Creative Spirits

Hello Folks,
Aunt Eunice here. I pray today finds you doing well and in good health. I have heard many discussions on the news and from telephone conversations with coworkers and family that changes are coming soon as to who can go out into the wide world. I hope the powers that be are making judicious and thoughtful decision about loosening the reins on social contact. Caution should be our watch word. Hopefully this is the sign for which we have been waiting and praying.

I have been so interested during our seclusion in all the efforts of people to stay connected and to entertain themselves and others. Videos being one of the major way to make this happen. Everyone from famous actors and musicians to your next door neighbor have jumped on the band wagon. It’s wonderful to see the creative spirit of the human race with videos of everything from toboggan slides down stairways to songs and crafts and cooking. Bravo! It is good for the soul to have the truly good laugh that some of these videos bring.

Quiet Valley has been sharing videos, too, each Friday. The content varies and we hope you both enjoy them and learn something interesting. We are trying to stay connected to the outside world while the actual farm museum is closed. This Friday’s video should be on weaving which is always a very popular subject. As summer approaches and the gates to the farm are finally open you can come out and see many of the video subjects taking place right before your eyes. On Quiet Valley’s website there is a Calendar of Events section that  lists summer events and highlights. Be sure to check it regularly as Highlights will be added for the next month or so. At some point Aunt Eunice will be demonstrating Rag Doll Making and also teaching folks about Pantry Staples such as eggs, sugar, butter and salt.

That’s all for now, folks. We appreciate you checking in with us. Stay safe and I will talk to you soon. Aunt Eunice

Patience is a Virtue…

Hello Folks,

Aunt Eunice checking in and praying you are well. As our enforced time at home continues I find my patience is getting thin. There is an old verse that goes “Patience is a virtue, find it if you can, seldom in a woman and never in a man”. I believe it is truly important though to “stay the course” and keep up the social distancing, but sometimes the “collar chafes”! Being inside on these rainy days we have been having has me “chomping at the bit” to get some fresh air. Yesterday I walked with my umbrella. Several days ago I watched through the window as a large pond formed in my back yard. It is still an oversized mud pit! It has a bear’s footprints in it and I am sure he must be the guilty party in the garbage can incident!! These days it can feel like you are under house arrest being home bound as we are, especially if weather keeps you cooped up. I have been taking the time since I have it to go through old paperwork. I found a number of my mother’s old journals. I am not sure if it is because she was from the south or if it was a generational thing, but her writing and her conversations were always laced with sayings. It was the same for the early settlers who had a saying for most every occasion or circumstance. It was a way of teaching  as most folk phrases had a “moral to the story” or a message to make a point. Some sayings had to be simple colloquialisms. My mother and her sisters had lots of sayings about water and bridges such as “weights what broke the bridge” in reference to their children saying “Wait a minute” when called by a parent. My mother was not one to get in a tizzy about things. It took a lot to “ruffle her feathers”. She believed it was a matter of “water over the dam” or “under a bridge”. I wish I had more of her calm affability right now.

Some folk phrases like “Angels weep when women whistle” could have discouraged girls from becoming whistlers which was not considered appropriate for young ladies. “A stitch in time saves nine” was a way to teach that a problem should be tackled while it is small rather than when it gets bigger, which is almost always what happens. Some sayings like “it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans” may seem of little use to us. Back in the day though everyone knew whether you were talking about a subject in a size sense or monetary one a hill of beans wasn’t worth much. On the farm there would be animal sayings like “madder than a wet hen. Have you ever seen a wet hen? If so, you know it is very mad indeed. “‘Til the cows come home” means settle in, because whatever we’re talking about or doing is going to take awhile. Cows aren’t known for their speed. A farmer might tell his son ” don’t buy a pig in a poke” as a way to teach him to get a good look at an animal before purchasing it. It’s hard to really see an animal enclosed in a small pen. It was also a message saying be sure what you’re getting into before you commit. “A new broom sweeps clean” may be a reference to a person with a fresh perspective clearing the air. I do find a new broom really does sweep cleaner than my old one. I love getting a new broom, especially an old fashioned one made from broom corn.

