Good Ol' Days a hit in Williamsport

April 19, 1997


Staff Writer

WILLIAMSPORT - Winnie The Pooh would have been right at home at Good Ol' Days Saturday on what could only be described as a blustery day.

But that didn't dampen the spirits of the intrepid visitors who did show up for the second annual event which continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Springfield Farm.

"On Friday, everything we put up blew down, over and over and over again, '' said Rose Jewell, chairman of the crafts and collectibles displays at the event at the Springfield Farm and Museum located just west of the school complex in Williamsport.


Saturday dawned bright and sunny but the wind was still a problem. It took until noon before exhibitors and visitors alike began to warm up.

Still those who attended seemed to be glad they came.

"We brought a tractor here to show at the museum,'' said Evan Wiles. His wife, Twila, and their son, Jacob, came along to enjoy the events.

"I want to ride the ponies,'' Jacob said. But his mom decided they would put that off until the weather warmed up a bit.

Doyle and Bonnie Fout came away with a handsome collectible and lots of good memories of the event.

"We are from Glen Burnie but we live here on the weekends,'' Bonnie Fout said.

The couple visited the Williamsport area a while back, liked what they saw and last year, they located a mobile home near Williamsport for their retirement.

"We love the river and the fishing,'' Bonnie Fout said. And they both enjoy attending festivals like Good Ol' Days.

On the grounds at the farm are French and Indian period costumes, a Shawnee and Revolutionary War camp, demonstrations of blacksmithing, basket and candle making, and a display of Civil War accoutrements.

In the barn are displays of quilts, antique dolls, a toy farm scene and other memorabilia. And there are tractor rides.

Teresa Crawford of Halfway came for the dolls but unfortunately she left empty-handed.

"I enjoy all crafts but I was especially interested in the dolls,'' she said.

Her husband, Ralph Crawford, said his wife has a collection of about 100 dolls at home.

The Crawfords just followed the signs to Springfield Farm while they were out Saturday morning.

"We missed it last year because we were out of town,'' said Barbara Burger of Pinesburg. "I really wanted to come this year but I hope it warms up so they'll get more people.''

Special events Saturday included line dancing, several historic talks, bagpipe music, several "first person'' skits, a Civil War wedding and a Battle of Williamsport re-enactment.

Today, there will be a Civil War church service and more history talks in the pavilion including General Custer at 1:30 p.m., Belle Boyd at 2 p.m., a Shawnee Indian at 2:30 p.m., Indian folklore at 3 p.m., more bagpipe music at 3:30 p.m. and another Battle of Williamsport at 4 p.m.

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