Stargazing ….Cherry Springs, Pennsylvania @ Carly’z Corner….

Watch this video from The Weather Channel…#ItsAmazingOutThere...stargazing Cherry Springs, PA

While on my spiritual trek this past  June, we stopped at a rest stop in Pennsylvania.  More specifically, the rest stop placed us in the town called Coudersport.

This was not just some random rest stop that we happened upon.  Oh no!  While being my normal inquisitive (aka nosy) self, I explored the area and saw this:  

Amazing….right! Cherry Springs State Park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was two centuries ago!  Named for the large stands of black cherry trees in the park, the 82-acre state park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. The Susquehanna Trail passes nearby and offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking.

However, as I continued to explore and read more about this town I learned that Cherry Springs is one of the best places on the eastern seaboard for stargazing due to its exceptionally dark skies.

Today the power of stargazing, an ancient activity, has been veiled by light pollution and lost in the luminosity of offices, traffic jams, and arenas. A hundred years ago, a perpetual orange haze did not obscure the Milky Way; light pollution did not exist then. Vincent Van Gogh’s 1889 masterpiece, Starry Night, depicts a sky few Americans have seen naturally—bright and mystical. Fortunately, today Van Gogh’s art-inspiring view is not extinct everywhere. At Cherry Springs State Park, anyone who leans back and looks up is sure to experience all the wonderment and awe that coincides with gazing at one of the last, true starry nights.

Since 2000, Astronomers and amateur star-gazers have flocked to remote Cherry Springs from around the country, just to stand and tilt their heads towards the cosmos. After visiting the park in 2007, New York Times writer Dave Caldwell wrote, “On a perfect night, particularly during a new moon, the Milky Way is so bright it casts shadows. Star-gazers hold out their hands and look at the shadows on the ground in awe.” While city and suburban star-gazers may only see thirty to a thousand stars speckled across the sky, visitors to Cherry Springs are treated to a brilliant splattering of about 10,000 stars. “You get kind of overwhelmed at how many stars are actually visible,” astronomer Stanley Nawrocki told Caldwell.’ (taken from article written By Erin L. Gavlock, Summer 2009)

Every year, Cherry Springs State Park hosts the “STAR PARTY”!  This event is sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg. This is a pre-registered event. It is held on the Astronomy Field of the park and you must be registered to attend for all activities except the public viewing night. There will be no public programming by park staff during this event.

I found the Facebook page for Cherry Park Star Party 2013 and it has a host of information on it.  Much more than the website.  There are food vendors and other vendors on site all three days.  So purchasing meals on site is an option.  There are many raffle prizes and door prizes.  Not clear on all the activities but 2 out of the 3 days there are talks given on topics by NASA about Solar telescope viewing to “The Origin of Everything: How Things Got to Be the Way They Are Right Now”.

There is a fee to attend and registration is required. For a single student the cost is $30, single adult is $40, and a single family $55. Now as far as I understand these costs are for the entire 3 day event!  (Psst!…..if you are planning on attending the event with friends, I would recommend you get together and purchase the single family package.  Put it this way….$40 for 3 adults=$120 vs. $55 for a family of three.  I am not promoting dishonesty…but that day!…we will all be Millers!)

Reminder these are the prices for the last star party.  Keep checking their website or their Facebook page for up to date changes in pricing.

If you are interested in attending, I strongly recommend pre-registration as only 500 guests are accepted!

For more information and to register please go to the following website. http://www.astrohbg.org

Although we missed the 2013 STAR PARTY…as it was held on  June 6-9.  We can prepare to attend the 2014 STAR PARTY which will be held June 26-June 29!!!!!

Cherry Springs State Park is located at:

  • 4639 Cherry Springs Rd, Coudersport, PA 16915
    Phone:(814) 435-5010

Cherry Springs Star Party – 2014!

Our 2013 Star Party was a great success and featured talented speakers and opportunities for observing. The Registration Desk will open at approximately 12 PM on Thursday and will be open at various times throughout the weekend. We hope to see YOU at the Star Party!

Happy  Frrreeeee Hunting!

Just Putting it Out There…Volunteerism=Satisfaction=FREE

Many people volunteer their time and energy as a way to give back to the community that they have received great support and benefits from.  Volunteerism, really has no limits!  It doesn’t matter whether your passionate about animals, music, children, education, or the visual arts. There is an organization or grass roots entity which could use your selfless acts of giving.

But since you know I am all about the FREE!  I wanted to bring to light another added benefit that Volunteerism brings!  A fellow “Pinner” pinned information about an event that is dear to her heart that she wouldn’t be able to attend this year….“The Sandestin Wine Festival”.  This wine festival is held annually in Baytowne Wharf…Destin, Florida.  This is a 3 day festival that runs from April 11-13, 2014.

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I wanted to highlight this from the website:

“GET INVOLVED, BE A VOLUNTEER”

“Be part of the action! Volunteers are needed for the 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival.