Broom Corn
Henry David Thoreau once said “Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed in them.” I believe he was referring to what I say is “our houses are so much to take care of and take up so much of our time that the house owns us rather than the other way around”.  My frustration with being sequestered may sometimes make my house seem like a prison, but I know it is truly a haven. A place to be safe, helping us keep others safe, doing my part to contain this dangerous virus. I am sharing quality time with family, getting my work done from home, accomplishing odd jobs I’ve been meaning to get to. I pray for those on the front line, those who are out of work, those without the necessities they need, those suffering from the virus and those grieving over the loss of a loved one.

I hope we can all find a way to accept our confinement with grace, with patience for what steps are needed to get us to the other side of the pandemic. Take care, my friends, and stay safe. Talk to you soon. Aunt Eunice

Roll with the Changes & Let the Good Times Roll

Hello Folks,
Aunt Eunice here. I am hoping everyone is in a healthy state. I am sure many of you are still at home as I am. My middle daughter and I are able to work from home though I miss the farm at Quiet Valley. It is lovely to watch spring develop across the landscape. Many trees like wild cherry and crab apple will soon be blossoming. Winter aconite and snowdrops were making a great showing before I left the farm. I am watching our weekly videos on YouTube about gardening and see that they are preparing the soil and planting cool weather crops at Quiet Valley. I think I am jealous!

As many organizations have had to do, Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm has had to make some changes to the schedule, come up with additional fundraising efforts and in general roll with the changes. Flexibility is key. As no one really knows when the good times will roll again (we pray for hot spots like Louisiana) we are making decisions using a prudent timeline. We have lost our spring revenue, a big portion of our budget, and don’t want to give up our first fundraiser of the year, Farm Animal Frolic, usually held in May. A fundraiser on the farm in May seems optimistic which I usually am. Better to be sure that we will have the all clear . With that in mind we have pushed Farm Animal Frolic to our opening weekend of summer tour season. So on June 20th and 21st we will be having a one weekend Frolic so everyone can come see the baby animals, help support the farm museum, take the historic tour and as a bonus enjoy our annual Summer Garden Party. That is the plan as it stands at this moment. Stay tuned though for updates and fine tuning! The good times one way or the other will be rolling for sure.

I am praying for everyone’s wellbeing and please be safe. It is frustrating to be limited in what we can do and where we can go, but if we do the smart things and the hard things now the sooner we will defeat this dangerous virus. Fight the good fight and roll with the changes. I will be thinking of you.

That’s all for now. Take care and talk to you soon. Aunt Eunice

Hard Times….We’ve Survived Them Before

Hello Folks,

Aunt Eunice here. I am praying everyone is doing well during these hard times we are currently going through. It can be scary, but I hope you are keeping your spirits up. Over the years the population of Earth has survived many pandemics and mass illnesses such as Small Pox.

According to Wikipedia 1947_smallpox_outbreak The 1947 New York City smallpox outbreak occurred in March, 1947 and was declared ended on April 24, 1947. The outbreak marked two milestones for America. First, it was the largest mass vaccination effort ever conducted for smallpox in America, and second, it marked the last outbreak of smallpox in America. Within three weeks of the discovery of the outbreak, the U.S. Public Health Service, in conjunction with New York City health officials, had procured vaccine and inoculated over 6,350,000 adults and children. Of that number, 5,000,000 had been vaccinated within the first two weeks. The rapid response was credited with limiting the outbreak to 12 people, 10 of whom recovered, while 2 died.

Hopefully our scientists can come up with a vaccine in the near future and we can be made safe from this latest, dangerous virus.

My family and I have appreciated peoples efforts to help us all have a laugh through social media posts. This meme shows Little Debbie (of snack food fame) on day one of quarantine and on day 14 of her quarantine. It has had me chuckling for two days. I am gaining my Freshman Fifteen a bit late in life as I am less active right now and as I come from a family that loves to bake and cook I have no shortage of calories at my disposal. I guess this is good at a time when groceries shelves are a bit emptier than usual and a trip to the store requires serious thought due to risks involved. It is nice to be able to make things from scratch. We always have flour, shortening, sugar, etc. in bulk quantities with a household of 11 to feed. In two weeks we have made everything from simple chocolate covered pretzels to Martha Stewart’s recipe for Grandma’s Chocolate Sugar Cookies, to homemade eclairs to last night’s cherry crumb pie. Dinners have consisted of items such as chicken picotta, beef stew, bar-b-que beef, some of the best fried chicken I have had since my Mom passed away to a full roast turkey dinner and homemade turkey pot pie using turkey leftovers. I have to admit it is comforting to be able to provide as much as possible and do as much as possible for yourself especially in times like these. It makes us feel more confident and capable of weathering “stormy seas”. Quiet Valley has been pondering things like this and thought perhaps folks would like to learn about what I am calling “Heritage Life Skills Relevant for Today”. We are planning a number of workshops over the summer and into fall to help teach folks some useful skills. We are also developing videos so you can watch from home. Our first one on gardening came out last week. Find it on YouTube. Learn about a variety of things like soap making, cooking, baking bread, how to raise chickens (it’s easier than you think) and grow your own vegetables!

