SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS

2019 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 19 through August 28
Bake Oven – Saturdays – June 15 – August 31

JUNE 2019
Saturday 6/15 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.

Saturday 6/22Children’s Day – Bonnie & Linda Scott
A day of old fashion fun with plenty of games, crafts and activities

Saturday 6/22 – Sunday 6/23Civil War Encampment
The 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Co. G, Re-enactor encampment is a living history presentation.  They portray as accurately as possible the drill and everyday life of soldiers in the 1800’s.  By doing this they honor those who fought and give us a glimpse into our local history and heritage. The militia encampment is from 10:30 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and 1PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday.

Tuesday 6/25Corn Husk Dolls – Jeana Trezza
Over 200 years ago, early settlers made dolls for their children out of natural materials they had on hand.  Dolls were made from things like muslin scraps, nuts, corn husks, corncobs, sawdust and apples. Come watch simple corn husks turned into pretty little dolls as this early American craft is demonstrated for you.

Thursday June 27Cheese 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 process of making a simple, but tasty farmer’s cheese.

JULY 2019
Tuesday 7/2Traditional Dyeing – 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. 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 7/4Fourth of July – Quiet Valley Staff
A reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place along with a history bee and a flag etiquette talk.

Tuesday 7/9Pottery – 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 along with many other functional as well as artistic items are made. Sgraffito tile pottery will also be shown.

Thursday 7/11Paper Craft Day – Karen Wood, Deb DiPasquale, Cheryl Statham
Come enjoy a day dedicated to various forms of old time paper crafts, like Quilling, Scherenschnitte, Moravian Stars, Iris Paper Folding, Band Boxes and Perforated Paper. Beautiful and delicate decorations were made using these and other styles of paper crafting.

Tuesday 7/16Flax & Linen Day – Sue Oiler & Friends
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 clothing and making rag-based paper. Come watch as flax is spun into linen thread and learn more about this amazing fiber.

Thursday 7/18Sauerkraut Day – Gary Oiler
Sauerkraut was an important staple in the early Pennsylvania German diet and a source of vital nutrients. Made from cabbage and non-iodized salt this was a simple yet tasty part of a meal for the farm family. Watch this special demonstration on sauerkraut making.

Friday 7/19Honey Bee Highlight – 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 and highly entertaining presentation on bee keeping, honey and the life cycle of the honeybee.  Adults will be amused and amazed, but children especially enjoy his interactive presentations.

Saturday 7/20Music 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.

Thursday 7/25Penn’s Woods – Cheryl Statham
Come learn about an important resource for our forefathers, trees. Discover the kind of trees native to this area and how the different kinds of woods were used. What else did trees give you besides lumber or firewood?

Friday July 26Fiber Day – Linda Verwey & Jeana Trezza
Come to the farm and learn about the multitude of natural fibers such as cotton, silk, etc. that are available for everything from spinning yarn for clothing to the even finer skills involved in creating fiber arts.

AUGUST 2019
Friday 8/9One Room School & Old Fashion Bee Competitions – Bonnie Scott
The schoolmarm will be holding class in the One-Room School.  Join us and learn how your grandparents learned their three Rs (reading, writing & arithmetic) with all of those students of different ages and grades in one room. We will also be holding three different bee competitions, Spelling, Math and History.

Saturday 8/10Heritage 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. Crafts are subject to change.
Heritage Craft Day is sponsored in part by a PA Partners in the Arts Project Stream grant.

Thursday 8/15Spinning & Weaving Day – Sue Oiler & Friends
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 processes of flax and wool and the spinning and weaving of both.

Saturday 8/17Lime Kilns – Gary Oiler
In the 18th century, the Pennsylvania Germans discovered the value of lime as a soil amendment. The lime enriches and buffers the soil, preparing it for the next spring’s plantings. Many farmers had a lime kiln on their farms. These kilns were typically built out of flat local stones and were usually located along a steep hillside. Other uses for lime were in the tanning industry, as a white-wash for painting basements and barn walls and in folk remedies. Watch the rare sight of a lime kiln actually being fired.

Thursday 8/20Wheat 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 8/22Food Preservation – Cheryl Statham
In the time before modern transportation and refrigeration, survival depended upon putting by enough food to last from one harvest to the next and keeping it from spoiling.  Learn how drying, smoking, pickling and canning were used in the past to preserve food stuffs.

Saturday/Sunday 8/24 & 8/25Pocono 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

Tuesday 8/27Sauerkraut Day – Gary Oiler
Sauerkraut was an important staple in the early Pennsylvania German diet and a source of vital nutrients. Made from cabbage and non-iodized salt this was a simple yet tasty part of a meal for the farm family. Watch this special demonstration on sauerkraut making.

Thursday 8/29 – Thursday – Rye Straw Crafts Day
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.

September 2019
Saturday 9/7 – Farm to Table Covered Bridge Dinner
A full dinner will be served to thirty four attendees in Quiet Valley’s covered bridge. What an exciting and tasty way to support the farm. By reservation only. Locally-sourced and Quiet Valley food stuffs will be used in the preparation of the meal. Menu – Seasonal Appetizers; Cream of Brassica Soup (do a little sleuthing to figure it out); Brick Oven Roasted Herb Chicken with Scalloped Potatoes and Roasted Rainbow Carrots; Homemade Fruit Pies for Dessert. Don’t miss out on this very special opportunity. The dinner will take approximately 2 1/2 hours. Tickets are $60.00pp. Tickets are non-refundable. Appropriate for ages 18 and up. Space is more limited this year to allow greater room at the tables, so don’t delay. Call 570-992-6161.

Basket Making

Spinning Flax