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December 2018 Appearance

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December 16, 2018  12:30-1:15pm and 1:45-2:30pm
America on Wheels Museum (5 N Front St, Allentown, PA 18102)
Wheels & Rudders: Music on the Move

Join Rich in this lively presentation of the stories and music of the wagoners, canal-men, railroaders, and seafarers of the past!

 Holiday Trains running too – enjoy the sounds, lights and action of many model trains stationed around the Museum’s Galleries! Fun for Children and adults of all ages!

See http://americaonwheels.org/ for museum location and ticket info.

September 2018 Appearances

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September 21, 2018  6:00 pm
Bradford County Historical Society (109 Pine St. Towanda, PA)
Lumber Heritage in Northeastern

Join Rich as  Jack “Griz” Hains as he talks about the life and times of a northern Pennsylvania “wood hick” at this special Friday evening program. For further informationhttp://www.bradfordhistory.com/index.asp?pageID=9&EventId=154

September 23, 2018  6:00 pm
Troy Sales Barn (53-99 Ballard St, Troy, PA)
Connecting the Farm to the Forest

This special free interpretive presentation examines the symbiotic relationship between logging and agricultural production during the lumber boom days in Pennsylvania (1880-1910).

Rich will dress the part of a wood hick from that time period and will use old photographs to visually guide us through the past into the present. The Troy Sale Barn will be an example of how historic preservation is a form of life eternal for the value of the community and its citizens. The memories of those who gathered at the Troy Sale Barn throughout the years are part of the legacy of our local community and the citizens it represents.

If you have questions, please email troysalebarn@gmail.com or contact Bill Bower, Troy Sale Barn Operating Corporation President at 570/297-2943. It is the mission of the Troy Sale Barn Operating Corporation to showcase our agricultural heritage.

August 2018 Appearances

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August 4 and 5, 2018  10:00am (Camp opens to the public)
25th Annual Bucktail Reunion – Civil War Encampment (Driftwood, PA)

Rich will join members of the Pennsylvania Bucktails Regiment reenactment unit at this special weekend event celebrating the 110th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Bucktail Monument in Driftwood’s Bucktail Park. This was the location where on April 26, 1861 more than 300 men (many of them”wood hicks” from the local lumber camps) constructed and boarded three large rafts for the voyage downriver on the Sinnamahoning River to the West Branch of the Susquehanna and from there to Harrisburg, where they joined the troops assembling to defend the Union.

Rich will focus his presentations on what it meant to be a “Wood Hick” in the 1860s – complete with stories and songs of life in a lumber camp as well as examples of the tools that they used.

Other presentations include: John Stengel speaking on the Origins of the Bucktails and live music by the 6th New Hampshire Contra Band. There will also be a Church Service Sunday. Admission is Free. Refreshments available for purchase. See the Annual Bucktails Reunion Facebook page for additional information.

August 18 & 19, 2018
Civil War Museum (Harrisburg, PA) – 2nd Rhode Island, Co. B Encampment

Joining the 2nd Rhode Island, Co. B encampment for the weekend, Supply Wagon Train Boss, “Muley” Tubbs will expound on the importance of logistics, supply trains and horses and mules in the Civil War. He may even play a tune or two from his time during the day and talk about the role of buglers too!

For additional information on this event, click on the following National Civil War Museum Event Page.

Barkpeeler’s Festival July 7-8, 2018 at the PA Lumber Museum

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There’s a new location and more program times for History Alive! at this year’s Barkpeeler’s Festival at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in northcentral PA. Don’t miss this great family event! Yes, Rich will still be emceeing the Frog Jumping Contest as in previous years as well. For the complete schedule (in addition to the Jack “Griz” Hains program times below), see http://lumbermuseum.org/ – enjoy the fun!