As a non-profit educational corporation it is our mission to share the history and teach about life skills of rural Pennsylvania in the 19th century. We hope these workshop and video offerings will enrich your lives and offer you useful tools to help in both hard times and good ones, too.

That’s all for now and thanks for checking in. Be well and talk to you soon. Aunt Eunice

Hours Spent at Home

Hello Folks,

Aunt Eunice here and sending a special greeting out hoping you are all doing well. I am a member of the “older” demographic that is especially susceptible to this new-fangled germ that is currently in our midst. I will begin working from home after today. I will be sad not to be on the farm regularly to see spring coming and watch the baby animals being born. I live in a lovely area though and will enjoy the signs of spring there. Pussy willows have already been out for a few weeks. My grandchildren and I picked a few branches to keep inside in a vase so we can touch the soft catkins from which I presume is where the plant gets its common name. The word ‘catkin’ is derived from the Dutch word for kitten.  In spring, these catkins certainly look like kittens’ paws or tails.

A true harbinger of spring, forsythia bursts into a vibrant display of golden blooms before any leaf foliage emerges. This can create stunning golden mounds throughout landscapes, breaking up the drab snow-covered ground with a promise of what’s to come. With newer varieties growing in smaller, more manageable sizes, every landscape should have a forsythia to break out of the late winter blues.

A member of the olive family, they are a reminder to me of my mother’s home that at one time had numerous forsythia bushes all about the property. They always make me smile as I remember with fondness my children mangling the pronunciation of the word forsythia. Along with their Aunt M, they decided my daughter Cynthia should be called Forcynthia. Whatever you call them and however you pronounce it they are a nice yellow harbinger of the warm sun of which we eagerly await as winter slowly loosens its grip.

Another splash of early yellow  comes from winter aconite flowers
According to the folks at  winter-aconites appear almost overnight, providing a very welcome splash of color in January, often flowering with snowdrops. They have an underground corm, from which the yellow wild flowers and characteristic “frill” of leaves emerge, sometimes as early as Christmas. Aconites …………………………but they have naturalized in some woods and along driveways and verges. These wild flowers are related to buttercups.

At Quiet Valley they just popped out in the last week or two along with the ever pretty and delicate snow drops. No snow for them to push through this year.

I am hoping this latest virus will pass by quickly. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Remember don’t shake hands, stay home if it’s feasible, cough into a tissue, wash your hands constantly and for 20 seconds each time. Be careful of knobs, handles, etc. I got tired of singing Happy Birthday while I wash my hands so have expanded my selection to “John Jacob Jingle Heimer Schmidt”, the ABCs which I sing with the grandkids, “The Old Grey Mare” and “God Bless America” which I think is longer than 20 seconds. Try to keep your spirits up and be patient and kind to others in need of help, supplies, etc.

That’s all for now. Take care and I will be talking to you soon. Aunt Eunice

More Daylight…What’s Not to Love

Hello Folks,

Aunt Eunice here. Saturday March 7th will begin Daylight Savings Time (technically it is really Sunday March 8th at 2:00 in the morning, but that has always seemed like it is still Saturday night to me!!).  According to CNNThere’s an age-old myth that Daylight Saving was a practice adopted to give farmers extra time in the sun to work out in the field. But, that’s not really why dozens of countries follow it.

