Cross posted at Waters Girls Crafts
|artwork copyright Melanie from Turtle Bunny Love Designs|
This weekend the members of the Handmade in PA Etsy Team are having a blog carnival on the theme “PA proud”. Please take a look at the links at the end of this post in order to see what everyone else says. And each blog has some sort of sale going on in their shop. For my part I am giving 30% off all sales.
Why I love Pennsylvania
Until this blog carnival came up, I guess I never really thought about this much. I have lived in Pennsylvania all my life and I knew I would always live here, but never thought about why I wanted to.
So, I guess now I’m going to answer that question (why do I suddenly feel like I’m back in High School? 🙂 ).
One of the things I love about Pennsylvania are the small towns and the small town mentality. I am always amazed when a disaster happens and the news stories are all about “New Yorkers pulled together” or “Everyone is helping out in New Orleans”. PA residents just do that and not just in emergencies. We shovel each other’s walks. We carry groceries into the house for our older, pregnant or new mommy neighbors. If your car breaks down, you can be sure all the men in the neighborhood will be under the hood. Have a hospital stay or a death in the family? Your freezer will be stocked with food for months. Going for a walk? At least 3 cars will stop to ask if you need a ride.
PA is not all small town, though. There are plenty of cities and culture throughout the state. We’ve got Philadelphia
with it’s Art Museum, South Street, and Fabric Row. Pittsburgh has Carnegie Mellon, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and so much more. (Actually, as I was looking at the Pittsburgh website, my list of “things to do this summer got much, much bigger!). And that’s only Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, there is also York, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Altoona, Allentown, and Williamsport (home of the Little League World Series).
I live in Lancaster County, and I have to say, if you want to see the environmental movement at it’s most extreme, Lancaster County, PA is where you want to be. We are surrounded by Amish and Mennonite people. Most of whom shun “English” clothes, electricity, cars, and other “modern” conveniences. It’s “going green” in the truest sense of the word.
Add to all of that some of the most beautiful state parks, farmland (that is still actually being farmed – you can tell by the smell in the spring), and historical sites (e.g. the Liberty Bell, Valley Forge, and Gettysburg) and you have a pretty cool place to live.
Now, while I go apply for the PA Tourism Department, please check out these other Handmade in PA blogs. On each of these blogs, you can find out other great reasons to be PA Proud. You can also find out how to get a great deal in each of their shops – now through Monday, March 2nd!
<a title=”Watersgirls Blog” target=”_blank” href=”http://watersgirlscrafts.blogspot.com
“>Kristen from WatersGirls – Enjoy 30% off your purchase!