Flea Market held by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Fire Company

Each Spring and Fall the Ladies Auxiliary to the Boalsburg Fire Company hold a Flea Market (indoor yard sale) at the Fire Hall. There are usually 30 tables available for local folks to reserve a space to sell assorted items. I guess by having different people manning each table (the flea market model) means buyers give money to separate sellers…instead of the yard sale model where buyers can pick up a bunch of items and pay for all of them at the end.

This flea market is one of the major fund raisers for the auxiliary and this money goes to help the Fire Company purchase new equipment. The side benefit is sellers have an opportunity to get rid of stuff!

So, yesterday and today the Fall flea market was held at the Fire Hall.

We had a small crowd but that didn’t stop us from having a good time visiting with each other. If sellers made some money, who knows how many buyers were auxiliary members!

Last fall, I shared lots of pictures of the kinds of things you can find at this flea market. (See https://marykisner.com/exploring-an-indoor-yard-sale-or-flea-market/)

This year had similar items but different ones. Halloween and Christmas seemed to be the theme for some tables and I was able to pick up my Halloween costume very inexpensively!

Can you guess which item on this table will serve as my costume? See my simple costume at the end of this article!

Here are some other treasures for sale:

Toys like Barbie and model cars.
Even a Penn State Barbie!
How about a Penn State Santa!
Various items for Christmas gifts.
Many plants and…
…more plants!
Cookie jars.
More toys.
Vinyl records are making a comeback.
DVDs…folks are probably moving to Streaming and Netflix now.
And more DVDs.
Always snacks to grab your attention as you wander by!
Sometimes I have to pick up something up just for me…well, maybe for my granddaughter!

And finally…my Halloween Costume!

I think if I wear a black T-shirt and black pants, I’ll be able to go trick or treating as Cat Woman (or at least answer the door for other ghosts and goblins who ring my doorbell!)

So that was how I spent my day. Now I’m set for Halloween and Christmas! A good time was had by all! Watch for information for our next flea market in the Spring.

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More To Do on Memorial Day Weekend in Boalsburg

The Boalsburg Village Conservancy is hoping you take advantage of the many things to see and do during the Memorial Day weekend celebration. While Main Street and Church Street will be filled with over 115 vendors and entertainment on the Diamond on May 30, three specific locations invite you to check them out.

For a general overview of the celebration and the specific musical entertainment, see https://marykisner.com/memorial-day-is-happening/ and https://marykisner.com/musical-entertainment-for-memorial day/.

The Boalsburg Heritage Museum (www.boalsburgheritagemuseum.org)

On the East end of Main Street, The Boalsburg Heritage Museum will offer a variety of activities to engage you and your family.

Follow the balloons to the Museum to tour the House, see antique carriages and wagons in the Barn, and sample a cookie baked on the Open-hearth Fireplace in the Summer Kitchen.

Listen to music all day long beginning at 10:00 with the Dan and Galla Musical Show. Enjoy delicious Bees Knees Coffee and food from The Cakeshop by Tati.

Chat with your friends and neighbors as you take a break and relax in our charming garden where you and your family can:

–play corn hole and other games,

–throw seed balls into the wetlands and have fun making art with nature,

–meet Mattee Stoichneff, a student at State College High School, who is the Centre County Grange Fair Queen, and

–meet Sandy Faller, who is a history major and the Museum intern. She is also a member of the Penn State Blue Band!

The Boal Mansion Museum (https://boalmuseum.com/)

On the West end of Boalsburg, The Boal Mansion’s estate grounds provide the perfect setting for our diverse activities as part of the Village-wide celebration. Enjoy live music, Civil War re-enactors, living history demos, great food, craft vendors and special museum tours!

The Boalsburg Fire Company (https://boalsburgfire.com/)

Carnival Information

The Boalsburg Fire Company sponsors the carnival held behind the fire hall. It will run from Thursday evening, May 26 through Monday, May 30, 2022.

