Stuff to do in January if it Doesn't Snow (Too Much)

Note: Most sites will be closed on Monday, January 17, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Railroad Museum of PA and Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum will be open. Site schedules are highly variable this time of year, so please be sure to check ahead before visiting.

I’m not a fan of winter activities. Once my sledding days were over, that was pretty much it for me and the outdoors from New Year’s to Easter. I’d be happy to hibernate during the winter, except that I’d miss work (and chocolate). If you’re like me, you can ignore this post, put another log on the fire (or turn on that Yule Log DVD—I actually bought one but haven’t tried it out yet), and wait for spring.

On the other hand, if you actually like going out when it’s cold, here’s some stuff you might enjoy.

Anthracite Heritage Museum
January 23: Knox Mine Disaster Program—this program commemorates the 52nd anniversary of the day the Susquehanna River broke through the roof of the River Slope Mine
January 24: the museum closes to the public for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning renovations (expected to reopen in mid-March)

Daniel Boone Homestead
January 16: Hell or High Water Shoot and Letter Writing Event—the First Pennsylvania Regiment will be on the rifle range, and you can (in the Wayside Lodge) write a letter of support for the Homestead

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
January 22 and 29: Folk Art and Friendship Workshops—the Weathervane Museum Store (717-569-9312) offers hands-on workshops featuring traditional crafts (Jan. 22 is Valentine Tin Workshop and Jan. 29 is Moravian Star Making). Cost varies by workshop and registration is required.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
January 15: You Enter Germany—Bloody Huertgen and the Siegfried Line—2007 German documentary film production includes interviews with veterans and rarely seen archival footage. Donation requested.
January 26: Meet Theodore Roosevelt—speaker is Dr. Greg Ferro, who portrays President Roosevelt. Sponsored by Friends of PMM as part of their monthly speaker series.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
January 30: Old Growth Forests—lecture offered in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in support of the exhibit, “Wood on Glass” (see previous post here).


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