As the weather begins to warm up and we move toward the renewal of spring, you can find lots of exciting happenings in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region. Check out these events to keep you busy all month long.
March 2-17: Medicine & Magic at Clarion University Gallery, Clarion – Tuesdays 12:30-5 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays 12-5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 1-4 p.m. – The Clarion University Gallery opens the spring semester with “Constant Albertson: Medicine & Magic,” an exhibition that encourages viewers to distinguish between medicine and magic and ask: What is good for us? What can heal? What is a distraction? Albertson is an art educator and studio artist who exhibits her narrative ceramic sculpture nationally and internationally. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
March 6: Spoken Arts Series Poet Cameron Barnett at Clarion University Art Gallery, Clarion – 5 p.m. – Poet Cameron Barnett will give a reading as part of Clarion University’s Spoken Arts Visiting Writers Series. His first poetry collection, “The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water,” was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.
March 9: Comedy Night at the Trails End Restaurant, Cooksburg – 9 p.m. – Trails End brings “funny to the forest” as the Steel City Comedy Tour will hold a show. $7.50 per person in addition to dinner. Taking dinner reservations before the show.
March 10: Military Collectibles Show at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Brookville – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. – The 4th Annual Military Collectibles Show features militaria for sale, show, and trade from the Civil War to the present including WWI and WWII. Admission fee. Proceeds benefit the Jefferson County Historical Society.
March 10: Living with Snakes at the Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette – 2 p.m. – Approximately 50 percent of our population is afraid of snakes. Come to the Elk Country Visitor Center and learn how to properly identify the venomous snakes of Pennsylvania and some interesting facts about them. Stick around after the program for a chance to meet Cocoa and Java, two Eastern Black Rat snakes.
March 10: Food and Wine Pairing at RRR Roadhouse, Clarion – 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. – The Red River Roadhouse and Deer Creek Winery invite you to join for their first ever wine and food pairing. Reserve your table in advance.
March 11: All About Elk at the Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette – 2. p.m. – Learn all about Pennsylvania elk as Keystone Elk Country Alliance staff will provide you with information about the history of our elk herd, elk physiology, and elk behaviors. KECA staff will be more than willing to answer any questions you may have about elk as well.
March 16: Carnival of Souls at the Lincoln Hall, Foxburg – 7:30 p.m. – The Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts presents Carnival of Souls, a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Adults $15, students $5.
March 16-17: Clarion River Jam Bluegrass Festival at Park Inn by Radisson, Clarion – Friday 6 p.m.-11 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m.-11 p.m. – Continuous bluegrass and newgrass music by the top regional musicians. Public welcome and encouraged to attend. Free admission with the opportunity to participate in raffles, vendors and drawings.
March 16-18: The Savannah Sipping Society by Brookville Community Theater at the Heritage House, Brookville – Friday and Saturday 6:15 p.m., Sunday 1:15 p.m. – Brookville Community Theater is pleased to present “The Savannah Sipping Society” a comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. Doors open 45 minutes prior to dinner. Food choices include stuffed pork or fried chicken served with mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans, or vegetarian lasagna with green beans. All meals include salad with Italian dressing or ranch, and dessert. Dessert is served at Intermission. $20 per person for dinner and a show. See link for reservation information. Seating requirements for disabled patrons are accommodated.
March 17: Eagle Watch at Cook Forest State Park, Cooksburg – 8:30 a.m. – Please bring your binoculars and spotting scopes to the park office for a driving tour to eagle hotspots along the National Wild and Scenic River System’s Clarion River. This is the prime time of the year to view bald eagles on their nests and find new nesting sites. Expect a long carpool and aggressive hike to some of the better areas, but the rewards will be worth it. Hot chocolate and coffee will be available at the Park Office to warm up eagle spotters.
