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Date

Program

Ongoing

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!

Jan. 17
Saturday

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series- Winter Chores 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
"Worth Learning" ... Visit the historic Farmstead to learn about preserving meat in the 18th and 19th centuries. The smokehouse will be in operation and tours of the historic house will feature tools used for butchering and meat processing. Also learn about the skill of chopping firewood and other winter-time chores..
All ages; $2 per person suggested donation

Feb. 4
Wednesday

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

Meet the celebrated groundhog through pictures and a story, make a groundhog craft, and take a guided walk to look for evidence of their homes. Dress for the weather!
Ages: 3 and up & accompanied by an adult; fee: $5 per child; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Mar. 4
Wednesday

Kinnergschpiel "Child's Play" Series- Winter Chores
10:00am or 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 hand-sewn items. The children will then work on their own sewing project to take home with them.
Ages: 3 and up & accompanied by an adult; fee: $5 per child; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Mar. 28
Saturday

Workshop- Tape Loom Weaving
10:00am - 3:00pm

"The Tape Lady" Eleanor Bittle will explain the history and use of woven tape and provide instruction on pattern design, warping, and weaving. Participants may bring their own loom or purchase either a cardboard or reproduction wood loom. No previous experience required. Light refreshments served; lunch not provided.
Ages: 12 and up; fee: $35 per person + materials fees. Pre-registration required before 2/27.

Apr. 1
Wednesday

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

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

Apr. 11
Saturday

Sheep Shearing Day 10:00am-3:00pm
Watch as the farmers shear the sheep, and experience many spring activities on a colonial farm. For the children there will be colonial toys and games, scarecrow building, and a puppet show. Highlights are open-hearth cooking, farm tours, spinning, colonial music, weaving, and many other historical crafts..
All ages; $2 per person suggested donation

Apr. 23
Thursday

PWFS Annual Spring Meeting 6:30pm
The public is invited to attend the Annual Spring Meeting of the Peter Wentz Farmstead Society (PWFS), the friends group that helps support the Farmstead. Join them for a potluck dessert followed by a guest speaker. Program to be held in The Founder's Hall of the Central Schwenkfelder Church, located at 2111 Valley Forge Road.
All ages; fee: dessert to share; Call to RSVP.

May 1
Friday

Night Life
beginning at 7:30pm

What happened at the Wentz House after the sun went down? Come to explore night time in the 1700s and what it meant for residents of a home like the Wentz family's.
Ages: 12 & up; fee: $2 per person suggested donation; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED..

May 6
Wednesday

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

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

May 9
Saturday

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

Chickens are valued for their eggs, feathers, and meat. Visit the site to learn about the proper care of this common farm animal in the past and now or simply visit with those that live at the site..
All ages; fee: $2 per person suggested donation.

June 14
Sunday

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series-Flag Day Festivities
1:00pm - 4:00pm

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; fee: $2 per person suggested donation.

June 22-26
Monday-Friday

Colonial Camp 2015
9:30am - 2:30pm

Students entering 4th through 6th grade in fall 2015 will experience childhood activities and crafts of the colonial period. Extended care available for an extra fee.
Fee: $165 (Peter Wentz Farmstead Society member discount rate: $140); PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

July 2
Thursday

Reading of the Declaration 7:00pm
(Rain date: Sunday, July 5th at 3pm)
Listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence, much as it was done near this date in 1776. Come huzzah with your fellow Americans.
All ages; $2 per person suggested donation.

July 13-17
Monday - Friday

Mitte Camp
9:30am to 1:30pm

Students entering 1st through 3rd grade in fall 2015 will learn about life during the 1700s at this hands-on camp.
Fee: $125 (includes a one-year, family membership in the Peter Wentz Farmstead Society); PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Session I
July 27- 31 or
Session II
August 3-7
Monday-Friday

Wentz Wonder Kids Camp 7:00pm
Kids ages 4-5 years old will enjoy a half-day camp with hands-on activities related to the historic Farmstead. Snacks provided.
Fee: $60 per child; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Aug. 15
Saturday

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series- House Cleaning
9:30am to 1:30pm

Experience the colonial way of laundering of clothes and other common cleaning tasks (The historic house will be closed for tours).
All ages; $2 per person suggested donation.

Oct. 7
Wednesday

Kinnergschpiel "Child's Play" Series- Light the Night
10:00am & 1:00pm

Preschoolers will take a quick tour of the historic house to view some of the different ways people produced artificial light during the late 1700’s. The children will then make a paper lantern to take home with them.
Ages: 3 and up & accompanied by an adult; fee: $5 per child; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Oct. 17
Saturday

Laerenswaert "Worth Learning" Series- Harvest Hard Won
10:00am to 3:00pm

Explore the traditional chores performed during the autumn harvest on a colonial farm while the Revolutionary War was fought throughout the region in 1777. 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. Learn about General Washington’s use of the site as a temporary headquarters before and after the Battle of Germantown.
All ages: $2 per person suggested donation.

Nov. 4
Wednesday

Kinnergschpiel "Child's Play" Series- Soldiers Then and Now
10:00am & 1:00pm

In honor of Veterans' Day, preschoolers will learn about a soldier's life during the Revolutionary War, including the clothes they wore, what they ate, and where they slept. Bring your camera!
Ages: 3 and up & accompanied by an adult; fee: $5 per child; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Nov. 6
Friday

Night Life
Tours begin at 7:30pm

What happened at the Wentz House in the winter 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. Tours will occur rain/shine.
Ages: 12 and up; $2 per person suggested donation; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Dec. 5
Saturday

Candlelight Tours
3:00pm - 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. 9
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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