Coolspring, Summer 2018

Hi everyone, it’s Mimi again!  I’ve had an awesome summer and it’s not even over yet!  I got to go to Ireland at the end of the school year, and not long after we got back, mom asked me if I’d like to go to Coolspring to meet up with her friend Xyra.  I said yes of course!!

It takes about an hour and a half to get to Coolspring from home, but it seemed like it took forever.  I couldn’t wait to see who came along with Xyra, you just never know who it might be.  Mom knew, but she didn’t tell me.  So you can imagine how excited I was to meet the one and only Mel from Tea Time with Melody Q!

The grounds at Coolspring are really nice, and there are so many things to see.  This was one of the new buildings that mom hadn’t seen yet, it had so many engines in it!

There are benches all over the grounds that you can sit on and they are dedicated to different people who have been involved with Coolspring.  You can imagine how surprised mom was when she recognized the name of one of the bench honorees.  He passed away several years ago, but mom knew him from a camera club she used to belong to.

We also went to the “friends” building where they had more engines along with stuff to eat.  And this cool mini demonstration!  Mel and I were both kind of mesmerized by it, it was just our size.

Mom said it wouldn’t be a trip to the Coolspring Power Museum without ice cream for lunch!!!  It was soooo good, I can see why she suggested it.  She did inform me that I would have to eat a reasonable dinner later on though.

After our refreshing lunch, we went to the building that Xyra and her husband Franz run.  Mel knew all sorts of things about the engine there and she gave me the grand tour.

The engines at Coolspring were used for all sorts of different things–pumping water, natural gas, oil, you name it!  I’m thinking this might make for a very interesting report for history class, what do you think?

Mom spotted this two burner gas fired stove in the corner, she said that they had one at their old house.  It had belonged to her mom, it was hooked up in the basement and made a safe place for grandma when she was canning and wanted to use her pressure cooker.  Later mom told me they also used it once in a while when the weather was really hot and they didn’t want to heat up the kitchen just to cook.  And a few times when the regular stove wasn’t working.  It was pretty cool, kind of a camp stove.

Pretty soon it was time for us to head home since we had a long drive.  Mel and Xyra walked with us to our car.  I was sad to have to go, but Mel and I agreed we would keep in touch.  Melody is also good friends with my friend Louisa, maybe someday the three of us can get together, wouldn’t that be fun?!

The Coolspring Power Museum is a very interesting place.  If you’d like to read more about it, you can check out the posts over at Tea Time with Melody Q, do a search using “Coolspring” and you are sure to find it.  You can also check out the museum website:  http://www.coolspringpowermuseum.org/

Hope you enjoyed my post!

~Mimi

 

In search of more Phil’s!

Hello blog readers!  It’s Zara here, and I’m so excited to get to do my very own post here on the blog.  Some of you may remember that back in June, Sophia went with Flo to meet up with Lea and Xyra from over at Tea Time With Melody Q for a trip to Punxsutawney.  If you didn’t get a chance to read that post, you can check it out here.  Punxsutawney is the home of renowned weather predicting ground hog, Punxsutawney Phil.  All over town there are statues made in Phil’s likeness and in June they managed to find a lot of them.  They didn’t find them all though, so we were off on a mission to see how many of the missed ones we could find.

Flo and I met up with Xyra and Kaya in Coolspring at the General Store before we headed out on our journey.  Kaya and I hit it off immediately over our shared love of horses and all things 80’s!  She’s such a sweetheart, I hope someday that maybe we can go horseback riding together.

Sometimes finding Phil statues can be a bit tricky, especially when looking for ones on the outskirts of town.  Luckily we were equipped with a map, but it didn’t take us long to realize that the scale wasn’t all that great.  Eventually we started finding them though, and we covered a lot of ground!  This particular Phil is called “You Can Bank With Phil” since it’s in the yard of a bank.

We found another Phil in a really cool little park.  Not only was there a Phil statue there, but a playground too!

This Phil statue was called “It’s A WonderPhil World”.  I love how the statues all have names!  We also found this cool memorial stone that told us who the park was named after.

