So, What is Goose Day?
This local tradition has been observed in the Juniata River Valley for more than two centuries, carried here by an early local settler. Legend has it that if you eat goose on St. Michaelmas Day, you will never want for money all the year round. Believers of this tradition adhere faithfully to this tradition and eat goose every September 29th, thus ensuring wealth and prosperity for the coming year.
St. Michaelmas Day was first declared a festival by Pope Gelasius in the year AD 487. The feast, which always falls on Sept. 29th, honors Saint Michael the Archangel who led God’s war against evil in the biblical book of Revelation.
Commemorative postmark secured for Goose Day 2021
Send postcards to family and friends to spread the fun
LEWISTOWN— A special commemorative pictorial postmark has been designed by Ryan Cherry to provide a unique souvenir to mark this year’s event. The design, which is available ONLY on Goose Day at the Lewistown Post Office, is a unique philatelic item featuring a goose graphic and the text Lewistown Station, Lewistown, PA 17044, Sept. 29, 2021. Stop by the Lewistown Post Office on Sept. 29th and request any of your outgoing mail to be stamped with the Goose Day postmark.
As an added bonus, have the postmark stamped on a Goose Day postcard. The pre-stamped postcards, spotlighting artwork by artist Jessica Miller, can be purchased in-person starting Sept. 1st at East End Coffee Co. in Lewistown, the Crooked Shelf Bookshop in Lewistown, the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau office in Lewistown, and the Mifflintown Farmer’s Market (Sept. 11) for $5. The Pennsy Station is offering an online postcard purchase option starting Sept. 1st. Visit thepennsystation.com to order. Once purchased, the buyer can fill out the back of the postcard and return the card to the shop owner. On Goose Day, the postcards will be picked up at each location, taken to the Lewistown Post Office where the postmark will be applied before the postcard is mailed.
All month- a new Goose Day t-shirt design will debut at Lewistown Printworks during Lewistown First Friday. It and other Goose Day designs can also be purchased at the store. Stop by the 41 W. Market St., Lewistown store or visit lewistownprint.com.
All month- Handcrafted signs, by Maker’s Den in Burnham, feature the Goose Day logo. Order yours today at makers-den.store or visit their store at 416 8th Ave., Burnham. Goose Day keychains and cups are also available for purchase. Find their merchandise at Brookmere Winery, too.
All month- Find goose neck gourds for fall decorating at Bilger’s Pumpkins, 7468 Ferguson Valley Road, McVeytown. Visit them later in the month to see the new member of the Wild Geese flock who will reside permanently at the farm.
All month- Artist Neil Demi will have his commemorative Goose Day prints available for purchase at East End Coffee Co., 18 E. Market St., Lewistown. Find him on Facebook and Instagram.
All month- Local artist Jennifer Hartzler has hand painted goose earrings. Find and purchase her designs at jenniferhartzler.com; @pleasant_st_studio or www.facebook.com/jennifer.hartzler.583.
All month- The Logan House is selling adorable Goose Day stickers at the 400 N. Beech St., Burnham store. They are great for laptops, water bottles, windows, and mirrors. 717-248-8415, www.theloganhouseonline.com or Facebook.
All month- Goose Day pins by JayBeeYell. On sale at East End Coffee Co., 18 E. Market St., Lewistown; and The Crooked Shelf Bookshop, 23 N. Main St., Lewistown. Small pins are .75 cents each or 3/$2.00. Larger ‘I believe in Goose Day’ pins are $1 each. Quantity orders are welcome. Find on Facebook or email@example.com.
All month- Yoder’s Tees & More is bringing Goose Day into your garden. A special Goose Day garden flag featuring the logo is available now for $15 at the store. Yoder’s is collecting non-perishable food like soup, cereal bars, and macaroni and cheese for the Backyard Club Ministries in Mifflin County. Bring in a grocery bag with donations and get a FREE Goose Day t-shirt. Shirts are also available for purchase. Located at 4469 E. Main St., Belleville. 717-935-5011, on Facebook and www.yoderteesandmore.com.
All month- Essence of Earth has created a special line of products for Goose Day including soap, lotion, lip balm and scrubs in blackberry scents, plus a new glycerin soap featuring a water-soluble Goose Day logo embedded in the soap. Purchase them online at essenceofearth.etsy.com; at Guante Café, 2218 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown; the Mifflintown Farmer’s Market on Sept. 11; at the Goose Day Pumpkin Fest on Sept. 24-25 at the Mifflin County Youth Park; or message her on Facebook.
All month- The Stone Arch Candle Company created a blackberry brûlée scented candle for the holiday. Find the candles at East End Coffee Co., 18 E. Market St., Lewistown; The Crooked Shelf Bookshop, 23 N. Main St., Lewistown; or online at stonearchcandleco.square.site.
All month- Need goose earrings? Honey Creek Bill & Beak carries handmade goose earrings by Jabebo Studio in Bellefonte. Purchase a pair at 701B Electric Ave., Lewistown or online at honeycreekbillandbeak.com.
