Saturday, October 5, 2013

Gruber Wagon Works - Berks Heritage Center

The Berks Heritage Festival was the reason to get out on a beautiful fall day.

A beautiful venue along the Tulpehocken Creek was the back drop for numerous crafters, food, entertainment, historians and tours of the Canal Building and Gruber Wagon Works.

Free admission with a $5 parking donation was the entrance fee.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

New Hope Train

The growing New Hope Arts Festival, held in late September, has moved up the hill to the large school parking lot where it can accommodate the large number of artists and shoppers.

Most people also meander down the hill to walk the town and explore the ecclectic shops and diverse food choices.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

SOS (Steaks on South) - Philadelphia

A couple blocks from Jim's Steaks is the not so famous SOS (Steaks on South).

Not wanting to brave the hour long line of Jim's, we walked up to the counter and ordered cheese steaks and fries.

In ten minutes, we were eating a really good cheesesteak.

Add SOS to the abundant list of good Philly cheesesteak spots.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Wilbur Chocolate Factory - Lititz

A visit to Lititz wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Wilbur Chocolate Factory/Store.

Chocolate scent permeates the downtown beckoning you to visit the building.

Free samples are popular and usually lead to purchasing a bag or two of Buds.

Besides Wilbur's, Lititz has a vibrant main street with many cool shops and restaurants.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Saw Mill Demonstration - Hay Creek Festival

More attractions at the festival are the old saw mill and wood working shop.

Belt-driven machines are attached to old tractors fitted with drive wheels to power the machinery.

Civil War Letter - Hay Creek Festival

The Civil War Encampment is a popular attraction at the Hay Creek Festival at Historic Joanna Furnace.

Knowlegable historians dressed in early American clothes are everywhere during this festival.

Highly skilled crafters show and sell their wares.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hot Peppers - Bowers Chile Pepper Festival

A really cool and wildly popular event occurs in early September in the park in the little town of Bowers.

Easily 50 vendors booths with the common theme of chile peppers offer their unique products. The originality and amazing flazors to sample (and purchase) make this a very memorable event.

The subtle heat of chile peppers recipes is truly enjoyable while the uncomfortably hot peppers are rare and clearly marked for the more adverntuous.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

High Line - West Side NYC

Last year, 11,000,000 people hiked the High Line Park in NYC. Open since 2009, it has fastly become another must see walk in the city.

Starting at Gansevoort St in the Meat Packing district and running to 30th Street with 8 access points, several with elevators, the sites are great on the old rail line as well as the views of the river, streets and buildings.

Traveling over three major neighborhoods, it's surely worth while to visit the streets as well. The Meat Packing District with its cobblestone streets is full of restaurants, shops and even an Apple store. Chelsea has over 100 truly diverse artist stores and galleries. To support the arts are a large residential area, dozens of restaurants, cafes and shops. Hells Kitchen and Railroad Yards are the final section.

Top of The Rock - Rockefeller Center NYC

Skip the long lines at the Empire State Building and go to the Top of The Rock instead.

Stunning 360 views are the draw. Now called the GE building, it is surrounded by many new sky scrapers and hundreds of old architectural gems as well.

I could spend hours there with my camera shooting wide shots, and extreme close ups. I try to identify buildings that I noticed while on the street.

Countless subjects to look at make this a must see destination when visiting on a pleasent day.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Main Street - Manayunk

Manayunk is a fun Philadelphia neighborhood for food lovers.

Literally any flavor for you taste buds and price preference. There are some old family owned classic spots too.

Summer is full of festivals, and nearly every restaurant has street side dining.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Joanna Furnace World War Two Weekend

Another must see event at Joanna Furnace is the WWII weekend held July 20th.

A wonderful tribute by reenactors and even a few living verterans were there with memorabilia and great stories.

Exceptionl food, vendors and a large collection of period military vehicles and classic cars filled the grounds for the hundreds of fans in attendance.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Wings and Wheels - Golden Age Air Museum

I believe the sweltering hot weekend hurt the attendance of this unique and fun event.

WW reenactors had encampments. Classic cars showed up and many bi-planes flew in for the festival.

Probably 30 plus airplanes, many quite old, parked on the field for close inspection and some were available for rides.

Food trucks and live entertainment were also available for enjoyment.

Located in Bethel PA, the Golden Age Air Museum had some wonderful airplane models and a few outdoor hangers had fullsize planes being reconditioned.