Folk Festival - 2017

 

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!!

 

2017 Festival Broadside

Experience Yesterday Today!

Experience authentic PA German folklife of the 18th and 19th centuries

Many costumed craftsmen teach the vanishing secrets of their arts, including rope making, wheelwright, tinsmith, blacksmith, cooper, gardener, seamstress, needleworker, hearth cooks, and more

Visit friendly farm animals and ride in a horse drawn wagon

Try traditional tasty refreshments: sausage sandwiches, fastnachts, shoofly pie, peaches & ice cream,

and homemade root beer, just to name a few

Listen to an entertaining and varied stage program, which may include folklife presentations,

PA Dutch dialect singing, and a daily band concert

Tour the Antes House, a National Historic Landmark, restored, owned, and operated by the Goschenhoppen Historians, the first floor will be open during Festival hours

 

 
Festival Prep
The Festival takes many, many hours of preparation each year.  Here are some pictures of the Wheat Harvest, where a group of volunteers gather and tie-off wheat bundles, which are used during the Festival by the demonstrators.
 
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Folk Festival - 2017

 

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!!

 

2017 Festival Broadside

Experience Yesterday Today!

Experience authentic PA German folklife of the 18th and 19th centuries

Many costumed craftsmen teach the vanishing secrets of their arts, including rope making, wheelwright, tinsmith, blacksmith, cooper, gardener, seamstress, needleworker, hearth cooks, and more

Visit friendly farm animals and ride in a horse drawn wagon

Try traditional tasty refreshments: sausage sandwiches, fastnachts, shoofly pie, peaches & ice cream,

and homemade root beer, just to name a few

Listen to an entertaining and varied stage program, which may include folklife presentations,

PA Dutch dialect singing, and a daily band concert

Tour the Antes House, a National Historic Landmark, restored, owned, and operated by the Goschenhoppen Historians, the first floor will be open during Festival hours

 

 
Festival Prep
The Festival takes many, many hours of preparation each year.  Here are some pictures of the Wheat Harvest, where a group of volunteers gather and tie-off wheat bundles, which are used during the Festival by the demonstrators.
 
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FAQs

 

What is the mission of the Folk Festival?

The Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc. is organized to identify, preserve and disseminate the Pennsylvania German (Pennsylvania Dutch) folk culture and history of the Goschenhoppen region. The Folk Festival is designed as an educational family event to demonstrate various home skills and trades of the Goschenhoppen area from about 1750-1880.

Who puts on the Folk Festival?

The Folk Festival is put on by the membership of the Goschenhoppen Historians. All are volunteers. 

How many people volunteer at the Folk Festival?

On average, we have about 500 volunteers. Some work in the demonstration areas showing various crafts, trades, and home skills while others volunteer in concession stands, logistical support, and office staff.

What kinds of food/beverages are served?

The Historians strive to serve only traditional Pennsylvania Dutch foods at the Folk Festival. They are part of the educational concept of the Folk Festival. 

 

At the main Concession Stand the menu includes (but is not limited to): sausage sandwiches, ham sandwiches, summer sausage sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit, a Pennsylvania Dutch sampler platter, fresh sliced peaches and ice cream, corn pie, vegetable soup, chow-chow, red-beet eggs, applesauce, and baked limas. 

 

Other food stands offer funnel cakes, fastnachts, apple and peach dumplings, assorted fruit pies, corn on the cob, watermelon, fresh bread and breakfast cakes, cookies, and homemade candies.

Beverages include iced tea, lemonade, vinegar punch, raspberry shrub, grape drink, homemade root beer, coffee, and cold water. 

Are pets allowed?

No pets are allowed on the Folk Festival grounds. Only service animals are permitted due to the number of other animals and livestock we have on the property.

How can I volunteer?

We have an Apprentice Program for students in 6th -12th grade (click here for details).  We offer them the opportunity to learn traditional skills and trades from master craftspeople and knowledgeable historians thereby preserving segments of our history.

Adults may get involved in the Folk Festival in a number of ways (click here for details).  We are looking for new volunteers who are willing to learn and spend the needed time to hone the skills necessary to become a master craftsperson. Besides demonstrating a trade or home skill, other volunteers are needed at the Folk Festival. Positions need to be filled in the concessions and food stands, admission gates, set-up crews, etc.

