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Windber Recreation Park – Summer Staycation Series in Western PA

So far we’ve previewed the Pittsburgh Children’s Film Festival, took a visit to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, attended Challenger Sport Soccer Camp, and we’ve been enjoying the local recreation park.

Windber Recreation park known as Windber rec or simply “the rec” has a lot to offer for a leisurely low cost day. With tons to do on any day of the week and even more to do with special events like Wings and Waves, Windber Wine in the Park, and much more.

The park offers picnic tables and charcoal grills that can be used for a spur-of-the-moment picnic. There are also plenty of pavilions that can be rented for parties, reunions, and other events. From small pavilions to the enclosed dance hall with kitchen. Pavilion rental information is here.

As far as things to keep you entertained there is a nature trail, skate park, playground, volleyball nets, basketball court, tennis courts, and a fenced dog park. Many local enjoy walking or jogging the park for exercise. There are restroom facilities throughout the park. One of the big draws in the summer is the public pool that features a twisty slide and two shot gun slides. There are also changing facilities, showers, restrooms, and a concession stand available in the swimming area. Note: you can not bring coolers larger than 14″ inches into the pool area. We like to pack a small cooler bag with a drink and light snack when we swim. They do have lifeguards on duty.

Special events like the Wings and Waves in a popular event that brings in local eateries to offer a selection of wings to try and you vote on your favorites. Each Thursday 3 new eateries offer 3 different flavors of wings each. Buy a ticket to try a dozen wings of any flavor you’d like then enjoy an evening swim.

For local residents, getting a pool pass is well worth it especially when the days get hot. If you purchase one the end of April or early May you can get it at a discount. To visit for the pool for a day it’s $6 for adults and $5 for children. We invested in a pool pass this year and it has paid off for us. We are visiting 2 to 3 days a week at least as weather permits.

You could easily make a day out of the Windber Recreation park. Walk the nature trail, let the kids play at the playground, have lunch at one of the picnic tables, then go swimming. Or maybe play some basketball or tennis.

The Windber Recreation Park is the guaranteed low budget fun in the Johnstown, PA area.

October Shopping: Black Raven in Windber, Pennsylvania

I had the pleasure of meeting Leah Altemus who is the owner of Black Raven in Windber, PA.  Black Raven is a Metaphysical store located in small town Windber, Pennsylvania.  Black Raven is your source for things like crystals, candles, smudging sticks, psychic readings, and more.


Black Raven is a pinterest-worthy shop with many things for your metaphysical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.   Leah Altemus has a fascinating background being former law enforcement and an army veteran.  Leah also happens to possess psychic abilities.  Leah has even helped in missing persons cases. She offers psychic-medium readings at her site, your home, and via skype.  You can see all the services offered at Black Raven on their site

Black Raven in Windber also has products to help you.  Let’s talk crystals for a minute.  Using crystals for emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being isn’t a new idea but it seems to be growing in popularity.  I’ve looked into using crystals personally.  I discovered a little while ago that I’m empathic. I carry a lot of emotions on me that don’t always belong to me. Working in a hospital doesn’t help. I keep a rose quarts in my bedroom, a salt lamp on my desk, and was able to pick a carnelian crystal at Black Raven to help with my motivation and creativity which is sometimes stolen from me with my depression.

Black Raven has a selection of some of the more popular crystals like carnelian, rose quartz, tiger’s eye, flourite, and more.

If you prefer, Black Raven offers jewelry options with crystals in it as well like this necklace and earring set containing tiger’s eye.

Black Raven hosts events periodically in the shop and with the community.  They have an event coming up in November with the creators of Deadly Grounds Coffee.   Coffee is my life line and I enjoy trying new brands and blends. I had to pick myself up a bag of Deadly Grounds Coffee Pumpkin Spice. This is one of the most well blended pumpkin spice coffees I’ve ever tried.  The pumpkin spice is not too spicy or over-powering. The coffee is a smooth medium roast making it drinkable just about any time.  Deadly Grounds coffee is from Hell, Michigan so it is the official coffee of Hell lol.  Also it’s the official coffee of Halloween, so what better time to try it out!

Since my visit to the shop about 2 weeks ago, Black Raven has added even more inventory.

I could go on and on about the services and products that Black Raven offers but I suggest you check out their website and follow on Facebook.  Leah is knowledgable and willing to help.