Pennsylvania used to boast of a host of breweries - and distilleries - but very few survived the years of the Prohibition. There are some fine microbrewers that have sprung up in recent years - witness Downington’s Victory Brewing - but good beer can be hard to find in the state on the whole. Add to that the arcane alcohol sale practices - here, Utah comes to mind - and the situation can get a bit bleak for a microbeer afficionado for the Northwest. I did visit Lancaster Brewing - in Lancaster - and Penn Brewing - in Pittsburgh - to find that not all is lost in the Keystone State.
In the summer and early fall there are many roadside stands selling fresh produce. We like to pick some for the car ride or to bring home. Homegrown is the best. Support the local farms!
Lopes is short for Cantalopes, one of my favorite fruits!
Pennsylvania is filled with forests of deciduous hardwood trees and cool, crisp fall weather, perfect for spectacular leaves in the autumn. Cool places in the state to check out the leaves are focused on "Pennsylvania's Great Outdoors" -- Clarion, Jefferson, Elk, Forest, and Cameron Counties.
Clarion, which hosts a fun-filled annual Autumn Leaf Festival, bills itself as the "autumn leaf capital of the world." Their annual festival is filled with activities and events such as carnival rides, a 5k run, and is finalized by a great parade which brings an estimated 500,000 visitors to this small town for the week-long festival each year. Clarion's first Autumn Leaf Festival in 1953.
Please be aware, this section of PA is George Bush country. The people here are SUPER conservative and religious. I have nothing against them, but I am from a big city, so I am quite the opposite of the typical mentality here. If you are a liberal, just be aware of who you are speaking to.
Growing up in Lucinda, this was always one of my favorite pastimes. My dad always had a bunch of beagles and the woods around our house was full of rabbits. In the fall, I'd often get home from school, grab a gun and a dog, then head into the woods until dark. Those were the days!
Each year Pennsylvania has between 800,000 and 1,000,000 hunters take to the woods, mostly to hunt deer, but many also bag bear, rabbits, squirrels, snowshoe hare, elk, grouse, pheasant, waterfowl, and other animals.
The Philly Cheese Steak is a bun or an sandwich with sliced pieces of steak and cheese. The Philly Cheese is completed together with grilled onions, green peppers, mayonnaise or ketchup and mushrooms. Okay, it might do not very tasty on the image but believe me, it is! Usually you have to pay four bucks at a street vendor or seven in a restaurant.
Alexis de Tocqueville stood on this spot and remarked about the Erie and Ohio Canal, but was actually looking at a canal that ran from Portsmouth to Cleveland, not from Erie to Pittsburgh. At any rate, the city erected a pier with an observation tower jutting out into the bay. Early mornings, fishermen line the sides to drop hooks. A river boat sits moored against the pier. When we were there, a wedding was taking place in front of it.
Additionally, many old buildings still dot the city landscape.
Pennsylvania's average temperatures in the north range from about 69 F in July to about 25 F in January. Temperatures are several degrees higher in southern Pennsylvania. Annual rainfall averages some 39 inches.
When the Civil War broke out (1861-1865) Pennsylvania became a centre of military activity. Because of Pennsylvania's location near the South, it was the scene of several battles. The Union Army won one of its most crucial victories at Gettysburg, which was the bloodiest battle of the war. When the war ended,
Pennsylvania experienced huge economic, industrial as well as population development. Historical sites in Pennsylvania are The Gettysburg National Military Park, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
the state motto is: "Virtue, Liberty and Independence"
The State Seal shows a ship, a plow and wheat to indicate the importance of the harbors and farming to the growth of the state. The ship is a favorite symbol for Philadelphia.
The Indian corn on the left side represents the heritage of the land from the Native Americans and the olive branch on the right side represents hope for peace and prosperity in the future.
The state flag is the state seal on a blue field, with two draft horses and an eagle to represent strength and unity with the union of states, and a ribbon with the state motto on it.
the state bird is the Ruffed Grouse.
the state flower is the Mountain Laurel.
the state tree is the hemlock.
the state nickname is The Quaker State (reference to religion of William Penn) or
Keystone State in reference to its prominent position in the 13 colonies.
Pennsylvania is a large state but it has only 67 counties. The counties are roughly associated with the judicial districts.
The oldest county is Chester (made in the 1690s) and the latest is Lackawanna in the 1870s.
The largest area is Erie county and the smallest is a toss up between Philadelphia and Montour counties. There is a ten to one ratio between the smallest and largest.
Philadelphia has the most people and Forest the few; Philadelphia County has 300 times as many people as Forest County.
In Pennsylvania Dutch country it is great to see the Amish going around in their little horse-drawn carriages. Another popular mode of transportation is the scooter (push, not motorised). The Amish people I came into contact with were very pleasant. Remember that they do have some very strict rules, and one of those is that they shouldn't be photographed; so avoid photographing them, and if you can't resist it, keep it very subtle, and only publish pictures in which the subjects can't be identified.
Along I-81, it seems there are signs for Pennsylvania-Dutch towns, restaurants, and shops everywhere. The shops all have names like "Deitsch Eck," or Dutch Corner. Apparantly, they're not really Dutch at all, they're actually German.... kinda misleading, huh? :-)
HA HA...Pennsylvania has many unique features in terms of culture. In some parts of the state, Soda is referred to as Pop. A hoagie is almost the same thing as a Sub. But it has a special sauce. :)In some areas of the state, the dialect is something to get used to. Hunting in some places is a religion-respect it!
Dumb Pennsylvania Laws
It is contrary to Pennsylvania law to discharge a gun, cannon, revolver or other explosive weapon at a wedding.
It is illegal to have over 16 women live in a house together because that constitutes a brothel. However up to 120 men can live together, without breaking the law.
It it illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.
Any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue.
A special cleaning ordinance bans housewives from hiding dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling.
You may not sing in the bathtub.
Fireworks stores may not sell fireworks to Pennsylvania residents.
A person is not eligible to become Governor if he/she has participated in a duel.
Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart, piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes.
Ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk.
No more than two packages of beer at a time may be purchased, unless you are buying from an official 'beer distributor'
All liquor stores must be run by the state.
Motorized vehicles are not to be sold on Sundays.
You may not catch a fish with your hands.
You may not catch a fish by any body part except the mouth.
Dynamite is not to be used to catch fish.
Though you do not need a fishing license to fish on your own land, but a hunting license is required to hunt on your own land.
In the middle of town, one must pay a fee of $50 dollars a year to park on a particular block. At night, however, the cars must be moved for street cleaning. This law is enforced even if snow or ice prevents the cars from being moved.
One's pants may be worn no lower than five inches below the waist.
All fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires.
One may not shoot any dog that is found wandering the streets.
The sale of alcohol is prohibited.
It is required that a woman have a permit to wear cosmetics.
Every outlet or switch (which can be purchased for 59 cents) that is installed requires an electrical inspection fee of 1 dollar and 33 cents.
It is still illegal to bring a donkey or a mule onto a trolley car.
No one is allowed to sleep on a refrigerator.
You cannot walk backwards eating peanuts in front of the Barnstormers Auditorium during a performance.
Horses are not to be tied to parking meters.
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