43rd Colonial Day will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017
When the second Saturday in September approaches each
year, some of the country’s finest crafters rise long before dawn and set up
their booths in East Berlin’s National Historic District. By 8 a.m. another
Colonial Day is underway in this 18th century town, as it has
been for 42 years. Early shoppers fill the street and the hunt begins for
special items made in “the olde way” by juried vendors. Handforged iron,
floorcloths, handloomed textiles, scherenschnitte, rag and hooked rugs, fine
antique reproductions, watercolors, redware, metalwork including tin and
copper, painted boxes, toleware, stoneware, dried flower arrangements,
handwoven baskets and much more fill the booths. West King St. is closed to
traffic, allowing plenty of space for crafts, food and
Free entertainment is always a big hit. The Central York Middle School Fife and Drum Corps amazes the crowd with their parade and performance. Deborah Brower, Becky Ross and Elaine Newhall of Tasker’s Chance will appear near the Studebaker House, blending 17th-19th century music of America’s past on guitar, fiddle, flute and tin whistle.
No need to go hungry while shopping. Delicious foods await the crowd including the Society’s pig roast sandwiches, funnel cakes (made from scratch, fried in individual pans), hot dogs, apple dumplings, sausage sandwiches and old fashion root beer and birch beer. A full food court also offers pretzels, ice cream, kettle corn, caramel apples, crab cakes, smoothies, fries, Asian selections, shaved ice, baked goods and much more.
For many years the East Berlin Historical Preservation Society quilters have worked through the winter to complete special raffle quilts, highly prized by the winners. Stop by the quilt demonstration booth to see the quilt for the following year--always a beautiful piece of artwork!
The log cabin will be open 10-2 on Colonial Day for a hearth cooking demonstration by our Hands at the Hearth cooking group.
Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 259-0822 or on Colonial Day at the Society’s information booth. The drawings will be held at 3 p.m. the afternoon of Colonial Day You do not have to be present to win.
All proceeds benefit the non-profit East Berlin Historical Preservation Society, a very active, all volunteer organization which maintains five early buildings in town: Swigart’s Mill in York County (1794), the log house (1832), the log Church Schoolhouse (ca. 1800), Liberty No. 1 Engine House (1892) and Red Men’s Hall, which houses the Society headquarters and museum. Several of the buildings are used for the Society’s hands-on education program, run by member Karen Shaeffer and her wonderful volunteers, where groups of school children learn about weaving and spinning, hearth cooking, and a typical school day.
Next Colonial Day is Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Free admission. Paid parking available. No pets, please. Information: 717-259-0822