Rock the Quarry to Help Support the Panhandle Trail August 25 and 26

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Music, food, science demo, games, raffles, bonfire, fire trucks, fun for all ages—since the Panhandle Trail was opened for business in 2000, “Rock the Quarry” (RTQ) has been an annual tradition featuring two days of music, food, and fun on the trail to help raise funds for upkeep, maintenance and community events for trail users hosted by the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail.

Each year, RTQ showcases up-and-coming local musical talent and a popular headliner each night. The afternoon features lots of activities for the kids and the evening includes the Grand Rubber Duck Race and the traditional Sunset Remembrance Ceremony.

What’s the quarry part about? The area near the trailhead was once a limestone quarry with portions of limestone left as well as three ponds where the stage and event area are set up.

This year’s RTQ starts on Friday, August 24 from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday, August 25 from 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. Vendors both days include food, games, artwork, women’s clothing and cosmetics and the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail with a basket raffle.

Vendor spaces are still available for one or both days. Visit the website for more information and an application to download.

Activities and Music

 

Family Fun Zone (all day)

Games & Crafts (all day)

Mr. Science Demonstrations

Saturday:

7:30 pm Flag Ceremony

7:40 pm Rubber Ducky Race

MUSIC

Friday (5:15 – 11:00PM)

5:15pm—Unnecessary Polka (Alternative)

6:15pm—BADDADZ (Classic Rock)

7:25pm—Mad Mike’s Blues Revue (R & B)

9:00pm—Bill Ali Band (Classic Rock)

Saturday (3:00PM–11:00PM)

3:00pm—Dead Sin (Classic Rock)

4:10pm—Dean Street Kings (Classic Rock)

5:30pm—Collisions (Classic Rock)

7:00pm—Bindley Hardware Co (Americana)

9:00pm—NOMaD (Country)

About the Panhandle Trail and the Collier Friends

The Panhandle Trail is named after the Panhandle Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the abandoned rail line upon which it is built, and stretches for 29 miles from Walkers Mill in Collier Township, PA to Colliers, WV.

The Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail maintains approximately 4 miles of the Panhandle Trail from the Walkers Mill Entrance to Gregg Station with spring cleanups and smaller projects of maintenance and upkeep. In addition to Rock the Quarry the organization hosts a Night Walk on the Saturday before Halloween with lighted Jack-o-lanterns along a section of the trail and hayrides, hot chocolate and cider, and treat bags for the kids.

In addition to inviting all who want to come to the event, Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail is also accepting gift certificates or other prizes for our various auctions and raffles from individuals or businesses—items with logos are welcome—as well as monetary donations and volunteer help with RTQ and during the year for upkeep and other events.

If you are able to contribute items or have questions, please visit our website at www.panhandletrail.org and use the comment form to send messages directly. You can also contact Kay Downey-Clarke (724-693-0870) kayclarke@comcast.net to make arrangements for monetary donations and donated items. Checks can be made payable to The Panhandle Trail Association and sent c/o Treasurer, 2520 Hilltop Road, Oakdale, PA 15071. We are a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization and our tax number is available upon request. To ensure that we recognize all donors in our program, please let us know of your commitment by August 19, 2018. If you wish to remain anonymous, please so note.

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Chilly But Fun, Night Walk 2016

Smile!

Smile!

The line for the hayrides went all the way around the stage, the kids enjoyed stories and the movie Casper, and no one really seemed to notice how cold it was with hot chocolate and cider and a bonfire. Hope you had a chance to join us, and hope to see you next year!

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Night Walk on the Panhandle Trail October 22

Kids in costumes.

Kids in costumes.

Join us Saturday, October 22, 7:00 pm!

Bonfire, Free Hot Cocoa, Cider, Treat Bags for Little Folks under Age 12

Since 2000, the Night Walk on the Panhandle Trail has been a Halloween tradition in Collier Township. This year the festivities begin at 7 pm on Saturday, October 22. The Rennerdale Youth Group will carve more than 100 pumpkins donated by Lane Construction. Collier Girl Scouts and other volunteers will fill 500 treat bags, and carved jack o’ lanterns set up along a half-mile stretch of the Trail from the bridge near the Walkers Mill trailhead to the Sunnyside entrance. A bonfire lights the night and hot chocolate and sweet cider are distributed by Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail. There are Treat Bags for children aged 12 and under at the Quarry.

Free hayrides too!

Hayrides!

Hayrides!

