The seventh annual Invitational Artists Exhibition and Sale will be held on Friday, November 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, November 2, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The show returns to the Pennsdale Civic Center Social Hall, 261 Village Road, Pennsdale, PA. Friday night’s opening includes a reception with complimentary refreshments, an opportunity to meet and greet the artists, and music by members of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.
The show will feature some of the most talented artists in Pennsylvania whose works are exhibited and collected nationally; many share a close relationship with Lycoming County and the surrounding area. It includes a wide range of arts and craftsmanship, including photography, oil painting, jewelry, fashion, pottery, metal- and wood-working, quilting, mosaics, watercolor, sculpture, and home décor. The show will be a rich and varied collection of original work along with signed and numbered limited-edition reproductions. Continue reading “Society Hosts Juried Art Exhibit of Fine PA Arts, Contemporary Crafts”→
Experience the beauty and charm of one of Pennsylvania’s finest communities as the Muncy Historical Society hosts its annual Historic Homes and Walking Tour from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 20. The $12 tour donation includes admission to showcase properties, a descriptive brochure, special exhibits, shopping opportunities, interaction with living history performers, trolley rides and refreshments.
Society Executive Director William Poulton invites everyone to experience the nostalgia of Muncy when the society offers its guests a different happening annually, and on October 20, guests will experience a combination of unique properties, special one-day only exhibits, and personal engagements. Poulton is particularly excited to announce that a replica of the custom coffin in which President Lincoln is buried will be on display and Mary Todd Lincoln will be available to comment on her first lady experiences and to answer questions. Continue reading “Stroll through Historic Muncy Homes”→
The Muncy Historical Society will host a special quilt pattern workshop, its annual rummage sale, and quilt appraisals on Saturday, Aug. 24 at its 40 N. Main St. location.
The society’s doors will open at 8 a.m. for its second annual rummage sale. A variety of material (being sold by the pound) plus books, quilter tools and other quilt-related paraphernalia will be on sale. In addition, all five of the Society’s historic quilt patterns and JJudith Cole Youngman’s quilt books will be available.
The workshop, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be both educational and hands-on. For this workshop, Jacalyn Street Hamaker and Youngman will introduce the Muncy Historical Society’s fourth and fifth in the series of historic patterns, namely, the Muncy Oak Leaf (1846) and Carpenter’s Wheel (1860) quilt patterns.
The workshop fee of $20 includes a salad luncheon. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available by calling 570-546-5917. Continue reading “Muncy Historical Society Hosts Historic Quilt Pattern Workshop, Quilter’s Rummage Sale and Appraisals”→
Muncy Historical Society announced the theme of the 2014 and 2015 Quilt Challenges at its ninth annual quilt show, as well as the award winners of the 2013 quilt contests.
The society’s July 18 show featured more than 140 quilts and included a judging component, with ribbons awarded for Best of Show, Best Original Design, Viewer’s Choice, Challenge, Hand- and Machine-Quilting, Appliqué, Other Techniques, and Use of Color – Traditional and Contemporary. Four of this year’s winners received handcrafted wooden platters made by Mark Robbins, master wood turnings sculpturesque.
The 2013 Quilt Challenge was “Artist Inspired” and the challenge quilters produced quilts inspired by, and reflected the work of, an artist working in another medium such as the much-loved music of Bach, George Gershwin or the Beatles, or the color or design of Monet or Mondrian.
A flannel nightgown-clad Bob Dunkelberger will seat himself in front of Muncy Historical Society’s fireplace to read Clement Clarke Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” classic on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m.
The annual event is designed to entertain both young and old alike, and as in past years, Santa Claus is expected to make a guest appearance. The meeting room will be decorated for the holidays and there will be plenty of opportunities for picture-taking. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras.
Experience the beauty and charm of one of Pennsylvania’s finest communities as the Muncy Historical Society hosts its annual Historic Homes and Walking Tour from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. The $12 tour donation includes admission to showcase properties, a descriptive brochure, special exhibits, shopping opportunities, interaction with living history performers, trolley rides and refreshments.
Society Executive Director William Poulton invites everyone to experience historic Muncy and as he commented in the recently-aired WVIA documentary “Our Town Muncy” that “Muncy is like Colonial Williamsburg but without the five hour drive.” The historical society offers its guests a different happening annually, and this year the focus will be on Muncy’s artistic heritage. On Oct. 21, guests will experience a combination of historic properties, special one-day only exhibits, and personal engagements.
One stop, and the event ticket center, for the Homes and Walking Tour is the Muncy Historical Society, housed in one of Muncy’s earliest frame homes. The two and one-half story, seven-bay frame building represents the Greek revival style. Muncy’s artistic heritage is readily apparent at this stop where the creative geniuses of more than 50 local past and contemporary artists’ works are on display. The museum’s collection includes a wide range of original art and exemplary craftsmanship, including photography, oil paintings, jewelry, pottery, woodworking, quilting, mosaics, watercolor, sculpture, and home décor. In addition to its own collection of Mohr’s, the Society has partnered with the Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission on Community Action (STEP) who will be displaying a partial exhibit of restored Jean Mohr murals that were salvaged from the basement bar area of the former Moran Hotel/Muncy Senior Center. Some of these large pieces help create the perfect backdrop for the Society’s meeting room-turned taproom where guests can taste test our non-alcoholic brew before moving on to the next venue.
