Evening of good wine and good times will help stop erosion on Mount Nittany

The Mike Lynch overlook is the most popular spot on Mount Nittany, because of the beautiful views it provides of Happy Valley.

Erich May (left) and Jeff Deitrich enjoy themselves during Mount Nittany Night 2010. The two men served as co-chairmen of the event.

But sadly, heavy rain is causing the overlook to suffer from soil erosion.

“This year it seemed like it was getting particularly nasty because of all the rain we had. Foot traffic and crummy weather builds on the normal erosion,” Mount Nittany Conservancy Treasurer/CCCF donor and former board member Blake Gall told The Daily Collegian.

Clearly, Mount Nittany is in need of support. Luckily, Mount Nittany Conservancy is sponsoring an upcoming event that will give people a fun way to help combat this problem.

The Second Annual Mount Nittany Night will feature delicious Mount Nittany Winery wines, appetizers, good company and the presentation of the second Friend of the Mountain Award.

Willy Kogelmann, 2010 Friend of the Mountain Awardee (left) shakes hands with then-president of Mount Nittany Conservancy, Vince Verbeke.

Last year, Wilhelm (Willy) Kogelmann was the Mount Nittany Conservancy’s unanimous first choice to receive the inaugural Friend of the Mountain Award for Outstanding Contributions to Mount Nittany. Willy was there when the Mount Nittany Conservancy was first formed, and his lands on Mount Nittany were one of the first acquired by the fledgling group in 1985.

Mount Nittany Night will take place on Friday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery, located at 300 Houser Road in Centre Hall. Tickets are $30 apiece, and all proceeds will benefit the Mountain. Please RSVP as soon as possible! The registration form can be found here and questions can be directed at Erich May at  ErichMay@yahoo.com.

-Erin

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