Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It's a Porch Party!

A Porch Party sounds terrific. Problem is, although I put out the requisite white pumpkin and an orange pumpkin today, I haven't decorated much for fall. The kitchen remodel has things a bit topsy turvy.


I DID go to Mount Gretna.

And there are LOTS of porches there....

Many of them are ready to party....

So let's check them out!

Meanwhile, I'll tell you about Mount Gretna...

While we enjoy the mega Porch Party here!

In 1892, Methodists thought that Mt. Gretna was a good location for a Chatauqua, or a summer church meeting camp. They constructed a vaulted conical roofed outdoor auditorium for lectures, religious services and concerts.

Summer cottages were built around it.

The success of Mt. Gretna as a summer retreat led to the construction of restaurants and hotels, including the Chautauqua Inn and The Jigger Shop Ice Cream Parlor.

Through the first two decades of the 20th century, Mt. Gretna teemed with summer visitors who attended concerts, lectures, trade shows and Bible meetings and relaxed in the park, lake and on porches.

And, as the Lebanon Daily News reported in 1892, "During all this time...the Chautauqua and Campmeeting are occupied by persons who love to linger around the pleasant scenes of this delightful place and to drink in all that is to be seen and heard."

Guests could enjoy the terraced tennis courts overlooking the lake and parade grounds by day, a "ladies orchestra" in the dining room at night for dinner and dancing.

(from Mt. Gretna history,

There still is an annual Campmeeting here, every summer.

There are other events too, including a juried art show in August, a summer House Tour,

fine performances at the Playhouse,

food and ice cream at the Jigger Shop,

and a very few houses available for rentals.

Many homes are now updated for year round use.

You can usually find listings of homes for sale if you are interested. Years ago I went on a Home Tour here. It was Terrific!

Mt. Gretna is a treasure, a piece of history.

We are blessed to have such a treasure.

Have a wonderful Porch Party!



Marydon said...

G'eve Carol ~ Oh, how pretty this tour ... haven't been here yet! I appreciate your taking us along on the walk ... such lovely homes, peaceful streets & wooded lots.

Have a great weekend.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Debra@Common Ground said...

Perfect post for a porch party!!!! Love it! What a gorgeous place full of history. Thanks so much for the tour, I'm going to check out the website. so beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up to VIF!

Linda said...

Hi Carol~ this looks like a fun place to visit! The homes all have such charm! Thanks for sharing them with us and for stopping by my blog!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"That was such a wonderful tour"... LOVE those porches!!! I have never had the pleasure of visiting there BUT It's going on my "visiting wish list"! Thank you for taking us on such a fun outing.

Anonymous said...

Great tour, Carol. So much history too. Thanks for sharing with us and thank you for stopping by my place on this my first Tablescape Thursday and encouraging me. I am sure my tablescapes aren't always going to be so fancy. ;) Have a lovely day!

Vicki said...

This was fun! Thanks for the tour. Beautiful homes and porches.

Jane said...

What beautiful homes....and humongous porches! Can you imagine what fun it would be to decorate one of those?!?!?! Thanks for sharing, Carol!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

I must admit, I am sorta Happy you had Not decorated Your Porch ~ this way we were taken on a Magical Tour ~ I Love the Homes You Posted.... Just Beautiful! Thanks for Sharing

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Ohhhh I love porches!!! Decorated or not. :-)

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

What a lovely place to live! It reminds us of Lakeside, here in OH. It is the conference area for the Methodists in OH.
Thanks for taking us on your tour...we feel like we've been riding our bikes all around to see it all!
Karla & Karrie