16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, July 29, 1911: Carrie and I went to a festival up at McEwensville this evening. I had quite a good time. He was there. B.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
I especially enjoy posting the diary entries when there are parallels between events a hundred years ago and now.
Grandma and her friend Carrie Stout had quite a good time at the festival in McEwensville a hundred years ago. Last Friday I had quite a good time at the annual McEwensville community picnic.
I was in central Pennsylvania and my husband and I went to McEwensville to take photos to illustrate this blog. The car thermometer said it was 102. When I got out of the car, I immediately wilted and was soaked in sweat.
A woman I’d never met came out of a house and invited me to the annual community picnic later in the day. (Until she invited me I had no clue that McEwensville had an annual picnic–let alone that it was on a day when I was in town.)
My husband and I went and had a great time. Electric fans dissipated some of the heat–and there was great food and lots of wonderful conversation. We met many wonderful new people and renewed old connections.
I think that Grandma and I would have agreed on at least one thing—McEwensville is a fun place!!
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