Trout Fishing in Cumberland County

Joanne Kenney Hawver on March 26, 2018

  Even though there was snow on the ground and the wind was blowing, Children’s Pond in Boiling Springs was crowded with “young” fisherman.  Saturday was the annual Youth Mentored Fishing Day sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.  Children are allowed to fish legally with a free permit in hopes that the experience will excite a life-long interest in the sport.  The Commission generously stocks the pond to make it a great day for all. This event is the pre-cursor to the opening day of Trout fishing season in the Cumberland Valley.  This year, opening day begins at...

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Route 15 Arts byway

Joanne Kenney Hawver on March 22, 2017

This is an editorial comment by Gary Adkisson posted in the Sentinel on March 18, 2017 We hope many of you have found our Route 15 Arts byway website and Facebook page. But if not, here is the link: The site is filled with information about art and craft related events along Route 15, from Gettysburg to Williamsport. Stories on the site include the re-opening of the Allenberry Playhouse, a new strategy for the Carlisle Theatre, and a new coal-themed photo exhibit at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts in Lewisburg. Art and Craft tourism along the route...

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Downtown Ice Art Festival

Joanne Kenney Hawver on January 18, 2017

  CENTURYLINK ICE ART FEST Carlisle PA - Downtown Carlisle's newest event, the CenturyLink Ice Art Fest will be held February 10 - 12, 2017.  38 different ice sculptures will be placed around downtown Carlisle for visitors viewing and picture taking pleasure.  Sponsored by CenturyLink, the Ice-Art Festival will combine many events and activities in one weekend including the PNC Chili Cook-Off, Dessert Bake-Off, sponsored by the Carlisle Bakery, and so much more. Activities are being confirmed and added all of the time.  Please refer to the activity list below and check back to for updates. CENTURYLINK ICE ART...

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American Craft Week

Joanne Kenney Hawver on October 6, 2016

Last week, I participated in a “Spritz and Splatter” event with my B&B innkeeper friends.  As I was indulging in my “artistic endeavor”, I thought about how our B&B is decorated by the work of many talented people.  We have paintings done by my father, beautiful quiltshand made by my daughter-in-law, Erin and friend, Kristen.  We have a gorgeous stain glass window by Debbie Bowker, and beautiful pottery from local artisans.  I realized how artistic talent can be taken for granted or perhaps, not appreciated for the work, time and talent given to each piece. Now is the perfect time...

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Why do people choose the Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast

Joanne Kenney Hawver on August 13, 2016

Why do people choose to stay at the Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast rather than a motel?  I’m sure the answer varies from guest to guest, but a consistent thread is that they enjoy the personal experience.  Another common thread is that they love being in the country. In the past month, Greg and Brenda came for the Carlisle car show.  They stayed at the Red Cardinal because they read our reviews and were impressed by the comments of friendliness and a good breakfast.  They left with a review of their own: We have already booked our return trip for next...

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Blueberry/Zucchini Bread

Joanne Kenney Hawver on July 7, 2016

The summer us here at the Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast.  My vegetable garden is growing in leaps and bounds, especially the zucchini.  Every gardener will let you know that sooner or later, the zucchini gets out of hand.  And since everyone grows it, the vegetable is hard to give away.   I use it in basic recipes for grilling, sautéing and baking.  And the latest way to use the vegetable is to make "zoodles". I came upon this recipe in allrecipes magazine that uses the zucchini and fresh blueberries.  I like to use this cake for my guests.  It is...

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Segway Tour

Joanne Kenney Hawver on June 6, 2016

The Red Cardinal B&B is approximately 25 miles or less than ½ hr ride to downtown Gettysburg.  The scenic ride takes you through the apple orchards of Adams County.  It is a pleasant ride, and one that Billy and I enjoy on many occasions.  Sometimes, we take our motorcycle and drive through the battlefield and stop for ice cream.  Other times, we take the car and stop in town to browse through the shops, or visit the impressive visitor’s center and then grab a bite to eat. We have taken different tours of the Gettysburg National Battlefield.  We have taken...

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Let's FISH!

Joanne Kenney Hawver on April 1, 2016

The official opening day for Trout Season in Cumberland County is tomorrow, April 1, 2016.   Today the stocking program was going strong.  I saw the truck and the caravan of volunteers ride down the road.  They stock the Yellow Breeches in several places very near our B&B. The Red Cardinal B&B is located near 2 of the most famous trout streams in the area – Yellow Breeches Creek and Letort Spring Run.  Both are listed as a Pennsylvania Scenic River. The Yellow Breeches, by far the most popular stream in the state, winds its way from the South Mountain to the...

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Winter is Here

Joanne Kenney Hawver on January 23, 2016

We have had a great winter at the Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast.  The weather through December and January (to date) has been mild and unseasonably warm.   It was perfect weather for prolonged activities outdoor, especially walks at South Middleton park with Molly.  Billy was able to enjoy an extra few days of riding on his Spyder. We enjoyed a holiday visit with our guests, Barbara and Buck, as well as friends.  In spite of the joy of the season, I am sad to say that my dad passed away on December 1st.  I know many of our guests remember...

