In our article on the History of the
Adirondack Chair, I mentioned the Betsy-Tacy series of
books by Maud Hart Lovelace. This series was set in Pre-WWI America
and chronicled the life of the lively and charming Ray family.
Every summer, Mr. and Mrs. Ray take their family to a lakeside
retreat much like Lake Champlain - birthplace of the Adirondack
chair. The idyllic picture of the outdoor life, puttering about in
canoes, eating marvelous lunches and resting on the porch still
speaks to modern Americans of the need to slow down, to enjoy the
small things, to take a breather.
In the stories, the Rays return home refreshed and revitalized
and ready for new episodes of life's adventures. But, they don't
leave their family traditions behind them at the lake. Sunday
evenings are family time, too, when Mr. Ray makes his famous onion
sandwiches and everyone gathers around the piano to sing. The
author created an enduring picture of the simple pleasures of
family life and the small kindnesses that make home a place of
refuge for all. The continued popularity of these books into the
21st century attests to how people still long for the kind of quiet
pleasures our grandmothers and grandfathers knew.
10 Simple Steps For Create Old-Fashioned Family Time
Step 1) Turn off the video games, the radio, the TV, the
telephone and yes, even the computer. The world will still be there
when you come back in an hour or two.
Step 2) Make up a plate of your family's favorite sandwiches.
They don't have to be fancy. Just something everybody likes. Mr.
Ray's specialty was thick slices of onion, seasoned with salt,
pepper and vinegar between two slices of bread. Boys seemed
especially fond of these.
Step 3) Make a pitcher of your family's favorite iced tea,
lemonade or fruit punch. Use plenty of ice and remember to get
glasses for all so each family member feels invited.
Step 4) Put the beverage, glasses and plate of sandwiches on a
tray and take them outside to wherever you've created your family's
outdoor room. Of course, we recommend our Adirondack chairs!
Step 5) Call everybody out to the yard for refreshments and a
rest on a warm summer's day.
Step 6) Start up a conversation you know will be pleasant and
inclusive of everyone. Maybe you're planning a vacation, or a
family party, or your family's favorite subject is mountain
climbing, or astronomy or music. Whatever it is, choose a subject
that creates a good feeling.
Step 7) Do something silly. Tell jokes. Talk Pig-Latin. Share a
silly story from your childhood. Laugh.
Step 8) Do something fun. Have an informal spelling bee. Play 20
Questions. Play a round of Go Fish or Old Maid. Even little ones
can get in on this.
Step 9) Sing with your family. It may sound silly, but the unity
that singing together brought to families in the 'olden days' was
very real and true. The Ray family sang the songs of their times,
such as Come away with me, Lucille, in my Merry Oldsmobile
and We Were Sailing Along, On Moonlight Bay. Don't worry if
you don't know the words to these oldies. The point is to do
something together, and even dubious youngsters will rise to the
challenge of trying to keep their part going if you attempt to sing
a round like Three Blind Mice or Row, Row, Row Your
Step 10) Notice the outdoors. Whether your backyard is in a
suburb or on a mountain top, the sky, the trees, the birds and the
flowers are all sources of pleasure, when we take the time to
notice them. Get your family to become observers of the outdoors.
It will serve them well throughout life, and these special family
times will become their most treasured memories.
Adirondack Chair FAQ
Q: Aren't Adirondack Chairs Hard To Assemble?
A: Not really. As you can see from the assembly instructions above,
you're just 5 easy steps away from a perfect adirondack chair.
Q: What if I'm not happy with my adirondack chair after it
A: Just send it back to us and we will gladly refund your money or
exchange your adirondack chair for something else. View our
Q: Do I have to stain or paint my adirondack chair to protect
A: No, not at all. Many people do enjoy doing this, but you can
leave your adirondack chair untreated if you wish. It will weather
over time to a soft, pearl grey. This is one of the benefits of
cedar wood outdoor furniture.
Q: I saw this same adirondack chair somewhere else for a better
A: Please, show us this and we will beat the price. That's Cape Cod
Treasure Chest's Low Price Guarantee.
Please, let us know if we can answer any further
questions you may have about our Rustic Cedar Adirondack Chair and