Fam­ily-friendly Hay Creek Ap­ple Fes­ti­val Oct. 14-15

The Southern Berks News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Come visit the Joanna Fur­nace Iron Works, near Mor­gan­town, and the Hay Creek Ap­ple Fes­ti­val on Oc­to­ber 14 and 15. You’ll be pleas­antly en­ter­tained at one of the most fam­i­lyfriendly fes­ti­vals in south­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia.

Even to­day, the tra­di­tional fall ap­ple har­vest is strongly rooted within our lo­cal rural cul­ture. The aroma of fresh ap­ples in the cool au­tumn air brings back pleas­ant mem­o­ries to adults and cre­ates spe­cial mem­o­ries for our chil­dren. For over 30 years, par­ents have made this event a fam­ily tra­di­tion. Hay Creek His­to­ri­ans strive to cre­ate a spe­cial kind of event where vis­i­tors sa­vor home­made ap­ple fare, ex­pe­ri­ence fun for the en­tire fam­ily and take tours of the his­toric iron fur­nace com­plex.

This event cel­e­brates AP­PLE foods!

Vis­i­tors gen­er­ally ar­rive early and start the day with the renowned Hay Creek all-you-can-eat ap­ple pan­cake break­fast, served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. both days. Then through­out each day, ev­ery imag­in­able tra­di­tional ap­ple food is avail­able . . . from freshly pressed cider to frit­ters, pies, tarts, dumplings, and so much more. The 19th cen­tury Joanna Fur­nace ap­ple cider press will be op­er­at­ing through­out each day with con­tin­u­ous demon­stra­tions. Ex­pe­ri­ence freshly pressed Hay Creek Cider by the cup or by the gal­lon to take home.

The menu in­cludes the unit­ing of tra­di­tional early Amer­i­can dishes with such ad­di­tional fa­vorites as ap­ple dumplings, ap­ple pies, ap­ple crisp, home­made caramel ap­ples with var­i­ous top­pings, ap­ple sausage sand­wiches, ap­ple frit­ters, hot mulled cider and the freshly pressed cider. An­other re­gional treat, Sch­nitz un Knepp (ap­ples, dumplings, and ham) is al­ways a spe­cial treat.

And not to be missed is Ma­bel’s Iron-Ket­tle Soups, cooked to per­fec­tion over ac­tual open fires. (Chicken Corn, Beef Veg­etable, Ham & Bean with riv­els). Ma­bel’s Iron-Ket­tle Soups recipes can be traced back to the 19th cen­tury. They are also avail­able by the quart for take home and can be frozen to be en­joyed later.

The menu gets even wider . . . chicken pot pie (also avail­able by the quart for take home), ham­burg­ers, hot dogs, French fries, soda, wa­ter and cof­fee and ad­di­tional fes­tive foods and bev­er­ages are al­ways avail­able. Many vis­i­tors make a point of pur­chas­ing our soups, pot pie and ap­ple baked dessert goods to take home and freeze in prepa­ra­tion for en­ter­tain­ing and hol­i­day meals.

The An­nual Hay Creek Flea Mar­ket will be open both days. For any­one wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate by hav­ing their own flea mar­ket stand, the cost for setup is $20 for mem­bers and $30 for non-mem­bers. Spa­ces are fill­ing up rapidly, so any­one in­ter­ested in a flea mar­ket or craft stand should call Kath­leen at 610914-8152 for de­tails.

Nu­mer­ous fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties are wo­ven through­out this two-day fes­ti­val. Th­ese fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude scare­crow build­ing, pump­kin paint­ing, early Amer­i­can games, plus hay and pony rides and more. The chil­dren will es­pe­cially love to ride on the pop­u­lar Ap­ple Bar­rel Ex­press.

Scare­crows can be built on site or vis­i­tors can pur­chase ‘scare­crow kits’ to build at home. Each scare­crow kit in­cludes a wooden “t” frame, pants, shirt, head, string and ac­ces­sories. As each scare­crow will have its own per­son­al­ity, each kit will con­tain vary­ing de­tails in­clud­ing such unique things as ban­dana or belt, hat, tie, etc. and a small amount of straw to stick out of the hands and feet. Home­builders can use their own news­pa­per to stuff their scare­crow.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a Pet­ting Zoo, early Amer­i­can food cook­ing demon­stra­tions and ex­hibits in the Me­chan­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy Build­ing.

All five Joanna Fur­nace Iron­works His­toric Com­plex Build­ings will be open with in­ter­preters telling the full story of the iron­works and vil­lage. The Black­smith Shop com­plete with the work­ing black­smith; The Blow­ing En­gine House with a 22-minute video telling the Joanna Fur­nace story; The Cast­ing House with mold­ers and work­ers demon­strat­ing the cast­ing process; The Of­fice/ Store with the Store­keeper; and the Char­coal House Mu­seum with in­ter­preters show­ing the process of char­coal mak­ing, ac­tual Joanna Fur­nace stoves and prod­ucts and re­cov­ered ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ar­ti­facts.

The Hay Creek Ap­ple Fes­ti­val at Joanna Fur­nace Iron Works will be held on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. His­toric Joanna Fur­nace Iron­works is lo­cated off Route 10; three miles north of Mor­gan­town . . . turn on Fur­nace Road and pro­ceed to site en­trance.

Ad­mis­sion to the Hay Creek Ap­ple Fes­ti­val is FREE. Park­ing is on site with a park­ing do­na­tion. All pro­ceeds from Hay Creek events sup­port ed­u­ca­tional and restora­tion pro­jects – through the Hay Creek Val­ley His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and this sig­nif­i­cant 18th and 19th his­toric site, Joanna Fur­nace Iron­works. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.hay­creek.org or call 610-286-0388.

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