Aunt Eunice here. I hope you are all doing well and are getting ready for summer. To some people that means getting the blades on the lawn mower sharpened or hosing off the lawn furniture or getting more propane tanks for the grill. For Quiet Valley it means gearing up for our summer tour season. On the third Saturday in June we open our gates to the public for tours of the historic farm. It’s a chance to “spend some time in the 19th century”. Since we will be portraying “family” members living in the 1800s on our small family farm we will ask you to use your imagination and pretend, too. No cars, no computers or cell phones. Just traditional chores and heritage crafts being done, animals being cared for and the growing of crops taking place. Quiet Valley is a small working farm as well as a living history museum. On the tour you will learn about life for the farm family on a fairly typical homestead ranging from the 1820s to the 1890s. A lot changed from the beginning of that century to Victorian times. The railroad came through, we went through the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution began.
We also hold events at Quiet Valley both small and large. Along with school programs, camps and workshops we have many opportunities for entertaining and engaging educational experiences. In other words having fun while learning something interesting. Events give us the opportunity to teach about the past while connecting it with a new way of doing something, making the past relevant for today.
At our opening day of summer tours, this year Saturday June 19th, we will also be holding our 13th annual Summer Garden Party. This event is covered by your farm tour admission and you will be able to enjoy a variety of garden-related activities. You may just learn something new you can use at home. If nothing else there will be tasty treats to try made with recipes we will share using fresh herbs and vegetables. We will be showing how to make lawn art pieces, teaching about various greens grown in the garden, offering tours of the kitchen garden and herb bread baked in the outdoor bake oven can be sampled. We hold tours and events rain or shine, but I am hoping for shine as that means we can have horse drawn wagon rides, too.
A special learning opportunity that is also fun is our bake oven workshop on Saturday July 24th from 8:30am to 1:30pm. You will learn about the use of the oven, how to make bread from scratch, make a lunch in the bake oven that you will get to enjoy and go home with your own loaf of fresh baked bread. I would be very surprised if any of the bread makes it home though.
Besides the Summer Garden Party we also have Music in the Valley on July 17th where traditional music will be played around the farm. August brings three events, on August 7th we have the 103.1FM Bigfoot Birthday Bash for all you country music lovers, Heritage Craft Day on August 14th featuring a variety of traditional craft demonstrations and then on August 28 & 29 the wonderful Pocono State Craft Festival with lots of chances for shopping for the beautiful art and handcrafts on display. Summer time is certainly busy time at Quiet Valley. We find time to relax at the end of the day though as we enjoy the cooler evening air, a glass of lemonade and rocking in our rocking chairs while we ruminate on the busy day we just had.
Save some time for Quiet Valley this summer. You won’t be disappointed and we would appreciate your support of our special non-profit farm museum. Well, that’s all for now. Take care and hope to see you soon. Aunt Eunice