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is a system to reduce electricity usage by extending daylight hours. For eight months out of the year, the US and dozens of other countries follow DST, and for the remaining four months, revert back to standard time in order to take full advantage of the sunlight.
On the second Sunday of March at 2 a.m., clocks move forward one hour. Then, on the first Sunday of November at 2 a.m., the clocks turn back an hour. A good way to remember it? The time shifts match the seasons: Clocks “spring” forward an hour in March and “fall” back in November.
In the summer months, the sun is out for longer periods of time, so you can rely on daylight to avoid switching lights on. The clocks revert back to standard time for the winter months so the sun can rise earlier and the world starts the day off with sunlight — otherwise some places wouldn’t see the sun come up until almost 8:30 a.m.
The current March-November system the US follows began in 2007, but the concept of “saving daylight” is much older. It’s debated who originally came up with the idea, but Benjamin Franklin appeared to have first mentioned it in 1784, when he wrote a letter to the editor of the Journal of Paris.
But not everyone has opted to follow DST. Only 70 countries around the world “save daylight” every year. In the US, states are not required by law to follow DST — Hawaii and most of Arizona do not observe it. Other states — like Florida and California — are working to observe DST year-round (rather than just between March and November).
I will appreciate the daylight whenever it comes. I will have some light to take a walk in after I get home from the farm. You never know what you will find on a walk in my neck of the woods. There is plenty of wildlife like whitetail deer, squirrels galore, peregrine falcons, hawks, pileated woodpecker, blue heron, a multitude of other bird species, rabbits, chipmunks, fox, bear (no close encounters, fortunately), a fisher, a muskrat in the pond and much more. Sunsets can be particularly lovely. It is a quiet time after the rush and crush of a busy work day. Peaceful times such as that help foster creativity. This extended time of daylight will also allow some minutes to enjoy my lovely porch, a wonderful retreat especially on a rainy day. Swing on the hammock, curl up with a good book in the rocking chair or pull out one of the mats and stretch out for a cat nap. Whatever your preference is, revel in the daylight and the approach of spring.
That’s all for now, folks. Take care and talk to you soon. Aunt Eunice

Marching into March

Hello Folks,

Aunt Eunice here. February 2020 is a leap year. According to – A leap year is any year with 366 days instead of the usual 365 days. Therefore, leap day in 2020 will fall on Saturday, February 29th. So…why the extra day? It was the ancient Egyptians who first figured out that the solar year and the calendar year didn’t always match up. That’s because it actually takes the Earth a little longer than a year to travel around the Sun — 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, to be exact. Therefore, as hours accumulated over the centuries, an extra day was occasionally added to the calendar, and over time the practice became more or less official. The Romans first designated February 29 as leap day, but a more precise formula (still in use today) was adopted in the 16th century when the Gregorian calendar fine-tuned the calculations to include a leap day in years only divisible by four – 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, etc.

Besides being a Leap Year February has been an interesting month at Quiet Valley. We had an early set of lambs, “Quentin” the Quiet Valley groundhog says it will be an early spring. Punxsutawney Phil agreed with him. The chickens are enjoying the sun and are providing us plenty of eggs which doesn’t always happen this time of year. Unless you provide them with an artificial light source. It is so nice to have fresh eggs! I never knew what a big difference there is between older ones and newly laid ones until I came to Quiet Valley. One morning I was working in the cellar kitchen and had a nice fire going in the hearth. I was waiting for the first school to arrive for their visit to an 1800s farm. I hadn’t had breakfast so I grabbed a couple of eggs, one green and one light brown, and fried them up in the spider. Not a real spider, of course, but a round cast iron frying pan that has several long legs supporting it. Hence the resemblance to a real arachnid. The eggs were delicious, simple fried eggs, so fresh, so good! The green egg was from an Araucana hen and the light brown from the Buff Orpington. They both tasted the same, just better because they were fresh.

The Monday winter camp group learned how to make raised donuts using mashed potatoes in the dough. I was fortunate to get a sample. I should have been a policeman I love donuts so much! We also had our first staff winter training session. As part of that day I gave a lesson about medicinal herbs and their uses on the farm in the 19th century.

There are eight days left in February, but signs of March marching toward us and onto our calendars is all around. One sign is the fact that the temperature is right for tapping the sugar maple trees! It needs to be about 40 degrees in the day and below freezing at night. According to University of Maine Cooperative Extension – Understanding how maple sap is formed requires some knowledge about tree physiology. In the later summer and fall, maple trees virtually stop growing and begin storing excess starches throughout the sapwood, especially in cells called ray cells. This excess starch remains in storage as long as the wood remains colder than about 40 degrees F. Whenever wood temperatures reach around 40 degrees F, enzymes in the ray cells change the starches to sugars, largely sucrose. This sugar then passes into the tree sap. As the temperature increases to about 45 degrees F, the enzymes stop functioning and sugar is no longer produced. In March and April, the sugar changes back to starch—except during periods of flow. Rising temperature creates pressure inside trees, causing sap to flow. When a hole is bored into a tree, wood fibers that are water- (sap-) carrying vessels are severed, so sap drips out of the tree.

