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Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent
August 14, 2019

"Waste Not - Want Not" theme a thrifty lesson

 

The Goschenhoppen Festival Fiddlers perform at the 53rd Annual Festival.

            The 53rd Annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival was held last Friday and Saturday with its' purpose of recreating the local past in a singular event. A reflection of a way of life.

            The event is recognized as historically accurate by the Smithsonian Institute. Books and diaries and other pieces of documentation are studied and precisely executed.

            This year's festival theme was "Verschwens net, no hoscht ken noth" or Waste

Goschenhoppen Historian member, auth-

or, and local historian Bob Wood speaks

on the value of "waste not - want not" 

during one of his straw-bale seminars.

Not, Want Not.  It can be argued that many cultures around the world have subscribed to the philosophy of utilizing everything the land and God provided. However, the Pennsylvania Germans were perhaps some of the most creative in making this statement true.

            From scrapple to souse, to tow dolls and rag dolls, the Pennsylvania Germans made good use of what was available to them. Nothing was wasted or taken for granted.

            Throughout the festival grounds on the Henry Antes plantation, visitors uniquely experience what the mantra "Verschwens net, no hoscht ken noth" means and why it was important to this group of resourceful and hardworking immigrants. The festival takes visitors back in time when building and making things meant something – including survival.

            The Antes plantation is the perfect place for such an event. Stepping into the homestead, the unique historic features are noteworthy. The craftsmanship is incredible. The solid structure and garden is to be admired.

            Throughout the grounds, visitors explore and learn a variety of techniques that were utilized by the Pennsylvanian Germans.

             Entering the grounds, three young ladies making a simple sweet treat called Potato Candy. It's made of boiled potatoes, butter, confectionary sugar and vanilla and the outcome of the recipe depends on the temperament of the weather. The climate was agreeable and the treats turned out delightful. Sophia Sampayo of Bally has been participating in the event for six years. Charlotte Hepler, from Emlenton has been involved for three years and Lillian Divelbiss is participating for the first time this year. She is from Pittsburgh, but her grandfather lives in the area and when visiting, she decided to join in on the fun at the Festival.

            Making one's way through the festival, fresh baked pumpernickel bread topped with apple butter and cottage cheese lured in visitors. The combination of ingredients is complimentary. "It's a unique taste as the sharpness from the spice of the pumpernickel bread and the marmalade sweetness of the apple butter intertwines with the smooth silky cottage cheese", described festival attendee Fares Farhat of Fairfax, PA.  

 

Becky Manley, left, and Sheila Walters mix the ingrediants used to make Apple Fritters.

There were demonstrations throughout the festival on various foods people made and 

ate in the 18th and 19th centuries.

            Marge Wommer of New Hanover has been participating in the event since 1978. She married her best friend and sweetheart Allen Wommer in 1977 and they participated in the reenactment annually. Marge's husband passed on not too long ago and the festival reminds her of him. When asked what her favorite part about the event was to her, she replied ...



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