2018 Summer Highlights – Highlights added throughout Spring – Check back regularly
Highlights run approximately 10:00am – 3:30pm unless otherwise noted.
They are included in tour admission except as noted below.
Schedule and prices subject to change
Quilting – Wednesdays – June 20 through August 29
Bake Oven – Saturdays – June 16 – September 1

JUNE 2018
Saturday 6/16 Summer Garden Party (10:00 – 4:00)
A day of garden tours, herb lore, theme area, food tastings, children & adult crafts.
Summer Garden Party is sponsored in part by a PA Partners in the Arts Project Stream grant.

Sat. & Sun. 6/23, 6/24Civil War Encampment – The 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Co. G encampment is a living history presentation.  They portray as accurately as possible the drill and everyday life of soldiers in the Civil War.  By doing this they honor those who fought and give us a glimpse into our local history and heritage. The militia encampment is from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM on Saturday and 1PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday.

Sunday 6/24Fiber Arts Day – Sewing
Today Fiber Art refers to fine art whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber and other components, such as fabric or yarn. It focuses on the materials and on the manual labor on the part of the artist as part of the works’ significance, and prioritizes aesthetic value over utility. In the past it referred to the product of women’s labor in creating useful and necessary items for the household. Quilting, felting, weaving, bobbin lace, rug hooking along with sewing were all types of fiber arts. Sewing will be the main focus of this highlight.

Saturday 6/30Children’s Day – Bonnie & Linda Scott
A day of old fashion fun, games, crafts and activities

JULY 2018

Friday 7/6Honey Bees – Cliff Sunflower
The obvious benefit to beekeeping is the honey, a readily available sweetener in a time when white sugar was imported and expensive.  Don’t forget though the essential role that bees play in the pollination of fruits and vegetables.  An additional benefit is the beeswax which is important in the making of sweet-smelling candles and other decorative items. Cliff Sunflower has a unique demonstration on bee keeping, honey and the life cycle of the honeybee.  Both adults and children will enjoy his interactive presentations.

Tuesday 7/10Wheat Weaving – Karen Wood
Wheat weaving as a craft is centuries old and was practiced in grain growing countries worldwide. It was a part of rituals used to ensure a fruitful harvest.  Early American settlers used wheat weaving as it is used today, for decorative purposes.

Thursday 7/12Pottery Highlight – Joan Glusiec
This craft has been practiced for thousands of years and was a way to provide families with basic plates, cups and other types of vessels. Today the same articles are made as well as many other functional and artistic items. Sgrafitto tile pottery will also be shown.

Saturday 7/14Music in the Valley (10:00 – 5:00)
Enjoy traditional music played at various venues around the farm, jam session at 3:30
Music in the Valley is sponsored in part by a PA Partners in the Arts Project Stream grant.

Tuesday 7/17Flax Day
Flax (Linum usitatissimum), also known as common flax, is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. It is a food and fiber crop cultivated in cooler regions of the world. The textiles made from flax are known in the Western countries as linen, and traditionally used for bed sheets, underclothes, and table linen. In addition to referring to the plant itself, the word “flax” may refer to the unspun fibers of the flax plant. Flax fibers are taken from the stem of the plant, and are two to three times as strong as those of cotton. Additionally, flax fibers are naturally smooth and straight. Europe and North America depended on flax for vegetable-based cloth until the nineteenth century, when cotton overtook flax as the most common plant used for making rag-based paper. Come watch as flax is spun into linen thread and learn more about this amazing fiber.

Thursday 7/19Blacksmithing – Kat Muller
One of the greatest turning points in human history came when man acquired the knowledge of metalworking. The strength of metals, coupled with their ability to assume virtually any form, allowed people to create new technologies that had not been imagined in the Stone Age. When iron replaced bronze, the hardness of the new metal began yet another technological revolution. Iron soon proved superior for tools. The blacksmith was an indispensable part of this revolution. From its place of origin in the Mediterranean, blacksmithing spread throughout the Old World and eventually into the new one. Both practical and decorative items can be made by a blacksmith.

