Calendar of Events

Aug
27
Sat
2016
Planes and Games: Woodworking and Children’s Games @ Old Economy Village
Aug 27 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September.  Today the original cabinet shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to demonstrate woodworking in the 19th century.  Children’s activities will also take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To enter the Village, Visitors must first pay admission at the Visitor Center, 270 16th St., Ambridge, PA 15003.  We encourage visitors to take a tour of the Village to understand the unique story of the Harmony Society.  Tour times are 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. If people want to wander through the grounds and focus solely on the woodworking or the children’s activities they are allowed to do so with a regular admission fee.

  • $10 adults (12-64)
  • $9 seniors (65+)
  • $6 children (3-11)
  • FREE: FOEV Members, children 2 and under, Active Military, and Ambridge Borough Pass Holders

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Sep
3
Sat
2016
Meet the Gardeners @ Old Economy Village
Sep 3 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September.  Today our volunteer gardeners are eager to show off the elegant 19th century gardens.  They will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m..  These volunteers spend a rather large number of hours tending to the garden and will be available for questions and to give a brief tour of the garden.  To enter the Village, Visitors must first pay admission at the Visitor Center, 270 16th St., Ambridge, PA 15003.  We encourage visitors to take a tour of the Village to understand the unique story of the Harmony Society.  Tour times are 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. If people want to  wander through the grounds and focus solely on the gardening they are allowed to do so with a regular admission fee.

  • $10 adults (12-64)
  • $9 seniors (65+)
  • $6 children (3-11)
  • FREE: FOEV Members, children 2 and under, Active Military, and Ambridge Borough Pass Holders

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There is not just one garden at Old Economy Village but several.  The Beaver County Chapter of the Penn State Master Gardeners volunteers and maintains the 19th century Herb Garden.  They also maintain the Baker House garden.  Pat Leiphart and her husband Warren Kinneer are the main volunteers from this group.  Pat used to be an Old Economy Village employee and has maintained the Baker House garden since the 1980s.

Sep
5
Mon
2016
Closed for Labor Day
Sep 5 all-day

Old Economy Village will be closed for Labor Day.

Sep
10
Sat
2016
The Fabric of Their Lives: Textiles @ Old Economy Village
Sep 10 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September. Today’s featured craft is textile production.  The Harmonists were known worldwide for the quality of their textiles and clothing until 1845 when they closed the cotton and woolen mills.  The Harmonists started the process of creating cloth from crossbreeding merino sheep from Spain with local Pennsylvania sheep.  When cotton became more readily available they purchased cotton from the southern plantations.  They used these raw materials and created the wool in their woolen and cotton mills.

The demonstrators will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To enter the Village, Visitors must first pay admission at the Visitor Center, 270 16th St., Ambridge, PA 15003.  We encourage visitors to take a tour of the Village to understand the unique story of the Harmony Society.  Tour times are 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. If people want to wander through the grounds and focus solely on the trades and crafts they are allowed to do so with a regular admission fee.

  • $10 adults (12-64)
  • $9 seniors (65+)
  • $6 children (3-11)
  • FREE: FOEV Members, children 2 and under, Active Military, and Ambridge Borough Pass Holders

Click here for our Family Membership

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Sep
14
Wed
2016
Lecture: Harmony or Dissonance – Robert Owen @ Old Economy Village Visitor Center Classroom
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Harmony or Dissonance”

What became of the Harmonist Indiana town after it was sold? And the man who purchased it – was he a true social visionary or a just a wild-eyed dreamer? Find out more about Robert Owen and his legacy.

About the speaker:

Sandra Smailer is a Cleveland native but has spent the last thirty-three years here so she calls Pittsburgh home. Having been trained and employed as a Medical Technologist, she is now retired. She became an Old Economy volunteer in 2009 and eventually a tour guide and demonstrator of silk reeling.  Like a lot of volunteers at OEV, she developed an interest in all things Harmonist as well as an emotional attachment to the memory of these dedicated people who left a wonderful legacy in our own backyard. A recent trip to Scotland resulted in her crossing paths with some Harmonist history there and was the catalyst behind this talk.

