Carroll County Times

A day for romantic reminiscing in Pleasant Valley

Sunday is Sweetheart Day at Leister's Store, a Pleasant Valley Memories Museum. Remember Valentine's Day with a display of vintage valentines, postcards and lockets.

The museum will be open from noon to 3 p.m., and visitors are invited to bring their own prized keepsakes and share stories from the past.


Executive Director Angela Bowersox said the museum will display at least 35 or 40 valentines from days gone by.

"We have a group of valentines that I bought at a local auction 20 or 30 years ago and we have three very large ones. I'm guessing they are German valentines, at least 12 inches high or bigger. I'm not sure how old they are but I am guessing from the early 1900s or maybe even the late 1800s. They are three dimensional," she said.


Bowersox said the envelopes on a few of their valentines have two-cent stamps and addresses.

"We have a valentine that you would stick a lollipop in that came from my husband's Aunt Mary [Myers] Bowersox from Pleasant Valley," she said. "Some of the valentines are like a honeycomb when you open them up, made out of tissue paper, and two we have are the ones they called 'mean valentines.' They were not very nice," said Bowersox. These valentines were usually sent to someone you didn't care for, often anonymously. "They almost look like a sheet of comic book paper, 8½-by-11 in size," said Bowersox.

Bowersox has been collecting historic items from Pleasant Valley for decades. "I never knew why I was collecting but now I guess it was because we would open the museum one day, only I didn't know it then," she said with a laugh.

Other items on display came from the estate of Maurice and Margaret Starner and the late Marie Angell Crowl.

"We will also have old wedding photos on display," Bowersox said. "My grandparents' wedding photo is one of them. Back then, a lot of the wedding photos were not taken with wedding dresses because they couldn't afford them, but some have very formal wear and funny hats. We're setting up an area that's sort of Victorian with wedding hats and older picture hats and jewelry and we have a mannequin with a beautiful Victorian dress on."

The February display will also include some of the museum's regular items, including store tins, more than 400 photos, glass negatives, tools, items from the old icehouse and other memorabilia. In addition, they will periodically show an 18-minute DVD of the history of Pleasant Valley.

Museum Financial Director Ed Leister would like folks to add the date Feb. 24 to their calendar, too. On that day the museum will host ice cream-making from noon to 3 p.m. Visitors may help make and then sample homemade ice cream and view old ice cream-making tools.

"We are going to do an electric freezer [with a motor on top to crank] as well as a hand crank to make sure we have enough [homemade ice cream] on hand," Leister said. "We want people to get the feeling or flavor of making it their self. They can crank until they get tired and then someone else will crank."


Leister recalled his youth. "I remember as a kid, every time it snowed, we made ice cream." Back then, they made ice cream from fresh snow, instead of ice.

"You crank until your arm is about to fall off and then someone else will take over," Leister said. "A lot of people have no clue how ice cream was made years ago."

He said, "We'll be using real cream so it will be very rich."

Currently the museum is only open for special events but will resume regular hours on April 7: every Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

"A donations bucket is on the counter, but there is no charge to visit," Leister said. "We just want to have people come through. We enjoy it."

The museum is at 1374 Pleasant Valley Road, Pleasant Valley. For further information, find them on Facebook or call Leister at 410-259-5922.


The snow date for the museum's Sweetheart Day is Feb. 17.

Pancake suppers

The Church of the Ascension will have a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the church, 23 N. Court St., Westminster.

In addition to pancakes, the all-you-can-eat menu includes sausage, applesauce and beverages.

The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 11, and free for children 3 and younger.

For more information, call the church office at 410-848-3251.

Zion United Methodist Church of Shipley will have a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the church, 2716 Old Washington Road, south of Westminster.

Pancakes, eggs, sausage, fried potatoes, sausage gravy, stewed apples, pudding and hominy will be served at the price of $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children younger than 6.

Call 410-848-2988 or 410-857-4444 for additional information.