Updated: Aug 31

Zach Stackhouse has been involved at the farm over past years in a variety of projects ranging from helping press apples into cider at the festival, assisting with the removal of roofing shingles from the front side of the Essig home, painting the porch supports and the outhouse at the Essig property. Zack recently offered to do a project on his days off from work and we settled on a much needed face lift for the interior of the Hottenstein main home. In June he began cleaning and painting the interior room dividing walls. Zach has now completed the first floor and has just begun on the "tool" room on the second floor which will complete the interior painting. Once the cooler weather arrives Zach is planning to take out a pair of window sashes at a time so he can repaint them at home. Out thanks to Zach for taking on this project in his spare time.

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For the second consecutive year, the Old Dry Road Farm Festival has been canceled because of COVID-19 concerns.

Out of an abundance of caution, with COVID-19 cases increasing in the area, the directors have decided to cancel the event to keep community members safe.

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Due to the pandemic this event was canceled last year, but now WE’RE BACK!!

This will be the eighth year for our public demo and education day held at Old Dry Road Farm near Blue Marsh Lake, Wernersville, PA (Berks County) on Saturday August 7 from 9am to 4pm. This is a free, fun, family event to promote the craft of blacksmithing.

There will be forging stations set up for demonstrations and for open forging by members of the public.

For children there will be forging sessions using clay (no fire) to experience what forging is like.

Over the lunch hour there will be a forging contest for chapter members and others to partake in.

A food truck will be on site for food purchases.

Tailgating and sales: no charge for traditional "tail-gate sales" of used equipment, etc. out of your vehicle. $20 fee must be paid to Old Dry Road Farm for other sales (selling your forged products, commercial sales, other craft sales, etc.)

Iron Master Of The Day: To Be Determined

Iron In The Hat Auction.

This will be a big public event for our chapter, so tell friends & family, and publicize it far & near.

Dog friendly event. Held rain or shine.

Directions: it's a bit off the beaten path, so if you can GPS or MapQuest, etc. it might be a good idea to do so. GPS coordinates: N. 40.37039, W. 76.06247

202 Highland Rd. Wernersville (Lower Heidelberg Township) PA, 19565

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