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Annual Colonial May Fair
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Saturday, May 2, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bring the whole family out to welcome spring at this annual event! Held each year on the first Saturday in May, Pottsgrove Manor's Annual Colonial May Fair is a local tradition.
 Visitors can come back year after year and see something new and different at each year's fair. Guests can enjoy a variety of 18th century entertainments, including magic shows, music, puppet theater, and the traditional dance around the colorful Maypole. There are games, contests, and activities for young visitors. Early American crafters give demonstrations of historic trades and sell their wares, and food vendors offer tasty treats. Scroll down for more details on this year's fair!

Suggested Donation: $2 per person.

may fair poster
Click on the image for a full-size PDF of the event flyer.


Free parking is available at the Carousel at Pottstown building, 30 West King Street. Visitors can then either walk up the street or get a free ride on the restored Pottstown trolley from the parking area to the Manor. During the fair, Pottsgrove Manor's parking lot is reserved for handicapped parking only.

Once you arrive on-site, be sure to stop by the Information Tent to get information about the fair, Pottsgrove Manor, and other upcoming events!

Scheduled Activities & Performances
  • Hoop Rolling Races for children of all ages at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Levram the Great performs magic at 12:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. He'll also perform strolling magic tricks throughout the day.
  • May Pole Dancing at 11:00 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. 
  • Milkmaid's Garland Dances at 11:15 a.m., 2:45 p.m., and 4:45 p.m.
  • Signora Bella performs acrobatic feats at 12:45 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
  • Tapestry Historic Dance Ensemble performs at  11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theater performs at 1:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. They will give strolling musical performances throughout the day and provide music for the May Pole dances.

Ongoing Activities
Self-Guided Tours of the Mansionfirst-floor & "Pride of Place: The Local Legacy of the Potts Family" exhibit only

Hands-On Activities:

  • Colonial toys & games
  • Trap-ball—a predecessor of baseball
  • Fortune-telling by "Madame Fortuna"
  • Kid-sized maypole
  • Rope-making
  • Churning butter
  • Potting seeds to take home with the Pottstown Garden Club

Living History Demonstrations:

  • Animal husbandrymeet a sheep, turkey, & chickens from Jackson's Folly Farm
  • Blacksmithing
  • Colonial herbalist
  • Bobbin lacemaking 
  • Butter churning & cheese-making 
  • Open-hearth cooking by Deborah Peterson
  • Spinning, weaving, and fiber arts
  • Tailoring & sewing
  • Tape weaving by Eleanor Bittle, aka "The Tape Lady"

Crafters & Vendors
  • MMG Concessionsburgers, cheesesteaks, hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, fries, hand-rolled pretzels, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and more

Early American Crafts:
  • Floral hair wreaths & nosegays—all proceeds benefit Pottsgrove Manor’s programs
  • Frantastic Fashions—colonial ladies’ accessories by Fran Wilcox
  • Lee's Beeslearn about beekeeping and buy local honey products
  • Musser’s Chair Caning—rush and cane chairs
  • The Oxenford's County Crafts & Things—tole & decorative painting, tinsmithing, and woodworking
  • Pottsgrove Manor Museum Shop—books, toys & games, 18th-century reproduction items, and more!
  • Red Rope Farm—local wool yarns and knitted goods, handmade soap
  • Angel's Wool Farmlocal Angora, llama, and Shetland sheep's wool goods 

Schedule is subject to change.