Monday, April 29, 2013

ELKLAND and MANSFIELD     Week 2   Day 4    TUESDAY APRIL 9.

Marigold Manor B&B, a beautifully restored Victorian was the perfect roost before presenting to two groups of nearly 500 students each.
Marigold Manor, Elkland Pa.

This looks just like my mother's desk.  You might remember seeing it in
my book, No Place for a Pig 

It was a perfect spring evening for sitting on the porch just off my room.

There were throngs of pre-schoolers at the Elkland High School Gym.  Leslie Wishard and her amazing crew extended the BUS theme with smaller groups after the presentation.

                                              A sea of students at Warren Miller Elementary.

If it's time to eat in Mansfield, check out Cast and Crew -

All the dishes are named after actors and shows.  Pace yourself and enjoy! 

Trickiest pre-schooler question of the day: 
     "Why don't people live so long?"

I know;  I'm slow.  It will take me a while to catch up and I can't wait to tell you about Susquehanna County. 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

17 + 59 + 6 = scenic views and crumbling relics

Is it possible that you are wondering where I am?  Having set out with the best of intentions, I find myself falling woefully behind in my travel blog.
There are so many ways to look at this trip but by the end of the day I am looking for a good night's sleep.

I meant to tell you about arriving in Warren late at night.  First of all,  if you are traveling west on 17 (the future 86) after dark on a Sunday night, it is wise to thnk about how few exits with gas stations there are once you pass Sayre.  Of the few, how many are within a mile of the exit and open.  Oh, I was lucky.  The orange light hadn't yet blinked by the time I pulled up to a pump.  I just hate to play see if you can make it!

Plunging into Pennsylvania the night was aglow, like a sci-fi city, in Bradford and later in Warren with the lights from the refineries.  There were also a few bear crossing signs.  Deer, tractor and horse signs are not uncommon along country roads, but this woke me right up.  I would not gladly cross a bear.
After that, the road to Warren was taken at a cautious pace and I passed more deer than cars.

After my wonderful day in Warren, which you already know about, I wanted to see route 59 in the daylight.
Kinzua Dam was the scenic highlight along with some surprise vistas. 

[random thought:  There is also a Kinzua, Oregon, near the town of Fossil, where my great auntie Babe lived.]

59 connects with 6, one of my favorite PA routes and that took me to the scene of a very unusual house.
Just west of Port Allegheny is a Usonian-style house in a sad state of disrepair.  The growing pines now tower over the horizontal lines of what must have been a majestic spread with a beautiful view.
A spooky counterpoint to this modern design is in Coudersport. 
Gomez and Morticia would feel right at home.

 All this along the way to Elkland and Mansfield. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

It Was
a Wonderful Week!          
Monday April 8. 2013

The first stop of the 2nd week was in Warren where we chatted with a little group of 300 or so students in the morning and two much smaller groups, in the afternoon.    

The statue in the libraryseems to be looking for the time


                        AHA!  Look to your left!

 Thank you Warren for a warm welcome!

Saturday, April 6, 2013


The Cleve J. Fredricksen Library

Camp Hill and Harrisburg  April 2, 2013

Welcome to the library - any library.  They have
always felt like my home away from home. 
I'll be visiting dozens as I tour Pennsylvania for 
PA One Book 2013 with my book, The Bus For Us.
What an honor to be able to share with pre-schoolers and their families the work and joy that goes into making a book.   
Many thanks to Mary Alice and Micki, Candy and Brie and many others who made it a rousing good first stop. 
                                                                                                    The princess and the frontloader.

Harrisburg was all about homeschoolers.  Together we fabricated an unusual story
                            as I drew what the students suggested.  It involved a boy reading, a miniature
                            magician, a rabbit, cat, mouse.  Did I leave anything out?
                            Thank you Susan P., Anne K. and Beth H.  Hi to Simone and the boys.

READING and RIDING  April 3, 2013

TWO DRIVING FORCES - Lydia the librarian and
Cara the driver with Gus and Tess
ready to ride on the Columbia County Traveling Library.

What a great day as we bounced our way from Bloomsburg to Danville to Mifflinville to Berwick to OrangevilleWithout the arranging, time keeping and skills of Lydia and Cara,
I couldn't have made it from place to place...not on time, anyway.

There were some spectacular sparkly cowgirl boots at Sunnyhill
and some budding authors and illustrators as well.

<Bloomsburg library

Thomas Beaver Free Library
                               in Danville>

In Berwick  we were greeted by Lisette O. and the reading community.  The families who had gathered for a story were treated to hearing it read in Spanish by Xiamara and Tabea.  It is exciting to hear "fire engine" in Spanish because you can growl out the words and it sounds like a truck revving up its motor - 
 "un camion de bomberos". 

Our last stop of the day was Orangeville, where I met Eric.  He askes great questons.  Check out his blog
Hi Pam; )
I'll get back to you next week as I travel to Warren and work my way east.