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Monday, February 24
Public and private pesticide applicators can get their recertification by attending an agronomic pesticide update workshop offered by Penn State Extension.
The update, which will be held at 7:00pm on February 24, 2020 at the Bucks County Extension Office, addresses field crop pest management and safe, proper and legal use of pesticides.
The Penn State Extension Agronomic Pesticide Update is a traditional Core (two credits) and Category (two credits) session for private pesticide applicators. However, any applicator may attend.
The cost of the course is $10. To register, visit https://extension.psu.edu/agronomic-pesticide-update or call 877-345-0691. For more information on course content, contact Andrew Frankenfield at 610-489-4315 or adf13@psu.edu.

Saturday, March 14
Enjoy learning to weave a classic Shaker Cathead Basket on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Rd. Harleysville. The workshop is taught by master basket weaver Karen Wychock. Working over a wooden mold in the manner of the Shakers, we will be weaving the classic Shaker Cathead basket. This 10” basket will be woven of reed with an oak handle. This basket uses 7 mm spokes and fine weavers so be ready for a challenge!
The Cathead Basket was one of the most popular made by the Shakers. Its name derives from the fact that when it is held upside down, its shape resembles a cat’s head – the corners being the ears. Although the original design was borrowed from the Native American baskets, it was refined by the Shakers. Students will learn to lay out the base, shape those distinctive ears, chase-weave the sides of the basket and lash a rim.
Instructor Karen is a member of the Bucks County Craftsmen’s Guild and the PA Guild of Craftsmen. As a weaver of traditional Shaker baskets, she has sold her work through various shows throughout PA and Delaware. She was also president of the Penn-Jersey Basket Weavers Guild for six years and has taught numerous basket weaving workshops.
Preregistration is necessary as the workshop size is limited. The workshop fee is $105 (includes materials). Check the Mennonite Heritage Center website: www.mhep.org for registration information, email info@mhep.org, or call 215-256-3020. No refunds are given unless a workshop is canceled for insufficient enrollment.

Saturday, March 21
Learn to fancy paint in the age old styles of combing and graining with water based glazes in this workshop on March 21, 2020 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Led by artisan Jim King, participants will complete 5 frames after working on practice boards. The practice boards will help guide design choices.
Workshop instructor Jim King began vinegar painting in the 1980s when he became inspired by grain painting antiques he was collecting. He purchased blanket chests in disrepair at auctions and flea markets and then restored them and applied vinegar painted surfaces. He had difficulty finding smaller chests and started having Old Order cabinetmakers copy his antiques which he then grain painted using a variety of traditional techniques.
Preregistration is required as participation is limited. A workshop fee of $140 (includes materials/frames) for the limited enrollment workshop. Tools will be provided for use and can easily be purchased at crafts stores later. To register, go to: mhep.org; email info@mhep.org or call 215-256-3020.

Saturday, March 21
The Pennridge Chamber of Commerce and the Sellersville Borough presents the 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celtic Festival on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The day will begin at 11:00am with a parade from Pennridge South Middle School on 5th Street Perkasie. The route will be 5th Street to Church Street in Sellersville going left on Main Street in Sellersville to the Sellersville Fire Company Picnic Grove in the rear of the property. The Silent Grand Marshall will be in memory of Congressman (Ret.) Mike Fitzpatrick, who was a special friend to the Pennridge Community. Many community groups, businesses, a wide variety of vendors and organizations will participate in this fun-filled event.
To register to be in the Parade, please email: pennridgecc@pennridge.com or call the Chamber at 215-257-5390.
To register for a Food or Craft Vendor booth, visit www.perkasierec.com or call the Chamber at 215-257-5390.

Saturday, March 21
Grace Christian School’s Spring Auction, March 21, 9 AM -2 PM, On the campus of Penn Valley Church, 320 N. Third St, Telford, PA
Everyone is welcome to our 35th Annual Spring Auction! Our doors open at 9 a.m. for our famous sticky buns and breakfast sandwiches. Our silent auction starts at 9 a.m. and our live auction will begin at 10 a.m. featuring over 100 gift certificates, homemade crafts, quilts, beautiful jewelry, home decor, outdoor furniture, tools, toys, gift baskets—something for everyone! At 11 a.m. is our kid’s show featuring Doggy Days Demos, an agility dog show your kids will love! Stay for lunch, which includes our homemade chicken corn chowder and sloppy joes. Grab your dessert at our bake sale table, full of homemade goodness. Your kids will also love our game tent, moon bounce, kids’ table and face painting. Spend the day with your family and help support our school! Contact us at 215-723-5896 or www.gcs-online.org for more information.

