Monday, August 14, 2017
“Everyone is entitled to his own nostalgia.”
~ James Wolcott
~ born 1952
Summer, Americana and Coca-Cola go together like mom, Chevrolet and apple pie, as seen on an early September afternoon at Chantilly Goods and Weissport Washboard in historic Weissport, Pennsylvania.
Chantilly Goods is an old fashion ice cream parlor, vintage soda fountain and candy shoppe. Walking into this old time soda shoppe is like stepping back in time into a 1920s and 1930s soda fountain.
Inside and outside, it’s a wonderful scoop of Americana, a real vintage gem … with sprinkles on top!
Chantilly Goods is located near the Weissport Trailhead of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail) and rents surreys (multiple-person bikes) to ride on the trail.
Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.
Monday, July 24, 2017
“One is always at home in one’s past ...”
~ Vladimir Nabokov
~ Russian-American novelist
~ from his 1951 memoir “Speak, Memory”
Visitors to the 29th Belvidere Victorian Days enjoy listening to a band in Garret D. Wall Park in front of United Presbyterian Church on a beautiful waning summer afternoon in Belvidere, New Jersey.
Victorian Days began in 1977 and has been held annually ever since on the weekend after Labor Day.
Victorian Days is a celebration of Belvidere’s Victorian heritage. Festivities include live entertainment; antique, craft and food vendors; antique/vintage car show; and Victorian era demonstrations.
Belvidere, one of my very favorite places, is a charming Victorian town located on the banks of the Pequest and Delaware Rivers. Victorian Days is a perfect time to stroll through the town and step back into a bygone era.
Monday, July 10, 2017
“There’s a time in each year
That we always hold dear,
Good old summer time;
With the birds and the trees-es,
And sweet scented breezes…
And life is a beautiful rhyme …
Those days full of pleasure
We now fondly treasure …
In the good old summer time
In the good old summer time …”
~ “In The Good Old Summer Time”
~ American Tin Pan Alley song
music by George Evans, lyrics by Ren Shields
What better way to while away the hours in the good old summer time then taking a spin on the historic Weona Park Carousel, Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania?
The Weona Park Carousel, also known as Dentzel Stationary Menagerie Carousel, and its pavilion were built in 1923. The carousel is housed in a wooden, one story, pavilion measuring 20 feet high at center and 80 feet in diameter, with 24 sections each 10 feet 6 inches wide.
The carousel has 44 animals and two sleighs standing three abreast. They were originally hand carved and painted in the 1890s, circa 1905 and circa 1917. The carousel has a Wurlitzer organ, opus 146. It was constructed by the Dentzel Carousel Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
And it’s just one dollar to ride!
The carousel was added to the National Register of Historic Places August 4, 1999.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
“Sweet days of summer, the jasmine’s in bloom
July is dressed up and playing her tune …
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine,
Blowing through the jasmine in my mind …”
~ Seals & Croft
The sight of laundry dancing on the clothesline in the gentle summer breeze “dresses up” the countryside of Kempton, Pennsylvania on a beautiful June afternoon.