|The Weathervane Shop.|
Last night we picked up friends Bill and Debbie and drove down through Hershey, headed for Landis Valley Museum for its annual Bonfire Night. We stopped for a bite to eat in Hershey and then drove on 322 east to 501 south, through Lititz (one of our favorite towns) and on to Neffsville, where we turned off the highway and soon arrived in Landis Valley Museum's massive parking lot.
We had to circle the lot like a vulture, watching for people vacating a spot and claiming it before someone else did. Finally we pulled in, jumped out (well, sort of oozed out) and headed toward the Weathervane Shop, the museum shop selling all sorts of items related to farm and village life in the 19th century. It stands at the entrance to the open air museum itself.
|The shop window.|
Next we mosied onto the museum grounds, soon realizing that we were late for the bonfire itself. As we approached, it was being doused by local fire trucks, and the crowd was moving en masse toward the Yellow Barn. I thought they'd have kept the fire going during the entire event, but now we know better.
|Food in the tavern.|
|In the Yellow Barn.|
|A tree in the Landis House.|
After the cookies and cider, we drifted over to the Landis Brothers' house (they founded the museum) and saw two rooms there, one decorated for the season with a wreath and a decorated feather tree. We passed by the general store, the firehouse, and the tin shop on our way back to the car.
The best part was spending time with our friends, catching up on all the news, and having a few laughs.
Looking past the campfire to the tavern.
A food display. Notice the upside down Christmas
tree. We have seen those in a previous post!
An interpeter tells visitors about the tree.
Unfortunately, I was not able to hear him.
Here's a photo of a tree from
the museum's collection. Wild, no?
The Yellow Barn is on the left; the tavern at right.
Luminaries lighted the steps of the shop.
Here's the second of two front shop windows.