EVENTS: Take advantage of all our great events – festivals, speaker presentations, adult workshops, youth camps, 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.

2020 Events


Refresh the Farm Day

Calling All Volunteers! We need your hands-on help for several pre-season must-dos – clean-ups, repairs, and more. Have fun the while the work gets done!

Date: Saturday April 4
Start Time: 8:30AM
Details: 717-949-2244

Traditional Cherry Fair & Early American Craft Show 

Since the 1700s, the Schaefferstown Cherry Fair has thrilled visitors. Now held at the historic Schaeffer Farm, guests can enjoy skilled artisans, entertainment, demonstrations, food, games and Forebay Gift Shop. Schaeffer House tour included.

Date: Saturday June 27
Time: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Fee: Members – Free, Non-members – $5.00 per person, supervised children under age 12 admitted free. No pets, please.
Details: 717-949-2244

Drop-In Afternoon Garden Tea

Wear your mask and enjoy the Heirloom Garden and stroll through the Alexander Schaeffer Farm. Due to health concerns, this is now a self-guided event. Learn about Heritage Farm Animals too. Books, seeds and refreshments offered.

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Date: Sunday July 12
Starting Time: 2:00PM
Fee: $5.00 suggested donation per person
Details: 717-949-2244

Young Villagers Colonial Workshop

For children entering 4th through 7th grades, this fun week at the historic Schaeffer Farm is a great way to learn more about real early American life. Many young villagers enjoy it so much, they return every year!

Date: July 20 – 23
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

The Schaeffer Farm comes alive all weekend long with period artisans, crafts, cooking, cider-pressing, farm-life demonstrations, unique entertainment, and more!

Date: September 19 – 20
(Note: the dates provided in the 2020 printed brochure are incorrect. Our apologies.)

Time: Sat. 10:00AM – 5:00PM,  Sun. 11:30AM – 4:30PM
Fee: Members – Free, Non-members – $5.00 per person, supervised children under age 12 free. No pets, please.
Details: 717-949-2244

Annual Meeting & Presentation

Everyone is invited to this free event — all members, guests and visitors are welcome to attend. Join us at Brendle Museum’s Lower Level for our feature presentation (topic TBD), refreshments, and popular Silent Auction.  Bring a dessert and an item to donate to the Silent Auction.

Date: Sunday October 18
Time: 2:00PM
Fee: Free
Details: 717-949-2244

WWII Weekend

The Schaeffer Farm becomes a World War II infantry encampment. Enjoy live battle re-enactments, displays, demos and tours of the bivouac areas. Food and restrooms will be available.

New Date: November 21-22  (was rescheduled from July 25-26)
Time: Sat. 9:00AM – 5:00PM,  Sun. 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Fee: $5.00 parking
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 $16.00 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: Saturday Dec. 12
Time: Lunch sittings (reservations required) offered for 10:00AM, 11:00AM, Noon, 1:00PM, and 2:00PM
Fee: Lunch is $16.00 per person
Details/Reservations: 717-949-2244

Date: Friday, Dec. 11, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Date: Saturday Dec. 12, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Fee: Free Admission
Details: 717-949-2244

2019-2020 Adult Classes

Learn to Speak Pennsylvania German – Alice Spayd

Beginners Class:
Date: 10 weeks starting Mon. Sept. 9, 2019

Time: 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Fee: Members – $45, Non-members – $50

Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Aug. 23
Note: Age 8 or older only. Class limited to 15 students.

Advanced Class:
Date: 10 weeks starting Sat. Sept. 7, 2019

Time: 9:30AM – 11:30AM
Fee: Members – $45, Non-members – $50

Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Aug. 23
Note: Age 8 or older only. Class limited to 15 students.

Rug Hooking – Janice Sonnen
Date: Sat. Jan. 18, 2020  (Snow Date: Jan. 25)
Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Fee: Members – $70, Non-members – $75
Registration:  Call 717-866-5242 by Jan. 4
Note: Design theme will be your choice of Patriotic or Spring Flowers. Age 13 or older only. Bring scissors and a lunch for yourself. Class limited to 10 students.

Sgraffito Redware Pottery – Susan Horst
Date: Sat. Feb. 1, 2020  (Snow Date: Feb. 8)
Time: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Fee if 8-inch round: Members – $35, Non-members – $40
Fee if 11-inch round: Members – $45, Non-members – $50

Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Jan. 17
Note: Age 13 or older only. Bring apron or towel plus your own design idea (if desired). Class limited to 20 students.

Beginning Needle Tatting – Karen Wattai
Date: Sun. Feb. 15, 2020  (Snow Date: Feb. 22)
Time: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Fee: Members – $30, Non-members – $35
Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Jan. 31
Note: Project will be a flower bookmark/pin. Bring scissors. Age 13 or older only. Class limited to 10 students.

Theorem Stenciling – Amy Scheg
Date: Sat. Mar. 7, 2020  (Snow Date: Mar. 14)
Time: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Fee: Members – $50, Non-members – $55 
Registration:  Call 717-866-5242 by Feb. 14
Note: Project will be an 8″ x 10″ bird with tulips design. Bring No. 1 liner brush and stencil brushes if you have them. Wear apron or appropriate craftwork clothing. Age 13 or older only. Class limited to 15 students.

Interested in taking (or teaching!) a class in our 2020-2021 season? Let us know.