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2015 CALENDAR
Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr - May - Jun - Jul - Aug - Sep - Oct - Nov - Dec


(All Events, Times, and Prices subject to change)

Check back often for changes and additions.
Many special highlight activities are added for the summer season!

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Please check back often for new happenings
including many extra "highlights" (craft demonstrations, etc.)

January 2015:

School Programs: Teachers see the Educational Programs or Educational Resources sections

January 19 to February 20. - Soap Making Workshops - click here for more information

Saturday, January 24, 2:00-4:00 Due to weather and parking conditions date changed to Saturday, January 31 Animal Tracks – Join Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center staff at Quiet Valley, to discover and interpret the tracks left in the snow by wildlife around the farm.  Winter is a great time of year to get outside and discover the many species of wildlife that roam through a habitat by looking for tracks and other wildlife signs they leave behind.  This two hour outdoor program will be fun for the entire family as we explore the farm and interpret the wildlife signs we uncover.  Please dress to walk outside on snow covered trails.

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February 2015:
School Programs: Teachers see the Educational Programs or Educational Resources sections
February 7, Sat. - Candy, Cards & Confections Workshop, 9:30am to 1pm - click here for more information
Thru February 20. - Soap Making Workshops - click here for more information
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March  2015:
School Programs: Teachers see the Educational Programs or Educational Resources sections
March 7, Sat. - Cabin Fever Workship & Luncheon, 10am to 2pm - click here for more information
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April 2015:

School Programs: Teachers see the Educational Programs or Educational Resources sections

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May 2015:
School Programs: Teachers see the Educational Programs or Educational Resources sections

Rabbit May 16-17: Farm Animal Frolic (Click here for more information)

May 16& 17, Sat. & Sun., 10 am to 4pm (or as long as they last) :
Friends of Quiet Valley Plant Sale
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Do you want nice, healthy vegetable and herb plants for your garden this summer?
Gary Oiler is busy growing hundreds of seedlings including both heirloom and modern day varieties. Select from tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, peppers - hybrid and heirloom, cabbage, broccoli, Spanish onions, herbs, Job’s tear plants, marigolds, Jacob’s Cattle bean seeds, and more. These will be strong, home-grown plants with many varieties not available at your local garden stands and “box” stores. The sale of these plants benefits Quiet Valley. Here’s your chance to buy some vigorous seedlings raised by an experienced horticulturist and to enjoy delicious, fresh produce from your own garden. Come out and support a good cause.

Ducklings May 23-24: Farm Animal Frolic (Click here for more information)

Come out and meet the baby farm animals, play some old fashion games, watch a show, see the sheep being sheared (5/23), enjoy wagon rides, hay jumping and on 5/16 a presentation by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, plus lots more. Come support the farm museum at our first fundraiser of the year.

Sat., May 30, 10 am to 4 pm - Spring Tours

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June 2015:

* Highlights: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm and are included with admission. Schedules subject to change.

Sat., June 6, 10 am to 4 pm - Spring Tours

Sat., June 13, 10 am to 4 pm - Spring Tours

* Quilting - Every Wednesday, June 20 – September 2
Come watch the Quiet Valley Quilters work on this year’s quilt which is raffled off at the annual Harvest Festival in October.

* Bake Oven - Every Saturday, June 20 – September 5
On Saturdays the outdoor brick bake oven is fired up and in use. Come watch the bread being baked, learn about this basic farm activity and try a sample.

June 20, Sat. - 10 am to 5 pm - Open for the summer ! ! !
Check out all the happenings for today:
Garden Party

8th Annual Summer Garden Party from 10:00am to 4:00pm

The Summer Garden Party offers lots of favorite activities such as:

  • Learn how to grow vegetables & use herbs.
  • Tour the gardens & try some samples - Tours given throughout the day
  • Demonstrations & Presentations
  • Children's Area - Veggie Art, Summer Solstice Crafts, Good Clean Fun Area
  • Medicinal Herbs, Culinary Herbs - Recipes and Samples, Bake Oven

Whether you already garden or would like to learn how, the Summer Garden Party is the place to be. If you don’t have a lot of space, it doesn’t matter! Gardening can take place in a window box or large pot! So come on out and join us Saturday, June 20th which happens to be the opening day of summer tours. What a wonderful, relaxing way to start your Quiet Valley summer!