All month– Impress Design & Print is taking orders for Goose Day t-shirts featuring the “Eat Goose, Get Luck” design. To order, call 717-953-9321 or stop by the 129 S. Main St., Lewistown shop. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 16-29- Hometown Potters’ Studio has goose-themed pottery available at the Mill Street, Lewistown studio and inside East End Coffee Co., 18 E. Market St., Lewistown. The studio is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Find them in the basement of East End Coffee Co. 717-745-6510 or Facebook.
Sept. 23-24- The Shelter Thrift Shop and Second Chances are having a “Best Dressed Goose” Day Sale at both locations. Buy one get two free of similar clothing items. Locations are 17 Depot St., Lewistown and 982 Parcheytown Road, Lewistown. The stores are open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sept. 24-25- Lilac at Home will be holding a Goose Day yard sale from 8 a.m-4 p.m., Friday; and 8 a.m.-?, Saturday, at the 1537 Loop Road, Lewistown location. 717-248-3484 or Facebook.
Sept. 24-25- Pick up a goose egg for a 10-30% off your purchase at The Crooked Shelf Bookshop, 23 N. Main St., Lewistown. Be sure to check out the Goose Day display on the front table featuring goose related books and of course, geese decor. Hours are 1-5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. 717-363-4557. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 24-25- Stop by My Craft Attic and see Susie Sunflower. She has a basket full of golden eggs full of prizes, discounts, and treats. Also, receive 10% off all local vendor items in the shop including Kishacoquillas Valley Soap Co., American Crow Candles, Mountain House Creations, Naturals by Val and Smelly Jellies. My Craft Attic will also be at the Goose Day Pumpkin Festival Sept. 24-25 at the Mifflin County Youth Park with special deals.
Sept. 24 and 28- Back Mountain Flower Farm will be offering Goose Day flower bouquets on Friday at East End Coffee Co., 18 E. Market St., Lewistown; Ron’s Fruit Market, 4707 Old U.S. 322, Reedsville; Burnham OIP, 105 S. Logan Boulevard, Burnham; and Meyer Dairy Store, 2390 S. Atherton St., State College; and Saturday at East End, Ron’s and the OIP. 717-250-3233, www.backmtnflowerfarm.com or Facebook.
Sept. 24, 25, 27, 28 and 29-Find a goose flower pick in a plant at Wray’s Landscaping, receive 10% off. They also hid a golden egg in a plant at their 15 Noland Drive, Lewistown location. Find the egg and get 25% off. 717-242-3300, www.wrayslandscaping.com or Facebook.
Sept. 24, 25, 27, 28 and 29- Goose Day flower bouquets for sale at Deihls’ Flowers, Inc. Cash and carry for $8.99 or $12.99. 1 Parkview Terrace, Burnham. 717-248-7843 or www.deihlsflowers.com.
Sept. 24, 25, 27, 28 and 29- Get 15% off any regular priced item excluding the Goose Day sticker at The Logan House, 400 N. Beech St., Burnham. 717-248-8415, www.theloganhouseonline.com or Facebook.
Sept. 24, 25, 28 and 29-The BonTon Marketplace, 111 E. Market St., Lewistown, will have Golden Egg discounts. 717-363-4691 or Facebook.
Sept. 24, 25, 28 and 29- Find Goosie the Gander hidden inside Snowflake’s on the Square and take her golden egg that is filled with a special treat. While you are there, take a selfie with Mrs. Goose who will be on display in the front window at 3 W. Monument Square, Lewistown. 717-437-6452, www.snowflakesonthesquare.com or Facebook.
Sept. 24-29- Lil Mis Vintage will be creating goose feathers from her popular macrame line. They will be available while supplies last at Brookmere Winery, Route 655, Belleville, and Bloom Hair Company, 2 Cedar St., Mifflintown. Find her on Facebook.
Sept. 24-29-Don’t forget your furry friends and find a new toy or treat from Flickinger’s Paws & Claws, 1274 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown. They will be holding a flash sale with 30% off retail and buy $50 in gift cards, get $5 free. For all grooming/bath appointments, all pets will get a bandana featuring the Goose Day logo made by Chaos Screen Printing. While supplies last. Make an appointment by calling 717-275-4904. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 24-29- Boost your goose with a Lucky Crystal intention pouch at Metaphysics ‘A Spirited Space,’ 5 E. 3rd St., Lewistown. Increase your luck with their line of powders and oils, too. 814-826-1787, www.aspiritedspace.com or Facebook.
Sept. 24-29- Smith’s Barber Shop, 204 W. Market St., Lewistown, will be handing out Goose Day stickers to all clients who receive services. Make an appointment by calling 717-242-2021.
Sept. 27-Oct. 2- Vibe Hair Salon, 832 E. Walnut St., Lewistown, will be offering Goose Day specials on facials and eye lashes all week. Make an appointment by calling 717-248-0100, www.yourvibe.me or Facebook.