Friday 7/20Reed Basketry – Geralyn Durham
Early settlers found baskets were useful for carrying and storing various items. Many types of plant fibers have been used over the years to construct them such as willow, rye straw and oak splits. In the latter half of the 19th century, as products from the Orient became more readily available, reed came into ready use as a material for basket making. Geralyn will share with you the process of basic reed basket construction and answer questions on her craft.

Thursday 8/2Rye Straw Crafts – Forsmans, Barbara Keiser, Mary Franko
Rye straw is a practical material for storage baskets because it discourages rodents and other pests. In the hands of a craftsman, it also makes beautiful baskets as well as hats. A bee skep is another item that for many years was commonly made out of straw.

Tuesday 8/7Spinning & Weaving Day
For centuries spinning and weaving was a necessary activity for every family member. Preparation of the fiber, the spinning of thread or yarn and weaving of cloth were essential skills for the housewife. In early America much of a woman’s time was spent on this labor-intensive task. We will be demonstrating the spinning and weaving of wool and other fibers. Come enjoy this special highlight day and the various demonstrations.

Thursday 8/9One Room School – Bonnie Scott
The schoolmarm will be holding class in the One-Room School.  Join us and learn how your grandparents or great-grandparents learned their three Rs (reading, writing & arithmetic) with all of those students of different ages and grades in one room.

Saturday 8/11Heritage Craft Day (10:00 – 4:00)
A variety of heritage craftspeople demonstrate their specialties. Black Smithing, Hay Fork Making, Weaving, Wheat Weaving, Bobbin Lace and Basket Making are just some of the crafts to be presented. This event offers hands-on opportunities for adults and a special children’s Make or Take area. Members of the Pocono Chapter of the PA Gourd Society and the Pocono Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America will be attending. Crafts subject to change. Heritage Craft Day is sponsored in part by a PA Partners in the Arts Project Stream grant.

Tuesday 8/14Dyeing – Becky Costanzo
The average Early American settler used wool from sheep and linen made from flax for their clothing. When processed both fibers are an off white to tan color unless you had black sheep which were less common. Since color in clothing was usually desirable the farm wife would have to use natural plant materials to dye the skeins of yarn or fabric. Come discover how cloth was given its vibrant colors in the era before chemicals.

Thursday 8/16 – Cheese Making – Brenda Massie & Carol Carpenetti
Farmer’s Cheese is a dairy product, an unripened cheese made by adding rennet and bacterial starter to coagulate and acidify milk. Farmer cheese may be made from the milk of cows, sheep or goats, with each giving its own texture and flavor. During coagulation the mixture separates into curds (solid) and whey (liquid), then the whey is drained off. Further pressing out of the moisture yields the malleable solid results of pot cheese, while even more pressing makes farmer cheese, which is solid, dry and crumbly. Adding herbs, garlic or other ingredients creates a soft, flavored spread. Enjoy samples as Brenda and Carol take you through the simple process of making farmer’s cheese.

Tuesday 8/21Sauerkraut Making – Gary Oiler
Sauerkraut was an important staple in the early Pennsylvania German diet and a source of vital nutrients. See a special demonstration on the sauerkraut making process.

Thursday 8/23Wheat Weaving – Karen Wood
Wheat weaving as a craft is centuries old and was practiced in grain growing countries worldwide. It was a part of rituals used to ensure a fruitful harvest.  Early American settlers used wheat weaving as it is used today, for decorative purposes.

Saturday/Sunday 8/25 & 8/26Pocono State Craft Festival – $6pp, Under 12 free
Sponsored by Pocono Arts Council, Pocono Chapter of PA Guild of Craftsmen and Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. 10am – 5pm both days. Fine Art & Crafts for sale; Historic buildings open – no regular tours, other activities

September 2018
Saturday 9/8Farm to Table Experience – Adults $20, Ages 3-10 $10
Groups go out every 20 minutes from 4pm – 6:00pm to four different locations on the farm where they learn about that area’s featured food, then sample a tasty dish made with a locally sourced product.

Saturday 9/8 – Farm to Table Covered Bridge Dinner  – See details on summer events page

Chair Caning