sized skis and both adult and youth-sized snowshoes are available. Because equipment is limited, pre-registration is required by Wednesday, Feb. 27. The program will begin indoors in the classroom at the Park Office & Wildlife Center with a brief introduction and an overview of the equipment and then move outdoors where staff will teach basic techniques and give participants an opportunity to practice their skills before venturing out on the trail. All participants should dress for the weather, wearing layers of moisture-wicking fabrics. If there is not sufficient snow cover, park staff will offer a winter nature hike instead. Registered participants will be notified of the status of the program by Thursday Feb. 28. For more information or to register, call the park at 814-647-8401.

Reserve Seats for Mature Driver Operator Refresher Course

AAA North Penn at 9 Charleston Street in Wellsboro is now accepting reservations for the Mature Driver Operator Refresher Course being held Tuesday, April 16. Payment is due at the time reservations are made. For more information, call (570) 724-4134 or stop in.

 

**The deadline date to submit a listing for the next Member-to-Member announcement is 2/22/19**

Please email your information to sharonh@wellsboropa.com

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