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Concerts in the Park

Joanne Kenney Hawver on August 31, 2015

Summer came and went so quickly, that I didn’t get time to write about a popular outdoor activity that happens in Carlisle and throughout the Cumberland Valley. CONCERTS IN THE PARK.  These concerts begin in early June and continue throughout the summer.  The concerts are hosted by the local towns through their arts and recreation departments, as well as Dickinson College, King’s Gap Environmental Center and the Downtown Carlisle Association. The beauty of these music events is that they are free and open to the public.  The music varies from classical, blue grass, folk, gospel, rock and jazz.  It is...

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Joanne Kenney Hawver on June 23, 2015

In a recent article in “Livability”, an online resource for researching communities, Carlisle was named the 16th best small town in the United States.  It was ranked as the highest Pennsylvania town.  According to the site, Carlisle is “nestled in the highly productive Cumberland Valley agriculture region” and provides a "quaint setting for families”. Billy and I moved to Carlisle in 2003.  We weren’t familiar with the area, but we were immediately drawn to downtown Carlisle.  The history of the town was interesting and the buildings had such character.  It was as if they had a story to tell. There...

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Dining Out

Joanne Kenney Hawver on June 4, 2015

Whenever we travel, Billy and I always ask about the restaurants in the area and which one might  be preferred by the locals.  It is the same for our guests at the Red Cardinal B&B.   Guests who return year after year have their favorite restaurants – Vinny’s, Market Cross Pub, Trattoria Piatto’s, Gingerbread Man or The Boiling Springs Tavern.  When a guest is new to the area we like to suggest a restaurant based on the type of food they like to eat.  The wonderful feature about Carlisle is that there are over 35 restaurants in town and several...

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May in Carlisle

Joanne Kenney Hawver on May 30, 2015

Isn’t it hard to believe that May is over.  It seems that spring had just come to the Cumberland Valley, and now summer is coming.   May was a wonderful month at the Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast.   At the beginning of May, I ran my first ever 5K!  I have been writing about this goal for a couple of years, and I am happy to say that, I DID IT.  I ran the 5K at Spring Meadows Park, which is my favorite walking/jogging path in the area, and the 5K run supported our local social services – Project Share,...

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Winter Activities

Joanne Kenney Hawver on January 26, 2015

So what is there to do in the Carlisle area during the winter months.  A popular activity is to head over to Ski RoundTop for a day of skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing. For a more leisurely day, there are plenty of restaurants and indoor shops to occupy your time.   For example, on Saturday after the driveway was cleared and the roads safe to drive, Billy and I started the day at Panera Bread with coffee and a delicious pastry.  Then we headed off to Bedford Antiques and NorthGate Antique Mall to browse around for something unique. If you...

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Ready! Set! Run!

Joanne Kenney-Hawver on January 24, 2015

It is three weeks into the New Year and I am writing about one of my resolutions.   This particular resolution had its beginnings in January of 2013 when I was committed to running a 5K.  Well as you can see, 2 years later I still have that goal. I am more prepared this year, as I started going to the gym in September.  Billy had a knee replacement in January 2013 and after months of physical therapy, he was back on his feet and had a healthy and active summer.  He decided to keep exercising and went back to Planet Fitness.  He looks great...

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Autumn Activities

Joanne Kenney Hawver on October 7, 2014

There is so much to do in and around the Cumberland Valley during the month of October.  There are fairs, festivals, craft shows, winery tours and more. This past weekend, Billy’s sister and husband came to visit.  We decided to use the opportunity to show them around the area and enjoy some of the seasonal activities. Sue and Ed arrived mid-afternoon on Friday and after a short rest, we headed off to Meadowbrook Gourds. ( ) This is an interesting place to visit, because I think the process of taking gourds and crafting them into beautiful designs is unique.  There...

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A Savory Summer

Joanne Kenney Hawver on July 24, 2014

One of the delightful sights of summer around the Cumberland Valley is the “farmer’s market”. Stands are everywhere.  They are set up on the town squares and on the country roads. They are filled with freshly picked fruits and vegetables, homemade bread and cakes, as well as cheeses and an endless variety of canned fruits, jams, jellies and relishes.  There are the larger markets, which operate year-round, such as Hollabaugh, Peter’s Orchard and Oak Grove.  There are the seasonal markets which open anywhere from April to October, such as our neighbor’s stand – the Garden Gate.  Then there are what...

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Home Sweet Home

Joanne Kenney Hawver on February 2, 2014

Yeah!  Today it was a balmy 40 and Molly and I made a dash to Spring Meadows Park for a walk/run!!  Of course we can’t be too optimistic that our walking schedule is back on track, as snow is on its way Monday night and Wednesday and perhaps next weekend.  I don’t like to spend much time indoors, even in the winter.  On a cold, blustery day, I bundle up, pack Molly in the car and head off to the park for an invigorating walk.  I look forward to meeting   the “regulars” who enjoy the park around the same time of...

