Events

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.

2021 Events


NOTE — SOME EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED, ALTERED, OR RESCHEDULED. SEE UPDATED INFO BELOW:

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 10
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 26
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


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.

Date: Sunday July 11
Starting Time: 2:00PM
Fee: $5.00 suggested donation
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.

Date: July 17-18
Time: Sat. 9:00AM – 5:00PM,  Sun. 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Fee: $5.00 parking
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: CANCELED (July 19 – 22)
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! (Depending on state health guidelines in effect at the time, guests may be required to wear proper masks.)

Date: September 18 – 19
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 17
Time: 2:00PM
Fee: Free
Details: 717-949-2244


Christkindlmarkt

Enjoy this free-admission event where you’ll enjoy finding handmade period gifts made by 20+ skilled artisans working in our region. This year, we have partnered with St. Paul’s UCC to host this event. You’ll find ample shopping space, plus plenty of off-street parking. The venue’s address is 1304 Heidelberg Ave, Schaefferstown PA 17088. Credit cards accepted. (Depending on state health guidelines in effect at the time, guests may be required to wear proper masks.)

Date: Friday, Dec. 10, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Date: Saturday Dec. 11, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Fee: Free Admission
Details: 717-949-2244


Tavern Lunch

Experience a true tavern lunch at the Gemberling-Rex House at 106 N. Market St.  There are 5 full-service sittings from late morning to mid-afternoon. 

Date: CANCELED Saturday Dec. 11 – RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Time: Lunch sittings offered for 10:00AM, 11:00AM, Noon, 1:00PM, and 2:00PM 
Fee: Lunch is $16.00 per person
Details/Reservations: 717-949-2244


2021-2022 Adult Classes

Learn to Speak Pennsylvania German – Alice Spayd

Fall Season Advanced-Only Class on Saturdays:
Date: 10 weeks starting Sat. Sept. 11, 2021

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

Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Aug. 24, 2021
Note: Age 8 or older only. Class limited to 12 students.

Fall Season Beginners Class on Mondays:
Date: 10 weeks starting Mon. Sept. 13, 2021

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

Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Aug. 24, 2021
Note: Age 8 or older only. Class limited to 12 students.

Winter Season Class on Saturdays:
Date: 10 weeks starting Sat. Jan. 29, 2022

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

Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Jan. 13, 2022
Note: Age 8 or older only. Class limited to 12 students.

Winter Season Class on Mondays:
Date: 10 weeks starting Mon. Jan. 31, 2022

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

Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Jan. 13, 2022
Note: Age 8 or older only. Class limited to 12 students.


Wool Applique “Spring Thing” – Janice Sonnen
Date: Sat. Jan. 22, 2022  (Snow Date: Jan. 29)
Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Fee: Members – $55, Non-members – $60
Registration:  Call 717-866-5242 by Jan. 6, 2022
Note: Age 13 or older only. Bring scissors and a lunch for yourself. Class limited to 10 students.


Sgraffito Redware – Susan Horst
Date: Sat. Feb. 5, 2022  (Snow Date: Feb. 12)

Time: 9:00AM – Noon
Fee on 9-inch round: Members – $35, Non-members – $40
Fee on 12-inch round: Members – $55, Non-members – $60
Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Jan. 15, 2022
Note: Age 13 or older only. You may bring your own design to make if you wish. Bring apron or towel. Class limited to 20 students.


Fraktur Painting in Grained Frame – Lynn Sommer & Jim King
Date: Sat. Feb. 26, 2022  (Snow Date: Mar. 5)
Time: 9:30AM – 2:30PM
Fee: Members – $50, Non-members – $55
Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Feb. 4, 2022
Note: Age 13 or older only. Bring a lunch for yourself. Class limited to 20 students. Frame size is 5”x7”.


Interested in taking (or teaching!) a class in our 2022-2023 season? Let us know.