Needlework and other activities are demonstrated during the Laerenswaert progam.

Many activities are demonstrated during the Laerenswaert progam.

WORCESTER PA – The daily activities and skilled trades of earlier centuries represent knowledge still worth knowing, and learning, during the annual Laerenswaert program to be held Oct. 10 (2009; Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the historic Peter Wentz Farmstead, Shearer Road, Worcester PA.

“Laerenswaert” is a German phrase meaning “worth learning.” Among the skills to be demonstrated at this year’s program are:

  • A beer brewing demonstration by Richard Wagner of Pennsylvania Brewery Historians;
  • Rye straw braiding;
  • Open-hearth cooking;
  • Stone carving;
  • Apple pressing for cider;
  • Hooking rugs; and
  • Butter production.

The events are free and will be held rain or shine.

“We encourage visitors to try all the hands-on historical activities offered in order to gain a better understanding of the past,” said Kimberly Boice, educational coordinator at the farmstead.

A tour of the restored home of the Wentz and Schultz families will also include colonial era music played by the Bakshi Studio Baroque Players. Refreshments will be available for purchase, and the gift shop also will be open for souvenir sales.

For more information, call the farmstead at 610-584-5104.

The site is owned and operated by Montgomery County (PA) and receives support from the Peter Wentz Farmstead Society.

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