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Episode 1365

Air Date: April 12, 1974
Previous Episode: 1364
Next Episode: 1366

After settling in, Mister Rogers mentions that he had stopped by to see Elsie Neal on his way home the previous day and she had loaned him a film to watch. The film is about a man, Simon Rodia, who builds towers out of junk and Mister Rogers shares the film on Picture-Picture. After the film, Mister Rogers goes to the kitchen were he has some fun playing with leftover items from around the house (cans, paper tubes, etc). As he does so, he sings I Like to Take My Time.

At Elsie Neal's craft shop, Mister Rogers helps to create a miniature rock garden -- or as Mrs. McFeely calls it, a "rockary." Upon his arrival at the shop, Mrs. McFeely is finishing a rockary of her own. Returning home, Mister Rogers shows Van Gogh's "The Harvest" on Picture Picture and talks about how seeds are planted and grow.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the Potato Harvest Festival has arrived. Chef Brockett and Mr. McFeely help to prepare samples of Lady Elaine's brown syrup.

At Someplace Else, the potatoes are being harvested and everyone heads to the windmill to enjoy Chef Brockett's waffles with Lady Elaine's syrup. Musical entertainment at the festival is provided by the Dixie Travelers.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers puts away his spare household items before concluding with a short discussion about Thanksgiving and a short song to the tune of Tree Tree Tree:

"Thank you, God, for food to eat
And families and friends to love
We love you, yes we do
Yes we do, we love you"


Upon Mister Rogers' arrival at Elsie Neal's craft shop, one member of the Dixie Travelers is there picking up a shirt. As he leaves, Elsie mentions that the other band members have already picked up their shirts which the entire band can be seen wearing later in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

As seen in other episodes, Chef Brockett needed his kitchen to be quiet. In this particular episode, as Mr. McFeely and Chef Brockett are helping Lady Elaine fill her bottles with syrup, something very subtle takes place. There is not enough in the pan to fill the third bottle so Mr. McFeely has to reach for a second pan of syrup. This creates a few seconds of unplanned silence during which Fred Rogers ad libs a quiet line of dialogue from Lady Elaine. As soon as her voice is heard, Chef Brockett very quickly puts his finger to his mouth to quiet Lady Elaine -- for it's silence that he asks for in his kitchen.

Appearing In This Episode


  • The Dixie Travelers




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Don Brockett, Betsy Nadas, Elsie Neal, David Newell, Audrey Roth, Bob Trow
and The Dixie Travelers, Bob Artis, Norman Azinger, Billy Bryant, Mike Carson
"The Towers" film courtesy of The Creative Film Society
"The Harvest" by Vincent Van Gogh slide courtesy of Stedelijk Museum - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Directed by Bill Moates
Music Director: John Costa
Bass: Michael Taylor
Percussion: Robert Rawsthorne
Writers: Fred Rogers, Guy Urban
Psychological Consultants: Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D, Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Film Producer: Laura Perkins
Associate Producers: David Newell, Nan Wheelock
Assistant Producer and Associate Director: Azriel Gamliel
Assistant to the Director: Norma Franklin
Art Director: Jack Guest
Assistant Art Director: David M. Smith
Propmaster: Roy Backes
Lighting Director: Gregory King
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Assistant Floor Manager: James Seech
Technical Supervisors: Tom Knight, Ken Anderson
Video Tape Editor: Chet Bednar
Cameramen: Bob Vaughn, David Anthony, Don McCall
Video: Don Williamson
Audio: Dick La Sota

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh

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© 1974, 1975 Family Communications, Inc.

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