Covered bridge is siteof Slatington 'Gathering'
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Cub Scout Pack 58 of Slatedale shown ready to depart on a hay wagon ride include (clockwise) Quinn Deinning, 9, Robert Schramel, 10, Bryce Allen, 11, Cole Hausman, 9, and David Neff, 8.
They came together to bask in the ambience of their much heralded Autumn festival.
Even amid unseasonably warm temperatures, patrons anxiously flocked to the 10th annual "The Gathering" by the droves on Saturday.
Held at the Trout Run Covered Bridge in Slatington, the event is a must-see attraction, according to Kelly Schaffer, of Slatington.
"I love The Gathering," Schaffer said. "We don't miss it; it's one of the best days of the year here."
Ariel Sly, of Slatington, certainly attested to that belief as she accompanied her daughter, Meadow, 3, to the event.
"It brings the community together," Sly said. "And you get to meet up with friends."
Or, in the case of Victoria Lear, Matt Handley, and Syd Brannon, of "Beautiful Oblivion", "The Gathering" marked an opportunity for their band to continue to make a name for itself.
After a solid performance in which they churned out several tunes, Victoria said the "all genre" band enjoyed being able to perform in front of a hometown crowd.
That was especially true for Victoria, an eighth grade student at Northern Lehigh Middle School who resides in Slatedale.
"It's so much fun," Victoria said. "It feels great to be able to help my community."
Matt, a senior at Wilson High School who resides in Easton, added "It's a great experience, a great environment."
As for the band's future plans, Victoria said there are many.
"We're shooting big, we're shooting high," she said. "We'd like to get our own record label someday."
Other entertainment was provided by the likes of Danny Abruzzi; "Forgotten Mountain Boys"; "Brotha from Anotha"; "Droppin Trou"; and Mike Peters and John Ortiz in the Bier Garten after the fireworks"grand finale".
Aside from the entertainment, there was food, beverages, crafts; hay wagon rides; bingo under the big tent; a 50/50 drawing; and a Chinese basket auction.
Sponsored by the Northern Lehigh Historical Society, the event is the only fundraiser the organization does each year for the maintenance and upkeep of the Slatington/Washington Township "Slate Heritage Trail".
Ted Kistler, president of the organization, said the event was a huge success.
"It was a great day, weather wise, and that provided everybody having a great time there," Kistler said."A lot of food vendors sold out, and most people I spoke to enjoyed the music."
In addition, Kistler said the Bier garten was a "very successful event, and they enjoyed the music."
"We got a lot of positive comments on the beautiful fireworks display," he said. "All-in-all, it was a 100-percent suceesful event, and hopefully everybody enjoyed it."
The NLHS would like to thank all those who supported the event, as well as all the volunteers who helped set it up and make the event successful, said Kistler.
Kistler said the organization is always looking for help, and that anyone who would like to volunteer at next year's event may contact him at (610) 703-6822.