Parade Information

The Parade will be Saturday, May 28, 2022. No preregistration is required. Line-up will begin at 3:00 p.m. with the Parade beginning at 5:00 p.m. “Rain or Shine.”

Marching groups will be staged at Blue Spring Park on Wagner St. Depending on weather prior to parade day, smaller vehicles participating in the parade may be staged at the park also. Large vehicles will be staged on W. Main Street. Personnel will be out to assist with further direction on parade day. Watch for the signs.

Please come and enjoy Memorial Day weekend with us!

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Musical Entertainment for Memorial Day 2022

The Boalsburg Village Conservancy has finalized the musical entertainment for the Memorial Day celebration on May 30, 2022. Music has always provided the backdrop to the ongoing activities of the day. We hope you come and enjoy it while checking out the many vendors and their wares. If you’d like to learn more about the history of Boalsburg, see www.historicboalsburg.com.

The Boalsburg Heritage Museum (www.boalsburgheritagemuseum.org) at the East end of Main Street will be open for visitors. Background music will be available all day, including music on the Museum porch by Dan & Galla. They offer a mixed selection of upbeat folk music and popular standards of the ’50s and ’60s, country, ragtime, polkas, pop and patriotic music. You can learn more about their music at www.gallaanddan.com.

From a previous Memorial Day celebration.

The Boal Mansion Museum (www.boalmuseum.com) will host light musical entertainment on the grounds throughout the day. Their events include:

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.-The Bellefonte Community Band

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.-JT Thompson & The Denicats

2:30 to 4:30 p.m.-OverheaD

The Boal Mansion.

On the Diamond at Main Street and Church Street, the line-up of musical groups is varied and entertaining.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.-You’ll be able to enjoy the State College High School Jazz Band. These young folks always have a rousing performance to get you in the mood to explore the many vendors on Main Street.

11:30 to 12:00-The A Cappella Choir from St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Boalsburg will showcase their lovely voices.

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.-The Little German Band will present lively entertainment in the German “oompah” style that features bass horn, trombone, clarinet and trumpet. This group has been performing around Centre County since the 1960’s. You can read more about them on Facebook.

12:30 p.m.-Dancing around the May Pole. (More about that as we get closer to the event!)

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.-Music by The Screaming Ducks. They have been a force for Classic Rock in Center County for over 30 years. They’re a regular addition to the Boalsburg Memorial Day festivities. You can learn more about them on Facebook.

2:30 to 3:00 p.m.-When you are ready to take a restful break, please pull up a chair (or curb) and enjoy a smooth and mellow half hour with Bob Timney. His offerings of acoustic, acoustic rock and pop music will give you that rest. He can be found on Facebook and you can listen to some of his music at www.reverbnation.com/bobtimney/songs.

3:00 to 4:00 p.m.-To end the afternoon of musical entertainment, the final group at the Diamond will be Pure Cane Sugar. This is a female-fronted Americana band based out of State College, PA. With descriptors such as “sultry voices, soulful harmonies and powerful lyrics,” this last group should leave you feeling like it’s been a good Memorial Day celebration!

Ceremony at the Church Cemetery

6:00 p.m.-As part of the solemn ceremony at the Cemetery, music will be offered by the Nittany Knights. They sing a cappella in the barbershop style of harmony. This international, non-profit organization, first chartered in 1962, performs at many community activities.

Please join us for Memorial Day in Boalsburg, 2022. To read about the whole five-day celebration, check out the overview at: https://marykisner.com/memorial-day-2022-is-happening/. Enjoy!

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Memorial Day 2022 is Happening!

After two years of having to cancel our Memorial Day activities here in Boalsburg, we are pleased to be able to say…it will be happening in 2022! Boalsburg is one of just a few towns to proudly claim to be the originator of “Memorial Day” activities. If you’d like to learn more about the history of Boalsburg, see www.historicboalsburg.com.