PCA(This project is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), its regional arts funding partnership. State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in the region by the Pocono Arts Council.)

 

VICTORIAN TEA

   Saturday June 20, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. $15.00 by reservation

 

Enjoy tea sandwiches, salad, scones, cookies, sweet breads, tea, lemonade, door prizes, music and a fashion show of vintage hats. Tea attendees with reservations can purchase a reduced price ticket of $8 (or $4.00 for children) for the regular Historic Farm Tour and Summer Garden Party activities which will also be happening that day. A delicious and fun way to support the farm museum.Contact the farm to reserve your place now.  Seating is limited. 570-992-6161 or E-mail


*Saturday, June 27 - Children's Day & Civil War Encampment

Children's Day

 

A Scavenger Hunt, recess games, crafts, and lots of other fun all around the farm for children and their families!

 

Civil War Encampment

Civil War Encampment - 142nd PA Volunteer Infantry
Saturday & Sunday, June 27 & 28

The 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Co. G, Re-enactor’s encampment is a living history presentation. They portray as accurately as possible the drill and everyday life of soldiers in the 1800’s. By doing this they honor those who fought and give us a glimpse into our local history and heritage. The militia encampment is from 10:30 AM to 3 PM on Saturday and 1PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday.

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July 2015:

* Highlights: 10:00 am - 3: 30 pm and are included with admission. Schedule subject to change.

* Quilting - Every Wednesday, June 20 – September 2
Come watch the Quiet Valley Quilters work on this year’s quilt which is raffled off at the annual Harvest Festival in October.

* Bake Oven - Every Saturday, June 20 – September 5
On Saturdays the outdoor brick bake oven is fired up and in use. Come watch the bread being baked, learn about this basic farm activity and try a sample.

*Tuesday, July 7 - Spinning & Weaving Highlight - For centuries spinning and weaving was a necessary activity for every family member. Preparation of the fiber, the spinning of thread or yarn and weaving of cloth were essential skills for the housewife. In early America much of a woman’s time was spent on this labor-intensive task. We will be demonstrating the processes of flax and wool and the spinning and weaving of both.

*Wednesday, July 8 - Nature Trail Highlight - Take a guided tour of our Nature Trail.

*Thursday, July 9 - Basket Making Highlight - You will be able to see the various stages of construction, as a 6 to 8 inch white oak tree is split into ‘splints’ and becomes a functional and beautiful basket.

Saturday, July 11

Music in the Valley
*** 9th Annual Music in the Valley ***

From 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is the place to be to enjoy the sounds of traditional music. Supported in part by a Project Stream grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the ninth annual “Music in the Valley” will feature musical performances at various locations around the historic farm, reminiscent of how it would have been heard in the 19th century

A variety of groups will perform at the different venues and the day will end with a jam session at 3:30. As well as performances throughout the day, there will be hands-on sessions to provide visitors with an opportunity to take a closer look at the music and maybe even try a featured instrument. There will be a sing-a-long, storytelling and activities for children and the young at heart! Puppeteer, Bonnie Scott, will hold puppet shows throughout the day and the One Room School will be open. Wagon rides will take place, weather permitting.

There will be a seminar on traditional music presented by Norm Williams, Tom Druckenmiller, and Betty Druckenmiller. A wonderful opportunity to learn the background of songs you still know and love and how the music of our country developed through the last two centuries.

The event will be held rain or shine, under tents as needed. Schedule is subject to change. Music in the Valley is included in the price of admission for the historic farm tour of $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for ages 3 – 12. The farm tours will run on Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00. Great fun for all ages, so come for a few hours or bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it.

