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Sizzlin Summer 2001

Sizzlin' Summer What to Do and Where to Do It All Season Long

Fish in a Barrel Angling Made Easy Aboard a Charter Boat | By Michael Anft

Lions and Tigers and Bears Watching the Wild Things at the Region's Oldest Family-Owned Zoo | By Brennen Jensen

Bird is the Word At Picnic Time, There's Something About Maryland Chicken | By Natalie Davis

What a Dump Sampling the Subtle Pleasures of a Summer Landfill | By James Whitt

The Big Chill A Visit to the Coldest Place in Town | By Lee Gardner

Quick Study At Race Workers School, Lessons Are Built for Speed | By Shaun Blake

Beach Blanket Biblio Combing for Quality Books Set Amid Sand and Surf | By Eileen Murphy

Natural Selection Folk Remedies to Treat Your Summer Maladies | By Molly Rath

Posted 5/23/2001


Pennsylvania Visitors Guide, (800) 847-4872,

Pennsylvania Wine Association, Sinking Spring, (610) 927-2505,

Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau, 1004 Main St., Stroudsburg, (800) 762-6667,


Amish Country Homestead Plain and Fancy Farm, 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand, (717) 768-8400, A full Amish experience awaits, with bus tours of the surrounding farmland, walking tours of an Amish house, home-style meals at the Plain and Fancy Dining Room, and screenings of the film Jacob's Choice. Snickering at the town's name is discouraged.

Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., Pittsburgh, (412) 237-8300, The man who transformed contemporary art, blurred the lines between art and popular culture, and was portrayed by David Bowie in a movie is honored by one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the country. The Andy Warhol Museum maintains more than 4,000 works in all media, and archives that are open to the public.

Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700, Artwork by three generations of Wyeths, from illustrations to still-lifes to landscapes, and lots of other American artists are housed in this restored century-old grist mill. The exhibit One Nation: Patriots and Pirates runs June 2-Sept. 2.

Clyde Peeling's Reptiland, Allenwood, (570) 538-1869, A zoo for some of the animal kingdom's less-loved (at least by humans) creatures, namely reptiles and amphibians, Clyde Peeling's place has exhibits with more than 40 international and local species, plus live shows. There is a gift shop and a picnic area too.

Crayola Factory at Two Rivers Landing, 30 Centre Square, Easton, (610) 515-8000, $6.50-$8. Crayons are the first writing tools many people use, and their waxy smell evokes fond memories well into adulthood. Relive your childhood or help your kids enjoy theirs at this factory-cum-museum-cum-amusement park. Learn how the crayons are made, take part in interactive activities, and then (the Crayola folks hope) buy something at the Crayola Store.

Fallingwater, Mill Run, (724) 329-8501. Frank Lloyd Wright designed this house (for a Pittsburgh department-store magnate) to be an extension of the rugged natural landscape, building it directly atop a cascading forest waterfall. The exterior sheets of fieldstone blend with the local rock, and the interiors have flat river-stone floors. Boulders inside mirror the same outside, and the waterfall plays an essential role in the design. Call ahead for a guided tour to get the scoop on Wright's genius and his ego.

Franklin Institute Science Center Museum, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, (215) 448-1200, The Franklin Institute was founded in 1824 to honor Ben Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. In 1934, it opened its doors to the public as a museum, offering a hands-on approach to educating the masses about science and technology. Go ahead--would it kill ya to maybe learn a little something? No, it wouldn't.

Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, (717) 334-1124. The site of the largest civil-war battle ever waged in the Western Hemisphere, Gettysburg has more than 1,400 monuments, markers, and memorials commemorating the three-day fight that left thousands dead or wounded. The national cemetery contains graves of men killed at Gettysburg and elsewhere during the Civil War.

Hershey Park, Hershey, (800) 437-7439, "The sweetest Place on Earth," as this theme park calls itself, Hershey has all of the usual things--rides, food, gift shops--plus something different: chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.

Houdini Museum, 1433 N. Main Ave., Scranton, (570) 342-8527. Known as an escape artist, Harry Houdini dedicated his later years to debunking mysticism and preserving magical traditions. His spirit lingers at this museum, which chronicles his career and his life.

