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2018: Year of the Dog

Celebrate 2018 with good health, good vibes, and outdoor adventure!

According to Chinese zodiac, 2018 is the Year of Earth Dog, with energies being dominated by the Earth element.  In 2018, success - in love and in work - depends primarily on the quality of communication between people. It’s a great year for lifestyle changes.

 

HIT THE TRAILS

A healthy lifestyle change is to spend more time outdoors, enjoying the beauty of the Earth. In the Allegheny National Forest Region of northwestern Pennsylvania, there are over 600 miles of multi-use, four-season trails. All are dog friendly!

Begin with an easy trail at Marilla Reservoir. The Marilla Bridges Trail is an easy 1-mile loop trail around the reservoir. Along with being an easy trail to start with, you have great scenery, as the Eric Benjamin Wooden Covered Bridge spans the spillway. The trail is located along Rt. 346, five miles west of the City of Bradford. Parking is alongside the road, with easy access to the trail. tunavalleytrail.com.

Moving up in difficulty is the Kinzua Valley Trail. This 7-mile linear trail is specifically good for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. The change in incline along the trail is minimal. The trail is located along the banks of scenic Kinzua Creek. You have a good chance of viewing wildlife and a variety of birds along this trail. There are two trailheads: the first one is in Westline, Pennsylvania. The Westline Inn, located nearby, offers great opportunities for dining after a workout along the trail. For those seeking a more primitive, nature based experience, use the trailhead along Rt. 321 North located near the Red Bridge Campground. This trail is not groomed. kinzuavalleytrail.org

For a rustic, backwoods experience, plan on hiking or cross-country skiing the Hidden Valley Passage (a 3.5-mile loop), or the more difficult Marilla Springs Trail (a 3.6-mile point-to-point trail). Marilla Springs is for the experienced hiker as it has progressive changes in elevation, through old growth forest.

Maps of all the trails listed above, along with others, can be viewed and downloaded at visitANF.com.

 

DE-STRESS AT THE SPA

Sacred Spaces Holistic Center is about improving your life through health-conscious choices. They offer space for your mind to quiet down, for your body to find healing, and for your spirit to recharge. Plus, I’m sure you will agree a massage just feels good!

At Sacred Spaces, they believe each and every person has the ability to heal themselves through diet, lifestyle and preventative, compassionate care and individualized maintenance. Their professional and licensed staff offer modalities and techniques as individual as you are. They listen to everything you say - and they don’t judge - they simply offer you a chance to make a real change in your own health and wellbeing.

Begin 2018 with a mission to decrease stress. Their services include Ayurvedic lifestyle therapies and consults to rejuvenate and nourish, manual lymphatic technique, couples and pregnancy massage, and natural skin care treatments. Sign up for cleansing and detoxifying treatments and expert massage therapy for relaxation and rehabilitation. Other services include instruction in mindfulness techniques, meditation, yoga and natural healing workshops.

Their professional and licensed staff holds to a high standard of service in order to provide you with the optimal experience. Sacred Spaces Holistic Center is located at 105 Mechanic Street, Bradford, PA. Get in touch by calling 814-596-1004, or e-mail donniagd@gmail.com. sacredspaceshc.com

 

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE

Skateacular Dreams on Ice will be performing, Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Bromeley Family Theater in the Univ. of Pitt-Bradford’s Blaisdell Hall.  This all-star cast of world famous professional ice skaters, singers, dancers, and cirque acts will glide across the stage in this first- ever, all original, live ice musical. The performance features an amazing mix of the music of today with a twist of cirque and comedy.

The Mirror Mirror Music soundtrack accompanies the cast as they dream through the seasons in search of eternal winter, but beware nothing is more powerful than your imagination, for in a moment, you could be skating right into a fiery solstice or winter storm.

As a member of the audience it is up to you to help Ella find her path back to her winter dream. This new age ice show is a great interactive show for everyone, featuring a wonderful storyline which is sure to connect to audiences worldwide.

All seats are only $29.00. Catch the show at the Bromeley Family Theater, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA. Tickets may be purchased by calling 814-362-2522 between 8:30am-3:30pm Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased online at bcpac.com.

 

MUSIC MOVES THE SOUL

Two-time Grammy award-winning artist and eighth-generation Louisiana Creole Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience will be performing on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the Bromeley Family Theater in Bradford.

Simien and his Zydeco Experience band have played over 7,000 concerts in more than 45 countries. They performed their original song “Dance Everyday” in the Warner Brothers film “The Lucky One” and “Gonna Take You There” in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. Terrance and his band mates have shared studio and stage with Robert Palmer, Stevie Wonder, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, the Meters, Alan Toussaint, Paul Simon and Dave Matthews Band, to name a few.

Zydeco music is a genre that evolved in southwest Louisiana by French Creole speakers which blends blues, rhythm and blues, and music indigenous to the Louisiana Creoles and the Native people of Louisiana. Typical instruments include a fiddle, accordion, vest frottoir, drums, guitar, bass guitar, and the washboard. It is foot-tapping, uplifting music which will move your soul.

The concert begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25.00, with student tickets priced at only $10.00. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 814-362-5113 or online at upb.pitt.edu/TheArts.

 

MARDI GRAS PARTY AT THE BROMELEY

For those attending the Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience performance on February 2nd, a Mardi Gras Party with Beer Tasting Event will be held at 5:30pm - before the performance which begins at 7:30pm. This event will be in the lobby of the Bromeley Family Theater.

