1806 - 2006 Bicentennial Celebration
Clifford Township Bicentennial Celebration
July 4th 2006 Weekend
Saturday, May 6, 2006
The Clifford Township Community Alliance (CTCA) held its third annual Spring Fling Dinner Dance
at historic Fern Hall Inn as the preliminary event in the celebration of the
township's bicentennial. The theme reflected on the twenty decades leading to the present, in
decoration, the music and apparel. The CTCA is proud to have
its dinner-dance be a part of Fern Hall's history.
June 2, 2006, Friday
6 - 8 p.m. Book Signing and Social at the Clifford Township Fire Hall.
Clifford Township: Two Hundred Years by Sally Fischbeck and Patricia Peltz is here!
Copies will be available for viewing, for purchase and for autographing by the authors;
snacks and beverages will be offered by the Bicentennial Committee and community members.
June 30, 2006, Friday
The opening act of the three-day celebration was a barbecue and square dance
sponsored by the Mountain View Garden Club. The Clifford Township Volunteer Fire Company's
hall was rustically decorated with bales of hay, flowers and white lights. Terry J. Rockwell
kindly provided music and instruction for square dancing. He spiced up the
night with cha-cha, twist, polka and other dances. Speaking of spicy, Munley's Grove
catered the barbecue chicken country buffet. Homemade baked goods and sweet treats courtesy of
the Garden Club were enjoyed for dessert.
Both Saturday & Sunday, July 1 & 2, noon to 6 p.m. at the picnic grounds
Activities for both days include Historical booths displaying photos and artifacts on
agriculture, barns, churches, early life, fire company, forestry, geology, and schools.
Conklinís antique carriage display, Civil War encampment, horse shoeing demonstration,
free hay wagon rides, local artisans and crafters, sale of Clifford Township book and
video with book signing at 5:00 p.m. each day, food stands run by local churches, old-fashion
games for children, hit-or-miss engine making homemade ice cream,
hands-on fun for kids of all ages (corn sheller, washboard and wringer, loom, treadle sewing
machine, cream separator), historic tour driving maps, special postcards with bicentennial
Activities for Saturday only, July 1 at the picnic grounds
11:00 Parade of Antiquity, Main Street to the picnic grounds where items will be on display.
Music provided for the parade and at the picnic grounds by the Fife and Drum Corps, Lenoxville
Band, the Penn Dixie Band and Berbaumís Old Time Music Workshop (funded by PA Council of the
Arts and PA Humanities Council). Essay and coloring contest winners announced at 2 p.m. and
Ed McMullenís pioneer theater for children at 2:30 p.m.
Chicken and biscuit supper at the Clifford Methodist Church, 4-6 p.m., tickets available at
the picnic grounds (first come, first serve, 250 tickets).
Activities for Sunday only, July 2 at the picnic grounds
8-11 a.m. Firemenís buffet breakfast at Fire Hall, 9-10:30 a.m. sign up for veterans
motorcycle ride, 10:45-12:45 motorcycle ride, 11 a.m. open air nondenominational
church service, music provided all day by a handmade "fairground" organ,
3 p.m. beard contest, 3:30 P.M. pie baking contest & auction, 4 p.m. antique auction,
5 p.m. quilt raffle drawing for two beautiful quilts!
Activities on Sunday, July 2 at the Township Building, 1- 5 p.m.
1:00 p.m. Veterans Memorial dedication with taps, honor guard and patriotic music
by the Lenoxville Band.
1:30-5 p.m. petting zoo, JoJo the Clown, baseball game, little league concessions
and contests for children.
Artists & Vendors
The tent was full of unique offerings by the best of the local artisans and
crafters. Those displaying their wares included:
Stillwater Walking Staffs
Elk Mountain Apiary
Joyce's Craft Barrel
Tietz American Indian Art
Ros-Al Florals & Antiques
Stony Meadow Pottery
Dirt Road Creations & Jewelry
In-the-Dell Herb Farm
Watercolors by Raquel Sweeney:
Scroll Saw Art
The Fudge Lady
Botanical Art by Lucille Norella
Earth'n Angels Pottery
Primitive Painted Decor
Ron Kozlowski: Rod-building demonstration
Mike Kozlowski: Fly-tying demonstration
Local art by Helmut Kunst
"Our Barns", a study examining how the construction of our township barns reflected
the lifestyles and resources of the farmers who built them,
was presented during the Bicentennial.
Alison Armstrong, Ph.D., discussed the aesthetic exteriors of our barns and John Watkins,
A.I.A., commented on the architectural aspects of our local barns. Residents who
participated in the building of these barns were available for comments and reminiscing. The Clifford Township
Supervisors together with the Clifford Township Historical Society,
Inc. received a Pennsylvania Humanities Council grant to host the project. The Pennsylvania
Humanities Council inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning enriched by human
experience across time and around the world.
Old Time Music with the Berbaums
Ed and Geraldine Berbaum played their Old Time Music on fiddle, guitar, alto saxophone,
tin whistle, mandolin, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and harmonica. Their special fiddle
presentations, followed by intergenerational discussions highlighting the importance of
music in the everyday lives of our forefathers rekindled memories and sparked some
great stories!! Their presentation was supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
in partnership with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council
to combine the arts and discussion, the heart of the humanities.
Contest Ribbon Winners
Our "just for fun" contests on Sunday afternoon of the Bicentennial Celebration turned
out to be just that - a lot of fun! The Historical Society sincerely thanks all those involved
for their enthusiasm and participation!
The Beard Contest was coordinated by John Knighton and judged by Ellie DeFazio
and Pete Marcho.
Nine ribbons were awarded to our fuzzy friends in the beard growing contest
for "Best Look Alikes":
Gabby Hays: Frank Paasche & Bill Williams - a two way tie!
Abe Lincoln: Dave Peck
Earnest Hemingway: Phil McHugh, Chris Kutch, Richard Clark - a three way tie!
Santa Claus: Lee McGurrin & Bill Congdon - another tie!
And the ribbon for Most Original: Ed McMullen
The Pie Contest was coordinated by Ruth Knighton and judged by Alberta Miller and
Diane Miller. Eleven ribbons graced the delicious pies of our dedicated pie bakers! The following
ribbons were awarded:
Best Apple: Maureen Swetter
Best Combination: Michelle Clift
Judges Favorite: Caroline Lynch
Best Looking & Tasting: Kim Bostjancic
Most Imaginative: Marge Wildenberg
Best Peach: Colleen Heller
Best Blueberry: Beverly Vauter
Best Cream Pie: Mary Orazzi
Best Double Crust: Lisa Valentine
Most Original: Diane Foster Most Appealing: Tom Foster
The pies were then sold at auction by our volunteer auctioneer, Tom Randt, with proceeds
benefiting the Clifford Township Historical Society, Inc. A few pies were graciously bid back
in to be sold twice!!!
Pictures & Videos
Please consider sharing your special pictures and videos of the Bicentennial for archiving
by the Clifford Township Historical Society, Inc. PO Box 442, Clifford, PA 18413