Friday, August 3, 2018

Summer Supper on the Susquehanna

The Millersburg Ferry is the longest running double stern paddle wheeler, and the last known wooden ferry running in the United States. Although records only date back to 1817, it is suspected to have started running in the late 1700's. It is the only ferry service still in operation along the entire 464 mile Susquehanna River transporting people and/or cars across the river. What a piece of history we have in our backyard! 
In the 1980's, Katy Olinger, (pictured above with Nancy and Susanna) owned Katy's Kitchen, a charming tearoom in Millersburg, PA. Katy would lease the ferry for an evening and hold "Summer Suppers on the Susquehanna". This event included a buffet supper catered by Katy and her staff served aboard the ferry, followed by an entertaining herbal program presented by our mother, Bertha Reppert. 

As part of our ongoing celebrations for big 5-0 celebration year, one of the "Throwback" events we held was a "Summer Supper on the Susquehanna" where guests brought a chair and enjoyed a ferry boat ride, supper and then a lecture on Herbs of Pennsylvania shared by Susanna. It was a peaceful evening in July, a true step back in time.

                                           Tranquility on the serene Susquehanna River.

1 comment:

Marilyn Miller said...

I love that you did the summer supper in celebration of the 50th.