A longtime favorite will be back at the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society's annual Christmas greens sale.
"We're going to offer white pine roping," organizer Peg Wurst said. "We haven't had them for several years and people have been asking for them, so we're happy to be getting them back."
A veteran local artist's work appears on the cover of the 2020 Solanco Historical Society calendar.
Colerain Township resident Ruth Lefever's pen and ink drawing of the former Haddon Store is on the front of the annual edition and also illustrates March's calendar. The store building still stands at the intersection of Robert Fulton Highway (Rt. 222), Church Rd., and Spring Valley Rd. in the East Drumore village of Mechanic Grove. It was converted from a illegal medical clinic to become a general store in 1950. It continued as a store until 1986.
This will be the 27th year for the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society's greens sale and the second year customers can pre-order some of the items.
"Last year was the first time we did pre-orders and it was a great success," society member Mike Roth said last week. "They accounted for about 20 percent of our total sales."
It's not for sale.
At least not yet.
But Pennsylvania's Historical and Museum Commission is trying to find out if anyone is interested in acquiring the Robert Fulton Birthplace property and maintaining it as a historic site.
At least one group is interested.
It's easier to work from life than a photograph.
But she's willing to draw from a photograph if the building is long gone, artist Anita Reed said last week.
"It was gone before my time," Reed said last week.
For a quarter of a century, members of the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society have managed the Robert Fulton Birthplace for Pennsylvania.
Now the state may be willing to turn the site over to the nonprofit that has been running it.
The change won't happen anytime soon.
"It could take years," said Howard Pollman, spokesman for Pennsylvania's Historic and Museum Commission.
Each year, members of the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society decide which dozen landmarks will be featured in the group's calendar.
This year, the 30th anniversary of the society's first calendar, members chose to revisit the scenes they portrayed in their 1984 edition.
Although the landmarks are the same, different artists drew the scenes, often from a different perspective.
Music popular when the American colonies were fighting for their independence and to save the Union will help a local historical society raise funds to preserve the past.
Members of the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society are turning to a local musician to present a program of songs from the country's past.
With the nation commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, this seemed an ideal time for a concert featuring music from the era, society member Donna McCool said.