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.

2019 Events


Refresh the Farm Day

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

Date: Saturday April 27
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 22
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 on the Farm

Tour the Schaeffer House and Heirloom Garden at the farm, enjoy a dry house demonstration, and learn about edible plants and organic gardening. Books, seeds and refreshments offered.

Date: Sunday July 14
Starting Time: 2:00PM
Fee: $5.00 suggested donation
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 15 – 18
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 14 – 15
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


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 20
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 $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 December 14
Time: Lunch sittings (reservations required) 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 12:00PM, 1:00PM, 2:00PM; Christkindlmarkt  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Fee:  Lunch $16.00 per person / Gift show is free
Details: 717-949-2244

2018-2019 Adult Classes

Learn to Speak Pennsylvania German – Alice Spayd

Date: 10 weeks starting Tues. Sept. 4, 2018
Time (If New Student): 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Time (If Current Student): 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Fee: Members – $45, Non-members – $50

Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Aug. 24
Note: Age 8 or older only. Class limited to 15 students.


Rug Hooking (Sunflower & Bees) – Janice Sonnen
Date: Sat. Jan. 19, 2019 (Snow Date: Jan. 26)
Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Fee: Members – $75, Non-members – $80
Registration:  Call 717-866-5242 by Jan. 4
Note: Design theme will be “Sunflower & Bees”. Age 13 or older only. Bring a lunch for yourself. Class limited to 10 students.


Sgraffito Redware Pottery – Susan Horst
Date: Sat. Feb. 2, 2019  (Snow Date: Feb. 9)
Time: 9:00AM – NOON
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. 24
Note: Age 13 or older only. Bring apron or towel plus your own design idea (if desired). Class limited to 20 students.


Painting Class – M.J. McFalls

Date: Sun. Feb. 17, 2019  (Snow Date: Feb. 24)
Time: 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Fee: Members – $40, Non-members – $40
Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Feb. 7
Note: Design theme will be “Old Schaefferstown Square”. Age 13 or older only. Class limited to 15 students.


Beginner’s Bun Basket – Abby Eberly

Date: Sat. Mar. 2, 2019  (Snow Date: Mar. 9)
Time: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Fee: Members – $35, Non-members – $40 
Registration:  Call 717-866-5242 by Feb. 22
Note: Age 13 or older only. Class limited to 6 students.


Learn to Speak Pennsylvania German – Alice Spayd

Advanced Class – Saturdays: 10 weeks starting Jan. 26, 2019, 9:30am – 11:30am
Beginners Class – Tuesdays: 10 weeks starting Jan. 29, 2019, 10:00am – Noon
Advanced Class – Tuesdays: 10 weeks starting  Jan. 29, 2019, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Fee: Members – $45, Non-members – $50
Registration: Call 717-866-5242 by Jan 16
Note: Age 8 or older only. Class limited to 15 students.


Interested in taking (or teaching!) a class in our 2019-2020 season? Let us know.