Lammas Day Festival at the Derry Area Historical Society

Aug 13th 2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fulton House - 357 Pittsburgh St, New Derry, PA 15671

lammas day festivalJoin Derry Area Historical Society for the 12th Annual Lammas Day Festival! It all begins with a processional from St. Martin Church in New Derry.  Leading the procession is Father Stephen West.  Upon arrival at the Fulton House, a special blessing of the fields will occur, followed by our traditional Lammas Day corn feast.  Stop by, join in the fun, and bring an appetite!  Watch a blacksmith work his trade!  Make a cornhusk doll!  That’s not all—you can cast away your regrets by writing them on a corn husk, then place it the Lammas Day fire, and your regrets are gone!  What better way to spend the second Sunday in August?


Sunday, August 13

1-4 p.m.



Free parking at St. Martin's Church on 982 South.

For more information visit Derry Area Historical Society's website.


About Lammas Day

Originally, Lammas Day marked the beginning of the harvest season, the ripening of first fruits, sort of a reverse Thanksgiving, if you will.  It was traditionally a time of community gatherings, market festivals, horse races and reunions with distant family and friends.  Among the Irish it was a favored time for handfastings - trial marriages that would generally last a year and a day, with the option of ending the contract before the new year, or later formalizing it as a more permanent marriage.  On mainland Europe and in Ireland many people continue to celebrate the holiday with bonfires and dancing.  The Christian church established the ritual of blessing the fields on this day as well as blessing the first harvest.


Derry Area Historical Society
Fulton House
357 Pittsburgh St,
New Derry, PA 15671