Sept. 27-Oct. 2- Goose Day flower bouquets for sale at Lewistown Florist. Cash and carry for $12.99. Located at 129 S. Main St., Lewistown. 717-248-9683, www.lewistownflorist.com or Facebook.
Sept. 27-Oct. 2- Buds & Blooms will have Goose Day flower arrangements available in the 194 Main St., Richfield shop. Online and phone orders are accepted by calling 717-694-9146. Also, they will have Goose Day arrangements available for purchase on Sept. 29th at Bread of Life and County Line Restaurant. (Cash and Carry).
Sept. 29- Get a free golden egg bath bomb free with any purchase at Shade Mountain Naturals, 45 Serenity Lane, Lewistown. While supplies last. 717-248-8847, www.shademountain.com and Facebook.
Sept. 29- Goin’ Postal will “goose” every box that is shipped today with a special sticker. 129 S. Main St., Lewistown. 717-248-9997, www.goinpostal.com or Facebook.
Sept. 29- Abundant Blessings Thrift Shop will be offering one item per customer half price (excluding items ending in .95). Customers must mention Goose Day when checking out at the register. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Located at 22 Abundant Blessings Drive, Mifflintown. 717-436-6947, www.abundantblessingsthriftshop.com or Facebook.
Sept. 29- Snowflake’s on the Square, 3 W. Monument Square, Lewistown, will hold a Goose Day sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 717-437-6452, www.snowflakesonthesquare.com or Facebook.
Sept. 29- Asher’s Chocolates will be doing a buy one, get one free special on their “hurts” candy. Stop by the 19 E. Susquehanna Ave., Lewistown store. 717-248-8613, www.ashers.com or Facebook.
Sept. 29- Olde Thyme Reflections is offering a golden egg discount for Goose Day. Select a golden egg from the basket and find your discount inside. Located at 19 E. Susquehanna Ave., Suite B, Lewistown. Open 10-5. 717-248-8700 or Facebook.
Sept. 29- Sacred Heart Thrift Shop will holding a clothing and shoes bag sale for $5. Stop by 17 E. Market St., Lewistown store from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 717-247-2797
Sept. 29- Get 10% off all Playmobil toys at The Pennsy Station, 25 W. Market St., Lewistown. The new Princess Castle collection has arrived! 717-247-7085, www.thepennsystation.com or Facebook.
Sept. 29- All cars, trucks or RVs serviced or purchased at the following locations will receive a free Goose Day static window cling for their car. Make an appointment today!
- Stroup’s Garage, located at 216 N. Main St., Yeagertown. 717-447-0267, stroupsgarage.com or Facebook.
- Frey Motors, 409 Valley St., Lewistown. 717-248-7811, www.freymotors.net or Facebook.
- Eddie’s Tire Service, 1239 W. 4th St., Lewistown. 717-248-7510, www.eddiestireservice.com or Facebook.
- Lerch RV, at 70 Commerce Drive, Milroy. 717-667-1400, www.lerchrv.com or Facebook.
- Lake Auto Dealerships on Main Street, Lewistown. 717-248-0151 (Ford) or 717-248-7848 (Chevrolet), www.lakeauto.com or Facebook.
- John H. Sheaffer Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Ram dealership at 6430 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown. 717-604-3033, www.johnhsheaffer.com or Facebook.
All month- Check out the special Goose Day window decorations by Sacred Heart School and United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA, at the 3 W. Monument Square, Lewistown location. 717-242-0890, www.ucpcentralpa.org, or Facebook.
All month- With each book checked out at the Juniata County Library, a special Goose Day bookmark will be placed inside each book. 717-436-5678, www.juniatalibrary.org or Facebook.
All month- Take a gander at the Goose Day display in the windows at Zion Hair Salon, 28 E. Market St., Lewistown. 717-248-0855 or Facebook.
All month– Hand painted Goose Day nail art at Serendipity x2 Day Spa. $1.00 per nail. Five designs to choose from. Customers who already have an appointment scheduled in September may add this to their service. Openings are extremely limited. 27270 Route 75 North, Mifflintown. 717-436-6696, www.serendipityx2dayspa.admp.com, or Facebook.
All month- People of any age are encouraged to send in a drawing or coloring page to the residents at Valley View Retirement Community that will be displayed in the hallways. Residents will send a thank you note with Goose Day postmark on it to everyone that does. Send your artwork to Valley View Retirement Community, 4702 E Main St., Belleville, PA 17009. Find coloring page ideas on their Facebook page.
Sept. 11- The Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau is bringing Mrs. Goose, a 5’ stuffed goose, to the Mifflintown Farmer’s Market for selfies and to spread the word about Goose Day. A new 20’ air dancing goose will also be welcoming visitors to the market. Check out Essence of Earth and Hometown Potters’ Studio for more Goose Day swag, try Hidden Stories Brewing Co.’s blackberry gose (fruited sour beer), Kathryn’s will have some goosey cinnamon rolls, plus the Big Tree Music & Art Foundation will offer a free goose stick puppet craft for the kids. The market is open from 8:30 a.m.-noon, along Bridge Street in Mifflintown.
