The Ephrata Cloister offers events throughout the year the whole family can enjoy, from children to adults! 

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Storytime
Every second Wednesday of the month; upcoming: September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10
10:00am to 11:00am

Bring your preschooler and join us for a different story each month followed by a craft or activity related to the story. From ABCs, colonial inspired nursery rhymes, gardens, to other themes and images of the history of the Ephrata Cloister, we'll cover a wide range of topics and activities! A parent or guardian must accompany children. $6 for one adult and one child (3-5 years); $3 for each additional child- this includes general admission fees! FREE for Ephrata Cloister Associate members at the Family Membership level. FREE if you show a Museum Pass from the Lancaster County Library System the day of the program.

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Artisans Faire
September 20, 2014
10:00am to 3:00pm

Visitors will be able to see and purchase examples of traditional Pennsylvania German Folk Arts and Crafts, such as Fraktur and Scherenschnitte, as well as engage with artisans demonstrating weaving, pottery, wood carving, metal work, broom and furniture making. In addition, local photographer Les Martzall will also have his photography on display. Make sure to grab a snack from the "Dude with the Dogs" food truck and our bake sale during your visit. All admission proceeds from the Artisans Faire will benefit future educational programming at the Ephrata Cloister.

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Sunday Conversations
September 21, October 19, November 16
Free admission to program; 3:00pm-4:00pm

September 21, 2014 3pm-4pm Michael Showalter looks at the world around Ephrata in the 18th century; October 19, 2014 3pm-4pm Michael Harris, Author of Brandywine: The Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, shares the story of the Revolutionary War battle and will join us for a book signing! November 16, 2014 3pm-4pm Nick Siegert examines the use of technology among members of the Amish community. Tours of the historic site require regular admission.

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover
September 26 & 27
Drop-off Friday 3:00pm to 5:00pm; Pick-up & family activities Saturday 10:00am to noon
Download a registration form to mail in advance or for more details!


Bring your stuffed animal or doll to their own overnight adventure. Drop them off Friday afternoon and when you pick them up on Saturday, join in all the activities the animals participated in overnight. Find out what they did! A parent or guardian must accompany children on Saturday. $6.00 for one adult and one child (3-5years), $3 for each additional child. Free for Ephrata Cloister Associates who possess a Family Membership and/or those that show a Museum Pass from the Lancaster Public Library Friday evening.

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Day of Music
October 11
Chorus performances at 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm

The Historic Ephrata Cloister performs Saturday on site at 2, 3, and 4pm. Early American choral works are explored with a primary focus on the music of the Ephrata Brethren.

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Apple Dumpling Sales
Friday and Saturday October 10th and 11th
9:30am-4:00pm for dumplings

Sales of our apple dumplings benefit the Back to the Cloister fund, the Ephrata Cloister Associates only fund for collections acquisitions, care, and conservation. Apple dumplings can be picked up Friday or Saturday during times above.

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Community Days School Program
October 17, 2014
9:30am-1:00pm

All students are invited to explore activities that made Ephrata a thriving center of life in the colonial period. This open-house type program features stations you may visit at your leisure. Tuition $6 for students, one adult admitted free for every 10 students, additional adults pay $9 each. Reservations strongly encouraged.

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Gideon's Bones: A Family Trick or Treat
October 25, 2014
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Find the bones on Brother Gideon's gravestone and other clues on our 282 year old trail of history with costumed guides to lead the way. Families with children 13 and under are encouraged to come in appropriate costumes with treat bags to fill and small projects to make and take along the trail. $6 for one adult and one child (3-5 years), $3 for each additional child. Free for Ephrata Cloister Associates at the Family Membership level.

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Mysterious, Melancholy, and Macabre: Strange Stories from the Past
October 17, 18, 24, 25, 2014
Tours at 7pm and 8:30pm each evening

Enjoy chilling tales from classic Gothic literature in the shadow of our old historic buildings. The Monkey's Paw, a story of a cursed gift, Poe's Tell Tale Heart and other classics will be featured. This program is developed with the Student Historians and other teen volunteers. Advance reservations suggested, call the Visitor's Center after September 15. $12 adults, $7 youth ages 3-17. Discount for members.

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Making History Workshops
November 22, December 13
10:00am to noon

Perfect for those that enjoy DIY activities our weekend workshops combine conversation, tradition, and crafts. November 22: Make a small work of cross stitch embroidery inspired by Sister Petronella's 1768 sampler & on December 13th print and operate our press to create copies of the original 1769 Cloister Christmas greeting in our Printing Office. $10 for members of Ephrata Cloister Associates, $15 for non-members.

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Christmas at the Cloister
Monday and Tuesday December 8 & 9, 2014
6:30pm, 7:45pm, and 9:00pm each night

$6 tickets. Seating is limited and advance tickets are required. Tickets available to members beginning November 1, 2014. Tickets available for general purchase in the Museum Store on November 8th. No member discount is available for the program.

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Lantern Tours
Fridays and Saturdays December 26, 27, January 2, 3

These special tours will take you back in time to visit the Cloister as it may have appeared in the 1700s. Each year offers a new story with a cast of teens, our very own Student Historians! Reservations can be made by calling the visitor center beginning December 1, 2014. $10 adults, $9 seniors ages 65+, $7 youth ages 6-11, $5 for ages 3-5, under the age of 3, free. Discount for members.

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Ephrata Cloister
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600
Ephrata1732@gmail.com