Horseshoeing Trip

I am late getting pictures up, but we had a great time at Beth Slater’s last week watching Paint get new shoes.  I learned so much!

Farrier and homeschooling mom Lori McBride taught us all about a horse’s feet and showed us how she trims and shoes them.  We even got to watch her forgework as she hammered shoes into shape.  Great trip!  Thanks, Beth and Lori!

Kingsway Pumpkin Farm

Our afternoon started out overcast and windy, but the skies cleared to sunshine, making it the perfect fall day to visit Kingsway Pumpkin Farm.  We spent over three hours there but could easily have stayed longer.  There is a lot to do!

First, can I say how very much I appreciate a business celebrating the beautiful autumn season without including any of the creepy, gory, death-glorifying yuck that comes with that fall holiday I abhor?  Not once did I have to tell my little ones to “look away” for fear of some dreadful scene etching horrifying images into their minds or giving them nightmares.  Thank you, Kingsway, for the truly family-friendly atmosphere!

Our group sure seemed to enjoy itself.  First, we enjoyed a wagon ride to the pumpkin and gourd patches where each child tried to select just the perfect sized and shaped squash items to take home.

Then we were turned loose to try not to get lost in navigate the challenging corn maze and win some prizes,

play on all the unique playground equipment,

round up a band of gnarly outlaws,

get a workout and pump our way to victory at the wacky ducky dash,

and play in the gigantic corn box.

I can’t be the only mom who kept finding corn that had fallen out of the little ones’ shoes, pockets and underwear after we got home—can I?

There were more activities too—a petting zoo, straw tunnel, mini maze and “train” ride.  What a fun day!

The Sound of Music

Today we enjoyed a performance of my favorite musical, The Sound of Music, produced by Crown Theater Productions and performed at Columbiana’s Main Street Theater.

Thank you Sister Berthe Janet Trapp for making us aware of this opportunity!  It’s extra fun when you know someone in the cast!

The theater was fabulous to work with in making arrangements for our group, the performance was wonderful, and I have heard nothing but kudos from the attendees I’ve spoken with.

Anyone else’s young ones sing the whole way home?

A number of you mentioned that your children now have a keen interest in learning more about the family, and I wanted to share two resources I highly recommend.  The first is The Story of the Trapp Family Singers:  The Story That Inspired The Sound of Music, by Maria Augusta Trapp.  The author’s name says it all.  If you want the real story, the true story, go to a primary source—and you won’t get more primary than Maria herself!

Another book we love is The World of the Trapp Family by Anderson and Wade.  The main appeal of this book is that it is absolutely loaded with color photos of the family, memorabilia, maps, and stunning views of the region.  It also contains plenty of history of the family’s lives, both pre-war and post-war.

Happy reading (and singing)!

Glamorgan Castle

Yesterday we toured Alliance’s most famous landmark, the Glamorgan Castle.  The great marble mansion, now valued at over $8 million, was built between 1901 and 1905 at at cost of $400,000.  Built by the Col. William Henry Morgan, it was named after Glamorganshire, Wales, his father’s birthplace.

Model of Col. Morgan's most famous invention---"the overhead traveling crane, which made it possible for the steel industry to operate on a large tonnage basis."

The Castle has changed hands several times throughout its history and is now home to the Alliance City School District’s administrative offices.

Constructed from blue and white Vermont marble, the castle is impressively castle-like on the outside, although the inside tells another story.  The labyrinth of the interior is a combination of various styles and hand-carved exotic woods, and sections of the three floors and basement have also been renovated over the years.

One could truly lose their way on the inside.  In fact, I half-seriously asked our docent if he got lost the first time he gave a tour, and with a laugh, he confessed that he indeed had.

While office space and storage now occupies a good part of the building, the Castle retains much of its artistic charm and architectural detail, and efforts remain underway to restore it as much as possible to its original glory.

the beautiful rotunda

A thorough history of Glamorgan Castle may be found here.  Guided tours are available on Fridays at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Thanks to Tonya Capstick for providing the photos.

Akron Fossils and Science Center

Unfortunately, I missed this trip, so many thanks to Angela Sprague for guest posting about it.

Today we had the opportunity to visit the Akron Fossils and Science Center where we not only heard about fossils but actually held some!

Josiah Detwiler, the museum’s outreach director, gave a detailed and interesting presentation in the museum’s lecture hall about dinosaur bones, fossils, and eating habits, incorporating the museum’s hands-on relics for each of the audience members to hold and examine. We held a tooth, claw nail, dinosaur egg, a very heavy mastodon bone plus a “unique” fossil of dinosaur . . . ahem.

At the end of his presentation, we made paper airplanes for test flights outside after the rest of the tour.  Our pilots hooked their plane (via unbent paper clip on the plane’s nose) to a large rubber band stretched a couple feet across a platform, pulled the band back sling shot style, then let go and watched their plane soar – some planes spiraled – across the museum grounds!

Before we went outside though, we split into two groups to tour the Days of Creation and geological displays, including information about the Grand Canyon.  After the tours and flights, we had a bonus power point presentation on rocks – sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous – and how water both erodes and forms new rock formations, giving us a glimpse at the powerfulness of the flood!

The time wasn’t enough to see all the displays and absorb all the details of God’s creation, so another trip to this Gospel-centered museum is a must!

P. Graham Dunn

We had an interesting tour yesterday of P. Graham Dunn, manufacturer of beautiful wooden inspirational art, gifts and home decor.

When you first enter the lobby, there are a number of gargantuan plaques adorning the walls, such as the one below.  It may appear to be a normal-size in the picture, but to get an idea of its scale, note the smaller, “normal-size” plaque in the the lower right corner.

WOW.  Now, wouldn’t this look grand on my still-bare foyer wall?  Unfortunately, I’m about $3K short.  But the good news is that there are many, many affordable gifts and decor items for sale.

It was our first time visiting, and I just loved the store.  Check out their website or facebook page to see what I mean.

Our tour was led by an enthusiastic guide, Harry, who showed us all the equipment around the factory. We watched as this laser machine burned away wood to create Christmas ornaments . . .

. . . such as this "JOY" ornament he is holding.

Pallets and pallets of "blank slates" just waiting for some inspiration to be decoupaged on.

Some finished products ready for shipping.

We made a day of it by visiting Lehman’s and Smuckers too.  How about everyone else?  Did you make any other stops before heading home?