James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, (215) 340-9800, This museum highlights regional art from the 1700s to the present, and branches out a bit too with an exhibit of work by Croatian artist Maxo Vanko (on display to June 24) and a permanent Japanese-style reading room and outdoor sculpture garden. Also, an original Michener manuscript and personal effects from his life as a philanthropist and prolific author are on view.

Johnstown Inclined Plane, 711 Edgehill Drive, Johnstown, (814) 536-1816, Built in 1891 to carry people, animals, and objects out of flood-prone Johnstown and to the top of Yoder Hill, this baby is the "steepest vehicular inclined plane in the world." Today you can ride it just for fun and for the view, then grab a bite and a beer at the restaurant/pub at the top.

Kentuck Knob, Chalk Hill, (724) 329-1901, Known as the "child of Fallingwater," this Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece was designed and built during the last decade of his life. Does the house represent the culmination or the downturn of a famed architect's career? Discuss. (Make reservations early for the barbecue and bluegrass festival Aug. 4.)

Knoebels Amusement Park, Elysburg, (717) 672-2572, Admission is free; it's pay-as-you-go for the two wooden roller coasters, the antique carousel, the bumper cars, the Haunted Mansion, and other attractions.

Kutztown Art Glass Gallery, 230 Noble St., Kutztown, (610) 683-5714. Owner and stained-glass artist Jerry Wagner has amassed a collection of stained-glass lamps, panels, boxes, and objets d'art such as butterflies, bugs, and birds--some antique, some which he made himself.

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000,, $2-$12. This former duPont family manse has 1,050 acres of woodlands, meadows, and gardens--some indoor, some outdoor--with 11,000 varieties of plants. Don't pick any flowers, but you're welcome to buy something for home in the visitors center. Alfresco summer concerts liven up Longwood's summer evenings.

Mister Ed's Elephant Museum, 6019 Chambersburg Road, Orrtanna, (717) 352-3792. Owner Ed Gotwalt really likes elephants, and this museum/gift shop displays/sells more elephant-themed trinkets, charms, bagatelles, knickknacks, and thingamajigs than you could ever possibly desire.

Phillips Mushroom Place Museum, 909 E. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, (610) 388-6082, free. Didn't know Pennsylvania is the fungus capital of the world? You aren't the only one. But it is, and this museum can help you bone up on your knowledge and appreciation of 'shrooms. Displays and a slide show teach you about the history of mushrooms, how they grow, and how they are used. Then you can go to the restaurant and eat some.

Masonic Temple Tour, 1 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, (215) 988-1900,, free. A 45-minute guided tour is conducted five times daily on weekdays and takes you to . . . oops, sorry, can't say. Sworn to secrecy. But you get the idea from the name.

Mattress Factory Museum, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, (412) 231-3169, In this contemporary-art exhibit space, artists-in-residence create experimental works in room-size environments.

Penn's Cave, Centre Hall, (814) 364-1664, After visiting this all-water cavern by boat, see the adjacent wildlife preserve, by car.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, (215) 763-8100, Ongoing exhibits and permanent collections range from East Asian and Middle Eastern art to European sculpture and paintings. And for one week this summer, two fascinatingly different exhibits intersect: Wind in the Mountains: Chinese Ming Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy, up through June 17, and Out of the Ordinary: The Architecture and Design of Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Associates, June 10-Aug. 5.

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, (215) 752-7070, The theme of this theme park is Sesame Street--Big Bird and his pals greet you on a real-live Sesame Street as you prepare for a day of water rides, stage shows, and activities for kids age 2-13.

Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania, Elm, (717) 626-4617, Humans have nothing to fear from wolves, but wolves have plenty of reasons to fear people. This 25-acre sanctuary protects about two dozen wolves, some of which were raised as pets by people who later found they were not prepared to care for a wild animal. Tours are available by appointment only.

Yuengling Brewery, Fifth and Mahantongo streets, Pottsville, (717) 622-4141, Established in 1829, America's oldest brewery conducts tours on Saturdays. You get to taste the product too. And you know you want a T-shirt.


