September 12, 2013: PA Heritage Festival to Highlight Butter Making

         Plans for The 2013 PA Heritage Festival are well underway for September 21st and 22nd.  Each year, The Heritage Village and Museum in Troy hosts the greatest selection of living history demonstrations to be found in the Twin Tiers.  One of the highlights this year is butter making.

Bradford County was “The Gold Standard” for butter production in The United States late in the 19th century.  The U.S. Naval Academy selected farmers with high standards and best practices for quality.  Bradford County led the way.

The process of making butter in the home involved several, careful steps.  Milk would be left to stand and cool, often in a spring.  As cream would rise to the top, it would be skimmed off.  Often, many days of milking would be stored to acquire enough cream to make butter making worthwhile.  Sometimes, the milk would actually ferment.  As the inventiveness of farmers advanced the process, better cream skimmers and separators were developed.

         After separation, the process of churning the cream into butter, could be done by many different kinds of devices.  The plunge churn is the classic kind of churn, like a post in a barrel.  The post is moved up and down constantly as the particles of cream combine into more and more complex structures until butter is formed. There are churn types with paddles that rotate; churns with tubs that sway; and churns that were shaken.  The Farm Museum has a wide variety of churns for the public to review at the festival this year, and live demonstrations are a crowd favorite.  Kids will be able to make and sample fresh butter.

The festival has so much for the kids to do: wagon rides, tractor pulls, kid games, and hands on projects for the kids.

Each day,  the north and south Civil War cannons will square off with volleys that echo through the northern Pennsylvania hills.  Great food, great music, high class demonstrations for spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, soap and encampments from the past and so much more. Visitors to the festival can wander the large grounds at the Village, which is filled with tents, campfire cooking, performers in costume, kids games and activities for the child in ALL of us.

Plan on attending the PA Heritage Festival, September 21st and 22nd at the intersection of routes 6 and 14 in Troy Pennsylvania,  just a short drive away.

Email for more information: Info@TheHeritageVillage.org

 

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September 12, 2013: PA Heritage Festival – Carriages and Sleighs

The 2013 PA Heritage Festival is coming September 21st and 22nd.  And it’s got a little for everyone.  If you like the old buggies, work wagons or sleighs,  the third weekend in September is THE place to be!

The county farm museum located in Troy, has one of the finest collections of sleighs, carriages and buggies in the Twin Tiers.  On display at the festival will be the latest addition, a buggy from “Compton-Lilly” of Troy.  Located on center street behind the Troy Hotel, Compton manufactured wagons, buggies, sleighs and some farm equipment.  Sales, repairs and fancy painting kept them very busy.

If you like to see the unusual,  the collection has a big hearse loaded on runners for snow operation.  Last used in 1948 in Williamsport,  it reminds us that the weather couldn’t slow the undertaker when his horses could pull through the snows.

  19th century fire equipment, all kinds of two and three seat winter sleighs, Amish wagons,  Market wagons, a Breaking Cart, Bobsleds and Racing Sulkies.  Depot wagons, the Drop Front Phaeton, Goddard and Piano Box Buggies.  Cabriolet and the Corning Buggy.   Albany and Portland Cutters and even the Huckster Wagon.  And more more more.

There is a lot in the carriage collection for the kids to see and enjoy.  A horse pulled wagon ride, and the museums wooden horse Dobbin is a favorite.  Small goat carts and children’s wagons show what it was like when the kids worked their chores on the farm.

The festival has so much for the kids to do: wagon rides, tractor pulls, kid games, and hands on projects for the kids.  Each day,  the north and south Civil War cannons will square off with volleys that echo through the northern Pennsylvania hills.  Great food, great music, high class demonstrations for spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, soap and encampments from the past and so much more. Visitors to the festival can wander the large grounds at the Village, which is filled with tents, campfire cooking, performers in costume, kids games and activities for the child in ALL of us.

Plan on attending the PA Heritage Festival, September 21st and 22nd at the intersection of routes 6 and 14 in Troy Pennsylvania,  just a short drive away.

