Father's Day

Huntingdon Ace Hardware employee Miranda Weaver restocked store shelves ahead of an anticipated busy Father’s Day weekend. Home improvement supplies are among the most popular gifts for dad.

Although the occasions are about a month apart, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are celebrated in different ways.

Pat Lancaster, assistant manager at Ace Hardware in Huntingdon, said lawn and garden items, home décor, flags and flowers were popular for Mother’s Day. This month, hardware stores across the county have welcomed Father’s Day weekend through abundant sales of hand tools, power tools and even some big-ticket items, such as grills.

Though Ace sold a variety of gifts for both holidays, there are very obvious differences between the two. Mother’s Day gifts had a tendency to be more cosmetic and decorative, where as Father’s Day gifts are more practical and structured for daily use.

Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day draw families out to the restaurant scene, however.

Top’s Diner of Mill Creek is expecting a crowd this weekend for Father’s Day.

“We don’t usually take reservations,” said assistant manager Dan Dobbs, “because we don’t normally fill up. On Mother’s and Father’s Day, however, we see this place fill up.”

Even when it comes to dining out, there is still a subtle difference between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

For Mother’s Day, there tends to be larger reservations for seven or eight people to include extended family members. But, Top’s sees a trend in smaller parties, more often children, fathers and grandfathers, for Father’s Day.

“I don’t know why that is,” Dobbs admits.

Top’s Diner will offer filled chicken breast or prime rib sirloin as specials for Father’s Day.

“Come on in for some of the best sirloin in town,” said Dobbs.

If dad already has one too many hammers, and isn’t in need of a new power drill, spending time with him might make for the perfect Father’s Day. There are plenty of special events going on in the county this weekend, just in time for the holiday.

Dads interested in transportation or history and their youngsters can ride the Rockhill Trolley this weekend. The trolley museum is open 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16.

In addition, Whipple Dam State Park is celebrating Heritage Day. At 2 p.m. today, there will be a presentation about the park’s history, followed by a visit to Owl’s Gap CCC Camp, a couple miles from the park, at 3:30 p.m.

There will later be a Music on the Beach Series concert by State College native Erin Condo and her band, the Hoofties at 7 p.m. tonight.

For the outdoor enthusiast, the state Game Commission will share a presentation on the lifecycle of the native black bear at noon today at the Raystown Lake Amphitheater at Seven Points.

The final night of the annual Central PA rodeo will begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds.

Along with all these special events, there are plenty of places to hike and enjoy the outdoors, such as the Alan Seeger Natural Area, the Thousand Steps, numerous state and local parks and, of course, Raystown Lake.

Olivia can be reached at dnews@huntingdondailynews.com.


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