The properties are always interesting since the Society features homes representing a variety of architectural styles, from Colonial to Federal to Victorian eclectic. Within walking distance, ticketholders will meet Benjamin Pott! Born in 1802, Benjamin Pott became one of Muncy’s premiere cabinetmakers and builders. While his early advertisements “invite the public to view all kinds of cabinet ware, manufactured by the most competent workmen, and finished in superior style, and sold on the most reasonable terms” Pott is remembered for his doorways! Two of his doorways are featured – the entrance to his home at 27 N. Main Street and across the street, the entrance to 26 N. Main.
Robert Risk and his sons were builders on a much larger scale than Pott as evidenced by the home located at 28 N. Main Street. This substantial brick is evidence of the vast wealth that many of Muncy’s merchants accumulated during the canal and lumber eras of Lycoming County. Mrs. Risk will greet visitors on the front porch and will welcome all to explore her home’s exquisite woodwork, built-ins, and its many rooms. Two handcrafted dollhouses, recently donated to the Society’s collection, will be on display.
Jean Mohr joins the event by making his appearance at the Fort Brady Hotel. The Brady’s wall murals are Muncy’s best preserved and Mohr welcomes all to come and sit a spell as he finished his work. The hotel desk manager will arrange for your bath as you take time to register for your lodging
As in bygone days, traveling theatrical companies arrived in town by stagecoach … their props, costumes and personal luggage were hoisted by block and tackle up to the side doorway, three floors above street level. The stage driver discharged his passengers in the alleyway, at the back entrance, reserved for the likes of them! He has a yarn or two to share and, perhaps, will issue a word of caution for a meeting with the “Real Widow Brown.” Widow Brown’s travels included performances in London, Berlin and New York City and she’s not quite sure what to make of this stop in Muncy. While the show is booked for two weeks, how will this quaint little town fill this brand new Opera House?
The trolley will be making its way up and down Muncy’s main street during the event hours and the on-board guide will regale passengers with pertinent facts about Muncy’s artistic and historical heritage. There will be a number of stops, clearly marked, so that passengers can embark and disembark conveniently near all of the tour locations.
Ticket holders may park in one of the centrally located designated areas and most of the Muncy properties are within easy walking distance.
Advance tickets, at the discounted price of $10 for the Historic Homes and Walking Tour, may be purchased from 9 a.m. to three, October 12, 15 and 19, or by mail at P.O. Box 11, Muncy, PA 17756. Tickets the day of the tour are $12 and may be purchased at the Muncy Historical Society.
Nationally-recognized local artists showcasing a broad spectrum of original artistic works along
with signed and numbered limited-edition reproductions. Featuring Michael Balzer, Michael Coppes,
Tammy Daneker, John Dewald, Linda Doucette, Steve Getz, Selinda Kennedy, Rick Mahonski, Suzette
Mason, Robert Olmstead, Deb Parsons, Kris Robbins, Mark Robbins, David Seybold,
Roger Shipley, Theresa Crowley Spitler, Kathy Turner Sterngold, Bruce Storm, Nella
Godbey Storm, Carol Wagner, Terry Wild, and Judith Cole Youngman
$5 donation to benefit the Muncy
Purchases available for pick-up on Saturday, November 3, 3 to
5 PM; Monday, November 5, 9 AM to 3 PM; or by appointment
Pennsdale Civic Center Social Hall
261 Village Road
Pennsdale, PA 17756
Directions: I-180, 220 N exit, EXIT 15, toward Pennsdale; take 220 N approx .3 mile; make slight left onto Village Road; Social Hall on left, .3 mile.
Exhibition & sale to benefit the Muncy Historical Society
Commonwealth Speaker, Civil War Historian
Anthony Waskie to Portray
Gen. George G. Meade at Muncy
The Muncy Historical Society will host the Commonwealth Speaker and nationally-recognized Civil War preservationist, Anthony Waskie, specializing in the life of General George G. Meade at the First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street, Sunday, October 14 at 2:30 pm. Doors open at 1:30. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Using Meade’s own words and extensive background research, Anthony Waskie, speaking as General Meade, recounts the general’s career and services to the nation. From his work as an engineer and lighthouse builder, to combat in the Seminole and Mexican Wars, to his assuming command of the Union Army on the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg (where he handed Lee his first defeat), Meade was integral to the survival of the Union. Not only successful in war, Meade also designed Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, founded two schools for orphans of Civil War veterans and helped integrate surviving veterans back into peaceful pursuits. Audiences are encourage to ask the “General” questions about his life and work.
