Thursday, September 29, 2011

Scarecrow Contest - 1980s

Peddler's Village, Pennsylvania - mid 1980's scarecrow contest. Mom, Aunt Al, Mary and I went here a few times in the 80's, twice in the fall to see the cool scarecrows. My other cousin Janet was with us once. I don't remember my brother being there. Maybe he was one time. I'm in the one picture looking at the bear outside one of the many great small shops in this village. My favourite was the one with lots of stickers, stationary and cards. The kitchen items store was good too. We ate in a nice restraunt there. The last time that I was here was in the early 90s on my own. It was more fun with my family though.

These 3 are my favourite scarecrows. I am very scared of spiders but thought that this one was cool. I often think about going back there someday but my driving anxiety plus the cost of gas has kept me from doing so. A visit to Aunt Al in Bordentown, NJ is definitely a goal for me in overcoming that anxiety. It's an hour drive which is beyond my 10 mile comfort zone. My brother wants to go to the flea market near her house next month. It's been about 9 years since I last drove down there.


Chelly said...

Those are some awesome pics Lara. Great bits of nostalgia and Americana. Love all the celebrations of Fall (harvest, Halloween etc.) it's truly my favorite season. I would have loved the shop with stickers and stationary too. Back in the 80s I was all about stickers and even had a brief stationary collection.

I don't drive so I think it's amazing that you can drive 10 miles. I want to learn how, so I'm inspired by you. If it's your goal to drive to your aunt and you need some support, remember we're here for you and believe that you can do it. Go Lara! That's an awesome goal to work towards for sure. :)

LaraAnn said...

I wish that I could show you my sticker books in person. It truly was fun collecting and trading them. I would've loved trading them with you. The stationary collection sounds cool too. I do remember some of the ones that I had when writing to my pen pal friend in PA - Miss Piggy, Kermit and raccoons.

Fall festivials are indeed fun. It's been too long since I've been to one. In 1999 or 2000 I went through a corn maze with my boyfriend which was a little scary. I could've gone to a festival in Watchung this year but fear of driving even 14 miles prevented me from doing so.

I truly appreciate your offer of support in my driving anxiety. I am pleased that I can inspire you to drive. I hope that this works out for you when you do decide to go through with this. I'll be rooting for you. Our fall trip to visit our aunt has been moved up to spring so I have some time before then to work on this issue. My aunt says that the roads have become trafficky in her area. It used to be a pleasant drive to Bordentown even just 21 years ago. I did read that traffic in NJ has increased by 40% over the past 20 years which is sad and frightening.

It was nice sharing these photos with you. I'm just glad that my mom thought to bring the camera that day.

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