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Date

Program

Jan. 11
Saturday

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series- Preserving Meats 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
"Worth Learning" ... Visit the historic Farmstead to learn about the process of preserving meat in the 18th and 19th centuries. The reconstructed smokehouse will be in operation and tours of the historic house will feature tools used for butchering and meat processing.
All ages; $2 per person suggested donation

Jan.-Mar.

Snowshoes Along the Trail
Join site staff this winter for a snowshoe walk along the nature trail to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season at the Farmstead. As this activity depends on ample snowfall, please contact the site to be placed on the notification list.

Jan. 29
Wednesday

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series- Wentz Book Club 7:30pm
Join us in the visitors' center for the inaugural meeting of the Wentz Book Club. We will discuss some ideas for a reading list and future meeting dates.
Pre-registration required

Feb. 5
Wednesday

Kinnergschpiel "Child's Play" Series- Scherenschnitte
10:00am & 1:00pm

Learn how to carefully cut shapes, then color your finished design, as inspired by the late 18th through 19th century art of Scherenschnitte (or scissor cutting)..
Ages: 3 and up & accompanied by an adult; fee: $5 per child; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Feb. 8
Saturday

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series- Embroidery Techniques
10:00am - 4:00pm

Learn about the various embroidery techniques popular during earlier centuries during tours of the historic house.
All ages; $2 per person suggested donation.

Feb. 22
Saturday
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Mar 1

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series: Sampler Day
11:00am & 1:00pm

Historic samplers of Montgomery County are featured during a lecture with textile historian Kathy Lesieur at 11am. Stay and stitch a motif from a sampler in the collection with instruction by Ruth Konrad of Liberty Linens at 1pm.
Ages: 12 and up. Workshop Fee: $7 per person; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED for each part of the program.

Mar 5
Wednesday

Kinnergschpiel "Child's Play" Series: Winter Chores- Weaving
10:00am and 1:00pm

Preschoolers will take a quick tour of the historic house to view some of the tools people used a long time ago for doing their chores, with special attention paid to textile processing. The children will then work on their own paper weaving project to take home with them.
Ages: 3 and up & accompanied by an adult; fee: $5 per child; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Mar. 8
Saturday

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series: School of the Soldier
10:00am-4:00pm

Experience camp life common during the long winter encampments of the Revolutionary War.
All ages; $2 per person suggested donation; Groups Welcome.

Opens
Mar 8

Exhibit: Potty Talk
People have always needed to use the potty, but what did that mean in the past? This exhibit offers an interesting, and often humorous, look at how 18th-century people lived with their pre-plumbing potties...on view in our modern restrooms!.

April 2
Wednesday

Kinnergschpiel "Child's Play" Series: Meet the Sheep
10:00am and 1:00pm

Learn about our wooly friends, the sheep, and make a craft to take home with you. We will also visit the sheep and goats that live at the site.
Ages: 3 and up & accompanied by an adult; fee: $5 per child; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

April 12
Saturday

Sheep Shearing Day 10:00am-3:00pm
Watch the farmers shear the sheep, then stay to learn more about typical spring activities on a colonial farm. For the children there will be colonial toys and games, scarecrow building, puppet shows, and a craft area. Highlights also include open-hearth cooking, farm tours, spinning, colonial music, weaving, and many other historical craft activities.
All ages; $2 per person suggested donation

May 7
Wednesday

Kinnergschpiel "Child's Play" Series: Meet the Chickens
10:00 am and 1:00pm

Preschoolers will learn about our feathered friend, the chicken, by visiting with those that live at the site, helping to collect eggs, and taking home an egg of their own.
Ages: 3 and up & accompanied by an adult; fee: $5 per child; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

May 10
Saturday

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series: Backyard Poultry, Past to Present
10:00am-1:00pm

During the 18th and 19th centuries, chickens were valued for their eggs, feathers, and meat. Visit the site to learn about the proper care of this common farm animal then and now or simply visit to watch the eggs hatch in the incubator.
Ages: 12 and up; fee: $2 per person suggested donation.

May 22
Thursday

Night Life
Begins at 7:30pm

What happened at the Wentz House after the sun went down? Join us for an exploration of night in the eighteenth century and what it meant for residents of a home like the Wentz family's.
Ages: 12 and up; $2 per person suggested donation; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

June 7
Saturday

Artillery Day
10:00am-4:00 pm

Reenactors from Doughty's Artillery Co. (1775) & Rickett's Battery F, 1st PA Light Artillery (1861) will showcase the power of their cannons and demonstrate typical camp life from the Revolutionary & Civil War eras. View it all first-hand to learn how the two wars affected Montgomery County and its residents.
All ages; fee: $2 per person suggested donation.

