Another activity Mom and I enjoyed this weekend was heading out to a local folk festival. It's one I've wanted to go to for a few years since it's at a living history site like the one where I have volunteered. Both this one and the one I am familiar with highlight Pennsylvania German culture. The one near to me covers early 19th century whereas the one I visited this weekend covers the Colonial period. It was really interesting to note some of the differences and similarities.
Here we have an example of bobbin lace making. It looks quite complex but the lady demonstrating demystified the process considerably. It's still painstaking though.
This is a butter mold. These were used not just as decoration but as a way to "brand" a local farm's butter so it was recognizable in the market.
Just a corner of a house that intrigued me.
This is the dining table in the same house.
In the house, which was quite dimly lit, there was a demonstration of hearth cooking. This is not the best picture I've ever taken since I wanted to try capturing the scene without resorting to using flash. It meant using a slow shutter speed and trying to control camera shake without a tripod or even a sturdy surface to rest the camera on. I found out there's an application for marksmanship skills in this. Hold your breath, squeeze the trigger slowly and smoothly...or the shutter release as the case may be.
A row of planes at the carpenter's section of the festival.
A powder horn that was typical to this particular area. Most of the other decorated powder horns were decorated with scrimshaw. This one was etched with a mildly acidic solution rather than carved and inked. I quite liked it.
I've always loved the stone farm houses that dot the area where I grew up so I had to get a shot of some stone work.