~Life on the Susquehanna~ 
Danville’s Iron Heritage Festival July 20, 21, & 22, 2012


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Due to Circumstances beyond our control, the Music Stages will be set up on Lower Mulberry Street and near Helwigs Restaurant on Mill Street. Canal Park will be closed. Tickets available for ALL events available in June at the IHF Company Store, 316 Mill St. 275-6700 On Saturday, during the Festival, Train Tickets will be sold at DMS Train Station only Parade is on Friday July 20 at 7pm.

 

Chinese Quarter Auction: Check out the IHF Company Store and see what is up for bid in the quarter auction. Buy five tickets for $1.00 and place them in jar of which item you would like to win, you’ve just made a bid! Don’t forget to keep the second ticket and check the numbers which will be posted during the IHF weekend.

 

Saturday July 14, 2012

2012 Iron Heritage Festival Nature and Gardening ExpoNature and gardening come together in an extravaganza at the Montour PPL Preserve on Saturday, July 14 th from 9 am to 4 pm. The Penn State Montour County Master Gardeners in conjunction with the 2012 Iron Heritage Festival have a fun-filled and informative day prepared just for you. Bring your family for an exciting day of activities, lectures, displays, artists, craftsmen and vendors. Local 4-H clubs will be selling delicious lunch items. A continuous series of lectures throughout the day will inspire you to see your surroundings in a new light. Naturalist, Jon Beam will teach you how to create your own nature calendar. Caroline Owens of Owens farm will discuss how to buy grass fed meats. Dr. Blair Carbaugh will follow Caroline in a presentation entitled “Revitalizing the American Chestnut Tree”. Dr. William Malone will discuss how to attract birds to your garden and Lee Murphy will show you how to construct a rain barrel.

Folk’s Butterfly Farm will have butterflies galore in all stages of their life cycle featuring hands-on presentations of live butterflies and chrysalises. See a live bee hive and learn the anatomy of these fascinating creatures from bee experts Robert Geary and Dr. William Blodgett. The executive director of Center Wildlife Care, Robyn Graboski, will present two programs featuring live mammals, birds and reptiles at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Center cares for over 1,000 orphaned and injured wild animals each year. The Master Gardeners will have displays highlighting growing and cooking with herbs. They will also feature composting basics and poison prevention featuring Mr. Yuck. Bring the kids to meet Smokey the Bear!

Tickets can be purchased before the event at the Iron Heritage Festival Company Store located at 316 Mill Street in Danville, the PPL Montour Preserve Office and the Danville Area Community Center for $12. Tickets will be $15 the day of the event at the Preserve. Children under the age of 18 will be admitted for free.
Open the link to the brochure for details.

 

Click here for food vendor information.

Click here for non profit food vendor information.

 

Tournament Events of the Iron Heritage Festival

• The third annual IHF Dr. Foss Tennis Tournament. Men, Women and Junior Boys and Girls are all invited to play at the Danville Middle School tennis courts. The Events will be an Open for Juniors (18 & under), Men & Women singles, doubles & mixed and Juniors Boys/Girls singles, double and singles. New this year will be a consolation round in the tournament. Applications with more details can be found at the IHF Company Store, also click here for the Tennis Tournament Application. Entry deadline is July 13, 2012.

 

• 6:45am – 7:15am – Saturday, July 21 Iron Heritage Festival Quoits Tournament sponsored by the USQA will be held Saturday. Quoits, the predecessor of horseshoe pitching, dating back to ancient Greek Olympics was played by young and old alike, rich and poor. Tournaments went on at every picnic and get together. In Danville, tournaments were played in Montgomery Park at lunch time and in the evenings. The tournament will be played behind the tennis courts on the Danville Middle School lawn. Not only do the 'quoits pitchers' play for the prize money but for the prestige of being the best quoits pitcher in the country! Last year there were several local teams, one team even won a prize and participated in other USQA events, so get your teams together! For more information about the quoits tournament check out the website at www.quoits.info. Applications can be found at the IHF Company Store and also on USQA website.

 

• 7:15-8:15 – Saturday, July 21 Race starts at 8:30am! Start the day by cheering on your favorite runners as they test their stamina. Starting at the DMS at 9am, the runners will travel on the scenic course, our Trail of History for prizes. CLICK HERE FOR AN APPLICATION. Jeff Brandt is director.

