Friends Meeting will hold its annual Friends Fall Festival on October 12 from
9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on the historic grounds of Downingtown Friends
Meeting on East Lancaster Avenue (Business Route 30, just west of Wegman’s)
in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Families have gathered here for over 30
years to enjoy the music, delicious foods, a variety of activities for
children, and plant, craft, and white-elephant sales. It’s simply an
enjoyable day for families to participate in activities aimed at fun for
everyone–and all practically in your own back yard.
As one of the largest fall festivals in
the region, our Friends Fall Festival offers families a day of wholesome
fun and value. A special supervised area includes children’s crafts
and games. There’s also a hay wagon ride and exceptional face painting
for both kids and adults.
Listen to a mix of live folk and rock
music, shop our craft vendors, feast on our famous Festival foods, and
discover finds from among the hundreds of items in the Friends
Mercantile, our Festival’s indoor sale. Learn more about our Meeting’s
history from our Quaker Heritage Exhibit inside, featuring antique
Quaker clothing and memorabilia and attend a reenactment of the first
wedding held in the Meeting House in 1806.
At 1:30 P.M. an authentic reenactment of
an 1806 Quaker wedding will begin with the wedding party assembling
outside and welcoming visitors to attend the wedding inside the Meeting
House. There will be plenty of time for you to take photographs
with the bride and groom and wedding party, all dressed in authentically
reproduced early 19th-century Quaker garb.
The Friends Mercantile, a
not-to-be-missed stop for serious garage-sale shoppers, opens its doors
at 9:00 A.M. and attracts a loyal following of both the casual and the
"shop-‘til-you-drop" shopper with everything
from fine gifts to children’s toys, books, housewares, jewelry,
electronics, and more.
If you cherish handcrafted items, our
Festival’s craft vendors offer everything from handcrafted needlework
to woodcraft, leather, ceramics and more. And those who love natural
items can stop by The Greenery at the Grapevine, our Festival’s "garden boutique," to purchase plants, preserves, fresh apples, and more.
Once again we're featuring exotic plants provided by David
Culp, internationally known horticulturist.
And when you get hungry, stop by The
Wooden Ladle for delicious homemade vegetarian chili, hearty vegetable
soup, juicy grilled hot dogs with all the trimmings, and sugary funnel
cake, washed down with hot apple cider, coffee, or cold drinks. Or stop
into our Friendly Café indoors to sample homemade pastries, cakes and
delicious pumpkin and apple pies and specialty teas.
Admission and parking are free.
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