Sept. 18- The Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau is hosting Museum Day in the Juniata River Valley. Museums in Mifflin, Juniata, and Huntingdon Counties will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for FREE tours. More than 17 locations, some who are only open one day a year, will be on the tour. For more details, visit the event page on the Goose Day in the Juniata River Valley Facebook page, www.jrvvisitors.com or call 717-248-6713.
Sept. 18-19- Middle Road Speedway and Jennifer Rutherford Events are kicking off Goose Day with a special family event and race. Join them from 4-8 p.m., Saturday; and noon-3 p.m., Sunday for free activities like a bike race, foot race, goose poop pick-up, goose egg race, and sack races. For a small fee, make sand art or a tie dye shirt. For race times and race admission fees that may be associated with entry, refer to the Middle Road Speedway Facebook page. The speedway is located at 1904 Middle Road, Lewistown. 814-650-4528 or Jennifer Rutherford Events Facebook page.
Sept. 24- The Lumina Center is kicking off its monthly series family events with a Goose Day Family Night. The entire family is invited to play games and make crafts from 6-8 p.m. at 18 E. Third St., Lewistown location. Activities will be both indoors and outdoors. 717-242-2888 or Facebook.
Sept. 24-25- Goose Day Pumpkin Festival, Mifflin County Youth Park. Open 1-8 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Friday includes a Savor the Flavors tasting with local wineries, breweries and distilleries, craft and food vendors. Live music by Adam Becker from 5-7 p.m. Saturday includes children’s activities, carriage rides, pony rides, bounce house, vendors, food, and classic car show from 10-2. 717-437-6514 or Facebook.
Sept. 24-26- At the Barnyard Corn Maze will be hiding a wooden goose inside the corn maze for you to find. A live goose will be visiting the farm, too. Located at 204 Barnyard Boulevard, Lewistown, the farm is open 4 p.m.-dusk, Friday; noon-dusk, Saturday; and 1-5 p.m., Sunday. 717-437-3648, www.atthebarnyard.com or Facebook.
Sept. 24-26- Hometown Potters’ Studio is holding a Goose Day Treasure Hunt in downtown Lewistown. Find the goose themed ornament hidden around town and redeem for a goose themed mug at the studio on Mill Street, Lewistown.
Sept. 24, 27 & 29- If you’re at the Lewistown Train Station or along the Juniata Valley Railroad’s tracks through the streets of Lewistown, keep your eyes peeled for a Goose Day magnet on the North Shore Railroad locomotive. For a map of where you can find the train, visit the North Shore Railroad’s Facebook page this week.
Sept. 25- The 43rd annual Goose Day 5K Run/Walk returns this year! Registration opens at 7:45 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. at Monument Square in downtown Lewistown. The course is a fun, flat, and fast run perfect for new or experienced runners. The first 100 registered runners get a Goose Day Run technical t-shirt. For details and pre-registration, visit jvstriders.com.
Sept. 25- A Goose Day Contest and Vendor Pop-Up event will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Jennifer Rutherford Events location at 821 Electric Ave., Suite D, Lewistown. Local crafters and vendors will be set up indoor and outdoors. Entries for the coloring page contest for children are due today at 3 p.m. See the contest/giveaway section for details. 814-650-4528 or follow the event page on Facebook.
Sept. 25- The Reedsville Apple Festival will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Bender Park, Tony Street, Reedsville. Apple butter boil, great food, and vendors. Follow the Reedsville Community Association page on Facebook for details.
Sept. 26- Join the fun and participate in the 44th annual Goose Day Road Rally. This is fun-filled road rally, aka scavenger hunt, through areas of Mifflin County. Registration is from 9-10 a.m. at My Craft Attic or online via the Facebook event page. The rally begins at 10 a.m. Get your gaggle together (goslings welcome, too), decorate your vehicle and wear team t-shirts if you wish. Each group is given a list of clues and riddles to solve. The group with the most correct answers and least mileage WINS! Follow the event page on Facebook for details.
Sept. 28- Join Painting Parties by Judy for the Silly Goose Black Light Paint & Sip at Hungry Run Wine Cellars, 10042 U.S. Highway 522 South, Lewistown. Games, mix-ups, music, and black light will make this a night to remember for good luck and laughter. Party is from 6- 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 each and include a stemless wine glass featuring the Goose Day logo made by students at MCHS Technology Student Association. To register, visit www.paintingpartiesbyjudy.com.
Sept. 29- Reserve your table for the 2nd annual Goose Day Event at Shy Bear Brewing. The Prix Fixe dinner will be comprised of dishes by Revival Kitchen, Shy Bear Brewing, Butch’s Smokehouse Fixx and Brookmere Winery. Music by Kevin Koa of Maryland. Special Goose Day glassware made by Mifflin County High School students will be a take home gift for every ticket purchased. To reserve a table, visit www.shybearbrewing.com or Facebook.
