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39th Annual East Berlin Colonial Day

sponsored by East Berlin Historical Preservation Society

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Time: 8:00am-4:00pm Rain or Shine

Festival Event

When the second Saturday in September approaches each year, some of the country’s finest crafters rise long before dawn and set up their booths in East Berlin’s National Historic District. By 8am another Colonial Day is underway in this 18th century town, as it has been for 39 years. Early shoppers fill the street and the hunt begins for special items made in “the olde way” by juried vendors. Handforged iron, floorcloths, handloomed textiles, scherenschnitte, rag and hooked rugs, fine antique reproductions, watercolors, redware, metalwork including tin and copper, painted boxes, toleware, stoneware, dried flower arrangements, handwoven baskets, antiques and much more fill the booths. West King St. is closed to traffic, allowing plenty of space for crafts, antiques, food and lively entertainment. Rain or shine. Free admission. Paid parking available. No pets, please.
Free entertainment is always a big hit. The Central York Middle School Fife and Drum Corps will return for their fourth year and amaze the crowd with their parade and performance. Deborah Brower, Becky Ross and Elaine Newhall of Tasker’s Chance will appear near the Studebaker House, blending 17th-19th century music of America’s past on guitar, fiddle, flute and tin whistle. A great new addition this year will feature toe-tapping blue grass by the local group, Crossroads.
No need to go hungry while shopping. Delicious foods await the crowd including the Society’s pig roast sandwiches, made from scratch funnel cakes, hot dogs, apple dumplings, sausage sandwiches, old fashion root beer and birch beer. A full food court also offers pretzels, ice cream, kettle corn, caramel apples, crab cakes, smoothies, fries, Asian selections, shaved ice, baked goods and much more.
For many years the East Berlin Historical Preservation Society quilters have worked through the winter to complete special raffle quilts, highly prized by the winners. The 2013 project is a queen size Spice Medley pattern quilt which will be raffled with second and third place prizes including redware by Becky Mummert and a holiday figure sculpted by Thomas Panetta. Stop by the quilt demonstration booth to see next year’s amazing special edition, the East Berlin Historical Preservation Society 250th Anniversary Quilt, which will be raffled in 2014.
Another very popular raffle features Linda Zeigler, colonial period hearth cooking expert. Linda will once again prepare a delicious 18th century meal in the Society’s log house on November 2. The lucky winners will not only enjoy a wonderful dinner but will learn some fascinating history as well as acceptable colonial manners. The log cabin will be open 10-2 on Colonial Day for a preview of the authentic setting. Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 259-0822 or on Colonial Day at the Society’s information booth. The drawings will be held at 3pm. You do not have to be present to win.
All proceeds benefit the non-profit East Berlin Historical Preservation Society, a very active, all volunteer organization which maintains five early buildings in town: Swigart’s Mill in York County (1794), the log house (1832), the log Church Schoolhouse (ca. 1800), Liberty No. 1 Engine House (1892) and Red Men’s Hall, which houses the Society headquarters and museum. Several of the buildings are used for the Society’s hands-on education program, run by member Karen Shaeffer and her wonderful volunteers, where groups of school children learn about weaving and spinning, hearth cooking, and a typical school day.

Location Information
Historic East Berlin
West King Street
East Berlin, PA
Contact Information
Phone: 717-259-0822
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