Friday, November 12, 2010

Hiding in Plain Sight

My husband and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather yesterday for a drive to Lyman Run State Park in Potter County, PA (less than an hour from our home). It's quite a bit out of the way for most people, so we practically had the park to ourselves. We enjoyed a wonderful walk along the lake and were rewarded with a visit from a couple of bald eagles. They were on the other side of the lake, so it wasn't worth my while to take pictures with my cheapy camera, but I had a great view through binoculars.

On our way home, we stopped at the Brick House Deli and Cafe in Galeton, PA for a great lunch of homemade soup and sandwiches. If you're ever in the area, I recommend a stop there for a bite to eat. They don't have a website, but if you're on facebook, you can find them there.

As I went up to pay for our lunch, I happened to notice that one of the display cabinets in the cafe had a quilt hanging on the back of it. We had been sitting on the other side of the room while we were eating, so I didn't notice it until we were on our way out.

I asked the guy at the cash register if it was a family quilt, but he said that he thought it was in the house when they bought it several years ago. According to the blurb on the back of the menu, the building was originally built in 1895 by a well-known local doctor who used it as his family home and office until his death in 1942. Over a period of time the building was converted into apartments and it aged a bit, but in 2004, a new owner saw the potential and started renovating it. It was bought again in 2007 by the current owners, who continue to restore it and run a great cafe at the same time!
I would have taken a bit more time to examine the quilt if the table in front of it didn't have some very ravenous gas workers sitting there who were waiting for their lunch. They probably would have wondered why this crazy woman was so interested in a dirty old blanket!


Suzan said...

Our quilting group goes on retreat in Potter every year. We have often talked about stopping at that cafe' but never have actually done it. We will have to stop now, get a sandwich and check out the quilt!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Wouldn't that quilt look great on my bed!? Thanks for sharing a beauty.

Susan said...

Sounds like it turned out to be a great day! :o)