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Adams County Heritage Festival

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, 12 to 5 p.m.

Gettysburg Rec Park, 545 Long Lane

Join the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County for the 26th annual Adams County Heritage Festival on September 17! Held at the Gettysburg Recreation Park, this free event is a celebration of unity in our community!

The Adams County Heritage Festival is a celebration of ethnic music, food, and crafts that reflects the multicultural atmosphere of Adams County, Pennsylvania. It is a way of sharing our various traditions and appreciating the best that each ethnic group has to offer, as well as a commitment to community and the goal of living together in harmony.

Family-oriented entertainment includes music, dance, and a children’s play, as well as a full afternoon of children’s activities, including games, storytelling, and piñatas. Continuously throughout the afternoon, craft vendors and demonstrators have displays in booths on the park grounds. Ethnic foods are offered for sale by local citizens, church groups, restaurateurs, and community organizations. Local non-profit organizations have display booths, usually grouped in tents. Carriage and pony rides are offered by a local vendor.

Mainstage performances:
12:15 Across the Pond (Celtic)
1:10 Washington Toho Koto Society (Japanese)
2:10 Vox Cubana with Ernesto “Gato” Gatell (Afro-Cuban)
3:10 Barynya (Russian dancers)
4:10 Dixieland Express (jazz)

Community Outreach

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

To do this, we offer programs that encourage appreciation for the diversity in our community, empower young women to explore male-dominated career fields and become financially independent, and help everyone in Adams County learn and grow. Click the links at left to explore the YWCA’s hallmark programs, and find out how you can support our racial justice and women’s empowerment initiatives.

Upcoming FREE Community Forum:

Stop Traffick in Adams County

November 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join the YWCA, Survivors, Inc., and the Middle East Justice and Peace Group of South Central PA, for a free community forum that will explore human trafficking in Adams County. This event will be held in the Valentine Hall Auditorium at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Dr. Stepanka Korytova, Director at the Center for the Study of Human Trafficking South-Central Pennsylvania, will discuss what human trafficking is. Participants will learn where trafficking happens in Adams County, hear about its global impacts, and determine what they can do to end the demand. Following a catered lunch, which will be provided, Survivors, Inc. will lead a community training on how to identify and report instances of human trafficking.

The community is also encouraged to join us at the Seminary to shop a fair-trade vendor market before the holidays. Items will include handcrafted jewelry, fair-trade coffee and chocolates, décor, crafts and a variety of eco-friendly products that empower artisans around the world. The vendor market is open to the public, regardless of whether you are attending the forum, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. To register for the forum, please contact Kara Ferraro at 717-334-9171, ext. 113, or kferraro@ywcagettysburg.org.

You can also get involved in the YWCA’s advocacy efforts on the local and national level.
Click here to visit YW Act, a website outlining current YW legislative priorities and ways to take action.