In 2020, all summer events around here were cancelled around here…from Memorial Day through the 4th of July to the various Arts Festivals throughout the summer. In 2021, we were able to have the brief service at the cemetery to honor military veterans and loved ones, but the community-wide events were cancelled again. I’m sure they were cancelled near you too. This year, we are ready to resume the 5-day event, culminating on Monday, May 30, 2022, with our Day in Towne activities.

We are pleased that almost 100 vendors have committed to joining us for the day-long celebration. Leading up to Memorial Day, we have the Boalsburg Fire Company-sponsored carnival beginning on Thursday, May 26 through Monday, May 30.

Saturday will be the parade and Sunday will be the more serious Walk to the Cemetery, re-enacting the very first time three local women honored their loved ones who had died by decorating their graves.

Statue honoring the three women.
The outdoor service on Sunday, May 29, will be held near the Zion Lutheran Church.

Activities on Monday, May 30 will be offered from one end of town to the other. The Boalsburg Heritage Museum on one end of Main Street will offer tours of the Museum and grounds, soup and pie for sale and musical entertainment for visitors. You can see their website at www.boalsburgheritagemuseum.org. If you’d like to see pictures from my tour of the Museum, see my story at https://marykisner.com/exploring-the-boalsburg-heritage-museum/.

Boalsburg Heritage Museum

Our vendors will have unique items for sale along Main Street and Church Street, with musical entertainment on the Diamond in the middle of town. At the other end of town, the Boal Mansion and Christopher Columbus Chapel will also offer tours, food and musical entertainment on their grounds. If you’d like to check out more about the Boal Mansion, see www.boalmansion.com/.

Boal Mansion.
Christopher Columbus Chapel.

Memorial Day in Boalsburg is truly a community-wide event. We’d be pleased to have you join us for the festivities!

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Exploring the Boalsburg Heritage Museum

Yesterday I attended an Open House at the Boalsburg Heritage Museum. This is truly a hidden treasure in our small community. I’ve known about it for years but had not managed to make the time to explore the building and grounds.

At least 40 years ago, when I was teaching elementary school in Boalsburg, one of my colleagues was actively involved in helping her young classes learn about the history of the local area. These youngest students would learn to read using stories about the “olden days” in Boalsburg. She was instrumental in developing curriculum materials and organizing field trips to see the artifacts to learn how folks lived in the Boalsburg area back in the late 1800’s. Ruth Corter’s advocacy stimulated community interest in collecting and preserving tools, household items and stories in a museum that could be enjoyed by all residents of the area. Her work inspired us all!

In 1983, the Sarah Sweet house was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Aikens who presented the property to the newly formed Museum Association as a gift. The property of the Sarah Sweet House, currently the site of the Boalsburg Heritage Museum includes the house itself along with the Light House, the 2008 rebuild of the Bank Barn, and the Summer Kitchen. You can read more details about how the house and property became the Boalsburg Heritage Museum as their website, https://boalsburgheritagemuseum.org.

I’d like to share a few special displays that I found in my exploration of the museum.

How wonderful to see this tribute to Ruth Corter (1907-1997) presented in 1996:

If you’d like to know more about Ruth, you can see her obituary at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/86721164/ruth-h-corter. She was a most inspiring educator!

The first room in the Museum had information about how ice was collected and stored before electric refrigerators were common. The displays about the process and the giant tools used to cut and collect the ice were very interesting.

I love the display of the ice box with instructions to the housewife:

Many musical instruments were showcased, from brass instruments from the Boalsburg Brass Band (around 1861-1865) to the Parlor organ:

Who knew Dr. Richard Ishler (our family doctor) and his wife donated this Parlor organ!

One of the upstairs bedrooms was set up as a one-room school. I found this interesting, since both of my parents and my grandfather taught in one-room schools. Mother shared many stories about being a “city-girl” trying to adapt to a “rural school” setting, with keeping the stove fire going and handling all the grades in one room. Some of her students were bigger than she was!

And of course, what child in 1900 wouldn’t want to play with this doll house!

I took the time to see the “Summer Kitchen” in a separate outbuilding near the back of the house. I could imagine all the bread and stews that were cooked in that kitchen!

