Corn Festival Visit
Recently Youngsville resident Helga Laibacher returned home from a three-week vacation in her home town of Bruchkobel, Germany. Bruchkobel has a population of about 21,000, is located near Frankfurt, and also has an annual corn festival called the Mais Kurbisfest.
While visiting, Laibacher took the opportunity to meet with Mayor Gunter Maibach, who is Bruchkobels Burgermeister. She also met with the current Maiskonigin Corn-Queen Claudia Barthel, who on Oct. 11 left her title after two years. On behalf of the Revitalization Of Youngsville Corn Festival Helga presented Claudia with a heart-shaped necklace crafted by a local artisan, as well as a scarf.
Laibacher also met the newly-elected Corn Queen Martina Ruprecht, who will hold the Mais and Kurbis queen title for the next two years. By accepting the "Maiskonigin", Ruprecht is obligated to appear in different functions throughout the next two years. Ruprecht made her first appearance in a beautifully decorated coach.
After returning home, Laibacher mailed a Youngsville Corn-Fest t-shirt, hat and a mug from Whirley Industries to the newly elected Mais Kurbis Queen. The (Burgermeister) Mayor Maibach presented Helga with a pin inscribed "Bruckobel - That is Where I Want To Live."
In its sixth year, the Mais and Kurbisfest takes place in the old historic inner city of Bruchkobel which is 881 years old. Laibacher said, "On the Sunday of the Corn Festival all stores are normally closed until 1 p.m., being that so many folks flock into Bruchkobel for that special occasion. Then, the stores are overfilled and it is good for the businesses."
Tents lined the historic streets at the one day Bruchkobel Altstadt Mais Kurbisfest. One could find a great selection of food items, apple cedar, corn, pumpkins, gourds, squash and other fall vegetables.
Among the activities offered were modeling shows for young and old, a pumpkin-carving contest, balloon races, and kite-building for children. Music played throughout the day, which they called "Music for the heart and soul." Laibacher said, "One of the highlights was the performance of the "Lowland Scottish Pipers Drums."
Youngsville's Corn Festival is in its 4th year.
Patrons diligently created a 2010 Desk Calendar Tuesday with help from instructor Joanna Fehlman (standing, right). Joanna will be offering a popular Christmas card making class on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Youngsville Library. Register and pre-pay at the library by Saturday, Oct. 24. Cost is $12 to cover material costs for the 12 Christmas cards.
Youngsville Library wants to extend a thank you to all the patrons who came to the Library to vote on the Community Foundation of Warren County web-site in support of ROY's Bike-Hike Trail campaign. More than 65 patrons voted at the Library using the Public-Access computers! The winner of the Bike-Hike themed raffle basket was Josh Rastatter.
Revitalization Of Youngsville has grown so quickly in such a short time that during its October meeting the 22 members from all over Warren County took the time to regroup and to dialogue on how to keep the shared vision alive to move forward into 2010; so that they again will remember to continue to pull the strength from the community into the revitalization process.
The meeting was aimed at communicating and learning from each other. To kick off the meeting, participants picked a card that best identified their feelings about ROY and then were split into teams. Each team member was asked to share an opinion, to say what ROY is doing right, and what contributions they personally offered. Then, there was a group discussion. One subject was how to generate ideas to move forward when opportunities arise caused by things not going in the exact way planned. Patti Farr said, "ROY has been a community effort. I've had people ask me to volunteer to help with the Corn Festival who don't even live in Youngsville!" Before long, ROY members were talking, smiling, laughing and learning from each other. Through such interaction, "you learn each others' strengths so you can know who you can call upon for certain things," said Children's Theater Chairman Barb Luce.
"We want ideas about what are our many different strengths to enable us to move the group's goals foreword and to deliver well for 2010, and so we want people to be frank and bring out their true feelings." Nancy Holmberg, ROY president, stressed.
In September the ROY disabilities chairman Ken Quinn and Regional Main Street Coordinator walked about the B orough of Youngsville. Quinn assessed the usability for people in wheelchairs of doorways, doors, and the entrance areas into businesses.
He, also looked at the flow plan of stores as it affected a disabled individual once inside the business. There were many things that concerned Quinn about accessibility with the downtown businesses. He found that in some even when a business had an access ramp it was still difficult or impossible to navigate with support equipment.
To see the report or with questions, contact Ken Quinn by email at email@example.com and put in the subject line ROY.
A low impact aerobic class is being offered at the Pittsfield Community Center. It begins on Monday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. The nine-week session will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Participants will need to bring a mat (or something to lay on the floor), light weights (2-3#), and a friend! Contact group exercise instructor, Pam Baker, at 563-3256 with questions.
Prepared to be petrified while drifting through the darkened and frightening halls at the fun "Haunted Museum" held at the Wilder Museum at 51 Erie Avenue, Irvine, PA, on Oct. 16 and 17. From 6-9 p.m. both nights, guests can tour (at their own risk) through the creepy rooms and halls filled with sinister specters. Watch out for the demented Dentist and avoid the maniacal musician! There's nothing to fear from a few circus clowns-or is there?
Tickets are $5 per person at the door.
For more information, contact the Warren County Historical Society at (814) 723-1795.
A free course will be presented by a National Weather Service meteorologist from State College on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department, 222 East Main Street, Youngsville. For information, call (814) 436 9983. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP if you plan to attend.
Applications are being taken from Oct. 13 to Nov. 25 by the Salvation Army for Christmas assistance for both Treasures for Children and food baskets. To begin the application process, stop at the Salvation Army Citadel in Warren to set up an appointment and to get preliminary paper work. Call 723-8950 for information.
The Revitalization of Youngsville Organization (ROY) will be manning two tables on Nov. 21 at the Youngsville Fire Department's Winter Wonderland, the annual craft show. Donations are needed for bake goods, knit and crochet items or any craft items.
Cherri Watson said, "Anything you would be willing to donate, we would love to have: cupcakes, cookies, or brownies packaged in half dozens, pies, breads, sweet breads, knitted caps, scarves, mittens, and all kinds of craft projects." Donations may be dropped off at the Artist CoOp/Allegheny Artistry, 106 East Main Street, Youngsville from noon until 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. If you would like to volunteer to man the tables, have questions, or donations that need picked up, call 563-4959 or 563-9235.
Walk the proposed Youngsville Bike/Hike Trail on Saturday, Oct. 31.
The Revitalization of Youngsville invites all interested walkers, runners, and bicyclists to meet at Island Park at 11:00 am. Bring a brown bag lunch, wear walking shoes and weather appropriate apparel for outdoor walking. Transportation will be provided to take all walkers to the east end of the trail. The walk will be approximately one hour. No restroom facilities are available along the path. Restrooms at Island Park will be open to the public that day. At the conclusion of the walk, the group will gather in the pavilion for lunch and Pastor Rick will highlight the planned construction and funding for the trail.