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Kulp Store Open House

wnpv_arts_entertainmentThe Kulp General Store and Museum, On Sumneytown Pike In Vernfield, held an open house on Saturday. Proprietor Mike Hart says he restored it as a personal favor to his friend, former owner Clarence Kulp Junior, who was born and raised there.

“All along the theme was to create a general store museum out of what was once the original general store and rent out the other half of the house or possibly live here, so as it turned out I ended up living here and the museum became a museum.  It was sort of a life rights thing in the beginning.  I was giving him life rights to come in and sit in the museum and talk to people, but unfortunately he passed away almost three years ago, so he got to see about half of the renovations, but unfortunately he didn’t make it through to the end.”

Hart says Kulp was spending a lot of time in the hospital in his final years, and the store was getting broken into and vandalized, so he decided to take it on as an investment and a fun project.  He restored it to the way it was in the 1920’s and 30’s.  He says its gasoline pumps, built in 1925, are manually operated.

“You hand crank the lever back and forth, and it brings the gas up from a tank in the ground and into the cylinder, and then as you release the nozzle it gravity drains into the gas tank of your car.  These aren’t electrified.  The electrified pumps came into play in the early 30’s, and the stations around these parts that had these old hand-cranked pumps upgraded to the electric, and typically what happened is these pumps ended up moving out more north and west.  Oftentimes these pumps ended up in rural mountain areas, resort areas, marinas.  A lot of them went to marinas because they didn’t need electricity there to use them.”

Hart says the gas pumps were popular in their day, and they were known as Mae West pumps because of their shape.  He says they were gone from the roadside by the mid-1930’s, but they are still popular among antique gas pump collectors.
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Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Storytime with Sir William - Each Faire Day Discovery Garden - 12:30 PM The Nippers of the Shire are invited to enjoy Storytime with Sir William! Listen to the telling of Elephant Joe, Brave Knight. Elephant Joe, brave knight, will...with his trusty sidekick, Zebra Pete, of course. But there's an unexpected twist in this tale. Is the damsel in distress who she seems to be? And what happens when Elephant Joe and Zebra Pete wake the dragon guarding the Dark Knight's tower? Sir William will visit the Abby Scriptorium after the Storytime, to meet the children and sign copies of the book.
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Derrick UPDATE ON BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES: The Clydesdales will be in town this Saturday 9/5, from approximately 3pm - 5pm. The exact route they will be taking is listed below, and if you are interested in seeing them it is highly suggested to line the sidewalks of the parade route by 3:30pm, depending on what part of the route you choose. Starting Point: N. Broad St. and E. Court St. · Stop at Puck deliver case of Bud · Make right turn onto Shewell Ave · Stop by Lilly’s and Honey · Make right turn onto Doyle St. · Stop at Amber Inn – deliver case of Bud · Make Left turn onto N. Broad St. · Make right turn onto Atkinson · Make right turn onto Veterans Lane · Pass OOKA · Stop at Farm House – deliver case of Bud · Make right turn on N. Main St. · Stop at MOMS deliver case of Bud · Stop at Chambers deliver case of Bud · Stop at Finney’s delver case of Bud · Stop at Stephanies deliver case of Bud · Make left turn on E. Oakland St. · Stop and Bobby Simone’s and Meannachor Club deliver case of Bud · Make right turn on Pine ST. · Make right turn on E. Ashland St. · Make left on S. Main St. · Stop at Muggs deliver case of Bud · Cut through Bank · Make right on S. Clinton St. · Stop at Station Tap House deliver case of Bud · Make right on W. Oakland · Make left on S. Main · Make left on W. State St. · Stop at Doyelstown Inn deliver case Bud · Stop at Toyo · Stop at Pag’s Pub / Paganini deliver case of Bud · Stop at Penn Tap Room deliver case of Bud · Stop at Knight House / 86 west deliver case of Bud · Stop in front on Mesquito Grille deliver case of Bud · Make right on W. Court St. · Stop at Villa Capri deliver case of Bud · Make left on N. Main St. · Make right on N. Broad St. · Make right on E. Court St. · Load up and leave · Trucks will make a left on N. Main St. to leave town
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