Stuff You May Have Missed

If you're looking for something to do this weekend (I hope it's cooler than last), the August program page is the place to look for ideas.

A old-style Radio Show was part of the 1940s weekend event at Eckley (via FB)

Eckley Miners' Village held their annual 1940s weekend earlier this month and got some good local coverage, not to mention enthusiastic visitors. In addition to a 1940s-style radio show, homefront displays, and a swing dance, the program also featured Sarah Jane "Salty" Sands, who played professional baseball for the Rockford (IL) Peaches in the early 1950s. She was on hand to talk about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which began during WWII. Salty, an Orangeville (Columbia County) native, played right field and catcher for the team that was featured in the 1992 film, A League of Their Own; she had a small part in the movie.

ABC News coverage of the opening of the new National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem (in part of the old Bethlehem Steel plant) included mentions of other industrial museums in PA, including the Anthracite Heritage Museum and the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum. Cool!

Native American camp at Battle of Bushy Run event
Bushy Run Battlefield's annual reenactment of the 1763 battle between British and Native American forces drew 100 reenactors and sutlers and just over 1,300 visitors the first weekend in August. You'll find more photos and video on Bushy Run's Facebook page.

On Sept.10, the borough of Ephrata will host the 43rd Annual Arts and Crafts Fest (9 am-3 pm), and Ephrata Cloister will host its annual Artisans' Fair (10 am-3 pm). If you or someone you know is interested in participating as an artisan or vendor, you'll find more info in this article in the Ephrata Review. And speaking of Ephrata Cloister, the site is the star image on Discover Lancaster's Facebook posts about their new Faith and Heritage Trail.

The current issue of Heirloom Gardener magazine features a profile of Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum's Heirloom Seed Project by Andrew Weidman. Landis Valley's program started in the 1980s and is highly regarded nationally. Weidman's article favorably compares the Heirloom Seed Project similar types of programs at Monticello, Old Sturbridge Village, and Colonial Williamsburg.


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