Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Maple Hill Hop 104

Maple Hill Hop

Welcome to 
The Maple Hill Hop.
This is a hop for folks who love the outdoors.
Feel free to post about anything that's going on
in your neck of the woods,
no matter the season.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)
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This weekend we headed back to the Pioneer Days event
in nearby Lake Wales.
This festival celebrates the founding of the city
and the uniqueness of this quaint lil' town.

There is an array of rural curiosities,
including the local tractor club's display.
This is one of Lil' Guy's favorite parts of the event.
Several times a day the tractors participate in a parade.

We marvel at the craftsmanship of local artists.
This woodworker displayed his vast range of beautifully carved household items
such as wooden spoons, measuring cups, and even backscratchers.

Something unusual we noticed were these cobweb brooms.
How cute is that?!

Another artist fashioned these wooden brushes.
It was so fascinating to sit and watch him create their bristles on a metal grate 
and listen to him talk about his creations.

Aren't these hand-crafted flutes just stunning?
It makes me want to take lessons!

One of the highlights of the day
was the wagon ride through town.
Many of the historical landmarks are showcased
in a 20-minute narrated tour.

Lake Wales features a handful of gorgeous hand-painted murals
located throughout the downtown area.

Another favorite of Lil' Guy's, 
is the True Value hardware store,
which has been in the same location for almost 40 years.
You won't find a big box store in downtown.
See the inside here.

The old arcade now houses several stores,
as well as office spaces.

A glorious day it was,
and we feel so blessed to be able to spend it together
in such a magnificent and charming little town.

What have you been up to in the great outdoors?
HOP on!




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