A few weekends ago Katie
and I took the boys to BrickFair
in Chantilly VA. We went on a Sunday like we did last year, but this year it was even more crowded. They said that on Saturday people actually had to wait over an hour to get in because the building was at max capacity! B loved that there was so much Dr. Who stuff, one of his new interests this year. I brought home a few tiny treasures of my own which you can see in the top photo. Crying baby and lego pringles? yes please!
Earlier this month I talked about a little adventure we took into Pennsylvania. One of our stops was a place in Duncannon PA Called The Old Sled Works
. It’s a antique shop, a vintage arcade, a soda shop, and more! They have a little yarn store tucked inside, an area that sells handmade crafts, and a little mini museum about the Sled Works, it was a lot of fun!
Our favorite area was clearly the working arcade. Not only was it fun to play the games, there was so many beautiful old graphics and logos to look at.
We found some treasure to bring home from the antique part. Not this vintage doll sized changing table, but it was too cute not to take a photo.
We had such a good time that I cannot wait to go back. The only disappointment was the soda shop portion was closed. When I asked about it out front they said it’s only open on weekends, but just a head’s up, a friend of mine went on a Saturday at 4:10pm and the soda shop was closed. They told her at the front that is closes at 4 even though the store is open later. So if your going for ice cream (and you should be-look how freaking cute that area is!!) then maybe give them a call to make sure that part will be open. Their website doesn’t list anything about the soda shop having different hours, so a call will be the best bet. Otherwise, I highly recommend it as a stop if you’re going to be anywhere in the area.
A few weekends ago I happened to see a notice for an event called Alpaca Babypalooza. The Sugarloaf Alpaca Company
was inviting everyone to come out to Adamstown MD and see the baby alpacas. How could anyone resist the idea of two dozen baby alpaca? The whole event was free, which I thought was really lovely. First we fed the alpacas with food that was provided. Then we took a tour of the spinning mill, which was so interesting! I wish I had taken photos. After the tour we came out side just in time to watch see an alpaca giving birth. Neither of us had seen an animal born before and it was such an astounding experience.
Before leaving we made sure to pick up some treats from the gift shop. I bought a couple of amazingly soft alpaca batts for spinning, and B decided on a needle felting kit. I am saving my batts for a special Halloween yarn I am planning to spin myself. I want to knit a pair of arm warmers for the Fall with a Halloween vibe to them. I am still looking for the perfect pattern.