27th Annual Zwanzigstein Fest - Saturday, July 1, 2017
"Strangers and Pilgrims - Past,
Present, and Future"
I Chronicles 29:15: "For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding."
As our forefathers (twenty families) traveled from Europe to settle here, they, too, must have realized the mighty hand of God and truly worshiped him. When our children ask, we can tell them of this mighty God.
And so Zwanzigstein.
The purpose of the Zwanzigstein Fest is to preserve, celebrate, and accurately portray our religious and cultural heritage in Lewis County. Since 1991 the Heritage Farm has provided the site for visitors to learn about our Anabaptist faith legacy and rural life of years past through stories, exhibits, tours, demonstrations, and fund-raising venues such as foods and crafts.
27th Annual Zwanzigstein Fest on Saturday, July 1, 2017
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Children 18 and under: Free
Free parking available.
Activities and Demonstrations
Baking (bread and cookies)
Fiber arts (knitting, crocheting, embroidery, qulting, and tatting)
Hymn singing and musical groups
Old-fashioned children’s games
Woodworking; window repair
House, granary, and barn
Mennonite Disaster Service
Mennonite Central Committee
Vendors and Other
Moser’s Maples LLC
The Market Place
Elmer and Eileen Zehr Lehman -- missionary pilgrimage in Costa Rica for 22 years. New book written by the couple entitled "One Step at a Time -- Our Missionary Pilgrimage" available at a special booth with book signing throughout the day.
Home-cooked meals, grilled foods, baked goods, apple fritters, Croghan bologna, homemade ice cream, and much more.
We are always looking for volunteers to help throughout the day. If you would like to help for an hour or two at one of our booths, please call 376-2792 or e-mail email@example.com.
Steiner Reunion - Descendants of Philip (Philipp) and Marie Zehr Steiner ...Sunday, July 2, 2017
Descendants of Philip (Philipp) and Marie Zehr Steiner (arrived September 1848 from France) Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 1 p.m. at the Mennonite Heritage Farm
Descendants in this area are as follows:
John and Catherine (Katharina) Steiner Moser (John Moser, pioneer immigrant in 1834, who settled on the Erie Canal Road and presently the Mennonite Heritage Farm)
Children: Magadalena Moser and Jacob Zehr, rm. Michael Farney; Christian and Mary Roggie Moser; Andrew and Anna Roggie Moser, rm. Nancy Beller; Joseph P. and Katie Widrick Moser (Moshier), Katie Moser and Christian Ernst; Philip and Katie Roggie Moser, and John Jr. (died at 16 years).
Marie Magdalena Steiner and Christian Keiffer
Children: Joseph and Louisa Ortlieb Keiffer, Matilda Keiffer and Joseph A. Farney, Albert and Josephine Martin Keiffer, Agnes Keiffer and John R. Farney, and Samuel F. and Mary Schantz Keiffer.
Andrew and Barbara Lyndaker Steiner; rm Anna Yoder and Susan Noftsier
Children: Barbara Steiner and Jacob Farney; Andrew and Elaine Martin Steiner, Jr.; Joseph and Helen Farney Steiner, rm. Catherine Zehr; Sophia Steiner and Rev. Solomon Virkler, rm. John Ebersol.
Philip and Marie Zehr Steiner settled near Croghan on a shady, gravel road, which is known as the Steiner Road today. The Steiner descendants later owned and operated an established sawmill. The business also dealt with lumber, shingles, cheese boxes, and wool processing.
Hymn Sing - July 2 - 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 2, at 7 p.m. at the Mennonite Heritage Farm
Please bring "Life Songs" and "Church Hymnal" books and lawn chairs.
TAUNY Quilting Bee
Quilt Exhibition at TAUNY Tells Story of Region's Quilting Traditions, Past and Present -- April to October 2016"Warmth, Remembrance, and Art: 200 Years of Quilts and Comforters in Northern New York" opens at The TAUNY Center on Saturday, April 2, with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Curators Jill Breit and Hallie Bond will make opening remarks and be available for discussion. "Quilts are powerful symbols of rural living. They embody American ideals of endurance, resourcefulness, and commitment to home and family," says TAUNY executive director Jill Breit.
TAUNY Quilting Bee
To climax the display of Warmth, Remembrance, and Art: 200 Years of Quilts and Comforters in Northern New York at TAUNY, Canton, Jill Breit, executive director, extended an invitation to the Mennonite Heritage Farm to invite Lewis County Mennonite church sewing circles for a quilting bee to tie the “30th Anniversary Signature Quilt” at TAUNY. Through the curator’s office, arrangements were made to have four women do a full demonstration for the tying of the signature quilt on Saturday, October 22. Several visitors were excited to have a first-hand experience of learning to tie a knot.
To see photos of the quilting bee, you may visit https://flic.kr/s/aHskG1GDiK.