RESCHEDULED – The Traditional Foods Potluck is being combined with the Mennonite Community Cookbook Potluck on Friday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 pm. Please register for that event and bring either a dish from the Mennonite Community cookbook OR a traditional recipe from your own family or an ethnic cookbook. Please bring a copy of the recipe with you to the dinner. Look forward to tasting great food with good company!
Preregistration required – seating is limited to 50 people.
This workshop will focus on the sgraffito technique used by area nineteenth century Pennsylvania German potters to make expressive designs in their folk art pottery. Sgraffito means to “scratch” and workshop participants will draw a design of their choosing in a damp clay coating on a redware plate. You can choose a traditional Pennsylvania German design or create your own design for a special occasion gift.
The class will be led by redware potter Denise Wilz, a professional potter who researches
Have you ever considered weaving a nesting set of apple baskets? If so, here is your opportunity to start your own beautiful nesting set. Working over wooden molds in the methods of the Shakers, you can weave a traditional apple basket in one of three sizes: 8”, 10” or 12”. Artisan basket weaver Karen Wychock will instruct participants how to weave the body of the basket with reed, then finish it off with an oak handle.
This popular autumn festival has been enjoyed by the local community for over 40 years. The Frolic is an opportunity to learn how Mennonites and their neighbors lived 100 or more years ago, and it’s great fun for young and old alike. It also raises important funds to support the mission of the Mennonite Heritage Center.
$9.00 – Adults/Youth
$2.00 – Children age 6-12
Children under 6 free
Please no pets
The Frolic is a rain or shine event! There is plenty to do under
This workshop will be led by textile artist Ann Hermes.
Plush template embroidery (also called stump work and tufted wool embroidery) is a method used to create plush designs. It is done by stitching with wool yarn over a template. The yarn is cut in a strategic way to release the template, then trimmed, brushed and sculpted to give stars, hearts, flowers, and other fanciful designs.
This embroidery technique was done by women in southeastern Pennsylvania and other regions of the US
Join us in the Nyce Barn for a special fall program.
Harvest Home is traditionally a celebration of thanksgiving for the completion of the growing season and the harvest that sustains us. Nathan Stucky, Director of the Farminary Project at Princeton Theological Seminary will speak on the intersection of faith and agriculture. Program includes singing harvest hymns such as “Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of Harvest Home”.
Fraktur was created by Pennsylvania Germans during the eighteenth through the mid nineteenth centuries and features calligraphic text decorated with colorful birds, hearts and flowers. The tradition has its roots in the illuminated manuscripts of medieval Europe but evolved into a distinctive part of the local Pennsylvania German culture. Today, those who appreciate this colorful folk art enjoy drawing their own fraktur designs based on the work of the early fraktur artists.
The workshop will focus on the legacy of schoolmaster
Held in conjunction with the exhibit Food: Our Global Kitchen, the potluck dinner celebrates this classic Pennsylvania German Mennonite cookbook. Bring a dish/recipe from this cookbook classic that generations have used and enjoyed to the potluck (or a traditional recipe from your own family or an ethnic cookbook) — it is your admission. Enjoy a delicious meal and friendly discussion about recipes while seated in the Food: Our Global Kitchen exhibit.
Traditional Pennsylvania Dutch favorites such as creamed chicken, snitz and
Led by food historian Deborah Peterson, participants will learn about the history and origins of Elisenlebkuche (better known as molded gingerbread) This hands-on workshop uses traditional molds to make delicious gingerbreads. Information will be shared while we are creating the delicious cookies (known as bread back then). We shall bake until we run out of gingerbread! Participants should bring containers to take goodies home, rolling pins and dish towels. All else is provided.
Workshop instructor Deborah Peterson is an independent historian
Preeminent local historian and storyteller John Ruth will present his new manuscript This Very Ground, This Crooked Affair, a book about the transfer of land from native peoples to our Mennonite ancestors. Open to the public. Admission by donation. Program will be repeated on Saturday, November 24, 2 p.m. at the Indian Valley Public Library, Telford.
Author John Ruth states:
My title for this book which has been brewing since 2006 consists of two expressions about land. The first is the oft-quoted