As of January 1, 2019, we have closed our forums. This is a decision we did not come to lightly, but it is necessary. The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk. The server software itself must be updated, and it cannot be without removing the forums.
So it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our long-running forums. They came online in 2000 and brought together so many wonderful Disney fans. We had friendships form, careers launch, couples marry, children born ... all because of this amazing community.
Thank you to each of you who were a part of this community. You made it possible.
And a very special thank you to our Guides (moderators), past and present, who kept our forums a happy place to be. You are the glue that held everything together, and we are forever grateful to you. Thank you aliceinwdw, Caldercup, MrsM, WillCAD, Fortissimo, GingerJ, HiddenMickey, CRCrazy, Eeyoresmom, disneyknut, disneydani, Cam22, chezp, WDWfan, Luvsun, KMB733, rescuesk, OhToodles!, Colexis Mom, lfredsbo, HiddenMickey, DrDolphin, DopeyGirl, duck addict, Disneybine, PixieMichele, Sandra Bostwick, Eeyore Tattoo, DyanKJ130, Suzy Q'Disney, LilMarcieMouse, AllisonG, Belle*, Chrissi, Brant, DawnDenise, Crystalloubear, Disneymom9092, FanOfMickey, Goofy4Goofy, GoofyMom, Home4us123, iamgrumpy, ilovedisney247, Jennifer2003, Jenny Pooh, KrisLuvsDisney, Ladyt, Laughaholic88, LauraBelle Hime, Lilianna, LizardCop, Loobyoxlip, lukeandbrooksmom, marisag, michnash, MickeyMAC, OffKilter_Lynn, PamelaK, Poor_Eeyore, ripkensnana, RobDVC, SHEANA1226, Shell of the South, snoozin, Statelady01, Tara O'Hara, tigger22, Tink and Co., Tinkerbelz, WDWJAMBA, wdwlovers, Wendyismyname, whoSEZ, WildforWD, and WvuGrrrl. You made the magic.
We want to personally thank Sara Varney, who coordinated our community for many years (among so many other things she did for us), and Cheryl Pendry, our Message Board Manager who helped train our Guides, and Ginger Jabour, who helped us with the PassPorter-specific forums and Live! Guides. Thank you for your time, energy, and enthusiasm. You made it all happen.
There are other changes as well.
Why? Well, the world has changed. And change with it, we must. The lyrics to "We Go On" for IllumiNations say it best:
We go on to the joy and through the tears
We go on to discover new frontiers
Moving on with the current of the years.
We go on
Moving forward now as one
Moving on with a spirit born to run
Ever on with each rising sun.
To a new day, we go on.
It's time to move on and move forward.
PassPorter is a small business, and for many years it supported our family. But the world changed, print books took a backseat to the Internet, and for a long time now it has been unable to make ends meet. We've had to find new ways to support our family, which means new careers and less and less time available to devote to our first baby, PassPorter.
But eventually, we must move on and move forward. It is the right thing to do.
So we are retiring this newsletter, as we simply cannot keep up with it. Many thanks to Mouse Fan Travel who supported it all these years, to All Ears and MousePlanet who helped us with news, to our many article contributors, and -- most importantly -- to Sara Varney who edited our newsletter so wonderfully for years and years.
And we are no longer charging for the Live Guides. If you have a subscription, it's yours to keep for the lifetime of the Live Guides at no additional cost. The Live Guides will stay online, barring server issues and technical problems, for all of 2019.
That said, PassPorter is not going away. Most of the resources will remain online for as long as we can support them, and after that we will find ways to make whatever we can available. PassPorter means a great deal to us, and to many of you, and we will do our best to keep it alive in whatever way we can. Our server costs are high, and they'll need to come out of our pockets, so in the future you can expect some changes so we can bring those costs down.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your amazing support over the years. Without you, there's no way us little guys could have made something like this happen and given the "big guys" a run for their money. PassPorter was consistently the #3 guidebook after the Unofficial and Official guides, which was really unheard of for such a small company to do. We ROCKED it thanks to you and your support and love!
