This is what happens when love is in the air and certain other conditions are met!
Step back in time to the open market scene where vendors from afar commune to share their stories and wares. From food to fine arts to curiosities and confections, you’re sure to find something to strike your fancy down in the valley at the Foxburg Fall Food, Art and Wine Festival. The Festival opens at 11 am and will continue until 6 pm and this year it will surely be magical as it is about to celebrate it’s lucky number 7th year anniversary on 10/10/10! Read the Press Release here
There’s nothing quite like Atlantic City in September. Especially when the purpose of journeying there for seven hours by car is to attend none other than…a candy show! Lucky for us, as part of our jobs we get to delve into the best of the best that the “candy” world has to offer.
The Philadelphia National Candy Gift and Gourmet Show is America’s largest trade show dedicated to the retail confectioner. Held in Atlantic City New Jersey, it is sponsored by the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia and features everything from confectionery, ingredients, display, packaging, and equipment companies from around the world.
The who’s who of confectionery professionals are often in attendance conducting educational seminars, answering questions, and giving tips to help confectioners expand their horizons.
Check out some of the images of what we got to see while there for the show.
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Vendor application for 2010 festival is available online at the Vendors section. You can take a printout of these forms, fill them out and mail them at the address provided in the form. Please answer all the questions and supply as much details as possible so we can accomodate you in the best manner possible.
Thank you for your continued participation and we wish you the very best for this year’s festival!
[blockquote]This article was submitted over 4 years ago by Nancy Whyte, a volunteer and good friend of Go Foxburg! In this article, Nancy describes an alternative way of celebrating the holiday, traditionally geared toward couples, by those who have chosen to remain single. The insights here truly make St Valentine’s Day a holiday for everyone![/blockquote]
But not for everyone. There are some of us who were either left standing on the dock when the Love Boat sailed or who purposefully and successfully have dodged Cupid’s arrows. But we who don’t have a significant — or for that matter, an insignificant — other can still find a way to enjoy February 14th. Let me explain.
Regardless of the exact origins of Valentine’s Day — some say it commemorates several early Christian martyrs while others suggest it is a byproduct of an ancient fertility festival called Lupercalia — by general consensus the holiday is celebrated on February 14th. Well, other important events took place on that date. Those of us without a date (pun intended) can choose to acknowledge some of those other occurrences. Thus, we can party and celebrate and have a good time with the other people who are without partners.
Ignoring doilies, diamonds, flowers, and candy, we nonromatics have several choices about what to celebrate. Depending on our personality, we can select to honor the admission of two different states to the union, the creation of one of the most important medicines, or one of the most notorious massacres in American history.
Probably the least-controversial way to celebrate February 14th is by commemorating the admission of two states. Oregon, number 33, which became part of the union on Valentine’s Day in 1859, is geographically the 9th largest state and currently contains the 27th largest population. Also, Arizona, the third from last state to join the union, became part of our country on February 14th, 1912; Arizona is the 6th largest and is the 14th most populated state. Due to their shapes, both of these states’ admissions could easily be celebrated with a rectangular sheet cake; for Oregon, unevenly slice a little off the top and right side, and for Arizona slightly scallop the left side and cut a slight triangular wedge off the bottom.
Ironically, Valentine’s Day also marks the introduction of a medicine often used to treat maladies acquired while celebrating that holiday. It was on this date in 1929 that Scotsman Alexander Fleming brought out penicillin, his by-product of mold that can be used to treat bacteriological infections. I’d recommend that if you choose to celebrate the advent of penicillin you concentrate on the abbreviation “pen” and buy yourself a new writing utensil as opposed to chowing down something moldy.
But perhaps the most interesting — and probably least politically-correct way of observing February 14th — would be with a St. Valentines’ Day Massacre party.
Long before the Sharks and the Jets went after each other in New York City, gangs of organized-crime mobsters challenged each other for supremacy in Chicago. With the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol banned by the nineteenth amendment, ample opportunity existed for those trying to get rich through illegal activities. In particular competition for Chicago’s North Side were two rival gangs: one run by Johnny Torrio and the other by Bugs Moran.
As payback for an earlier gang killing committed by Torrio, in 1925 Bugs Moran shot Johnny Torrio shot four times and would have killed him had he not run out of ammunition. Torrio survived, but shortly afterward while serving time in prison for a police raid on one of his breweries, he contacted his long-time friend and associate, Al “Scarface” Capone. Torrio announced his retirement and then turned over his crime syndicate to Capone.