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Talented Guests

Joanne Kenney Hawver on January 27, 2014

I am sure that I have mentioned on a number of occasions that many of our guests are so talented!  They paint, take photographs, design cards, and write books. They quilt, sew and crochet.  Some make salsa spreads and BB sauce.  And oftentimes I am the lucky recipient of these handmade creations. One such talented guest is Rose Anne.  Every summer, we enjoy seeing her and her husband, Ron, when they travel through the area as part of their summer vacation. Rose Anne enjoys crocheting and has been doing it for over 40 years!  She opened a “shop” on “Etsy”...

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Joanne Kenney Hawver on December 28, 2013

Christmas Highlights   It is hard to believe that 2013 is winding down and that 2014 will be here in less than a week.  We had a fun-filled and exciting year at the Red Cardinal B&B.  We wish each of our “regular” guests, new guests and an addition to our guest list, Matthew, born to Allison and Rich, a joyous New Year. During the holidays, we receive cards from many of our guests.  We appreciate being remembered and hearing that the Red Cardinal B&B is part of their fond memories. This year we received a surprise package from England. It was a...

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Joanne Kenney Hawver on November 2, 2013

October wrapped up with the final car show of the 2013 season at the Carlisle fairgrounds.  The first and last event are “parts” show.  It is interesting to meet so many guests who 1. enjoy cars, 2. enjoy old cars and 3. enjoy spending lots of time looking for parts for  old cars.  Two of our guests have been coming to this show for over 25 years! I guess you would say that is a lot of “part” shopping. Neil is one of those people.  He has been coming to Carlisle for 25 years.  He meets up with many friends and vendors whom...

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Joanne Kenney Hawver on August 14, 2013

Last week, a woman hiking the Appalachian Trail, called to make a reservation for the evening at the Red Cardinal B&B.  It is our policy to pick up hikers at the AT headquarters in Boiling Springs and the next day, drop them off at the headquarters to continue their journey.  Billy and Molly went off to meet our guest, and I made the last minute preparations to welcome her.  When Billy and Molly returned, I had the opportunity to meet Johanna, a 28 year woman from Germany.    She was so happy to be at the B&B for the evening where...

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A New Discovery

Joanne Kenney Hawver on August 1, 2013

The weather this past week has been glorious – upper 70’s, sunny, low-humidity and mild breezes.  On Monday, after a couple hours of yard work, I decided to enjoy the beautiful day and go “exploring” with my folks.  I left Billy home to finish the yard work as we have guests this week, and we like to keep the Red Cardinal B&B looking its best. We headed South through Mount Holly and to Gardners.  Our first stop was Peter’s Orchard.  This is one of our favorite stops for seasonal fruits.  Peaches are in season as well as cantaloupes, plums, nectarines and...

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Angels in the Cumberland Valley

Joanne Kenney Hawver on July 27, 2013

Somedays, the news can be discouraging.  So often, the people who make headlines, are not the unsung heroes or role models that lift our spirits or make us smile. So I would like to tell you about 2 events that happened to me recently, that lifted my spirits. The Middlesex Diner This past week, Ron and Roseanne, regular guests at the Red Cardinal B&B, arrived for a night's stay, before heading off to St. Louis.  Whenever they are in town, Ron and Roseanne like to eat at the Middlesex Diner. Roseanne said she likes their eggplant parmigiana. Yesterday, with that in...

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The Backyard at the Red Cardinal B&B

Joanne Kenney Hawver on June 7, 2013

One of the most impressive sights at Disneyworld, for me, is the 145’ x 30’ Tree of Life at the Animal Kingdom Theme Park. When I enter the park and walk down the path, there it stands in all its glory. With over 300 detailed animal carvings, the tree is a magnificent sight to behold. Yet, my backyard in the spring/summer is a garden of life; something that is just as magnificent.    Every spring, I watch the robins fly back and forth from the lone tree in the garden as they up pick up sticks, and scraps to make their nest.  The...

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Welcome Car Show Enthusiasts!

Joanne Kenney Hawver on May 8, 2013

Our spring/summer season of visitors to the Red Cardinal B&B started off with some of the nicest people, all of whom were new guests. Steve and Debbie from Waverly, NY received a gift certificate for Christmas from their children.  They came for 2 days and drove around enjoying the scenery, looking for flea markets and taking a trip to Gettysburg. We chatted with them over breakfast and shared stories of the red cardinal bird and how it is a symbol of someone in our life that has passed away but who is always present in our lives. The Carlisle Fairgrounds is...

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Joanne's Stand

Joanne Kenney Hawver on April 22, 2013

One sign of spring around the Red Cardinal B&B is Joanne’s stand.  It has become a local place to “stop and browse”.  I recall that on a trip home from Philly, Billy and I were driving through Lancaster.  We spotted a “yard sale” and stopped.  I noticed a pile of colorful garden containers for “free” and I couldn’t pass up such a deal.  The question became what could I do with them? I thought that I could set up a stand and sell the pots for a quarter or so.  I could make a little money and at the same...

