September 25, 2009
Autumn activities abound for Susquehanna students
Fall season to offer students event options locally, beyondTuesday, Sept. 21 was this year's first official day of fall. As breezes turn from warm to cool and leaves start to change colors, Susquehanna students have numerous area events to anticipate over the coming months.
The season starts off strong with the 31st annual Market Street Festival tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Please see box at right for more Market Street Festival information.)
Another big area event starts tomorrow: the 155th annual Bloomsburg Fair. Held in Bloomsburg just off of Route 11, the fair is a week-long event full of music, rides, food and more.
According to the fair's Web site, bloomsburgfair.com, it will run from Saturday, Sept. 26 through Saturday, Oct. 3. There will be live music provided throughout each day, followed by a big-name performer in the Grandstand each night, including Josh Turner, David Cook and Sugarland. The fair will have horse races, a freestyle motocross show, a Demolition Derby and a truck and tractor pull.
Heilidel Helicopters will also be providing helicopter rides just outside the fairgrounds. Parking for the fair will be $5, as will the tickets for admission.
Oktoberfest, a celebration of the German heritage of the borough of Mifflinburg, will be held at the VFW Grounds off of Route 45 on Friday, Oct. 2 from 3p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
According to the Web site of the event, oktoberfest.mifflinburgpa.com, Oktoberfest will include a beer-making demonstration, a keg toss, hayrides, a marionette show and a performance by Walt Groller's nationally-known German band. German foods, beer and local wines will also be available.
Other fall events will include Halloween in Selinsgrove, which will be celebrated with a parade on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The borough's trick-or-treating will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween, which is Saturday, Oct. 31.
After returning from midterm break, the next big event for Susquehanna students will be Family Weekend, held Friday, Oct. 30 through Sunday, Nov. 1.
Friday's activities will include an exhibit opening in the Lore A. Degenstein Art Gallery and the first performance of the Theatre Department's fall production, "The Sound of Music."
On Saturday, there will be games and equipment available on the Degenstein Lawn, the taking of free family pictures in the Degenstein Campus Center, a Family Feud survey game in Isaac's Auditorium and more.
The following weekend, Nov. 6 thru 8, is one of the favorites at Susquehanna: Homecoming Weekend.
Alumni will pour in to visit their alma mater and students are encouraged to wear their orange and maroon in celebration of the weekend.
The streets will be lined with people on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. to see the bands, banners, cars and floats of the Homecoming parade, and the stands will be full at the football game against Worcester Polytechnic Institute at 1 p.m.
Another campus event set to happen on Thursday, Nov. 19 is Thanksgiving Dinner. Students can sign up for a table with their friends at one of two meal times. After being seated in Evert Dining Hall, students will hear President Lemons give thanks and raise a glass of sparkling cider to Susquehanna before students are served dinner by faculty and staff members.
The night before students leave for Thanksgiving break, there will be a Community Tree Lighting at the Selinsgrove Municipal Building at 1 N. High St. on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Late Shoppers' Night has been organized by the Selinsgrove Chamber of Commerce. Area businesses will extend their hours until 11 p.m. to give shoppers an opportunity to get a jump on their Christmas gifts.
The final big event for students before winter officially begins will be the Christmas Candlelight Service.
Held in Weber Chapel Auditorium, the service brings together numerous musical groups, such as the handbell choir, the Masterworks chorus and various instrumentalists. There are readings, hymns, a homily by University Chaplain Rev. Mark Wm. Radecke and the lighting of candles for the evening's final hymn.
Susquehanna almost seems made for the fall season. As the leaves descend, chances will arise for students to enjoy events both on and off campus.
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