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Friday, September 9, 2011

Moravian Festival

Food, music, children's activities and lots of uniquely Moravian things to see and do will fill the campus of New Philadelphia Moravian Church, 4440 Country Club Road at the inaugural Moravian Festival, which will take place Saturday September 10.

The festival will feature time-honored Moravian foods as chicken pie, sugar cake and ginger cookies. Sandwiches, snacks and drinks will also be available. Traditional and secular music associated with the Moravian Church will be performed continuously throughout the day by brass bands, choirs, and vocal and instrumental groups. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the festival will include children's activities, such as heritage games and crafts, free pony rides and a petting zoo.

While you're enjoying Lovefeast buns and coffee, don't forget to take in one of the historic re-enactments about Count von Zinzendorf, Bishop Spangenberg and other key figures in the Moravian Church and the settlement of 18th-century North Carolina. You can also browse among the Moravian-inspired gifts such as stars, candles, handmade crafts, music CDs, cookbooks and apparel and learn about how Moravians connect with their community and the world through charitable, spiritual and educational outreach programs. Booths of participating congregations and representatives from the Winston-Salem-based Moravian Music Foundation and Moravian Archives will be on hand to offer more information.

Activities begin, rain or shine, with the Moravian Festival 5k Challenge at 8:00 a.m. followed by the festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Festival tickets are available for $1 in advance and $2 the day of the event. For ticket information, go to Net proceeds will be used to support several benevolent causes through the Board of Cooperative Ministries of the Southern Province of the Moravian Church.


While you're there look for our friends, Carolina Copper.  They will be showcasing their beautiful, handcrafted Moravian candles amongst their other copper creations.

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