A Small Adventure

On a recent Sunday afternoon, when the weather was just spectacular, a friend and I went on a little adventure.  First stop, the Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge Park:

It’s an interesting church.  There isn’t much in the way of religious iconography (it’s an Episcopalian parish), but there are lots of political icons.  No Jesus, but George Washington.  No angels, but Revolutionary War soldiers.  So much for separation of church and state.

Next stop, St. Peter’s Village, a 19th century industrial “company village” which is in the National Register of Historic Places.  It’s a beautiful little town to walk around, right on the bank of French Creek.

Artsy gutter (left) and artsy web (right).

One of the highlights of the Village is the old-school arcade, complete with vintage pinball machines that are still 25 cents for 2 plays.  (Hey!  When did they take the cents symbol off of the keyboard?)

Lovelovelove those retro graphics!  And $2 kept us entertained for the better part of the afternoon. 

So, a little educational, a little arcadian (yuh-huh. look it up.), a little nostalgic….a small but very fun adventure!

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3 Responses to A Small Adventure

  1. Sue says:

    Oh boy! This looks like so much fun! I don’t have a cent key either. Makes no cents to me.
    P.S. Separation of church and state simply means the government can’t mandate a government religion like Anglican as in England or Greek Orthodox in Greece (yuh-huh. look it up.)

  2. artsy.sciencey says:

    I know. It’s just really interesting to be in a Christian church, and there’s nothing like what you’d expect….no crosses, no Jesus….but political symbology is splashed everywhere. I’ve never been in a church like that before.

    • artsy.sciencey says:

      Not to mention….You are exactly right. Whenever people bring up separation of church and state, they are almost always talking about the government imposing religion, almost never about religion imposing politics. It’s interesting to think that it can go both ways.

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