Al Capone sought justice for his mentor’s injuries. The opportunity for revenge arrived on February 14th, 1929 resulting in one of the most notious gang assassinations in history: the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Although Capone was in Miami when the shootings took place, few doubt that he gave the order for the hit. One of Capone’s henchmen made the arrangements by contacting Moran and offering to sell him a truckload of whiskey at a very low price. Moran agreed, and the shipment was to arrive the next day at Moran’s warehouse. But Moran was running late on the 14th. As he approached the warehouse, he saw several policemen and detectives step out of a cop car and enter the building. Thinking he had narrowly avoided being arrested in a raid, Moran left — thus escaping certain death.
Meanwhile, inside, Moran’s men apparently decided to let their lawyers sort things out later, so they cooperated with the police. As instructed, they put down their weapons and lined up against the wall. However, instead of being frisked and arrested, bullets flew as the assassins savagely used shotguns and submachine guns to eliminate Moran’s crew. Six men died at the scene, and a seventh, who refused to provide any information, died less than an hour later at a Chicago hospital.
Instead of being legitimate law enforcement officers, the shooters were Capone’s hired assassins wearing stolen police uniforms and driving a stolen police car. A local optometrist who had been misidentified as Moran, mistakenly died in his place, and the real target of the massacre escaped injury.
Although Capone had an airtight alibi, the savagery of the Valentine’s Day killings shocked and angered Americans, and perhaps because police had been impersonated, authorities redoubled their efforts to bring Capone to justice. In May 1929 Al Capone was sent to prison for carrying a concealed weapon, and in October, 1931 Capone was found guilty of several counts of federal income tax evasion. He was fined $80,000 and sentenced to prison for 11 years. He spent most of his prison time at Alcatraz prison where he was released early after 6-1/2 years for good behavior. With Prohibition having been repealed and his crime empire dissolving in his absence, Capone retired to his estate in Florida where he died of complications from syphilis in 1947. His archrival, Bugs Moran died of lung cancer ten years later in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary while serving time for bank robbery.
Thus, for the adventurous, the notorious massacre of St. Valentine’s Day could be observed with a get-together. Attendees could arrive dressed like gangsters or Chicago police. I’d recommend water pistols instead of more realistic accessories, and punch instead of bootleg alcohol.
So, as February 14th approaches, those of us who are single need not despair; there are plenty of alternative ways to observe the day. We can party and celebrate any of a variety of events: new states, antibiotics or gangland murder. And Cupid definitely doesn’t have to be included on our guest list!
For a smooth experience, visitors are urged to follow the below map as a guideline for vehicle parking. You can click on different icons within the map for detailed information. You can also drag the map to view hidden areas.
Cars and Trailers: Please park either at the medical center or AC Valley School up on the hill. There will be dedicated shuttle service to bring you to downtown Foxburg and back throughout the day.
Motorcycles: There is limited parking available for motorcycles near the post office at Railroad Street and Rt 58 junction. Due to limited availability, you’re encouraged to park up the hill and use shuttle service for coming to the festival venue.
Handicap and Seniors: Parking for the handicap and seniors is next to the Fire Station.
Hotel Guests: Guests staying at the Foxburg Inn hotel will be parked on the grassy area on the Railroad Street. There will be signs posted and volunteers to help you find the spot during the festival.
Vendors and Employees: Food & Craft vendors should park here. Employees of Foxburg businesses should park here as well. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
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While the quiet town nestled along the Allegheny River is picturesque in any season, autumn may very well be the best time to visit Foxburg. In addition to photographing the scenic views of brightly-colored leaves reflected in the river while perusing the offerings of the local businesses, Sunday October 11th is this year’s date for the annual Foxburg Art, Craft & Food Festival. More
There is a tour featured a day before the town festival this year. The tour has been organized by local farmers and is offered without any charge. Please find more details about this event below.
OCTOBER 10, 2009 :: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Tour thirteen sites in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley at your leisure from the comfort of your own automobile on this free countryside tour. Information sheets available. Get brochures and maps at the Foxburg Caboose or Foxburg Library. Available after August 1, 2009.
There is a building on the corner of Main Street, Foxburg that had been quiet for some time. Originally constructed as a Bank for the bustling town in 1932, it passed through many phases over the course of several years. It assumed the role of a church, a community center, an office for the boro council, an antique store, and now, after two years in silent contemplation, it’s doors are open again as a variety shop featuring all sorts of intrigues. More
*additional clams by the dozen must be placed when making reservation.
*Tax and gratuity are NOT included in pricing.
Please contact a manager at The Allegheny Grille 724.659.5701