WORCESTER PA – Experience a traditional Pennsylvania German seasonal holiday celebration, typical of the 1700s, during an annual candlelight tour of the Peter Wentz Farmstead, scheduled for Dec. 1 (2012; Saturday) from 2-9 p.m. at the Montgomery County historic site, located just east of the intersection of Routes 73 and 363.
- This event has been added to The Post calendar.
The tour includes live music, craft demonstrations, and a visit with Belsnickel – the Pennsylvania German name for Saint Nicholas in furs – all bathed in the soft glow of candlelight.
Children and adults alike will enjoy meeting Belsnickel from 3-6 p.m. They may even receive some treats, but only if their name is on the “good list.”
Beginning at dusk, candles will light the way through the restored farmstead. While touring its historic house, visitors will hear 18th century tunes played on various instruments by musician Mark Carroll. General Washington and Revolutionary War soldiers will entertain guests with stories of their recent travels in the area, and their preparations for the winter encampment.
Demonstrators will showcase their skills of crafts from the era, including tape loom weaving and making silhouettes. The sights and aromas of 18th century seasonal food and drink, being prepared on the hearth, will fill the summer kitchen. Guests also can visit animals in the barn and sheepfold before making their way to the museum shop and visitors’ center for some holiday gift shopping, warm drinks, and refreshments.
A donation of $2 per person is suggested. For more information, call the Wentz Farmstead at 610-584-5104.