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Rescheduled Walnutport Canal Festival has perfect day for a celebration

  • Gary Royer demonstrated several styles of Indian houses. The one near him is an old design that would have been covered by hides or bark.
    Gary Royer demonstrated several styles of Indian houses. The one near him is an old design that would have been covered by hides or bark.
Published October 26. 2009 05:00PM

Everett and Marilyn Kaul were among those serving as tour guides for the Locktender's House at the Walnutport Canal Festival, which was rescheduled to Sunday because of rain on its original date.

Everett said the Locktender's House was purchased in 1985. Restoring it and furnishing it took until 1989 and it was opened to the public in 1990.

"There is always interest. People say they have lived here all their lives and did not know the house was here.

The house was purchased for $20,000 and cost $50,000 for restoration.

It was a lot of money and a lot of labor, but now many school children come tour the house, said Kaul.

Roland Neale was manning a table thanking people for coming and passing out program booklets.

"It's fabulous, just a fabulous day. I came at 1:30 p.m. and was surprised by how many people were here," said Neale.

The Heart in Hand Quilt Guild was selling raffle tickets for a quilt made at Hope United Church of Christ in Wind Gap. An unusual fact about the Guild is that it has 50 members and a waiting list at a time when some guilds are losing members.

A Model T Ford Club lined up their cars along the canal. The cars ranged in age from 1911 to 1926.

Mondjack Apiaries showed how bees were raised and how the honey is extracted from the honeycomb. The apiary motto is "Bringing local honey to your table since 1980."

The Parent Teacher Association of Slatington Elementary School was advertising a Breakfast with Santa to be held Dec. 5. The large Santa picture providing the information was created by the art students of Northern Lehigh High School.

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Troop 20 Boy Scouts of St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmerton, were roasting pork in a roaster made from a piece used to patch tubes in a cement plant that was donated to the scoutmaster. The tube was split in half and put together to form a roaster.

Food was selling so quickly they had run out for an hour because it takes three hours to roast a piece of pork or beef.

The Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society was exhibiting two of the wagons they purchased at the Carl Snyder estate sale. One had belonged to Ralph Schmoyer who was a mail carrier.

The second was a huckster wagon made in Pleasant Corner in 1915. It cost $198 new and sold to Ella Snyder for $5. George Springer of Germansville is believed to have painted the side curtains.

Carl Snyder bought it with his daughters Becky Phillips and Sally Smith.

The Delaware and Lehigh Heritage Corridor representatives said the trail head in Weissport had recently been finished and a section from Cementon to Laury's Station is under construction.

A link from the railroad station in Jim Thorpe to the Nesquehoning railroad bridge and into Lehigh George State Park is scheduled for this fall.

The Bethlehem Steelworks Archives is looking for new members or any information about the cultural, social and religious beliefs of the steelworkers. For information contact 610-861-0600.

There were DVDs of people's memories of the Steel and samples of the ingredients used in making steel, as well as equipment used on display.

Jeff Donat of the Lehigh Valley Postcard Club had acquired a large box of papers from around the area. He sorted it out by areas and gave it to historical societies. A school picture from the early 1900s is probably from the Slatington-Lehighton-Palmerton area, he said. If anyone thinks they may be able to identify the building or children call 610-798-0318.

Several World War II collectors were wearing period uniforms and displaying their collections of military equipment from that war. A little further down the street on the other side was the Grand Army of the Potomac.

Sheryl Rotondi was walking Forest, a pot-bellied pig. She is from the Pig Placement Network which tries to find homes for pot-bellied pigs and will provide information about their care. Most of them live in people's homes. For information go to

Caroline's Closet was sponsoring a fashion show at the Art and Antiques Museum of the Canal Association. Maryann wore a satin flapper dress with a cloche hat and Anna wore a renaissance dress with juliette sleeves and a split skirt. She added a beaded cape with a peacock design to complete the outfit. As an unmarried woman she was not required to wear a hat.

Boy Scout Troop 66, sponsored by American Legion Post 16, displayed a 22-foot Leonardo DaVinci-designed self-supporting arch bridge made by assistant scoutmaster Justin Maurer and the scouts. People are amazed that it all fits together, said Craig Brady, scoutmaster. The removal of one piece of wood turned the bridge into a pile of lumber instantly.

Gary Royer of Kunkletown, who traces his lineage to a Cheyenne shaman, provided an area where children could look for arrowheads he made. They could keep one without cost. He said there should be something for children at the festivals.

Royer demonstrated different styles of Indian homes. He said he is willing to go anywhere people call him without charge.

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