Thursday, May 19, 2011


Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to sell and sign books at the annual Niles Wildflower, Art, Garden and Quilt Show. The rainy weather kept the quilts indoors this year but didn't dampen the spirits of the participants.

Niles is a bit of an anomaly in Silicon Valley, a true small town. It is tucked away against the hills and bordered by a creek and a railroad. The Niles Canyon Railroad runs on the weekends and special holidays. It's a popular attraction. You could easily spend the day on the Main Street of Niles. It is full of antique shops, wonderful restaurants, a quilt shop, as well as a longarm quilter.

if the allure of vintage furniture and Bronco Billy's pizza is not enough, Niles has a unique history. In 1912, the Essaney Film Manufacturing Company moved to town. They built a huge studio and stayed for several years, making hundreds of short films, many featuring Bronco Billy himself. In 1914, they hired their most famous employee -Charlie Chaplin. His most famous movie, The Tramp, was filmed in Niles.

If you're ever in our neck of the woods, I highly recommend a detour to Niles. You'll find pretty of friendly faces and lots of great history. Ride the railroad and walked where Charlie Chaplin walked.

Any hidden gems in your neighborhood?


Linda O. Johnston said...

Niles sounds charming, Terri! I've visited the Silicon Valley but hadn't heard of it before. Would love to visit it sometime.

Betty Hechtman said...

Niles sounds neat. I'd love to check it out.

Terri Thayer said...

Come on up, you two. We'll make a day of it.

Terri Thayer said...

Come on up, you two. We'll make a day of it.

Susan said...

Niles sound wonderful. If you're ever in the suburban Philadelphia area, you really need to see the gardens at Chanticleer. It's a 35-acre estate with lots of wonderful plantings. If you're in the area in February, Jenkins Arboretum has a small quilt show with a nature theme.

Terri Thayer said...

HI Susan, I used to live in NE PA (that's where my stamping sisters series is et) but I've never been to Chanticleer. Sounds wonderful.

My favorite hidden gem in that neck of the woods is the Brandywine River Museum. Home of three generations of the Wyeth family. Art in a beautiful setting.

Thanks, Susan!