Sept. 29- Be a silly goose and have your hair colored with washable hairspray or have feathers put in your hair at Amy B’s Hair Salon, 8 W. Market St., Lewistown. Walk ins welcome. Open 1-7 p.m. There will also be a drawing for a gift certificate to the salon. 717-437-7375. Find on Facebook.
Sept. 29- Brookmere Winery & Vineyard Inn is hosting a Goose Day Happy Hour from 5-8 p.m. at the 5369 Route 655, Belleville location. Tickets will be limited and available at www.brookmerewine.com and in the store. RSVP is required to attend. Price will include live music by Bill Huff, Hors d’oeuvres to fill you Goose Day desires along with other food items. Drink specials will be available at the bar with wine and more. Fill your cup with prosperity this Goose Day at Brookmere. 717-935-5380 or Facebook.
Some events may be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Call ahead or search online.
Wild Geese: Flock Together public art project
Community Partnerships will welcome new additions to the Wild Geese: Flock Together public art project ahead of Goose Day 2021. Keep an eye out for new landings and check out the growing flock!
Want to know where all the Wild Geese are? Try the QR code placed on the base of each goose. A map and information on each goose will open on your phone.
Follow the Goose Day in the Juniata River Valley Facebook page, and the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau on Instagram and YouTube for more Goose Day fun! Be sure to watch Erik the Travel Guy video!
Add “The Goose Day Shuffle” and “Celebrate Goose Day” to your playlist. Find them on YouTube. Written and recorded at West Market Studio, Lewistown.
All month- The Crooked Shelf Bookshop is holding a Goose Day drawing. Customers can enter their names into two different drawings: 1. $50 gift card and/or 2. Tote of goose-related children’s books. Winners will be drawn at the end of September. The store is located at 23 N. Main St., Lewistown. Hours are 1-5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. 717-363-4557. Find them on Facebook.
All month- Amy B’s Hair Salon, 8 W. Market St., Lewistown. There will be a drawing for a gift certificate to the salon. 717-437-7375. Find on Facebook.
All month-Mifflin County Wireless and One-Stop Communications of PA Inc. will be giving one lucky person six months of high-speed internet from Mifflin County Wireless. Simply like their Facebook Goose Day post and share a goose related photo or comment on the post for a chance to win. Ends Sept. 30, 2021. No purchase necessary. Open to new and existing customers. The winner will receive six months of the Wireless 30 plan ($40/month). Winner may upgrade rate plan and pay the difference in price. Visit or call One-Stop Communications at 717-248-4996 or 126 Electric Ave., Lewistown; or Mifflin County Wireless at 717-276-7756 or 6395 Route 103 North, Lewistown, for more information. Find both on Facebook.
Sept. 1-29- This September, AAA Central Penn wants to help its members travel…locally. During September, AAA members will have to opportunity to pick up “passports” to local businesses at the 33 N. Brownt St., Lewistown branch as part of the “Passport to the Juniata River Valley.” Members are encouraged to then make purchases at participating businesses (listed below) to earn a stamp in their passport. As they acquire more stamps, they will qualify for different prizes which will be awarded throughout the week of Sept. 29. To sign up, contact Jordan Everetts at 717-248-2221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-The Crooked Shelf Bookshop
-East End Coffee Co.
-Downtown OIP and Grill
-Shy Bear Brewing
-The Logan House
-JP Edwards Grill and Bar
Sept. 20-25- Jennifer Rutherford Events is sponsoring a Goose Day coloring page contest for kids. Stop by her 821 Electric Ave., Suite D, Lewistown office to pick up a coloring page between Sept. 20-25 or find it on her Facebook page to be entered. Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mon-Thurs; and 5-7 p.m., Thursday. Coloring pages can be emailed if requested. The winner will be drawn and announced on Sept. 27th and will receive two free tickets for Miller Cinema 6. For information, call 814-650-4528.
Sept. 20-26-The Sentinel will run a Goose Day Online Trivia Contest at www.lewistownsentinel.com. The winner will be announced on Goose Day. Prizes awarded by the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau.
Sept. 24-29- The Mifflin County Library’s Lewistown branch and Kish branch in Belleville will be holding a Hide & Seek of the Geese contest for children. Images of the Wild Geese will be hidden throughout the garden at both locations. Children will submit into a drawing with how many geese they found. (A different number will be displayed at each library.) Winners who are drawn randomly from correct answers will receive a book bundle. 717-242-2391, www.mifflincountylibrary.org or Facebook.
Sept. 25- How about and Easter egg hunt in the fall? Students from Mifflin County High School Technology Student Association, led Rebecca Conner Miller, made 100 wooden coins featuring the Goose Day logo. Placed inside purple eggs, the coins will be hidden in both Mifflin and Juniata Counties. Ten special ‘golden eggs’ will also be hidden. Finders of the golden eggs will get a coin and a voucher for a glass with the Goose Day logo and a package of gold foil wrapped chocolate coins from Asher’s Chocolates. Winners must take their voucher to Asher’s at 19 E. Susquehanna Ave., Lewistown to pick up their prize.