March 17: Colors in the Sky at the Weather Discovery Center, Punxsutawney – 9 a.m. – Halos, sundogs, auroras, green flashes. What are those colors in the sky, and what causes them? Learn all about the several kinds of optical effects that can show up in our atmosphere and surprise us! A snack and free time on the exhibits included. $8 per person. Pre-registration helpful, but walk-ins welcome.
March 17: 5th Annual Dodgeball 4 Diabetes Tournament at the Punxsutawney Community Center, Punxsutawney – Five-on-five tournament. $12 per player. Rookies (age 8-12) start at 10 a.m., Juniors (age 13-15) start at 11 a.m., Old School (adults age 16+) and Pros (skilled players 16+) start at 1:30pm. Proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association.
March 17: Amazing Adaptations at the Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette – 2 p.m. – Learn about some of the amazing adaptations animals have developed over time to survive. Afterwards, stick around for a fun activity demonstrating how effective these adaptations can be.
March 17: Keystone Elk Country Alliance Dinner at The Royal Inn, Ridgway – 3 p.m. – Come for a night of ‘fun’draising with the Elk Country Chapter banquet.
March 18: 3D Archery Shoot at the Sligo Sportsman and Archery Club, Sligo – 7 a.m. – 30 targets.
March 18: The Greenville High School Steel Drum Band at DeBence Antique Music World, Franklin – 1:30 p.m. – More than 40 young steel drum musicians from Greenville (PA) High School under the direction of conductor Christopher Williams will perform a free outdoor concert made possible by the Rees Foundation. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy these extraordinary young musicians.
March 18: Elk Walk and Talk at the Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette – 2 p.m. – Join a staff member as we hike the trails around the Elk Country Visitor Center. Learn many interesting facts about the property and wildlife that often inhabit the fields and woods surrounding the visitor center. Topics that will be covered include what elk eat, where they spend their time, and how each spring brings something new.
March 22: Clarion Mall Racers Show at Clarion Mall, Clarion – 5 p.m. – Race cars on display. If you’re a racing fan, come out and see the cars, talk to the drivers, and find out all about the sport.
March 24: Hunter-Trapper Education Class at the Heritage House, Brookville – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. –To register, please visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website, www.pgc.pa.gov and click on the “education” tab, then “hunter education,” then “register for a class.”
March 24: Breakfast with the Bunny at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Company, Emporium – 9 a.m. – Hop on down for a bite to eat with the bunny.
March 24: Elk Management in Pennsylvania at the Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette – 2 p.m. – Please join Keystone Elk Country Alliance staff for an informational presentation on elk management in Pennsylvania. Learn what agencies work together to manage elk in Pennsylvania, what management techniques are used, and current information on the herd.
March 24-25: 4th Anniversary Hillbilly Weekend at Blackbird Distillery, Brookville – Blackbird Distillery celebrates four years on March 24 and 25 with a picnic. Stop by to purchase tickets for some delicious hillbilly grits and vittles. Cocktails available for purchase too. Live music Saturday and Sunday.
March 25: Story Time at the Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette – 2 p.m. – Bring your kids for story time at the Elk Country Visitor Center. Stories read during story time are not only fun also educational. Afterward, stick around for activities that relate to the story read.
March 25: Clarion County Bridal Show at the Clarion Mall, Clarion – 12 p.m. – The Pennsylvania Bridal Association is dedicated to assisting brides, grooms, bridal parties, and family members find the ideal vendors who can help make their wedding day one to be remembered by all. Our bridal shows offer a unique situation where those involved in the wedding planning process can meet and discuss products and services with the local wedding professionals, sample gourmet delights, register to win prizes, and have a lot of fun in the wedding planning experience.
March 26: Purses, Pistols, and Pearls at DuBois Harley-Davidson, DuBois – 6-9 p.m. – An all-girl charity bash event all about the ladies. Tickets: $10 advance, $15 at the door. There will be prizes totaling over $2,000 being given away. There will be vendors to shop, a tactile defense demo, and a walk-through show. 100 percent of the ticket money will be donated to Salvation Army.
