Oldest House to host River Weekend event
The Oldest House in Laceyville is pleased to announce that on June 23 and 24 there will be a special ‘River Weekend,’ highlighting the role played by the Susquehanna River in the development of both the North Branch canal and the railroad, in addition to the house itself.
The River Weekend coincides with the 2012 Susquehanna Sojourn, which will see 50 or more kayakers and canoers traveling the river from Sugar Run to Shickshinny over a five day period.
On Saturday, special guest speaker Lance Metz, author of several books about the Susquehanna and its importance in the industrial development of our region, will give a talk at the Oldest House, focusing on the North Branch. Metz is scheduled to speak at 2:30 p.m.
A native of New Jersey, Metz graduated from Moravian College and was the curator for the Canal Museum in Easton for many years. An avid historian, Metz currently serves on the boards of the Bethlehem Steelworkers’ Archives and the South Bethlehem Historical Society among others.
Metz, who by his own admission ‘loves the Oldest House,’ is excited to be speaking there about a subject he is not only extremely well versed in, but also passionate about.
It is hoped that Charles Petrillo, author of ‘The North Branch Canal‘ as well as other relevant publications, will also make a visit to the house and enlighten guests with informal talks about the river and the canal.
During the River Weekend, the Oldest House will mount an exhibit of photographs and paintings of the Susquehanna River by local artists and photographers; the ‘River Room’ on the main level of the house will also feature an extensive multi media exhibit devoted to the river and its local history, curated by Debbie Stevens.
It is possible that, weather permitting, the house will also be host during the River Weekend to a number of plein air painters who will be creating art on the grounds.
Visitors are encouraged to come to the house to hear the special speakers, watch local artists at work capturing one of the most beautiful areas of our region, enjoy the detailed exhibits, and take a tour of the house, led by period-costumed tour guides.