Wednesday, April 24, 2013

May Your May Day be Bright

There will be dancing around the May Pole May 4 at Pottsgrove Manor

Blogger's Note: The following courtesy of Lynn Symborski, museum educator at Pottstown's own Pottsgrove Manor.

Celebrate spring at the Annual Colonial May Fair held at historic Pottsgrove Manor on Saturday, May 4th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This yearly event is a fun-filled day with activities for all ages — games, music, dancing, and crafts. 

Signora Bella returns this year.
Colonial conjurer Levram the Great will perform historic magic shows and entertain visitors with pocket magic tricks throughout the day. 

Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre will perform the puppet shows St. George and the Dragon and Cinderella and will also provide festive historic music around the grounds during the event. 

Signora Bella is returning this year to delight audiences with her acrobatic feats. 

Members of the Tapestry Historic Dance Ensemble will demonstrate authentic English country dances and will lead visitors in dances around the Maypole to open and close the fair.

In addition to the entertainment, a variety of Early American crafters and demonstrators will be on hand to display historic skills and trades and sell their wares. 

Young visitors can compete in hoop races, play with colonial toys and games, help churn butter, and more! 

The first floor of colonial ironmaster John Potts’ 1752 manor house will be open for self-guided tours during the fair. 

Visitors can also shop at the Manor’s museum shop for colonial games, books, and unique gifts. 

Historic foodways expert Deborah Peterson will be demonstrating open-hearth cooking in the Pottsgrove Manor kitchen. 

While visitors can’t try the food cooked in the colonial kitchen, they will be able to purchase food during the event. 

MMG Concessions will offer burgers, cheesesteaks, hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, fries, hand-rolled
A gunsmith will be one of the crafters at May Day.
pretzels, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and more.

For a schedule of the day’s activities and a list of vendors and craftspeople who will be at the fair, visit Pottsgrove Manor’s website and follow the “Annual Colonial May Fair” link.

A donation of $2 per person is suggested for this event. 

Visitors are asked to park at the Carousel at Pottstown building, 30 West King Street. There is no charge for parking, and Pottstown’s restored trolley will be giving FREE rides during the fair between the Carousel parking lot and Pottsgrove Manor. Handicapped parking is available in the museum’s parking lot.

Pottstown Manor is located at 100 West King Street near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422, in Pottstown.

Pottsgrove Manor is operated by Montgomery County under the direction of the Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites Division of the Assets and Infrastructure Department. 

For more information, call 610.326.4014, or visit the web site at or on Facebook at

May Day is enough to make Tapestry Historic Dance Ensemble go through a few steps.

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