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Opening Day of Trout Season

Joanne Kenney Hawver on March 21, 2013

Even though the cold weather still haunts or is taunts? us, the signs of spring are all around.  The sun is shining, the spring flowers, not quite in bloom, are popping up all over, and talk of the Opening Day of Trout Season abounds. The official opening day for Trout Season in Cumberland County is March 30th, which is Easter weekend.  So instead of hunting for eggs, the fishermen will be casting for the trout. The Red Cardinal B&B is located near 2 of the most famous trout streams in the area – Yellow Breeches Creek and Letort Spring Run. ...

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Spring Fever

Joanne Kenney Hawver on March 12, 2013

Billy and I attended the traditional “indoor” shows this winter – the Farm Show, the Garden Show and the Home Show.  We poked around at the local garden centers, a “fishing” flea market, where we got a few tips on new places to fish, and made a trip to the Bass Pro Shop. We are ready to get outdoors and get going. This weekend was a teaser.  It was sunny and warm and we made our way outdoors to prepare the “spring clean-up” list for the B&B. Billy started in the barn where he keeps his fishing equipment.  He checked...

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Valentine's Day

Joanne Kenney Hawver on February 12, 2013

While I was jogging this week, Valentine's Day came to mind and I was thinking chocolate! (of course I must say that I am up to 2.5 miles/41.14 minutes)   The first thought that came to mind was a trip to Hershey, PA.  The town is billed as the “Sweetest Place on Earth”, and rightfully so. There are several events planned throughout the month in Hershey that are deliciously chocolate. Check out the website:   Billy and I like Chocolate World.  Here you can take an interactive ride to learn about the history of Hershey and how Milton Hershey established this...

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Dining in and around Carlisle

Joanne Kenney Hawver on January 28, 2013

Jogging - Day 27 32 - sunny 36.50 minutes, 2.05 miles! There was an article in the paper the other day about the frozen-custard landmark, Massey’s, which has been at its location near Dickinson College for nearly 64 years.  This year, it changed owners and beginning February 7th, it will be open year-round.  This is a very popular place and I am sure they will do well.  Of course, for the winter months, the new owners added hot chocolate. Another landmark in downtown Carlisle was Amy’s Thai Cuisine.  Amy’s has recently changed hands also, and is now The White Elephant. ...

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Pay it Forward

Joanne Kenney Hawver on January 22, 2013

Day 22 - 14° - Windchill felt like 0.  Short!! Walk Day 21 - 34° - 23.05 - 1.51 miles. Yesterday was a Pay it Forward Day at the Park.  I went off to the park to keep up with my "Joy of Jogging" program.  I was dressed in layers and equipped with gloves, hat, tissues (sporting a head cold), phone with the jog tracker app, keys and Molly. It was sunny and cold, but I was doing great and feeling good.  After 45 minutes, I was about to finish my exercise when I felt in my pocket and my car keys were not...

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2013 - JOGGING

Joanne Kenney Hawver on January 17, 2013

Jogging - Day 17   This year my goal is to start jogging and to be able to run a 5K by the summer.  My husband, Bill, smiled when I mentioned my goal for 2013 because running has never been part of my “exercise” routine.   The day I began, there was an article in our local paper - “Joy is in the Journey” which was about running outdoors during the winter.  Joy in running!?, now that was an article for me because I love being outdoors and if I can enjoy jogging, that would be a perfect combination for...

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2012 - A Great Year!

Joanne Kenney Hawver on January 2, 2013

I accomplished my goal for 2012 of walking everyday for 1 year.  I am very excited about the fact that I could actually keep to my routine for 366 days.  Billy and Molly were my biggest fans, and on Monday, when I can home from my final walk, Billy had a cake ready and waiting to celebrate my success.    Thank goodness it was leap year, however, as I was lucky to have one day grace period.  I missed one day when I took my sister to her chemo treatment.   This year my goal is to “up” the walking...

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Winter Countdown

Joanne Kenney Hawver on December 29, 2012

Countdown - 2 days left!!   It is snowing today and I didn’t make it to the park with Molly.  It was easier to walk along Lerew Road which is so scenic. I am 2 days away from my goal of walking everyday for 2012, and I am excited about the accomplishment.   Billy and I spent 4 days this week walking at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida.  My brother, Tony, watched the B&B and Molly while we were away.  It was warm, a bit breezy, sunny and 70° in Florida which made walking around the theme parks a pleasant experience.  Of...

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Let the Countdown Begin

Joanne Kenney Hawver on December 22, 2012

Walking - Day 357   I am so glad that the world did not come to an end this week, so I can accomplish my New Year’s Resolution (2012), which was to walk every day for a year.  I am beginning my countdown today.   Molly and I were out around 1 pm.  It was a sunny, gorgeous day, but the winds were howling and blowing at 20 - 30 mph!  But with the wind at our back, it pushed us along.   This week we had a lovely couple, Renee and Ron as our guests.  They were passing through...