 

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2012 • 9:30am - IHF’s bus tour will leave at 8:30am from Danville Middle School to tour the National Canal Museum in Easton. Tickets are $30. The bus will do a quick stop at the McDonalds before getting on turnpike and will stop for lunch in Easton at Porter’s Pub. Price of lunch is not part of the ticket price. Seating is limited.
• 6:00pm – Danville Middle School Tennis Courts – Beginning of play for the 3rd annual Foss Tennis Tournament.

 

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2012 • Studio Brick – 118 Walnut Street – Don’t miss this Juried exhibit of photographs and paintings by North Mountain Art League of scenes of the Susquehanna River.

 

FRIDAY JULY 20, 2012
• 1pm to 5pm –Out House Dig, behind Stoneware Pottery Shop, 331 Mill St. One man’s trash is another’s treasure, and to an historian an outhouse can be a gold mine. Every old home had an outdoor ‘pit’ privy or outhouse until the advent of indoor plumbing.  Garbage items like empty bottles and pottery are possibly the most common, but coins and other valuable items were occasionally lost down an outhouse hole and may be recovered as the outhouse hole is dug. Robert Lee invites you to the presentation of his outhouse dig to see what he brings back from the past as we get a glimpse of how our ancestors lived.
• 11am – 4pm – Premier Studios, 232 Mill St. Indian Arrowhead and artifact display. Randy Billmeyer will display his life long collection of Indian Arrowhead and artifacts and will be available to talk to you about his collection, where he found his items and just what the items were used for.
• Noon -4pm – Studio Brick. North Mountain Art League art exhibit. See description above.
• Noon to 5pm – Montgomery House open House. Danville’s most historic home is open to the public this weekend.
• 3pm – Community Ballroom - Mr. Gib Young portrays Theodore Roosevelt.
• 4pm – ‘Railroads of Montour’ with John Decker at Hawkins Garage, Mill St. Five railroads have served Montour County from 1842 to present. Listen as John explains this history which he has had a lifetime interest and enthusiasm in.
• 7pm- IHF Parade, starting at the old TRW parking lot on East Market St. & marches down E. Market St to Mill St. and ends up at Coles Hardware Parking Lot. (food available 4pm until ?) Click here for Parade entry form *Note Parade is on Friday evening this year!
• 8:30 – 10:30pm - Stanky and the Coal Miners Polka Party at the Sovereign Back Parking Lot across from the Court House. Stanky & the Coal Miners is one of the world’s premiere polka bands. Bring your dancing shoes and show off your polka steps!
• 8:30 – 10:30pm – Seasoned Sounds, an 18 piece group which specializes in big band swing music will be performing at Coles Hardware parking lot. Bring your lawn chairs along and enjoy the music of one of the festivals favorite bands.
• 8:30 – 10:30pm – the 3rd Bridgade will perform at the north end of Mill Street, across from the Montgomery House.

 

SATURDAY JULY 21, 2012

Open all Day! Mill Street with strolling entertainers, music stages, Artisans, food, special stages, Victorian Highwheelers and more!!

Open all day! DMS Complex which includes the Tennis Tournament, 5K Run, Quoits Tournament

IHF Round Corner Stages
Four Stages will be located on Mill Street
Performances at 10am until 4pm
On the Hour and Half-Hour

The 2012 IHF Cemetery Tour has not been cancelled. It will be held Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6. This change in schedule will permit those who are attending the festival in July to visit events and presentations that can’t be replicated at another time of year. So that some of Danville’s finest thespians will not suffer “theatrical withdrawal” this summer, we have created a venue for them. The Round Corner Stages will be placed at four locations on Mill Street. Throughout the day, beginning at 10:00 am until the last performances begin at 4:00 pm, presenters will speak, demonstrate, educate, and entertain.


