Holiday Tour of Homes
The Strasburg Heritage Society’s 4th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes will be held on Saturday, December 7th from 10 am to 4 pm. Advance tickets may be purchased for $15 starting November 1st in Strasburg at Main Street Antiques (2 West Main Street), Springerle House (15 East Main Street), Finishing Touch (9 East Main Street), and Eldreth Pottery (246 North Decatur Street) or by phone (717-687-3534) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Tickets will be available at the door for $20 at First Presbyterian Church (101 South Decatur Street) on the day of tour, as well as food, crafts by local artists, boxwood trees, and fresh green arrangements. A colonial fireplace cooking demonstration will be held at the Shroy House (122 South Decatur Street).
Wheat weaving is an ancient folk art which celebrated a successful harvest. Straw designs were created at the end of harvesting with a belief in a spirit that caused the grain to grow. To provide a resting place for this growing spirit, a weaving was made from the last grain cut or a choice bundle of grain. This design was kept in a safe place until the following spring when a new crop was planted. At that time, the design was crushed and returned to the soil with the newly planted crop. When the crop grew, the ritual was reinforced. It is an art form which is perhaps as old as civilization itself.
In 2009, Stackpole Books published Linda Beiler’s book, Wheat Weaving & Straw Art, as part of their Heritage Crafts Today Series.
She is a member of the National Association of Wheat Weavers, a juried member of Lancaster Designer Craftsmen, Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen, and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. She is also on the Roster of Artists in Education with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Cost of the workshop will be $35 for Society members and $40 for non-members. The instructor will provide all equipment and materials necessary for each participant to make one or two straw stars. Star making kits will also be available for sale at $20 each.
The workshop will be held at 28 East Main Street, Strasburg. Parking is available on the street or at neighboring St. Michael’s Church.
For more information, or to register, please contact Ann Lainhoff at 717-687-8816 or at Lainhoff@Netscape.net.
On Saturday, November 30th and again on Saturday December 7th, Suzie Knowles will repeat her highly successful workshop on the making of gingerbread houses. Participants will receive instructions, decorate and take home their own gingerbread house. The time for both of these workshops will be 10 am to 1 pm. The cost of this workshop will be $45 for members and $50 for non-members.
For more information about the rug braiding or straw weaving workshops contact Ann Lainhoff at 717-687-8816 or Lainhoff@Netscape.net. If interested in either of the gingerbread workshops contact Suzie Knowles at 717-687-8494.