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Gift for Christmas

Joanne Kenney Hawver on December 20, 2012

In the past couple of weeks, I was contacted regarding a gift certificate for the Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast.  Imagine that!  people thought enough of us to recommend a stay at the Red Cardinal B&B as a “gift” for someone special.   Of course I was delighted to accommodate the request, and immediately set out to design a gift certificate, I then mailed it along with a few brochures of the area.  I can’t wait to meet the guests who will come in 2013 and use their “gift”.   We have received some lovely cards this Christmas from guests...

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Early Christmas Presents

Joanne Kenney Hawver on December 6, 2012

It is December and I am less than a month away from completing my New Year’s Resolution which was to walk every day for 1 year!    This has been a great week to keep me motivated because I was blessed with an early Christmas present - the weather.   The temperature earlier this week was a balmy 63 +/- and sunny, which was perfect weather for walking.  Even today, although it was in the 40’s, it was sunny and mild.   Another gift I found at Spring Meadows Park where Molly and I walk regularly is that the path...

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The Christmas Spirit

Joanne Kenney Hawver on November 25, 2012

Walking - Day 330   I am not a big fan of the “Christmas Spirit” that lasts from Black Friday until December 25th plus or minus.  I like the Christmas lights and decorations, but I am not excited about the gift buying frenzy during this period.   I like the "Christmas Spirit" that comes from deep down inside and exists year round.    I like to give gifts, actually I enjoy gift-giving when the “Christmas Spirit” moves me.  I enjoy giving a gift when it is least expected.  I want to give a gift that says “just because”.  That is the "Christmas...

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Joanne Kenney Hawver on November 21, 2012

Billy and I are so thankful that the Red Cardinal B&B came to fruition in 2009.  We have been blessed over and over during the past 4 years of operation.     We are thankful that we found our lovely house on Lerew Road.   We are thankful for the location of the Red Cardinal B&B.  The guests have called it, ‘a step back in time”, “a piece of heaven” , “a home away from home”, and we agree.  There is something special about our house and its location.   We are thankful that Billy and I have “perfected” the team...

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Anniversary Celebrations

Joanne Kenney Hawver on November 16, 2012

Yesterday, Billy and I celebrated the 71st wedding anniversary of my parents, Florence and Chad Kenney.  They were married on November 15, 1941, at the Assumption Church in Philadelphia, PA.  They were blessed with 6 children, 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.   Yesterday we took them for a leisurely ride through the countryside and then lunch in Gettysburg at the General Pickett’s Buffet.  Tonight we are going to a dinner dance at the Letort Community Center at the Army War College.  They still love to dance and enjoy a night out!   We have had many couples at the Red Cardinal...

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Let's Give Thanks

Joanne Kenney Hawver on November 14, 2012

It is November 14, my 319th day of walking.    Breast Cancer Awareness Month ended and Veterans Day was celebrated 4 days ago.  It is mid-November and I haven’t even blogged!  Thanksgiving is next week.   So my next few blogs will be about giving thanks.    Even though Breast Cancer Awareness month passed for 2012, there are many women, like my sister Sharon, who are still in the battle.  I encourage you to keep these women in your heart and in your prayers; give them a call, make a visit, and let them know that you are there for...

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Hurricane Sandy

Joanne Kenney Hawver on October 30, 2012

Day 300 - Backyard at Lerew Road   It is still raining in South Central Pennsylvania, as we feel the remains of Hurricane Sandy.    Last year, we bought a generator for the Red Cardinal B&B.  As you might recall, a storm hit the area the same time last year and we were without power for 4 days.  So after the 3rd or 4th time that we lost power, the decision was made to invest in a generator.  We thought if guests were with us during a time without power, it would be very uncomfortable.  Although I must say, all of...

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Support Breast Cancer Survivors

Joanne Kenney Hawver on October 11, 2012

Day 284 - 60°  - Sunny and Breezy - Spring Meadows Park This past Tuesday, I went to visit my sister.  Sharon is a vibrant, active and full of life woman who just 5 months ago was sitting on the beach in Ocean City, NJ enjoying the lazy days of summer. Tomorrow, she will be heading off to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital for her third chemotherapy treatment. Sharon was diagnosed with breast cancer in June, and since then has gone through a mastectomy and is now on a 7 month program of chemo and radiation.  She was very strong...

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What's in a Name?

Joanne Kenney Hawver on September 30, 2012

Day 274 - 68° - Spring Meadows Park - Last Day of September It is exciting when you get to name someone or something.  When you were a child you got to name your favorite doll or stuffed animal.  As you got older, it might have been the family pet.  And later on, it was the awesome moment of naming your child. When you have the privilege of giving a name to something/someone, it takes a lot of thought.  You want that name to have a “special” meaning; something that reflects something about you, but at the same time, gives...

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Our Front Porch

Joanne Kenney Hawver on September 27, 2012

Day 271 - 72° , overcast - Spring Meadows Park During a recent church service, our pastor talked about a time when many of us spent much of our summer on the front porch.  During the “dog days” of summer, it was way too hot to be inside, so kids would play on the porch; parents would sit and visit with neighbors or greet friends walking along the street.  Today, many people do not have the time or the opportunity to enjoy sitting on a front porch and conversing with friends and neighbors.  If fact, there aren’t too many new homes being built...

