Aunt Eunice here. I must apologize for abandoning my post as far as the blog goes. August and September raced along in a blur and now here we are approaching the end of October. As they say tempus fugit, which Wikipedia describes as such, Tempus fugit is a Latin phrase, usually translated into English as “time flies“. The expression comes from line 284 of book 3 of Virgil’s Georgics, where it appears as fugit inreparabile tempus: “it escapes, irretrievable time”. The phrase is used in both its Latin and English forms as a proverb that “time’s a-wasting”. Well, time may have flown this fall for Quiet Valley, but we certainly didn’t waste it. With two Saturday tour days and five weekends of events there were plenty of chances for people to come visit the farm. While here they could enjoy the beauty of autumn in the Poconos and this year there was plenty of lovely foliage to view. Opportunities to learn abounded as many heritage craft and seasonal farm skills were demonstrated. Spooky Days on the Farm took place this past weekend and many “detectives” visited the farm to help us solve a “Murder Mystery”. I hope you had time to see some of our mini-events as they flew by. I think that perhaps time is actually stationary and humans are the ones rushing headlong into the future. Whatever the case may be we need to look forward so we don’t trip in our haste to get wherever it is we are going!
With Halloween taking place this weekend it brings back memories of the Mischief Nights of my youth with pranks like soaping car windows, throwing field corn kernels at house windows and toilet papering trees. Nothing that was truly harmful. College students have been pulling tricks at Halloween for longer than I’ve been around, even back in Victorian times. I thought I’d share this 1887 New York Times article as it concerns naughty college students at a college in nearby Easton, PA. It is actually my brother’s alma mater though I am sure he never pulled such pranks! Right, David? I don’t think the young sophomores in this story got any sleep on this mischief night!!
To be honest my favorite part of Halloween is the treats not the tricks. When I went out as a child with all the kids in my neighborhood we always planned our route so that midway we would be knocking on the door of the Peterson house. They had a small farm which was now surrounded by suburbia, complete with a few dairy cows and apple trees. Mrs. Peterson would offer you a cup of their own cider and her homemade, still warm, sugar donuts! Now that is a treat!! Full size candy bars were the norm from the other neighbors though there were occasionally apples as well. At the end of the evening my friends and I would dump our bags out on the living room floor and start the trading process. M&Ms, Rolos and Milky Ways were always my favorites. I also always had fun making costumes from scratch for myself and later for my family. That’s been a popular pastime for many generations.
The next big happening at Quiet Valley will be our annual Old Time Christmas event. Not surprisingly there will be social distancing measures in place. Tickets will go on sale soon so keep an eye on our website.
That’s all for now. Thanks for checking in and take care. Aunt Eunice