PA Council on the Arts

(This project is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), its regional arts funding partnership. State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in the region by the Pocono Arts Council.)

BBQ Chicken "Quiet Valley Style" in the summer!

Have dinner on the farm Saturday July 11th 4:30 to 6:30pm. Dinner includes 1/4 BBQ chicken, baked potato, choice of cole slaw or 4 bean salad, dessert, and beverage. Eat your dinner on the farm and enjoy the sights and sounds of Quiet Valley.

Cost is $10 per dinner.
Reservations with payment are recommended by July 7.
E-mail or call the farm at 570-992-6161.

This “fun-raising” event is being sponsored by Quiet Valley Friends.

*Thursday, July 16 - Wash Day Highlight - Before the modern day washing machine, dryer and the local dry cleaner laundry day was an all day affair. Come see the advances made in the 1800s from having to scrub your clothes on rocks by the river.

*Friday, July 17 - Food Preservation Highlight - In the time before modern transportation and refrigeration, survival depended upon putting by enough food to last from one harvest to the next and keeping it from spoiling.  Learn how drying, smoking, pickling and canning were used in the past to preserve food stuffs.

 

Saturday, July 18, 9 am

Rooster RunRooster Run

 

Quiet Valley Rooster Run

Start the day with us by participating in our 4rd Annual Cross Country Rooster Run/Walk at Quiet Valley. Race begins at 9 am and prizes will be awarded. The Farm is open for Tours from 10am to 5pm.
5k Cross Country Race & Walk
• Tour the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm property over hill and dale, past the farm ponds, pastures, apple orchards and historical buildings. Course has varying surfaces including grass, dirt, gravel and paved roads
Awards ceremony at 10 am.
Click here for registration at TimberHill Timing

*Tuesday, July 21 - Pantry Staples Highlight - Eggs, Butter, Sugars, Milk.  How to live on what's at hand.

*Thursday, July 23 - Pottery Highlight - This craft has been practiced for thousands of years and was a way to provide families with basic plates, cups and other types of vessels. Today the same articles are made as well as many other functional and artistic items. Come see Joan Glusiec throw some pots and maybe try your hand at this messy, but interesting art form.

*Saturday, July 25 - Floor Coverings Highlight - Carpets, Rugs, Mats & More! - In ancient times rushes, dried grasses and animal skins would have been used as a covering for floors. As the centuries passed floor coverings became more durable and beautiful. Woven carpets, braided and hooked rugs graced the rooms of early settlers and even on the farm the humble corn husk mat would have served a practical purpose as a place to wipe your shoes off before progressing into the house. Learn a little something about ways our ancestors kept their feet off the cold floor.

*Tuesday, July 28 - Ice Cream Social Highlight - An old fashion pastime on a warm summer day was to make some hand cranked ice cream. The canister was filled with good wholesome ingredients like eggs, sugar, cream and then the canister was put in the bucket and surrounded with ice chipped from blocks out of the ice house. Salt was sprinkled on the ice to help it melt which made a colder temperature. Everyone in the family would take turns cranking. Something always tastes better when you work hard for it. Parlor games were a nice way to relax after all that cranking! Come enjoy a taste of old fashioned food and fun. Cranking will be from about 11am for an hour or two.  Help crank and taste the rewards.

*Thursday, July 30 - Paper Craft Day Highlight - Come enjoy a day dedicated to various forms of old time paper crafts, like Quilling, Scherenschnitte, Moravian Stars, Iris Paper Folding, Band Boxes and Perforated Paper. Beautiful and delicate decorations were made using these and other styles of paper crafting.

*Friday, July 31 - Horn Work Highlight - Horns from animals such as cows and sheep were commonly used by settlers to create various practical utensils such as drinking cups, combs, scoops and holders for gunpowder. The demonstrator will share with you the art of horn craftsmanship as he constructs useful items out of horns just as Early Americans did.

