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PA’s 38th Annual Reunion of the National Steam, Gas, & Horse Association, Inc

Saturday, August 11th, my family & I attended the 38th Annual Reunion of the National Steam, Gas, & Horse Association, Inc. More commonly known as the Steam Show. They do two events per year- one in May & one in August. Even though I’m a lifelong Pennsylvania resident, I have never been to it.
We had discussed going a few times prior being that we know a lady who has a booth there. We’ve been making a conscious effort to have family time minus the technology. I try hard not to let my Parkinson’s get in the way, but many times, it does. This time I was determined.
Everything at the show began at 10 AM so I had some time to get myself ready. I simply asked the Lord to not let me hinder the family fun and to give me the strength to do all that walking. So, the show is in Brownsville, PA. We had an easy time finding it. There is an entire stretch of rural land dedicated to the show.
I was surprised that there were so many people. Thankfully, the show’s organizers roped off a large, handicapped parking area. In fact, we ended up 3 feet from the gate. There’s something nostalgic & pure about festival smells. As we walked in, we were greeted by barns full of antique tractors. But, to the left of us, there was an old-fashioned concession stand where all those beautiful smells lived.
Up a small hill, there were rows & rows of classic cars. Finally, we found common ground between my husband & son. They had a blast looking in and around these beautiful vehicles. One was a fully restored army jeep, owned by veterans. Another was fully restored with some modern touches like skull interior. Our son’s favorite was the VW van in its original condition.

Further up, we got to walk into a train also in its original condition. We were amazed that such small quarters housed the train’s crew. It was in remarkably good shape for its age! Another left turn led us into a large, warehouse that was home to a generator for the early 1900s. It filled the whole room! There were obviously a host of warning signs, but we were all old enough to know not to touch.

It was truly a feat of American ingenuity.
Turning right, we encountered a stand offering ¼ lb. buffalo burgers. None of us were hungry or maybe just not in the mood for buffalo? Past the Tater Shack, Old-fashioned Lemonade, and ice cream, we encountered some classic trucks. One was painted to look like Mater. So cute! More booths began to appear as we entered ‘Craft Alley’. Several vendors had old-fashioned toys. There was a wind-up horse jumping a gate and a wind-up, barking puppy.
Plenty of vendors were selling fall wares- wreaths, candles, and such. A lot of them had tie dyed shirts. Our friend sells jewelry- hand-crafted- and candles. We found her close to the exit. At this point, we were all soaked in sweat from the almost 90-degree, sunny weather. I warned her before I hugged her, but she didn’t mind. As we wrapped up our visit with her, we decided we’d seen everything. Right at the exit was a giant saw operated entirely by steam. We had tot stop there for a few minutes to watch. The saw was as long as an 18-wheeler! Amazing innovation.
Once we arrived at our truck, I saw that we’d spent 3 hours there. That’s quite a feat for me. Truth be told, I had to stop twice and sit. My legs had enough. But, I sent the boys to look at this or that, so no one missed out. Thank God! Three hours to me is like 10 to a normal person. But, I survived.
I am so glad we got to spend this family time together and everyone had a good time. Dinner at Cracker Barrel rounded out the day. I am grateful for the memories we made together.

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Cover Reveal: Don’t Just travel to Cuba, Experience Cuba Like a Local: The Ultimate Cuba Travel Guide:Talek Nantes

Don’t just travel to Cuba, experience Cuba like a local: The Ultimate Cuba Travel Guide
By Talek Nantes
Genre: Nonfiction, Travel guide

Want to experience Cuba like a local? This is the guidebook for you. Talek Nantes, Cuban-American author and founder of the travel blog,, has traveled to Cuba numerous times. Her detailed explanations will guide you through all aspects of travel to Cuba and help you make the most of your time while in this unique and culturally fascinating country.

Talek’s passion for Cuba is evident in every information-packed chapter from the classic Havana itineraries you cannot miss to the little-known gems pulsating under the radar in hidden Havana. Visit colonial military forts in Cuba’s eastern capital, Santiago de Cuba. Experience Cuba’s spectacular biospheres and animal preserves. Explore the French-influenced cities of central Cuba with their graceful architecture reminiscent of southern France. Sail the calm waters of underground rivers. Take salsa lessons, learn Spanish, cook a Cuban meal. It’s all here.

Beyond a mere directory of attractions, this guidebook delves into the history of Cuba from the pre-colonial days through the present. Special focus is given to understanding Cuba’s fight for independence from Spain and the Cuban revolution of 1959 along with its key participants.

This guidebook is packed with useful information, facts, and actionable tips:
•Updated guidelines on travel to Cuba for U.S. citizens.
•All you need to know about currency conversion.
•How to locate and reserve the ideal accommodation in any city.
•How to save money and travel comfortably anywhere within Cuba.
•Where and what to eat in Cuba from street food to top cuisine.
•Highlights of the major Cuban cities from Havana to Santiago.
•Walking maps of the key Havana neighborhoods.
* Directory of restaurants, galleries, attractions and music and dance venues in all key cities.
* Current scams and how to avoid them.
* Budgeting for your Cuba trip
* Over 60 full-color photographs

In addition to key tips and advice, this guidebook provides cultural insight gleaned from conversations with local Cubans from the bici-taxi driver to the attendant at a cemetery gate. Explore places and topics tourists rarely see like religious Afro-Cuban dance performances, the hottest jazz clubs in Havana, remarkable art museums and stunning natural beauty.

This extensive guidebook will save you time and money and help you truly experience Cuba like a local.

About the Author
Talek Nantes is an author, travel consultant and founder of the travel blog, She is a passionate travel enthusiast and enjoys sharing her travel experiences with others. In her blog, Talek shares information on unique destinations and provides actionable travel tips and advice to help travelers make the most of their time away from home. Her focus is on cultural immersion and interaction with local people to help travelers create their own unique travel experiences. Her work has appeared in several publications.

Talek’s personal and professional background have led her to travel to over 100 countries. She has lived and worked throughout the world and speaks several languages. Talek is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and lives with her husband in New York City and Miami.
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