PA treats, toys, and poinsettias. December 3, 2010Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
Tags: Glick's Greenhouse, Glick's Poinsettia Show, Goschenhoppen Historians, Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas, Pennsylvania German Christmas, poinsettias, The Christmas Show
Our friend Ben would like to encourage folks in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and environs to attend two fun and unique Christmas displays this weekend. They’re among Silence Dogood’s and my favorite holiday outings.
First is the Glick’s Greenhouse Poinsettia Show in Oley, PA. Now, before you wonder if our friend Ben has lost my mind, suggesting that you trek over to a Berks County greenhouse to look at poinsettias, this is not just any greenhouse or any old poinsettia display. The huge greenhouses have attracted thousands of visitors on this weekend for 31 years, for live music, free food (including hot popcorn, hot dogs with all the trimmings, and beverages, including, of course, cider), themed wreaths and decorations (this year’s theme is “Once upon a Christmas, the timeless and treasured stories of Christmas”), and more than 10,000 poinsettias, all in perfect condition and beautifully displayed.
Our friend Ben is especially looking forward to the themed wreath display, hoping that many contestants will have chosen my favorite Christmas story, Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and Clement Clarke Moore’s The Night Before Christmas as their themes. (Wreaths are entered and judged for ribbons from all over the area, and they’re always amazingly inventive.) Horticulturists that we are, Silence and I always enjoy seeing the newest poinsettias on the market as well as the lovely old classics as we pass through the poinsettia displays.
But the thing we love best—the reason we can’t resist the Glick’s extravaganza—is their own beautiful Christmas wreaths. We have never seen nicer wreaths anywhere, and it’s become a Hawk’s Haven tradition to go to Glick’s for the show and buy our Christmas wreath. This year, Silence is agitating for a Norfolk Island pine to replace our huge, beloved one that finally died several years ago. It made a great Christmas tree and lived practically forever, so we may succumb to one this year at Glick’s as well.
Will we buy one of the famous poinsettias? Maybe. Unfortunately, our cats can’t seem to resist them, and while poinsettias aren’t actually poisonous—that’s an urban legend—a chewed-up poinsettia isn’t exactly decorative.
To find out more and get directions, visit Glick’s website (www.glicksgreenhouse.com) or call them at 610-689-9856. They’re on 57 Fisher Mill Road, and Silence, who was in the area with a friend recently, says there’s excellent signage pointing people towards Glick’s on all the area roads. The show runs today, Friday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6; they’re closed on Sunday.
The other event Silence and our friend Ben make it a point never to miss is The Christmas Market, presented in Green Lane, PA (Montgomery County, down Route 29) by the Goschenhoppen Historians at Red Men’s Hall. Say what?!! Well, our friend Ben is not sure how Red Men’s Hall got its name, but the Goschenhoppens were an early group of Pennsylvania Dutch settlers in the area, and the Historians aim to keep their folkways alive with demonstrations of authentic old-time cooking, crafts, gardening, and skills. For the Christmas Market, however, they limit their displays and demonstrations to Christmas-themed Penna Dutch traditions. The result is utterly delightful, as well as informative.
This year’s theme is “Toys for Boys,” so expect to see Christmas train displays and other delights of yesteryear for boys (buwe in Deitsch, the language of the Pennsylvania Dutch, actually Germans) of all ages. There will be decorated Christmas trees and displays of Pennsylvania German Christmas customs and folk practices. And of course, there will be toys, vintage and new handmade ornaments, “clear toys” (colored sugar candy in fantastic forms, like reindeer, used as ornaments and stocking stuffers), and crafts for sale, as well as some gorgeous Christmas cards and fun pet presents that we always find irresistible.
Oh, and did we mention the bake sale? Our friend Ben hopes not. You see, every year, there are unbelievable baked goods for sale at the show. The Historians make them at home, and many are renowned for a particular specialty. Our friend Ben will be very disgruntled—not to say irate—if you arrive in time to buy the last lemon sponge pie or batch of Joanne’s famous hickory-nut cookies and we don’t get any.
This year’s show will be held on this Saturday and Sunday, December 4th and 5th. Find out more on their website, www.goschenhoppen.org.
Both events are fun and, of course, family-friendly. We hope to see you there!