Email for more information: Info@TheHeritageVillage.org

 

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September 12, 2013: The PA Heritage Festival – Ugly Quilts

The Heritage Village and Farm Museum is hosting the PA Heritage Festival this year on September 21 and 22. This year the festival will be sponsoring a textile tent filled with a plethora of fiber-related talents and skills. One of the special features will be a “Worst of Show” quilt competition. It seems quilt exhibitions are always a crowd favorite and this year’s Heritage Festival will show a quilt competition based on a new twist, ugly quilts.

     Even the most talented quitters have flops. Sometimes the colors don’t work together. Or you have a time issue and you were in a hurry and the points don’t match. Are the colors drab and unappealing? Or maybe you have found a stashed-away quilt in an attic made by a deceased aunt or grandmother that just didn’t have the best needlework skills. Or maybe it is a first quilting project you made as a beginner. Have you bashfully tucked a way a quilt in the back of the closet that you wouldn’t be caught dead with? Or wouldn’t allow anyone to see in the light of day? Just remember all quilts are important no matter how ugly, and sometimes those are the quilts that can be the most endearing in our lives. Perhaps it was a favorite quilt of a child or a wonderful memory of a time when one didn’t worry about quite so much perfection. All so often blue ribbons are awarded for perfection, beauty and best of show. Remember, this is all in fun. So, dig out those quilts that you were ashamed to show.

For more email: Info@TheHeritageVillage.org

Or call the county farm museum 570-297-3410

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September 12, 2013: 17th Annual PA Heritage Festival’s Textiles Under the Tent

If you are a fiber fanatic, our 17th Annual Heritage Festival is the place for you. This year we are adding even more fibers and needle works to the tent. This is the third year in the making and every year, it is growing with more talent. The festival will be held on the grounds of The Heritage Village and Museum at Alparon Park on September 21 and 22.

The textile tent was a collaborative effort between the demonstrator’s coordinator, Bonnie Pierce and fiber enthusiast, Joie Brasington. Bonnie is always open to new ideas and Joie was able to recommend and track down talent.

Bonnie and Joie felt that women have always held a vital importance in the past and far too often their contributions were not recognized. This can be seen in the many beautiful quilts that have been passed down through the generations with the maker unknown. Now, more and more people are showing interest in these traditions. It used to be something only Grandma did, but now you can see some of the arts like knitting and quilting becoming commonplace especially with younger people. Textiles Under the Tent was started by Bonnie and Joie in order to perpetuate women’s roles and importance.

“It is very interesting to see today’s women still possess the genetic blueprint to continue these skills that their foremothers did,” says Joie Brasington. “It really is fascinating. Many of these arts used to be part of a more modern subculture. Not so much anymore. Now we see celebrities getting out their knitting needles and crochet hooks. I feel there is an abundance of talent in this area that we are not seeing. It’s time for them to come out and show us what they can do. These types of works need to be celebrated. Their art is a very, very important part of our heritage.”

The tent is a collection of fiber, needle arts and artisans showing any fiber technique from spinning, weaving, flax production, lace making, quilting, sheep and wool production and felting. If you want to learn about a particular skill, this is the place to connect with someone who is adept and experienced and can guide you in the right direction.

The Cat’s Cradle from Towanda, a highly skilled spinning and weaving guild has participated for years in the Pennsylvania State Farm Show’s sheep to shawl. These shawls are auctioned from hundreds of dollars to over a thousand. You can come see some members spinning a yarn so fine it knits into a shawl that one can pass through a wedding ring, a tradition called Orenburg that originated in Russia.

Heather Loomis from Troy is bringing her Romeldale CVM sheep, the rarest breed of sheep in the United States. Heather has a deep need to perpetuate the breed. These splotchy-colored sheep with their brown, gray, tan, black and white are called CVM as an indicator of color. “The breed began in the early 1900’s,” Heather stated. “And the sheep were originally white.” Heather choose the sheep because she enjoyed spinning with the fine texture almost as soft as Merino. Also, the breed has proven to be a good meat producer.

