Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Family Fun at the Blueberry Festival

Jul 2nd, 2015Press Release from Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites

BETHLEHEM, PA – Join Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites at its annual Blueberry Festival for an array of exciting family-fun events and kids’ activities.

The Blueberry Festival will be held at Burnside Plantation located at 1461 Schoenersville Road on July 18-19 from 10:00am – 7:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am – 6:00pm on Sunday.

Kids can enjoy the beauty of Burnside Planation, an 18th Century 6.5 acre farm in the city of Bethlehem, while participating in continuous blueberry – themed crafts, colonial games, colonial dress up, pony rides, a petting zoo and more.

Activities in the Kids’ Club tent are free with admission ticket to the Blueberry Festival. Crafts include tin punch ornaments, wampums, decorating a planting pot, woven blueberry basket, cotton ball sheep, and all-new apple stamping in the orchard. For an additional fee of $7.00, kids can assemble and paint a bluebird house.

The family fun doesn’t stop with the kids’ craft section of the festival. Guests can enjoy a plethora of demonstrations and activities at Burnside, including butter churning near the 1748-1848 Summer Kitchen, and beekeeping near the Pollinator Garden.

New this year, The Lehigh Valley Zoo will be hosting a Birds of Prey demonstration on Sunday at 11:30am and 12:30pm that will intrigue people of all ages.

Kids will have the opportunity to ride ponies in the orchard, dress up in colonial costumes, and can take turns on the high horse powered wheel to discover the hard work it took to run a colonial farm. These activities are great photo opportunities for families!

Keep an eye out for strolling performers including, Roger Latzgo and Joe Keppel on Saturday and Sunday. Roger’s music and Joe’s magic is sure to entertain guests for hours.

Young and old will enjoy the Blueberry Pie Eating Contest, a timeless festival tradition. Competitions will be held at 2:15pm at the Meadow Stage on Saturday and Sunday.

Guides in period dress will be available for tours of the James Burnside colonial house, barns, and garden. The tours share the stories behind colonial farming and James Burnside, a Moravian missionary and county representative.

Bethlehem Police’s Mounted Unit will also run two programs with horses George, Raven, and Pharaoh. Also new this year will be a 16-foot mural depicting a scene from farm life that all visitors are invited to help fill in.

Kids can also go back in time to the colonial era and play period-appropriate games. Colonial games include Jacob’s ladder, graces, hoops, and the all-time favorite cup and ball.

Tickets for admission to the Blueberry Festival are available at the gate each day on Saturday (10am-7pm) and Sunday (10am-6pm) for $20 adult combination ticket, which includes six tastings of craft beers, mead or wine, plus a commemorative glass and festival admission, $8 general admission per adult, $4 general admission for children ages 4-12, and children 3 and younger are free. Tickets are also available online at http://historicbethlehem.org/event/blueberry-festival/. Guests can pre-order their Tombler’s crumb topping blueberry pie by visiting http://historicbethlehem.org/purchase-a-pie/.  Credit cards are accepted throughout the festival. For more information visit HistoricBethlehem.org or call 1-800-360-TOUR. All performances are included with the ticket. Credit cards are accepted throughout the festival. Credit cards are accepted throughout the festival. For more information, visit HistoricBethlehem.org or call 1-800-360-TOUR.

Historic Bethlehem is a not-for-profit institution that brings to life three centuries of American history. Historic Bethlehem tells the story of a small town of great influence, home to some of our nation’s earliest settlers, to America’s first municipal water pumping system, and to one of the world’s greatest industrial companies. Historic Bethlehem is located in Eastern Pennsylvania, only a 1.5 hour drive from Philadelphia to the north and 2 hours west of New York City. Historic Bethlehem is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and is distinguished as a National Historic Landmark District for Historic Moravian Bethlehem.

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Contact: LoriAnn Wukitsch, Vice President and Managing Director

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