One of mine and my wife’s most favorite places on earth is Knoebels Grove Amusement park, located near Elysburg, Pa. The park was started back in 1955 as a “hang-out” for local loggers in the area and grew from there. It now houses some of the best wooden roller coasters in the world and is a free-entry, family friendly park with great rides, unbelievable food and some of the best campgrounds in the region. You can even walk around the park with your dog (on a leash, or course)!
We spent a long weekend there with the pop-up camper and had a blast (like we always do). The park opens this time of year at noon, but opens one of it’s food pavilions for the campers early in the morning to serve breakfast – HUGE meal for only 5 bucks!
While we were walking back from breakfast, I walked bast the “Giant Birthday Cake Pavilion” – something I have walked past since the early 1980’s, BTW – and noticed the picnic table that’s under the structure for the first time with the eyes of a woodworker.
It’s a perfect circle and must have an inner diameter of at least 25 feet. “Cool, I thought” And then I took a closer look.
This table is a one-piece unit!!!! It’s made using bent-lamination and is a continuous piece – WOW!
So, to do this, all the forms and tools had to be carted to this location and it was built in-place.
You can’t imagine the amount of abuse this table takes as it houses birthday parties for kids every day of the week for the last few decades and the condition of it is still really nice.
Here’s a picture of the pavilion in the late 60’s – just gravel and a few benches around…......... Notice the table.
Here’s a very recent photo – more stuff around, but the same table!
Oh, BTW – my wife LOVED waiting for me as I gawked and took pictures of a picnic table this morning! ;-)
Knoebels Grove is truly one of the best places on Earth. If you have kids or are still a kid at heart – if you have the opportunity take the time and visit!
Oh yeah! LMK how that table is surviving! :-)
Of course, the url for the park is http://www.knoebels.com
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