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Fiddling in the Shadow of Henry's Forge

Posted by bj on Sunday, August 23, 2009

Yesterday our jam group had a picnic in the shadow of Henry's Forge at Jacobsburg Park. In a natural grass lined hollow facing the Bushkill Creek, and in the shade of the trees and the restored stone buildings which housed the Henry Forge and the spring house. We played oldtime tunes and enjoyed sandwiches, salads and other goodies. Turnout was somewhat light since there was a prediction of thunderstorms. We were lucky. Not a single drop spoiled our fun, though we were prepared for it if it came, as the forge sports an overhanging porch area that would have been big enough to shelter us on the leeside of the building if one of the thunderboomers had moved through (which apparently in Easton, 10 miles south, they did, since I came home to another downed treelimb.)

David and I fiddled, Sandy played banjo, Mike was on mando and Mary played her concertina. I can't imagine a more perfect setting for an oldtime jam picnic! The stone buildings flanking us, along with the quarry pile across the stream, created just that bit of a very natural reverb.

Since we were at the intersection of a couple of the hiking trails through the park, we got occasional folks who stayed to hear a tune or two.

The occasional biting fly, yellow jacket or mosquito made for some interesting bow and pick work at times, and for some shared laughter at the occasional avoidance contortions. But that was the only, and very slight, downside. In general it was one of those perfect late summer afternoons, all too rare.

1 comment on “Fiddling in the Shadow of Henry's Forge”

Mandogryl Says:
Sunday, August 23, 2009 @11:37:32 AM

That sounds like terrific fun! I am glad the weather behaved for you.
What a beautiful setting, as well.

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