Earl Whitehill of Hookstown, Pa., takes a break from playing his dulcimore on the front porch of the trading post in the pioneer village at Beaver Creek State Park. Whitehill and his wife, Alice, who also plays the dulcimore, were there Saturday during a Village Comes Alive event hosted by the Friends of Beaver Creek State Park. The Whitehills have been playing the traditional Appalachian string instrument for more than 30 years, which is how they met. This was Earl’s first dulcimore performance since recently spending two weeks hospitalized. “Getting out and playing for people is the best medicine,” Alice said. Earl agreed. “Anyone one can come by and see me trying to figure out a couple more hot licks on this. That’s what makes life waking up for,” he said. (Salem News photo by Tom Giambroni)
John Sciance pulls the lid from a Dutch oven and holds it aloft while his wife, Debbie, stirs the contents below during a Dutch oven cooking demonstration held Saturday during a Village Comes Alive event at the Beaver Creek State Park pioneer village. The Sciances are members of the Friends of Beaver Creek State Park organization. The kielbasis, cabbage and potatoes were being cooked in the Dutch oven were just one of the several dishes prepared by the Sciances and those who showed up to participate in the demonstration.