Trinity Chapel crafts fest set for Aug. 1

By on July 22, 2015

The annual Reinholds Trinity Chapel Craft Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the chapel grounds along Main Street in Reinholds.

The event includes traditional folk art, quality crafts, paintings, baked goods, and food. The festival proceeds aid in the preservation efforts of the historic chapel, a local landmark.

Photo by Preston Whitcraft Exhibitors for the annual Reinholds Trinity Chapel Crafts Festival show some of their creations.  Front row (from left) are Barbara Strawser, folk painter, and Walter Gottshall, wood carver; second row (from left) Patricia Lausch, reverse painting on glass; Richard Getz, chair caning; and Mike and Donna Brown, papier mache/chalkware; Lisa Paradis, painted seaglass; Jessica Harting, tatting and printing; and Helen Reinhold Gordon, painting.

Photo by Preston Whitcraft
Exhibitors for the annual Reinholds Trinity Chapel Crafts Festival show some of their creations. Front row (from left) are Barbara Strawser, folk painter, and Walter Gottshall, wood carver; second row (from left) Patricia Lausch, reverse painting on glass; Richard Getz, chair caning; and Mike and Donna Brown, papier mache/chalkware; Lisa Paradis, painted seaglass; Jessica Harting, tatting and printing; and Helen Reinhold Gordon, painting.

The chapel was erected in 1898 on land donated to the community by Cyrus Lutz, then owner of the Black Horse Hotel. Sunday School services were held at the chapel through 1984.

In 1987, efforts were begun to preserve the chapel for historical purposes and the preservation committee was formed. In 1989, the chapel joined the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, and in 1990 was nominated for inclusion on the National Register. Proceeds from the festival as well as all fundraising efforts by the committee go to building maintenance.

The committee notes that, due to the efforts of Eagle Scout candidate Matthew Redcay, a new access point has been provided for the festival. Visitors can now park along Chapel View Drive, and follow the directional signs to the festival. This is in addition to the normal parking along Clearview Drive.

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