Ephrata Cloister Lantern Tours set

By on December 17, 2014

 

The annual Lantern Tours program will be held at the Historic Ephrata Cloister on Fridays, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, and Saturdays, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.  Playing the roles of people from Ephrata's past will be the Student Historians of the Ephrata Cloister, local junior and senior high school volunteers.

The annual Lantern Tours program will be held at the Historic Ephrata Cloister on Fridays, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, and Saturdays, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3. Playing the roles of people from Ephrata’s past will be the Student Historians of the Ephrata Cloister, local junior and senior high school volunteers.

Have you seen it? Up in the sky! It’s a comet with a fan of six long tails. What could it mean? Discover what people thought when The Great Comet appeared in 1744 at the annual Lantern Tours program to be held at the Historic Ephrata Cloister on Fridays, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, and Saturdays, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.
The original comet, which appeared late November in 1743 and remained in the sky until March of 1744, was thought by some people to have been a sign that the world was ending. Great excitement about the comet spread throughout the Pennsylvania German communities, and a year later, the Brothers of Ephrata published a small booklet about the comet and its possible message. A contemporary manuscript account of the Great Comet will be on loan from Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum and available for visitors to view.
The Lantern Tours will return to that winter to explore how the people of Ephrata may have felt about this great sign in the sky. Playing the roles of people from Ephrata’s past will be the Student Historians of the Ephrata Cloister, local junior and senior high school volunteers.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 733-6600. Tours will depart the visitor center every 30 minutes from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors ages 65+, $7 for youth ages 6-11, $5 for children ages 3-5, and under the age of 3 are free. A discount is available for members.
New this year, those holding tickets for Friday night performances of the Lantern Tours will be invited to partake in a grog at the 1777 House and Black Forest Brewpub beginning at 9 p.m. Those holding tickets for Saturday night performances will be invited to attend an afternoon tea at the 1777 House at 4:30 p.m. The 1777 House is a bed and breakfast located at 301 W. Main St., Ephrata, PA 17522. Its new brewpub, the Black Forest Brewery, opened Dec. 11. Instructions for attending these special events at the 1777 House and Black Forest Brewpub will be given when calling to reserve tickets.

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