150 Acres of Mountain Craft Days in Somerset PA

About an hour and a half away from the city, Mountain Craft Days take place at the Somerset Historical Center grounds.  This year was the 44th year for the event!

V saw it mentioned on TV  and it look interesting so she suggested we go.

Clear weather and lots of interesting demonstrations –  here is a sampling of what we saw-  blacksmithing, log splitting, cider making, basket making, spinning, lacemaking, pewter making, wood carving, felting and knitting, weaving, soap making,  food preparation and if you are into “coopering” you can even get some materials and supplies at the Center to make your barrels.

Dulcimer music wafted through the woods, the smell of wood fire.  A bagpiper walking down the path and some Civil War reenactors with drums and fifes marching past the covered bridge.  Bought some dried apples that were nothing but apples, very tasty and tried a Maple Walnut sundae with real maple syrup.

The Broom Maker- Lone Oak Brooms – Bob Haffly from Amberson PA

He was so nice and said I could photograph him when I asked.   We watched him make a broom from start to finish and it was amazing to see.  You can watch the YouTube video of his making a broom below.

Who knew there were so many different types of brooms.   Brooms for kitchen floors and brooms for concrete floors and whisk brooms and all handmade with a machine made in the late 1800’s.  Seriously.

MAz and the Rockets Red Glare (18)

 

MAz and the Rockets Red Glare (12)

 

 

Bob Haffly Broom maker

 

 

A carousel horse carver

Carousel Carving

 

 

 

woman with basket

Woman walking down the path carrying a basket

 

 

Lacemaking

 

Lacemakers from Five Rivers Bobbin Lacemakers    You can try your hand at it, right on site!

 

Blacksmith

 

Blacksmith and Storytelling

 

 

White Oak BasketsWhite Oak Basket Making

 

Dulcimer Music

 

 

 

 

Fried Mush

Fried Mush   Lots of wood fires burning

 

Bagpiper

 

A bagpiper walking and playing along the path

Log Cabin

The log cabin and the cooking demonstration were interesting.

Honey Bees

 

An apiarist explained how he harvests the honey.

 

Bread baked in a Dutch Oven

The loaves of bread baked in the Dutch Oven.

 

 

cooking in fireplace

Glowing coals inside the log cabin called a Settler’s Cabin.

 

Fife and Drum

 

 

Be sure to go and watch Bob Haffly craft a broom on YouTube

Jane’s Carousel Sunday Afternoon

We took the subway to Brooklyn and walked to Jane’s Carousel. Click the name to read all about how it was  lovingly restored by artist Jane Walentas

This is the lead horse.  (I asked.)  I’d shown the students a photo of the carousel during Hurricane Sandy and because of the flooding, a stereo is providing the music until the original can be repaired. There was a birthday party happening while we were there. I talked to a Grandpa on the bench next to us after we rode.  He said he would love to own a carousel.

Lead Horse Jane's Carousel

tickets for the carousel

Mary and I rode the Carousel, she took a horse that went up and down and I chose one that was stationary so I could snap some photos.

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Mary's Horse on Carousel

The horse that Mary rode.

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View of man flying a kite under the Brooklyn Bridge, photographed from the Carousel.

And then something fun happened.  Mary and I were eating at a picnic table, hot cross buns and bananas.  A photographer was sneaking a photo of us with a periscope lens.  Ha!  Turns out it was a Photographer and Model Collaborative Meetup Event happening right by the Carousel at one in the afternoon.

Here is a photo of some of the photographers who gathered to shoot the models.

Photographers Meet Up

I see a couple of photographers hiding behind their cameras.   Rather take the shot than be in it, maybe?

Meet Marlena from Poland.  A model.

Marlena from Poland

And check out Marlena’s shoes

high heeled shoes

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The photographer who is smiling, sporting the red pants, is the one who took a nice photo of my sister and me under the Brooklyn Bridge  when I asked if he would mind.   That was before we knew there was a meet-up of photographers! Thanks for photographing us together.

Thought it would be fun to be in the shot with my sister.

Ruth and Mary

New Jersey Photographer

We met this New Jersey photographer as we waited in line for the rest room.

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This couple is photographing themselves.  No photographer needed.

And then Mary and I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan.

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Here is Jane’s Carousel view from the Brooklyn Bridge towards the Manhattan Bridge.

First time I’d heard of Dumbo, Brooklyn (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass- Acronym)

Manhattan Bridge and Jane's Carousel

Peeking out at the traffic below.  YIKES!IMG_5702