The Old Barn

March 14th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

There is a venerable structure standing in Hershey, Pennsylvania known as the Old Barn. It never was designed to shelter cows or horses and it was never intended to store hay. It is not even made of wood but of concrete instead. It has witnessed championships and sports history as well as some of the [...]

March Madness

March 9th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

The United States has given much to the world, the telephone, the airplane, the microprocessor and much much more. While not ranking amongst the pantheon of great American inventions, we have also given the world the sport of basketball. What does that have to do with hardwood flooring? Just take a look at the court [...]

Want to help raise a barn?

March 7th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

A few weeks ago we mentioned the Star Barn, a historic barn being moved from Dauphin County to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. It is just a matter of time before the barn will be raised again, this time at the Ironstone Ranch outside of Elizabethtown. Starting on July 2 and running through July 4 the [...]

Moon Trees

February 28th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

Moon trees conjure a very odd picture in our imaginations. We know that our Moon is devoid of life and that certainly trees are incapable of growing on it. The name moon tree almost sounds like an Ed Wood b-movie flick that would have been parodied on Mystery Science Theater 3000. But indeed Moon Trees [...]

Congaree National Park

February 9th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

When our earliest ancestors came here to the New World they found a lush, green expanse filled with tall trees and multitudes of wildlife. Much of what they saw is now gone, replaced by modern cities and their suburbs. But there is one bit of land that has gone untouched by man. It is a [...]

Hoedown or hootenanny?

December 29th, 2016|Barnyard fun|

Many rural communities of yesteryear lacked suitable public buildings to use for public gatherings. So, when they wanted to have a hoedown or a hootenanny, where would they go? Find a farmer and ask if they could use their barn! The barn dance has been around for centuries dating back to Europe. The tradition continued [...]

Is your barn door closed?

December 27th, 2016|Barnyard fun|

Guys, isn't it great to be able to void our bladders while standing up. It's not bragging, it's just a fact. Of course we get forgetful sometimes and don't close our fly. There are many humorous things that can be said to make you aware of that fact. For the healthy eater we all know [...]

Barnstorming

December 15th, 2016|Barnyard fun|

Barnstorming used to be the highlight of many people's lives. Following World War I many aviators wanted to continue to experience the freedom that flying offered to them. As a way to make money they toured the countryside, either as individuals or as part of what were known as Flying Circuses. Barns were conveniently placed [...]

How do you move a barn?

December 6th, 2016|Barnyard fun|

How do you move a barn? Very carefully it turns out. For many years residents Central Pennsylvania have driven by the Star Barn while driving between Lancaster and Harrisburg on Route 283. Those motorists have watched as the historic barn deteriorated over the years until it was all but falling apart. The Star Barn and [...]

Were you born in a barn?

November 22nd, 2016|Barnyard fun|

Let's face it, we all misbehaved as children. That was part of being a kid. Sometimes we did not display the proper manners around others and someone would ask “were you born in a barn?” There is a reason for that. When early settlers arrived in North America on the land they wanted to claim [...]