Thursday, September 22, 2011

Things to do in Carlisle, PA

Fall arrives this Friday. We have already felt some cooler nights and see some of the leaves changing their colors. When that starts to happen, we know it's time for parents' weekends at local colleges!

Welcome parents and families of Dickinson students! This weekend is family weekend at Dickinson College and Carlisle has lots of things planned to keep you busy downtown and in the area.

The Harvest of the Arts Festival will begin at 10 AM on Saturday in downtown Carlisle. Lots of artists and craftsmen will set up on High Street to demonstrate and sell their creations. Wonderful music and food will also be available to fill your soul and your tummy! Farmers on the Square will add a Saturday sale day too. This town will be hopping!

The Carlisle Theatre will keep you entertained into the evening on both Friday and Saturday nights. "Project Nim", an independent film about the first efforts to teach sign language to chimps, will be showing on Friday night. Country Music artist Collin Raye will be performing on Saturday night. A local group (one of my most favorite groups ever!), Voxology, will be the leading act of the evening.

Come to Carlisle this weekend for food, music, arts, and entertainment! Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast is proud to call Carlisle, PA its home town!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mushrooms!

I wish I knew more about mushrooms! As many of you know, horses live here on the property of Pheasant Field B&B. When you mix the "fertilizer" produced by the horses with sawdust (their bedding), you have a wonderful base for growing things. Add water - lots of water in the form of rain from lingering storms - and voila! You find mushrooms!

Check out these pictures:
Notice how big the white one is - about 8 inches in diameter! And the little "flower" near the top is actually another mushroom! The one at the bottom left is pink-ish in color and the last one is grey. What a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors!

On some of the paths around our 10 acre property, we use wood chips as a base. It's a natural product and we have the source right here. Some interesting things were growing there too. Look at these---

The ones on the left are bright orange but when mature, the top turns brown and looks like wet mud.
The ones one the right grow in a tight knit group.

I will not use any of these in my kitchen because I don't know anything about them except how interesting and beautiful they are! I will continue to buy my mushrooms from my local grocer -- but still have some fun watching nature at work!

Friday, September 2, 2011

What's happening in Carlisle PA

It's Labor Day Weekend and there are lots of things to do in our area this weekend! Friday, 9/2 - it's the last "First Friday" in downtown Carlisle. Music, kids fun, movie under the stars, and a vintage car show are all part of the fun. All these activities take place on West Hanover Street in Carlisle. In Harrisburg this weekend, it's the annual end of summer celebration know as "Kipona". An Art show, canoe races, music, lots of "fair food", and the big finale is fireworks over the river on Sunday night! Come stay at Pheasant Field B&B and enjoy this summertime favorite - Kipona. The word has a native American root meaning "wide sparkling water" - that's the Susquehanna River. We still have a few rooms open during the weekend. Come to Carlisle for the end of summer celebrations!