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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

Sunday, April 26
15th Annual Spring Basket Bingo hosted by the Sellersville Fire Dept. Ladies’ Auxiliary. Sunday, April 26, 2020. Held at Sellersville Fire House, 2 N Main St., Sellersville PA. Doors open at 11:30 & games begin at 1. Prizes are Longaberger baskets, pottery & wrought iron filled to the top! Ticket includes 24 games & lunch. Extras include grand prize game, huge Chinese auction, raffles, 50/50, & bingo ball pull tabs. Special drawing for all tickets prepaid by 4/20/20. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. All entering hall (including children) MUST have a ticket due to limited seating. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.squareup.com/store/sellersvillefd at no additional charge. Or for more information, please email sfdbasketbingo@yahoo.com (fastest response) or leave a message at 215-257-4028 ext 305.

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, May 9
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra(SPSO-48th season) performance- Fiesta Latina on Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Dock Mennonite Academy(Early childhood to Grade 8 Campus) 420 Godshall Road, Souderton.
For more information about SPSO, please follow us on Facebook or visit spsorchestra.org. Tickets are available at www.spsorchestra.org or at the door or call 267-328-4493.

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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