Monday, December 5, 2016

Heating Up a Chilly Night

Burning of the Phoenix (and my face. Ouch.)

A pretty cool hot annual event takes place not too far from where I live. 
It has been one of those bucket list items I can finally cross off the list. 

Street Activities on Bridge Street

It is the Firebird Festival named appropriately for the Phoenix - 
the namesake of the borough of Phoenixville. 

Morris Dancers - The Best Thing on Bridge Street 

Phoenixville drew its name from the Phoenix Iron Works 
which was the business around which the borough grew in the early 1800s. 
Once the iron industry in the United States began closing, 
that was also the end of the Phoenix Iron Works. 
Phoenixville declined. 

A Member of the Playing Mantis Fire Performers 

But like every good suburban town, 
Phoenixville has re invented itself 
with unique shops, restaurants and a historic district...
and a Firebird Festival.  

The Fire Dancers and The Phoenix

Each year for 13 years, Phoenixville builds a huge bird from wood - 
and then burns it down. 
Each year the design of the bird is different. 
Think of all the symbolism you can make from that. 



A Member of the Playing Mantis Fire Performers 

Phoenixville is located in Chester County, Pennsylvania. 



My two cents...if you go: 
The buskars were supposed to be "up and down" 
bridge street, but basically we found only 2  
and they performed in one location on Bridge St.  

I never found two of the fire performing groups. 

There were no maps to help you find locations - 
as an outsider just telling me where something will be held is of little help. 
Handout maps would have been helpful. 

The vendors should have moved their cars so as not to obstruct views 
and help with pedestrian flow. 

I bought a pulled pork sandwich and it was...cold! 

The best part of the night - medieval battle, the fire dancers and the fire - 
are held at a park 1 mile from the street activities. 

Having to hang in a shop to listen to music was a little awkward. 

If I went again I would just go to Friendship Field...
maybe after getting something to eat in town from a restaurant. 

Park in a location to make your exit easy so you will not have closed streets in your path. 
I lucked out with this one! 

Dancing To The Very End

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Where Have All The Apples Gone?

Yeah, I am late to the apple party. 

Look Mom, no two hands. 

We picked these back in September. 

Little K-cakes first trip to the farm
Did you see the little witch's hat on K-cakes? 
I couldn't resist that when I found it. 

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I know, it is time for Turkeys 
and I am still editing apples.  

Apple Bins

At least I can get these off the computer now. 




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Monday, November 7, 2016

Autumn Glory

I haven't had much time to spend outside this fall 
or to take photos for myself - 
but then there was one beautiful fall day last week... 
and I spent it at Valley Forge National Historic Park.

George Washington's Headquarters

Valley Forge is the site of a Revolutionary War Winter Encampment 
of the Continental Army under George Washington in 1777-1778.


The park is 3500 acres and includes trails, historic structures and monuments. 


This park is just about half an hour from my home. 

 

Inside Washington Memorial Chapel 

Naked and Starving as they are
We cannot enough admire
the Incomparable Patience and Fidelity
of the Soldiery."
National Memorial Arch

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