Muncy Locals July 24, 2019
I think this was one of the busiest and most fun weeks of my entire life. As I reflect back – and I do use the technology on my cell phone to track everyting – I realized how fortunate I am to have opportunities to attend a variety of events of multiple interests so close to my home.
At the beginning of the week, I attended two book signings. Author, David Richards, was at the Muncy Historical Society where many came to get a copy of his “Civil War Tales.” He spent time in Gettysburg as a battlefield guide and he has been doing research on Civil War sites for 35 years. The next signing was at DiSalvo’s restaurant in Williamsport where Dr. Sam Stea, a practicing nephrologist here in the county and an avid supporter of climate control, wrote a fiction story, “Reimagine” that takes place in 2079. The earth is ruined, surrounded by dust and the main characters go back in time to 1971 New York and beyond to see if they can save the earth.
Towards the end of the week, I spent two days at the fair in the horticulture building assisting the Muncy Garden Club and capturing the 4-H members. On Thursday night they featured a show with decorated stick horses followed by a judged lamb and calf dressing contest. It was so much fun to watch. Due to a huge raincloud and thunderstorm that only appeared above Muncy and Hughesville that night, the “Tommy Hendrick’s Memorial” Demo Derby was postponed an hour, but the crowd was grateful they still were able to have it. It is a popular event that brings in a large audience. On Friday the youth had their livestock sale and they showed me the care they give the pigs and goats during the week, so they can win awards for them.
Saturday morning was spent at Muncy Historical Society’s 15th annual quilt show at the 1st UM Church in Muncy. But first I went into Pennsdale to the Trinity United Methodist Church where a quilt workshop was held by the SVQG. There were about ten local members working on three yard quilts using simple block patterns. Sue Keller said that the guest speaker was Jill Shaw from 118 Fabrics and More, who also gave a presentation to the quilt guild at their monthly meeting last Thursday night when the power went out. So in the dark, she said they continued the presentation, but the show-and- tell part was postponed for next month.
I was fascinated with Muncy’s quilt show and how much it has grown over the years. This year the theme was stars and there were several quilts on display that were pieced by hand, some dating back to late 1800s. During the “American Pride” lecture I learned that the presenters, the Christs, a husband and wife team, said they had a quilt with 10,000 pieces sewn into it. They are collectors of valuable antique quilts of historical significance which gave me lots of insight into the lives of the women who put them together. I look forward to next year’s show featuring the Log Cabin, a popular pattern dating back to colonial times.
The Lycoming County SPCA is sending out a plea for help as they develop their Healthy Homeless Pets Drive and are they are hoping to raise $10,000. The drive started July 17th and it will end on August 17th which is International Homeless Animals Day. On that day you can adopt a pet at a special half price. Monetary donations will provide preventative vaccines and medications. To donate go to www.lycomingspca.org/donate/healthyhomelesspets.
Fri. July 26 Join Miss Monica for a fun-filled hour of games, crafts, and activities designed with your active toddler in mind at the Muncy Public Library. This week’s activity is designing a telescope. Siblings welcome.
Fri. July 26 Fun Friday at Centered Earth Studio, Penn Hills Plaza, 1-3 p.m. Come and make a playful platter. For more information call 570-666-3159.
Fri. July 26 Muncy 4th Friday, downtown Muncy, 6-9 p.m.
Fri. July 26 Card Party, Meck Senior Center, Fitness Drive, Muncy. Starts at 5 p.m.
Sat. July 27 Friends of Muncy Library book fundraiser, 10-1, Muncy Library. Lots of book titles to choose from.
Tues. July 30 Night Sky/Weather Photography, 9 p.m., Montour Preserve. Meet at Heron Cove Pavilion. Learn the ins and outs of taking night sky shots and lightning photos with naturalist and photographer Shane Kieffer. Registration required at email@example.com. Digital camera needed. Tripod preferred, but not necessary.
Weds. July 31 Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 at 10 a.m. at Muncy Library. Join Miss Monica for a fun-filled hour of activities, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your child for kindergarten. This week’s activity is designing a rocket.
Weds. July 31 Design a rocket for ages 6-12 at 1 p.m.