Two Amazing Chocolate Candy Factory Tours Thrill Visitors in Mercer County, PA

Mercer County, PA – This April, visitors to Mercer County, PA can visit two chocolate factory shops for a tour and delicious sweet samples. There will be something for every member of the family, from children to grandparents, to enjoy.

FACTORY TOUR AT PHILADELPHIA CANDIES

Visitors are invited to tour the factory and experience chocolates being made at the 35,000 square foot manufacturing facility on April 1, 2017. Both adults and children are certain to be delighted by the chocolate-making process. All patrons receive a complimentary sample from the Easter Bunny. Guests can register to win one of three prizes. No purchase is necessary; winners will be selected on April 2, 2017, and will be notified by phone or e-mail.

Kids will enjoy the costumed characters, including the Easter Bunny and friends, and visitors are welcome to take a picture with a favorite character. The tour lasts 20 to 30 minutes, and then visitors can shop the 3,000 square foot retail specialty shop immediately afterward to enjoy tour day specials on Easter chocolates and more.

APRIL 1st, 2017: 9 a.m. –  4 p.m. Location: Philadelphia Candies Inc. 1546 E. State St. Hermitage, PA 16148 Admission: Free. For more information: 724-981-6341. Website: www.Philadelphiacandies.com

SWIZZLE STICK DAY AT DAFFIN’S FACTORY

Swizzle Stick Day is a fun family activity and open house created by Mr. Daffin that takes place the Sunday before Palm Sunday, on April 2, 2017, at the Daffin’s Candy Factory in Farrell. There will be free candy samples and bunny ears. Guests are invited to tour the factory and see how chocolate is made. Patrons get a free sample of a swizzle stick dipped in a fresh candy filling coated with creamy milk chocolate. They can view the family of solid chocolate rabbits and be amazed by the 700-pound chocolate bunny.

APRIL 2nd, 2017: 12 – 4 p.m. Location: Daffin’s Factory, 7 Spearman Ave., Farrell, PA 16121.  Admission: Free. For more information: 724-342-2892. Website: www.daffins.com

About Mercer County, PA

Located in Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County PA is home to Grove City Premium Outlets, boutiques, and unique specialty stores for shoppers. The area is also known for wine and brew tours, WaterFire Sharon, PA outdoor adventure, and outstanding golf. Golf Digest ranked Mercer County PA as one of its top golf destinations. Visitors can dine on mouthwatering cuisine at an array of fine restaurants and then stay overnight in a well-appointed hotel, a luxurious bed and breakfast, or a cozy country inn. Close to Pittsburgh, Erie, Cleveland, and southern Ontario, Canada, Mercer County PA is easily accessible via I-80 and I-79. Our County offers the perfect escape. For more information, visit www.VisitMercerCountyPa.net.

 

 

Miles of Fun on the Shenango River Water Trail in Mercer County, PA

by Peggy Mazyck

Spring is here, and it’s time to plan an outdoor adventure that the entire family will enjoy. The Shenango River Water trail offers 1, 4, 8, 12 or 23 miles of fun.

The trail is class I rapids, with a few riffles to add some spice as it flows gently through canopy forests and pastureland. The total distance is about 23 miles, but numerous take out/launch sites provide convenient points to match diverse interests. Carried Away Outfitters has a fleet of kayaks and canoes for your waterways adventure. Part of your rental fee includes a shuttle to or from your destination. They also offer paddle boards and bicycle rentals. Contact them at 724-343-1313.

You may begin your float just below the dam in Pymatuning State Park, floating through Jamestown. A few miles further, at Halfway Rd., is a take-out/launch site just beyond the bridge on the left. Three more miles brings you to Porter Rd. takeout, located again just beyond the bridge, river right.

After eight miles of leisurely paddling, you arrive in Greenville’s Riverside Park. Here are picnic pavilions, flush toilets, potable water, and Greenville’s amenities within walking distance.

Further down the river, you will reach Kidds Mill Covered Bridge Park, a great place to take a break and have lunch. Here, there are picnic tables and clean pit toilets (maintained by the Shenango Conservancy). Stay left to land.

The balance of the land between the covered bridge and Big Bend is owned by the Corps of Engineers. It has not been logged in many years and is totally undeveloped.  It is arguably the most beautiful part of the upper reach.

Toward the end of the float is a launch below the bridge at New Hamburg. Finally, the last “take-out” on the Water Trail is at “Big Bend,” maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. Big Bend is just before the river flows into Lake Shenango.

For fun on the waterways, come to Mercer County, PA.

Hit Broadway Musical Guys & Dolls Will Be Performed at the ACTS in Mercer County, PA

Mercer County, PA – Guys and Dolls, a hit musical since its 1950 Broadway premiere, is based on Damon Runyon’s stories of gangsters and gamblers of the New York underworld in the 1920s and 1930s. Frank Sinatra incarnated Nathan Detroit, and Marlon Brando played Sky Masterson in the one and only singing role of his career. Detroit pleads, “Luck be a Lady” when a roll of the dice decides his fate. It’s a sure bet that Guys and Dolls makes the audience winners with each magical performance.

The Area Community Theatre of Sharpsville (ACTS) has assembled a talented cast that will showcase the hit Broadway musical Guys and Dolls March 17 – 26, 2017, at the Pierce Opera House at 100 N Mercer Ave, Sharpsville, PA 16150.  Guests are invited to immerse themselves in a world of gangsters, gamblers, and other characters of the New York underworld in this romantic comedy.

Purchase tickets online with a credit card (a convenience fee applies); call the box office at 724-815-4388; purchase tickets on the night of the performance, if available; or purchase in person on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. at the Opera House or in person at Muscarella’s Cafe Italia in Sharpsville.

ACTS has partnered with Muscarella’s Cafe Italia in Sharpsville for a 20% discount on meals the day of the performance. It is highly recommended that theatergoers make reservations in advance to take advantage of this offer.

For more information visit www.actsharpsville.org.

About Mercer County, PA

Located in Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County PA is home to Grove City Premium Outlets, boutiques, and unique specialty stores for shoppers. The area is also known for wine and brew tours, WaterFire Sharon, PA outdoor adventure, and outstanding golf. Golf Digest ranked Mercer County PA as one of its top golf destinations. Visitors can dine on mouthwatering cuisine at an array of fine restaurants and then stay overnight in a well-appointed hotel, a luxurious bed and breakfast, or a cozy country inn. Close to Pittsburgh, Erie, Cleveland, and southern Ontario, Canada, Mercer County PA is easily accessible via I-80 and I-79. Our County offers the perfect escape. For more information, visit www.VisitMercerCountyPa.net.