Historic Ephrata Cloister to host block party

The Ephrata Cloister announced today the program for the Founder’s Day Block Party, Saturday September 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 632 West Main Street in Ephrata. The event combines exclusive thematic upstairs tours of the 1743 Sisters House, family make and take activities, a silent auction, food trucks, live music, special exhibits, story time with staff of the Ephrata Public Library, and an opportunity to learn about local non-profit communities in Ephrata area. The Founder’s Day Block Party is a fundraiser event for the Ephrata Cloister Associates, a non-profit organization that works with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to support the mission of the Ephrata Cloister.

“Our Founder’s Day Block Party invites visitors, residents, local non-profit organizations, and guest historians together to celebrate where Ephrata began and to come and see what a vibrant artistic community it was and how our town of Ephrata continues to inspire visitors today.” said Elizabeth Bertheaud, site administrator.

Founder’s Day marks the annual occasion to visit the historic upper floors of the 1743 Sister’s House at an additional event fee. Guest Curator Virginia O’Hara from the Brandywine River Museum of Art will co-lead two of four thematic upper floor tours of the Sister’s House that will focus on artists Andrew Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Henry Rankin Poore, and Joseph Pennell. Special thematic tours of the upper floors are offered at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and are limited to twenty guests on each tour. Upstairs guests will receive an exclusive print of Andrew Wyeth’s The Cloisters (1949) from the Art Institute of Chicago Images.

All event tickets include the opportunity between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to learn more about Ephrata area non-profit organizations, bid on silent auction items to support the Ephrata Cloister Associates, participate in family games and make and take activities for all ages throughout the grounds of the Ephrata Cloister, enjoy live music, and purchase ice cream and artisan street food.

Admission is $10 for adult, $9 for seniors, $7 youth, $5 children ages 3-5years. Children under the age of 3 are free.

Thematic tours of upper floors include event admission; tickets start at $20. Reservations required. 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p,.m. Limited tickets available.

Visit www.ephratacloister.org/events.htm for online ticket availability or call 717-733-6600.



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