EVENTS: Take advantage of all our great events – festivals, speaker presentations, adult workshops, youth camps, winter classes, and more, held throughout the year. Members enjoy discounted fees.

CLASSES: Scroll down. Upcoming Classes are listed below the Events. Members enjoy discounted fees. All listings are subject to change.

2017 Events

Antique Appraisal Event

Ever wonder what that family heirloom is worth? Bring up to 5 items to our Antique Appraisal Event and find out. Event is held in the Brendle Museum’s Lower Level, 111 N. Market St.

Date: Sat., Apr. 15
Time: 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Fee: $5 per item (Limit: 5 items)
Details: (717) 949-2244

Traditional Cherry Fair and Early American Craft Show 

Visit our Traditional Cherry Fair and Early American Craft Show held at the historic Alexander Schaeffer Farm, 213 S. Carpenter St. and enjoy a Saturday filled with traditional artisans, farm-life demonstrations, family fun, cherry treats and great festival foods.

Date: Sat., Jun. 24
Time: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Fee: Members – Free, Non-members – $5.00 per person, children 12 & under free with an adult. No pets please.
Details: (717) 949-2244

Afternoon Garden Tea on the Farm

This presentation on the use of natural dyes, organic gardening and heirloom seeds includes a house tour and dry house demonstration. Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Sun., Jul. 9
Starting Time: 2:00PM
Fee: $5 suggested donation
Details: (717) 949-2244

Young Villagers Colonial Workshop

Children going into grades 4 through 7 in the fall are sure to enjoy our Young Villagers Colonial Workshop where they can learn many traditional crafts. Held on Alexander Schaeffer farm at 213 S. Carpenter St.

Date: July 17 – 20
Time: 10:00AM – 3:00PM each day
Fee: Members – $45.00 per child, Non-members – $65.00 per child
Details: To register, call (717) 866-5242

Fall Harvest Fair

Come spend a weekend with us at our Fall Harvest Fair held on the historic Alexander Schaeffer Farm at 213 South Carpenter St. Learn how to make apple cider and apple butter or simply enjoy wonderful PA German food and crafts from the 1800s. There will be ongoing farm events and demonstrations. View the 2017 promotional flyer.

Date: Sept. 16 – 17
Time: Sat. 10:00AM – 5:00PM,  Sun. 11:30AM – 4:30PM
Fee: Members – Free, Non-members – $5.00 per person, children 12 & under free with an adult. No pets please.
Details: (717) 949-2244

Hoe Down

Put that hoe down, and get to the Hoe Down at the historic Schaeffer Farm! The fall season fun starts at 4PM, and plans currently include hayrides, beanbag tossing, horseshoes, apple bobbing, and pumpkin carving activities. Then at 6:30PM, the featured musical fun starts inside the Schaeffer Barn. Enjoy our great square dance caller and 3 hours of lively entertainment. The event is free for members and non-members (donations are appreciated). Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Date: Sat. Oct. 14
Time: 4:00PM – 10:00PM
Fee: Free event (Refreshments available for purchase.)
Details: (717) 949-2244

HSI Annual Meeting

Join us for our Annual Meeting featuring a special presentation by a history-focused guest speaker. Event is free, located at the Brendle Museum’s Lower Level at 111 N. Market St. Bring a dessert and an item to donate to the Silent Auction. All members, guests and visitors are welcome to attend.

Date: Sun., Oct. 22 (The printed brochure incorrectly lists Oct. 21. Sorry!)
Time: 2:00PM
Fee: Free
Details: (717) 949-2244

Christkindlmarkt & Tavern Lunch

The annual Tavern Lunch is held inside the Gemberling-Rex House at 106 N. Market St.  There are 5 full-service sittings from late morning to mid-afternoon.  Seats are $14.00 per person and fill up fast, so reserve your place early.  Our Christkindlmarkt is free and held across the street in the Brendle Museum’s lower Level, where you’ll enjoy finding handmade period gifts made by skilled artists in our region.

Date: Sat., Dec. 9
Time: Lunch sittings (reservations required) 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 12:00PM, 1:00PM, 2:00PM; Christkindlmarkt  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Fee:  Lunch $14.00 per person / Gift show is free
Details: (717) 949-2244


2017-2018 Adult Classes


Learn to Speak Pennsylvania German – Tuesdays with Alice Spayd

Date: 10 weeks starting Tues. Jan 30, 2018
Time: 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Fee: Members – $45, Non-members – $50
Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Jan. 20
Note: Age 8 to adult only.

Learn to Speak Pennsylvania German – Saturdays with Alice Spayd

Date: 10 weeks starting Sat. Jan 27, 2017
Time: 9:30AM – 11:30AM
Fee: Members – $45, Non-members – $50
Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Jan 20
Note: Age 8 to adult only.

Applique Paper Mache Box – Janice Sonnen
Date: Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 (Snow Date: Jan. 27)
Time: 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Fee: Members – $60, Non-members – $65
Registration:  Call 717-866-5242 by Jan. 5
Note: Age 13 to adult only. Bring scissors for cutting paper and wool, plus a lunch for yourself.

Sgraffito Redware Pottery – Susan Horst
Date: Sat. Feb. 3, 2018  (Snow Date: Feb. 10)
Time: 9:00AM – NOON
Fee if 8-inch round: Members – $30, Non-members – $35
Fee if 12-inch round: Members – $50, Non-members – $55

Fee if 15-inch x 10-inch oval: Members – $50, Non-members – $55
Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Jan. 19
Note: Age 13 to adult only. Bring apron or towel plus your own design idea (if desired).

Pruning the Orchard – Alison Oskam

Date: Sat. Feb. 17, 2018  (Snow Date: Mar. 3)
Time: 9:00AM – 11:00AM
Cost: Members – $40, Non-members – $45
Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Feb. 16
Note: Age 13 to adult only. Bring loppers, bow/pruning saw. Class will be held at the historic Alexander Schaeffer Farm.

Beginning Tatting – Jessica Harting

Date: Sat. Mar. 10, 2018  (Snow Date: Mar. 17)
Time: 9:00AM – 2:00PM
Cost: Members – $30, Non-members – $35 
Registration:  Call 717-866-5242 by Feb. 23
Note: Age 13 to adult only. Bring crochet hook 6 or 7, tatting shuttle, scissors, ball of crochet thread 19, plus a lunch for yourself.

Interested in taking or teaching a class in 2018-2019 season? Let us know!