Roadside America - Friday, September 19, 2015

There are so many worthwhile destinations to visit in the United States, it's pretty exciting when you can experience more than one in the same day.  Of course, the American Treasure Tour should be a part of the itinerary of anyone exploring Eastern Pennsylvania; however, we would like to encourage our visitors to hit a few other spots, too.  One is Roadside America, located approximately seventy minutes away in Shartlesville, PA, Roadside America is the result of a lifetime's passion for model railroads.

Laurence Gieringer's love of miniature trains began when he was a boy, back in 1889, and he spent his entire life building upon that love - creating an 8,000 square foot extravaganza that has inspired smiles and nostalgia for generations of families and explorers.  The best way to experience Roadside America is slowly.  Absorb the details, take note of all the little stories going on in the different communities throughout the room, enjoy the sound of the trains following their tracks - just be sure to wait for dusk.  The lights come on in the houses, and the fireworks display begins.....
QUESTION:  What American demographic enjoys model railroads the most?
A)  Adult males between the ages of 25 and 49
B)  Female youths younger than 18
C)  Boys between the ages of 9 and 22
D)  Women between 32 and 81
E)  All of the Above
F)  None of the Above
G)  Only B) and C)

OIL!  WAIT, TOO MUCH OIL!  MAKE IT STOP.  Can you believe it's been five years already since the explosion and the massive oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig occurred in the Gulf of Mexico?  It was on this day, after eighty-seven days of unregulated and uncontrolled polluting of the ecosystem, that the BP-run rig was finally controlled.  The damage to the area was staggering, with an estimated 4.9 million barrels-worth of oil escaping.  

HOLY 87!  Yes, Adam West, the most-famous tv Batman of them all, turns 87 years old today. The actor played the character for only three seasons - from 1966 through 1968 - but it created a legacy for him that has lasted a lifetime.  For better or worse.  In fact, he discovered after the cancellation of the show that he was typecast.  He tried other roles before he discovered ways to capitalize on this truly mixed blessing.  Nowadays, you're most likely to see him at Comic Book Conventions, celebrating the character that made him famous.

QUOTE:  I've always tried to fit what I do professionally into my family, rather than the other way around. - Adam West

ANSWER:  E)  We certainly hope that everyone in the above categories love model trains. We've seen people of all ages enjoying the experience at Roadside America!