There will be lace makers too. Joy Lave will be back with her tatting shuttle forming fine yarns into intricate circles and picots while Judy Mainus uses a different tool comprising of a dozen bobbins or more for her lace creations. These items can be made into baby caps, bookmarks and for use as embellishments on garments and quilts.

Linen is produced from a fiber from the flax plant and has been a Bradford County product from its earliest years. Sandy Mattocks again demonstrates the arduous process while Julia Brown will accompany Sandy demonstrating spinning flax into yarn.

Marie Hvezda and Marjorie Chappel will bring their expertise behind the loom throwing the shuttle into rag rugs. And not to forget our sheep and wool lovers, Kathleen England will be demonstrating wool into felt and Robby, her husband will bring his shearers and show the old-fashioned way of shearing sheep. Liz McLelland from Yorkshire Meadows will be portraying her array of sheep and wool products. Debbie Geise, also a newcomer is a locker-hooking rug maker.

The Treasured Stitchery Guild is making their debut this year with their sophistication and prowess of unique embroidery. These women meet once a month at the Bradford County Library and are quite adept with the needle. Their work is highly specialized as they explore and study needle arts in different cultures and areas of the world. One of their recent projects involved Schwalm, a tedious and difficult craft from Germany. This white-on-white pulled-work embroidery has taken these women dozens of hours.

Who doesn’t love quilts? Bev Hallstead always a traditionalist uses cheery, colorful feedbag prints to make her hand-quilted work. Penny Streeter will bring her stunning trunk show of her designs and blue ribbon quilts. William Lewis will represent his late wife with his collection of her award-winning “Memory Quilts” as a wonderful tribute to her. Ginger Kostecky, again will be pumping the treadle sewing machine making quilt tops. And new, Pat Hamilton, who has sewn numerous quilts, all with a hand-cranked dewing machine is going to be joining the tent this year.

And new this year, there is a kid’s section, Please Touch where children can have an opportunity for hands-on activities. They can learn about natural fibers by being able to touch them, and work different styles of looms and even make a pot holder.

Also new this year is a quilt competition under the tent. However, it will not be the conventional blue ribbon event, but a “Worst of Show”. So dig through your closets and drawers and pick out that quilt that just didn’t work out. All sizes are accepted. Remember, we all have an occasional flops and it’s all in fun.

If you have a textile talent that you would love to share with the public and demonstrate in the Textiles Under the Tent, please don’t hide it in the confines of your home. Get in touch with the museum. Bring it out. Share. Brag. Be proud. And we’ll see you at this year’s Heritage Festival!

 

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September 5, 2013: Van Wagner Coming to The Twin Tiers

Van Wagner Coming to The Twin Tiers

         The 2013 PA Heritage Festival is coming to the area this year on September 21st and 22nd.  The Heritage Village and Museum is a living history attraction in Troy, and is hosting the festival this year at facilities here in the twin tiers.  “We love it when the PA Heritage Festival is at our location, with our wonderful village and our large collection of sleighs and carriages, with the Bradford County Farm Museum located here, we think it’s a great place for the festival to come and fill up with hundreds of demonstrators, artisan marketplace, and activities for the kid in all of us”, according to Dale Palmer, President of the Bradford County Heritage Association and host for the festival.

     This year, the Heritage Festival has a special treat for entertainment.  Van Wagner, a high energy entertainer comes to the scene on both days with a combination of demonstration, discussion and musical performance.  His music has been featured on The History Channel and Country Music Television.  He is an award winning educator who uses period dress, demonstration and musical performance to entertain children and adults.  “It is great to have such a big attraction at the festival this year, he is as adept with a broad-axe as he is with a guitar.  He draws a big crowd around him, he has a lot to say to the adults and the children seem to really delight in his shows”, said festival director Desiree Rockwell, “Our entertainment committee does a great job each year bringing in musical acts for our stage and this year they not only are bringing in musical acts but have added Van Wagner to the grounds and its a really big deal for us”.