ROAST GOOSE DINNERS
Tradition states that if you eat goose on September 29, you’ll never want for money all the year round. Who wouldn’t want that? So we’ve called every restaurant in Mifflin and Juniata Counties to see who’s serving the lucky bird on Sept. 29 and we not only found goose but several other delicious things, as well! FYI—You might be surprised by how popular goose dinners are on Sept. 29. We strongly suggest that you call ahead if you plan to dine later in the day.
Sept. 21-29- County Line Restaurant, 14206 Route 35, Richfield. Roast goose dinners available for lunch and dinner. Dine in. Open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday. Usually serve goose until the first or second week in October if supplies last. 717-694-3535. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 26 and 29- Honey Creek Inn the Country, 4698 U.S. Highway 322, Reedsville. Goose dinners. Hot and cold sandwiches and children’s portions. Serving from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 717-667-2314. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 29- Sal-Lee’s Dream, 8585 U.S. Highway 522, Lewistown. Meals available for lunch and dinner. Dine in or take out. While supplies last. Plenty of pumpkin and mincemeat pies, too. 717-248-2248. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 29- Sticky Bun Café, 310 S. Main St., Yeagertown. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Full course dinner with filling, mashed potatoes, gravy, dinner roll, vegetable, and dessert. Hot or cold sandwiches, too. While supplies last. 717-248-1103.
Sept. 29- Juniata Junction Restaurant, 5813 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown. Goose dinner or hot sandwich. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. While supplies last. 717-436-6401.
Sept. 29- County Line Inn Bar & Grill, 48 U.S. Highway 22, Mount Union. Goose dinners. Open at 11 a.m. While supplies last. Reservations highly recommended. 814-514-5752. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 29- Kountry Kitchen, 6052 U.S. Highway 522, McVeytown. Hot or cold goose sandwich or goose platter. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 717-899-6771.
Sept. 29- Reedsville Fire Co., 7740 Route 655 S., Reedsville. Goose dinners. Open at 11 a.m. until sold out. Eat-in or take-out. Pre-orders are welcome. 717-667-6110.
Sept. 29- JP Edwards Grill and Bar, 203 S. Logan Blvd., Lewistown. Goose dinners. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. While supplies last. 717-248-1150, www.jpedwardsgrillandbar.com or Facebook.
Sept. 29- Michele’s, 101 S. Main St., Reedsville. Full course goose dinner and hot or cold goose sandwiches. Also, a full course turkey dinner available. Opens at 11 a.m. While supplies last. 717-667-9496.
Sept. 29- Yetter’s Restaurant, 6289 US 522, McVeytown. Open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Full course dinner. 717-899-6760. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 29- The Trolley Pub, 15 E. Market St., Lewistown. Open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Goose dinners. 717-248-9085. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 29-The Bread of Life Restaurant, 30644 Route 35 North, McAlisterville. Goose dinners. Open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. While supplies last. 717-463-2838. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 29- Cora’s Creekside Tavern, 206 W. Freedom Ave., Burnham. Open face goose sandwich or goose breast dinner. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 717-242-0100. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 29- Red’s Diner, 878 U.S. Highway 522, Lewistown. Goose dinners with famous baked corn. While supplies last. 717-248-2248. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 29-The Auxiliary of Decatur Fire Co., 4277 U.S. Highway 522 North, Lewistown. Preorders and take out ONLY. Full course goose or chicken dinner. Open 1-5 p.m. Goose meal is $16, chicken, $14. To order, call 717-543-0921 by Sept. 22.
Reserve your lucky goose because many places sell out!
Check out The Sentinel’s dining page on Sept. 22 for goose dinners.
GOOSE TREATS & MORE
GOOSE SOUP, STEW & PIZZA
Sept. 22-26, and 29- Seven Mountains Wine Bar & Stonefly Café will be serving goose stew while supplies last. Located at 6 N. Main St., Reedsville. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Wed-Fri; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday. 717-667-7089, stoneflycafe.com or Facebook.
Sept. 29- The Square Café and Bakery will be serving goose soup. Find them at 10 W. Market St., Lewistown. 717-363-4149 or Facebook.
Sept. 29- Burnham OIP is your official goose pizza location. Be sure to view the Chief Logan Mingoes goose while you are at the 105 S. Logan Blvd., Burnham restaurant. 717-242-0143, www.oipburnham.com or Facebook.
All month- Twin Kiss, 112 S. Walnut St., Lewistown, will be offering Lucky Charms Icebergs all month. Get your luck with them if you don’t eat goose or double your luck even if you do eat goose. 717-248-7559. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 1-22- Order your apple dumplings at The Square Café and Bakery, 10 W. Market St., Lewistown. 717-363-4149. Pick up is Sept. 24 or 29th.
