Yesterday I ventured to Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania to attend "In The Grand Old Summertime." "The Grand Old Summertime" is a yearly event that looks at summer activities in the Victorian Era. Pennypacker Mills also hosted a British car show, but I was more interested in the Victorian history aspect.
Once I made it past the car show and onto the Pennypacker property, I stepped onto the porch and had the opportunity to dress Victorian. One of the events was a Victorian photoshoot. I can't pass those up! The volunteers helped me pick out an outfit that would look best on me. One showed me a beautiful blue skirt and I exclaimed, "I want that one!" Another picked out a white blouse. I dressed as they picked out a broach, hat, and hair tie to hold my hair back. Quickly I was transformed into a Victorian woman. Ella, the head of Pennypacker Mills, handed me a parasol and took my photos.
I'm going to use this as my author photo for "As Far As The Eyes Can See"
Then the one volunteer instructed me to sit down on the rocking chair, put the parasol beside me and hold a Chinese fan. I liked how this photo turned out.
After the Victorian dress up and photoshoot, I went to the song tent. The theme was "Songs of the Flags." I hung out for an hour because the performer was amazing! I loved hearing the stories and histories of how the songs were written and the significance behind the songs. The singer always performs for Pennypacker Mills's Civil War reunion and always puts on a good show.
I then played games. Croquet was a bit challenging. I loved playing with the Jacob's Ladder, and jump roping. I probably looked like a fool jump roping since it's been 15 years, but it was all in good fun. It was good exercise. Playing with vintage toys, especially the yo-yo was fun.
Then the hands-on barn! I loved going into the dark cavern to get an idea coal miners had to work in. It reminded me of being in a dark room, developing film. After a while, one gets claustrophobic in total darkness. Riding the horse and carriage and then going into a general store was neat too. Of course, I love the house tours.
"In the Good Old Summertime" lasted from 11am- 3pm. I left at 2:40. It was a fun day out and I would recommend it for next year. However, Pennypacker Mills offers all different types of events that are fun for the whole family! You can visit their site here or call 610-287-9349 for more information.