 

 

Visitors to the festival can wander the large grounds at the Village, which is filled with tents, campfires cooking, and performers in costume.  Every day the hills echo as the Civil War cannons for the north and south square off with volleys that echo through the northern Pennsylvania hills.  Great food, great music, high class demonstrations for spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, soap and butter making, encampments from the past and so much more.

Plan on attending the PA Heritage Festival, September 21st and 22nd at the intersection of routes 6 and 14 in Troy Pennsylvania,  a short drive south of Elmira New York.   Email for more information: Info@TheHeritageVillage.org

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August 13, 2013 – Fox 56 Previews Upcoming 2013 PA Heritage Festival

We were recently featured on Fox 56 TV’s Local Discovery program with Jane Adonizio. You can learn more about the upcoming 2013 PA Heritage Festival by watching the clip below. You can also watch this clip directly on their site by clicking here.

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February 24, 2012: PA Heritage Festival – 2012 Dates Released & Call for Vendors

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February 24, 2012

PA Heritage Festival – 2012 Dates Released & Call for Vendors

TROY, PA – Once again, the Bradford County Heritage Association & the Troy Rotary Club are sponsoring the annual Pennsylvania Heritage Festival. This growing, cultural, family-friendly event will be held on Saturday, September 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, September 16th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Alparon Park, Rt. 14, Troy.

Focusing especially on Bradford County and surrounding areas, the Pennsylvania Heritage Festival offers traditional music, crafts, folk and fine arts, and the best of Pennsylvania foods and agricultural products in a tempting sensory mix of doing, seeing, hearing and tasting.   The festival is held on the grounds of Alparon Park, using the entrances at Gates 2 and 3.  Plentiful parking is available at no charge.

As in the past, the Heritage Festival will offer various demonstrations in theHistoric Village.  Previous year demonstrators have included soapmakers, basket weavers, bookbinders and more. Children and adults alike can learn how to churn butter, wash clothes with a washboard, or make apple cider. Additionally, they can watch a metal smith or see the way a broom is put together by hand.  As background to these fine demonstrations will be presentations on the ways our ancestors lived and worked in Bradford County.

The festival offers a great deal for everyone, from the history buff to the food connoisseur. For those ready to start Holiday shopping, the Heritage Festival is the perfect source for unique and creative gifts for family members and other loved ones.  All items arehandcrafted and juried, meaning that a Festival committee of artists and experts has selected only those vendors who will exhibit and sell high quality artisan work.  The carefully crafted items for sale range from such handcrafted wood items as shelves or quilt racks, to food items, picture frames, photo albums, natural soaps and lotions, wine, glass blown art, vases, and paintings.  If you are interested in applying to become a vendor at the festival, please visit our website at http://www.paheritagefestival.org to download an application. Vendor application deadline is September 4, 2012 or earn an appreciable Early Bird discount by applying by June 30, 2012.

Children and adults will enjoy horse drawn wagon rides on both Saturday and Sunday, and the festival provides many old fashioned games for children to play.  They can even learn to make rag dolls the way their grandmothers once did.  For those more mechanically inclined, the festival offers a display of antique cars and tractors.  History enthusiasts will enjoy performances of the Civil War Era that include drills and an authentic cannon that will be fired twice each day.

The Pennsylvania Heritage Festival offers a great opportunity to learn more about local history, culture, and arts and crafts.  To see and experience everything, people should plan to spend the better part of a day.  The event is co-sponsored by Bradford County Heritage Association and the Troy Rotary Club with proceeds benefiting the Bradford County Heritage Association grounds and artifacts and the community projects of the Troy Rotary Club.

For more information on the festival and how to apply to be a vendor or sponsor, visit www.paheritagefestival.org

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September 17, 2010: Andy Lyon & Team of Oxen Featured at PA Heritage Festival

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September 17, 2010: Civil War Author Kurt Lafy to Speak at PA Heritage Festival

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September 15, 2009: PA Heritage Festival to Feature Antique Appraiser

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