Sept. 1-22- Order your goose-shaped cookies by the dozen at The Square Café and Bakery, 10 W. Market St., Lewistown. 717-363-4149. Pick up Sept. 24-29th.
Sept. 24-29-Vince’s Pizza and Family Restaurant is selling goose shaped sugar cookies at the 311 S. Logan Boulevard, Burnham restaurant. 717-248-1119 or Facebook.
Sept. 24-29- Fill up on fall treats like pumpkin whoopie pies and apple dumplings at Wilson’s Meats and Groceries, 4 S. Delaware Ave., Lewistown. 717-248-4793 or Facebook.
Sept. 24-Debut of the Reedsville Creamery’s Goose Day sundae on their social media ONLY! Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Sept. 24-29- Find homemade Goose Day themed cookies made by Mady’s Cookie Creations at the Reedsville Creamery’s Self-Serve Stand at 131 S. Plaza Drive, Lewistown. 717-953-9054. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 25-Mady’s Cookie Creations is baking homemade Goose Day themed cookies for the Reedsville Apple Festival. 717-953-9054. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 25- Make your Goose Day even more festival with a goose themed cake designed by the Lewistown Cake Lady- Magdalena Blessings. Place your order now for cake pick up on the 29th. Follow her on Facebook for ordering instructions. 717-250-0325
Sept. 27-29- The Corner Lunchbox will be making homemade pumpkin whoopie pies, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and apple pie for the holiday. Grab some at 2 E. Market St., Lewistown. 717-363-4470. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 29- Not a fan of roast goose? Head over to Spruce Hill Lunch for chicken and waffles. Find them at 21769 Route 75 South, Port Royal. Serving from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 717-527-4146 or Facebook.
POUR TOUR of the JUNIATA RIVER VALLEY
All month- Brookmere Winery & Vineyard Inn will have their popular “Tears of the Goose” blush table wine available all month. Located at 5369 Route 655, Belleville, the winery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m., Sunday. 717-935-5380, www.brookmerewine.com or Facebook.
Sept. 23-26- Can you HONK like a goose? Great! Head to the Juniata Valley Winery/Wilson House Bed and Breakfast this weekend and if you HONK for them, you get a FREE blackberry slushie. Located at 19175 Route 35 South, Mifflin. 717-436-5400, www.juniatavalleywinery.com or Facebook.
Sept. 24-26- It’s Goose Day week at Burnt Timbers Winery. Free tastings, plus every patron that mentions Goose Day or wears Goose Day attire, will be entered to win a Burnt Timbers gift basket. Visit the winery at 45 Fisher Bee Lane, Granville. 717-247-8251, www.burnttimbers.com or Facebook.
Sept. 24-29- Hungry Run Wine Cellars is offering blackberry slushies for purchase as well as stemless wine glasses featuring the Goose Day logo made by students from MCHS Technology Student Association. Proceeds from the glass sale will benefit the students. Hungry Run is also pairing their Blackberry Wine with a glass for a special Goose Day package. Stop by the winery at 10042 U.S. Highway 522 South, Lewistown. 717-242-0444, www.hungryrunwinecellars.com or Facebook.
Sept. 24– Shy Bear Brewing is introducing a new flavor just in time for Goose Day. Goose Springsteen, a blackberry stout, is available now while supplies last. The brewery is located at 35 Meadowbrook Lane, Lewistown. 717-242-2663, www.shybearbrewing.com or Facebook.
Goose Day is the American version of Michaelmas, a Christian festival observed on September 29. It honors Archangel Michael for defeating Satan in the war in heaven. It is said that when St. Michael threw the devil from heaven, he fell from the skies and landed in a prickly blackberry bush. Satan cursed the fruit, scorched them with his fiery breath, stamped and spat on them, so that they would be unfit for eating. Folklore suggests that Michaelmas Day is the last day to eat blackberries.
All month- Homestead Cultures will feature blackberry and sage kombucha at the following locations- Schlegel’s Grocery & Hardware, 24015 Route 333, Thompsontown; Nature’s Pantry, 2331 Commercial Blvd., State College; The Square Café & Bakery, 10 W. Market St., Lewistown; and East End Coffee Co., 18 E. Market St., Lewistown.
All month- Venturous Coffee Roasters will be offering fall-flavored drinks all month at the 5695 U.S. Highway 522 S., McVeytown location. 717-247-4002 or Facebook.
All month- Made with brown sugar and honey, East End Coffee Co.’s Golden Goose lattes will be served at 18 E. Market St., Lewistown.
Sept. 9-29- Hidden Stories Brewing Co. is creating a blackberry gose just in time for the holiday. The 4.7% fruited sour beer can be found at the brewery for pick up at 1491 Zeiders Road, Millerstown (must call ahead), the Mifflintown Farmer’s Market on Sept. 11 and the Selinsgrove Farmer’s Market on Saturdays at the corner of Market and Pine Streets. 646-552-4847 or Facebook.
