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October 2013 News

from Mary & Alan at the Carlisle House

October is the month when the color palette turns from the green of summer into the golds, oranges, and reds of Autumn. Moving down from New England through New York and the Finger Lakes, then the Poconos, we expect the best part of leaf-peeping time to arrive here in the mid-State from the middle of October onwards.

We've mentioned before how fortunate we are to have so many beautiful State Parks within easy driving distance. Outdoor excursion opportunities abound in Cumberland Valley during Fall as the trees become burnished with the most spectacular and beautiful colors of the year. So here are three of our favorite outdoor pursuits!

Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch You'll find very few wildlife experiences that are more exciting than the sight of a Golden Eagle gliding over a landscape painted in late autumn reds, yellows and oranges. The best and most easily accessible location in Pennsylvania to enjoy this sight is at Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch. There are two trails to choose from, but both of them require the proper footwear, and remember that conditions are usually cooler and breezier than down in the Valley!

The 5th Annual Fall Furnace Festival is held in Pine Grove Furnace State Park. The furnace was one of the old style cold blast furnaces which used charcoal as its fuel, and is situated on Mountain Creek. The original furnace was built sometime between 1762 and 1770, and by 100 years later was turning out "about twenty tons of pig iron every twenty-four hours".

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The colors of Fall

The Festival is sponsored by the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau and includes activities such as Pumpkin Carving & Painting, Hay Rides, Apple Cidering, Candle-Dipping, Nature Crafts, Charcoal Making Demonstration, Blacksmith Demonstration, and many more! Over 50 food and craft vendors will be present. Full details can be found on VisitCumberlandValley.com

The National Apple Harvest Festival We're always amazed that our guests often don't realize that Adams County is truly the Apple Capital of the USA. Because we're so conveniently located by two interstates (I-76 and I-81), many of our guests miss out on the hills and orchards just a few miles to the south of Carlisle.

But every October for the first two full weekends, Arendtsville and Biglerville both explode with the National Apple Harvest Festival and events of all kinds, from Apple Magic by Jerry Mickey through Pie Baking Contests to Antique Auto Awards. Music aficionados will find everything from Bluegrass, to a Steel band, and to Rhythm & Blues. And as if that wasn't enough to get the bones a-movin' how about the Carroll County Cloggers, all the way from Maryland!

The Fall Foliage Tour in Cumberland Valley starts at Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch, and takes you to three more of the most scenic spots in Cumberland Valley. The VisitCumberlandValley.com link gives you all the information you need for the tour, and of course has a lot more information about our valley.

At a time of year when most living things begin to slow down, we still try to rush through life with impatience. Take the old Celtic/Gaelic Harvest festival of Samhain for example. The celebrations lasted from sunset on one day to sunset on the next day - a full twenty-four hours of celebration.

Then along came Christianity, and Samhain mutated into a celebration of All Hallows' Day. Now in very sensible fashion early Christians decided that Hallowmas should be a three-day event - The Triduum of All Hallows - comprising All Hallows Eve, All Hallows Day, and All Souls Day.

Aha! I hear you say, NOW I know what he's talking about! This is all about Hallowe'en isn't it? Well of course!

So this year, go two better than the Celts and Gaels, and have a Triduum of your own by coming to Carlisle for a Thursday to Sunday long weekend, celebrate the Fall colors in the land of Penn's Forests, and enjoy a great Hallowe'en weekend in our fabulous restaurants, and maybe do a little early Christmas shopping in our galleries, stores and local attractions!

Meadowbrooke Gourds

Area Events
October 2013 and onward!

The Village Artisans Gallery
Join the Celebration! American Craft Week brings together individuals, small businesses and organizations from all fifty states. Village Artisans have some great events planned, that can be found at the link above!
October 4 - 13;
321 Walnut Street, Boiling Springs, PA

Monty Python's Spamalot
The Tony Award Winning Musical will be live on stage at the Carlisle Theater for six performances from October 11 through October 19. Why not join us for an overnight stay? You'll still be laughing at breakfast the next day!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Annual showing! Dress as your favorite character!
October 26, 2013 at 10:00pm and Midnight
Carlisle Theatre, High Street, Carlisle

Jesus Christ Superstar
The 40th Anniversary Screening with a live appearance by the star of the film, Ted Neeley
November 1, 2013 at 7:30pm
Carlisle Theatre, High Street, Carlisle

We were going to write a piece here about Meadowbrooke Gourds and their amazing success story. It would be much better though for you to visit their website and read the story in their own words about how they transformed one man's curiosity into the largest decorative gourd business in the world.

And of course, a visit to their farm on Potato Road just outside of Carlisle definitely needs to be on your next Carlisle itinerary! So click this link to read Ben Bear's Story, and you'll look forward to visiting Meadowbrooke Gourds!.

In case you've forgotten. . .

what it was like to sleep on our velvety, buttery sheets, we thought we should remind you!

Our Comphy sheets make wonderful wedding, birthday and especially Christmas gifts!

Just call us with your order on 717-249-0350 and the Carlisle House will cover your drop-ship charges anywhere in the continental United States.

** Cabin Fever Returns! 50% off 2-night stay in January! **

At the Dining Table

One year ago, the Carlisle Bakery opened on the next block of South Hanover Street. Naturally we were delighted because it filled a need for our Historic Downtown
in a most exciting and delicious way!

From Whoopie Pies to Birthday Cakes, the Bakery has built up its range of baked goods by the careful addition of talented bakers. The most recent news kicks them up to another level.

The new Lead Executive Chef and Decorator is Crystal Lugo-Gouldsbury. Crystal is from New York City and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America as a Pastry Chef. She has worked alongside world-renowned pastry chefs including Ron Ben-Israel of Ron Ben-Israel Cakes in New York City, (and incidentally the host of "Sweet Genius" on Food Network), Ann Heap of Pink Cake Box in Denville,NJ, and Maarten Steenman of La Tulipe Desserts in Mount Kisco, NY. This experience, coupled with her natural artistic eye, has allowed her to create stunning cakes and pastries that are not only delicious, but each a culinary piece of art. Her specialty is traditional French confections with an American twist.

As if that wasn't enough, the Carlisle Bakery has also been joined by Brooke Jung. Brooke is an honors graduate of the French Pastry School, L'art du Gateau program in Chicago, and learned her intricate cake decorating skills and techniques from Chef Nicholas Lodge - creator of Princess Diana's royal wedding cake.

Trained by a team of master pastry chefs, national pastry medalists, and international chocolate champions, Brooke has created pastries for some very famous people including playing a key role in the pastry department for the Chicago Bears football team.

Hailing from Louisville, KY, Brooke was baker and cake decorator at Cake Flour, an all-natural baking company featured on the Food Network. Most recently, she was a pastry assistant at Servatii Pastry shop in Cincinnati,OH where she created beautiful and tasty pastries for the NFL Cincinnati Bengals, MLB Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnatian Hotel, in addition to the 13 Servatii store front locations.

The third new member of the team is Danielle Bailey who brings her expertise in breads and cake decorating. She too will be helping with decorating the magnitude of cake orders that have been coming in. Danielle owned and operated her own specialty cake shop and will be filling a role of decorator and bread baker in the expanding Carlisle Bakery.

We love being here in Carlisle where almost every business brings another new experience for our guests. We wish John and Nadeen Bogonis, owners of the Carlisle Bakery, every success in the expansion of their great venture!

For the websites of Carlisle's fine restaurants, please visit our Dining page at thecarlislehouse.com

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