2017 Goschenhoppen Folk Festival
This year marks the 51st 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, Handwarricks Gscharr, or Tools of the Trade, offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the various tools used daily by the Pennsylvania Dutch. Hackles to remove impurities from the flax that becomes linen. Schnitzelbonks and draw knives used by woodworkers. A wheelwright’s traveler. A housewife’s crocks. A turner’s foot pedal lathe. Discover these and various other Tools of the Trade and how they were utilized by the Pennsylvania Germans during the 18th and 19th Century at the 51th Annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival. Friday, August 11th from noon till 8, and Saturday, August 12th from 10 to 6, at the Henry Antes Plantation, 318 Colonial Rd in Perkiomenville, PA, off of Route 73 near Gilbertsville.