In Harmony, Pennsylvania

IMG_3363Harmony – the weekly photo challenge.

I thought a report from Harmony, PA would make an interesting and different post.

Always seeking fresh blog content.

I was already out in my car and drove along the Ohio River without the the GPS.  When I put Harmony PA into Maps App I was taken first to the street signs at the bottom of this post.  Harmony, Pennsylvania is about 30+ miles north of the city, Pittsburgh.

Unfortunately the Harmony Museum was closed for the day by the time I got to town so will find a willing friend and return. (Preferably on a Spring day with some blue sky.)

I read they have a German Christmas Market, too. Views of Main Street and

We will have lunch at the Stohr Haus Bakery .

Have to plan to arrive at the right time, next time.

Open       Wed-Fri  7-2          Saturday 8-2

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Below -the Historical Marker for the Harmonist Cemetery.

“Graves were not marked”

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Have you ever seen a cemetery without a single marker?

Link to information about the Harmony Society

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Steve and  I went to Harmony in March 2010 (blogpost at night)  for a poetry reading at the Bottlebrush Gallery   

Today I shopped in the gallery- bought tea towels and a baby quilt.

Because I took a circuitous route, avoiding the interstate and driving the secondary roads, my phone GPS took me to 3 Harmony signs near the town of Baden, PA.  Unintentional but interesting to find three Harmony signs.

Received a great response from Harmony Museum Thanks Ruth!! A great time to visit us next would be June 11th. It is our Herb & Garden Fair (at our Harmonist Barn), Fiber Festival in town, and Springfest in town. Lots going on! Free shuttle between the barn and town. Food, entertainment, artists, demonstrations, so much to photograph that day! Starts at 9 am and runs until 3 pm, though the shops are open later than that!

 

 

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