SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS

Summer Highlights –
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Highlights run approximately 10:00am – 3:30pm unless otherwise noted.
They are included in tour admission except as listed below.
Schedule and prices subject to change

WEEKLY IN SUMMER
Quilting Highlights – Every Wednesday
Bake Oven Days – Every Saturday

JUNE 2021
Saturday 6/19 – Summer Garden Party  (10:00 – 4:00)
A day to explore garden lore, learn about herbs and vegetables and their uses and try some tasty new recipes. Enjoy garden inspired art and craft projects for both children and adults. At the bake oven try some fresh baked herb breads make in the outdoor brick oven.

Tuesday 6/22Fiber Day – Linda Verwey
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.

Saturday & Sunday 6/25 & 6/26Civil 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.

Saturday 6/26Children’s Day – Bonnie & Linda Scott
Bring the family out for a day of old fashioned fun. Play games, try out old time toys and crafts and don’t forget to do your “chores”. Children’s Day is farm fun at its best.

Tuesday 6/29Traditional Rush Seat Weaving – Ceal Yost
Natural rush used for seat weaving comes in pre-twisted and authentic forms. Pre-twisted is manufactured and despite being pre-twisted, has a tendency to shred and generally requires more vigilance when used. Authentic rush weaving techniques date back thousands of years (to ancient Egypt). Bundles of grass are twisted into cord as you work rather than pre-twisted. Bullrush or cattail rush are the most common varieties. Authentic natural rush is harvested in the fall and the process is so laborious that it is hard to purchase anymore.

JULY 2021
Saturday 7/3 Fourth of July Celebration – Quiet Valley Staff
A reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place along with old fashioned children’s games and one room school presentation.

TBAPottery – 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 7/8Rope Making
Learn how rope was made in the 1800s. A simple seeming, but important item on any farm and traditionally made from hemp, rope was used for many different tasks. At one time in the United States a farmer was expected to have a certain amount of his crop in hemp as it was needed to make rope for all the naval ships in our country’s fleet. Help with this task while you are here for the tour.

Saturday 7/105k Rooster Run/Walk9amRegister here
Tour the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm property over hill and dale past the farm ponds, pastures, apple orchards, historical buildings and over a covered bridge. Course has varying surfaces including grass, dirt, gravel and paved roads.

Tuesday 7/13 – 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 7/15Cheese Making – 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 Carol takes you through the process of making farmer’s cheese.

Saturday 7/17 – 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

TBARye 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.

TBASplit 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.

TBAPaper Crafts – Karen Wood
Come enjoy the old time paper craft of Moravian Stars, a beautiful and delicate decoration made using paper.

Tuesday 7/27Sauerkraut Making Day
Sauerkraut was an important staple in the early Pennsylvania German diet and a source of vital nutrients. See a special demonstration on sauerkraut preparation.

Thursday 7/29 – Traditional 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 2021
Saturday 8/7 – Bigfoot Country 103.1FM Birthday Bash

TBAPottery – 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.

TBA 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.

Thursday 8/12 – One 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.

Saturday 8/14 – Heritage 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.

TBAWheat 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.

Friday 8/20Spinning & 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 processing of flax and wool and the spinning of both.

Saturday & Sunday 8/28 & 8/29 Pocono State Craft Festival $6 pp (10:00 – 5:00 both days)


 

Basket Making

Spinning Flax