Civil War history isn’t the only thing awaiting you in historic explorations of Adams County. This Saturday, Sept. 14, stop on over in East Berlin’s National Historic District for the community’s annual Colonial Day celebration festival.
Come discover the 18th century town while celebrating all the yearly anticipated festivities that have been taking place on the second Saturday in September for nearly four decades. Rain or shine, the action starts promptly at 8 a.m. and will continue on through 4 p.m.
Juried crafters and other vendors from all over the country will come out to set up booths along the streets. Come explore some of the most unique finds including antiques and antique reproductions such as stoneware, redware, hand-loomed textiles, hand-forged iron, tin, copper and other metal works, handwoven baskets, floor-cloths, scherenschnitte and so much more.
Delicious food will be available to hungry shoppers at a full food court. Tasty finds include: hot dogs, crab cakes, sausage, apple dumplings, funnel cakes, kettle corn, caramel apples, fries, smoothies, old fashioned root beer and birch beer, Asian selections, ice cream, pretzels, sandwiches, shaved ice, baked goods and much more. Additionally, the Society’s pig roast will be taking place at this event.
This event provides free, family-friendly fun including enjoyable, live entertainment. Come experience a blending of good old-fashioned American music from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Performances will be near the Studebaker House and will include Deborah Brower, Becky Ross and Elaine Newhall of Tasker’s Chance as well as Crossroads, a blue grass band making its premier at this event. The Central York Middle School Fife and Drum Corps will also return for its fourth year with a parade and performance.
There are many other excitements to behold at this year’s event including raffles. Quilters for
the East Berlin Historical Preservation Society will present a queen size Spice Medley pattern quilt to be raffled with second and third place prizes including redware by Becky Mummert and a holiday figure sculpted by Thomas Panetta. Visitors also, have the chance to buy raffle tickets for a chance to experience delicious food by Linda Zeigler, colonial period hearth cooking expert. Zeigler, who will prepare a delicious 18th century meal in the Society’s log house on November 2, will treat raffle winners to hearty colonial cooking as well as history and facts about acceptable colonial manners. The log cabin will be open to the public between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to provide eager wanderers with an enticing preview. Purchase raffle tickets by calling 259-0822 or stop by the Colonial Day at the Society’s information booth. The drawings will be held at 3p.m. You do not have to be present to win.
Colonial Day proceeds will benefit East Berlin Historical Preservation Society, a non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.ebhpspa.org.