Sunday, August 25, 2013


Saturday was gorgeous -- the perfect day for FINALLY getting back to Knoebels amusement park up near Catawissa. (Remember, you DO pronounce the K!).

Sure, they use an address of Route 487, Elysburg, but I like the name of Catawissa better... Besides, that's closer to where my sister lives, just over the mountain from Knoebels.

The park is great -- free parking, free admission, free entertainment, free use of pavilions if you want to take your own picnic lunch. You can get all-day ride plans or just buy some tickets if you don't plan to tackle many of the rides. There are plenty of places to rest, lots of trees and just a great family atmosphere. Check it out at

I've been wanting to ride the Black Diamond, which used to reign at Wildwood as the Golden Nugget   in my youth and had been bought by Knoebels.

The park has changed the ride quite a bit, but it's still great! There's even a small homage to Centralia-- that "hot spot" nearby!

 And of course I LOVE the carousel. I had to have an "up and down" horse, but my daughter chose an "outside" stationary horse so she could grab the rings as the ride spun past that fun challenge.

It's a blur on that ride!!

It's a little racy at the carousel.... and a little grumpy!! But the tunes are catchy!

Of course you have to try the wooden coasters .... The PHOENIX!!

And waiting to ride the Twister...

Should go without saying!!

Waiting to ride the big ferris wheel... the view was worth it!

You have to try the ice cream at the Old Mill ... the salted caramel truffle with hot fudge sauce was SO GOOD!!

Reminders of the floods are seen throughout the park... 

Yep, Knoebels -- k-nothing's more fun!!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Time for Philly Folk Fest!

It's that time of year again ... time for the Philadelphia Folk Festival to take over Upper Salford Township.
As a lifelong resident of Upper Salford, I've grown used to the weekend of music, crafts and, sometimes, mayhem.
But usually it's fairly routine and you're able to ignore the extra traffic and mega increase of people in Upper Salford. Plus, free passes never hurt.
Friday was a great day to head to the fest, as the weather was terrific. So off we went, and I snapped a few photos.
If you get the chance, head to the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford this weekend. You have to experience the folk fest at least once in your lifetime. Why not this year?

Banjo, anyone?

 Think about it...

Perfect day...

 Cool craft area...

The. Best. Ice. Cream.
And from Vermont!!


 Loving the tunes...

 Philly Folk Fest will leave you smiling!

Friday, August 9, 2013

It's 4-H Fair time in Skippack!

Ah, yes, it's August. And time again for the Montgomery County 4-H Fair!
As a 4-H'er from a few years ago, and then as a 4-H parent when my daughter was involved in several clubs plus a club leader and volunteer, I have always loved the 4-H program.
So heading out to the 4-H Center on Route 113 in Skippack is a yearly treat.
I hope you'll get there on Saturday, if you haven't already stopped by to take in the sights and support the kids.
Here are a few photos of some of the 4-H friends you'll find there.
Don't miss it!