Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in Union Township will host an Iron Plantation Christmas Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.This free event will depict Christmas as celebrated during the 19th century at Hopewell Furnace. The program will be presented rain or shine.
Visitors can experience and engage with Christmas traditions from two centuries ago. These activities include making gingerbread ornaments, creating decorations out of greens and other natural sprigs, writing holiday letters and cards, plus discovering the customs, foods and traditions of the holiday season from an early American perspective.
Visitors will also get to meet Der Belsnickel, a mischievous character similar to Santa Claus, who rewards good children with treats.
Support for these programs comes from park volunteers, the Berks and Chester County Master Gardener chapters, and the Friends of Hopewell Furnace.
Trail of Lights
The Muhlenberg Holiday Trail of Lights fundraiser is scheduled for Dec. 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event includes a self-paced driving tour of lights, bonus stops and a poker run. Tickets are $25 per vehicle and on sale at Muhlenberg Community Library, 3613 Kutztown Road, Laureldale; and the Muhlenberg Township building, 210 George St. Tickets purchased at the library include a free book.
The tour features five homes with amazing exterior light displays. Bonus stops may include refreshments, a visit from Santa and more. Make a donation to the Muhlenberg Food Pantry at Good Shepherd’s UCC Church and receive a children’s book as a thank you (optional stop).
Decorated cars and holiday outfits are encouraged. Participants will pick up the list of homes on the trail from the library on Dec. 9 starting at 5:30 p.m. Everyone does not have to start at 5:30 but must be completed by 8:30.
The library’s Holiday Basket Raffle will be on display prior to the event for participants. Chances are 5 for $5 or 15 for $10. Drawing will take place Monday, Dec. 11. Need not be present to win.
Wreath, swag sald
Friends of the Spring Township Library will hold a wreath and swag sale Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library, 78 Commerce Drive.
Holiday train display
The Heritage Model Railroad Club will have holiday train layouts on display Saturdays, Dec. 2 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Heritage of Green Hills, Cumru Township. Z, N, HO, O Standard and G Gauge model train layouts, new items and light refreshments, along with a visit from Santa Claus.
Library open house
The Muhlenberg Community Library will hold a holiday open house on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3612 Kutztown Road, Laureldale. There will be refreshments, a model train display, a visit from Santa and the Grinch, music, crafts, story time and basket raffle. Free for all ages.
The Ringgold Band will present a Christmas Concert on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church, 3670 Perkiomen Ave. Reiffton. A reception will follow in the parish hall. The band has been performing concerts for more than 170 years, making it the oldest continuously performing regimental band in America.
A Christmas bazaar is scheduled for Saturday at St. Peter’s UCC of Molltown, 219 Maidencreek Road, Richmond Township. There will be cookies for sale, craft vendors, a white elephant sale and turkey potpie for purchase. Potpie should be preordered by calling 610-529-1893 by Tuesday.
New this year is a take-home free picture with Santa for anyone bringing a new toy, unwrapped, for Santa to deliver.
A Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 548 Old Swede Road, Douglassville. Highlights include pies, apple dumplings, cookies, chow chow, crafts, fresh green wreaths and cemetery boxes, attic treasures and a photo booth with Santa from 10-2. Bring your own camera. For more information, call 610-385-6616
Festival in Exeter
A Christmas Festival will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schwarzwald United Church of Christ, 75 Church Lane Road, Exeter Township. Sand tarts and other baked goods will be for sale along with food for lunch. Kids activities include free crafts, grab bags and a visit from the Grinch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ephrata open house
The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley is hosting its Christmas Open House on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at 237-249 W. Main St., Ephrata.
Share in the Christmas season at the Connell Mansion, the 1869 home of Moore and Rebecca Konigmacher Connell and their daughters. Experience the Victorian home decorated for the season.
There will be musical entertainment throughout the day, including Mark Herr on the pump organ. Santa Claus will be in attendance, and volunteers will be available to talk with our guests about the house and the family who lived there.
The Conestoga Press Living History Print Shop will offer demonstrations of 19th-century printing practices, and everyone will be offered a souvenir printed on the antique press.
There will be light refreshments and a chance to purchase old fashioned lollipops.
The Leesport Area Historical Society Museum, 128 Main St., will hold an open house on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit the 1858 schoolhouse that served the community until 1961. The tour includes a classroom circa 1940s/50s and museum room including a rare printing press and a 1757 Quaker marriage certificate. The new display features many antique kitchen and household hand tools, bells, canning materials and even circus tent sledgehammers. Santa Claus will be there for the children.
Southern Gospel concert
The Cultural Series Team at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 E. Arch St., Fleetwood, is presenting a Southern Gospel/Christmas Concert by The Hyssongs on Saturday at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Children 5 -12 are $5. For tickets call 610-657-8727 or 610-944-9820. For credit card purchases, call Hess Promotions 717-669-1785. A $2 fee applies.
Dell, Susan and Richard Hyssong combine family vocal harmony, humor and brass instruments to share their religious message through music.
Bazaar, craft show
St. Thomas Church, 536 N. Main St., Bernville, is holding a Christmas Bazaar and Craft Show on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items for sale include dolls and accessories, candles, melts, air fresheners, wreaths, ornaments, calligraphy, farmhouse wood signs, handmade cards and more. Homemade cookies, candy, jams, egg sandwiches, soup and other hot foods are for sale. Call 610-488-6702 for more information.
Oley house tour
The Oley Valley Community Library will hold its annual Holiday House Tour on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Cost is $20 prior to event day, $25 day of the event. Booklets with the locations listed can be purchased by calling the library during business hours at 484-491-1278 or stopping by the library at 339 Main St., Oley. Other locations selling the booklets are Evelyn & Harriette’s Gifts in Oley and New Spirit/Old Soul Goods on Boyertown Pike between Earlville and Greshville. One of the featured locations on the tour is the Sacred Oak in Oley. Visit Oleyvalleylibrary.com for more information.
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