Adams County Irish Festival, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. July 21, Gettysburg Moose Park, Gettysburg, (717) 624-2542, $5, children and parking are free. The local band Irishtown Road, Maryland's own Shanty Irish, and bagpiper Rod Owens are musical guests at this green-tinged fest in pretty Adams County. There are also dance performances throughout the day, and artworks and crafts. And of course, there's beer and food.

Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Food and Wine Festival, June 22-24, Split Rock Resort, Lake Harmony, (800) 255-7625, Is not the food-and-wine festival the most glorious of all summer festivals? Some would surely say yes, and some would say that this one is the most glorious of them all. It's certainly among the biggest, at least, with 26 wineries participating. Art and live music give you something to look at and listen to when you're not eating and drinking.

Kutztown German Festival, June 30-July 8, Kutztown, (888) 674-6136. Get it straight: The Pennsylvania Dutch are not Dutch at all. They are of German ancestry. This week-long exploration of German culture and traditions features craft demonstrations, historic reenactments, farm exhibits, a parade or two, music, dancing, a quilt sale, and food.

Pennsylvania Music Expo, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 8 and Aug. 12, Lancaster Catholic High School, 650 Juliet Ave., Lancaster, (717) 898-1246. Keystone Record Collectors hosts this event for music lovers, record collectors, and obscure-CD hunters. More than 60 vendors sell all categories of music in all formats. Obsessive collector-talk is free.

State Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 27-28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 29, Alumni Center, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, (215) 579-5997. No ordinary artisans at this crafts fair--the works here were made by 260 juried members of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen (and Craftswomen). Demonstrations and entertainment are planned too.


Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast, 300 Buttonwood Road, Landenberg, (610) 274-2134. This 18th-century manor house is decorated with antiques, and you get to sleep on a canopy bed.

Farm Vacations, (888) 856-6622, Take the B&B idea a little further and eat breakfast with the farmer who milked the cow for your cereal. Farm Vacations offers a stay on a family farm--chicken, cattle, dairy, or other.

Penn Hills, Analomink, (800) 233-8240, This Poconos resort calls itself "the honeymoon capital of the world," and no wonder--who wouldn't think a suite with lots of mirrors and a sunken bath is romantic? Who? No one, that's who. Packages includes golf, meals, and something called "alone time." See, this place really is romantic. It is.

Whitewing Farm, 370 Valley Road, West Chester, (601) 388-2664, This B&B is on 43 acres of farmland, and you have your choice of staying in a 1700s farmhouse, a pond-side guest cottage, or a carriage house. Tennis courts, a pool, and a hot tub are available.


Blue Knob Golf Club, Claysburg, (814) 239-5111. This straight and narrow course is on the second-highest mountain in Pennsylvania, where wildlife sightings make golfing exciting in a "Was that a bear?" kind of way.

Carr's Recreation Park, Morgantown, (610) 286-4040. It takes Carr's 700 acres to hold all the outdoor recreational activities it offers: mountain biking, inline skating, canoing, kayaking, paddleboating, driving range-ing.

Gateway Stable, 949 Merrybell Lane, Kennett Square, (610) 444-1255, Gateway says its horses are mellow, and if that's true, you should have a pleasant ride through the scenic Brandywine Valley.

Kittatinny Canoes, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2338, These folks rent and sell canoes, kayaks, tubes, and rafts to take out on the Delaware River, and they give lessons on how to use them.

Philadelphia Phillies, Veterans Stadium, 3551 Broad St., Philadelphia, (215) 685-1500. Thanks to interleague play, you can easily watch the Orioles play somewhere other than Camden Yards. The Birds take on the Phillies at the Vet, just a couple hours up I-95, June 15-17.


Choo Choo Barn and the Shops of Traintown, Strasburg, (717) 687-7911, Cute name, serious fascination--with trains. After you get done buying train crap, ride, see, or learn about the real thing at the Strasburg Railroad, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and the Toy Train Museum, all nearby.

Green Dragon Farmers Market and Auction, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays, 955 N. State St., Ephrata, (717) 738-1117, A local Pennsylvania saying goes, "If you can't buy it at the Green Dragon, it chust ain't fer sale." Enough said.

Reading Station Outlet Mall, 801 N. Ninth St., Reading, (800) 568-8538. You know the drill: Put on some comfortable shoes, grab a bottle of water, and shop till you drop.

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