Monday, September 17, 2018
“The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.”
~ Henry Beston
The historic Harry Rickert House reflects in the Lehigh Canal on a beautiful autumn afternoon in early November along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail), Weissport, Pennsylvania, where the trail is positioned between the Lehigh River and Lehigh Canal.
Weissport flourished as a Lehigh Canal town until 1942. Diverse goods, coal and people moved along the waterway. Boatyards and a mercantile center in the Harry Rickert House anchored business activity here.
The house itself was built just after the canal was dug and built in 1828. Jacob K. Rickert came to Weissport in the 1850s, and through his son Hiram and grandson Harry, the Rickert’s business continued to operate until the 1950s. Today the stately building is owned by Rod and Jennifer Mann. The house is their home plus a guest house known as “The Canal Side Guest House.”
Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
~ Dr. Seuss
(Theodore Seuss Geisel)
Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean are seen driving in Texas ranch land in a scene from the 1956 American epic Western drama film “Giant” in my artistic interpretation of their vintage photo showcased at Charlotte Fay’s Main Street Diner, Slatington, Pennsylvania.
Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, is well represented at Charlotte Fay’s, and his music may well be heard playing at this cool and cozy eatery where retro is king.
Other photos on the diner’s walls spotlight retro icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Route 66, and a young Elvis and Johnny Cash posing for a snapshot. There’s also a nod to the New Jersey Seashore and Steel Pier. The large map depicts President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, championed by the then-president when it was formed June 29, 1956.
And of course there’s the tasty food, wonderful to nosh on as you drink in the nostalgic atmosphere. Owner Jason Ruff named the diner after both his great-grandmothers, and uses their recipes.
The menu and atmosphere are the perfect mix to stir up a recipe for success fit for a king.
Background texture by Jai Johnson added for artistic effect.
Monday, November 13, 2017
“A beauty lights the fading year …”
~ Phebe A. Holder
~ “A Song of October”
in The Queries Magazine, October 1890
Autumn reflects its beauty in the Lehigh Canal on an early November afternoon along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail), Weissport, Pennsylvania, where the trail is positioned between the Lehigh River and Lehigh Canal.
The Kittatinny Ridge, also called Blue Mountain, can be seen in the distance and reflected in the water.
Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.