• 6:45am – 7:15am – Saturday, July 21 Iron Heritage Festival Quoits Tournament sponsored by the USQA will be held Saturday. Quoits, the predecessor of horseshoe pitching, dating back to ancient Greek Olympics was played by young and old alike, rich and poor. Tournaments went on at every picnic and get together. In Danville, tournaments were played in Montgomery Park at lunch time and in the evenings. The tournament will be played behind the tennis courts on the Danville Middle School lawn. Not only do the 'quoits pitchers' play for the prize money but for the prestige of being the best quoits pitcher in the country! Last year there were several local teams, one team even won a prize and participated in other USQA events, so get your teams together! For more information about the quoits tournament check out the website at www.quoits.info. Applications can be found at the IHF Company Store and also on USQA website.
• 7:15-8:15 – Saturday, July 21 Start the day by cheering on your favorite runners as they test their stamina. Starting at the DMS at 8:30, the runners will travel on the scenic course, our Trail of History for prizes. CLICK HERE FOR AN APPLICATION. Jeff Brandt is director.
• 8am to 5pm – Out House Dig, behind 331 Mill Street. See Friday, 8am for details
• 9am - Danville Middle School Tennis Courts – Semi-finals of the 3rd annual Foss Tennis Tournament. • 10am – Noon – Stamp Cancellation, Outside Danville Post Office
• 9am -Au Matin in the Basilica on the grounds of St. Cyril Academy. Concert of Scared music is under the direction of Gail Garman.
• 10am – Noon – Stamp Cancellation, Outside Danville Post Office
• 10am – DMS Big Mill Train station Train Ride to Bloomsburg ($10). The IHF Train is back this year! The train will run 4 times during the day, either to Bloomsburg or Northumberland. The Big Mill station is at the DMS beside the tennis courts. Tickets available at Train Station only on Saturday.
• 10am – 5pm Montgomery House open House. Danville’s most historic home is open to the public this weekend.
• 10am-5pm –Danville High School Alumni in front of the Moose, Mill Street. Representatives of the DHS Alumni will be available to register alums who are in Danville during IHF. Stop in and sign your class list, find out who is in town and reminisce. All classes who are celebrating their class reunion this year, are especially invited!
• 10am – Canal Park Stage –TBA
• 10am – Franklin Furnace with Gene Shipe, on Furnace Road off route 642. see Friday 6pm for details
• 10am - Au Matin in the Basilica on the grounds of St. Cyril Academy. A Concert of Scared music is under the direction of Gail Garman.
• 10am – ‘Railroads of Montour’ with John Decker at Hawkins Chevrolet. See Friday 4pm for details
• 10am – FQ Hartman Field picnic area – Joshua D. Tryninewski will talk about the Shad in the River and plans on bringing this fish back to the Susquehanna
• 10am-11:15am – Mill Street Stage – TBA
• 10:15am – Mini Stage performance - TBA
• 11am-1pm – Wagon Rides - corner of Mill and West Mahoning Streets, ($3 children, $5 adults)
• 11am-1pm – Carriage Rides - ($3 children, $5 adults) (route to be announced soon)
• 11am – 1pm – Montgomery Park (the end of Ferry Street at the River) –Presentation at 11am and 12:30. Learn the history of the local Coal Dredger with Van Wagner and friends. While there get a tour of the dredger Van and Friends built with the help of Danville native Ken Snyder who once worked on a Dredger. This is Living History! 
• 11am – Canal Park Stage – Ed Petrovich. Ed returns to the IHF stage for the 14th year to share his musical talent with friends both old and new.
• 11am – Community Ballroom – Teddy Roosevelt speaking on the 1912 Election
• 11am – “Walk through Danville’s History” ($5) Please see Friday 4pm on this schedule for description.
• 11am – Mill Street Stage - Purcell Family   Acoustic traditional Irish and maritime folk music  Father and son, Ken and Corey Purcell of Whitehall Pa. have been performing together for almost fifteen years and play a broad variety of traditional Irish influenced songs and tunes.  Ken play piano and guitar and Corey play a bodhran, cittern and button accordion.  Their rich repertoire ranges from  spirited sing-alongs to solemn laments plus reels, jigs and hornpipes.
• 11am-12:15 - ‘Front Porch Stage’, Montour Co Courthouse grounds –
• 11:15am - Round Corner Stage
• Noon – Canal Park Stage – Beverly Conrad/Greg Burgess   Beverly on the fiddle and Greg on the piano-Beverly has been playing the fiddle since she was knee high to a grasshopper, together they will entertain you with old tunes that were once heard in every home.
• Noon – Mill Street Stage -  The Shoreliners   A very versatile group of five men with a combined total of 125 years of experience performing for the public.  Each man is multi-talented, playing different instruments.  Many of their songs are sung in three and four part harmony. We are sure that you will enjoy their rendition of treasured hits of the past.
• 12:15pm - Mini Stage performance - TBA
• 12:30 – DMS Big Mill Train station Train Ride to Northumberland ($10) Leaves from the Big Mill Train Station at the Danville Middle School grounds.
• 12:30 – Front Porch Stage - Montour Co Courthouse grounds
• 1pm - ‘“Walk through Danville’s History” ($5) Please see Friday 4pm on this schedule for description.
• 1pm– ‘Railroads of Montour’ with John Decker at Hawkins Chevrolet. See Friday 7pm for details
• 1pm – Community Ballroom – Professor Katie Faull will speak on the Central Susquehanna Valley.
• 1pm - Mill Street Stage – The  McNett Country Band   Bob and Dean McNett left their country farm in Northern Pennsylvania in the late 1940s to make their mark in Nashville.  They stopped along the way to perform on the radio program of Jim and Jane Claar who also produced an outdoor country music show in a grove near Montgomery called Radio Coral.  The McNetts were an instant hit and eventually took over the ownership of these shows.  There the McNett brothers played with everyone from the Carter Family to Hank Williams.  Today the McNett Country Band has been carried on by sons Tim and Shawn who continue the family legacy.
• 1pm – Canal Park Stage –Purcell Family
• 1:30pm – Round Corner Stage – President Theodore Roosevelt “The Great White Fleet”
• 2pm – Hot Dog Eating Contest, Pappas’ Restaurant
• 2pm – Mill Street Stage - Sadie Green Sales and Jug Band Music  An international phenomenon, a musical experience that will make you laugh, sing or dance.  Timothy Walker and David Driskell carry on the tradition of Jug Band music.
• 2pm – Canal Park Stage – Suzanna Walzer and Friends
• 2:15pm - Round Stage performance
• 2:30pm - DMS Train station Train Ride to Bloomsburg ($10)
• 2:30pm – ‘Front Porch Stage’ 100 West Market Street - Teddy Roosevelt will speak about his family and their time living in the White House
• 3pm – ‘“Walk through Danville’s History” ($5)
• 3pm – Canal Park Stage – Van Wagner, Danville native shares his love of history in song.
• 3pm – Mill Street Stage – Per Na Nog Irish Dancers will entertain you with Irish Step Dancing  performing jigs and reels in traditional costumes.  Sue Garner has been teaching dancing for 10 years in central Pennsylvania.
• 3:30pm – Doctor’s Inn – Welcome Teddy Roosevelt to Danville at this Reception on West Market Street.
• 3:30pm – Mill Street Stage -  Echoing Heart - Performers Randy and Josie will take you back in time with the fiddle, banjo, mandolin and harmonica so get up on your feet and have a good time.
• 4pm – Canal Park Stage – Danville Has TALENT! To celebrate music in Danville, IHF is encouraging amateur performers to “take the stage.” Ten acts will be selected to perform on the IHF Stage from 4 – 5:30. There will be no audition, but performer(s) must complete an application at IHF Company Store, 316 Mill Street The following rules apply: Music or performance art must be from the IHF time period which is 1800 – 1950. Ours is a family festival, so appropriate material is required. Musical talent is especially encouraged. One selection per performance. Sorry, no animal acts can be permitted. The winning performance will be determined by a panel of celebrity judges. Application
• 4pm–5pm – Mill Street Stage – TBA
• 5pm – DMS Train station Train Ride to Northumberland ($10) (last train ride of the day)
• 5:30pm – Canal Park Stage – TBA
• 10pm – ‘Fireworks on the River’