If you miss us, you can still find some of us online. Sara started a new blog at DisneyParkPrincess.com -- I strongly urge you to visit and get on her mailing list. She IS the Disney park princess and knows Disney backward and forward. And I am blogging as well at JenniferMaker.com, which is a little craft blog I started a couple of years ago to make ends meet. You can see and hear me in my craft show at https://www.youtube.com/c/jennifermaker . Many PassPorter readers and fans are on Facebook, in groups they formed like the PassPorter Trip Reports and PassPorter Crafting Challenge (if you join, just let them know you read about it in the newsletter). And some of our most devoted community members started a forum of their own at Pixie Dust Lane and all are invited over.
So we encourage you to stay in touch with us and your fellow community members wherever works best for you!
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Love these old homes! The town I grew up in has something called Naper Settlement (my hometown is Naperville) with old homes (not as many), a chapel, and other outbuildings. We did school fieldtrips there when I was young where we learned to churn butter! A valuable skill nowadays...NOT!
Yep, I bet that's one you use all the time....
I think you actually got THREE bees in the one photo - the third is not in sharp focus, but is in the center foreground.
You're right - I see it now!
That meal looked yummy, although I was a bit surprised with what a vegetarian lunch Mark had! He seems to gravitate towards beef when you're out.
Mainly because I'm not keen on having it in the house... can't think why...
Thursday 24 September – part eight: learning about rationing and seasonal cooking
We continued to explore Strawbery-Banke. This is the Shapiro House, which was built in 1795, but the furnishings you see in here are from the 20th century. It was home to a Russian-Jewish immigrant family.
We walked through some of the museum, enjoying the various different styles of building…
The next building we went into was the Pitt Tavern, which was opened by John Stavers, an immigrant from Portsmouth on the other side of the pond in England. He built this in 1766, and it was designed to house New Hampshire’s first Masonic Lodge. The name of the tavern was changed to Pitt Tavern to honour William Pitt.
I loved the way that the flags outside each building reflected the era the building was from – it certainly made for some very interesting flags…
We visited the Little Corner Store, which had some amazing stuff in it. We discovered that America did have rationing during the Second World War, which I never knew. Apparently sugar was one of the first things to be rationed, because they got theirs from Asia. Interesting stuff.
This was the house next door to it…
Next we went into the Wheelwright House, which is where we learnt all about seasonal cooking, and how at this time of the year, they’d be cooking whatever they could to make provisions for the winter. I wouldn’t have done very well, given that they had a huge reliance on apples back then.
We carried on wandering through the museum…
We went into the Jackson House next, which was being shown as an example of a historic house prior to restoration, and it just goes to show how much work goes into restoring these buildings.
Our next stop was the Shapley-Drisco House, which contrasted home life in the 1790s with the 1950s, and it was fascinating to see…
We did learn a lot from this. For example, we found out that America was once using shillings, then the British form of money – logical, now I think about it, but I just never have.
I did prefer the houses that had people in, as opposed to the ones that just had exhibits, because with those, invariably I wanted to ask something, and of course there was no-one to speak to, which was a shame, but that’s honestly my only criticism of the place.
It’s lovely to have somewhere like this that preserves so much, and it’s something that I’d love to see both ourselves and America do more of. We’ve visited many similar such places in Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, where they preserve examples of buildings from around their country so much better than we do, and they’re always fascinating places to visit, just like this one was.
Next: are we ever going to make it to the restaurant?
What a great museum! The items on the shelves at the grocer were very cool to see. it was also very interesting to see the one house in a pre-restoration state. It's unbelievable how much work must go into each of the beautifully restored buildings.
I enjoyed your picture of Strawberry Banke. My experience has been going as a chaperone for 4th grade field trips and it looked so much better without a bunch of nine year olds surrounding everything. So glad you missed all the school groups that go (I think every 4th grader in NH goes).
I know someone recommended Sturbridge Village, which like Plimouth Plantation is a living history museum. Both are well worth the good part of a day.
Love all those houses, and the different eras they show.
My grandma used to tell us about rationing in WWII. I believe during this time they sometimes ate horse meat as beef was rationed. Sugar was definitely rationed, as were nylons.