Historic demonstrations teach about Pennsylvania Dutch culture at Heemet

Celebrate harvest time traditions and Pennsylvania Dutch folklife at the 2013 Heemet Fescht, formerly the Heritage Harvest Fescht, on the historic grounds of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University.

This family event will be held rain or shine, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This years demonstrations include blacksmithing, hearth cooking, star embroidery, hex sign painting, quilting, fraktur designing, and crank organ playing. Hands-on childrens activities include pumpkin painting, scarecrow building, butter-making station, petting zoo and more.

New this year, the Fescht welcomes the Acoustic Roadshows Make Your Own Music tent. Children and adults will enjoy learning how to create music and play guitar under the instruction of Acoustic Roadshow host Butch Imhoff.

The Guild Cabin will be open, and craftsmen from the Reading-Berks Guild will be on-site displaying and selling their wares. Visitors will be able to see a historic, working tinsmith shop, with tinsmith Ray Oxenford and artist Pat Oxenford in the Zimmerman Log Cabin.

Dont miss the Old Time Plow Boys kitchen, where they will be cooking delicious Pennsylvania Dutch favorites and desserts. The Plow Boys will also have antique tractors on display, conduct plowing demonstrations and will provide hay rides through the beautiful fields of the historic Sharadin Farmstead.

This year, local musicians Keith Brintzenhoff, Betty Naftzinger and the Blue Ridge Mountain Clan will play traditional Dutch tunes.

For more information, visit the PGCHCs Facebook page at facebook.com/pgchc or visit the website at www.kutztown.edu/pgchc. Please call 610-683-1589 or email heritage@kutztown.edu for more information.

This event is free and open to the public.