Our writers have had a whole lot of enjoyable over time, and we requested them to share some winter and vacation recollections for the season.
Ice bikes reminiscence
By Marissa Orbanek
Regardless of being concerned in athletics for practically all of my life, I’ve all the time been petrified of ice. Fearful as a result of in relation to ice, I’m not probably the most gracious skater.
In the event you’ve ever needed to strategically maneuver on ice round a fallen skater, I’m that fallen skater. So when “ice bikes” made their approach into the dialog for actions we’d do whereas visiting Canalside in Buffalo, I used to be naturally intimidated. Falling on ice whereas skating is one factor, however falling whereas using a motorcycle on ice – nicely, I didn’t actually need to think about it.
However, I saved an open thoughts – and I’m glad I did. As quickly as I noticed their sled-like brace across the bike, I instantly felt comfortable. After simply a few pedals, I used to be ice biking. It even included a bell!
After the ice bikes, we indulged in sponge sweet, scorching chocolate and meals at 716 Meals & Sport – they’ve customized bar tops that replicate an ice rink. Retail retailers are additionally close by.
Years later, this nonetheless ranks as considered one of my favourite winter recollections, and I encourage everybody to strive it. — Mariissa Orbanek
How many individuals can we match on that toboggan?
By Heather Cass
It began at my sister’s social gathering when my brother-in-law, Invoice Moore, spied our previous household toboggan in her storage. Invoice had simply bought and restored a toboggan sled that he christened the Cass Household Flyer.
Invoice challenged my siblings (the Bruce/Kisiel youngsters) to tackle the Cass siblings in racing down the massive sledding hill behind the science complicated on the campus of Penn State Behrend.
That winter, grown adults ranging in age from 30 to 50 gathered for for a sequence of runs with a mix of brothers and sisters and spouses.
I can’t keep in mind who received and it doesn’t matter as a result of it wasn’t about who acquired to the underside first, however in regards to the enjoyable we had on the best way down. Laughing. Screaming. Wiping out. Faces filled with snow spray. Our children cheering us on.
Years later, varied accidents and illnesses made rocketing down that hill a dicey proposition, however the Cass Household Flyer continues to be flying down that very same hill with the youthful cousins onboard to make their very own recollections.
Reminiscences of Wilderness Lodge
By Steve Orbanek
Admittedly, for as a lot of my life has been spent in northwest Pennsylvania, I in all probability might have accomplished a greater job at embracing the winter season. I’ve by no means been downhill snowboarding. I feel I might be afraid to hop on a snowboard, too.
That stated, one place that holds a particular place in my coronary heart is Wilderness Lodge, 13448 Weeks Valley Rd. in Wattsburg.
My uncle, Phillip Rewers, would all the time take my cousin and I there to cross nation ski from the time I used to be a child. The “wilderness” that surrounds Wilderness Lodge is simply lovely. On the lodge, there are of us of all totally different ability ranges collaborating and having fun with the atmosphere.
We have relocated to the Philadelphia space, however we hope to take our daughter there some day for a go to.
Christmas live shows treasured
By Dick Davis
The Christmas season introduced conventional vacation adornments to the Mercer County Courthouse within the coronary heart of Mercer. A dwell, massive pine tree was harvested regionally, arrange and trimmed within the huge rotunda, and colourful decorations had been positioned all through hallways, workplaces, steps and elevators.
Coordinating an annual vacation live performance sequence was a spotlight of my 11-year tenure because the county’s director of public data beginning in 1985. Choral teams from a dozen county excessive faculties carried out at lunchtime on the grand staircase off the rotunda weekdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. They all unfold vacation cheer throughout their courthouse performances. LEL