April – July 2018 Appearances

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Sunday April 15  11am-4pm – WK&S Civil War Weekend (Kempton, PA)
It’s Civil War Weekend April 14-15 at the WK&S Railroad in Kempton, PA. Supply Train Wagon Boss “Skinner”Tubbs will be in the Barn on Sunday April 15 (only) between 11am and 4pm to talk about his role in getting supplies to the Union forces during the war. He, and all other Civil War-era participants (including General Grant) will be in first person – turning back the clock to April 14,1865 (just after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox). Bring the family, ride the train and be immersed in America’s past. For further information and/or to buy train tickets in advance – https://www.kemptontrain.com/

Saturday & Sunday April 28 – 29
Neshaminy State Park Civil War Reenactment
(Bensalem, PA)
This event was cancelled for security issues.

Saturday May 12  11am
Gravestone Dedication & Celebration for Forgotten Civil War Veteran, Aaron Kichline
St. James Lutheran Church / Straw Cemetery (Phillipsburg, NJ)
Rich will be participating in this event as bugler/musician. For more information – http://strawcemetery.org/

Saturday & Sunday June 9 -10
Cook Forest French & Indian War Encampment (Cooksburg, PA)

Conrad Weiser will be returning to this amazing event  – with a special program in the Sawmill Theater on Saturday from 1-2pm as well as a Saturday evening 7-8pm program in the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.

At the 1pm presentation, In the Steps of a Peacekeeper – learn about the life of this  unsung Pennsylvania hero who epitomizes life on the American frontier from 1710 until his death in 1760. During that time – he was a statesman, diplomat, traveler, judge, linquist, Lieutenant Colonel, farmer and official Pennsylvania peacekeeper.

For the 7pm program, Conrad will be joined by his compatriot, Stoeffel Stump (portrayed by retired history teacher Bob Fleck) as they reminisce about their 1737 winter “walk” from Heidelberg (present day Womelsdorf west of Reading, PA) to Onondaga (near present day Syracuse, NY) to preserve the peace between the Iroquois and Catawba nations.

You can also meet the “characters within these two characters” both days near the entrance of the Sawmill Theater.
For further information on this weekend event – http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/event/cook_forest_french_indian_war_encampment_5573#.WwyMt4oh3IU

Tuesdays-Thursday June 12-14, 2018   10:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm
Oregon Dairy Family Farm Days (Lancaster County, PA)
Join Conestoga Wagoner John Jacob Keplinger from Lancaster County as he tells stories from the past during his days of traveling the “turnpikes” of colonial Pennsylvania. You may be surprised when you learn the origin of terms such as “tailgating” and “dashboard.”

Bring the kids and grandkids to this family-friendly event. For further information –

Sunday June 24, 2018
Schuylkill Canal Festival (Mont Clare, PA)
Canal Captain John A. Hummel hauled goods and produce on a number of canals in Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but his favorite of them all was the Schuylkill Canal which ran from Port Carbon to Philadelphia. Hear the “sneckehorn” blow, and be entertained with the songs and stories from the past as “Cappy” takes you back to the “good old days.”

For further information about this event –

Saturday & Sunday July 7-8, 2018
Barkpeeler’s Festival at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum (Galeton, PA)
See the post to the left for information about this great event!

Winter 2018 Appearances

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Saturday Jan. 6, 2018 – PA Farm Show (Harrisburg, PA)
Playing for the Farm Team (Rich as Asa “The Count” Brainard)
Ag 102 Stage (Behind the Food Court in the Weis Exhibition Building)
Two programs:  3:00-3:45pm and 5:00-5:45pm

Have you ever thought about the cultural connections (language, customs, foodways, music, etc.) of baseball and agriculture? Many of the terms used in baseball past and present have an remarkable connection to farming and the land.

So, are you ready to go back to the past to understand the present? When the milking is done, we’ll go out to that open pasture behind the barn where we play ball (ballfield). We’ll hit daisy cutters (line drives) and prove that even a rube (hayshaker) can hit an apple (ball) over the fence. As a feeder (pitcher), Asa has thrown many a hot potato through a barn door.  Now, that’s baseball!

Saturday Feb. 17, 2018 –  National Civil War Museum (Harrisburg, PA)
Music of the Civil War (Long Hill String Band)  1:00-4:00pm

Rich will join the Long Hill String Band to provide Civil War era music for museum visitors on this Community Free Admission Day.

