Flat Luci accompanied me to Schoenbrunn Village on Oct. 16 when I played music for the Colonial Trade Fair.
Schoenbrunn was founded by Moravian missionaries from Pennslyvania in the 1700s to convert Delaware Indians to Christianity. It has been rebuilt and is a historical site.
The fair is held every year on the third weekend of October, and I usually play for the fair, in the church.
The village is just south of New Philadelphia in Tuscarawas County, near the Tuscarawas River. That river rises near Hartville and flows west then south. It joines the Walhonding at Coshocton to form the Muskingum, which enters the Ohio at Marietta.
You can see my photos from last year’s fair on this blog at https://woolgatheringandwiddershins.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/schoenbrunn-village-colonial-faire/.
Flat Luci accompanied me on Saturday, Oct. 22, to The Hatterie in Akron to buy my birthday hat. My friend Dale sent money from Lincoln, Nebraska for the hat.
Dale and I met in September 1972 in Canton Youth Symphony. We both played violin and were stand partners. Dale plays viola in an orchestra in Lincoln.
For my birthday I bought a steampunk top hat. It is black with funny decorations.
Steampunk is a type of science fiction set in the late 1800s, and many stories feature strange machines and robots using steam power. Robots, though, were called automatons because the word robot was invented in 1921 for a play.
A new word is called a neologism — neo means new, and logism comes from the Greek word logos, which means word. It’s called coining a word when you make up a new word.
I plan to wear my steampunk hat when I plays music of the 1800s, and perhaps I’ll wear it for Halloween, which will be over when you read this.
The Hatterie has been in business for about 100 years, and its slogan is “Kelly Crowns Them All.” The store was on South Main Street in downtown Akron until a few years ago.
I have worn unusual hats since I was in high school, and the first time I visited The Hatterie I didn’t know which way to look because the store had so many hats and caps.
I like hats of the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s, and I like newsboy caps for regular wear. They are round and are divided into sections like a pie, and they get their name from boys who used to wear them while selling newspapers on city streets.
The Hatterie is owned by Dan Kelly, grandson of another Dan Kelly, who started the store and a hat factory in 1908. Dan will help you find a hat that looks good and fits well. When I bought my hat he made several adjustments until it fit just right.
The store is across the street from Chapel Hill Mall, on one of several high hills in Akron. The Cuyahoga River flows nearby, creating scenic views of the river valley from the area around the mall.
Flat Luci went with Uncle John today to Martin’s Violin in North Canton, where UJ gave a violin lesson to Julie Kennedy, who kindly allowed herself to be photographed. Julie studied scales, arpeggios, and Scottish fiddling.
Flat Luci met Uncle John’s animals on Thursday, Oct. 12. Eutzly is a Nigerian Dwarf goat and is 14 years old, and he liked Luci a lot! Chesapeake is an orange and white short-hair cat with yellow eyes, and he had the typical cat attitude of “I don’t really care …”
Flat Luci went with Uncle John to WellSpring Bible Church where UJ gave a music lesson. First they stopped at Oasis Books and Music across from the church; both are in Carnation City Mall in Alliance. The mall is on West State Street, and just west of there State Street dips down into the Beech Creek valley. Beech Creek rises in Washington Township south of Alliance and enters the Mahoning River near Alliance. The Mahoning flows east to Pennsylvania, where it joins the Shenango River to form the Beaver, which flows south to the Ohio River at Beaver Falls, Pa. Adriane’s great-great-great-grandpa Frederick Brandt settled near Beaver Falls with his parents in 1843 after emigrating from Germany. He served in the Civil War, bought a farm, built a house that still stands, and quarried rock. After he gave the music lesson, UJ went to Home Coffee, also in the mall.
I went to Alliance later today, Oct. 12, to renew my car registration and my operator’s license because my birthday is this month. I got coffee afterward at Panera, where I posted this post.
My niece Adriane asked me to help her with her Flat Luci project for school, so I am including Luci’s photos and travelogue on my blog. Today Luci accompanied me when I played music for Lydia Circle, the ladies’ sewing circle at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, to which my mother belonged. I played music that I have performed during church services mostly in the last two years, and my last tune was one of my own composition that I played for my father’s funeral in 2002. FUMC is at 300 Ninth St. N.W. in North Canton and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Adriane’s father Stu, our brother Rob, our parents, and I began attending when it was Faith Methodist Church, before the MC merged with United Brethren, after we moved to North Canton in August 1964. The church website is http://www.faithumchurch.org.