The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Sports Columns

July 21, 2012

Bob Garrett's Outdoors column: New out-of-doors adventure


SUNBURY — MONDAY: The late-summer TechnoHunt shooting league starts at Weaver’s Archery in Middleburg. To learn more about TechnoHunting or about this league in particular, please call Weaver’s at 570-837-1418.

TUESDAY: You and your family are invited to a very special evening with the Harrisburg Senators on City Island that includes a ballgame with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The evening begins with a discussion at  5:30 on the distressed bass population in the Susquehanna River at the Riverside Pavilion hosted by the National Wildlife Federation and the Council of Churches. Speakers will include Andy Shiels from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. This is a free event that includes pre-game ice cream and other refreshments.  Registration is required by logging onto or by calling 717-214-7934.  

WEDNESDAY: Head on over to Elysburg for a humbling evening (at least for me, it’s very humbling) of sporting clay shooting at the Valley Gun and Country Club. You might want to give the club a call 570-672-3130 to confirm that they will be shooting tonight.

SATURDAY: The 19th Annual Ned Smith Center Nature and Arts Festival that fills up nearly every nook and cranny in Millersburg goes off on July 28. With more than 50 fun and educational events planned for this year’s event this will be a not-to-be-missed events for conservationists of all ages. You can get much more information at: I can tell you that new this year is the butterfly house from Folk’s Butterfly Farm. From 10:30-11:15 a.m. the folk group Neidig, Gehret, Koretsky and Campbell will be playing in the main tent with Van Wagner following up at 1 p.m.

 In the other tents there will be presentations on Indians of Pennsylvania, Taxidermy from Start to Finish and Butterfly Watching for All Seasons. If storytelling is your bent there will be Genuine, Semi-True Bear Stories by the Old Ranger and Tall Timbers: Log Rafting Tales for Kids by Van Wagner. If you’re a “do-it yourselfer,” you may enjoy How to Attract Bluebirds, Environmentally-Sensitive Habitats for Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock, The Hegins-Gratz Valley Wild Pheasant Recovery Area or even The Close-Up Eye: Basics of Macro-photography.

This list just scratches the surface of all of the doings at this year’s festival. Clearly, there is something here for everyone. By the way, the Mid-Atlantic Disc Dogs will be around all day. These canine vaulters are truly an impressive sight to see and worth the trip down the river.


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