Saturday, March 21
The day will begin at 11:00am with a parade from Pennridge South Middle School on 5th Street Perkasie. The route will be 5th Street to Church Street in Sellersville going left on Main Street in Sellersville to the Sellersville Fire Company Picnic Grove in the rear of the property. The Silent Grand Marshall will be in memory of Congressman (Ret.) Mike Fitzpatrick, who was a special friend to the Pennridge Community. Many community groups, businesses, a wide variety of vendors and organizations will participate in this fun-filled event.
To register to be in the Parade, please email: pennridgecc@pennridge.com or call the Chamber at 215-257-5390. To register for a Food or Craft Vendor booth, visit www.perkasierec.com or call the Chamber at 215-257-5390.

Sunday, March 22
The General Conference of the Schwenkfelder Church, together with the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, is pleased to announce the ordination of Julian A. Scavetti, Pastor of Young Adult and Family Ministries. Pastor Scavetti graduated with a BA from Eastern University in 2002, then earned an MDiv from Biblical Theological Seminary (now Missio) in 2018. Julian has been in pastoral ministry for 17+ years; the last 12 of these have been with Central Schwenkfelder Church. A service for his ordination will be held on March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Schwenkfelder Church, 2111 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA, with a reception to follow. Dr. Duffy Robbins, Professor of Christian Ministries at Grove City College, will deliver the ordination message. Please call the church office if you have any questions at 610-584-4480.

Wednesday, March 25
Nearly Forgotten Artist of Hilltown Township 7pm.
Bucks County has been the home of many well-known artists. However, who are the artists that actually lived in Hilltown Township? One nearly forgotten artist is John Falter, who lived near Blooming Glen from 1940 to early 1950s. Falter used local scenes and events to create Saturday Evening Post covers. There will be a PowerPoint presentation to view original covers. There will be a silent auction and raffle of Saturday Evening Post covers, and several Falter magazine covers will be for sale, benefiting the Historical Society.
Historical Society of Hilltown Township
Held at the Hilltown Twp. Municipal Bldg., 13 W. Creamery Rd. & Rt. 152, Silverdale, 18962 Free, donations appreciated.
info: 267-614-9174

Saturday, March 28
Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville announces a Sgraffito Redware Pottery Workshop scheduled for March 28, 2020 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The workshop will focus on the sgraffito technique used by area nineteenth century Pennsylvania German potters to make expressive designs in their folk art pottery. Sgraffito means to “scratch” and workshop participants will draw a design of their choosing in a damp clay coating on a redware plate. You can choose a traditional Pennsylvania German design or create your own design for a special occasion gift.
The class will be led by redware potter Denise Wilz, a professional potter who researches and draws her inspiration from traditional Pennsylvania German potters. She will provide molded redware plates coated with the clay slip and the sgraffito tools. After the class, the plates will be glazed and fired at her pottery and returned to the Mennonite Heritage Center for participants to pick up. Class fee is $65 plus a materials fee of $28 for one 7” redware plate, $38.00 for a 10” plate or $18 for a heart ornament. Class participants can choose to sgraffito up to 3 plates (as time permits).
Enjoy learning this traditional craft in this one day workshop. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. To register, go to: mhep.org; email info@mhep.org or call 215-256-3020.

Friday, April 17
The Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, announces as two-part Fraktur Drawing workshop scheduled for Friday, April 17 from 6 to 7:30 pm and Saturday, April 18 from 9:30 am to 1 pm. Fraktur was created by Pennsylvania Germans during the eighteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries and features calligraphic text decorated with colorful birds, hearts and flowers. The tradition has its roots in the illuminated manuscripts of medieval Europe but evolved into a distinctive part of the local Pennsylvania German culture. Today, those who appreciate this colorful folk art enjoy drawing their own fraktur designs based on the work of the early fraktur artists.
The workshop will focus on the legacy of schoolmaster Christopher Dock who “sowed the seeds” of imagination for future generations of skilled fraktur artists. Schoolmasters drew much of the fraktur, often creating rewards for good students. Workshop participants will create a fraktur design based on large lettering using a variety or templates and/or original student drawings. Some prior fraktur drawing experience is helpful but not essential. Accomplished fraktur artist Emily Smucker-Beidler will lead the class. All supplies will be included.
The workshop fee is $95 (includes materials). Preregistration is necessary as the workshop size is limited. Check the Mennonite Heritage Center website: www.mhep.org for registration information, email info@mhep.org, or call 215-256-3020. No refunds are given unless a workshop is canceled for insufficient enrollment.