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On the Road

Joanne Kenney Hawver on September 25, 2012

Day 268 - Spring Meadows Park This past week, Billy and I took a few days off from the Red Cardinal B&B to celebrate our anniversary.   We were married in September and enjoy traveling at this time of the year.  We decided to head south to visit an old school friend who lives in Dandridge, Tennessee which is near Knoxville, TN. Our route took us through the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway, which is one of my favorite destinations.  It was picture-perfect weather and the vistas along the Ridge were breathtaking. We weaved in an out of the Parkway so we...

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Our Backyard

Joanne Kenney Hawver on September 3, 2012

Day 247 - 78 - Rainy - Spring Meadow Park - Labor Day Last night we watched a spectacular display of fireworks from our patio.  The brilliant colors lit up the sky above the open field which is our “backyard”.  The Red Cardinal B&B is adjacent to a Mennonite farm and the view of the farmland from our patio is ever-changing.  The farmer rotates the planting of corn, soy beans and alfalfa.  We enjoy watching the crops grow and the colors and textures change.  Then there is the harvest.  The different pieces of equipment methodically cut the field, line-up the cuttings...

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Joanne Kenney Hawver on August 31, 2012

Day 244- 90 - South Middleton Park - Last Day of August!!  - 4 months to go!!! I have mentioned in several of my blogs how much we enjoy our guests at the Red Cardinal B&B.  They come from all across the US, Canada and around the world.  Their stay can be a night, a couple of days or a week, and usually when they leave, we always seem to say good-bye to “friends”.  Over the past 3 years, we have been surprised and delighted to receive a number of gifts from our guests.  We have received different cardinal figurines,...

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Corvette Weekend

Joanne Kenney Hawver on August 27, 2012

Day 239 - 80° - rainy - Spring Meadow Park This was Corvette weekend in Carlisle, one of the biggest weekends of the Carlisle car show season.  The guests whom we had this week have been “regulars” since we opened in 2009.  This weekend was like a “homecoming” as we greeted our guests who have now become “friends”.  Sophia and Mike were one of our first guests in 2009.  Over the past 3 seasons, they have dated, become engaged and now are getting married.  We are really excited for them.   Mike brings his corvette each year and they spend 3...

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Joanne Kenney Hawver on August 22, 2012

There is a wonderful and exciting group of people who work behind the scenes at the Cumberland Valley Visitors Center.  In the past couple of years, they have worked diligently and successfully to promote the assets of Carlisle and the surrounding area. The staff is in the process of creating a new, interactive website that will have many ways to present these assets to visitors.  The new website: will be launched on August 31. I attended a workshop on the new website and how to update the Red Cardinal Bed & Breakfast listing.  I must say the staff is excited about...

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Outdoor Retreat

Joanne Kenney Hawver on August 8, 2012

Day 221 - 86° - Spring Meadows Park Day 220 - 78° - Spring Meadows Park Day 219 - 79°- Spring Meadows Park (Evening Walk) Day 218 - 85° - Lerew Road Day 217 - 88° - Spring Meadows Park I was reading an article in the paper today “How to create the perfect outdoor retreat in your backyard”.  It presented surveys by HGTV and Casual Living magazine in which people said that and outdoor room was “important or very important”.  Then the article went on to give tips by HGTV on how to create this “perfect” space. We are so fortunate...

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Why Stay at a Bed and Breakfast

Joanne Kenney Hawver on August 3, 2012

Day 216 - 90° - Spring Meadows Park Day 215 - 83° - Lerew Road Day 214 - 83° - Spring Meadows Park - August 1st Day 213 - 82° - Spring Meadows Park Day 212 -  80° - Spring Meadows Park When Dan called to make a reservation, he mentioned to Billy that he would be riding a motorcycle  from West Virginia.  That immediately livened the conversation since Billy has a Harley-Davidson.  When Billy confirmed the reservation, he mentioned that when he arrived we would be more than happy to garage his bike for the night. When Dan arrived, it was...

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Joanne Kenney Hawver on July 29, 2012

Day 211 - 81° - Spring Meadows Park Day 210 - 85° - Spring Meadows Park Day 209 - 80° - Lerew Road Day 208 - 95° - Spring Meadows Park Day 207 -80° - Spring Meadows Park Day 206 - 82° - Lerew Road Day 205 - 80° - Spring Meadows Park Day 204 - 80° - Spring Meadows Park I went to visit my sister, Sharon, last week and she asked me to get her a “grande decaf in a vente cup with milk and cream”!  I had to laugh.  What kind of coffee talk is that?  If...

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Joanne Kenney Hawver on July 21, 2012

Day 203 - 61° - Light Mist! - Spring Meadows Park Day 202 - 66° - RAIN!!  - Lerew Road Day 201 - 80° - Lerew Road Day 200 - 78° - Spring Meadows Park Day 199 - 95° - Spring Meadows Park Day 198 - 90° - Spring Meadows Park It has been raining for 2 days and it is wonderful.  It is the steady, peaceful rain that we so desperately need.  There have been thunderstorms in the area , high winds and hail, but today it is just peaceful.  This week we had Deb and Jeff Tucker as...