I love maple syrup on buttermilk pancakes. When my husband is baking homemade sticky buns he makes a special batch for me where he substitutes maple syrup for the corn syrup. What a treat! It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. It requires lots of heat (firewood, your kitchen stove, an evaporator) to get the majority of moisture out of the sap. If you would drink the sap before boiling it you will have a bare hint of the flavor potential of what will come with the boiling off of the excess water. If you boil it past the syrup point you could cook it all the way down to sugar. A note of caution if you decide to tap your sugar maples and boil the sap down in your home. My friend had all the wallpaper in her kitchen come peeling off as there was so much warm moisture being released! Yikes!!

The second Sunday in March means a return of Daylight Savings Time. Part of the kitchen garden is being tilled so as March marches forward we can get early spring crops in by the end of the month. So much preparation for the farm, our spring programs and field trips takes place in March. And spring cleaning will begin. The pace moves from a walk and steps up to a steady march. By April will we be running on all cylinders!

Well, that’s all for now, folks. Thanks for checking in. Be talking to you soon. Aunt Eunice

Groundhogs – Not a Farmer’s Best Friend

Hello Folks,
  Aunt Eunice here today with some information on groundhogs, otherwise known as woodchucks. With Groundhog Day just around the corner I want to share some facts about the largest member of the ground squirrel family.
It may surprise you to know that a groundhog can grow to 24 inches and weigh up to 13lbs. Like other squirrels, groundhogs have long tails that grow around 7 inches long. According to the National Wildlife Federation, during the warm months, a groundhog’s incisors grow about a sixteenth of an inch each week to keep up with their frenzied eating schedule. Also, according to the NWF groundhogs are found only in North America, from Canada down to the southern United States. They like woodland areas that bump up against more open areas. They dig burrows that can be 6 feet deep, and 20 feet wide. These underground homes can have two to a dozen entrances. All those entrances are why the groundhog is not a farmer’s best friend. The holes can break farm equipment, twist a leg and the groundhogs have a hefty appetite in the summer and fall as they load up for a winter of hibernation. A farmer’s garden and crops make a tasty meal. They can eat about a pound of food per sitting. While hibernating, the groundhog’s heartbeat slows from 80 beats per minute to 5 beat per minute; their respiration reduces from 16 breaths per minute to as few as 2 breaths per minute; and their body temperature drops from about 99 degrees Fahrenheit to as low as 37 degrees.
The NFW says groundhogs are solitary creatures, living about six to eight years. They eat vegetables and fruits, whistle when they’re frightened or looking for a mate (they’re sometimes called whistle pigs) and can climb trees and swim. In February, male groundhogs emerge from their burrows to look for a mate (not to predict the weather) before going underground again. They come out of hibernation for good in March.
In Quiet Valley’s one room school “students” are required to do tongue twisters as part of their school day. One of them is, How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? According to Cornell University it would be about 700 lbs.

Actually, the name woodchuck has nothing to do with wood, or chucking it, according to the Animal Diversity Web. The word woodchuck comes from a Native American word, wuchak, which roughly translates as “digger.”

Nevertheless, according to Cornell, a wildlife biologist sought to answer the tongue-twister’s question. He measured the volume of a woodchuck burrow and estimated that if the hole were filled with wood rather than dirt, the woodchuck would have chucked about 700 lbs. (Woodchucks, however, typically do not chew wood.)

First Groundhog Day

 According to – On February 2, 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, was celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.

Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be. Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an animal–the hedgehog–as a means of predicting weather. Once they came to America, German settlers in Pennsylvania continued the tradition, although they switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs, which were plentiful in the Keystone State.

In 1887, a newspaper editor belonging to a group of groundhog hunters from Punxsutawney called the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club declared that Phil, the Punxsutawney groundhog, was America’s only true weather-forecasting groundhog. The line of groundhogs that have since been known as Phil might be America’s most famous groundhogs, but other towns across North America now have their own weather-predicting rodents, from Birmingham Bill to Staten Island Chuck to Shubenacadie Sam in Canada.

