In the Moment - Christmas at the Ironmaster's Contest

The Historic Poole Forge in Caernarvon Township (Lancaster Co.) is sponsoring a reader’s contest. They invite you to share in a chance to win their book “Hearth and Heritage Along the Conestoga”, a collection of traditions, country recipes and local stories (written with the collaboration of the volunteers of Historic Poole Forge of Churchtown and the Ladies Auxiliary of Caernarvon Fire Company). The book, which is available for purchase at Poole Forge, is full of local information such as ‘Feeding the Masses’ local recipes for large crowds. Snapshots and Snippets from along the Conestoga, as well as canning and freezing tips, and the churches of Churchtown, will also delight. There are lots of Amish and local recipes too. Remember, Mom said, “a pinch of this, a handful of that.”

Here is your chance to win by sharing your own holiday traditions and memories with them and our readers.

Please write just a few paragraphs (including your name and hometown) about your favorite memory or tradition for publication in an upcoming ‘In The Moment’ column, and email your entry to (please include contact information with your submission). I will be accepting your entries for the next two weeks, with final entries due in by December 1, 2012.

Five finalists and an overall winner will be chosen by the staff at Poole Forge. You will not be judged on your writing skills, but rather on the unique and original quality of your submission.


They invite you all to come and visit from 4-8 p.m. on the dates of Nov. 30, Dec 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9. Admission is free with the purchase of a book.