June 14
Saturday

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series- Flag Day Festivities
10:00am-3:00pm

Come to learn the history of who made the first US flag and current flag etiquette. Children can make their own flag to take home with them.
All ages; $2 per person suggested donation.

June 23-27
Mon-Fri

Colonial Day Camp 2014
9:30am-2:30pm

New start & end times. Students entering 4th through 6th grade in fall 2014 will experience childhood ac-tivities and crafts of the colonial period.
Fee: $145 (Peter Wentz Farmstead Society member discount rate: $120); PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. For a 2014 camps brochure, click here.

July 6
Sunday

Reading of the Declaration
2:00pm

Listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence, much as it was done on this date in 1776. Come huzzah with your fellow Americans!
All ages; $2 per person suggested donation.

July 7-11
Mon-Fri

Mitte Camp
9:30am-1:30pm

Students entering 1st through 3rd grade in fall 2014 will learn about life during the 1700s at this hands-on camp.
Fee: $100 (Peter Wentz Farmstead Society member discount rate: $75); PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. For a 2014 camps brochure, click here.

July 12
Saturday

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series- Garden Tours
10:00am-1:00pm

Discover the many heritage plants grown in the kitchen garden with the "Wentz Weeders," the volunteers that plant, maintain and harvest it all year.
All ages: $2 per person suggested donation.

I: July 21-25
Mon-Fri

II: July 28-Aug 1
Mon-Fri

Wentz Wonder Kids Camp
9:30am-11:30am

Kids ages 4-5 years old will enjoy a half-day camp with hands-on activities related to the historic Farmstead. Snacks provided.
Fee: $50 per child; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. For a 2014 camps brochure, click here.

Aug 9
Saturday

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series- House Cleaning
10:00am-4:00pm

Experience the laundering of clothes and other common cleaning tasks (The historic house will be closed for tours).

Sept 13
Saturday

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series: Quilting Away the Day
10:00am-3:00pm

Learn some quilting techniques of earlier centuries and view the antique quilts on display.
All ages; Fee: $2 per person suggested donation.

Sept 13-21

Exhibit: Airing the Quilts
Quilts from the collection that date from the late 18th through early 20th centuries will be out of storage and on exhibit throughout the historic Wentz house.

Oct 1
Wednesday

Kinnergschpiel "Child's Play" Series: Dress-Up Day
10:00am and 1:00pm

Preschoolers will learn what people wore during the 1700s and play dress-up with some costumes. Bring your cameras!
Ages: 3 and up & accompanied by an adult; fee: $5 per child; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Oct 11
Saturday

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series: Fall Harvest
10:00am-3:00pm

Explore the traditional chores performed during the autumn harvest on a colonial farm. Visit the garden and spend time in the summer kitchen to experience food preservation. Join the farmers as they shell corn and press apples for cider. Be sure to view a letter General Washington wrote while temporarily headquartered at the Wentz's in October 1777.
All ages;$2 per person suggested donation

Oct 16
Thursday

Night Life
Begins at 7:00pm

What happened at the Wentz House after the sun went down? Join us for an exploration of night in the eighteenth century and what it meant for residents of a home like the Wentz family's.
Ages: 12 and up; $2 per person suggested donation; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Nov 5
Wednesday

Kinnergschpiel "Child's Play" Series- Spices
10:00am & 1:00pm

Preschoolers will learn about the origins of spices and then prepare a sachet of a common spice mix. Dress to get dirty!
Ages: 3 and up & accompanied by an adult; fee: $5 per child; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Nov 8
Saturday

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series- Tails on the Trails
10:00am-12:00 noon

Walk the grounds of the Farmstead to visit with some local dog rescue groups and to learn more about the opportunities available in the area for you and your furry friends. .
All ages: $2 per person suggested donation. All dogs are welcome, but MUST remain on a leash.

Dec 6
Saturday

Candlelight Tours
2:00am - 9:00pm (Last tour begins at 8:30pm)

The soft glow of candles will guide you throughout the Farmstead for tours showcasing colonial music, seasonal decorations, farm animals, and a visit from Belsnickel, a Pennsylvania German St. Nicholas in furs.
All ages: $2 per person suggested donation

Dec 10
Wednesday

Kinnergschpiel "Child's Play" Series- Holidays
10:00am & 1:00pm

Preschoolers will learn about historic holiday traditions and make a craft to take home
Ages: 3 and up & accompanied by an adult; fee: $5 per child; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

  

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