Anthony Waskie is a Civil War historian, author, living history performer and preservationist specializing in the life of General George G. Meade. Waskie serves as President of the General Meade Society and Vice President of the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library. He teaches in the Civil War and Emancipation Studies program at Temple University. Waskie received his MA and PhD degrees from New York University and his undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, sponsored in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. PHC inspires people to come together to share a life of learning. The Pennsylvania Museum is proud to host this program to further its mission of bringing the community together to learn about and share our local history.
In addition to Dr. Waskie’s first-person General Meade presentation, Muncy Historical Society volunteers will exhibit local Civil War memorabilia from a private collection. Young people, twelve and under, will each receive a free coloring book entitled “Billy Yank – the Union Soldier in the Civil War” and copies of “This Republic of Suffering – Death and the American Civil War” will be distributed as door prizes. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.
On Sunday, September 9 at 2:30 p.m., Barbie and Bush James will launch the fall schedule at the Muncy Historical Society’s 40 N. Main Street location.
The C.S.S. Hunley was a submarine of the Confederate States of America and the first to sink an enemy ship during the Civil War. On February 17, 1864 Hunley attacked and sank the enemy ship, the USS Housatonic which was on Union blockade duty near Charleston. Soon after, Hunley sank for unknown reasons, killing all eight of her crew. The Hunley was discovered in 1995. An intensive underwater archaeological investigation and excavation culminated with the raising of the Hunley in 2000. The position of the remains of the eight crew members indicated that the men died at their stations.
Bush and Barbie James will present a brief history of the Hunley’s military endeavors before sharing their filming of the funeral taken when the remains of the crew were laid to rest at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina on April 17, 2004. Tens of thousands of people attended the service including some 10000 reenactors and civilians dressed wearing period clothing.
The Society’s meetings and events are always open to the public. Museum tours begin at 1:30 on meeting days and light refreshments are served immediately following the program in the colonial kitchen.
The Muncy Historical Society celebrates Last Friday in August by hosting a book signing, featuring Judith Cole Youngman with her latest book “Amadeus Quilts – A Journal of Encouragement” and a spectacular display of full-size quilts and wall-hangings. This one-day show, Friday, August 31, noon to 8 p.m. will highlight the Society’s last “Last Friday” event at its 40 N. Main Street Location.
Youngman was born in New England to fourth-generation Yankees and raised in Vermont. Her early education included several years in a one-room school. She was graduated from Northfield School and then Brown University, where she studied biology and art history. Her past fifty years have been spent in North Central Pennsylvania raising a family, serving as a community volunteer, and working as a nursing home administrator. In her other life Judith continues to study, write, teach and make quilts.
In 1976, influenced by the American Bicentennial, and with the generous direction of a talented friend, Judith made her first quilt. After that experience quilting became her chosen form of creative expression. As the years passed and her focus narrowed, replications of vintage quilts became paramount. The powerful connection between anonymous 19th century quiltmakers and her own production solidified. Judith was honoring them and finding inspiration for herself.
Her warmth and passion for teaching is legendary; her enterprising spirit greatly admired; and her instructive classes reflect both traditional and the latest contemporary trends in the quilting world. Youngman celebrates quilting as an art with her strong sense of color; by promoting programs, exhibitions, publications and research; and by collecting and preserving and documenting materials related to quilt replication and pattern.
To commemorate a milestone birthday the author presents this new collection, “Amadeus Quilts” of her verse and art to encourage and inspire. Observations about life, laced with humor and perception, are offered in tandem with images of quilts based on a 19th century sensibility. Judith hopes that her readers “will discover a sense of renewal and beauty” in her new release.
Suzanne Murray, the book’s editor, had this to say about Youngman’s latest efforts: “Working with Judith is quite the enriching experience. And I think her new book will enrich readers’ lives. Not only does her verse provoke thought, but the art of her quilts inspires close study. One of my favorite verses begins: ‘We have a choice each morning regarding the attitude we will embrace for the day…’ Why a favorite? Because it has made me more mindful of how I approach each new day. And while not a quilter myself, the beauty of Judith’s quilts opened my eyes to what works of art they are.”
Nella Godbey Storm, recipient of the Art Education Association’s “Art Teacher of the Year” Award, praises Youngman and her “unique level of understated drama with color choices and pattern configurations that are both subtle and captivating. Like all great art, her works read from the distance pulling the viewer in…and patterns play off each other…” In 2010 Muncy’s Quilt Show judges awarded Best of Show and Best Use of Color honors to Youngman’s quilt “William Penn Courthouse Steps.”
For this one-day show, Youngman has selected specific pieces from her collection which present the viewer with “a visual dialogue that is compelling, subtle, and full of imagination” according to Storm. Her selections, most of which will be available for purchase, represent a mosaic of fabric infused with elegance and knowledge that has raised Youngman’s art of the quilt to a pinnacle that has rarely been achieved according to Storm.
In addition to both of Youngman’s books and her one-person show, the museum’s meeting room will be transformed into a quilters’ rummage sale. A wide variety of material (being sold by the pound) plus books, quilter tools & other quilt-related paraphernalia will be on sale. Amadeus notecards and quilt patterns will also be available.
Light refreshments will be served from noon to 8 p.m.