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Bike Fest

Joanne Kenney Hawver on July 15, 2012

Day 197 - 79° - Spring Meadows Park Day 196 - 78° - Spring Meadows Park Day 195 - 78° - Spring Meadows Park Day 194 - 80° - Spring Meadows Park Day 193 - 82° - Spring Meadows Park Day 192 - 83° - Haverford Day 191 - 82° - Spring Meadows Park   Thank goodness this week the weather was more seasonal for this time of the year.  It is in the mid-80’s which is hard to believe is cooler!!!   This week and next week are bike week in the area!  7/12 - 7/15  is Bike Week...

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July 4th Weekend

Joanne Kenney Hawver on July 8, 2012

    Day 190 - 92° - Hot (I think there is a breeze) - Spring Meadows Park Day 189 - 100° - HOT!HOT!  - Spring Meadows Park Day 188 - 94° - HOT - Spring Meadows Park  We had a whirlwind week with guests coming and going, and in spite of the heat, they all were busy. On Tuesday, "Castaway", a thru-hiker on the AT stayed for the night.  He had been hiking since April and enjoying every minute of the hike.  As the temperature spiked, his plan was to keep up his miles by hiking early in the...

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Joanne Kenney Hawver on July 4, 2012

Day 187 - 91° - HOT - Gettysburg Day 186 - 90° - Hot - Spring Meadows Park Day 185 - 88° - Hot Spring Meadows Park Day 184 - 80° - Hot  - Spring Meadows Park  Hot! Hot! Hot!  If you have come to visit the area and it is too hot to spend the day outdoors, here are some of the things that Billy and I have done.  Walk or ride a bike in the early morning; try the shady path at Letort Run or the walk around the army heritage golf course.  Gettysburg - Start at the...

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Early Bird

Joanne Kenney Hawver on July 1, 2012

    Day 183 - 96° - HOT - Spring Meadows Park Day 182 - 80° - Hot - Spring Meadows Park - Last Day of June Day 181 - 101° HOT!!! - Lerew Road Day 180 - 88° - Hot - South Middleton Park  I have finished another month of walking and as I begin day 183, I am half-way to my goal of walking daily for one year!!!  The temperature the past few days has been in the 90s and it is expected to remain that way for the next 10 days.  After all, it is July and it...

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Away from Home

Joanne Kenney Hawver on June 27, 2012

    Day 179 - 78° - Warm, Breezy - Haverford, PA Day 178 - 75° - Warm, Windy - Haverford, PA Day 177 - 82° - Hot - Spring Meadows Park Day 176 - 85° - Hot - AHEC & Golf Course Day 175 - 85° - Hot - Spring Meadows Park  This weekend, Cherian, our guest for the past month headed back to Texas.  We enjoyed her company and it was like saying good-bye to family.  Cherian reassured us that she would be back with her husband next year.  It will be a visit that we will be anticipating. ...

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Joanne Kenney Hawver on June 22, 2012

    Day 174 - 92°- HOT - Spring Meadows Park Day 173 - 95°- HOT - Spring Meadows Park - First day of summer! Day 172 - 91°- HOT - Spring Meadows Park Day 171 - 85°- Hot - Spring Meadows Park  When our guest, Cherian, made a reservation for 3 weeks, I challenged myself to make a different breakfast each day.  I thought that this would be a good way to go through my cookbooks and select some recipes I wanted to try.    When Cherian arrived, I told her of my plan.  Of course, she laughed and said...

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Joanne Kenney Hawver on June 18, 2012

Day 170 - 66° - Rainy - Spring Meadows Park Day 169 - 75° - Sunny, breezy - Spring Meadows Park - Father's Day Day 168 - 78° - Sunny, breezy - Spring Meadows Park Day 167 - 78° - Sunny - Spring Meadows Park  One thing that Billy and I like about Carlisle is its location in Southcentral, Pennsylvania.   In less than an hour, we can be in Gettysburg; one hour in Lancaster or Hershey; in 2 - 3 hours Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Annapolis, MD and Pittsburgh.  On Saturday, we decided to go out to lunch, so we...

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Joanne Kenney Hawver on June 14, 2012

      Day 166 - 75° - Overcast, breezy - Spring Meadows Park - FLAG DAY Day 165 - 70° - Sunny, Breezy - Newville Rail Trail Day 164 - 66° - Rainy - Malvern, PA Day 163 - 75° - Hot, pleasant - Spring Meadows Park Day 162 - 88° - Sunny, hot - South Middleton Park  Yesterday was another lovely day for being outdoors.  Our guest, Cherian, took the day to explore Gettysburg, before going to the Newville Historical Society for an evening of research.  Billy and Lance used the day to go fishing at Pinchot Lake.  It would...