The playground was a lot of fun!  We climbed on the monkey bars…

Climbed on this spinning pole…(I was kind of dizzy after I came down.)

And then we had a little mishap.  I thought the end of the slide looked like a cool place to stand.  I didn’t realize that Kaya had gone to the top and was coming down.  She called to me, but by the time I heard her it was a little too late.

    

And…crash!!!

Neither of us was hurt thank heavens.  I just felt kind of stupid.  Oh well.  I didn’t let it ruin our fun!

This one is called “Hope Phil”.  It’s one of the new ones this year, it’s really pretty!  I thought it was very cool that we got to see it in October too since that’s officially Breast Cancer Awareness month!

Next up was one near the post office that was appropriately called “Philatelic”.  It was really unique!  Be sure to check out Xyra and Kaya’s photos over at their blog because there is another very cool photo with this particular Phil.

There were several Phil’s near the different schools.  This one is called Mary A. Philson Undercover and was near the elementary school.  (This is one of the few named after a person)

And this one was near the middle school.  It was called Start To Finish.

With all of the ones they found the last time and the ones we found this time, you would think we had found them all.  But we didn’t!!! There are at least 4, maybe 5 still to be seen.  2 that we missed, one that was brand new that we didn’t know existed (and unfortunately wasn’t on the map we had) and one that was out for maintenance.  There was also one that we couldn’t find at the location it was supposed to be at, we’re not sure if it was out for repairs or had been repainted and turned into a different theme.  Perhaps whoever goes in the spring will get the last few.  Maybe there will even be a new one by then too.

After all of that trekking around Punxsutawney, we decided to go check out the official store!

(Yes, that’s me, peering through the plant.  Not the best place for it to be if you want a good picture!)

The shop is super cool with just about anything you can imagine in it with a groundhog day theme.  I thought this t-shirt was hilarious.  Unfortunately it didn’t come in my size. 😦

Kaya and I had fun hanging out with these stuffed Phil’s too.  They were so soft!!  I would have loved to bring one home, but my gosh, they were almost as big as me!  I don’t think we’d both fit in my bed.

I had a great time meeting up with Xyra and Kaya.  The girls from Tea Time are all so much fun, everyone looks forward to our get-togethers.

Oh, and I did manage to pick up a little something while we were at the souvenir shop…

Yep, I got my very own Phil puppet!!!! Isn’t he cool!  He’s a bit smaller than the ones Kaya and I were hanging out with.  And guess what…we got a second one just so we could do a giveaway here on the blog!! That’s right, you could win your very own Punxsutawney Phil puppet!!!!  We decided to throw in a pin as well so you can be well prepared for when February 2nd rolls around and you want to celebrate!

To enter, just tell us in the comments your name, and which of all of the Phil statues is your favorite.  It can be from any of the posts, either ours or the ones from Tea Time With Melody Q and either now or from June.  You can see their posts here and here.  Our other post is here.

The winner will be drawn on November 9th, so make sure you enter!  And if you’d like to check out other items from the souvenir shop, you can check it out at http://www.groundhogstuff.com/

If you’d like more information on the “Phantastic Phils” click on this link: http://www.punxsutawney.com/phantastic-phils  There are photos of the different Phil statues and if you click on each individual one, you can get some of the background story behind the different themes.  There are a couple missing though from this site, it needs updating.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Entries:

  1. Lainey (Lu D)
  2. Heather (Jackylina)
  3. Sharon
  4. Maggie

 

A Trip to Punxsutawney!

Hello everyone, Sophia here!  I’m going to tell you about my trip to meet Xyra and Lea.  They were up for the semi-annual get together at Coolspring, and Xyra and Flo decided that we would do something a bit different.  Actually, they had been planning this since they got together in October, and when I heard about it, I begged Flo to let me go!  I was super excited when she said I could.

