Monday, November 28th is the opening day of the two-week general deer season in Pennsylvania. Hikers and bike riders may want to stay out of the woods in parks and on trails, especially this week until Sunday, when there is no hunting allowed in the state. If you do venture into the woods please wear orange and be extremely careful. Pet owners should keep their dogs on a leash and put an orange vest or coat on them. On state game lands in Pennsylvania, all hunters and non-hunters are required to wear at least 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined, or a fluorescent orange hat, from Nov. 15–Dec.15 (except on Sundays). The orange material must be visible from all angles (360 degrees).
The PA State Senate has passed a bill repealing the law that PA hunters must wear back tags while hunting. But, hunters and trappers are reminded that they still are required to display their licenses on an outer garment until the bill becomes law and enacted which won’t be until sometime in 2012.
Hunters are also reminded to watch out for broken-off, hanging treetops that have come down or are partially down from the October snowstorm.
All trails at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will be closed on the first two days of Pennsylvania deer hunting season: Monday, November 28 and Tuesday, November 29. The trail to the South and North Lookout reopen on Wednesday, November 30, but River of Rocks, Skyline and Golden Eagle Trails will remain closed through December 10.
Phillipsburg Christmas tree lighting, Monday Nov. 28, 6-8 pm at Shappell Park on South Main Street.
PA Black Bear (WMUs 3D, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5B and 5C): Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.
Koziar’s Christmas Village, celebrating its 63rd season; lighted pathways and displays, indoor and outdoor displays, country kitchen, ornaments for sale, outdoor train display, Santa’s Toy Shoppe and visit with Santa. 6-9 pm every night through Jan. 1. Located at 782 Christmas Village Road, Bernville.
Allentown Christmas tree lighting, 4-7 pm, Thursday Dec. 1, at the Pocket Park, 800 Hamilton Street. Entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides and visit from Santa. Tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 pm.
“Free” Waking Winter Festival, Friday, Dec. 2, 7-10 pm at Bear Creek Resort, 101 Doe Mountain Lane, Macungie. Grand opening of Slopeside Sports (on-mountain sports shop carrying snowsports clothing and accessories), live music by The Youngers in the Lodge, huge bonfire, movies played on an outdoor movie screen, ride the rails in the mini Waking Winter Park weather permitting, lighted drinks at the outdoor ice bar.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Saturday, December 3, Holiday Open House 10 am – 4 pm.
Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Saturday, December 3, Holiday Open House 1-4 pm.
4th annual Indiemade Craft Market, Sat. December 3, 10 am to 5 pm at the Starlite Ballroom, 1221 S. Front Street, Allentown. Fun, funky crafts, music, food, bar and more. $3 admission, children 12 and under are free.
The Lehigh University football team, Patriot League champion and #6 ranked nationally (10-1) travels to Colonial Athletic Association Champion Towson (9-2), ranked #9, on Saturday, December 3rd in a FCS second-round playoff game. Lehigh was a perfect 6-0 in the Patriot League this season and only lost in overtime 48-41 to New Hampshire, who also made the playoffs. The Mountain Hawks enter the postseason on a nine game winning streak. The game will be played on Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, MD. Kick-off time is 3:30 pm. The game will be televised online by ESPN3. The winner of the Lehigh-Towson game will advance to the quarterfinals against the survivor of No. 2 seed North Dakota State and James Madison.
Allentown’s 16th annual Lights in the Parkway; drive-through light and animated display open through January 1, 2012. Located at 1700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (see directions), access the Lehigh Parkway from Lehigh Parkway East and Martin Luther King Boulevard to enter the display. 5:30 to 10 PM, $6 per vehicle in advance – $10 per vehicle at the gate. Dates: November 25 – 27, 2011 and December 2, 2011 through January 1, 2012; closed Christmas Day.
Yearlong indoor/outdoor Farmers Market at the Westgate Mall, 2285 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem, noon to 7 pm on Wednesdays. Visit the Westgate Mall on Facebook or call Laurel at 610-216-5343 for more info.
The Easton Farmers’ Market is pleased to announce a 6-week indoor Holiday Mart at 20 S. Third Street (just a half block outside of Centre Square) in downtown Easton. 25 vendors featuring fresh food and fine crafts! Saturdays 10am – 3pm November 26th through December 17th and Fridays 10am – 3pm during the Christmas and New Year’s Weekends. For more information call: 610-330-9942
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has unveiled a Facebook page, as well as destinations on Twitter and YouTube. The Game Commission’s Facebook page is at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaGameCommission, and the Twitter account is www.twitter.com/PAGameComm or @PAGameComm. The agency has posted videos on YouTube, which can be accessed directly at www.youtube.com/pagamecommission. Most of the Game Commission video postings on YouTube are in high-definition, and nearly all of those are broadcast-quality for use by television news stations.