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Outdoors in Cumberland Valley

Joanne Kenney Hawver on June 9, 2012

Day 161 - 77° - Sunny, breezy - Spring Meadows Park Day 160 - 77° - Sunny, breezy - Spring Meadows Park Day 159 - 72° - Sunny, clouds and some thundershowers - AHEC  The weather for the past few days was perfect.  The sun was shining; there was a slight breeze, and no humidity.   These were the types of day that one needed to be outdoors, for fishing, biking, hiking, napping (did I say napping?), gardening, swimming, etc.  The Cumberland Valley area offers so much in the way of enjoying the outdoors.   Billy and his friend, Lance spent one day...

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Our Kitchen

Joanne Kenney Hawver on June 6, 2012

    Day 158 - 70° - Sunny, cool - Spring Meadows Park Day 157 - 66° - Sunny, cool - Spring Meadows Park Day 156 - 68° - Cloudy, cool - Spring Meadows Park I mentioned a few posts ago, that early in March we were making some changes to our kitchen.  We decided to bump out the kitchen wall and enclose the area under the overhang.  It was approximately, 6 x 8.  Finally, our kitchen is complete!  It is awesome!.   We were so fortunate to have the talent and the skills of John Mellinger and his son, Jason. ...

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Busy Weekend

Joanne Kenney Hawver on June 3, 2012

  Day 155 - 72° - Warm , breezy - Spring Meadows Park Day 154 - 70° - Warm, breezy - Boiling Springs Day 153 - 70° - Breezy, Thunderstorms - Spring Meadows Park  Our guests this weekend came for the All Ford Nationals.  Allie, Rich and Mike have been our guests for the past couple of years.  It is like having friends for the weekend.  Mike has been coming to the Ford car show for nearly 15 years.  He stayed at another B&B until it closed and he found the Red Cardinal B&B.  Mike is a "classic"  car show visitor.  He...

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First weekend in June

Joanne Kenney Hawver on May 31, 2012

    Day 152 - 77° - Mild, breezy - Spring Meadows Park - Last Day of May Day 151 - 80° - Hot, Spring Meadows Park Day 150 - 80° - Hot, thundershowers - Spring Meadows Park Today I completed another month of walking.  It is the end of May and it is so beautiful in Carlisle.  The greens are green and a variety of flowers are in bloom.  The hot, humid weather brought some heavy thundershowers and more are expected tomorrow.  This is a very busy weekend in the Carlisle area.  It is hard to choose which event...

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Appalachian Trail "Magic"

Joanne Kenney Hawver on May 29, 2012

   Day 149 - 82° - Sunny, humid - Spring Meadows Park - Memorial Day Day 148 - 83° - Sunny, breezy - Spring Meadows Park Day 147 - 80° - Sunny, hot, humid - Spring Meadows Park  One of the traditions that hikers experience along the Appalachian Trail is "Trail Magic" delivered by "Trail Angels".  It is the classic random act of kindness.    Individuals provide much needed sustenance for the hikers along the trail.  "Spider" was relating to us how a hiker walks along the trail, and there will be a hand-made sign with an arrow that indicates "trail...

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Appalachian Trail

Joanne Kenney Hawver on May 25, 2012

    Day 146 - 80° - Sunny, little breezy- Spring Meadows Park Day 145 - 78° - Sunny, humid - Spring Meadows Park Day 144 - 77° - Sunny, humid - Spring Meadows Park Day 143 - 65° - Rainy - Spring Meadows Park The Appalachian Trail is 2184 miles and runs from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine.  The half way point along the trail is a few miles down the road in Boiling Springs.  Boiling Springs is a great place for hikers to take a break from the trail, as there is an AT Center, post office (for...

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Joanne Kenney Hawver on May 22, 2012

Day 142 - 62° - Rainy - Spring Meadows Park Day 141 - 82° - Sunny, Breezy - Lerew Road (Billy's Birthday) Day 140 - 80° - Sunny - Spring Meadows Park Day 139 - 78° - Sunny - Spring Meadows Park This was another great weekend at the Red Cardinal B&B.  Our guests this weekend came from Highland Park, NJ.  Ray and Karen were visiting the area for the first time.  They came for the Import and Kit Nationals Car Show.  They arrived on Friday and went downtown for dinner at Issei's Noodles.  This year there was a "block...

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The Gardens

Joanne Kenney Hawver on May 17, 2012

Day 138 - 72 - Sunny, cool - Spring Meadows Park  Day 137 - 81° - Hot, Humid - Spring Meadows Park Day 136 - 70° - Sunny, Humid - Spring Meadows Park Day 135 - 60° - Rain - Spring Meadows Park The Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast has several raised beds and flower gardens.  This time of the year, they are just beginning to bloom and after 3 days of rain, the weeds are as plentiful as the flowers and vegetables.  I like to get out early in the morning and work on the gardens as it is...

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My Blog

Joanne Kenney Hawver on May 1, 2012

As the New Year began, I was wondering what resolution to make. I was trying to make one that would be “all encompassing”; one that I could enjoy physically, socially and spiritually. The first thing that came to my mind was walking. I love to walk. So I decided to commit myself to walking every day during this coming year. This way, I can describe some of the wonderful places that you might visit during your stay at our B&B. Or perhaps I can share an event or a recipe that comes to my mind while I am “out and...

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