October is colorful and hopefully a mostly dry month. We have seen the colors creeping into the forest for the past couple of weeks and each day becomes more intense. The weekend was oh so gloomy. The sun peeked out for a minute or two early Sunday evening and was back Monday morning. We get those days and weeks and hopefully they are now long forgotten.
Our family moved to Mountaintop 38 years ago in 1978. It was a rainy day and the colors were brilliant. The Granite Motel on Route 309, long since torn down, was our first Mountain Top home. Charlie and I and our three young children ages 8, 5 and 2 and the family dog began exploring our new community.
On Saturday night of our first week we went to the Alberdeen Inn in search of dinner. We did not know that it was a fine dining restaurant and that reservations were needed. Lenore McCabe, one of the Alberdeen’s owners at the time, met us at the front door and sadly related they were full. But all was not lost. Lenore directed the hungry weary travellers to go “down the road, turn left at the big white church, turn right at the first intersection and we would find her church’s turkey supper at the church hall.
We managed to travel the two to
three miles along the dark curving country road and found the supper servers ready to close up after their successful event. “Come right in” the main greeter told us. The church workers found enough turkey supper for the five of us and from that day on we were Emmanuel UCC Turkey Supper supporters.
The Emmanuel UCC supper will be held this year on Saturday October 15 from 3 to 7 p. m. in the church hall at the main church site at the end of Alberdeen Road. Check out all the details in this week’s calendar.
Getting back the Alberdeen Inn, the McCabes eventually sold it and it was operated for many years by Bill and Annie Macos. The historic building was built in 1880 and has operated as a travel stop and dining establishment continuously for the past 136 years. Now in 2016 Jason Hawk purchased it in June. After several months of interior refreshment, the Alberdeen is again open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a. m. to 11 p. m. for cocktails, wine and beer and a limited sandwich menu.
The Eagle is working on a feature story to introduce the “new” Alberdeen to the community in a future edition. It’s nice to see old traditions continue.
Ghoulishly Good Giveaway
This week marks the beginning of the Mountaintop Eagle’s October Prize Giveaway. The “Ghoulishly Good Giveaway” features tickets to Dracula’s Forest Haunted Forest and Hay Ride in Clarks Summit, Reaper’s Revenge featuring Zombie Paintball and Bonfire in Scranton, Brokenhart Asylum at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds in Dallas, and Gravestone Manor in the Trion Warehouse next to the Woodlands in Wilkes Barre, with all profits donated to the United Way. Our imaginative multi-talented graphic designer Samantha Murphy enjoys putting together the Mountaintop Eagle’s “giveaway” promotions. We have a generous amount of tickets to be won. Entry deadline is by end of day Thursday October 20. Be sure to read all about it in this week’s edition on page 6.
The Mountaintop Eagle is also anxious to publish your lawn display on our Facebook page during the month. Addresses will not be published without permission.
Are you a talented pumpkin carver? We would love to see your masterpiece. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heller’s Apple Festival Another yearly event that has
grown by huge proportions since our family moved to Mountaintop in 1978 is the Heller Orchards Apple Festival in Wapwallopen. The 28th Annual Festival is Saturday October 15 from 10:00 a. m. and Sunday October 16 from 11 a. m. to 4 p. m. Full details in the Mountain Calendar. The main draw is apples: pies, dumplings, and cider. The festival benefits St. Peter’s and St. John’s, St. James and St. Mark’s Churches. Heller’s slogan is “We grow good health”. So for a wonderful autumn color festival keep Heller Apple Festival in mind.
Kite Festival The Fourth Annual Kite Festival
sponsored by St. Martin-in-theFields Church at the intersection of Church and Nuangola Roads, will give another go at holding their event this Saturday October 8. The kite makers will be on hand by 10 a. m. and with a fair day and just a little wind the kites will fly. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday October 1.
Ryder Cups Charlie and I watched the Ryder
Cup on Saturday and Sunday. The 12 “best golfers” from the United States faced the “12 best” from Europe in a three-day event that had us anxiously watching and enjoying the action. The “12 Best” from the “US and over the pond” were chosen from a points system and other agreed upon rules. Many favorite names were on the rosters including Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. I don’t know them the way my husband does, but the headliners are always favorites for the sports reporting. There were 11 out of 12 Americans on the team who have won major tournaments.
The Ryder Cup plays three formats: Captain and Mate, Alternate Shots and Match Play. Golfers should know what each format means. Teams and individuals earn points.
The Blue Ridge Ladies League concluded their own “Ryder Cup” last week and after about five years of participation I finally know what each of the formats means. We called our teams Red and Blue as we are all in the same league. Each week the points accumulated until last week with 11 matches the Ryder Cup was decided. Our final score had the Blue Team finishing with a commanding 12 ½ points to the Red Team’s 8 ½. The final strokes told the score. As each team came into the clubhouse the Blue and the Red waited anxiously for results.
Our tournament had 22 players on the last day. The USA vs. Europe had 24 and the final score was 17-11, a margin of 6 and the biggest rout for the United States since 1981. The ladies split was 4 points and it came down to the final matches. So too with professional golf. Participation and playing with heart and soul is the game.
Autumn Birthdays We are expecting the Dicus
family this weekend to celebrate the autumn birthdays. Lara and I are the October girls and we always enjoy some seasonal activities. Our family has been testing their skills at the Maylath Farm Maze in Sugarloaf for most of the 10 years it has been open. We may have missed the very first year in 2006. Our grandchildren would have been 5, 3 and 1. We have seen the Maylath family’s fall attraction grow and look forward to our yearly visit.
There will surely be a hike up into our local Gameland, or at least a walk to the “beautiful swamp” on Heslop Road. I saw a Great Blue Herron flying over the water on Sunday, always a thrill. There have been plenty of deer in our yard and surrounding woods these past few weeks. As many as six deer have come at dusk to feed on the apples that are falling from our back yard tree. No bear sightings this year but it is still six weeks until bear hunting season.
We will enjoy the annual birthday celebration and remember all the years before. Family time is always a treat for all of us.