Cherry Springs State Park – Brass Quintet Concert July 31


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“Wish Upon a Star” is a free concert being given at Cherry Springs State Park Sunday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. Following the concert will be stargazing with telescopes and a laser-guided sky tour from approximately 9:30-10 p.m.

The park is located at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, 11.8 miles or about 20 minutes from Galeton via West Branch Road and 15.1 miles or about 21 minutes from Coudersport using Route 44.


“This concert is designed for everyone, from children to senior citizens,” said Tim Morey, park natural resource specialist. It is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.


“Because last year’s Endless Mountain Music Festival outdoor concert was a success with 150 people attending, the park is sponsoring another one,” said Morey.


“This year, we are asking people to register in advance and provide their email addresses and phone numbers,” said Morey. ”If it rains, the concert will be moved to the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum. We will only be able to notify those who have pre-registered and provided us with their contact information,” he noted.


Bench seating is available at the park. “Those attending are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. It gets chilly at night at the park so dress accordingly,” Morey said.


The Brass Quintet includes Luis Engelke and Tom Cook on trumpet; Rebecca Dodson-Webster on French horn; David Sciannella on trombone and Kevin Ladd on tuba. On drums will be Brian Smith.


The instrumentalists will perform 17 pieces. The majority of them were chosen because they reference features of the dark sky – stars, night, moon, planets, etc.


Among them are: Gustav von Holst’s “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity,” from “The Planets;” Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust;” Felix Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream;” Bart Howard’s “Fly Me to the Moon;” Glenn Miler’s “Moonlight Serenade;” Gus Edwards’ “By the Light of the Silvery Moon;” Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s;” Claude Debussy’s Clair de lune (Moonlight) from “Suite Bergamasque;” “Tonight” from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” and “Climb Every Mountain” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Sound of Music.”


The group will also play music from “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” arranged by Sciannella for brass.


Online registration is preferred. To pre-register for the July 31 concert and star-gazing program, visit http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/. If there is a problem with pre-registering online, call (814) 435-1037 or (814) 435-5010.

Cherry Springs State Park Night Sky Tour – October 17, 2015


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Where – Cherry Springs State Park, Coudersport Pa 16915 at the Night Sky Viewing Area

Experience the splendor of the night sky. Observe the constellations through a laser-guided tour conducted by park staff. Hear the legends and myths surrounding these patterns in the night sky. Explore planets, star clusters and other deep space objects through the park’s telescopes.

Pre-registration is required to attend Night Sky Program

Visitors to the Night Sky programs should plan on arriving before darkness falls.

Programs are conducted at the Night Sky viewing Area. Follow the red lit walkway from the public program parking section to the seating area.

The park asks that visitors to the Night Sky programs to please leave their pets at home. Dim lighting, large crowds and sensitive equipment do not create a pet friendly environment.

If the sky is unfavorable for stargazing, an alternative program may be held.

All programs will be cancelled in the event of rain.

Visitors may want to check the Clear Sky Chart for Cherry Springs web site for current cloud cover and viewing conditions

Smithsonian.com Says Cherry Springs is Best Star Gazing


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Cherry Springs State PArk, May 5 in From Smithsonian.com –

Cherry Springs State Park ranks in the world’s Best 8 Destinations to Stargaze

Here’s the link –  Cherry Springs Star Gazing at Smithsonian.com

Pennsylvania may not seem so far-flung, but in 2014, the northern  lights—phenomena usually only witnessed in high-latitude regions—were spotted a  whopping four times in the 82-acre Cherry Springs State Park. This year,  aspiring astronomers are gearing up for the park’s annual Black Forest Star Party (September 11-13), which brings  together hundreds of amateur observers for a weekend of communal stargazing
Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-best-stargazing-destinations-180955159/#AfiK7jrZDqHdTAtJ.99
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Cherry Springs Star Party – June 11-14, 2015


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The Harrisburg Astronomical Society will be holding it’s annual Cherry Springs Star Party at nearby Cherry Springs State Park. Located just outside Coudersport, PA, Potter County PA.  Cherry Springs State Park is well known haven for star gazers, due to the dark skies.

Go here for Cherry Springs Star Party Information

Cherry Springs State Park, One of 19…


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“As of now, January 2015, there are 19 IDA-designated dark-sky parks. While many of you are lucky to live in areas that would qualify as well, we thank our lucky stars for these parks that have put a priority on preserving our view of the wilderness above.”

Here is the link – Beststargazing