From Berlin, OH, we had a drive of a little over two hours to the home of our daughter, Lora, and our son-in-law, J. Michael, south of Pittsburgh. We went back to our old hometown for our annual doctor appointments and to spend some time with family and friends.
Lora and J. Michael have a nice gravel pad beside their garage where we park while we are there. A couple of years ago, Paul enlarged the gravel pad that was already there to better accommodate our motor home. On this visit, he also installed a 30-amp electric line. We had been using a 15-amp plug in the garage which was just enough to keep our batteries charged and to run some lights and the TV. Now we will be able to use the microwave or one of our air conditioners if we need it.
Lora and J. Michael also use the gravel pad for their travel trailer (they store the trailer at the garage of a friend when we are using the pad), and now they will be able to use the new plug as well when they plug in to run the fridge when they're getting ready for a trip.
Speaking of Lora and J. Michael's trailer, they have the 11-year old trailer that used to be ours before we bought our motor home. While we were in Pittsburgh, they placed an order for a new Laredo super-light travel trailer. We're very excited for them. They ordered the trailer from Clem's Trailer sales where we bought our motor home. We were very pleased with the price and service we got from Clem's, and it looked like Lora and J. Michael got a good deal there, too.
We arrived on a Friday and were able to relax on Saturday. After church on Sunday we drove over to Saxonburg, PA, to Penn's Colony Festival. Penn's Colony is an outdoor craft show featuring period crafts and folk art. The vendors are all dressed in colonial costumes, and the booths all have a colonial appearance. The photo below shows some of the costumed vendors in front of one of the booths.
Not only do the vendors dress in costume, but there is a colonial-era military encampment, battle reenactments (the fellow in red in the photo above is playing the part of a colonial British soldier), and entertainment. We enjoyed the listening to the bagpipers.
Penn's Colony Festival is held on two consecutive weekends in late September. This year is their 27th year. The next photo shows some of the approximately 200 craft and food booths at the show.
In the early years, Penn's Colony was held on the grounds of a church camp near Butler, PA, and we happened to have a seasonal campsite at the family campground at the church camp at that time. Although we had to put up with a little noise and traffic on the weekends of the festival, those of us who were seasonal campers got into the show for free. Penns Colony has grown significantly from 40 or 50 crafters in those early years. The property where Penn's Colony is held now is owned by the promoter and is used exclusively for the festival. This has made it possible to build permanent structures for some of the crafters.
We had fun looking, but we didn't buy anything - except food. We call the food at county fairs, carnivals and craft shows "fair fare." Penn's Colony had some good, but somewhat expensive, fair fare.
After our lunch of fair fare we had one more area of crafts to check out before heading home. The next photo shows J. Michael, Lora and Margery on our way to the exit.
We were busy during our stay in the Pittsburgh area with doctor appointments, projects, and visits. There was only one day during the 13 days we were there that we were both home all day. Paul worked on projects, and Margery cooked dinner for all of us on that day and did laundry, so we still didn't have time to just relax.
Another thing we did during our stay was to take Paul's step mom to lunch. We met at Bella Frutteto Restaurant. Bella Frutteto is in a little strip mall in Wexford, PA, near where we used to live in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh. For lunch, they have a wide selection of delicious pannini and other sandwiches.
Margery and Lora have a tradition of going to tea. In the spring, the tradition is "Tea and Toes" (they would go for pedicures, then go to tea afterward), but this fall it was "Tea and Kohl's." In spite of our busy schedule, they made time to go shopping at Kohl's after doing tea at Uniquely Yours Tea Room.
The girls enjoyed being pampered amidst the Victorian decor. Uniquely Yours offers 40 different gourmet teas, delicious tea sandwiches, and homemade desserts and pastries. In the next photo, Lora is checking out the selection of teas to try to decide which one she wants to try.
With the exception of a couple of return visits to the dentist during our stay for Margery (she had been experiencing problems, so she was expecting to have to have some work done), we were happy to receive good reports from all our doctors. We are ready to hit the road again.
When we arrived in Pittsburgh the high temperatures were in the upper 60s with lows in the 50s. By the time we left the highs were in the 50s with lows in the low 40s. Needless to say, we are heading south.