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August 2015: 

* Highlights: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm and are included with admission. Schedule subject to change.

* Quilting - Every Wednesday, June 20 – September 2
Come watch the Quiet Valley Quilters work on this year’s quilt which is raffled off at the annual Harvest Festival in October.

* Bake Oven - Every Saturday, June 20 – September 5
On Saturdays the outdoor brick bake oven is fired up and in use. Come watch the bread being baked, learn about this basic farm activity and try a sample.

*Saturday, August 1 - Rye Straw Highlight - Rye straw is a practical material for storage baskets because it discourages rodents and other pests. In the hands of a craftsman, it also makes beautiful baskets as well as hats. A bee skep is another item that for many years was commonly made out of straw.

*Tuesday, August 4 - Rope Making Highlight - Learn how rope was made in the 1800s. A simple seeming, but important item on any farm and traditionally made from hemp, rope was used for many different tasks. At one time in the United States a farmer was expected to have a certain amount of his crop in hemp as it was needed to make rope for all the naval ships in our country’s fleet. Help with this task while you are here for the tour.

*Thursday, August 6 - Traditional Dyeing Highlight - The average Early American settler used wool from sheep and linen made from flax for their clothing. When processed both fibers are an off white to tan color. Since color in clothing was usually desirable the farm wife would have to use natural plant materials to dye the skeins of yarn or fabric. Come discover how cloth was given its vibrant colors in the era before chemicals.

*Friday, August 7 - Honey Bee Highlight - The obvious benefit to beekeeping is the honey, a readily available sweetener in a time when white sugar was imported and expensive.  Don’t forget though the essential role that bees play in the pollination of fruits and vegetables.  An additional benefit is the beeswax which is important in the making of sweet-smelling candles and other decorative items. Cliff Sunflower has a unique and highly entertaining presentation on bee keeping, honey and the life cycle of the honeybee.  Adults will be amused and amazed, but children especially enjoy his interactive presentations.  Check out Dancin. with the Honeybees !

Saturday, August 8

Heritage Craft Day
8th Annual Heritage Craft Day -
Saturday, August 8, 10 am to 4 pm and FarmTours from 10 to 5

Try your hand at early American skills and crafts - There are plenty of hands-on opportunities to interest the entire family. Check out crafts such as Basket Making, Wheat Weaving, Broom Making, Spinning, Weaving, Scherenschnitte, Quilling, Rug Braiding, Blacksmithing and more! There will be a children’s Make & Take area. As always the schedule is subject to change, but there will plenty for everyone to see and do.

PCA

(This project is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), its regional arts funding partnership. State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in the region by the Pocono Arts Council.)

 

*Tuesday, August 11 - Lime Kiln Highlight - Successive dome-shaped layers of limestone and wood or coal were built up in the kiln.  When loading was complete, the kiln was kindled at the bottom, and the fire gradually spread upwards through the charge. When burnt through, the lime was cooled and raked out through the base.

*Thursday, August 13 - One Room School Highlight - The Three R's - The schoolmarm will be holding class in the One-Room School.  Join us and learn how your grandparents learned their three Rs (reading, writing & arithmetic) with all of those students of different ages and grades in one room.

*Friday, August 14 - Chair Caning Highlight - Caning or seat weaving was an important craft in early America and is still popular today for use in both antique and modern furniture. Some chair seat bottoms and stools were woven with rush.  Eventually as imported products became easier to procure cane from trees in Asia was used and the seats were referred to as caned. The Shakers were known for using strips of “tape”, sometimes in two different colors, to create a checkerboard pattern on seat bottoms and chair backs. All of these types of materials made for strong seats and could add a decorative touch to homes.

*Thursday, August 20 - Bobin Lace Highlight - Bobbin lace is one of several ways of making lace.  It is a skill that was brought from the old country where it was used primarily on clothing for the wealthy.  Lace making was often taught in poor houses and orphanages so that the folks in those institutions would be able to make a living and not be a drain on society. Making bobbin lace for sale was often a cottage industry.  It was work that could be done in the winter months, when there was less work to do outdoors on the farm.  These days it is an interesting and beautiful craft that is fascinating to watch and do. 

