Pennsylvania German Heritage Festival 2011 -1
March 1, 2011
LEBANON – There is always something new to learn, or eat, at the Pennsylvania German Heritage Fest, planned this year from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Lebanon Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College.
The 16th annual Pennsylvania German Heritage Festival is a free public celebration featuring food, art, crafts, music and history at the campus downtown at 735 Cumberland St. It attracts about 1,000 visitors annually from Central Pennsylvania, and as far away as Maryland, Virginia and even Germany.
Among the festivities:
  •        - Traditional Pennsylvania German crafts and art 
  •        - Pennsylvania German genealogy, history and language resources
           - Delicious Pennsylvania Dutch food 
           - Music in the Pennsylvania German dialect, including Der Nei Dolpehock Sanger Chor performing entertainment in the dialect; Patrick Donmoyer and Beatrice Ferreira performing Pennsylvania German folk music; and Die Schwadore Schalle performing Pennsylvania German music and songs
          - Speakers on Pennsylvania German topics, including Irwin Richman on “Penn Dutch and Holland Dutch: Two American Cultures,” and Jesse Tobin on “Folk Healing Traditions of the Pennsylvania Germans
Food for sale is provided by Hitz’s Farm Market, Manheim, which has served the event since the festival’s inception. Offerings will include traditional Pennsylvania German specialties, such as chicken pot pie, schnitz un gnepp (apples and buttons, which is an entree of ham, raised dumplings and stewed apples) and shoofly pie. Crafts by artisans will include fraktur, scherenschnitte, redware and Moravian stars. History, genealogy, language and literature resources will be available and several booths will be filled from area non-profit organizations that promote culture and history of the area.
This is a project of the Pennsylvania German Studies Program and supported by HACC, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Community of Lebanon Association. 
For more information, contact Annette Beamesderfer, director of the Learning and Testing Centers at the Lebanon Campus Office for Academic Success, at 717-274-2297 or e-mail
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