Held annually the second Saturday in September, the East Berlin Colonial Day has been going strong since 1975. Aided by exhibitions by artisans and traditional foods, Colonial Day is a celebration of the town’s rich historical roots. It is also renowned for its juried craft show which showcases over one hundred traditional artisans who go the extra mile to sell the historically-minded festival. It is a task aided immensely by the very historic East Berlin, where the main street itself is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Traditional crafts at Colonial Day include works of muslim, hook and rag rugs, painted boxes and tavern signs, baskets, redware pottery, handmade furniture, forged iron, toleware, scherenschnitte, dried herbs, flowers, and indian corn. Expert craftsmen and artisans selling and displaying their wares are also on exhibition, demonstrating their long-lost skills and colonial methods of living. The include quilting, candle making, and even paper making. Guests to the hearth cooking demonstration at the historical societies log home can also pick up raffle tickets for prize drawings. The raffle is loaded with items donated by the artisans and crafters.
Colonial Day hosts a whole court of food vendors serving traditional favorites like kettle korn, pretzels, and fries. About half a dozen vendors serve truly traditional foods of the utmost high quality. These from scratch delicacies include very popular pig roast sandwiches, apple dumplings, old-style funnel cakes, and homemade root beer and birch beer. Some of the historic buildings – built during the late 18th and early 19th century – are open for public tours and are certainly worth the venture. Entertainment is headlined by local performers and bands.
Admission is free and Parking is at a nominal cost.