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The winter blues are a real thing and super easy to catch. That’s why Kathy Romano created this list of ways to stay busy and, most importantly, stay safe. Introducing the Avoiding the Winter Blues Activity List full of local businesses hosting experiences designed to keep you smiling while we wait for Spring. 

This is the last weekend for the special Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Bishop Estate Vineyard and Winery in Perkasie. Six wines, both sweet and dry options, with six chocolates are thoughtfully paired to enhance both the wine and candy selections from Raymers Chocolates. It’s $18 to attend and no reservations are needed (unless the party is over 10 people). bishopestatepa.com

Spotted Lantern Fly Egg Removal this Saturday, February 27th at Carrol Park in Havertown.  Spotted Lanternfly enthusiast, Joy Baxter, is leading the community event to try to mitigate the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly in our community. Joy will show participants how to identify and remove the egg masses. There is a sign up page and they will let you know what you need to bring when you register.  Sign up.

Slip Pot Bonsai is having an in-person event at the Moss Mill Brewing Co in Lower Southampton, PA on Sunday, February 28th.  Attendees get a healthy two-year-old, dwarf jade, bonsai tree and ceramic pot as well as beer!  During the class you’ll put together, style and learn to care for your bonsai tree. Slip Pot Bonsai also offers a kids virtual workshop– with the supplies delivered to your home or office anywhere within 15 miles of Drexel Hill, PA! Workshop participants receive a healthy, two-year-old, pre-bonsai tree, ceramic pot, soil, wire, clippers, and instruction to style and care for your very own bonsai tree.  Its a one hour  Zoom at the scheduled time of your choice!  slippotbonsai.com

Kitchen Wizards is offering adult and kid virtual cooking classes for $12-$15.  When you sign up you’ll receive a zoom link and an ingredient list to purchase on your own.  Chef Kathy has a 2 camera view during the zoom class to make it easy for you to follow along.  Classes range from an hour to 1.5 hours and include: Sweet Endings, Supper Club and Kids in the Kitchen. kitchenwizards.info

For the first time ever Sesame Place will remain open in Jan, Feb, March.  They’re offering a number of themed party days. Elmo’s Furry Fun Fest is an all new series of events  that invites guests into the park for a fan favorite Neighborhood Birthday Party Parade, with new social distance and safety guidelines in place.  Guests can take part in a balloon scavenger hunt, a dance party with characters and make your own s’mores at the all new family-friendly fire pits.  If it’s too cold and you don’t want to go inside the park you can stay in your car for the Sesame Place 40th Birthday Drive-Thru.  You’ll make your way through the bright and colorful birthday scenes and as you drive down the actual sesame street inside the park you’ll be greeted by Sesame Street friends. sesameplace.com

Kathy’s Ski & Snowboard report: 

All resorts require you to purchase your tickets in advance. But what I’ve found is that if lift tickets are sold out, check the morning of because some mountains release a few tickets. I wouldn’t suggest driving there and hoping you’ll get a lift ticket. I’ve seen several mountains turn people away.  All resorts ask that you get ski and snowboard ready in the parking lot.  Which means you have to put your gear on in your car before entering the lodge.

  • Spring Mountain is perfect for beginners! Doors open at 9:30am and lifts run from 10a – 9pm. They are reporting machine groomed pack powder. Spring Mountain features 7 main trails, a beginner magic carpet lift, 4 chair lifts, a terrain park and a vertical drop of 428 feet. One trail is currently closed and they no longer offer tubing.  Daily lessons are offered for both children and adults. Food is available in the lodge café and the Powder Pig Pub upstairs at Spring Mountain is open.  A mountainside food truck offers beer, wine, mimosas and select food items.  (Last I checked there were tickets available for Sunday this weekend)

 

  • Jack Frost Big Boulder is open 9am – 4pm weekdays and 8am – 4pm on weekends with night skiing available only at Big Boulder until 9pm and 8pm on Sundays. 7 lifts and all 34 trails are open.  Lessons are available but class sizes are limited.  Tubing is not being offered this season.  Quick service restaurants are open but there is no indoor dining.  They’re offering grab and go food only.  (Last I checked Saturday was sold out but there were tickets available for every other day)

 

  • Blue Mountain has the highest vertical drop at any ski mountain in PA at 1,082-feet from summit to base.  They also have 5 terrain parks and some of the longest runs than any other resort.  The mile long run is my favorite! They’re open weekdays 9am – 9pm and weekends 8am – 9pm.  8 lifts and all 40 trails are open. Lessons are offered but you must purchase a spot online ahead of your visit. They are offering snow tubing in 3 hour scheduled sessions on Thursday night and all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Their restaurants are open but indoor dining is limited to 50%.  Because of that, seating time is limited to 45-minutes in cafeteria locations and 90-minutes at the Slopeside Pub & Grill. (Last I checked tickets were available all weekend)

 

  • Bear Creek Mountain is the perfect place to go this season if you want a smaller crowd.  They’ve done the best job with their COVID-19 response actions. They really limit their lift ticket sales to avoid over-crowding on the mountain.  With that being said you have to purchase well in advance.  For the month of March they are releasing tickets one week at a time. Lessons are available.  You have to call or email to check availability and to sign up. Bear Creek offers 2-hour snow tubing session on the weekends and 3-hours during the week. They’re open 9am – 9pm Sunday through Thursday and 9am – 10pm on Friday and Saturday. All 6 of their lifts and 23 trails are open. The Trail’s End Café, Mountain Eatery and The Grille are open.  Reservations are required at The Grille.
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