We met up at “The Farmers Wife” outside of Lebanon, PA for a meet and greet and a lunch together!
I had met a couple of the ladies a few years ago when I was up here teaching in Middletown, PA –and it was so good to see them again!
One thing I can say about PA food….YUMMY!!
We talked and laughed and learned that these gals have a great thing going on – they have a retreat ONCE A MONTH!! A full Friday-Saturday-Sunday a MONTH! Oh, I could so get on with that.
After lunch we went our separate ways --- and Elaine ((Shown above in purple)) took over as my chauffer.
I’ve been to Hershey a few times….but never really got a chance to explore. My time was limited to the Hershey Lodge and the Quilt Odyssey show.
Those days in July are packed so full, that there is really no way and no time to get out and about unless you add designated days and time to the trip to do that.
So when Elaine asked if I’d like a driving tour --- I jumped on it!
After All, I had never been to Chocolate World!
One happy Chocolate-Seeking Girl!
Hahahah! There we are on candid camera!
Elaine is a wealth of knowledge – she grew up here! She knows all the ins and outs, not to mention all the back roads to get you around any amount of traffic that threatens to delay your schedule!
We wound up here:
I’ve spent the last week hob-knobbing with this country’s greatest! First spending time at the tomb of Andrew Jackson – and now…Milton Hershey!
This plot holds the esteemed resting places of Milton, his Wife Catharine, and his mother and father.
A short drive away is the vintage Hotel Hershey, sitting stately and proud on top of a beautiful knoll over looking the Hershey empire:
The Hershey Hotel was built in 1933.
It’s quite a feat on the heels on the Depression of the 1930s, to have something this big and bold being built --- it just goes to show that no matter how bad the economy gets, we will still find a way to turn to CHOCOLATE!
After our tour time ended, we hightailed it over to set up for my evening lecture. Once that was out of the way we could relax with the guild girls for a bit of dinner at a really neat place:
The Blue Bird Inn, Circa 1859!
The atmosphere was wonderful, and the food and company could not be beat!
Today I’ve got an Oklahoma Backroads workshop with the Colonial Quilters of Bethlehem, PA --- and the journey continues!