A Memorable Fair


As you unpack from the Fair, what are some of your best memories of Grange Fair 2015? We enjoyed our good old traditions – trying out the tractors, getting some hair cuts (including a French Braid this year), the freshly-squeezed Orange Juice, the animal shows, and Kiddie Day rides.

One of my favorite moments was when we saw dear friends sitting on a bench near the tram. Suzanne patted the seat next to her and said, “Here, sit down and talk a bit!” I guess we never outgrow our need to be welcomed, because this meant the world to me. I pulled the stroller over and we talked about this and that. They even passed up a tram while we were talking and waited for the next one instead. True friendship! :) The people are the best part about the Fair, no doubt about it.

(I also got a glimpse of the famous Pierogi-maker, Helen Beveridge. As she served pierogis, she had the hugest smile on her face. 91 years old?! She looked incredible. No older than 70. I think it was the smile.)

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So fancy!


I cannot believe that they are big enough to ride those zippy swings! Where has the time gone?!


The highlight for these three was the packed-house Francesca Battistelli concert on Friday night. They said she rocked!


What’d you love this year?? I’ll store your ideas away for next year…

 Enjoy your home,

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Get Strong with Coach Joan


Penns Valley’s Coach Joan of Blueberry Hill Academy Fitness makes me want to live better and take care of myself. Here’s something she recently posted on facebook:

“We do not have a “weight” problem. We have a lack of strength problem.

And it doesn’t have to be a “problem” if we are working at gaining strength.

The human species is not a sedentary species, nor a weak species. Just look at all the joints we have….and our musculature…. and consider for a moment….why?

Because movement, in all sorts of directions and ways is our heritage.

Find something you dig, don’t get caught up in whether it’s “the right” thing or not…or the popular thing… or if you’re doing it long enough or hard enough. Just find the thing(s) you dig – and do it so it is enjoyable.

Quit beating yourself up (if you are), quit waiting for the PERFECT time (“perfect” is a rainbow-unicorn), quit waiting for approval from others (it is utterly unnecessary).

Get after it.”

 Enjoy your home,

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The Great Grange Fair 2015: August 21st – August 29th


It’s time to dust off a copy of The Grange Fair: An American Tradition and get excited about the Valley’s biggest event of the year!

Everything you need to know about the schedule can be found on the Grange Fair website, but I pulled up some GoPennsValley.com links from our past Grange Fairs in case you want some suggestions about what to eat, see, and do.

Visiting the pigs, cheering on the 4-H kids, and learning about farming

Enjoying the playground and the Library Field Trips

Spending as much time as possible at the Equine Arena

Trying Something New: animal dressing contests and freshly squeezed orangeade

Flying high on the “Funnest Ride” in the Park

Hair cuts at the Fair??

The Grange Fair Talent Show

Who’ll be the Grange Fair Queen this year?

I’ve discovered that it’s good to go into the Fair with some goals about how to make the most of your time there. Who do you want to spend time with? What do you want to experience? What do you want to see? And, of course, what do you want to eat?? :)

What’s at the top of your list for Grange Fair 2015?

 Enjoy your home,

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What’s Up This Weekend: 8/7 – 8/9

Agriculture is in the air, Penns Valley! This weekend, enjoy our 4th Annual FarmFest AND PASA’s 10th Annual Farm Tour. These are top-notch events that celebrate the people and the land we love.

Visit our Community Calendar for other great events happening in the Valley this weekend!



 Enjoy your home,

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What’s Up This Weekend: 7/31 – 8/2

Visit our Community Calendar to discover the great things happening in the Valley this weekend (including more community yard sales…).

This week, we’re highlighting Family Life of Penns Valley’s 5K Walk/Run and 10-mile Bike Ride. What a great way to get some exercise on a beautiful summer’s day.  Here’s what you need to know:5K WALK RUN BIKE 2015 Registration Form


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Friday Night Fish Fry at Burk’s!


The all-you-can-eat buffet at Burkholders Country Market has moved to Friday Nights starting July 31.

This week, it is Fish Fry Friday (try to say that 10 times fast)!

$11.95 all you can eat, including the incredible salad bar, and Mrs B’s home made desserts. Stop by any time between 4 and 8 p.m.

See you there!

 Enjoy your home,

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October’s Coming: Volunteer for the Dutch Fall Festival 2015



Aaronsburg Civics Club (ACC) invites you to be a part of their annual Dutch Fall Festival. This weekend-long event is the ACC’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Volunteer opportunities abound! Contact Erin Barto today: [email protected]

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Thursday: Girl and Boy Scouts at the Library

The Centre Hall Library’s “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program is in full swing. Each Thursday, they are hosting heroes – from Captain America to WWII veterans.


This Thursday (July 30), stop by any time between 2 – 4 p.m. to meet some boy and girl scouts. (I married a former boy scout, so I know what heroes they can be!) While you’re there, let the librarians know what you’ve been reading, enter the prize drawings, and browse the shelves for your next stack of books.

 Enjoy your home,

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Be Careful at Centre Hall Elementary School Playground (Updated)


(Update: The school district is on the case! They’ll keep us posted about the playground.)

In the meantime, I wanted to let you know to be careful if you are taking your children to the Centre Hall Elementary School playground. Our 10-year-old noticed that the balcony (above) is quite shaky and the boards are getting loose. We’d hate for a child to fall and get hurt!

While we’re at it, be careful on the following climbing apparatus, too. It’s shaky as well; a bunch of energetic kiddos could probably bring it down.


I’m grateful Penns Valley is on the case. Thanks for taking care of our kiddos!

 Enjoy your home,

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What’s Up This Weekend: 7/24 – 7/26

Keep your yard sale oomph! The season is far from over!

This weekend, scout out the treasures in Rebersburg, during their town-wide yard sales.

To find out what else is going on this weekend, visit the Community Calendar.

 Enjoy your home,

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