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November 2013 News

from Mary & Alan at the Carlisle House

The Smithsonian comes to Carlisle!

We are really excited to let you know that the United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) here in Carlisle has joined a select group of museums and cultural institutions to become a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. This gives USAHEC the opportunity to have access to Smithsonian collections and resources, and is a partnership which can only add to the great benefits that AHEC brings to Carlisle.

What makes this even more exciting for us (or at least for Alan) is that James Smithson, whose legacy led to the founding of the Smithsonian was British!

In his will he stated that should his nephew die with no children, "I then bequeath the whole of my property, . . . to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge among men.".

But this is not the first connection between Carlisle and the Smithsonian by any means! When Col Dawson, the Director of USAHEC, was presented with the Smithsonian affiliation certificate by Harold Closter, Director of Smithsonian Affiliations, Director Closter highlighted a close connection between the organization and Carlisle, in the personage of Spencer Fullerton Baird. Baird was first a Dickinson College student, and then Professor of Natural History at Dickinson in the 1840s.

With the founding of the new Smithsonian Institution, Baird was recruited as the first curator. He took his extensive ornithological collection with him, and it formed the basis for one of the first exhibits in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum!

It's the Holiday Season...

Holiday Shopping can be stressful, but here in Carlisle you can find interestingly different gifts in our great collection of Arts and Crafts stores and galleries. There are many more than we have space to list, and you can find a more comprehensive directory on our website's "Plan Your Visit" page but here are a few particular suggestions which not only will you enjoy, but which can also get you ahead for the Holiday Season!

Colucci & Company Melissa Colucci is a Goldsmith and Jeweler producing some of the most interesting handmade jewelry we have seen in the area.

In her shop just 3 blocks from the Carlisle House, you will find not only her own works, but the fine crafts of over 30 American Artisans. Because each item is handmade and unique, it's not too surprising to see one of her sayings - "life is way too short to wear earrings that match"!

See her website at Colucci-Company.com for lots of fascinating information about their eclectic selection of products!

American Artisans Gallery Between us and Melissa, another fascinating store is American Artisan Gallery the 2013 creation of Pam Fleck. In this shop you will find artistic treasures in ceramics, jewelry, metals, glass (look for the work of Sandra Kaye!), and wood of all types.

This Egyptian inspired vase by artist Al Fox is comprised of Bloodwood, Zebrawood, Canarywood, Yellowheart, Wenge, Holly, Katalox, and Black Veneer wood, and stands nine inches high and nine inches in diameter.

Village Artisans Gallery Just a short drive away in Boiling Springs, you will find the Village Artisans Gallery. This is probably the most awarded store in the area! Honored as Cumberland Valley's 2011, 2012 & 2013 Best in the Valley Place to Shop, voted 2011 #1 Gallery and #1 Gift Shop on Central PA Magazine's HOT LIST and chosen one of the 2011 NICHE TOP RETAILER AWARD winners, in 2005 the VILLAGE ARTISANS GALLERY was chosen the NICHE #2 Retailer of American Craft from over 700 galleries, retail and museum shops nominated by more than 18,000 professional craft artists in a nationwide poll.

Also within two blocks you will find both Nancy Stamm's Galleria and The Garden Gallery. Nancy did the sketch of our 1826 building which we used for a long time as our logo, and the original of which we treasure. You may also recall the "Carlisle Painting" which hangs in our dining room, and which we purchased at the Garden Gallery. For art lovers, these are "must-see" places on North Hanover Street.

Area Events
November 2013 and onward!

Trace Adkins
The Christmas Show
Thursday, November 21, 8pm
Luhrs Center, Shippensburg, PA

Phil Dirt & The Dozers
Rockin' Holiday Show!
Friday December 6, 2013 at 7:30pm
Carlisle Theatre, High Street, Carlisle, PA

Tony Orlando
Great American Christmas
December 17, 2013 at 8pm
Luhrs Center, Shippensburg, PA

Save the Date!

Cherish the Ladies
The Irish Favorites back to celebrate St Patrick's Day
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 7:30pm

Remember our great Comphy sheets?

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

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.

Holiday thoughts... Do you have family or friends in Carlisle? There are no better times of year to visit than Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas. We have some availability and would love to have you here so that you can enjoy the Holidays with the people you are close to.

Dickinson College Families!
If you have a student at Dickinson book now for your pick-up and drop-off dates. We would love to accommodate all of our Dickinson friends but space is limited, so don't delay!

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

Yes indeed, all through January stay one night with us
and the next night is free!

At the Dining Table

We were overjoyed when South Side Deli opened around the corner on East South Street. The quality and value of their subs, sandwiches, and hoagies was hard to beat.

South Side Deli has now relocated to larger premises at 46 W. High St., the former location of Helena’s Chocolate Cafe & Creperie on the southern side of High Street. Helena’s recently moved up the street into even larger premises at 36 W. High St! It is great to see too such good businesses doing so well in our Historic Downtown.

Billy Barnett, who owns the deli with his wife, Amy, said the couple had been looking to move since their first year as owners on East South Street, but the serious location scouting started in the middle of last summer. “We were just getting so busy,” Barnett said. “It seemed like we were running out of space.” Barnett said they were also looking for a place with more visibility where they could add seating.

It was also important to the Barnetts to become more active in the downtown community. Sometimes, Barnett said, being a block or so away from the main street felt like it might as well be five miles away.“We want to be a staple in downtown for years and years and decades to come,” he said.

Seating for about 42 people is available at the new location. There will also be televisions and Wi-Fi available, Barnett said. Hours will also be extended into the evening. They also now offer fountain drinks and with the addition of a stove, the deli also has four soups daily.

“We’re a different place. We really are,” Barnett said. Though there are plenty of places to buy a sub sandwich in town, South Side Deli is the only actual deli, he said. If you love huge generous subs and sandwiches, South Side is THE place!

For the websites of Carlisle's fine restaurants, please visit our Dining page at thecarlislehouse.com
We wish all our friends a Happy Thanksgiving Season

Carlisle House, 148 S Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
Tel: 717-249-0350
Fax: 717-249-0458
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