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Shays, Peaveys and Woodhicks @ July 7-8, 2018 Barkpeelers Festival

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Shays, Peaveys and Woodhicks: Early Logging Days (Jack Hains, 1890’s Logger)
9am – 4pm        $10.00 Adults   $3.00 Children

During this two-day Barkpeelers Convention Event, Rich will present programs as the spirit of 19th century “Woodhick” Jack Hains as he tells of the logging railroad era of the lumber industry. Learn about log slides, splash dams, Barnharts, Shays, “cookees”, knot bumpers, peaveys, cant hooks and the “natural law of succession” of the forest.

In addition, he will emcee various participant events including the Frog Jumping event!

For additional information: http://lumbermuseum.org

PA Lumber Museum
5660 US Route 6 West, Ulysses, PA 16948
814-435-2652

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.

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/

 

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.

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 or additional information.