March 30: Easter Weekend Retreat at Gateway Lodge, Cooksburg – Spring is in the air. Retreat to Cook Forest for a rejuvenating weekend getaway. Package includes two nights in a fireside Jacuzzi suite, breakfast Saturday morning, and Easter Brunch Sunday morning. Easter Sunrise service is held at the Ridge Campground area from 7-8 a.m.
March 31: 34th Annual Cook Forest Half Marathon and 5K at Pale Whale Canoe Fleet, Cooksburg – 11 a.m. – Proceeds from the annual race will support the Clarion University Track and Field Team and Clarion University Athletic Scholarships. The course will start and finish near Pale Whale Canoe Rental in Cooksburg and run entirely on River Road along the Clarion River. Registration for the half marathon is $25 until March 20, then $30. Registration for the 5K is $20 until March 20, then $25. Pre-registration guarantees a T-shirt. Current Clarion University students can register for the half-marathon for $20 and the 5K for $15. Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners of the half marathon, as well as the age group winners.
March 31: Adult Easter Egg Hunt at the Winery at Wilcox, Wilcox – Session 1: 12:30-2:00 p.m., Session 2: 2:30-4 p.m. – More than $1,500 worth of prizes to be given away. New this year is the Best Bonnet Contest. Wear your best bonnet and be entered for a chance to win a $50 winery gift card. Little Sisters Big Rig will be on site all day with food. Tickets: $10 per person.
March 31: Elk Explanations at the Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette – 2 p.m. – When do elk drop their antlers? How big are calves when they are born Do you have questions about elk? Join the Keystone Elk Country Alliance staff for a Q&A-style informational session. Bring all your burning questions you have about elk or other wildlife and KECA staff will try their best to answer them for you.
March 31: Drive-In Movies at Moonlite Drive-In, Brookville – There’s nowhere better to see the stars than under the stars! First movie starts at dusk. Two movies for a lower price than one at a traditional theater. Drive-in features sound through FM Radio and FREE wifi during the show. Delicious snack bar with fun treats for kids!
Thursdays-Sundays: Clarion University Movies on Main, at Clarion University’s Suites on Main, Clarion – Saturdays 7 p.m., Fridays 7 and 10 p.m., Saturdays 7 and 10 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. – This 188-seat state-of-the-art movie theater operated by Clarion University students hosts regular showings each weekend and special movie nights such as Throwback Thursdays and thriller nights several times a year.
Saturdays: Shine on Saturdays at Blackbird Distillery, Brookville – 9 a.m-7 p.m. – Take a step back in time and enjoy free real moonshine samples, live music, meats, cheeses, and delicious country canned goods.
Saturdays: Open Mic Night at Clarion River Brewing Company, Clarion – 7 p.m. – Come join in the fun as we turn up the microphones for local talent. Hosted by Samantha Sears. Tip jars are acceptable. No drum kits please, but you can bring your bongos! This is strictly for musicians ages 21 and over.
Sundays: Souper Sundays with Mrs. B at Blackbird Distillery, Brookville – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Stop in on Sundays in March and have a steaming hot bowl of Mrs. B’s Soup of the Week. FREE each week while supplies last. BYOS… Bring your own spoon.
Weekends: Live Music at Clarion River Brewing Company, Clarion – 7 p.m. – Come out for some great brew, great food, and great music. Live Artist Lineup: March 9 Robyn Young, March 17 Well-Strung Trio, March 23 Tommy Link.
Sundays-Thursdays through March 31: Midwinter Memories at the Inn at Deer Creek Winery, Shippenville – Take advantage of the Midwinter Memories lodging package at the Inn at Deer Creek Winery, where you and your loved one can save up to 50 percent on a romantic escape. Choose three nights for $349 or five nights for $499 Sundays through Thursdays.
Find more interesting places to visit and things to discover in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region by going to VisitPAGO.com or calling (814) 849-5197.