More than 300 costumed artisans and crafters will be stationed throughout Historic Schoenbrunn Village during the 10th-annual Colonial Trade Faire. (Submitted photo)
New Philadelphia, Ohio - Ohio's first mission settlement will come alive this weekend for a celebration of colonial life and craftsmanship.
The 10th-annual Colonial Trade Faire will take place this Saturday and Sunday, October 20th and 21st, at Historic Schoenbrunn Village.
More than 300 costumed reenactors and artisans will be camped out in the village throughout the weekend and offering on-site demonstrations and opportunities to purchase their wares.
Jacob Masters is the brand relations and consumer engagement manager for Historic Schoenbrunn Village, the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum and Uhrichsville Clay Museum. He says vendors will be selling a variety of 18th-Century goods during the event.
“There’s pottery, there’s clothing, there are rifles, there are hatchets. The sky is the limit on what these people can sell. It’s amazing what they have.
A variety of activities and demonstrations are also planned for both days of the event.
Providing the musical entertainment will be Heritage Fife and Drum band and bagpipe player Brad Harp. Vane Scott III will also be with returning to share several presentations of his popular program on the history of the American flag titled “The Many Faces of Old Glory.”
On Saturday only, Bob Hurd and his wife will be doing two separate first-person talks about Revolutionary War veteran Lt. Jeremiah Greenman, and Pastor John Wallace will be giving an art presentation on the paintings of Moravian portrait artist John Valentine Haidt.
Additional activities planned for the weekend include musket demonstrations by Spikeman's Company of Rangers and The Brigade of the American Revolution and an 18th-Century tea demonstration by the schoolhouse on Sunday afternoon.
There will also be a raffle drawing for prizes including this year's grand prize - a smooth bore carbine that is a close copy of one made by London gunsmith John Haste in the early 18th century. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and will be sold in the gift shop throughout the weekend. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, and entrants do not need to be present in order to win.
Historic Schoenbrunn Village is located at 1984 East High Avenue in New Philadelphia. Admission to the Colonial Trade Faire is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for children age 6-17. Children under 6 and Historic Schoenbrunn Village members get in for free. For more information, including a complete schedule of activities, visit Historic Schoenbrunn Village on Facebook.
STACEY CARMANY, TUSCO TV