Plenty of people flock to Gettysburg each year to explore the essence of rich American culture, history and heritage. Gettysburg is a good old American town, and as America is known as a great melting pot of diversity, this weekend, you can experience a multi-cultural side of Gettysburg at the Adams County Heritage Festival.
This Sunday, Sept. 16, will see the 21st installment of this annual event, which is sponsored by the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, a non-profit community organization that seeks to find peaceful solutions and mediations for life’s issues and conflicts. This annual festival originated as a Futures Retreat back in 1991 and has continued to grow into a community tradition sought out every third Sunday in September each year.
The Festival will kick off at noon in the Gettysburg Recreation Park and continue on through 5 p.m. With an average attendance around 1,000 to 2,000 annually, all events and entertainments to take place are family-oriented and free to the public. Activities to take place during the festival include storytelling, games, carriage and pony rides, demonstrations and much more. Craft vendors will set up booths along with local non-profit groups. Community organizations, church groups, restaurants and local citizens will provide delicious Ethnic food and refreshment from a great array of countries and cultures.
Music, dance and live entertainment will continue on throughout the day. Each year, this event brings together a wonderful mixture of musicians and other acts from all around the globe. Some of the festivals past performances have provided entertainments and accompaniments from such places as: Ireland, Scotland, India, Pakistan, Greece, Mexico, Germany, China, the Caribbean, the Andes Mountains and many others . Musical styles ranging from American Folk, Klezmer, Soul/Motown, Jazz and Eastern Europe have also graced the festival in past years.
The three main objectives for this annual celebration of diversity and heritage can be summed up as follows: to celebrate ethnic music, food, and crafts that reflect the multicultural atmosphere of Adams County, Pennsylvania; to share the many traditions and to appreciate the best that each ethnic group has to offer, and to make a commitment to the community and establish the goal of living together in harmony.
Help to share your own culture and heritage, and make a new family tradition by coming on out to Gettysburg Recreation Park and supporting this event. The Gettysburg Recreation Park is located at 545 Long Lane in Gettysburg, PA. For more information on the Adams County Heritage Festival or to learn more about the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, go to www.icpj-gettysburg.org.