Vocals will be accompanied by fiddle, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, and guitar as well as harmonica, cornet and bugle.

Where else can you catch Rich over the winter?  You may find him joining a great group of musicians for jams in various locations in the Berks/Lancaster county areas.  Email us on our Contact page to check on specific locations & dates.

Expired: Fall 2017 Programs

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Saturday October 7, 2017 – Sizerville State Park (Emporium, PA)
Annual Fall Festival (11am-3pm)

The Value of Wood During the 1800s in Northern PA  12:30-1:30pm 
Join the spirit of 19th century “wood hick” Jack Hains as he tells of the value of trees/wood during the 1800s in Northern PA – from the early days of pit sawing, to water-powered circular saws to band saws. Learn about log slides, tanneries, splash dams, knot bumpers, peaveys, cant hooks as well as Barnharts, Shays, Climaxes, Heislers and more!

Pennsylvania Proud: History Thru Song   2:00-3:00pm
Through music and song, Rich will take you on a musical heritage journey through the great Keystone State of Pennsylvania. At each stop in the musical journey, the history of PA and its role as the “keystone” to America will come alive in this inspiring program that combines vocals with the mandolin, guitar, banjo, harmonica and cornet in a style reminiscent of our Pennsylvania forefathers.


Sunday October 8, 2017 – Pennsylvania Lumber Museum (Galeton, PA)
Fall Antique and Collectible Show/Sale

Music of the 1840s-1920s  12:00-2:00pm (Visitor Center – Changing Exhibits Gallery)
Rich will present period music from the 1840s-1920s including favorites of the lumber industry such as “The Frozen Logger” and  “The Wild Woodhick.” Instruments accompanying the vocals include mandolin, guitar, banjo, harmonica and the readily-available washboard!

Saturday October 14 and 21, 2017 – Duncan’s Corn Maze (Robesonia, PA)
Trails of Conrad Weiser  2:00-5:00pm

This year’s corn maze theme (originated after Rich met the Duncans at an event and discussed the history of their area) is a peace tomahawk –  representative of the life of Conrad Weiser.

Born in Astat, Wurttemberg (Germany), November 2, 1696, this unsung Pennsylvania hero epitomizes life on the American frontier from 1710 until his death in 1760. During that time – he was a statesman, diplomat, judge, farmer, lieutenant colonel and official Pennsylvania peacekeeper.

In February 1737, with snow still on the ground, he walked  from his home in Heidelberg (now Womelsdorf) to Onondaga (near Syracuse, NY) to successfully maintain peace between the Iroquois of New York and the Catawba of Virginia. As you walk his “trails” among the maze, remember his adopted Mohawk name  – tarachiawagon – the man who held up the heavens. Learn more about this extraordinary man by meeting him (as portrayed by Rich Pawling) on Saturdays October 14 and 21 from 2-5pm. For more information see: http://www.duncanscornmaze.com/


Expired: Summer 2017

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Summer Filming Opportunities
Involved in filming for a trailer for a future lumber industry-related film.  Also a Civil War reenactment episode for a popular television series.

Music Programs
Private event booking in August.  Contact us for information on our heritage music programs.

Expired: Wood Hick “Cork” Camp (August 4-5, 2018)

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This unique hands-on history camp is designed for families with kids ages 10 and older.  Corks, calks or caulks are the spiked boots loggers wear. This experience allows your family to wear the clothing and immerse themselves in the lifestyle of the past. Adults will learn to master the tools and skills of the wood hick or bull cook/cookees of the 19th century while children get to participate in age-appropriate pastimes.

Participants will also play and eat like a logger and be taught (by Rich) how to portray a living history woodhick/lumber camp character – skills they will use to participate at the Wood Hick Grove at the Cherry Springs Woodsmen Show.


This event is co-sponsored by the PA Historical & Museum Commission and PA State Parks.

Call the Lumber Museum  at 814-435-2652 or visit their website at http://lumbermuseum.org/history-camp-pa-lumber-museum/for additional information.