The Sandestin Wine Festival partners with local non-profit organizations and donates a part of the festival proceeds to them. There are an assortment of times and positions available for individuals interested in volunteering.

Each volunteer will be required to attend a meeting prior to the festival and will be given a t-shirt to wear during their assigned shift. Volunteers will be given a complimentary ticket for the day that they are not working.”

Normally, to attend the festival each day, it would cost you $15/day or $45 per person to attend the event for all three days.  However,  just for giving of a little of your time, you will be able to attend the festival for two days…..(the day you volunteer and the day of your complimentary ticket!)  Now instead of $45 for all three days…you can attend all three for $15!!!!

 So check out the opportunities to volunteer in your local community, the rewards are of great personal benefit!

HAPPY FREEEEEE HUNTING!!!

Update on Stargazing Week Finale @ Carly’z Corner….

I pride myself on providing accurate and easy to research information on my blog.  So I received a response back from the public relations representative at the Astronomy Society of Harrisburg and I have to update my blog:

Every year, Cherry Springs State Park hosts the “STAR PARTY”!  This event is sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg. This is a pre-registered event.  Unless you are just attending the evening stargazing (which is FREE)!  It is held on the Astronomy Field of the park and you must be registered to attend for all activities except the public viewing night. There will be no public programming by park staff during this event.

The fee is only required if you are an active, participating astronomer, who will be staying overnight on the field or you would like to attend the daily lectures.

They do open up to the public on Saturday evening if the weather is conducive (the last night of the party).   There is no fee for the public and anyone is free to walk around and look through the various telescopes we have set up and to ask questions.    You will find astronomers to be very open to talking about the hobby and showing you many celestial sights you may have never seen.

Many families that come to the party bring campers and bikes and there is hiking and ATV trails in the area.   Also, the website for the star party does list some things to do and area attractions.

The website is www.cherrysprings.org and will be held  June 26-29, 2014.    The website will likely start accepting reservations in January.

 

Cherry Springs State Park is located at:

  • 4639 Cherry Springs Rd, Coudersport, PA 16915
    Phone:(814) 435-5010

Cherry Springs Star Party – 2014!

Happy  Frrreeeee Hunting!

Stargazing Week Finale @ Carly’z Corner….

While on my spiritual trek this past  June, we stopped at a rest stop in Pennsylvania.  More specifically, the rest stop placed us in the town called Coudersport.

This was not just some random rest stop that we happened upon.  Oh no!  While being my normal inquisitive (aka nosy) self, I explored the area and saw this:  

Amazing….right! Cherry Springs State Park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was two centuries ago!  Named for the large stands of black cherry trees in the park, the 82-acre state park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. The Susquehanna Trail passes nearby and offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking.

However, as I continued to explore and read more about this town I learned that Cherry Springs is one of the best places on the eastern seaboard for stargazing due to its exceptionally dark skies.

Today the power of stargazing, an ancient activity, has been veiled by light pollution and lost in the luminosity of offices, traffic jams, and arenas. A hundred years ago, a perpetual orange haze did not obscure the Milky Way; light pollution did not exist then. Vincent Van Gogh’s 1889 masterpiece, Starry Night, depicts a sky few Americans have seen naturally—bright and mystical. Fortunately, today Van Gogh’s art-inspiring view is not extinct everywhere. At Cherry Springs State Park, anyone who leans back and looks up is sure to experience all the wonderment and awe that coincides with gazing at one of the last, true starry nights.

Since 2000, Astronomers and amateur star-gazers have flocked to remote Cherry Springs from around the country, just to stand and tilt their heads towards the cosmos. After visiting the park in 2007, New York Times writer Dave Caldwell wrote, “On a perfect night, particularly during a new moon, the Milky Way is so bright it casts shadows. Star-gazers hold out their hands and look at the shadows on the ground in awe.” While city and suburban star-gazers may only see thirty to a thousand stars speckled across the sky, visitors to Cherry Springs are treated to a brilliant splattering of about 10,000 stars. “You get kind of overwhelmed at how many stars are actually visible,” astronomer Stanley Nawrocki told Caldwell.’ (taken from article written By Erin L. Gavlock, Summer 2009)

Every year, Cherry Springs State Park hosts the “STAR PARTY”!  This event is sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg. This is a pre-registered event. It is held on the Astronomy Field of the park and you must be registered to attend for all activities except the public viewing night. There will be no public programming by park staff during this event.

I found the Facebook page for Cherry Park Star Party 2013 and it has a host of information on it.  Much more than the website.  There are food vendors and other vendors on site all three days.  So purchasing meals on site is an option.  There are many raffle prizes and door prizes.  Not clear on all the activities but 2 out of the 3 days there are talks given on topics by NASA about Solar telescope viewing to “The Origin of Everything: How Things Got to Be the Way They Are Right Now”.

