Scotties invited to Hopewell Furnace for Fala Day

Mark your calendars, Scottish Terrier lovers. April 17th is Fala Day in Berks County in southeastern Pennsylvania:

In honor of Fala’s birthday, join the National Park Service for a day of “doggie” fun at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site on Saturday, April 17th. Special activities which begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. remember Fala, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s favorite dog, who traveled with the President nearly everywhere he went. The activities will focus on getting out with your pooch and enjoying the outdoors. Pets must be leashed and visitors are expected to clean up after them.

“We are encouraging visitors to come with their dogs and take a walk, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy their national park,” said Superintendent Shean-Hammond. “April is a beautiful time to explore the miles of trails at Hopewell, French Creek and their surrounding Hopewell Big Woods,” she added.

Plans for the day include presentations featuring the story of FDR’s Fala (who was born in April, 1940) held at 11 am, 12:30 pm 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Fun filled dog competitions (with ribbons awarded) will also be featured at these times in the historic village.

According to one of the event’s organizers, “this is an extremely popular event with 380+ dogs attending last year. However, we have gotten very few Scotties and one year we had no Scotties at Fala’s party. If you could spread the word through your network, we’d be very grateful.”

Get out there, Pennsylvania Scotties and anyone else in the vicinity or willing to take a road trip. For more information stop by the park’s visitor center, call 610-582-8773, visit the park’s web site at, or send an e-mail to hofu_superintendent@nps.gov.

The Scottie News wants to see photographic proof that Scottish Terriers attended this year’s event.

P.S.  And while we’re on the subject of Fala events, there’s also the Fala Gala on May 22 at Wilderstein Historic Site in Rhinebeck, New York—upstate in the Hudson Valley.