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: CANCELED (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: CANCELED (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

Harvest Self-Guided Garden Tea

Since our previous Garden Tea event was so enjoyable, HSI is hosting a similar event on Sunday, September 13, 2020. At this Harvest Tea, we will have many of the same features, plus cookies, breads, & muffins made with veggies from the garden. Demonstrator Suzanne Fry will also be showing guests how to use plants to make natural dyes. We will be playing live music again as you stroll through the gardens. Come see how things have grown! If you couldn’t make the last one, we hope you can join us for this one.

Held rain or shine. No pets, please. Wear your mask and follow social distancing guidelines. 

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Date: Sunday September 13
Starting Time: 12:00PM to 4:00PM
Fee: $5.00 suggested donation per person
Details: 717-949-2244

Fall Farm Days (formerly: Fall Harvest Fair)

Our popular “Fall Harvest Fair” has been retooled into “Fall Farm Days” to help us continue our educational Mission while adhering to all public safety guidelines. While we won’t be able to produce our traditional foods to serve, or have as many events, there will still be plenty to see, ample food to eat, and live farm and craft demonstrations to enjoy. Guests will be required to wear proper masks and follow COVID-19 social-distancing guidelines.

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: CANCELED (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.

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

This event is still scheduled but changing to meet public safety requirements. Visit this listing later for updated details.
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.