The event is free but donations are welcome! Children, adults and volunteers are encouraged to wear costumes or weird hats.

PARKING

Parking is available in the Public Works Yard: 110 Noblestown Road, Carnegie PA 15106.

For updates visit the Events page.

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RTQ XVI So Much Fun, Hope to See You Next Year!

Getting ready for music.

Getting ready for music.

So it was hot and humid but no rain for the annual fundraiser for Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail! This event is what helps to keep the trail in shape for everyone who uses it, so thanks everyone who joined us on Friday and Saturday, bought raffle and ducky tickets, patronized our vendors and told friends about what a great trail we have right here in our back yards.

The music was non-stop great! We’d like to thank headliners Beaver River Band and Jill West and the Blues Attack, and also Dan Hanczar & Blues Alloy and Trainwreck, and special music guests Deluded Youth, Summer Camp,  Pretty Lunatic, JJ Bickel & the Liberators and The Collisions for joining us this year.

Vendors from local businesses and organizations helped support the event and offered food and services, so don’t forget to support them the rest of the year: Chikis Cool Treats, D&R Kettle Corn, Dylan’s Quest Cotton Candy, Kristen’s Togs, Alpine Pools, Bernadette Kazmarski artist, Robinson Township Chiropractic Center, Howard Hanna Real Estate, Panhandle Trail, Rennerdale Corner Store, Rennerdale VFD.

And special thanks to our sponsors who help us bring this event to you: JENDOCO Real Estate, Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineers, Carnegie Collier Rotary, Howard Hanna Real Estate, Lane Construction Corp., Alpine Pools, Goehring, Rutter & Boehm, PC—Chuck Means, Collier Township and Fotovich Excavating.

We hope to see you all again next year! Check here or follow us on Facebook. And don’t forget about the Night Walk in October!

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Noblestown Road Detour for Rock the Quarry

Luke and Ava enjoy cherry snow cones.

Luke and Ava enjoy cherry snow cones.

Noblestown Road in Walkers Mill closed Monday August 22 for two months. This is the main road from Carnegie and I-79 to reach the trailhead in Walker’s Mill.

PennDOT’s detour

Traveling eastbound (from Oakdale area)

  • From Noblestown Road, turn left onto McMichael Road (Route 3041)
  • Turn right onto Baldwin Road (Route 3054)
  • Baldwin Road becomes Ewing Road
  • Ewing Road becomes Collier Street
  • Turn right onto Boyd Street
  • Boyd Street becomes Cubbage Street
  • Follow Cubbage Street to West Main Street/Noblestown Road
  • End detour

Traveling westbound (from Carnegie)

  • Same detour route in the opposite direction

Using GPS

If you have GPS, use 110 Noblestown Road, Carnegie 15106 as an address. There are a couple of alternates:

  1. Take I-79 Exit 55, turn left on Rt. 50 to the light at Thoms Run. Turn left onto Thoms Run (past CV High School) to light at Forsythe Road then turn right up hill. At T, turn left onto Hilltop Road past Collier Municipal Bldg, then make a right onto Walkers Mill Road. Trail is at bottom of hill. For main parking, continue to Noblestown Road, turn left then another left into Township yard.
  2. For the adventurous (no large trucks), you can get off at Exit 57 or continue west on Noblestown Road from Carnegie about 300 feet and turn right onto First St. then immediate right onto Dorrington (toward DDI and Weavertown). Wind across bridge and take a sharp left up hill. Continue through several sharps turns to Hilltop Road. Turn right and go about 2 ½ miles to a right onto Walker Mill Road.

GO BACK TO ROCK THE QUARRY PAGE FOR EVENTS AND SCHEDULES!

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Carry The Fallen, Collier Twp. Sunday April 24, 11:30 a.m.

CarryTheFallenHosted by Abigail Glowark, Carry The Fallen, Collier Twp., is a 3 hour family friendly “ruck march” (walking event) with the purpose of raising awareness, build social networks, comradery, wellness and moral while raising funds.

The event is for Active Heroes a 501c3 charity that aims to help veterans, active duty military and their families. Their mission is to eliminate veteran suicide through physical, educational and emotional programs.

Visit Abby’s Facebook page for the event for tickets and register and or donate: https://business.facebook.com/events/1654116558172774/ .

