Spring Into History June 1

By , on May 22, 2019

Come see how early Lititz settlers lived, worked and played! Join the Lititz Historical Foundation on June 1 for the Lititz Spring into History Festival.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the 1792 Johannes Mueller House and throughout the Mary Oehme Gardens. Both locations are situated at 137-145 E. Main St., Lititz. Admission is free.

Eric and Kim Weit will be processing flax into fiber at the Lititz Spring Into History Festival June 1.

Visitors will enjoy learning to play old fashioned games like Graces, Hop Scotch and Roll the Hoop, and sample local sweet treats like Moravian sugar cake and meadow tea as they stroll the garden which will be transformed into a colonial village.

Local and regional artisans dedicated to historic authenticity and quality craftsmanship — all in period costumes — will demonstrate antique trades during the festival. See experts like tinsmith Winfield S. Harrison make candle sconces and David Carlson weaving his handspun yarn into fabric.

Plus, there will be 20 other reenactors and artisans including:
• Gary Hockenbrocht–treadle lathe wood-turning
• Larry Long — whitesmithing
• Darlene Roehm — chair seat caning
• Faye Hegener — bobbin lace making
• Sharon Peffer — tape looming
• Debbie Houck — natural dyeing and hand-spun yarns
• Marsha Campbell — hand-braiding wool chair pads and rugs
• Andrew Reist — blacksmithing
• Laura Koebnick — black ash basketry, Shaker style
• Shelby Buckwalter and Sue Steffy — old fashioned soap balls and shaving soaps
• Eric and Kim Weit — will be processing flax into fiber
• Lynnette Miller — making bonnets and hats
• Lee Ann Martin — dried herbs and discussing historic uses of herbs
• Todd Eaby — hand-carving wooden spoons and utensils
• Steven and Susan Horst — slab mash pottery
• The Art Reist family will host a Conestoga wagon display and a tobacco stand.
• Revolutionary War reenactors Gary Myers and friends will speak to visitors about their gear and camp supplies at their tavern display.

Lunch items will be available for purchase, and items handmade by demonstrating artisans will be for sale. Be sure to also visit the Lititz Museum and gift shop, which is also located on the property.

This living history event is generously sponsored by Luther Acres, with additional support from Stauffers of Kissel Hill, Whiff Roasters, and Zig’s Bakery.

This is a rain or shine event. For questions, contact springintohistory@gmail.com.

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