Experience Pennsylvania Colonial Life at Penn's Colony Festival Held September 22-23 and 29 - 30 in Saxonburg, PA

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During the next two weekends, the Penn’s Colony Festival presents a unique opportunity to experience many aspects of Colonial life, from battles and skirmishes to celebrations and world-class crafts. Visitors can actually experience 18th Century battle re-enactments; ‘living history’ camps that bring together the French, British, Scottish, Colonists and Native Americans; and a colonial era celebration known as "publick tymes."

The 29th Annual Penn’s Colony Festival is a great place to catch Pennsylvania’s Colonial experience with a unique blend of French & Indian era living history and 185 artisans showcasing work handmade in America. Each year the Penn’s Colony draws over 50,000 visitors from Pittsburgh and the tri-state region to the recreation of an Early American village setting on 12-acres of easy-walking, tree-shaded, park-like grounds in Saxonburg, PA.

29th Annual Penn’s Colony Festival and Folk Art Marketplace
When:    Weekends Only: September 22-23 and 29-30, 2012
    Saturdays - 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where:    Penn’s Colony Village Grounds, 365 Saxonburg Boulevard, Saxonburg, PA
    (just off Route 228 East, 1 mile outside Saxonburg in SE Butler County)

Admission includes two stages of entertainment, period performers, music, battle reenactments, craft and history demonstrations, popular “Hidden History” presentations, over one dozen children’s activities and 25 food purveyors. This year the Hidden History is using "Myth Busters" as its theme to demonstrate how 18th century items really worked, instead of how they are portrayed to work in movies.

Visitors can sample artisan packaged gourmet foods that have been chosen as the best in the country by celebrity chefs and in national competitions.

Artisians from around the country will offer beautiful, one-of-a-kind crafts made from woods of pine, wormy chestnut, and hardwoods, as well as home decor and furniture. This year’s festival features new artisans in categories from furniture (primitive, country, shaker, 18th Century French Provincial) and table linens to leather goods and seasonal decor such as wreaths made from pinecones.

These works of art are handmade, with "old world" quality, but they also come with an "old world" guarantee, that is many of the artists offer life time guarantees on their products.

According to Beth Rush, co-founder of Penn’s Colony Festival, “Many people see history as something that is dead, the past, not a part of their daily life. But, quite the contrary, our actions, catch phrases, holiday traditions, even sometimes our attitudes… have origins in this period of time. We are connected to our history on a daily basis, and that becomes a very interesting life lesson when it is experienced.”

“Every year there is something new and lively in the history that visitors experience at Penn’s Colony,“ said Rush. This year’s festival continues the tradition of bringing quality food and handmade-in-America arts and crafts for all to enjoy, including:

Gourmet Food Purveyors:

  •     Millers Mustard, received back-to-back SCOVIE Awards 1st place condiments out of 800 entries; made by a local family from Gibsonia since 2002.
  •     Cooke Tavern Soups - featured on the Today Show for Giada's favorite things
  •     Mulberry Creamery from Kittanning - selected as Pittsburgh's Best by Pittsburgh Magazine in 2011
  •     Ron and Frank's Cocoa, Coffee & Tea mixes - Rachael Ray's pick for best hot chocolate mix

Artisans:

  •     White Historic Art - some of the finest original oils and prints from artist Pamela Patrick White and Bryan White from Everett, PA (September 29-30 only)
  •     Piazza Fine American Porcelain, once commissioned by the White House to create their Christmas ornaments, by Anne and Joe Piazza.
  •     Charleston Relics, an archeologist by training and profession finds a way to share history through his jewelry and artifacts while preserving thousands of pieces of history.

Entertainment:

  •     New this year: The Cogan Brothers bring a sound and spirit of Rousing Irish songs to the Penn's Colony Festival, encouraging audience participation by young and old! (September 22-23 only)
  •     RichPatrick Band – the three-member band entertains with lyrical and bawdy songs of the 18th century from colonial America across the pond to England, Ireland and Scotland. (September 29-30 only)
  •     Bruce Golightly of DruidSong, who has a new release of Scottish folk songs on cd, will play all four days
  •     The Brigadoon Highlanders provides the pipe and drums

Admission:    $7 Adults (ages 16 to 59)
        $6 Seniors (ages 60 +)
        $5 Children (ages 8 to 15)
        *Free for kids 7 and under*
        AAA Member and Group Discounts Available - FREE on-site parking.

Penn’s Colony is pleased to provide contact information for possible interviews with some of our local history re-enactors, entertainers, artisans and exhibitors. For more information, contact Beth Rush at 724-352-9922 or email penns(at)consolidated(dot)net
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Pennsylvania's Premier Folk Art Marketplace
Penn’s Colony Festival
Write to: Post Office Box 431 Saxonburg, PA 16056 (724) 352-9922 http://www.pennscolony.com

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