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2014


Easter on the Farm 
April 12, 2014

Experience Folklife, Heritage, History, and Fun at Easter on the Farm

View a PDF copy of the program here

Celebrate the springtime traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch at Easter on the Farm on April 12, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be plenty of activities for all to enjoy such as; hearth-cooking and various folklife demonstrations, dandelion salad tasting, a petting zoo, arts & crafts vendors, and much more! 

If you have children, ages 6mos. to 10yrs. they may participate in our Easter egg hunt, at either 11:30 or at 2:30. Small prizes will be given for finding ‘prize eggs.’ A special “Thank You!” to R.M. Palmer Company, Wilbur Chocolate Factory, and Just Born, Inc. for donating candy for prizes and giveaways during Easter on the Farm. 

Experience the Schoolmarm presentation and Fraktur demonstration in the Freyberger One Room Schoolhouse. Learn what it was like to be a student in a one-room school! There will also be a book signing and reading by Dori Hoch, author of the children’s storybook Pearl of Richmond School.

Headlining our musical performances will be Mike Hertzog & The Blue Mountain Trio performing dialect music, folk songs, and bluegrass. Mike is a teacher of banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass at Meadowood Music in Blandon. Yodeling Betty Naftzinger will also take the stage – bring your kids and your singing voices and learn to yodel and sing in PA Dutch with Betty! Keith Brintzenhoff will also stop by the schoolhouse for 2 half-hour children’s music performances! Keith has performed at the Kutztown Folk Festival for many years and is one of the founders of the Lyon’s Fiddle Festival. 

Don't miss out on the fun crafts for all ages in the Children's Tent; free make-and-take projects include paper sun catchers, baskets, and beautifully dyed PA Dutch scratch-eggs.  Plus, there will be a full petting zoo by Noah’s Animal Adventures, pot-bellied pigs who perform tricks provided by Puddin’ Heartland 1st pig rescue, and pony rides by Wannamaker Ranch! 

The Old Time Plow Boys will have their tractors and antique farm equipment on display, and they'll be giving wagon rides around the beautiful and historic Sharadin Farmstead of the PGCHC: 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, and tinsmith, 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.

With plenty of activities for the whole family, you won’t want to miss this fun and educational event! Best of all, this is a free event, but donations are greatly appreciated! 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.






The Old Time Plow Boys Spring Plowing Show

April 26-27, 2014

25th Anniversary Spring Show. Featuring Farmall Tractors. Enjoy farming demonstrations and displays, kid's activities, tractor pulls, music, and more!

Food available at the Plow Boys Kitchen. 

Free Event, with Free Parking. 

Visit www.oldtimeplowboys.com for more information. 



Palatines to America Spring Conference

May 03, 2014

Kutztown University once again hosts the annual Pennsylvania Chapter of the Palatines to America Spring Conference in the Academic Forum on Saturday, May 3rd.

The Genealogical Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will be reviewed by Jonathan R. Stayer of the Archives, and David Haugaard, Director of Research Services at the Historical Society. Both facilities have a wealth of historical information and records available to the family researcher with roots in Pennsylvania, especially German roots. 

Additionally, there will be presentations on deeds, mortgages and real estate transactions by Frederick C. Sheeler of the Berks County Deeds Office, as well as information by Jonathan Stayer on understanding Pennsylvania State Land Records. 

Registration is open. Visit www.palam.org and click on Pennsylvania Chapter for more information; e-mail pennpalam@palam.org or mail inquiries to P.O. Box 35, Temple, PA 19560.


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Kutztown Folk Festival
June 28-July 06, 2014

More information at http://www.kutztownfestival.com/. This event is held at the Kutztown Fairgrounds. 










Kid's Camp
July 21-25, 2014

Ages 6-14 (grades 1-7). Learn historic traditions and crafts; new this year will be a pottery lesson in making redware bowls and a lesson in making cheese. Cost is $100/student. More information will be available soon. 


Heemet Fescht
September 27, 2014

Free event, parking donation optional: held on the grounds of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University.

Pennsylvania Dutch folklife, music, history.  Pony rides, hay rides, kids’ activities including pumpkin painting and more! Blacksmithing, hearth-cooking, star embroidery and many other demonstrations.  Food & refreshments available for purchase; hamburgers, hot dogs, and much more! More information: 610-683-1589, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PGCHC.


Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen Holiday Show 
November 01-02, 2014

Held in Kutztown University's O'Pake Field House. More information at http://www.rbcrafts.org


Christmas on the Farm 
December 06, 2014

Enjoy a Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas on the Farm. Purchase your freshly cut Christmas tree on-site! Featuring children’s activities, vendors, wagon rides, and folklife demonstrations including brewing, log hewing, hearth cooking and much more! Plus, visit with the Belsnickel…if you’ve been good this year.  Call 610.683.1589 for more information. This event will be held on the grounds of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University. This event is free.


2015


Easter on the Farm
March 28, 2015


Old Time Plow Boys Spring Plowing Show
April 25-26, 2015


Glieder Fescht
May 04, 2015


Kutztown Folk Festival
June 27-July 05, 2015


Kid's Camp
July 27-31, 2015


Old Time Plow Boys Summer Show
August 08-09, 2015


Heemet Fescht
October 03, 2015

Free event, parking donation optional: held on the grounds of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University.

Pennsylvania Dutch folklife, music, history.  Pony rides, hay rides, kids’ activities including pumpkin painting and more! Blacksmithing, hearth-cooking, star embroidery and many other demonstrations.  Food & refreshments available for purchase; hamburgers, hot dogs, and much more! More information: 610-683-1589, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PGCHC.