The Inn is full. How many times over the many hundreds of years have we heard that?
This time, Sept. 18 and 19, the Inn is full was heard throughout the Pa. Heritage Festival located at the Heritage Museum outside of Troy, Pa.
Inside the Inn, Elaine Tomb, who participates every other year, demonstrated quilling. The chairs were full the entire weekend with young and old learning the old time art. Paper plates were carried with special handling in fear of their creation being ruined. Elaine supplied the plates to carry the quilling on to keep it safe.
The kitchen of the Inn’s chairs were again filled with all ages making rag dolls. These date back to the age when nothing was thrown away and the old shirts, aprons, blouses, etc. were made into rag dolls for the children, or many other items including quilts. Throughout the Festival grounds one could see the dolls and the big smiles on the faces of the owners that surely brought back memories of their childhood. Erma Brackman does a fantastic job of being chairman of this area.
Valerie Baker, who is a historian of the Underground Railroad, was on hand to show the map of the route of the runaway slaves and to tell their story. More will follow on the stories of the Inn / Mitchell House in the future as they research a chamber that was found under the floor boards in the dining room.
New this year to the Festival was tatting, and Louise Foulkrod did a fantastic job of demonstrating and teaching this art.
Along with Tom Wriebowski, mayor of Mansfield, Pa. and harpist, played relaxing music. Tom also was teaching young fingers how to make music.
One of the favorite places of the Inn is the balcony where one could sit and relax or learn Scherenschnitte, which is fine cutting of paper to create a picture. Melba Campbell settles into her spot every year early Saturday morning and teaches this fine art.
Thanks must be given to all of the tour guides, demonstrators and everyone else involved with the activities of the Inn which kept the entire house active throughout the weekend.
The Pennsylvania Heritage Festival 2011 will again be held the 3rd weekend in September.