Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Apple Festival - Sort of

Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather is perfect, the air is clear and cool, and the food is yummy. But another reason why I like fall so much is the abundance of festivals in this area. There's nothing like free entertainment when you have 2 small kids, and festival games, craft booths and festival food are pretty darn exciting, as far as we are concerned.

The Annual Apple Festival is one of our favorites. It is held at the historic settlement of Bethabara, the first settlement in this area. And get this, it was originally settled by women - who walked here all the way from Pennsylvania! Cool, eh?

Unfortunately for us this year, the week prior to the festival was full of rain, and the forecast predicted more of the wet stuff that morning, so the festival was cancelled. This fact was unknown to us, however, until we arrived at the park and found it empty.

Rather than turn the car around and travel home with some seriously disappointed kids, we decided to tour around the historic landmark. These pictures are from that day.


Notice any rain in this photo? Um . . . no. No apples either.



Ben was totally psyched about walking on railroad tracks. He was hoping Thomas was right around the bend.


Down the steps of the original stone basements of the settlement.






In the grape arbor of the garden.








Dear God, thank you for allowing me to be born in an age and time of running water, electricity, and . . . floors. Amen.



I asked her to go stand by the pretty flowers so I could take her picture. Apparently, her idea of "stand" is to twist her body into an awkward pose. Charming.



So, no Apple Festival, but it turned out to be a pretty darn good day anyway.

1 comment:

The Fab 4 said...

Luke is also a fan of the contorted pose. Why, children? Why?