We appreciate all those who offer to help us with all of the tasks that need to be done!

What is the clothing being worn at the Folk Festival?

The men and women demonstrating at the Folk Festival are dressed in typical everyday working garb that corresponds to the time frame and type tools used in their demonstration.  Many of the veteran craftspeople own their own reproduction costumes while new volunteers may borrow from the Historians’ costume collection.

Who are the Pennsylvania Dutch?

“A minority group, essentially German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania starting in 1683. They have lacked unity among their numerous component groups so political advantage, concessions in education and local recognition of language or customs were often extinguished by passage of time, change, and advance of technology…” The Pennsylvania Dutch, William T. Parsons, 1976.

When is the Folk Festival each year?

The Folk Festival is always held the second Saturday in August and the day before. The 2017 Festival will be held Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12.

 

How is the Folk Festival laid out and what kinds of demonstrations are being shown? 

You will notice that most of the 18th century hearth cooking demonstrations and 18th century men’s trades demonstrations are located on the southern side of the Antes Plantation where the restored four story stone house is located. The raised bed garden and bake oven are also located there. A Revolutionary soldier’s encampment can be found near the house as well.

Pastimes, needlework, and clothing construction exhibits are found in the shady grove of trees directly behind the raised bed garden.

 

Most of the 19th century cookstove demonstrations, 19th century men’s trade demonstrations, farming equipment, butchering, and animal exhibits can be found on the northern side of the plantation. Food concessions and stage programs are centrally located in the heart of the property.  Children’s games, horse drawn wagon rides, and book sales are also located here.

 

Upon entry to the Folk Festival, each visitor is given a Folk Festival guide in the form of a  reproduction turn of the century newspaper, The Intelligencer. This guide includes a map of the grounds, times of the special exhibits, a schedule for the stage programs, as well as informational articles to enhance your visit.  And for all elementary age children a Children's Guide to the Folk Festival will be available.
 
 

Festival Broadside & Bi-Fold Documents - 2016

Click on a file below to open it -

Broadside.pdf

BiFold.pdf 

 

To return to this screen, use the 'back' button of your brower.

 

 

Adult Volunteers and Other Volunteers

 

The Goschenhoppen Folk Festival relies on its volunteer craftsmen and craftswomen to pass on their knowledge.  We are deeply appreciative of all the countless volunteers who, over the years, have tirelessly taught novices the step by step processes of their craft.

 

We are looking for new volunteers who are willing to learn and spend the needed time to hone the skills necessary to become a master craftsperson.  Specific requirements may be essential to participate in a particular craft or activity at the Folk Festival.  For example, some crafts may require supplying your own tools and equipment, while others may have all the equipment provided to you.  The Folk Festival seeks to portray, as accurately as possible, the traditional ways of life in Goschenhoppen.  This also refers to gender roles in this community.

 

Authentic reproduction clothing will be provided to all new volunteers as needed.  All volunteers are expected to return all borrowed pieces of clothing in good condition or a replacement fee will be charged.

 

Besides demonstrating a trade or home skill, other volunteers are needed at the Folk Festival.  Positions need to be filled in the concessions and food stands, admission gates, set-up crews, etc.  We appreciate all those who offer to help us with all of the tasks that need to be done.

All volunteers at the Folk Festival are admitted by invitation only.  The Goschenhoppen Historians reserve the right to screen all volunteers and reserve the right to withdraw an invitation to participate in the Folk Festival.

 

To find out how you can help, or for more information, please contact us, attention “Folk Festival”.

 

Click here for our contact information.

NOTE:

As a way to recoup the financial investment of the butchering demonstration, the meats being processed during the Festival will be available to volunteers for purchase.   :  This form should be filled out using a desktop browser.    

NOTICE:  THE MEAT FORM HAS NOW BEEN DISABLED FOR THE 2016 FESTIVAL.

WE ANTICIPATE THE FORM WILL AGAIN BE ACTIVATED FOR THE 2017 FESTIVAL.

