Events

Fall 2017 Events at Craighead House

 

Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Scots-Irish in the Cumberland Valley

Dr. Cotten Seiler, Professor of American Studies at Dickinson College will discuss the settling of the valley by immigrants from Scotland and Ireland and their impact on the valley’s history. Hint. Consider some of the local place names and the locations of Presbyterian churches.

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2017 marks the 85th anniversary of the first hunting falcons trained by teenagers John and Frank, Jr. Craighead at their family’s summer home on the Yellow Breeches Creek. 2017 also is the 80th anniversary of the twins’ first article in The National Geographic Magazine, “Adventures with Birds of Prey”.

To celebrate these anniversaries, Craighead House is hosting a day of activities focused on nature and the Craighead legacy. The Craighead 80/85 Anniversary Celebration will be held at the historic house at 318 Old York Road on Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free, and food will be available for purchase. Ongoing activities and presentations will be appropriate for adults and children, and will include:

  • Father/daughter falconers (Sean & Margaret Young with live hawks)
  • Native plants and pollinators (Penn State Master Gardeners)
  • Air quality and pollution (Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania)
  • Water quality (Yellow Breeches Watershed Association)

Scheduled activities include:

  • 10:15 a.m. Bird watching walk (Appalachian Audubon Society)
  • 11:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. Starting a fire with flint & steel (John Coyle)
  • 11:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. Historic tour (Tom Benjey)
  • 11:30 and 3 p.m. Monarch butterfly tagging program (Appalachian Audubon Society)

Spring 2017 Events at Craighead House

Sat. April 29, 1pm to 1:30 pm:

Perennials Exchange; bring zero to five plants and take home new ones.

Sat. April 29, 2pm: Create a Pollinator-Friendly Garden with Penn State Master Gardener Ruth Osborne.

Sat. May 6, 2pm to 5pm: Games and Fun from Pre-TV Days; Play games from the 1930s—badminton, dodge ball, croquet, Wiffle ball & board games. Ages 6 and up. RSVP.

Wed. May 10, 6pm to 8pm: Make a Gift for Mom; Ann Howell Woods will assist children with two Mom’s Day projects. Ages 4 to 10. RSVP.

Tue. May16, 6pm to 8pm: Fishing at Craighead; Bring your rod and bait or contact Laurie if you need a rod. No RSVP unless rod needed. All ages welcome.

Sat, May 20, 3pm to 5pm: Not So Creepy Creek Critters; What lives in and around the Yellow Breeches? Find them, learn their story and test creek for its PH chemistry. Ages 6 to 15 or younger if accompanied by a parent. RSVP.

Sun May 21, 1pm to 3pm

Nature Photography by Crystal Hunt; Learn What, Where and How of Capturing the Best of Mother Nature. Open to the public; Ages 12 and up.

Tue. May 30, 6pm to 8pm: Metal Detection Exploration; Search for treasure around Craighead; All welcome. Retrieved items stay with Craighead House but child finders get rewards. RSVP.

Tue. June 6, 2:30pm to 5:30pm: Tubing and Swimming the Yellow Breeches!; Our natural water park is open for fun and exploration. 12 tubes will be provided, please bring your own if you can. Wet Fun for all ages! RSVP.

Tue.,June 14, 6pm to 8pm: Metal Detecting;Search for treasure around Craighead; All welcome. Retrieved items stay with Craighead House but child finders get rewards. RSVP.

Sat. June 17, Making Bamboo Fishing Poles; Final plans and time to be announced. RSVP.

Sun. June 25, Master Gardeners Tour; Craighead House will be a stop on garden tour. PA Honey Queen & PA Falconry and Hawk Trust will make presentations.

Tue. June 27, 2:30pm to 5:30pm: Tubing and Swimming; Our natural water park is open for fun and exploration. 12 tubes will be provided, please bring your own if you can. Wet Fun for all ages! RSVP.

RSVP your name & phone number to rudolphlaurie@ymail.com in case of schedule changes

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Spring 2017 Yard Clean Up

9:00 a.m to noon Saturday, April 22

Grab your rake, gloves and water to enjoy a beautiful spring morning at Craighead House cleaning up the sticks dropped by Mother Nature over the winter or left behind from a dead tree that had to be felled to prevent damage to the house. Come and see the new porches and the new paint job.

Nature Photography by Crystal Hunt

3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Learn the What, Where and How of capturing the best of Mother Nature. Ages 12 and up. Open to the public.

