When William Penn first set up the colony of Pennsylvania, chances are that he had very little idea just how much his new state would become well-known for hauntings. Here is a list of some of the most “spooktacular” sights in the state right now.
Lulu’s House of Horrors (Plymouth Meeting)
The organizers of this screamfest are forthright about the fact that children should probably not come. In fact, kids under the age of 12 are prohibited from joining this journey, which includes a trip through a corn maze, a walk through a cemetery, a haunted wagon ride and the actual House of Horrors, which boasts a reputation that precedes it.
Haunted Hills Estate (Uniontown)
With three different, heart-pounding attractions on this estate, visitors are guaranteed that they will find the perfect one to suit their haunted specifications. Talented actors and sensational special effects make this an experience unlike any other. Boasting free parking and great snacks for guests to munch on in between screams, this has always been a popular excursion.
Fear Hollow (Mountain Top)
For those who appreciate great makeup effects, this is a must-see stop. Open for almost the entire month of October, it’s the perfect retreat for some pre-Halloween frights.
Sleepy Hollow Hayride and House (Newtown)
For those who are fans of the infamous Sleepy Hollow story, this experience is not to be missed. Featuring a fearsome hayride and a haunted house, as well as a cemetery and gory greenhouse, this attraction offers up something for all varieties of horror fans.
Pennhurst Asylum (Spring City)
This is quite an elaborate set-up, which is why it seems to impress even people who are experienced haunted house enthusiasts. The spirits of deceased inmates are rumored to haunt these halls, which is why it is so terrifying to walk through the dark rooms. A dungeon offers up all kinds of ghoulish and macabre sights, while tunnels and ghost hunts round out the experience.
Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia)
There is a reason why this building has been featured on so many television shows that profile the paranormal; many believe that it is truly haunted by the dark, twisted souls of inmates past. With a whopping six attractions, this journey is not intended for those who are faint of heart.
Central Pennsylvania is filled with a great variety of fairs and festivals. Following are just five that you might want to mark on your calendar so that you won’t miss out on the unique events and fun during the month of September 2018:
York Fair 2018
September 7 through 16
York Expo Center, York, PA
The annual York Fair is held in September starting the first Friday after Labor Day. The first York Fair was in 1765, which was 253 years ago! There will be animal and agricultural displays, a Monster Truck Fall Bash, free daily concerts, other entertainment, cooking contests, amusement games and rides, and lots of food vendors to appeal to all palates.
September 7, 8, and 9
September 7 – along State Street – The annual community parade kicks off the festival on Friday, followed by dining and dancing in the streets. September 8 and 9 will be held at Lebanon Valley Expo Center and Fairgrounds in Lebanon, PA. Saturday and Sunday will include a classic car and antique show, a carnival, a street fair, mushroom cook-offs, and a fried mushroom eating contest.
Central Pennsylvania Crab, Beer and Wine Festival
Saturday, September 15
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Trinity High School, Lower Allen Twp.
The Festival will have artisan wine and beer from some of the finest local wineries and craft breweries. There will also be steamed Harbor House crabs, Redd’s barbecue chicken, live music by the Jewett Brothers Band, and more! Participants must be 21 or older. The Central PA Food Bank will benefit from a part of the proceeds.
Johnny Appleseed’s 244th Birthday Weekend
The weekend will take place Saturday, September 22, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and Sunday, September 23, from Noon to 2:00 p.m. at Hollabaugh Brothers Fruit Farm and Market, Biglerville. This is FREE and no registration is required. There will be a sampling of heirloom apple varieties, story time throughout the day, great activities for kids of all ages, and a special scavenger hunt.
Saturday, September 29 – All Day
Borough of Ebensburg
This event celebrates Cambria County potatoes and the growers. The county is the state’s second largest supplier of potatoes. It will be a day of food, entertainment, music, over 200 crafters, homemade wares, and food of all kinds.
Gabe Kapler is the Phillies’ new manager, and this is his first managing job. So, a healthy amount of rookie mistakes should be expected. But this is not a person who is new to baseball. He played more than a dozen years in the major leagues, for 7 different teams. Though you would not know it from his first three games.
