Wednesday, April 14, 2010

McCarty, Finsel & Ruch Rock the Ballroom with some Old Timey Sound

There's a little Elmer in all of us, now that we heard Finsel's ballad of the old backwoods quarryman & mountain dew man.

Sean's fingers put a hurtin' on those mandolin'd swear you were hearing two playing!!!

The boys ripped up "No More Cane on the Brazos."  I heard Robbie Robertson's shrills and Leadbelly's thump.
This was all part of the "Long Hunter Festival" this past weekend at the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center.  Featured speaker was reknowned author, farmer, and modern day frontiersman, Mr. David Ehrig, also known as "Mr. Black Powder."  A must hear by any outdoor enthusiast.

David told of how German farmers in Pennsylvania in the late 1600s to early 1700s, went "long hunting" after the harvest in October through to Christmas.  A sharp eye with their Pennsylvania Longrifle could get enough "buck skins," skins sold for a dollar, to buy themselves more land for their growing families.  Children and adults alike, wrapped themselves in Dave's many furs: river otter, blackbear, skunk, porcupine, and more.  A great event for a great cause.  Proceeds helped the "Friends of the Dimmick Library" and for furthering the educational outreach of the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center.

Below find some shots taken from the Museum out to the street: The Three Towers building, formerly Mauch Chunk school building. Stained glass from inside the bell tower of the Museum, formerly the Methodist Church.  Looking down toward the Opera House.


  1. You're an artist...therefore inspiring....thanks, keep it up, I need it.


  2. Great photos, Ron! Thanks for the write up. Keep up the good work!

  3. I envy the history, the way your neighbors have held on to the way things were. I love your devotion to the story. Thanks.

  4. That's Christopher...we feel we had something really special here...And it never ceases to amaze me how we seem to reinvent, with new generations, a new specialness....thanks for stopping in...Ron