On a nice day this summer, I’ll explore more of the outbuildings. For this tour, the drizzling cold rain limited my tromping around.

Please check the Museum’s website for more information. They are an integral part of our yearly Memorial Day activities and offer a wonderful look into our past.

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Exploring an Indoor Yard Sale or Flea Market

Yesterday I spent the day helping with the indoor yard sale sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Boalsburg Fire Company. The fire hall was filled with tables that were rented out to individuals in the community to display their own items for sale. This was closer to the Flea Market model. I helped with the table displaying items from the members of the Ladies Auxiliary.

Sales formats of markets could be classified by size…like yard sales (with one seller), flea markets (with many individual sellers), or estate sales (providing the goods from one family estate); or by the kind of goods, like hand crafted items, glassware or tools.

It is easy for me to get overwhelmed when I first go to a sale. So many neat things available, so many choices! I am easily distracted by things that folks have offered for sale. Of course, I really don’t NEED any more stuff, but as a crafter and seamstress, I’m especially attracted to beautiful things other creative people have made.

Lovely handmade totebags!
Halloween outdoor decorations!
Hand painted items.
Seasonal decorator items.

Often, I’ll find evidence of the kinds of things folks collect, from glassware or jewelry to puzzles and collector dolls.

Red ruby glassware reminded me of my mother’s collection. Luckily, I have enough so I wasn’t tempted to add to my collection!
Jewelry from pins and rings and more!
Puzzles galore!
Beautiful collector dolls.

I especially enjoy talking with the sellers. It’s fun to find out where they find their items, what motivated them to collect certain items or how they made the items for sale.

I managed to control myself and found only a few things that just had to come home with me.

Of course, a handmade tote bag was first on my list. A wonderful visit with the seller made it even more enticing. I truly can appreciate the work that went into this bag. Thanks Susan!
Then I found three books hidden under a pile of paperbacks. Not bad for 50 cents each!
The grandkids might find this book interesting. I know I will!

It would be so easy to fall in love with many items offered for sale, like old toys that I remember from long ago or a beautiful glass vase that would just go with my decor. However, at this stage in my life I must remember I still have a lot of stuff in my cupboards that should probably grace a yard sale table at some point!

I also enjoy exploring yard sales and flea markets for items I can repurpose, like the vintage hankies I picked up at the Apple Hill Antique Store (see https://marykisner.com/finding-vintage-fabric-at-apple-hill-antiques/).

Yesterday, I resisted picking up things I would never use and went with the lovely tote bag I will use and some books the grandkids might enjoy reading.

Explore a yard sale or flea market near you! Enjoy!

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Scaled Down Summer Festivals

This is the second year that our large local summer festivals were cancelled. Even though things are finally opening up, large festival schedules had to be finalized in March. So, all Memorial Day activities, from the Fireman’s carnival and parade to the huge craft fair that usually attracts over 130 vendors, were cancelled. The 4th of July fireworks and day-long celebration had to be reduced to having a smaller fireworks display incorporated into a minor league baseball game.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (https://arts-festival.com) that is held in downtown State College and The Peoples Choice Festival (https://peopleschoicefestival.com) usually held in Boalsburg in July was cancelled for the second year in a row.

It has been interesting that smaller community festivals are being organized around the county to fill the empty weekends. These smaller venues are easier to plan, attract smaller crowds and give folks a place to celebrate getting back to normal.

This weekend in Boalsburg, on the grounds of the Columbus Chapel & Boal Mansion Museum (https://www.boalmuseum.com) a small festival was set up for a few vendors to share their wares. Ted’s family and I checked it out and got to see the inside of the Boal Barn that is under renovation. We had a few food choices, some interesting items for sale and time to wander the Boal Mansion property. A beautiful day was served up by Mother Nature and we feel like we’ve had a break from isolation. Hopefully, something resembling “normal” will develop over the next year. Here are a few pictures of the Boal Mansion “Antiques, Arts & Crafts” festival:

The Boal Barn is being renovated and will be air-conditioned.
One granddaughter found a lovely ring at this booth.
Had to make sure to show Bert this picture of this PRR Lock with Key. He has several but he’s always interested in what’s out there.
Old toys are always interesting.

