Monday, July 4
The historic site is OPEN for Independence Day.
Sunday, August 7
Ice Cream Social
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Spend some time with friends a visiting therapy dog while enjoying harp music and sweet treats. Radio personality Casey Allen will be on hand to dip up some great tastes from Turkey Hill Dairies. Be sure to bring the teenagers to meet our Student Historians. Cost of ice cream is $4.00 per person
Monday September 5
The historic site is OPEN for Labor Day.
Saturday, September 10
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Discover the work of local artists at this show and sale of fine crafts. On the same day enjoy the Craft Fair held in downtown Ephrata. Both events are a partnership between the Ephrata Cloister Associates and Downtown Ephrata, Inc. As a special bonus, limited admission to the upper levels of the Sisters’ House will be available. Reservations for the tours of the upper floors are requested and can be made after August 1. $10.00 for age 3 and above, under age 3 are free. Discount for members. An additional $5.00 fee is required for the upstairs tours with additional limitations. For more information, please call the historic Ephrata Cloister.
October 7 & 8
Apple Dumpling Sales
Friday and Saturday,
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(or until sold out!)
Wonderful good Pennsylvania Dutch treats of apples and cinnamon wrapped in flaky pastry make the apple dumpling sales a success for the consumer and the Back to the Cloister Fund used to return original artifacts to the museum.
Pre-orders can be placed for 5 or more dumplings, free delivery for orders of 20 or more dumplings. There is no charge to pick up apple dumplings, but regular admission is required to tour the historic site.
Sunday, October 9
Day of Music
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Concerts at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 p.m.
Discover one of Ephrata’s most unique contributions to colonial American culture as the Ephrata Cloister Chorus presents programs featuring the music written in the historic community during the 1700s. The community’s founder developed his own system for writing four part harmony and even had a special diet for the singers! Enjoy tours of the historic site and musical presentations in the 1741 Meetinghouse.
Monday, October 10
The historic site is CLOSED for Columbus Day
Sunday, September 18
Sunday, October 16
Sunday, November 20
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy a visit with scholars as they present research about local history and culture. Tours of the historic site require regular admission, but Sunday Conversations are free. Details about specific programs will be announced in August.
Friday, October 14
Community Days School Program
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Students are welcome to explore the activities that made the community of Ephrata a thriving center of life in colonial days. This open-house day features stations with 12-15 minute presentations throughout the historic site. Travel at your own pace from station to station in any order. This is a great experience for students of all backgrounds. Tuition: $6.00 for students, one adult admitted free with every ten students, additional adults pay $9.00 each. Reservations strongly encouraged.
Friday, November 11
The historic site is CLOSED for Veteran’s Day
Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25
The historic site is CLOSED for Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 26
Candlelight Open House
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Now that everyone has come “over the river and through the woods,” why not take a leisurely stroll through the candlelit grounds of the Historic Ephrata Cloister? Visit with friends and family to discover the sights, sounds, and crafts of the past and present in a relaxed evening under the stars. Meet local craftsmen keeping the tradition of handmade art alive. Enjoy music by the Ephrata Cloister Chorus. Get a sneak peek at the popular Lantern Tours. Enjoy light refreshments as a simple evening unfolds away from the rush of the coming holiday season. Admission is $5.00 for everyone age 3 and above.
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600