Monday, April 18, 2016

Pennsylvania: Car Shows A-plenty!

black coupe with fence and evergreen background

This year is no exception. That Pennsylvania is a mecca for car enthusiasts and show-goers is inescapable. 

Here's a list of some majors being held in the epicenters of Carlisle and Hershey. Google for details, of course. Other shows are being held across the Keystone State as well.

All Ford Nationals, June 3rd-5th, Carlisle

The Elegance at Hershey, June 10-12th, Hershey

GM Nationals, June 17th-19th, Carlisle

All Chrysler Nationals, July 15th-17th, Carlisle

Macungie Swap Meet, August 5th-7th, Macungie

Fall Carlisle, September 28th-October 2nd, Carlisle

Hershey Giant Show & Swap, October 5th-8th, Hershey 

Here are some shows sponsored by the
Antique Automobile Club of America:

May 30, Boalsburg, Scott Deno,

June 3-4, Annual Grand National, Williamsport. Susquehannock Region

June 5, Forty-Fort, Northeast Region's 55th Annual and Flea Market, Wyoming Valley Airport.

June 19, Somerset, Sugar Bush Region's 3rd Annual Cruise-in and Swap 

June 17-21, Huntingdon, Founders Tour, Allegheny Mountain Region

September 24-25, Carlisle, Susquehanna Valley Vintage Sports Car Club.

October 5-8, Hershey, Eastern Fall Meet, Hershey Region

Sunday, April 17, 2016

N. C. Wyeth, Pennsylvania Treasure

The Reading Boy

Boy reading book with pirate ship background

From the creative genius of N. C. Wyeth, American artist and popular illustrator of the 20th century, active until 1945 when he perished in tragic car-train accident. He took up residence at Chadds Ford in southeastern Pennsylvania and established the area as the home ground for son Andrew and grandson Jamie––a patrimony of great importance to American art today.

We here think this wonderful illustration depicting soaring imagination is a very fitting symbol for our forthcoming blog, Books for Boys. A symbol for this blog's interest in encouraging boys, the reluctant readers in most households, to learn the wonders of good and classic works.

Wyeth produced an astonishing number of illustrations and non-commercial pieces. Leaf through classic works of James Fenimore Cooper, Robert Louis Stevenson, Daniel Defoe, Washington Irving and most likely you'll encounter Wyeth's heroic depictions of characters, hero or heroines, and adventurous treks. Who can determine if boys and other readers were more inspired by the text or the Illustrations?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A Request

Model sitting atop two books

Those of you who read and subscribe to Pennsylvania Magazine should be familiar with its excellent listing of nonfiction books covering travel and historical subjects of the Keystone State.

As expressed on our sister blogs, A Feel Good Novel and Along Cotton Road, we're looking for recommendations of fiction written with Pennsylvania as the setting. Especially books for boys, the reluctant readers in most households.

Works with a "feel good" ending are very welcome as well.

List your recommendations in the comment section below this posting or send us an e-mail to