May is Here!

May is Here!
Close-up of white and light pink apple blossoms with green leaves. The rest of the tree is blurred in the background.
This "Flower of Kent" apple tree at Pennsbury Manor is a direct descendant of the one that dropped an apple in 1666 and inspired Sir Isaac Newton's law of gravity (photo via Pennsbury's Facebook page)

There are loads of outdoor activities on the Trails of History this week and in the weeks ahead and some new additions to the summer camp listings below. Enjoy!

Today, May 6

  • Herb & Garden Faire (in-person), 9 am-5 pm Friday and Saturday, Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
    • Shop for plants from the Heirloom Seed Project and other garden-related vendors. Event runs 9 am-5 pm both days, rain or shine. Several community food trucks and vendors will be on-site as well. Advance tickets are available online (Herb & Garden Faire info & tickets).

Saturday, May 7

  • Garden Mart (in-person), 9 am-1 pm, Old Economy Village
    • Heirloom varieties of plants raised in OEV's greenhouse will be for sale, along with other plants and garden-related items. Admission is free all weekend (Garden Mart info).
  • Spring Gas Up (in-person), 9 am-3 pm, Drake Well Museum & Park
    • The museum hosts the Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society, with displays of antique engines, farm and oil equipment, cars, trucks, and models. Included in regular admision; Hydetown Fire Dept. Auxiliary will have food and beverages for sale (Spring Gas Up info).
  • Spring Nature Walk (in-person), 10 am-noon, Bushy Run Battlefield
    • Learn about the flora and fauna of western PA and explore the grounds. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Pre-registration is required, but you can pay when you arrive (Spring Nature Walk info and tickets).

Sunday, May 8

  • Mother's Day Breakfast (in-person), 10 am-1 pm, Graeme Park
    • Treat someone special to breakfast and a tour; breakfast seatings at 10 and 10:30 am. Reservations are required by May 7 via Eventbrite. Cost is $30 for age 13+, $10 for ages 6-12, free for age 5 and under (Breakfast details and tickets).
  • Living History Theater (in-person), noon-4 pm, Pennsbury Manor
    • Today's presentation, "Women's Monthly Meeting," is drawn from the 17th- and 18th-century minutes of the Falls Women's Monthly Meeting and features leading Quakers, such as Sarah Sirkit, Jane Biles, and others as they work to solve pressing problems within their community. Presented at 12:15, 1:45, and 3:15 pm. Included in regular admission (Living History Theater info).
  • Second Sunday Pop-Up Beer Garden (in-person), 1-5 pm, Hope Lodge
    • Round Guys Brewing Company will be on-site this afternoon, and guided tours of the mansion will be offered at 1 and 2:30 (there is a charge for both). Feel free to bring your lawn chairs and blankets, food, and leashed pets; no fee charged to enjoy the grounds (Beer Garden info).

Tuesday, May 10

  • Education in Lebanon County 1700s to Present, Part 2 (virtual), 7-8 pm, Cornwall Iron Furnace

Wednesday, May 11

  • Sensory Friendly Visit, 10 am-3 pm, Pennsylvania Military Museum
    • Background sound effects in the gallery will be turned off and volume on the orientation film will be lowered (captions always enabled). Register in advance for a timeslot on the hour between 10 and 3. Standard admission rates apply, and you can pay when you arrive (Sensory Friendly Visit info and registration).
  • PHMC Virtual Collections Showcase (virtual), 7-8 pm
    • Tonight's theme is "Health and Medical Devices." Panelists from five PHMC site will present object/stories related to the theme, then the audience votes on their favorite or the one they think best suits the theme. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Virtual Showcase info and registration).

JUST ADDED: Thursday, May 12

  • Ephrata Virtual Academy, 7-8 pm, Ephrata Cloister

Friday, May 13

  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual), 12:15-12:45 pm, The State Museum of Pennsylvania
    • Andrew Rohrbaugh, PA Bureau of Forestry, will talk about native plants, ecosystems, and the importance of using our land for food. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime info and registration).

Advance Tickets or Registrations

  • STEAM on the Rails (in-person), Thursday, May 19, 10 am-1 pm, Railroad Museum of PA
    • The program is for school group students in grades K-6 and features learning stations throughout the Museum - interactive behind-the-scenes tours, a live steam demo, hands-on art activities, and presentations on historic railroading jobs. Ticket sales end May 17 (STEAM on the Rails info and tickets).
  • William Chester Ruth Living History Tours (in-person), Saturday, May 21, 9:30 am-3:30 pm, Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
    • Tours are based on the life and work of local inventor William Chester Ruth, who was born in 1882 in Chester County; his father had been enslaved in South Carolina and his mother was a free woman of color. Ruth will be portrayed by actor Keith Henley of American Historical Theater. Tour times are 9:30, 12:30, and 3; advance tickets are required (William Chester Ruth Tour info and tickets)
  • Trails of History Run (in-person), Sunday, May 22, 7:30 am-?, Daniel Boone Homestead
    • This event includes a 5K, 10K, and 1/2-mile fun run. There will be awards for 5K and 10K races, plus special awards for the best-dressed representation of the 1770s era. Advance registration is required (DBH trail runs info). Training runs for new runners start at 10:30 am every Sunday at the DeTurk House (near the front entrance gate off of Daniel Boone Rd).
  • Drake Well Marathon and Half (in-person and virtual), Sunday, August 14, 7 am-?, Drake Well Museum & Park

Summer Camps on the Trails of History (in-person and virtual)

I'll add to this as I get more info.
  • Pennsylvania Lumber Museum


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