Mushrooms Are Out of This World: Mixed Media Mail Art
Bazaars, Faires and Turkey Legs
Last weekend, hubby and I took our annual anniversary trip. If you remember last year we visited Pittsburgh. This year we went to Lititz, Pennsylvania for 4 days. We did a lot of shopping the first two days and found some great deals at the outlets. We also visited Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, PA (Yes, I can hear your snickers), which is a collection of little shops featuring specialty foods and crafts. They had an entire store filled with baked and canned goods with samples to test for each one. We visited the village after lunch but joked that we should have gone there for lunch instead since one could fill up on all the samples. The food establishments, especially the ones offering baked and canned goods were run by the Amish. You could watch the Amish ladies as they canned in the kitchen. We live around the Amish but for those that have never seen them, I can see why they would enjoy watching them work.
Down the street, outside of the village, was one of my favorite stores. A Global Bazaar featuring gorgeous Turkish rugs, ceramics and lighting. Let’s just say I wish I could have everything in that store.
This gigantic light fixture was hubby’s favorite. Can you guess how much it cost?
A whopping 15,000! And I can’t even begin to imagine how heavy this would be to hang.
We did a few other things but my favorite was the PA Renaissance Faire. We got there when the gates opened at 11am and left when the gates closed. We didn’t dress up but I am definitely planning my outfit for our next visit. The performers stayed in character the whole time as the story line played out throughout the day. We saw a human chess game, jousting, singing performances and demonstrations (glass blowing, pottery). And there were vendors galore selling period clothing, unusual wares, weapons and food. At the end of the evening we all gathered at this theater for the final show where they crowned Elizabeth queen and they recapped the events of the day. All the individual singing groups gave one last performance. I would have to say that was one of my favorite events of the day as they sung a lot of our favorite Irish songs.
Most of the food vendors did not have a place to sit down so most people were walking around with their food. It is quite an interesting site to see people in period costume, strolling along while eating a turkey leg. But hubby and I do love to sit and enjoy our meal, especially in air conditioning so we chose to eat at the Anchor and Mermaid Tavern, the only sit down establishment with AC. I had a lobster roll while hubby opted for a platter of roast beef, corned beef with cabbage and bangers and mash. The food prices were a bit steeper than we were used too but that was to be expected since we were unable to leave the faire. A soft pretzel was $4, a coffee or tea $3.50 for a small, and our meals were $17, $19 each. But since it was just the two of us we didn’t mind, not to mention you are paying for the experience.
Guest Designer at PaperArtsy
I was over at the PaperArtsy blog a few days ago but am just getting around to sharing it. The theme is Mushrooms. Since I didn’t have a mushroom stamp, I created my own out of the stamps I had on hand. Hop over to the blog to see my project HERE.
I am sharing in with the T ladies hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. Today my drink is a White Spicy Peach that I purchased last weekend when we visited Lititz. Whenever we visit that area, I go to my favorite tea shop, A Tea Affair. I love spicy teas particularly white teas. YUM! I learned a little more about tea this weekend by reading The Tea Book: All Things Tea. It has a lot of great information, recipes and resources and the photography and illustrations are fabulous.
Happy Tea Day,