Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Today's Teaser...

...for our Spring 2012 Re-Opening Event on Saturday, April 14th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

An article on about Port Penn Peddler and our upcoming Spring 2012 Re-Opening Event (

Port Penn Peddler's Spring 2012 Re-Opening Event (In Arts, March 27, 2012)

Housed within a rather unassuming barn on the picturesque Susquehanna River is a quaint shoppe and art gallery called Port Penn Peddler. Their tagline is “Everyday eclectic…” implying a selection of unique, yet practical, pieces. And that is just what they deliver, from hand-made creations by area artists and artisans (jewelry, paintings, greeting cards, soaps, salves, etc.), gently-used clothing and books, Miche™ bags in a retail setting, NYC boutique bags, and much more.

The shoppe is a bit off the beaten path, at 585 Pepper Street in Muncy Creek Township, and just 20 miles from Lewisburg and Williamsport, PA. In addition to their wares, they host periodic events such as arts and crafts classes, Miche™ bag Trunk Shows, and wine and cheese tastings featuring wines from local vineyards.

Their upcoming Spring 2012 Re-Opening Event, on Saturday, April 14th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature demonstrations by locals John DeWald (scrimshander), Amy Garbes (jewelry-maker), Janice Hambridge (t’ai chi instructor), Larry Ney II (painter), and Danelle Wagner (photographer), music by Abygale Hecker, light refreshments provided by Tastefully Simple representative Janet Smith, and the chance to win a Door Prize. Please visit, and “Like” Port Penn Peddler on Facebook, for further details on this event and for directions.

Also, by shopping at Port Penn Peddler you will be supporting not only your local economy, artists, and artisans, but several charities: many items are marked with a "DON" or "Donation" tag which means that 60% of the purchase price will be distributed evenly between the ALS Association, Humane Society, and Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy. Each of these charities has a special meaning for the shoppe owners, a daughter-and-mother-in-law team: Lara Schmitt’s father, and Noreen Craver’s step-son, both passed away from ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”), the two women believe in the importance of adopting versus purchasing pets, and Schmitt’s home and land is protected under the Conservancy.

And while visiting Port Penn Peddler, consider making an afternoon of it. After shopping, take some time to stroll through Muncy’s Heritage Park & Nature Trail which is adjacent to the property. The park currently features markers detailing some of the historical aspects of the area, the remains of the old canal’s lock house and well, a picturesque pond with a dock, a beautiful pavilion to relax under, and will soon also provide river access.

Port Penn Peddler’s April/May/June 2012 hours: Fridays 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Sundays to Thursdays (by appointment only). Phone/Fax: (570) 935-0195. E-mail:

~Lara & Noreen
"It is good news, worthy of all acceptation; and yet not too good to be true." ~Matthew Henry

Monday, March 26, 2012

Today's Teaser...

...for our Spring 2012 Re-Opening Event on Saturday, April 14th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

In addition to demonstrations by local artists, artisans, and a t'ai chi instructor, we'll also have live music the morning of our re-opening event, Tastefully Simple samples, and the chance to win a Door Prize.

Door Prize: for every $10 you spend, your name will be entered into the drawing once. For example, if you spend $10, then return later that afternoon and spend another $20, your name will be entered 3 times. The winning name will be drawn that day at 5:00 p.m., and the winner will be contacted as per their preference.

~Lara & Noreen
"If music be the food of love, play on." ~William Shakespeare

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Today's Teaser...

for our Spring 2012 Re-Opening Event on Saturday, April 14th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

T'ai chi is a type of Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. However, over time, it has developed a worldwide following among people with little or no interest in martial training, for its benefit to health and health maintenance (medical studies of t'ai chi support its effectiveness as an alternative exercise and a form of martial arts therapy).*

t'ai chi demonstration will be given by local instructor, Janice Hambridge, during our re-opening event, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

[Photo from the Drumnadrochit & Glen Urquhart & Afric...
a Highland Community website]

If you'd like to participate, please come dressed in comfortable workout clothing appropriate for the outdoor temperature that day (as the demo will be held outdoors, it will be weather permitting; also, it will be held on the lawn, which might be uneven in some areas). We also suggest you bring a picnic blanket or large towel to sit on, whether you're participating or just observing, and bottled water.

