On behalf of the Pike County Historical Society, I would like to wish you a joyous Holiday Season and a happy and healthy New Year.
2014 marks the Bicentennial Celebration of Pike County, it will turn 200 years old on March 26, 2014. There are three events already on the calendar!
On Friday January 31st we will celebrate the birthday of western novelist Zane Grey and Pike County’s Commissioners will officially declare the day “Zane Grey Day” by official proclamation. Festivities begin at 7pm.
On March 26th the county will join together to celebrate at a fun filled banquet at Woodloch Resort. Among our guests will be Pa. State Senator Lisa Baker and we hope to hear from all our municipalities regarding their individual events which will mark the celebration of Pike’s birthday.
There will also be a Fishing Derby held throughout the county and including all Delaware tributary waters commencing at the start of the fishing season and ending with prizes awarded at Zane Grey Days in July. Please check our website and look for more information as the spring approaches.
But for now, back to winter.
The Holiday season entails, for me, the tradition of putting up a Christmas tree. My tree has gotten smaller through the years, but it would seem the aggravation of putting lights on said tree is still the same no matter the size. We all may have experienced the horror of painstakingly hanging the lights, only for them not to work. It would seem the tradition of plugging them in first to “test them” is just a useless practice, because inevitably they only work during this “test” period. But why? Chalk it up to one of the riddles of the universe, I guess.
The tradition of “live”tree trouble has been passed down through the ages in my family. I remember one year my father brought home what he called “the perfect tree”. It was, in many ways. He proudly held it up after wrestling it out of the trunk of our Plymouth Fury, the only car with a trunk big enough to hold a live 7 foot tree, closed. My mother pointed out that while it was indeed a very shapely tree, good height, and it passed the needle test with flying colors, ” how the hell are you going to get that thing into the stand, Gene”? Mother asked. The trunk of the “perfect tree” was about a foot in circumference. After several hours in the garage with a saw and various other tree installation/mutilation tools, the “perfect tree” was reduced to about three feet and we placed it upon a milk crate in our living room.
I myself prefer a “dead” tree. You know, artificial. I had one with lights already on it and the first year it was a sight to behold! Now, several years later, the lights refuse to work. I attempted to remove them by cutting them off. This process took me almost two hours and I developed a rash from handling the tree. “Tis the season!
But I’m a sucker for tradition. My fake tree with amputated lights is only three feet tall and I proudly place it upon a milk crate in my living room each year.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night~!
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