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Keene Pumpkin Festival

Every October in Keene, New Hampshire.  Local families and visitors from afar are all welcome to participate by bringing a carved pumpkin to display at the Keene Pumpkin Festival. Rows of bleachers line the main street and hold thousands of … Continue reading

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Brightside Garden

We live in a beautiful area of Chester County, Charlestown Township.  There is a community garden at Brightside Farm, and for a nominal fee, residents can get a plot that has rich soil, plenty of sunshine and water. It is a … Continue reading

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Wooden Canoe Assembly

There is no display of  canoes that can rival the abundance of elegant, historic and finely crafted wooden canoes as there is at the annual Assembly of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association. Every summer, about 300 canoe enthusiasts and family members gather … Continue reading

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Baltimore Sailabration

The Star-Spangled Sailabration is an international parade of more than 40 tall ships and naval vessels. These ships sailed into Baltimore in June 2012 for the national launch of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of … Continue reading

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Pine Barrens

Home of the Jersey Devil, cranberry bogs, and some of the best canoeing rivers, the Pine Barrens in South Jersey is one of the most sparsely populated areas and the largest body of open space between Richmond and Boston.  This heavily forested … Continue reading

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Chester County Car Show

Lots of chrome and polish gleamed Memorial Day weekend at the Chester County Car Show in Kimberton, PA. As car songs such as “Little Deuce Coupe” and “Beep Beep” played over the loud-speaker, Jim reminisced as he saw models of … Continue reading

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Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower preserve

There is a peaceful trail along a creek in the woods in southern Lancaster County that comes alive with color every spring.  Shenk’s Ferry wildflower sanctuary is quite impressive, boasting more than 70 species of wildflowers that bloom each spring.  … Continue reading

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