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Pa. German Cultural Heritage Center to Present Heemet Fescht September 24

September 12, 2016

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Pa. German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University will present Heemet Fescht on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features PA Dutch folk life demonstrations, live animals, children's activities and craft tent, folk music, barn star painting and the Harvest Home Food Drive.  All activities take place at the heritage center, located on Luckenbill Road, on the KU campus.  Heemet Fescht is a free and open to the public.

Entertainment will be provided by The Mountain Folk Trio, featuring Dave Kline, Mike Hertzog and the Blue Mountain Trio, as well as Keith Brintzenhoff.   Food, provided by the Old Time Plow Boys, and pieces created by local artisans will be available for purchase.  

Attendees will experience historical and cultural live demonstrations, featuring blacksmithing, hearth cooking, lye making, star embroidery and hex sign painting.  The Sharadin farmhouse will come to life with the sound of harp music provided by Sarajane Williams of PlanetHarp. Darius Puff will provide Lenape history and storytelling.  Cooking demonstrations will be offered by Terry Berger. The Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen will also be on site to show guests traditional crafts of the PA Germans.

Local author Rachel E. Yoder will read her recently published Penny Olive, celebrated food historian Dr. William Woys Weaver will discuss his newly-released, Dutch Treats, and David Hoffman will host an introduction to PA German Fraktur. 

And In the spirit of the PA German tradition of gathering food for those in need during the harvest season, attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Harvest Home Food Drive. All items will benefit the Greater Berks Food Bank.  Participants donated 84 lbs. of food in 2015.  

More information, including a full list of vendors, demonstrators, and activities for Heemet Fescht can be found at, or call 610-683-1589.