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This Sukkot, Take Advantage of the Outdoors!

celebrating sukkot outside

Sukkot is the time of year when the rest of the world usually starts heading indoors and we head outdoors. We remember the 40 years wandering in the desert in our makeshift huts and tents, relying on God to provide for our needs. It is a time of gathering and togetherness and good food. This year, as we return to our traditions,  the rest of the world is joining us in staying outside as long as they can. 

As we are outside with the wind blowing through our sukkah’s roofs, it is a good time to share these traditions with our friends and neighbors. Why not use the opportunity to invite those who may be most isolated to join with people in a safe manner? Even if you have no sukkah, you can evoke similar feelings while meeting on your front lawn, your back porch, or in a park. 

It is a harvest holiday – invite friends to go apple picking or pumpkin gathering. While large groups pose a greater risk, inviting a local senior or two to sit with you and your family can go a long way to helping break the time up. 

As the colder weather approaches, we know we will have fewer opportunities to remain outside. So let us take advantage of the gift of the Zman Simchateinu, the time of our happiness that is Sukkot. Chag Sameach – Happy Sukkot!

Here are a few great ways to celebrate outside around our city.

Apple picking

These farms and orchards offer apple-picking with precautions in place to prioritize your family’s health during this time.

Brown’s Orchard and Cider Co. – McDonald, PA
Half Crown Hill Orchard – McDonald, PA
Norman’s Orchard – Tarentum, PA
Shenot Farm – Wexford, PA
Simmons Farm – McMurray, PA
Soergel Orchards – Wexford, PA
Triple B Farms
Monongahela, PA

Pumpkin picking

Cheeseman Farm – Portersville, PA
Hozak Farms – Clinton, PA
Janoski’s – Clinton, PA
Kerber’s Dairy – Irwin, PA
Schramm Farms & Orchards – Harrison City, PA
Shenot Farm – Wexford, PA
Simmons Farm – McMurray, PA
Soergel Orchards – Wexford, PA
Trax Farms – Finleyville, PA
Triple B FarmsMonongahela, PA

Corn Mazes

Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse
Gearhard Farms
Harvest Valley Farms
Hozak Farms
Janoski’s Farm & Greenhouse
Lonesome Valley Farms
Morris Organic Farm
Shenot Farm and Market
Trax Farms
Zombies of the Corn

Hiking

Falls Ravine Trail, Frick Park
Fall Run Park, Shaler Township
Seldom Seen Greenway, Beechview
Avonworth Community Park, Ohio Township
Mingo Creek County Park, Finleyville
McConnells Mill State Park, Portersville 
Brush Creek County Park, Beaver Falls 
Crouse Run Nature Reserve, Hampton Township
Emmerling Community Park, Indiana Township
Panhandle Trail, Collier Township entrance

These are just a few of the ways you can get creative with celebrating Sukkot this year. Let us know what your family plans to do and share your photos on our Facebook!