Now a bit of history–Punxsutawney is a town in Pennsylvania that has become famous because of the groundhog that lives there and predicts the outcome in regards to the end of winter every year.  The tradition is based on European lore–some have said German specifically, but if you read up on it, it also has some Celtic background as well.  It happens every year on February 2nd, and legend says that if the groundhog sees his shadow, it will be six more weeks of winter, and if he doesn’t it will be an early spring.  I don’t know if he is absolutely accurate every year, but it does seem like a lot of fun!  And by the way, the movie “Groundhog Day” wasn’t actually filmed in Punxsutawney.  Sorry if I burst your bubble.

Back in 2004, someone decided it would be fun to make these giant Phil statues and place them at various points all over town.  They are all painted with different themes, some of which reflect the business or building they are displayed in front of.  It was a lot of fun going around and checking them all out.  But first, we had to meet up!

Uh, wait a second here. I feel like I’m looking in the mirror, but I know my hair isn’t like that today!
   
It was really crazy, we were both giggling. We even dressed alike!

“Nice to meet you!”

In case you are wondering, that’s Lea on the left, me on the right. You can tell us apart by our hair and socks, as well as the fact that Lea is wearing bracelets and I’m not. Isn’t this crazy?!?!

We had to start off by paying the real Phil a visit…
  
It wasn’t easy to see him. The glare on the glass was pretty bad, plus it was covered with fingerprints from all of the people who come and see him everyday. There were quite a few people who stopped by to see him while we were there.

He’s somewhere in that straw. He wiggled a little at one point or we would have missed him completely.

After visiting Phil, it was time to head out and see how many statues we could find. We saw 20 in total, we missed 11 and one of those doesn’t count since it was out for repairs. It was fun to see how they were all painted differently!

This is Presby MacPhil. Flo said she was excited because he was one she really wanted to see. He’s in front of the Presbyterian Church.
This is Freedom Phil. I think it should be Freedom Phillis, isn’t the Statue of Liberty a woman????

 


Obviously, this is Fireman Phil. He even had his own firehouse!


THIS was an embarrassing moment! It was really hot out, and I was feeling a little dizzy. And I wasn’t paying attention…and I managed to catch my foot on the pavement and did a rather ungraceful faceplant. OUCH! I was okay, but I did scratch my nose a little bit. Not too bad. I think my pride was more hurt than anything.

This one has a rather long name: It’s Springtime for Phantastic Phyllis.


This one was called “Grow Up Great”. It was pretty cool standing on those giant books! From what I read in the brochure, this Phil has been completely redone from it’s original state and renamed. Not sure why they decided to change it, but I thought that was very interesting.


I loved the bright colors on this one. It is called “Phil A House With Love” and is sponsored by the Jefferson County Housing Authority.


This one was Flo’s favorite, it was a mosaic made out of stained glass. It is called “Get Your Phil Of Roses”. It was pretty neat!


When we crossed the street, we saw this giant painting of a zebra in the window of a furniture store. I just had to get my picture taken in front of it to show Louisa since she loves zebras!


By the time we got to Philtuminous, the Heritage Hog, I was so hot and tired, I wanted to sit on his foot. He was too slippery and I kept sliding down. Oh well…my gosh it was hot though. And humid. We all felt like we were melting!


This is Postcards from Phil. We were sad to see that his camera (as well as another one) had been wrecked. Why do people think that it’s okay to destroy something like this? That makes me mad. It was still a pretty cool statue though.


I loved the name for this one: Phil’d With Love. I thought he was so sweet. He was in front of a nursing home, so we had to be very quiet as not to disturb the residents.

Our last stop was at a pizza shop on the way out of town. They not only had a Phil statue, but they had this:

Lea got to be Phil, while I was a member of the “Inner Circle”, pulling Phil out of his burrow! The Inner Circle is the organization that oversees all Phil related activity and the events of Groundhog Day. The President of the Inner Circle is the man who Phil tells the prediction to. Talk about a lot of responsibility!

I hope you had fun with our little tour of Punxsutawney and the Phil statues. If you’d like to see more of them, you can check them out over at Tea Time With Melody Q, Xyra has different photos of some of the other ones. I had a great time getting to meet her and Lea! I hope to show everyone some of the goodies she sent home with us in a future post. And I think that whoever gets to go in October should go find the Phil’s we missed, don’t you agree?