There is a fee to attend and registration is required. For a single student the cost is $30, single adult is $40, and a single family $55. Now as far as I understand these costs are for the entire 3 day event!  (Psst!…..if you are planning on attending the event with friends, I would recommend you get together and purchase the single family package.  Put it this way….$40 for 3 adults=$120 vs. $55 for a family of three.  I am not promoting dishonesty…but that day!…we will all be Millers!)

Reminder these are the prices for the last star party.  Keep checking their website or their Facebook page for up to date changes in pricing.

If you are interested in attending, I strongly recommend pre-registration as only 500 guests are accepted!

For more information and to register please go to the following website. http://www.astrohbg.org

Although we missed the 2013 STAR PARTY…as it was held on  June 6-9.  We can prepare to attend the 2014 STAR PARTY which will be held June 26-June 29!!!!!

Cherry Springs State Park is located at:

  • 4639 Cherry Springs Rd, Coudersport, PA 16915
    Phone:(814) 435-5010

Cherry Springs Star Party – 2014!

Our 2013 Star Party was a great success and featured talented speakers and opportunities for observing. The Registration Desk will open at approximately 12 PM on Thursday and will be open at various times throughout the weekend. We hope to see YOU at the Star Party!

Happy  Frrreeeee Hunting!

Travel Week Finale……@ Carly’z Corner

I have always lived in a metropolitan city during my adult years.  I am a native Clevelander, but during my elementary years I spent 5 years in Rhode Island.

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Three of those years were spent in rural Rhode Island in a small town called North Kingstown.  It was during the late 1970’s early 1980’s, and being one of the few children of color in my area I have to say that I had never felt more FREE.  I mean don’t get me wrong, I had my bouts with children of racist parents and teachers who tried to define me by the color of my skin.

I have to admit that I have experienced more racism here in Cleveland than I ever did in Rhode Island.  I could go where I wanted and not have fear (which mostly was into the woods with my best friend, Stephanie where we would play for hours and pretend we were princesses whose kingdoms were islands and land that ran for as far as the eye could see).  We traveled all around our community and were always welcomed to our neighbors home or to Mr. McCullough’s farm.

             

I guess I am saying this to direct us to look back in our past and find that time where life was simple and fun.  A time when things were carefree and not filled with anxiety.

Do you have it?  Can you picture it?

Now try to recreate it.  I don’t care what you have to do.  Literally, take a trip to that place….go back there and share it with your family, or a friend.  Go back to your childhood.  For some, maybe it wasn’t the best….then I say, create a new childhood, as an adult.

Run, play, jump, explore and discover….embrace your inner child and be FREE!  Now that is the best FREE thing that I can offer you and it is priceless.

Happy Frrreeee Hunting!

 

Travel Week…..continued….day 4 @ Carly’z Corner

Okay friends, fellow bloggers and followers…I am back and better than before….(kind of like the bionic woman…ha).  Saw my doctor yesterday and I have been given a green light.

Sorry about the hiatus, but I wanted to complete Travel Week, so here we go!

Today we are going to take a trip back in time….to a time where things were a little less complicated, a time where being “green” has always been “in”.  We are traveling to a place where making your own clothes, growing your own food is not only considered your profession but a way of life.

We are heading to Amish Country!  Almost every state has an Amish community…why not take your family or make it a trip for two to see a great place that is not costly or far from home.  Now here in Ohio the Amish boast of having the largest community in the world…some 35,000 people.

        

The Amish are of the Mennonite faith….’and shun most modern conveniences as this is an important religious consideration for them as they believe as Jesus Christ stated’ at John 17:16 “They are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world” (New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures).

‘Believing that they are to be separate from the world they have chosen to live a different lifestyle such as the wearing of plain homemade clothes, strong reliance on the church and their community, they reject television, radio, insurance and other things the rest of the world see as necessities.  The Amish lean heavily on the church community for help in time of need-financial crises, large medical bills, emotional and mental trauma, and last but not least, the hallmark of the Amish helping each other, barn raising.  These are all ways the Amish have of being obedient to the Biblical command of helping one’s neighbor’ (points paraphrased are from an excerpt from the brochure – World’s Largest Amish Community, Amish Country of Ohio).

So come and browse Amish Country as there is much to do. In Sugarcreek, there is Breitenbach Wine Cellars, and there is Cabin Creek Golf.  There are antique malls, cheese houses, furniture and quilt shops and a multitude of bakeries and restaurants.  You can even take a tour by horse and buggy or take a 1 hour train ride through Amish Country on the Ohio Central Railroad.

So make it a day trip, or stay overnight or even a few days!

I found a coupon at JBDollar.com for half off the purchase price to explore Amish Heritage at the Schrock’s Amish Farm & Village.  This tour….includes an Amish buggy ride, Amish home tour & Farm train ride! (you can only purchase this deal online @ www.JBDollar.com.

So enjoy!

Happy Frreeeee Hunting!