~Lara & Noreen
"There is no mystique to Tai Chi...once you see the benefit, you won’t want to stop.” ~Ma Yueh Liang

* Per Wikepedia.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Today's Teaser...

for our Spring 2012 Re-Opening Event on Saturday, April 14th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

Visit us during our re-opening event to shop for beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry by local artisan, Melinda Orr. Her pieces -- like the bracelet below -- are crafted from copper and bronze, hand stamped and carved, and painted with individually mixed patinas. Each piece is truly a work of art.

~Lara & Noreen
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperment." ~Oscar Wilde

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Today's Teaser...

...for our Spring 2012 Re-Opening Event on Saturday, April 14th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

Area photographer, Danelle Wagner, of Images by Elle Studio in Muncy, is now taking appointments for people to have their photos taken on the grounds surrounding Port Penn Peddler the day of our re-opening. Here are just a few examples of Danelle's stunning work:

Please contact her directly -- by telephone at (919) 622-1535, via e-mail at, or through her Facebook Page ("Images by Elle Photography" or "Danelle Wagner") -- to make an appointment for April 14th at Port Penn Peddler.

~Lara & Noreen
"You don't take a photograph, you make it." ~Ansel Adams

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Today's Teaser...

...for our Spring 2012 Re-Opening Event on Saturday, April 14th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

Award-winning local scrimshander, John DeWald, will be demonstrating his craftsmanship, and displaying several of his beautiful pieces, during our re-opening event.

Scrimshaw is the art of engraving pictures and lettering on tusks, bones, and teeth (originally, of sperm whales, walruses, etc.), with the engraving highlighted using various pigments and dyes. John's artform is one of elaborate and fine detail-work -- carved mainly on bone, horn, and wood -- using tools and techniques authentic to the mid-1700's:

(John thanks Rick Sheets for the above photo)

~Lara & Noreen
"A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands, and his brain, and his heart, is an artist." ~Louis Nizer

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Today's Teaser...

...for our Spring 2012 Re-Opening Event on Saturday, April 14th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

Local silversmith Amy Garbes will be joining us that day to do a jewelry-making demonstration. Here is just one example of her work:

(Freshwater Pearl and Peridot Double-Strand Necklace - SOLD)

Amy has many fine, and fun, jewelry pieces available at Port Penn Peddler, from necklaces and earrings, to bracelets and anklets. The piece above is already gone...don't miss out on any of her other one-of-a-kind pieces, come to our Spring Re-Opening Event!

~Lara & Noreen
"You may delay, but time will not." ~ Benjamin Franklin

Friday, March 9, 2012

Today's Teaser...

...for our Spring 2012 Re-Opening Event on Saturday, April 14th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

What's the perfect accessory that changes easily from one fashion mood to the next? A Miche brand handbag of course!

Come to our Re-Opening to see the latest shell styles available this upcoming season, as well as classic shell styles that are fashion-forward no matter what year:

("Delilah" Prima)

("Iris" Prima)

("Ivy" Demi - NEW)

("Gentry" Demi - NEW)

("Chloe" Classic)

("Violet" Classic)

("Liz" Petite)

("Paige" Petite)

Change your purse in less than a minute by simply replacing your bag's outer shell with another's quick, easy, and fashionably fun! ...who said change isn't good?

~Lara & Noreen
"When in doubt, choose change." ~Lily Leung

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Today's Teaser...

...for our Spring 2012 Re-Opening Event on Saturday, April 14th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

Area artist Larry Ney, II, will be joining us that day to do a painting demonstration. Here are just two examples of his work which can be found at Port Penn Peddler:

Untitled - Framed (18" x 24" original oil on stretched canvas)
Pioneer Camp (18" x 24" original oil on gallery wrapped canvas)

One of Larry's paintings, displayed on our gallery's feature wall -- a bold 36" x 36" original oil on canvas, arresting with the eye-catching colors of autumn -- recently sold to an out-of-state buyer. Our congratulations go out to Larry!

~Lara & Noreen
"Painting is silent poetry..." ~Plutarch

Monday, March 5, 2012

Spring Re-Opening Event...

...Saturday, April 14th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

Please join us for a day filled with artist and artisan demos, light refreshments, music, and fun!

There will be One-Day-Only Sales and the chance to win a Door Prize.

Please visit this blogsite often (or Like us on Facebook!) to get more details as this event draws near!

~Lara & Noreen

[Rain Date: Saturday, April 21st]

"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'" ~Robin Williams