Saturday & Sunday, August 22 & 23 -  

Pocono State Craft Festival

    * * * The Pocono State Craft Festival * * *

Quiet Valley is the host site for the 29th Annual Pocono State Craft Festival. So come on down to the farm to see some distinctive crafts on display for your shopping pleasure. From fine jewelry to woodworking, clothing, metal work, stained glass, basketry, pottery, leather, furniture and more there is something for everyone. Enjoy craft demonstrations, and Dixieland and Bluegrass music while enjoying festival food.

There will not be regular Quiet Valley admission or farm tours these two days, but we will be offering wagon rides, bake oven operation, a bake sale, quilt raffle ticket sales, and our Gift Shop will be open.

For more information, artist application, and discount coupons, see poconocrafts.com

*Tuesday, August 25 - Sauerkraut Highlight - Sauerkraut was an important staple in the early Pennsylvania German diet and a source of vital nutrients. See a special demonstration on sauerkraut preparation.

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September 2015:

Saturday, September 5 - 3rd Annual Farm to Table Food Tasting - Adults $15 ; Ages 3-10 $8; 4:30 to 6:30pm groups go out every 15 minutes
Enjoy four food tastings on the farm, all made with locally sourced food products; Learn about some harvest lore & fall gardens; Try a typical farm task & watch a heriatge craft demonstration. Come support this delicious fundraiser for the farm museum and experience a unique look at Quiet Valley on this special evening visit.

September 7, Mon. - Yes, we are open on this Monday, Labor Day for regular tours from 10am to 5pm.

Sat., September 12, 10 am to 4 pm - Fall Tours. Admission will be $5 for children (ages 3–12) and $8 for adults.

Sat., September 19, 10 am to 4 pm - Fall Tours. Admission will be $5 for children (ages 3–12) and $8 for adults.

So mark your calendars now and plan to visit us this fall!

School Programs - Teachers see the Educational Programs or Teacher Resources sections

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October 2015:

Harvest Festival October 10 & 11, Sat. & Sun., 10 am to 5 pm -
H
arvest Festival
, Columbus Day Weekend

Heritage Craft Demonstrations, Tasty Country Foods, Folk Entertainment, Storytelling, Children's Activities, Handcrafted Items for Sale, Quilt Raffle (Click here for more information)


Friday, October 23 from 5 to 8pm, Saturday, October 24 from 1 to 8pm, and
Sunday, October 25, 1 to 5pm - . . . SPOOKY DAYS ON THE FARM . . .

Halloween on the FarmWe are open for public tours with a Halloween theme!

Take a tour of our historic farm and enjoy a look at the stranger side of Quiet Valley. During the daytime it will be more family focused with some not so spooky ghost stories. Also, learn about Halloween Creatures – Facts & Fiction, Halloween songs and take a horse-drawn Wagon Ride through our Covered Bridge and out the country lane (weather permitting).  Take a Pony Ride (Sat. & Sun., 1-5pm) (extra charge, weather permitting). There will also be a children’s craft area.

After dark things will get spookier as guests can visit the Hag in the Woods if they dare and also help solve a murder that took place on the farm. You can also visit the Halloween Creatures – Facts & Fiction area at night.

There will be some light refreshments available.

Spooky Days on the Farm will take place rain or shine; Schedule subject to change; Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children (3-12). All money raised is used to support the mission of our non-profit historic farm museum and its educational programs.

 

School Programs - Teachers see the Educationall Programs or Teacher Resources sections

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November 2015:

School Programs - Teachers see the Educational Programs or Teacher Resources sections

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December 2015:
 
 

OTC Manger December 5 & 6, Sat. & Sun. - Old Time Christmas (Click here for more information)
December 12 & 13, Sat. & Sun.- Old Time Christmas (Click here for more information)


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