Fort Hunter Day

A few Magdalenas participated in Fort Hunter Day yesterday.  Fort Hunter Park is located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River with a view of the Blue Mountains in the distance.

Fort Hunter Day is open to the public and focuses on the history of this beautiful area. Situated on a bend in the Susquehanna River, this fort served as an alarm station and supply depot during the French and Indian War.  It was also a grist mill and sawmill.

Many crafts were demonstrated yesterday, including quilting, chair caning, Victorian hair jewelry making, bee keeping, lace making, rug hooking and many more.  Although we Magdalenas hook rugs the modern way with frames and fancy hooks, the art of pulling loops of wool through a foundation fabric remains the same.  We had a lot of interested onlookers and many who tried their hand at pulling a few loops.

I shared the morning shift with fellow Magdalena, Emily. Most of our rugs are still on display at the Landis House in Newport PA, but we had a few rugs to hang on the rustic wall of the old barn where we were set up.  Emily was busy hooking on her mandala rug and I was binding my Chicken Dreams rug with red yarn.  On my way to my car to go home I threw down my rug in front of the old covered bridge for one last photo op.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and there was a feast of it at Fort Hunter Park!

A couple of Emily's rugs on display.

A couple of Emily's rugs on display.

My rugs on the left and center and Katherine's rug on the right.

My rugs on the left and center and Katherine's rug on the right.

I got about a third of my rug bound between meeting and greeting visitors.

I got about a third of my rug bound between meeting and greeting visitors.

One final throw down....

One final throw down....