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LOCK HAVEN — Summer is still a few weeks away, but downtown Lock Haven is already gearing up for a busy fall and winter.

However, there are still some summer activities before the kids go back to school and the temperatures change.

The DLH Market at the main farmers’ market in the East Street parking lot remains open every Thursday from 3-7pm.

Kira Rosamilia, DLH manager, said the nonprofit will be partnering with Clinton County Conservation Areas and Americorp Seniors to sell vegetables on Thursday, Aug. 25.

“The funds raised will go towards the pollinator garden at the intersection of Vesper Street and Perry Lane,” Rosamilia said.

The city recently approved the placement of the plants near the levee sidewalk entrance.

Rosamilia wants everyone to participate in the fundraiser and help.

“This is great! The reserve is serving vegetables and I really hope everyone comes out to support,” she says.

Between now and October, Rosamilia encourages everyone to follow DLH’s social media to find out more about what’s happening at the farmers’ market each week.

Another summer staple at DLH is street closures. And, according to Rosamilia, the next games on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27 will have their own special twist.

On August 26th, the Clark McClane Band will perform at Triangle Park from 6-8pm

“On August 27th, we will be hosting a Fill-A-Bus event in partnership with the YMCA and the city. We want people to bring non-perishable food to donate to Y’s backpacking program,” Rosamilia said.

Susquehanna Transit will also be on-site with bus safety tips and more.

“They’re going to park one of the buses on the street like they did last year,” Rosamilia said.

School Bus Safety Day will run from 10am to 3pm and Y will also offer games, activities and chalk battles.

Many DLH members and downtown businesses will also host their own back-to-school specials and deals that day.

“It’s your one-stop shop for back-to-school in town,” Rosamilia said.

That night, a special Saturday concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Joel Long’s newest band, Mixtape, playing on the Main and Grove Street stages until 9 p.m., Rosamilia said.

September will see DLH’s last summer events, including the last Second Side Street event on Saturday, September 10 at the Station Gallery, 2 E. Bald Eagle St.

“We want to pack the lawn for this,” Rosamilia said. Organised by Broken Axe Brewhouse, Dutch Haven and Village Tavern, the event offers food, drink, music and more.

The final street closure will take place on September 23-24. Rosamilia said she’s currently working out how to make summer shine.

“It’s going to be a big and fun event,” She agreed.

Both bands will perform on Friday and Saturday. On Friday nights, Chris Carl will perform on Main Street from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Rosamilia points out that Chris has performed at local venues before, such as Broken Axe.

Then, father-daughter duo Kopper & Kash will perform on Main Street on Saturday, August 24th at 6pm.

“We want to especially thank Feger Insurance, Main Street Grill, The Texas, Stella A’s, Old Corner and TK Rosamilia. They all funded both concerts,” she says.

As summer approaches, Rosamilia and DLH already have fall and winter events on their calendars.

The first will be Locktoberfest on Saturday, October 1st at Sons of Italy. The event, which runs from 11 am to 6 pm, features German cuisine from Schatzi’s Jumbo Brats; a wide selection of beers and some ciders; Sons heated outdoor patio with games, music and Penn State football.

“We are working with Bald Eagle Distributors, Inc. and owner Bill Richardson. I talked to the manager and he will help us get a bunch of Oktoberfest-themed merchandise and fun items to put in our in the pinata,” Rosamilia said.

Some of you may be familiar with the piñata in question, as it was used around Cinco de Mayo earlier this year.

Rosamilia is also planning a beer mug competition. The competition will be limited to a small number of participants, who will lift a full beer mug as best they can. The winner will take home a prize basket worth approximately $200, and all participants will keep a souvenir cup.

“Who has beer muscles for such activity,” Rosamilia joked.

On October 7th, DLH members will host another Sip and Shop event – Moonlight Madness.

“Businesses will remain open until 9 a.m. so shoppers can enjoy the fall weather and get a sneak peek at the upcoming holiday season while sipping and shopping,” Rosamilia said.

With other fall-themed events still in the pipeline, Rosamilia turned to the public for help.

“I would love to do something with the kids and pumpkins. If anyone wants to donate pumpkins please contact me,” Rosamilia said.

At the end of October, downtown will host its annual Shop or Treat following the Lock Haven Fire Department’s Halloween Parade. The event will take place on Saturday, October 29th.

“After the fire brigade parade, some participating companies will distribute candy and other items,” Rosamilia said.

Come November, DLH will be leaving “Complete vacation mode.”

Haven Holidays is an annual Small Business Saturday event taking place on Saturday, November 26th. Businesses will offer their own deals and specials, and DLH will offer games, activities – including carriage rides and live reindeer – and more.

“We have a lot of things planned,” Rosamilia said.

Small Business Saturdays will be held on three Saturdays in December, the last Saturday being December 17th.

The Christmas holidays come and go, and DLH isn’t slowing down. The nonprofit is partnering with United Way in Clinton County to host a New Year’s Eve party at the Son of Italy.

The event will feature The Great Gatsby with a Trip the Lights performance as its theme.

Rosamilia encourages everyone to visit the DLH’s website at www.lockhaven.org for the latest developments in the city centre.

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