Wednesday, April 22
Outrageous Comedy of the Victorian Era…in Photographs 7pm.
What did a middle-class family do for home entertainment in the 19th century? A system was developed to view photographs in 3D in the 1840s. Staged comedy images entertained the viewers, and later in the 19th century, a series of views told a comedic story, like a sit-come does today. The program will show 1850-1900 images.
Historical Society of Hilltown Township
Held at the Hilltown Twp. Municipal Bldg., 13 W. Creamery Rd. & Rt. 152, Silverdale, 18962 Free, donations appreciated. Info: 267-614-9174

Saturday, May 2
The Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, announces a Paper Cutting Workshop scheduled for Saturday, May2, 2020 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Popular paper cutting artist Pam Hults will teach the workshop. Participants can choose from several patterns that include both seasonal and traditional paper cutting designs.
Students will take home a finished piece along with a finished grain painted frame provided by the instructor. Workshop fee is $105 (includes materials with the designs and frame). Participants should bring along a cutting surface, exacto knife or small scissors and small paint brushes. All other materials for the workshop will be supplied.
Preregistration is required as the class size is limited. To register, go to https://mhep.org/, email info@mhep.org or call 215-256-3020. No refunds are given unless a workshop is canceled for insufficient enrollment.

Sunday, May 3
1:30-4:00, w/speaker @ 2 pm
Formation of Pennsylvania with Indians and the Walking Purchase
Jason Searock will discuss how the state of Pennsylvania came to be. He will detail the formation of Pennsylvania with the Indians and the Walking Purchase, and discuss the arrival of Pennsylvania Germans and the war with the Connecticut trespassers. The homestead, summer kitchen, museum and Pennsylvania German ramp barn will be open for self tour.
Historical Society of Hilltown Township
Held at the c1800s Strassburger Farmstead, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
407 Keystone Dr. & Bethlehem Pk., Sellersville, 18960
Free, donations appreciated.
info: 267-614-9174.

Saturday, June 6
Enjoy learning to weave a classic Shaker Cathead Basket in a twill weave pattern on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Rd. Harleysville. The workshop is taught by master basket weaver Karen Wychock.
Easily identified by its pattern of diagonal lines, a twill weave is used to create a diagonal line in your basket. A twill weave is created by weaving over and under multiple spokes as opposed to weaving “over one-under one.”
Students will be weaving a 10” classic Shaker Cathead Basket with a twill pattern. The Cathead was one of the most popular baskets made by the Shakers. Its name derives from the fact that when it is held upside down, its shape resembles a cat’s head – the corners being the ears. This basket will be woven of reed with an oak handle. Students will learn to lay out the base, shape those distinctive ears, chase-weave the sides of the basket in a twill pattern and lash the rim.
The workshop fee is $105 (includes workshop fee and materials). To register, go to mhep.org; email info@mhep.org or call 215-256-3020. Preregistration is required and class size is limited. No refunds given unless workshop is canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Sunday, June 7
1:30-4:00, w/speaker @ 2 pm. Open house.
Life of a Civil War Soldier and Life at Home.
Mike Jessberger will share his knowledge about how Civil War soldiers lived – a very hard life. What were the daily routine of soldiers?
Presentation will include visuals and artifacts.The Strassburger Farmstead will be open for viewing. It was a Civil War-era stop for travelers going between Philadelphia and Bethlehem/Allentown. The home and barn have displays of mid-19th century domestic and farm life. The museum has displays of 19th century life and everyday artifacts. Civil war collectors and re-enactors will be invited to demonstrate their artifacts and share their knowledge.
Historical Society of Hilltown Township
Held at the c1800s Strassburger Farmstead, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
407 Keystone Dr. & Bethlehem Pk., Sellersville, 18960
Free, donations appreciated. info: 267-614-9174.

Saturday, June 20
Learn the colorful art of paper marbling on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 10 am to 3:30/4 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville. Led by Ramon Townsend of Colonial Bindery, Exton, Pa, participants will learn this traditional paper art first developed by the Persians in the 15th century. Marbling is the art of floating and designing watercolors on a base fluid then permanently transferring the design to paper. Participants will be instructed in preparing the paper to accept the paint; mixing the colors for marbling; creating the base fluid; floating the colors on the base, then designing them; and transferring the design to paper. The students will take home their finished papers.
Workshop instructor Ramon Townsend studied paper marbling and hand bookbinding under the Master and Journeymen bookbinders at Colonial Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg has an apprenticeship program where it passes on traditional handcrafts.
The Paper Marbling Workshop fee is $75 (includes workshop fee and materials). The instructor will provide the materials. To register, go to mhep.org; email info@mhep.org or call 215-256-3020. Preregistration is required and class size is limited to 8 persons. No refunds given unless workshop is canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

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