This is the entrance to our friends’ barn in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Every October for the last several years, we have met at this barn to take part in an old fashioned barn party. The barn on my friends’ property is very old and is constructed of stone and wood. The top has a floor made of wooden beams with several stalls on top that most likely once housed larger animals like cows, horses or pigs. Underneath is another level that most likely housed equipment and smaller animals like chickens, ducks and geese. Over the years, my friends have restored their barn to its original appearance and the party is held to help raise money for old barn restoration in the area, to sell high-end craft items to the guests and general public who attend and offer up a great way to see old friends and family one more time before the holidays. We also ate lots of food and drank lots of drinks (from coffee to wine to champagne).
This year the barn party also tried to teach guests a few tricks of the trade from local artisans. There were booths and workshops where guests could see the looming of thread, hear live music played by a local musical group, learn to knit, learn to tie a fly for fly fishing or learn to make some wine among other things. Of course there was an apple pie baking contest followed by a cookie baking contest with prizes for the top three finishers. Come enjoy a few of the pictures that we took during the day.
By the end of the day, most of us had a bag full of craft goodies, a full stomach and an introduction to a new skill. I am now a novice knitter learning in the class with some yarn and chopsticks for knitting needles. It was also great to catch up with everyone, especially those that we don’t see on a regular basis. It was a big day and a lot of work, but everyone had a great time. Here’s to next year’s party!! What Fall festivities go on in your neck of the woods?