During the weekend, I let my granddaughters loose with my polymer clay. I think someday I might see their art creations at a festival someplace!

Sometimes the BEST festivals are with family! Enjoy your local festivals!

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Memorial Day in Boalsburg, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day in Boalsburg, for those of us who live here, usually involves multiple days of the Fire Company’s Carnival; a parade through town; a full day of activities throughout the downtown area, with over 130 venders selling crafts and food; music on the Diamond; and tours of the Heritage Museum, the Boal Mansion Museum and the Pennsylvania Military Museum. Thousands of people descend on the area each Memorial Day holiday. Until last year, when everything was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic ravaging the country.

Last year when events were cancelled, it was decided to still hold the simple program honoring Memorial Day, with a brief service that was conducted by key people in the community. Our lost loved ones were still honored and the graves were decorated, just as they had been since 1864.

A statue of the three women who first decorated the graves of their loved ones in 1864.

This year, the decision to hold or cancel events had to be made in early April and at that time States and communities were in different stages of opening up to travel and group gatherings. Thus, the large group festivities were cancelled again, except for the Memorial Day service. Tonight, there will be a simple service honoring all the loved ones who were lost during war time. The graves are now decorated, just as they have been since 1864. It’s a beautiful sight to see the church yard all decorated with flags and flowers. It really keeps the meaning of the holiday front and center in our minds. If you’d like to know more about Boalsburg, go to http://historicboalsburg.com.

This year, Kathy, her mother-in-law Karen, Ben and Anna spent the day with me in Boalsburg. With only a few extra people in town we were able to enjoy touring the Boalsburg museums and appreciate the whole meaning of the holiday.

We started at the Pennsylvania Military Museum. We first saw a 10-minute video of all the action seen by Pennsylvania service men and women over the years. The kids loved the big tanks and the gift shop (of course!). To learn more about this museum, go to http://pamilmuseum.org.

We had a private tour of the Boal Mansion Museum and the Columbus Chapel. Amazing backdrop to the whole history of the area. Incredible artifacts and documented stories of the Boal family genealogy that would be of interest to historians as well as locals. It’s only been the last five years or so that so much material has been unearthed and documented. An amazing treasure trove! To see information and many more photos about this site, go to http://boalmuseum.com.

The Boal Mansion
The Columbus Chapel.

We ended our day with dinner at Duffy’s Tavern.

Duffy’s Tavern.
What a smiley bunch!
Mary and Anna.
Ben and Karen.

A great visit with my family! Happy Memorial Day to all of you! Enjoy!

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The 28th Division Infantry Shrine, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg

Yesterday I went on the hunt…for flowers! I had seen many tulips and daffodils in yards around us. We do not have any bulbs planted (mostly because underground critters and bunnies have eaten them before we could enjoy them)! So, I thought I’d explore the Pennsylvania Military Museum grounds to see if any spring flowers were sprouting. I did find a huge tree that is showing signs of life.

So, I decided to keep exploring. Right in front of my car were the two giant cannons that came from the ship the USS Pennsylvania BB-38. The signs nearby explained the activities of the ship in battle during WWII and how Boalsburg came to acquire the cannons for display.

I decided to continue my tour, with my thoughts focused on all our service members who have served and are now serving away from home on this Easter weekend.

The Museum grounds are an impressive green space, with various memorials to many groups of the 28th Division Infantry. The Museum itself is closed at the moment and hopes to reopen by Fall, 2021 for tours. The grounds serve as a place for visitors to walk and reflect.

Beautiful day; beautiful weather; wonderful time to reflect this Easter weekend.

However, no flowers…anywhere!

Saved by the grocery store! I brought home two pots of daffodils! I should be able to plant the bulbs this fall and we’ll see if we can have them sprout next spring…before they get eaten!

I hope you had a lovely Easter too!