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Dog Days of Summer Festival

August 9, 2012

This Saturday, August 11, head over to the Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse (6133 Germantown Avenue) for the “Dog Days of Summer” festival, an exciting day of activities featuring a Rook tournament and barbecue sale!

Join in the festivities this Saturday at the Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse.

Start your morning with prayer and hymn singing, beginning at 9:30 AM in the air-conditioned meetinghouse. The prayer session will be guided according to Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book.

Registration and preliminary practice sessions for the Third Annual Rook Tournament will begin at 10 AM. If you are unfamiliar with the game of Rook, don’t be shy! Newcomers and old-timers alike are welcome to try their hand at this classic card game, which has come to occupy a significant place in Mennonite culture since its inception in 1906. A $10 donation is suggested for each two-person team wishing to enter the competition.

The tournament itself will kick off at 11 AM, with teams vying for the prestigious “Posterboard Crown!” Don’t have what it takes to compete? Join in a few rounds of Dutch Blitz, another Mennonite favorite, which will be available for all ages.

For lunch, Country Meadows Farm will be barbecuing their irresistible dry-rub ribs and chicken on the grounds of the meetinghouse. From 12:30 PM – 3 PM come satisfy your taste buds and support the historic 1770 Germantown Meetinghouse with the purchase of ½ rack ribs for $9 and ½ chicken for $8. Additional sides and beverages will also be available.

Savor your meal under a tent or on the shaded lawn as you enjoy free storytelling, live acoustic music, and frozen treats. For more information on the day’s events, please call 215.843.0943.

In addition to the festivities at the Meetinghouse, Wyck (6026 Germantown Avenue) will also be hosting “Homegrown: Food Roots, Culture, and Community” from 11 AM to 4 PM, right around the corner from the meetinghouse. Enjoy free, family-friendly activities such as taste-testing historic Haines family recipes, making rose jelly, and participating in a workshop on pickling. Tour the Wyck house, explore the gardens, and check out the expanded Farmers’ Market as well. Questions? Contact Wyck at 215.848.1690.

Wyck will host “Homegrown: Food Roots, Culture, and Community.”

While you’re in the neighborhood, keep in mind that all fifteen sites in Historic Germantown will be open from 12 PM – 4 PM for Second Saturday. Cost of admission varies depending on the site. If you intend to visit multiple sites, we suggest that you consider purchasing the Historic Germantown Passport, which allows the bearer one visit to each of the fifteen attractions over the course of one year. Passports can be purchased online or at any of the sites for $15 for individuals or $25 for families of four.

For more information about Second Saturdays and the Historic Germantown Passport, or to view a full list of attractions, please visit

Also, make sure to mark your calendars for next month’s Second Saturday on September 8.

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