 

SUNDAY JULY 22, 2012
• 10am to 3pm Fly-In at the Danville/Riverside Airport, Sunbury Road, Riverside. Celebrate the Airport’s 75th Anniversary while watching the planes fly in. Visit with the pilots, learn about their plans. The radio control flyers will be showing off their skills with tricks for their model planes. Also for your enjoyment will antique farm machinery, an antique car show and food a vendor with breakfast and lunch available. Plane rides available for a fee.
• Noon to 3pm – Montgomery House Open House, Danville’s most historic home is open to the public this weekend. On display is Montour Co. & Riverside’s music heritage.
• 1pm – Danville Middle School tennis courts, 2nd Annual Dr Foss Tennis Tournament Finals
• 4pm – Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will have a heritage service of  ‘Evensong’
• 6:30 pm - Hymn Sing, Montgomery Park on Water Street by the River. Bring your lawn chairs (Rain, Mahoning Presbyterian Church) led by Larry Mordan and friends.

Due to the circumstances beyond our control, stated events may be changed as time gets closer.

IHF 2012 Programs will be available at various businesses around the area the middle of June. In it you will find stories on the Shad, Eels, Mahoning Creek and of course the Susquehanna River. Please don’t miss this collectible program full of our area’s History

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Life on the Susquehanna River 2012

Tickets are now on sale for all ticketed events. Purchase tickets at 316 Mill Street for inquiries call 570-275-6700. June hours: Tuesday & Friday afternoons, and Saturdays 10am to 1pm. Starting July the IHF Company Store will be open Monday thru Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm. IHF t-shirts, pottery, baskets, cards, dolls, DVDs and more are available for purchase at the IHF Company Store. Come in and check out all the new 2012 items.