The Stow Independent traveled with Greg and Mary Ellen Troxel to a historic one-room schoolhouse in Fruita, Utah, at Capitol Reef National Park. In Utah, 1896 counts as an old building. Fruita is known for orchards, including apples.
In August, Stephen and Karen Kanter attended the Grand Illumination on the grounds of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association in Oak Bluffs, MA. This annual tradition marks the end of the summer season, and involves hundreds of lanterns hung on the gingerbread cottages, which are lit after dark in the evening. The effect is much like a fairly-land, as there are over 300 cottages sited on small, meandering roads surrounding the Tabernacle. The tradition dates back to the first Illumination night, which was held on Aug. 14, 1869! In 1873, the event was attended by Vice-President Henry Wilson and the following year, President Ulysses S. Grant attended the event.