Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Furnace Festival and a New Remedy for Insect Stings

Last month when Trenton, Charlotte, and I went to Family Hiking Day with Appalachian Trail Conservancy, I picked up a brochure for the Fall Furnace Festival at Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

Sunday was a beautiful crisp autumn day, so we decided to head out to the festival after church.


And we are so glad that we did.  The festival was so much fun!  And even better – admittance was free!

We started off with apple cider making and tasting.

Charlotte was first up.


She was a great apple grinder.


One would think that all of that juicy apple-y goodness would taste good to any nearby insects.  But no, instead a yellowjacket decided to go for Charlotte’s face.

Our fun ten minutes at the festival could have came to a quick end, but the nice state park education lady and a bucket of cold apples came to the rescue.


Who knew that an apple could provide sting relief?

Apparently it also tasted good!


The apple grinding job was not left unmanned while Charlotte recovered.  Trenton took over right where she left off.


Once another group of kids came along wanting a turn to use the cider grinder/press, Trenton and Charlotte moved onto candle dipping.


They keep saying that they can’t wait for the electricity to go out so that they can burn them.  I’m hoping that we make it until the summer before the electricity goes out again.  This Texas girl isn’t quite ready for the cold Pennsylvania winter.

Next we walked over to the historical demonstrations area.  Our walk over the creek and along the lake to get to the demonstrations was really nice.


And just happens to be part of the Appalachian Trail.


In the history area, we learned about charcoal making and how charcoal was used in the pig iron making process at the furnace.


We talked to the gentleman for 15 minutes.  We all had a lot of questions about the process.

But I only thought that we spent a lot of time with charcoal making.

Trenton could have spent all afternoon at the next station.


Trenton now wants to be a blacksmith when he grows up.  Too bad the job outlook for his newly chosen occupation isn’t very good…

While Trenton was still enamored with the blacksmith, Charlotte moved on to decobbing and grinding corn.


Next we walked to the opposite end of the park for hayrides, the birds of prey show, and pedal carts.  By the time we got over there, the bird show was almost over and the hayride line was really long.  Trenton and Charlotte were more than happy to ride pedal carts though.


On our way out, we grabbed snacks to share.  You can never go wrong with funnel cake!

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Oh, and no, we didn’t forget Evelyn at home.  She slept in the stroller for a while, and then spent the rest of the time taking everything in and looking adorable in her sister’s old winter hat!



Jen said...

You guys are such a fun family!

Rosie said...

Poor Charlotte! Looks like it was a fun day aside from the sting :)

Jessie said...

Way to get involved and do some fun stuff! I love events like this, seeing how things are/used to be done. Looks like a great afternoon together.

Shannon said...

You seriously do the coolest things with your kids.

ANd I know Charlotte was in tears in those pictures after the sting, but man does she look gorgeous there! <3

Amanda said...

THIS looks awesome. Seriously! And I love that last picture of Evelyn!

Amanda B. said...

What a fun day!

♥ ♥ Just a Girl in Love w/ a Soldier ♥ ♥ said...

This looks like so much fun, I bet the kiddos loved it!!!