SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS

2020 Summer Highlights –
Check back regularly for updates
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

WEEKLY IN SUMMER
Quilting Highlights – Every Wednesday 7/1 – 8/26
Bake Oven Days – Every Saturday 7/4 – 9/5

JUNE 2020
Saturday 6/20Sheep to Shawl Fiber Day – 10am – 3pm
Sheep Shearing, Sheep to Shawl Demo, Meet Fiber Animals, Bake Oven Bread Sale

Saturday & Sunday 6/27 – 6/28Flea Market Days – 9am – 3pm
Flea Market, Timeless Treasures Vintage Items Sale, Heritage Craft Items for Sale in Gift Shop, Bake Oven Bread Sale

JULY 2020
Saturday 7/4 Fourth of July – Quiet Valley Staff
A reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place along with old fashioned children’s games, one room school presentation, bake oven bread sale, other activities.

Saturday & Sunday 7/4 – 7/5Civil 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.

Wednesday 7/8Chair Caning – Ceal Yost
Local chair caner and basket weaver, Ceal Yost, will demonstrate the art of chair caning.

Thursday 7/9 – Flax & 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 7/16Pottery – 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.

Friday 7/17  – Spinning & 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 7/18 Music in the Valley – (10:00 – 5:00)
Enjoy traditional music played by various performers at different venues around the farm; Jam session at 3:30

Tuesday 7/21Rye Straw Crafts Day – H. and A. Forsman, B. Keiser, G. Terrill
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.

Wednesday 7/22Split Oak Baskets – Ceal Yost
Baskets were made in the past from a variety of natural materials such as willow, reed, rye straw, grasses and at this demonstration, split oak. One of the more difficult materials to ready for weaving, but makes strong and beautiful baskets for a wide range of uses.

Thursday 7/23Paper Crafts – Karen Wood
Come enjoy the old time paper craft of Moravian Stars, a beautiful and delicate decoration made using paper.

Friday 7/24Twilight Tour – Ice Cream and Art – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$25 adults, $15 ages 5 -12; Quiet Valley Members $20 adults, $10 ages 5 – 12
Take a lovely evening tour of Quiet Valley, enjoy homemade ice cream and a chance to create some unique artwork inspired by the farm setting. Pick an art  project to try such as a Spatter Painted Pig made from wood or Crumple Pictures (come see to understand!). You will be able to tour some of the historic buildings and homemade ice cream and cookies are a delicious reward for visiting Quiet Valley.
This Twilight Tour is partially funded by a PA Partners in the Arts – Project Stream Grant.

Tuesday 7/28 Fiber 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.

Thursday 7/30Traditional 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 chemical dyes.

AUGUST 2020
Thursday 8/6Pottery – 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.

Friday 8/7 Honey 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 8/8Heritage Craft Day (10:00 – 4:00)
A variety of heritage craftspeople demonstrate their specialties. Heritage crafts such as Pottery, Rope Making, Weaving, Wheat Weaving, Bobbin Lace and Basket Making are just some of the crafts to be presented. Crafts are subject to change.

Tuesday 8/11Wheat 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 8/13One Room School – Bonnie Scott
The schoolmarm will be holding class in the One-Room School.  Participate as “students” and see how your grandparents learned their three Rs (reading, writing & arithmetic) with all grades (1st through 8th) in one room.

Friday 8/14  – Spinning 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 processing of flax and wool and the spinning of both.

Saturday 8/15Children’s Day – Bonnie & Linda Scott
A day of old fashion fun with plenty of games, crafts and farm activities

Thursday 8/27 – Cheese Making – Carol Carpenetti
The making of a soft herb farmer’s cheese will be demonstrated and samples shared.

Pocono State Craft Festival  Postponed to 2021 due to Quarantine Restrictions
We are sorry to announce the craft festival will be postponed in its physical form until August 2021, but you can still support the artisans through virtual shopping. Use this link and check out the beautiful work created by these talented individuals.


September 2020 – TBA

Basket Making

Spinning Flax