This was one of the biggest days of the year for me. Unbelievable event. Paul Kennedy and the entire Schuylkill County Fair Association knocked it out of the park. Record breaking crowds. Record breaking livestock auction. And amazing food.
People love to complain there’s nothing to do here. Sure, we’re not NYC or Vegas, but there’s plenty to do if you open up your eyes a little. This week there will be FREE shows of Shakespeare in the Garden at the Yuengling Mansion. Yes, there will be alcohol … you sold yet? Plus some amazing young talent performing.
As many of you know, a lot of times, I record these interviews weeks in advance just to stay on top of everything. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Dolbin a couple weeks back, and even though I knew he had been battling, it came as a complete surprise to hear he had passed.
One of the reasons I started this podcast was to preserve and showcase our history, and Jack Dolbin’s career is a huge part of our coal region heritage, and throughout his incredible path his coal region core always shined.
Start it at 18:35 for some great Jack Dolbin footage in this NFL FILMS piece.
This week we go back to where it all started with the Lenten Fish Dinner reviews … St. Johns. We put their bleenies to the test, devoured some Pugh Family Bean Soup, and drank a beer during the hottest day of the year. Just the kind of sacrifice I make for you …
To have your name on Grave Digger is probably one of the biggest honors one in the world can ask for. John Seasock accomplished that by being one of Grave Digger’s biggest rivals. A two time Monster Jam champion John Seasock represents the Coal Region to the highest degree.
I had no intention of going to this event. A couple people started asking me if I was going, then I decided might be good to try it out. I was sold on Alaskan King Crab Legs … they didn’t have them, but I think they recovered well.
Most people have no idea about this. At least that’s what I’m going to tell myself to make me feel smarter than everyone. I came across this story just in general research and was blown away by it.
Then I saw there was a book written by Stephanie Hoover and I reached out to her. Like Jake Wynn she made everything bite size so small brained people, like myself, can better understand it, then talk about it with ease with anyone.
Full disclosure. I know about the Molly Maguires, but I actually had zero idea what they were all about. I knew nothing. Notice I’m talking in the past tense. That is until Jake Wynn pulled up a chair, sat around the campfire, and filled us in.
If you’re not reading his blog … start. I mean look at this post. Guy is a walking Coal Region encyclopedia, and he’ll def be back on.
I became such an “expert” after our talk that I brought this up at a dinner, and everyone was super impressed with me. I’m not bragging.
The weekend came and went … and it went too fast. Amazing job by everyone. Probably one of the funnest days since I’ve moved back to Pottsville. Just top notch every step of the way, and really can’t wait for the next event.
If they/we do this again next year, who would you want to see play? Leave a reply below. Thanks!
This weekend is shaping up to be a huge day in the city of Pottsville. Things are going in the right direction, and there’s a lot of momentum right now. Sure, we’ll hit some roadblocks here and there, but what’s important is that the attitude is shifting in the right direction.
If you’re planning on coming in this weekend, make a day of it. Grab a cheesesteak at Roma (one of my favorite), go to Greystone and grab a drink, stop at the Something Sweet Candies and grab a snack. You get the point. There’s plenty to see and do. Just look up at the buildings and admire the history of the town.
I traveled the long journey (1 block) to Rotary to relive my glorious past. Rumor had been that the plain slushy was dead … just a faint relic of the past. Gotta admit I didn’t like the sound of it, but I persevered …
Dick Yuengling kicks off the new season of Coal Region Campfire. It was fun to sit down with him and talk baseball. Naturally, I wanted to talk Yuengling Little League baseball (the greatest franchise in the history of sports).