Goschen­hop­pen Folk Fes­ti­val to take place Aug. 10-11

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This year marks the 52nd an­niver­sary of the Goschen­hop­pen His­to­ri­ans’ Au­then­tic Penn­syl­va­nia Dutch Folk Fes­ti­val. The Folk Fes­ti­val is spon­sored and en­acted by the Goschen­hop­pen His­to­ri­ans Inc., which was formed to pre­serve the folk cul­ture of the area, in­clud­ing the food, dress, lan­guage and prac­tices in their purest forms.

This non­com­mer­cial event cel­e­brates the Ger­man set­tlers who in­hab­ited the north­ern half of the Perkiomen Creek and its trib­u­taries in Mont­gomery County. The Goschen­hop­pen re­gion was set­tled in the early 18th cen­tury by the Men­non­ite, Catholic, Lutheran, Sch­wenk­felder, Ger­man Re­formed and Dunkard com­mu­ni­ties. In this re­gion, these Ger­mans re­tained the lan­guage, cul­ture and in­flu­ences of those im­mi­grants.

Visi­tors to the Folk Fes­ti­val will ex­pe­ri­ence au­then­tic Penn­syl­va­nia Ger­man folk­life from the 18th and

19th cen­turies. They will wit­ness many cos­tumed crafts­men teach­ing the van­ish­ing se­crets of their arts; rope­maker, wheel­wright, tin­smith, black­smith, cooper, gar­dener, seam­stress, needle­worker, hearth cooks and more. Vis­it­ing with friendly farm an­i­mals and tak­ing wagon rides on a horse drawn wagon are a must for both young and old. Tra­di­tional tasty re­fresh­ments such as fast­nachts, shoofly pie, el­der­berry pie, peaches and ice cream, home­made root­beer and rasp­berry schrub will tan­ta­lize the taste buds. Visi­tors may lis­ten to en­ter­tain­ing

and var­ied stage pro­grams in­clud­ing folk­life pre­sen­ta­tions, Penn­syl­va­nia Dutch di­alect sing­ing and a daily band con­cert. Tours of the Henry Antes House, a na­tional his­toric land­mark which has been re­stored and op­er­ated by the Goschen­hop­pen His­to­ri­ans, will be avail­able.

This year’s theme, Gemacht Von Hand, or Made By Hand, of­fers visi­tors an op­por­tu­nity to learn about the var­i­ous made by hand items used daily by the Penn­syl­va­nia Dutch. Needle­work­ers stitch­ing sam­plers and quilts, trades­men hand­craft­ing their wares, house­wives knead­ing dough and mak­ing pot­pie noo­dles, the pot­ter shap­ing red­ware, and chil­dren mak­ing corn­husk dolls. A turner’s foot pedal lathe. Dis­cover the nu­mer­ous items Made by Hand and how they were cre­ated by the Penn­syl­va­nia Ger­mans dur­ing the 18th and 19th Cen­tury.

The 52nd An­nual Goschen­hop­pen Folk Fes­ti­val: Fri­day, Au­gust 10, from noon till 8 p.m., and Satur­day, Au­gust 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Henry Antes Plan­ta­tion, 318 Colo­nial Road, Perkiomenville, off of Route 73 near Gil­bertsville. For more in­for­ma­tion visit w w w.goschen­hop­pen.org and like us on Face­book.


Luke Sensenig shows Stephen Mo­raux how to use a flail to beat the grain loose from the stalk at the Goschen­hop­pen Folk Fes­ti­val Aug. 11, 2017.


Ex­hibitors demon­strate a one-horse­power thresh­ing ma­chine at the Goschen­hop­pen Folk Fes­ti­val Aug. 11, 2017.

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