In these games — which have included 28 innings — Kapler has used 20 different pitchers. 21 if you include infielder Pedro Florimón, who is now the first non-pitcher to pitch in the month of March in major league history. Only the Miami Marlins have used more pitchers so far, and they have a better excuse, as they have played not only an extra game but had another last 17 innings.
Interestingly, the game in which Florimón pitched was not the most interesting pitching moment of the game. That came in the third inning when Kapler inexplicably removed Vince Velasquez despite the fact there was no pitcher warming up in the bullpen. Fortunately for Kapler and the team, umpire crew chief Jerry Layne took mercy on Kapler and gave relief pitcher Hoby Milner more time than the standard 2 minutes to warm up, so that he would not hurt himself.
All this actually helped the Phillies, because Brian Snitker — who is the Atlanta Braves’ manager — was so upset at Layne for helping Kapler that he got himself thrown out of the game. Afterward, Layne said that, whoever was responsible for the snafu on the part of the Phillies, should have to answer to the league.
Kaplar at least took the blame for the snafu, saying that there was “miscommunication.” But this was not even his first mistake in terms of pitching changes. On opening day, with his team up 5-0 in the fifth, he took out starter Aaron Nola, who had thrown only 68 pitches. The team eventually lost 8-5.
About Peter Bubel
He was born in Fort Carson, Colorado at the Army Base Hospital and attended Penn State University, earning a degree in finance before getting his first job in Allentown at Dun and Bradstreet. Peter then worked in Philadelphia before transferring to Reading, Pennsylvania, where he’s lived and worked for the past 25 years.
Because Peter Bubel has learned the ins and outs of his community over the past two and a half decades, he is able to provide the best real estate services for clients from all walks of life. Peter and his family own and run PANA Rentals, a property management company that provides a variety of student, residential, and commercial property management services. Peter currently owns and manages between 50 and 100 properties. He particularly likes to help Penn State Berks Campus students find off-campus housing.
Peter Bubel loves the “small town” feeling of Reading combined with its proximity to major cities, and he does housing work in this area as well. Peter is an advocate for local affordable housing and economic improvement, and he has served on numerous housing committees and coalitions. He works with nonprofit agencies that help first-time home buyers prosper in the area, and he also shares his knowledge through various media to empower young individuals to take control of their economic outlooks. Peter Bubel has a guest spot on Berks Community Television’s Local Issues Forum, where he discusses housing and banking strategies. He has also shared his strategies via finance and entrepreneurship lectures at Albright College and St. Joseph’s University.
Peter Bubel is also a firm believer in giving back to the community.
He participates in a number of local initiatives, including the Berks MINDCO (Minority Development Council) and Housing Advisory task force. He also presents seminars in the Berks County Chamber of Commerce and works within various budgeting and stewardship committees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in West Lawn, Pennsylvania.
As a Penn State alumnus himself, Peter Bubel remains involved with the college and loves to attend PSU football games. His older daughter currently attends Penn State and is active in campus volunteering and fundraising efforts. She shares that philanthropic spirit with her father; Peter is the past president and vice president of Reading-Berks Habitat for Humanity, Inc. Under his guidance the affiliate was able to complete the construction of over 30 low-income homes. Peter is also a former board member of Goodwill Industries of the Keystone Area, and he currently volunteers his services at Reading Public Museum, the Children’s Home of Reading, and Boy Scouts of America.
Peter Bubel is a proud supporter of the military. His father was in the United States Army, and to this day Peter is inspired by his father’s service and by the service of current troops.
Peter Bubel outside of work
Health and fitness play a major part in Peter’s life and he stays active by playing a number of sports, especially golf and his weekly tennis games. Peter’s family is passionate about fitness as well, particularly his younger daughter, who is an avid swimmer and water polo player at her high school.
Peter Bubel also loves to travel when he can. He enjoys visiting local places throughout Pennsylvania, especially his parents’ hometown in Schuylkill County; he also loves to explore other parts of the country and see all of the unique and beautiful scenery and picturesque landscapes that our nation has to offer. Peter Bubel hopes to someday settle in a warmer climate.