An article about Abigail from the Active Heroes blog: https://activeheroes.org/2016/03/active-heroes-tribute-abigail-glowark/

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Panhandle Night Walk October 24, 2015

Night Walk on the Panhandle Trail

Saturday, October 24, 7:00 pm

long shadows

Since 2000, the Night Walk on the Panhandle Trail has been a Halloween tradition in Collier Township. This year the festivities begin at 7 pm on Saturday, October 24. The Rennerdale Youth Group will carve more than 100 pumpkins donated by Lane Construction. Collier Girl Scouts and other volunteers will fill 500 treat bags, and carved jack o’ lanterns set up along a half-mile stretch of the Trail from the bridge near the Walkers Mill trailhead to the Sunnyside entrance. Bonfires light the night and hot chocolate and sweet cider are distributed by Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail. A costumed volunteer will delight the kids with stories near the Quarry bonfire.  There are Treat Bags for children aged 11 and under at the Quarry.

The event is free but donations are welcome! Children, adults and volunteers are encouraged to wear costumes or weird hats.

PARKING

Parking is available in the Public Works Yard: 110 Noblestown Road, Carnegie PA 15106.

Download and print the Night Walk 2015 Flyer

For updates visit the Night Walk page.

Photo by Bernadette E. Kazmarski, Panhandle Trail Night Walk 2012.

 

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SCRR Grand Prix Race #2- Rock the Quarry 5K/Kids Fun Run

Steel City Road Runners

Steel City Road Runners

Join the Steel City Road Runners on the Panhandle Trail from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Saturday August 29 for race number two of the SCRR Grand Prix Race Series.

This is a family affair! We’ve added the Kids Fun Run, the fun run recommended for children grades K-6.

Race Fee – $10.00 (USD)

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015
Time:
Check-in 7:30 AM, Kids Fun Run at 8:30 AM, 5K at 9:00 AM
Location: Pan Handle Trail, Collier Township
Discount Code: Visit the Members-Only Perks page

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Race day registration and race number pick-up will be available from 7:30-9:00 AM.

Race will start at 9:00 AM near the Sunnyside Trail entrance. Free parking available at the Walker’s Mill Trail entrance.

 

All SCRR members receive a $10.00 off coupon code found on the Members-Only Perks page. Register now for only $15.00!

Hang around post-race for a day full of family fun at the Annual Rock the Quarry event. Enjoy food, live music, and family activities. Click here for more information about the Rock the Quarry list of events.

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Updated Band Schedule for RTQ XV

The Bill Ali Band in 2013

The Bill Ali Band in 2013

The music is what makes it for two nights and Saturday afternoon for Rock the Quarry. The Bill Ali Band is the headliner for Friday night. Check the schedule for all the other music from classic rock to indie rock to 60s and 70s oldies to guitar and flute. Join us!

FRIDAY (5:00 – 11:00 pm)

9pm Bill Ali Band

Desperado (Eagles Covers) 7:20pm

With Special Musical Guests: Hard Karma (Classic Rock)

SATURDAY (Noon – 11:00 pm)

Gone South 9pm

The Collisions (Classic Rock) 7:10pm

With Special Musical Guests:
Dan Hanczar & Dave (Guitar and Flute) Noon
Tim Vitullo Band (Rock Originals) 2:55pm
The Summercamp (Indie Rock) 4:15pm
JJ Bickel & the Liberators (’60s / ’70s Rock) 5:35pm

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Donations for RTQ Basket Raffles

Donate to the basket raffle.

Donate to the basket raffle.

Part of what supports RTQ and the trail itself is donations to our basket raffle and other prizes for activities. Do you or your business have anything you could donate?

Here are some ideas:

  • gift certificates
  • new tools or household items
  • regifts

In the past we’ve had coffee baskets, spa baskets, toy baskets, pet baskets, kitchen baskets, and of course the all-time favorite, the basket of cheer! Whatever you can donate we can use.

Deliver items to:

  • Deb Giffin, 17 Sunnyside Ave. Carnegie PA 15106 (412-276-0733)
  • Kay Downey-Clarke, 2520 Hilltop Road, Oakdale PA 15071
  • During business hours to the Rennerdale Corner Store at the corner of Noblestown Road and Sunnyside Ave.
  • The Collier Twp Bldg. 2418 Hilltop Road, Presto PA 15142
  • The Collier Twp. Community Center 5 Lobaugh St. Oakdale 15071 in Collier Park.

We’d like to have prizes for baskets now but definitely by Aug. 12 to allow time to prepare. Checks can be sent to Panhandle Trail Assn. C/o Treasurer, 2520 Hilltop Road, Oakdale PA 15071.

Basket raffle tables.

Basket raffle tables.

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