The German and Swiss immigrants who settled here in the 18th century brought with them a tradition of lively and exuberant dancing. Although seldom noted or written about, in the early days the Pennsylvania Dutch danced at almost every excuse. Apparently, the village tavern was the scene of some wild nights. However, by the latter part of the 19th century dancing in its earlier forms seemed to have been suppressed – no doubt by Victorian mores, the spreading temperance movement and the relentless criticism from the pulpit.
While I was at the 2014 Kutztown Folk Festival I came across these weather worn signs. I decided to photograph them as a way to save the information for myself ...
→ “Days of the Belsnickel” Lunch Tour Pennsylvania at the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum Start with a video, then take a guided tour through the village, decked out Pennsylvania ...
→ ‘Yes Helen, there is a Belsnickel’.
→ The Historian: The Real Story of Mountain Mary - Berks Mont News
Folkways Records 1955 - Source: Smithsonian Folkways Joe Raetel 0:40 Reide, Reide, Geili 0:37 Des Bucklich Mennli 1:24 Eiei, Reie, Riddieoo 1:15 In Einem Kiehlen Grunde 1:37 Schpinn, Schpinn 1:40 Siss Net Alli Daag Luschdich Leewe 1:07 Meedli, ...
Santa Claus, the pleasant bearded elf dressed in red (in case you thought I was referring to some other Santa Claus), was not predestined to be a worldwide Christmas icon ...
Days of the week also used to have alternate names associated with domestic chores - Muundaag, for instance was Weschdaag (Wash-day), Dinschdaag, or Tuesday, was Biggeldaag (Ironing-day) and Sunndaag was ...
→ Pennsylvania Folkways: Artist of the Allemaengel captured Pennsylvania Dutch life | Reading Eagle
PHOTOS | Pennsylvania Dutch Folkways & Traditions
Landis Valley Museum “Days of the Belsnickel” Lunch Tour
‘Yes Helen, there is a Belsnickel’
The Historian: The Real Story of Mountain Mary
Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Songs sung by George Britton
Meet Belsnickel, the Counter Claus
The Pennsylvania Dutch calendar once held a prominent place in the home
Pennsylvania Folkways: Artist of the Allemaengel captured Pennsylvania Dutch life