Heritage Days will celebrate Manheim

By on May 31, 2017


Manheim is planning a fun weekend to celebrate its history during Heritage Days on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Activities will take place in several locations including Manheim Veterans Memorial Park, Manheim Historical Society properties, Stiegel Glassworks studio, and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

“We want this to be a fun event; something to complement Zion Church’s Festival of the Red Rose. We’ll have things that appeal to a variety of interests,” said Manheim Council and event committee member Chad Enck.

The event committee also includes representatives from the Manheim Chamber, Manheim Historical Society and area businesses.

A number of activities will take place in the park, including a Colonial encampment, activities for children, horse-drawn wagon rides, and an outdoor movie.

“We want it to be an old-fashioned day in the park,” Enck said. “Some of the old-fashioned activities include a cake walk and a bike parade.”

On Saturday, Manheim borough has agreed to open the Manheim Community Pool free of charge for the event. The Manheim Community Library will host a storytime in the small pavilion at 11 a.m., and representatives from Rock Ford Plantation will host a Colonial craft session for children at the same location from noon to 3 p.m. There will also be a free movie in the park at dusk. While he could not disclose the title of the movie due to licensing agreements, Enck said that is will be a family-friendly Disney Pixar movie.

Most of the Heritage Days activities will be held rain or shine, however in the event of rain on Saturday, the movie will be shown at dusk on Sunday.

The park is one venue for the event, but there are others. Manheim Historical Society’s Fasig House and Keath House will be open. The two Colonial-era log homes sit side-by-side along East High Street in front of the Wolf Street municipal parking lot. Visitors can view Colonial artifacts from the Manheim area at the Fasig House, and view a hearth cooking demonstration at the Keath House.

Other historical society properties will also be open during the event, including the Heritage Center Library & Museum, 88 S. Grant St., and the railroad station complex at 210 S. Charlotte St. At the railroad station complex, visitors can check out the model railroad, tour the restored 1917 Pennsylvania Railroad cabin car (caboose), and ride the restored Birney trolley (weather permitting). The railroad station itself houses a transportation museum and the freight room, and waiting rooms have been restored to their original décor.

Visitors can also view a glassblowing demonstration at Stiegel Glassworks 1976’s glass studio. Hand-blown glass items crafted by SGW’s artisans will also be available to purchase.

Activities on Sunday will include the Festival of the Red Rose at Zion Lutheran Church, 2 S. Hazel St. The church’s Rose Festival Choir will provide a musical presentation of various gospel songs at 1:30 p.m. The Rose Festival service will follow at 2 p.m.

Festival of the Red Rose celebrates both the church’s and the town’s heritage. On Dec. 4, 1772, Henry William Stiegel (founder of the town of Manheim) and his wife, Elizabeth Holz Stiegel, conveyed to their fellow Lutherans a plot of ground on the corner of Wolf and East High Streets on which to build a church in exchange for a unique continual payment. The deed specifically states, “for five shillings and in the month of June, yearly forever hereafter the Rent of One Red Rose if the same shall be lawfully demanded.”

Teresa Trible (right) a ninth-generation descendant of Henry William Stiegel, will received this year’s “rent of one red rose” during the Festival of the Red Rose, on June 11 at Zion Lutheran Church. She is shown with her brother, Richard Stover, in 1974.

Representing the Henry William Stiegel family this year and receiving the “rent of one red rose” is Teresa Trible, Waukee, Iowa. She is a ninth-generation descendant of Stiegel and his second wife, Elizabeth Holz Stiegel. Trible attended her first Rose Ceremony in 1974.

Guest speaker at this year’s event will be the Rev. Richard Whitesel, Zion’s interim pastor. His message will focus on Martin Luther and the Reformation. An ice cream social will be held after the ceremony and service.

Enck said that Kreider Farms is providing a shuttle bus to the various locations on both days. It will run continuously between the locations.

For further information about Manheim Heritage Days visit the Manheim Chamber’s website, manheimchamber.com. For information about the Festival of the Red Rose, visit Zion Lutheran Church’s website, zionmanheim.com.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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