The tasting is included in with the price of your ticket to the performance. Devils Backbone Brewing Company will be the brewery featured. They have been producing award-winning beers in the Virginia Heartland since 2008. Devils Backbone is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their recipes are inspired by the great brewing traditions of Europe and the ingenuity of modern craft brewing. Their signature beers represent Devils Backbone’s core brewing principles: balance, approachability, and trueness of style. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

 

MAKE SOME TRACKS

The Kinzua Bridge State Park has a snowshoe loaner program. There is no fee for the program, and entrance into the park is free. Go to the Visitors Center at the park, show them your driver’s license, and they will loan you a pair of snowshoes to explore the park. Why not strap them on and try making tracks on the original “Tracks Across the Sky” - the Kinzua Sky Walk?

For those new to the sport, park staff can assist you in learning how to use them. The number of snowshoes for the loaner program is limited, so it is advisable to call ahead. The park phone number is 814-778-5467. Dogs are welcome at the park, but they must be on a leash.

Winter hours at the Visitors Center are Monday through Saturday 8am-4pm. The Skywalk is open from 8am to dusk. The Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitors Center is located at 296 Viaduct Road, Mount Jewett, PA. visitanf.com/kinzua-sky-walk-kinzua-bridge-state-park

 

MARILLA WINTER TREK

The Marilla Winter Trek is a fun, family friendly event. It will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018 starting at noon and going until 4pm. Hosted by the Tuna Valley Trail Association, this event is an invitation to the public to get outside and enjoy the trails during the winter season.

Everyone who wants to hike, ski or snowshoe are welcome. For those who wish to try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, loaner equipment and instructors will be available on-site. The event is hosted at Marilla Reservoir, located just five miles to the west of Bradford. Marilla Reservoir is open year-round for public recreation and offers great ice-fishing opportunities, and a variety of trails good for snowshoeing.

At the gazebo area along the Marilla Bridges Trail, there will be snacks, hot cider and hot cocoa. A warming bonfire along the trail will provide a chance to warm up and socialize with other trail enthusiasts. Hot dogs and sticks are provided for roasting marshmallows or hot dogs over the open fire.

There will be four-wheel drive trucks driven by trail volunteers to transport people to the top of the Marilla Springs Trail for those who want to ski back to the reservoir site. The trail head site for this part of the event starts out in Stickney, past the Willows Restaurant. Trail length is about four miles and ends up back at the reservoir.

The Marilla Bridges Trail is a 1-mile loop which circles the Reservoir. The White Pine Trail is a 3-mile loop through towering old-growth forest, and Marilla Springs offers a more difficult cross-country/snowshoe experience during the winter.

Meet at the trailhead at Marilla Reservoir, along Rt. 346 west of the City of Bradford to join in the fun. For more information about the Marilla Winter Trek visit tunavalleytrail.com.

 

SNOWMOBILERS “DO THE LOOP”

The number one exciting trip into the snow-covered mountains of the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania has over 300 miles of groomed trails with interconnecting loops. The trail loops through the forest, with trail access from multiple locations including Lantz Corners at the intersection of Rt. 219 & Rt. 6.

In the northern section near Willow Bay, the trail connects to the 90 miles of New York snowmobile trails in Allegany State Park. Helmets and state registration are required for both Pennsylvania and New York if you are riding across the state line on both trail systems.

To check out current weather and trail conditions in the northern portion of the forest, please call the Bradford Ranger Station at 814-363-6000. For the southern section of trail, phone the Marienville Ranger Station at 814-927-5700. Pennsylvania snowmobile registration can be done online at snowatvreg.dcnr.state.pa.us.

 

GUIDED SNOWMOBILE TOURS IN THE ANF

A fun way for groups (and for new riders) to find the best stops along the trail is to book the Overnight/Snowmobile Rental Tour Package at Lantz Corners Getaway. You can ride from your room! The hotel is close to gas and services, and offers plenty of free parking. The Barrel House Restaurant next door offers early breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual friendly atmosphere, and the tavern is great for relaxing after a day’s riding.

The package includes overnight for two, with breakfast, one snowmobile rental each, insurance, head gear, and trail map for $247.50 (or for two nights $285) plus tax per person.

To book your Tour Package at Lantz Corners Getaway, 2952 Route 219, Lantz Corners, Pennsylvania, please call 814-778-5391. To book online go to lantzcorners.com.

 

DON’T OWN A SLED? RENT ONE AT MYERS MOTORSPORTS

At Myers Motorsports you may rent ATVs, UTVs or snowmobiles. Pickup and delivery are available. Snowmobilers may ride over 300 miles of groomed trails with interconnecting loops through the beautiful scenery of the Allegheny National Forest. Motorized trails include Majestic Kamp & Lost Trails, which is open year-round. Access is also available at Willow Bay near the Pennsylvania/New York state line to the trail system in the Allegany State Park, New York.

Myers Motorsports is located at 3176 Route 219, Lantz Corners, PA. For more information on rentals and fees call 814-779-3745 or visit www.myersmotorsports.info.

 

PLAN YOUR TRIP

The Allegheny National Forest Region Visitors Guide & Map includes information on lodging, restaurants, events and things to see and do in the area. This free 64-page brochure with map is available by calling 800-473-9370, or go online to visitANF.com.