So, last night’s entertainment was to go to Star Tannery, for the annual Firefighters’ Carnival & BBQ. Star Tannery is a little town up in the mountains, where the mater has owned property for over 20 yrs.
Star Tannery is one of those little places that almost nob0dy knows about, except the ppl that live there. And those people love it w/a passion. The same creek (Cedar Creek) that runs thru the farm here, starts up there.
Star Tannery has had various industries since the Civil War, & has a tradition of both parents being employed. First a tannery (duh) for the hides that made shoes for Star Shoes of Baltimore, MD. Then chicken farms to supply food for WWII, then clothing factories. Now, it’s kind of forgotten, except by folks who’ve struggled by for several generations (and newcomers, who’ve had 2nd homes there, from DC).
Anyway Star Tannery has a volunteer firefighters dept that is run by (mostly men) who are passionate about their community. And each summer, they have a carnival, parade & bbq. People from Star Tannery, and ppl who love Star Tannery come together & have a real old-fashioned “big time.”
I’d kind of expected a carnival w/rinky-dink ferris wheel & all that… but no! This was the real thing. A dime toss, hosted by Debbie, where odd cups & shot glasses were stacked. And pay a dollar to dunk Bobby in the tank. Or buy a pie or cake from Jack, the mutual insurance guy.
And REALLY good bbq chicken, cooked by local people, with baked beans & “almost” homemade ice cream from the local place.
And yup, a creek ran thru it. Just a good time, with good people, and good food.