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Cumberland Valley Creations 2019

Cumberland Valley Creations 2019

Visit The Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School and Meadowbrooke Gourds


Visit The Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School and Meadowbrooke Gourds

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Cumberland Valley Creations

The Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School and Meadowbrooke Gourds




Learn how to put together a simple, but elegant meal -- and enjoy the fruits of your labor.   Peruse the tasty treasures of gourmet spices and coffee as well as an assortment of bakeware, cookware, housewares nad cutlery at The Kitchen Shoppe.   Following lunch the group will head over to Meadowbrooke Gourds, the world's largest gourd crafting company featured on Mike Rowe's Discovery Channel TV Show "Dirty Jobs" where everyone will get to paint (and take home) their own gourd.


The Kitchen Shoppe

The Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School celebrates their 45th anniversary in 2019.  Sue Hoffman opened The Kitchen Shoppe in 1974 in the small building next door to the current location.  She began by selling kitchen gadgets and appliances, but realized that people needed and/or wanted instruction on using the items they were buying - thus the Cooking School was born.  Some of the first small appliances that were demonstrated included the microwave and food processors. 


The Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School carries gourmet foods; kitchen gadgets and tools; cookware of the highest quality; small appliances such as slow cookers, pressure cookers, the VitaMix; and everything in between.


The Cooking School has hosted a plethora of guest chefs over the years.  Classes have included instruction on making pizza, pasta, pierogi, cake decorating and, recently, cooking on The Big Green Egg.


Meadowbrook Gourds


Meadowbrook's story begins with one farmer and the seeds from two gourds he found by accident. This accident turned into a dream that has lasted more than twenty years. It was during a trip to New England that he first saw fresh goose neck gourds. He brought them home to the Central Pennsylvania area to grow and sell fresh in the fall along with pumpkins. The response was overwhelming until other farmers started growing them in the area. Our gourds that were once so special lay in the fields unharvested. Fortunately, but unbeknownst to him, the story was only beginning.


Every crop he normally grew would rot if left on the ground all winter. The goose neck gourds were the exception. Their wood like shells dried and left him with beautiful shapes to create on. Ben Bear, that one farmer, also had a background in carpentry and in the off winter months tinkered around in his garage building cabinets, desks and other wooden furniture. In November 1993, using the wood tools on the hard shelled gourds, he crafted his first creations – bells, tiny birdhouses and snowmen. This was the beginning of this crazy dream called Meadowbrooke Gourds.


In 1994, we started going to our first shows to showcase our new fully crafted gourds. We soon realized that our gourds were many times more valuable dried than fresh. Starting in 1995, we started on a farm in Mechanicsburg with 5 people working out of tractor trailers and a shed. Realizing we were in need of more room and a more climate controlled environment, we moved to our current farm in 1996.


The early years were a time of finding and inventing many things. We needed the right people to build a dream with, create the system and tools to craft a product that few others were doing and refine the growing and drying of hundreds of varieties of hard-shelled gourds. We were all young and didn’t mind making lots of mistakes if we could learn from them. The most rewarding part of the early years was solving the big problems of how to efficiently grow, sort, wash and craft gourds.

Over 20 years have come and gone since that first gourd. We are a bit greyer and a lot wiser. There are now over 20 of us living this dream and crafting over 250 kinds of gourds. Although, we are not all related, most of us have worked together for so many years that everyone feels like family. Our crafting team alone has over 40 years of combined experience along with over 35 years in our finishing area. Each craftsman works thousands of hours to perfect their skill and become a master.

We have found that free choice, integrity and quality are the keys to working together when you want to accomplish great things. We also realized it takes an awful lot of people to make a company successful from our working “family” to our customers to our suppliers. Most importantly, we discovered that excellence comes from a never ending search for improvement.

Pick-Up Locations

DuBois - 6:00 AM
Clearfield - 6:30 AM
Philipsburg - 7:00 AM
State College - 6:30 AM
Lewistown - 7:15 AM
Mifflintown - 7:30 AM

Please arrive at your pickup location at least 15 minutes prior to depature.

Tentative Itineary

Arrive at The Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School at approximately 9:30 AM for 10:00 AM class. Guests will learn how to put together a simple, but elegant meal then enjoy the lunch prepared with some time allowed for shopping as well. Depart at 12:30 PM for Meadowbrook Gourds and make your own gourd project before departing for home at 4:00 PM.

Please note there are no meal stops en route on this tour. Guests are welcomed to bring snacks/drinks on the coach.


Approx Returns

Mifflintown - 5:15 PM
Lewistown - 5:30 PM
State College - 6:00 PM
Philipsburg - 6:30 PM
Clearfield - 7:00 PM
DuBois - 7:30 PM


Trip Includes

  • Round-Trip Motorcoach Transportation

  • Cooking Class/Demo

  • Lunch

  • Gourd

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Clearfield Clearfield-Walmart Parking Lot
Back end of parking lot on grocery side of store
DuBois DuBois Mall
Sears parking lot across from CNB Bank
Lewistown Mifflin County Library
123 North Wayne Street, Lewistown
Mifflintown Mifflintown JP Pancake House
Please park in rear
Phillipsburg Philipsburg - Peebles Parking Lot
near Goodwill Store
State College State College Bus Garage (near Airport)
2101 Alexander Drive, State College PA 16803
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