Sep
17
Sat
2016
Focus on Decorative Arts @ Old Economy Village
Sep 17 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September. Today’s topic is the decorative arts.  Harmonists made their own furniture and bought some from the local area.  They also purchased artwork early in the 19th century.  See these and other decorative arts of the Harmony Society today.

The interpreters will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To enter the Village, Visitors must first pay admission at the Visitor Center, 270 16th St., Ambridge, PA 15003.  We encourage visitors to take a tour of the Village to understand the unique story of the Harmony Society.  Tour times are 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. If people want to wander through the grounds they are allowed to do so with a regular admission fee.

  • $10 adults (12-64)
  • $9 seniors (65+)
  • $6 children (3-11)
  • FREE: FOEV Members, children 2 and under, Active Military, and Ambridge Borough Pass Holders

Click here for our Family Membership

Click here for our Business Membership

Sep
18
Sun
2016
Garden to Table Fundraising Event @ Old Economy Village Garden
Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm

Garden in August

Come to Old Economy Village to enjoy a special Harmonist style meal with ingredients found in our garden.  Dinner will be prepared by local Chef Rich Montini, owner of Heirloom Restaurant in Beaver, PA, based on Harmonist recipes.  Wine pairings will be presented by Mazzotta Winery, Gibsonia, PA with dinner and dessert.  During your visit of the gardens and tasting of delicious appetizers, KingView Mead will provide you with samples of their locally produced mead along with information on the importance of bees.

Tickets for this event are $85 per plate.  Tickets are limited.   For an extra donation of $15 you will receive a special guided tour of the Rapp House by Old Economy Village Curator Sarah Buffington.

Dinner will be served in the George Rapp formal garden.  In case of rain, the dinner will be moved to the Feast Hall.

Sep
24
Sat
2016
Spotlight on Natural History @ Old Economy Village
Sep 24 all-day

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Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April through September. Today’s topic is the natural history museum.  Under the direction of Dr. Johann Christoph Muller, the Harmony Society operated a public museum from the mid-1820s until it closed in 1850.  It was the first of its kind west of the Allegheny Mountains.

The interpreters will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To enter the Village, Visitors must first pay admission at the Visitor Center, 270 16th St., Ambridge, PA 15003.  We encourage visitors to take a tour of the Village to understand the unique story of the Harmony Society.  Tour times are 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. If people want to wander through the grounds they are allowed to do so with a regular admission fee.

  • $10 adults (12-64)
  • $9 seniors (65+)
  • $6 children (3-11)
  • FREE: FOEV Members, children 2 and under, Active Military, and Ambridge Borough Pass Holders

Click here for our Family Membership

Click here for our Business Membership

Trades Workshop @ Old Economy Village
Sep 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Silk Reeling:  Participants will gain hands-on experience in learning the art of the 19th century silk reeling trade, by working with the cocoons and learning to operate the silk reeling machine.

Cost is $20 for non-members and $16 for Friends of Old Economy Village

Please register by September 17.

To register or if you have any questions please contact David Miller or call (724) 266-4500 x 110.

Reservations required

Saturday, September 24 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

About the Demonstrator:

Sandra Smailer is a Cleveland native but has spent the last thirty-three years here, so she calls Pittsburgh home. Having been trained and employed as a Medical Technologist, she is now retired. She became an Old Economy volunteer in 2009 and presently is a tour guide here as well. Her avid interest in fiber-related activities (she knits, spins, weaves, and sews) led her to learn about sericulture and silk reeling as done by the Harmonists. Her very supportive husband built a silk reeler for her, which she uses for her demonstrations. She is active in the Butler Spinners and Weavers Guild as well as the Weavers Guild of Pittsburgh  and spends time promoting fiber crafts at festivals, workshops and classes.

 

Oct
1
Sat
2016
Autumnfest @ Old Economy Village
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

applesThis event celebrates the fall harvest and many of the tasks done to prepare for winter. Artisans will be cooking, baking and demonstrating many different crafts and skills. Music, food and activities for the whole family make this a great fall tradition!

October 1-2, 2016