Posted by: deirdrea | September 15, 2009

Heavy Draft Horse Pull — Plus some Library News!

A great pull, originally uploaded by deirdrej.

Hi everybody!

Here’s a sports photo for you, from my hometown. This is the Heavy Draft Pull at the Bethlehem fair this past weekend. We didn’t have nearly enough time to watch it all, but what we did see was great — the teams are really beautiful! This year, the heavy horses were all Belgian Drafts — the ‘gentle giants’ of the horse world (though I understand some Percherons and Shires can get bigger ;-)). My sister and I had a great time watching the pulls, and talking with the old farmers who were watching with us. I asked one gentleman whether he had a favorite team, and he said he really didn’t, but he loved to watch the young people doing this event. All the gentlemen were reminiscing about how they used to travel to events like this in horse drawn buggies, back when most of the farm work was done by horses. Now, there’s only one farm in our area where all the heavy work is still done by horses — everybody else uses machines.

But enough about horses, and the olden days. On to the news!

We had the official opening of our new library this past Saturday, and it was wonderful! And for those of you who have been wondering about programming for children and teens, we have some great things coming up, in addition to our regular story times!

1. All you “Nanny Diaries” fans — come meet Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, They’ll be at the library Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00 PM, so you can meet them and learn all about their new book, The Real Real

2. Plus, for the younger kids, our library has been chosen to host a Simulcast from Mo Willem’s studio! Come and see this much-loved artist and author, right here at the library, on Tuesday, October 6th, at 2:00 PM!

3. Teens! Join our new “Green Teen” group! There will be book discussions, movies, “green” crafts, and ways that YOU can help change the world for the better! Get in touch with me (Deirdre) or Maria to find out more!

Plus, we’ll be having Reading 2 Rover, music classes, a special Halloween party, more shows and concerts, etc., etc. Call us, or
Check our Web site for the latest news!

That’s it for today!

But if you’re wondering how the Doll House is coming along, it’s lovely, but not quite finished yet. I’ll post more photos soon!



  1. This photo is very dramatic and interesting, showing power, action, and how much muscle knowledge they had to have about horses and working tools back then.
    Today, one reads in a manual where to push the button… 🙂

  2. Thank you so much, Birgitte!

    And you’re so right! There is a great deal of skill involved in driving a team. For one thing, the individual horses in a pair are generally not identical in size and strength, so the harness has to be adjusted to accomodate differences and keep the pull even.

    Reading manuals and pushing buttons can be almost as complicated (maybe even more so). But so lacking in spirit….

    In any case, thanks again! And I’m so glad you liked the photo.

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