Sept. 22-26, and 29– Celebrate Goose Day with a Blackberry Merlot Sangria at Seven Mountains Wine Bar & Stonefly Café, 6 N. Main St., Reedsville. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Wed-Fri; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday. 717-667-7089, stoneflycafe.com or Facebook.
Sept. 23-25- Hungry Run Distillery is offering their Blackberry Vodka at a special price just in time for your Goose Day celebration. Make sure to try their Blackberry Bourbon cocktail at the new tasting room all weekend long at 10 Ridens Road, Lewistown. 717-543-5111, www.hungryrundistillery.com or Facebook.
Sept. 24-25- The Bus – Your Local Home Town Brewery will have special draft pricing on all 12 craft beer lines at their 101 S. Logan Blvd., Burnham brewery. 717-437-7426. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 24-29- Enjoy a Grey Goose vodka cocktail at Mad Ezra’s Pub, 304 Railroad Ave., Mifflin. 717-436-6797 or Facebook.
Sept. 24-29- Taste of the Valley has created two specialty drinks for Goose Day. The first is a Lucky Goose Latte made with blackberry and hazelnut. The second is the Feather Light Latte made with brown sugar and cinnamon. Try one or both at the 4417 E. Main St., Suite 5, Belleville, café. 717-935-0050. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Sept. 24-29- Royal Beverage will be offering daily drink specials at the 5530 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown location. Follow their Facebook page for daily updates. 717-436-0042
Sept. 24-?- East End Coffee Co. is offering a special 2021 Goose Day Blend at 18 E. Market St., Lewistown, until it sells out. So get there fast!
Sept. 29- JP Edwards Grill and Bar will be serving Goose Island IPA and a Goose Day cocktail at the 203 S. Logan Blvd., Lewistown, restaurant. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 717-248-1150, www.jpedwardsgrillandbar.com or Facebook.
Sept. 29- Get your “Goose and Juice” cocktail at Cora’s Creekside Tavern, 206 W. Freedom Ave., Burnham. Pick any flavor juice to mix with Grey Goose vodka. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 717-242-0100. Find them on Facebook.
Sept. 29- Guante Café is preparing two specialty drinks for Goose Day. A Goose Spice Latte and a Goose Frappe will be available for purchase at the 2218 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown café. Find them on Facebook.
13 Oaks Cabin, Red Oak Lane, Honey Grove, 17035. 973-641-2518. Find on Facebook.
Bell Mountain Estates, 25 Sweitzer Lane, Lewistown, 17044. 717-348-5526. bellmountainestates.com
Best Western Nittany Inn Milroy, 5 Commerce Drive, Milroy 17063. 717-667-9595. email@example.com.
Brookmere Vineyard Inn, 5369 State Rt 655, Belleville 17009. 717-935-5380. www.brookmerewine.com.
Budget Inn, 4268 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown, 17059. 717-436-2127. www.wyndhamhotels.com
Burnt Timbers Cottage available the nights of Sept. 25, 27-29, 45 Fisher Bee Lane, Granville 17029. 717-298-0776. www.burnttimbers.com
Coffee Run Cottage, 940 Coffee Run Road, Reedsville 17084. (717) 994-2785 or coffeeruncottage.com.
Copeland Spring Lodge, Belleville, 17009. www.copelandspring.com
The Cottage at Honey Creek, 536 Honey Creek Road, Reedsville, 17084. 717-994-3908. Find on AirBnB.
Dayze Gone Bye Guest House, 41 Water St., Allensville 17002. 814-553-5149. www.dayzegoneby.com. Reserve on Airbnb.com
Econo Lodge- 29 Stop Plaza Drive, Mifflintown 17059. 717-436-5981. www.choicehotels.com
The Elder House – 27 Juniata View Drive, Mifflintown 17059. 717-436-2398. Reserve at www.stayattheelderhouse.com .
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Reedsville-State College, Happy Valley Drive, Reedsville 17084. 717-946-0777. www.holidayinnexpress.com
Hill Store Guest Cottage, Greenwood House is available. 3849 W. Main St, Belleville 17009. 717-935-2390. www.hillstoreguestcottage.com/greewood-house/
Juniata Valley Winery & Wilson House B&B, 19175 Route 35, Mifflin, 17058. 717-436-5400. www.juniatavalleywinery.com
Lily Manor, 19161 Route 35, Mifflin, 17058. 717-320-2560. www.lilymanor.com
Milepost 142, 21132 Route 333, Thompsontown, 17094. 717-215-9855. www.Milepost142.com
Peaceful Waters B&B, 25 Peaceful Waters Lane, Reedsville 17084. 717-667-6044.
Quality Inn & Suites, 13015 Ferguson Valley Rd, Burnham 17009. 717-248-4961. www.choicehotels.com
Super 8 by Wyndham Burnham/Lewistown, 12886 Ferguson Valley Rd, Burnham 17009. 717-437-9224. www.wyndhamhotels.com
Weiler Mansion B&B, 2588 Front Mountain Road, Belleville, 17009. 717-513-3973. www.weilermansionbnb.com