Perennials Exchange and

How to Create a Pollinator-Friendly Garden

Saturday, April 29

1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Bring from one to five plants to exchange

1:30 p.m. Ticket drawing for the exchange begins

2:00 p.m. How to Create a Pollinator-Friendly Garden begins

Craighead House sponsors its third annual Perennials Exchange on Saturday, April 29. Bring one to five perennials, of the same or different species (zero if you just want to watch), that you want to trade for something different between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. and receive a ticket for each plant you bring. Ticket drawing begins at 1:30 p.m. Each person gets his or her choice of plants in the order tickets are drawn.

Shortly after all plants are exchanged, at 2:00 p.m., Ruth Osborne of Penn State Master Gardeners will present a program in the education center titled, “How to Create a Pollinator-Friendly Garden.”

Both events are free and open to the public.

Click here for a complete schedule of events for 2017

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Children & The Appalachian Trail: A Trail of Discovery
2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2016

FREE & Open to the Public

Larry LuxenbergLarry Luxenberg thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail on his first ever backpacking trip over thirty years ago, in 1980. In 1994 he began work on Walking the Appalachian Trail. In six months he interviewed 200 hikers and others deeply connected to the A.T. and combined their stories in his novel account of the trail. In 1998 he began working on the Appalachian Trail Museum (atmuseum.org), which opened on National Trails Day, June 5, 2010, at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. In recognition of his efforts on the book and A.T. Museum he was named an honorary member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in 2009. An active dayhiker, in 2008 he became the first person to hike all the trails in Harriman Park in one calendar year.

July Hands-On Program for Children

Conducted by Laurie Craighead Rudolph:

Wednesday, July 6, Fishing in the Yellow Breeches, 9am-noon

Wednesday, July 13, Tubing on the Yellow Breeches, 11am-2pm

 

Wednesday, July 20, Creek Critters, 9am-noon

 

Rain dates will be the very next day.  For details, contact Laurie at rudolphlaurie@ymail.com

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Fly Fishing Demonstration

Friday, August 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Dusty Wissmath, fly fisherman extraordinaire, and manager of TCO Fly Shop in Boiling Springs will give a talk and demonstation of fly fishing in and around the Yellow Breeches.

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A house clean up will be held on Saturday, June 18 starting at 9:00 a.m. Bring water and cleaning supplies.

Pennsylvania’s own Honey Queen will present a program on beekeeping for children of all ages at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 26. More info about the Honey Queen program can be found at http://pastatebeekeepers.org/queen.htm

Larry Luxenberg’s eye has healed, making it possible to reschedule his talk, Children and the Appalachian Trail: A Trail of Discovery, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 16

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POSTPONED

Children & The Appalachian Trail: A Trail of Discovery
2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016

FREE & Open to the Public

Larry LuxenbergLarry Luxenberg thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail on his first ever backpacking trip over thirty years ago, in 1980. In 1994 he began work on Walking the Appalachian Trail. In six months he interviewed 200 hikers and others deeply connected to the A.T. and combined their stories in his novel account of the trail. In 1998 he began working on the Appalachian Trail Museum (atmuseum.org), which opened on National Trails Day, June 5, 2010, at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. In recognition of his efforts on the book and A.T. Museum he was named an honorary member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in 2009. An active dayhiker, in 2008 he became the first person to hike all the trails in Harriman Park in one calendar year.

 

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Tom Benjey will give a talk on the Craighead Naturalists at the South Mountain Partnership quarterly meeting at 7:00p.m. Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Cumberland County Historical Society, 21 N. Pitt Street, Carlisle, PA 17013 as part of their speaker series. Open to the public. Find more information here.

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Tom Benjey is giving a talk on the Craighead Naturalists at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 22 for the Institute of Retired Persons in the Science Center at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA 17201. Find more information here.

Falconry program postponed one day and two hours to 4:00pm Sunday, September 13 due to rain.

Fran Gray, Regional Director of Pennsylvania Falconry and Hawk Trust and active practitioner of falconry, will present an introduction to falconry to young and old alike at the cradle of American falconry at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 12 in the outdoor education center along the creek at 318 E Old York Road (Route 174).  FREE!

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Fran Gray with his son, Nate, and two hawks.

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Tom Benjey will be giving a talk at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 12 at Appalachian Trail Museum in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, PA

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Classes for children will inaugurate our very recently completed education center. The following sessions have been scheduled so far:

Date          Rain Date         Class                                 
July 21      July 22             Learn how to make a fishing pole*
July 28      July 29             The Summer of the Falcon
Aug 4        Aug 5               Learn how to make a fishing pole*
Aug  11     Aug 12             The Summer of the Falcon

Classes start at 9:00 a.m. and run to noon.
*Materials will be provided, including the bamboo.
No fee is being charged for these classes.
Students may bring lunch or a snack.

