Thursday, August 15, 2013

Yesteryear's Technologies

Goshenhoppen.  
(Say that 3 times fast.)  

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Kitchen Work 

Goshenhoppen, PA is said to be the "oldest 
continually existing German community in America." 

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 Adventure Stories

A Germanic folk culture unique to Pennsylvania, 
called Pennsylvania Dutch,  
evolved from early German immigrants in the region.  

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The Tramp

For almost fifty years, 
the people of Goshenhoppen 
have brought to life the trades and skills 
of the 18th - 19th century 
Pennsylvania Dutch 
during an annual folk festival 
at the Antes Plantation 
in Upper Frederick Twp.

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Working the Lathe

One thing that sets this living history re-enactment apart from others 
is there are no modern day, commercial vendors 
under big, ugly tents.

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Announcing Mealtime

Everything here looks authentic, 
including what you can buy from the trade's people.  


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With a Knapsack on My Back

After tasting the handmade peach ice cream, 
I remarked, 
"They sure don't make ice cream like they used to." 
(Which is probably a good thing for my waistline.)

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Throughout the festival grounds
generations come together and
pass their skills on to the young.

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Spinning

As you speak with the knowledgable re-enactors,
you too, will likely learn interesting facts.

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Just like Daddy Does

If you only make time for one living history festival a year,
this is one not to miss in 2014.

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Making Music 

Goshenhoppen Folk Festival
My Festival Flickr album is here.

13 comments:

  1. These pictures are so cool. It makes me want to visit there. :-)

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  2. I love places like this!! I live near Plymoth Plantation and grew up going to others in the PA/NJ area! Gorgeous pictures!!

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  3. I live in York, PA so we'll have to check this out! Looks awesome and I love your photos!

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  4. my hubby is PA Dutch and the only thing he can do is say half a dozen curse words in German...the fiddler looks happy, the rest not so much. i love re enactments like this, the spinner is a beautiful girl and photo

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  5. What a fun place! Would love to visit the Pennsylvania Dutch sometime!

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  6. What a great festival. So many wonderful places to explore and never enough time. Great photos!

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  7. What great shots and love how you have captured this culture

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  8. These are great Rebecca! And Goshenhoppen is a wonderful word. That is a very arresting portrait of the young spinner, but of course they are all excellent pics.

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  9. Love how they have kids involved in the re-enactments.

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  10. Delightful blog♫ My 'Waltz': http://lauriekazmierczak.com/midwest-mania/

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  11. Beautiful pictures and post. I'd love to visit one day but I couldn't even say the name once :). Thank you for sharing and partying with us.

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  12. I was abstent from blogging for a while but it sure feels good coming back to your photos! You really capture these little moments well!

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  13. Wow, that looks like an amazing festival. Thanks for sharing.

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