That’s all for now. Thanks for checking in and here’s hoping the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow! My old bones would appreciate an early spring. Take care. Aunt Eunice

A Breathe of Fresh Air

Hello Folks,

Aunt Eunice here. Our final fundraising event of the year, Old Time Christmas is over and it was as heartwarming as ever. Here at Quiet Valley we are in the midst of the only truly quiet time we have on the farm. At least for two or three weeks. During this brief interlude we have time to reflect on the past year and what we accomplished as a business, what might need tweaking, what we might want to add or let go in our programming. We have a new member to the farm staff who became our Director of Education on January 1st. Having a new staff member can be like a breathe of fresh air as they usually come onboard with lots of energy and new ideas. The seasoned staff will provide continuity and experience from which the young director will benefit. We welcome Rachel to her new position.

We just hung up a 2020 National Day calendar in the office. Not surprisingly January 1st was National Hangover Day! Today is January 3rd and it is oddly enough “drinking straw day”. My thoughts on this particular day is to encourage everyone to use paper straws or no straw at all. Glass or stainless steel straws are reusable so make a good alternate choice. What plastic water bottles and plastic straws are doing to our oceans is no joke. Jokes will be told on National Tell a Joke Day on August 16th though please let our jokes be about anything other than the sad state of our oceans.

Old Rock Day is on Tuesday January 7th and I challenge our readers and Facebook fans to share pictures of their favorite or oddest old rock. Is it the diamond on your finger, the coal you got in your stocking or something more unusual?

Saturday January 11th is Milk Day and a historic farm such as Quiet Valley does know something about milk. Milk is counted among the most essential staple foods, is an important part of a balanced diet and contains, among other vital nutrients, a high percentage of calcium. In 2019, worldwide milk production amounted to about 513.22 million metric tons. Among the major producers, the United States was ranked second with a milk production amounting to over 98.8 million metric tons in 2018.
Pennsylvania was the 5th ranked state in the US. from 2014 – 2018 in milk production based on number of dairy cows. 505 thousand milking cows were in Pennsylvania in 2018. California is the top milk producing state with 1.8 million dairy cows. The European Union is the largest milk producer in the world.

The United States is one of the leading dairy producing countries in the world, and American cows are among the most productive cows on the planet. The average cow in the U.S. produces about 21,000 lbs. of milk per year, that’s nearly 2,500 gallons! On a daily basis, most cows average about 70 lbs. of milk per day, or about 8 gallons. 8 gallons is about 128 glasses of milk each day.

Early settlers would have been thrilled when they were established enough to have a milking cow. Goats and sheep also produce milk that is used for human consumption. Colicky babies tend to do better if they drink goat milk as the fat particles are smaller than what is in cow milk so it is easier to digest. My favorite cheese, Manchego, is made from sheep’s milk. Milk could be used for all sorts of cooking, in cereal or porridge, in custards, in pies and puddings, in soups, but in my opinion its best use was after ice cream was invented. Though that is a story for another day.

Read some more on the history of milk cows in the U.S.  the-story-of-milk

That’s all for now. Don’t forget to post your favorite old rock pictures on the 7th.

Take Care. Aunt Eunice


Photo – Making Ice Cream the Old Fashioned Way!

Old Time Christmas

Hello Folks,

Aunt Eunice here. My favorite event of the Quiet Valley year has begun. If you missed the opening weekend of our Old Time Christmas, fear not, as there is one more weekend. This Saturday December 14 and Sunday December 15 are the final two days. This fundraiser showcases Christmas in the 1800s. Guides take groups by lantern light to the various stops on the farm. Visitors will see things like a “Victorian” family preparing for an 1890s holiday, the live Nativity in the barnyard complete with farm animals, a visit from the Belschnikel and more. The experience will take about an hour and a half and believe me when I say, this event will get you into the true spirit of Christmas. Low key, heartfelt and entertaining Old Time Christmas gives visitors a glimpse into the 19th century customs, pastimes and preparations  that occurred during the holiday season. Between 3pm and 7pm groups go out every fifteen minutes. I hope you come see our old fashioned Christmas celebration. You’re going to love it.

Thanks for checking in and hope to see you soon. Aunt Eunice