Those wanting to read The Summer of the Falcon before the class can purchase copies at Village Artisans Gallery, 101 Café, Whistlestop Bookshop, History on High, AHCF Museum Store, or from Tom Benjey (CraigheadHouse@gmail.com).

For more information or to sign up, contact Laurie Craighead Rudolph at rudolphlaurie@ymail.com.

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On August 6th, Craighead House hosts the Boiling Springs Civic Association for its annual ice cream social. Attendees will be able to tour the grounds and see the recent improvements with the addition of an education center, among other things. Attendees will be able to enjoy the serenity of this historic site as the Yellow Breeches flows by while they enjoy their ice cream.

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Education Center constructed by Boy Scouts for Matthew Bear’s Eagle Scout project.

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Millstone from one of the Craighead mills repositioned to serve as a teaching and reflection site.

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John Coyle inspects plants as they arrive.

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Craighead House hosted its first annual perennials exchange at 1:30 p.m Saturday, April 25. Each participant brought one to five (most brought five) perennials individually packaged in pots or bags and exchanged them for plants brought by someone else through a lottery. A good time was had by all. The weather even cooperated.

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A talk on falconry will be given at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 12 at Craighead House by Fran Gray of the Pennsylvania Falconry & Hawk Trust. Rain date is September 13. Mr. Gray will bring a Harris hawk and, if luck is with us a kestrel and a red-tailed hawk. Open to the public. Bring your lawnchair. Free.

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Upcoming talks open to the public about the Craighead Naturalists being given elsewhere in Central Pennsylvania are:

July 9 at 11:30 a.m. for Smart Seniors at Cumberland Crossings.

July 12 @ 2:00 p.m. at Appalachian Trail Museum at Pine Grove Furnace

September 22 @10:30 a.m. for IRT in Science Building at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA.

October 8 at 7:00 p.m. for South Mountain Partnership meeting held at Cumberland County Historical Society.

As additional talks are scheduled, they will be listed here and on Facebook.

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Author Talk on Saturday, October 11!

Twig George, daughter of Jean Craighead George, will give a talk at Craighead House at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 11 at Craighead House. An author in her own right, Twig and her brother recently put one of their mother’s last books into print. Twig surely has some great stories to tell.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

PHMC Historic MarkerHISTORICAL MARKER DEDICATION

The dedication of the PHMC Historical Marker on June 14 came off beautifully. Not counting fishermen, 70 people were in attendance. A photo album of the event has been posted on our Facebook page and The Sentinel site also has a series of photos they took.

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Historical Marker to Be Dedicated

Craighead House is hosting the dedication of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Historical Marker honoring the Craighead Family at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 14 at Craighead House, 318 E Old York Road in South Middleton Township. An example of a PHMC Historical Marker, the one on Front Street in Boiling Springs honoring abolitionist Daniel Kafman, is shown above.

The public is invited.

Directions

From Mechanicsburg:

Take Trindle Road toward Carlisle to the intersection with Route 174. Turn left on 174 heading toward Churchtown and Boiling Springs. Go through Boiling Springs and continue for two to three miles. You’ll be getting close when you pass Petersburg Road and almost there when you see Bonnybrook Road on the right. You’ll soon see an old white-brick house on the right and a metal shed on the left. Ahead you’ll see a line of brush on both sides of the road where the railroad tracks used to be. Park next to the railroad right-of-way on either side of the road. The house is on the left. We expect to have fire police helping people park.

From I-81:

Take the Hanover Street (Route 34) exit heading south toward Mt. Holly Springs. Proceed a few miles to the light at Route 174. Turn left and proceed past the (now condemned) iron bridge on the right. Craighead House is the 3rd house on the right after the bridge. Park just past the house in the area next to the railroad right-of-way on either side of the road.

From Carlisle:

Take the South Hanover Street (Route 34) toward Mt. Holly Springs. Proceed a few miles past Home Depot to the light at Route 174. Turn left and proceed past the (now condemned) iron bridge on the right. Craighead House is the 3rd house on the right after the bridge. Park just past the house in the area next to the railroad right-of-way on either side of the road.

Thanks

VFW Memorial Post 8851 and Boiling Springs Civic Association have both donatedtoward the substantial cost of the marker but we are still about $1,000 short. Any gift, no matter how small, would be most appreciated.

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