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Pa. German Heritage Center to celebrate Easter on the Farm

March 4, 2013

 KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Come and celebrate the spring time traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch at Easter on the Farm on March 23, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be plenty of activities for all to enjoy such as; hearth-cooking demonstrations, schoolmarm presentations; dialect lessons; fraktur, quilting, spinning, knitting, felting, blacksmith, and beer-making demonstrations; plus much more.

Taste some dandelion salad with hot bacon dressing, provided by Wos-Wit Pennsylvania Dutch Foods, in the Farmhouse kitchen. Sample a hand-made fastnacht in the summer kitchen - and if you like them - take home a whole dozen, as they will be available for purchase. 

The Old Time Plow Boys will have their tractors and antique farm equipment on display, and they'll be giving wagon and barrel rides: plus they will be cooking up something tasty to eat in the Plow Boys Kitchen. For more information on the Old Time Plow Boys, please visit www.oldtimeplowboys.com.

We will also have members of the Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen on site doing demonstrations of their craft, and they'll have some of their wonderful items for sale! See Guild member Ray Oxenford demonstrating in our working tinsmith shop, and Pat Oxenford demonstrating toleware painting! To learn more about the Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen, please visit www.rbcrafts.org.

Join us in the schoolhouse as Elaine Vardjan will read a classic Easter story, The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous, at 1p.m. followed by a discussion of the Easter traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch.

Headlining our musical performances will be local favorite, Keith Brintzenhoff, who will take the schoolhouse stage at 11:30a.m., for more information about Keith, please visit his webpage at www.toadcreekmusic.com.

At 2p.m. sing along with Die Nei Dulpehock Sanger Chor - from the BCTV show The Pennsylvania German Hour - in the schoolhouse, they will sing some Easter hymns as well as some of our favorite secular tunes...all in Pennsylvania Dutch! Some songs on the docket include Der Pennsilvaani Polka, Der Oschdere Schtrutze, Der Bier Polka, and Grumbiere Supp.

If you have children, ages 6mos. to 10yrs. they may participate in our Easter egg hunt, at either 11:30 or at 2:30. Prizes, donated by Reppert's Candies in Oley, will be given for finding the prize eggs.

Don't miss out on the fun crafts for all ages in the Children's Tent such as egg-scratching, paper-folding, and basket-making. Plan to stop in and see the cute little baby chicks, playful pot-bellied pigs, and adorable goats and sheep.

Best of all, this is a free event! For more information on Easter on the Farm, visit www.kutztown.edu/pgchc, our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pgchc, or call 610-683-1589.