 

Student Apprentice Program

 

The Folk Festival Apprentice Program is open to students in grades 6-12 (must be going to grade 6 in September).  We are looking for interested and motivated students who are eager to learn about a skill or craft from colonial Goschenhoppen or who would like to help out in other ways at the Folk Festival.

 

 

There are many activities to be involved in.  Students may participate in one or both days.  The signup form needs to be submitted no later than June 7, for the Festival on August 11 & 12, 2017.  This form is found in the 'Apprentice Job Opportunities Form'.  Students must be in costume, most of which are provided by the Historians.  Individual follow-up will occur after the signup form has been reviewed.  For more information or to answer your concerns, please contact us (click here), attention “Apprentice Program”.

 

To go directly to the form, click here for the Apprentice Program Form.

 

Apprentice Job Opportunities Form

Apprentice Job Opportunities - 2017

Job opportunities at the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival, August 11 & 12, 2017. Note that some activities may be available, and others may be added at the last minute.

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Goschenhoppen Historians

Student Scholarship

 

The Goschenhoppen Historians Scholarship is a graduation gift of $300.00 funded by the general fund.  The Scholarship will be given to a deserving graduating high school senior who has participated in the Goschenhoppen Historians Folk Festival.

 

Established in 1996, the purposes of the Goschenhoppen Historians Scholarship are:

  1. To promote interest in participation in the Folk Festival, and
  2. To recognize the contributions of a graduating senior to the work of the Goschenhoppen Historians through the Folk Festival.

The recipient of the Goschenhoppen Historians Scholarship will be selected using the following guidelines:

  1. Scholarship applications will be available after January 1.  Applications will be available upon request to the Board of Directors, or may submitted electronically using the form found under the Folk Festival button entitled "Scholarship Form".
  2. Applications will be due to the Education Committee and must be postmarked or submitted electronically no later than April 1.  Mailed copies should be sent to the address below.
  3. After April 1, the Education Committee will meet to select the recipient.  The selection will be based on years of service, a demonstrated interest in history, a teacher recommendation, and academic excellence.
  4. 4.  The recipient will notified of the award in time for graduation and will be invited to receive the award at the June Board of Directors meeting.

 

     Mail completed Form to:

 Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc.
Education Committee
PO Box 476
Green Lane, PA  18054
 
 

 

FESTIVAL THEMES

FESITVAL PHOTOS

 

 

Period Clothing

 

Period Clothing is worn by all volunteers at the Folk Festival.  

In order to distinguish the costumes, samples of each century for

both men and women are detailed.

 

 

 

Click here for the 18th Century Men's Costumes.

 

Click here for 18th Century Women's Costumes.

 

Click here for 19th Century Men's Costumes.

 

Click here for 19th Century Women's Costumes.

 

Note - the above links are pdf and have been saved to Dropbox GH Website Combination

Photo & Video Consent/Disclaimer

In this age of digital and social media, there are many people taking photographs and video at the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival. We have no control over these photographers and videographers. As such, your participation in the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival constitutes your agreement to hold harmless and release and forever discharge Goschenhoppen Historians of responsibility and accountability related to photographs and videos taken at the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival.

 

Additionally, some photographers and videographers authorize the Goschenhoppen Historians permission to use photographs and video taken at the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival. As such, we must emphasize, your participation at the Goschenhoppen Historians Folk Festival constitutes:

  • A granting of permission for the Goschenhoppen Historians Inc. to use your likeness in a photograph or video taken at the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival in any and all of its publications, including but not limited to all Goschenhoppen Historians’ printed and digital publications, for publicity, promotional, documentary, and educational purposes.
  • Acknowledgement that you will receive no financial compensation for the use of a photograph or video with your likeness.
  • Irrevocable authorization for the Goschenhoppen Historians to edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish, or distribute a photograph or video with your likeness for purposes of publicizing Goschenhoppen Historians’ programs or for any other lawful purpose.
  • A waiving any right to inspect or approve the finished product, including written or electronic copy, wherein your likeness appears.       
  • A waiving any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of the photograph or video.
  • Acknowledgement that you hold harmless and release and forever discharge Goschenhoppen Historians from all claims, demands, and causes of action which you or any other persons acting on your behalf have or may have by reason of this authorization.

     

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