Thursday, July 29, 2010

From Fallen Tree to Dr. Seuss in Lancaster County


A nasty storm rolled through Lancaster County in late June. Terre Hill was right in the path. We lost a White Cedar tree behind the Olde Stone Cottage. I hate to lose trees, for they enhance the quality of our property and lives. Trees provide homes for birds, shade the yard and help clean our air.
As is common after every storm – winter or summer, we walk through town and talk with neighbors – seeing how everyone fared and assessing the damage. As we looked at the large broken limb, a name came to mind – Dean Fox (717-355-2566). Dean has been chain saw carving all sorts of creatures for our town park at our Terre Hill Days celebration each year. That would be a great tribute to our fallen tree.

The first job was to tear down the part of the tree that we couldn’t use. We called Jerry Ink in Terre Hill (717-445-7577)– he does a terrific job of putting the limbs down exactly where he wants them.

It is quite a show to watch him work - climbing all over the tree. In fact, the event drew a few spectators.

Unfortunately, we discovered that the tree, although healthy at the top, was rotted from the base up to 6 ft. – which is the part that Dean would need to carve. So Dean took what he could use for other projects and we went home disappointed. The rest of the tree was ground up for mulch. As you may know, cedar makes great mulch, because it doesn’t attract insects and smells nice when warmed by the sun.

Dean offered to carve a felled Red Cedar tree for us that had been drying at his house for two years. We agreed.
There was only one choice for subject matter.
As an inn that hosts four cats and seems to attract most of the neighborhood strays, it was only fitting that Dean carve a 6 ft tall Cat-in-the-Hat – our tribute to one of America’s most beloved poets, Dr. Seuss.

Thank you, Dean, for doing such a great job. We love it so much that we were inspired to write:

Come and meet our newest cat,
He’s six feet tall and wears a hat,
He does not shed or use his claws,
He stands and smiles with two gloved paws.
He’ll gladly pose for photographs,
To show your friends and share some laughs.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Great Places to Shop in Lancaster County - Second in a Series

Just 5 miles from The Artist’s Inn is the quaint outdoor antique and collectibles market of Shupp’s Grove. Tucked away in a shady corner of Lancaster County, Shupp’s Grove attracts antique dealers and buyers from near and far. It is the oldest outdoor antiques market around – that’s saying something since Adamstown is known as the Antiques Capital of the USA.

In fact, if you’re a fan of the Antiques Roadshow, you may find it interesting that Leslie and Leigh Keno got their start at Shupp’s when their dad was a dealer – we once saw a picture taken of them with 70’s hairstyles.

Admission is free, parking is free, fun is free. And, if you find what you didn't know you were looking for, well, that's when the free ends but the fun continues.
I really liked these outdoor "sculptures",


while Bruce finds it hard to pass up a Barrister bookcase.


And you just never know when you'll need another doorstop.
Or WWII ammunition?



Over the years, we’ve purchased all kinds of things – Christmas gifts, an old buggy seat that we use as coffee table for the Carriage House, antique linens,


furniture, even an old plunger to hold extra rolls of toilet paper at the Olde Stone Cottage.

You just never know what you’ll find!


Do not miss a stop at the bath house. There are not many places that have restrooms this nice. Fresh flowers and a real fireplace in the fall – that’s my kind of restroom!

Shupp’s also has several places to stop for a bite to eat and build up more energy for shopping.

If you look on their website, you can find the listing of special themed weekends. Dealers ranks swell during the three Antiques Extravaganzas – the last full weekends of April, June and September.

So, if you enjoy the romance of the woods, the thrill of the hunt and the euphoria of “the big find”, make sure you head to Shupp’s Grove. But hurry, they are only open April through October.