Lovefeast buns, Moravian Stars, beeswax candles with ruffles... these are a few of my favorite things. It has been said that, “In Winston-Salem, everyone is a Moravian on Christmas Eve or Easter Morning.” Many residents are familiar with, or have attended, a Moravian Christmas Lovefeast or Easter Sunrise service, but there are many more who have not yet been introduced to the rich Moravian heritage within our community. Forty-two churches from as far away as Raleigh, Charlotte, Huntersville and Asheville, North Carolina, Cana and Ararat, Virginia and Spartanburg, South Carolina will participate in the inaugural Moravian Festival will be held Saturday, September 10, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on the campus of New Philadelphia Moravian Church, 4440 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, N.C.
The festival is a family-oriented event celebrating the faith, history and traditions of the Moravian Church which played a major role in the settlement and development of the Winston-Salem, Forsyth County area. Activities begin with The Moravian Festival 5k Challenge at 9:00 a.m. The festival and race are open to the entire community.
Many family-friendly activities are planned. Festival-goers will have opportunities to:
- Taste time-honored Moravian foods as chicken pie, sugar cake, and ginger cookies. Sandwiches, snacks and drinks will also be available.
- Hear traditional and secular music associated with the Moravian Church performed continuously throughout the day by brass bands, choirs, and vocal and instrumental groups.
- See artisans crafting Moravian paper stars and tin ware. Smell beeswax candles being poured and Moravian cookies baking. Visit the Christmas Room and sample Lovefeast buns and coffee.
- Observe their children participating in heritage games and crafts. Free pony rides and a petting zoo will also be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Experience history brought to life by enactors portraying Count von Zinzendorf, Bishop Spangenberg and other key figures in the Moravian Church and in the settlement of 18th century North Carolina.
- Take home Moravian-inspired gifts as stars, candles, Christmas ornaments, handmade crafts, music CDs, cook books, and apparel.
- Learn how Moravians connect with our community and the world through charitable, spiritual and educational outreach programs. Representatives from area churches and agencies will exhibit and discuss their initiatives. In addition, spokespersons from the Winston-Salem-based Moravian Music Foundation and Moravian Archives will be on-site.
To win one of three (3) pair of tickets, please post a comment below. If there are more than three comments, I'll do an old fashioned random drawing tomorrow.
The Moravian Festival will kick-off, rain or shine, with the Moravian Festival 5k Challenge. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. from the campus of New Philadelphia Moravian Church, 4440 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. Runners will enjoy the unique Moravian aspects planned for this event. The advance entrance fee is $20 for adults, $15 for students and $25 the day of the race. All participants will receive a tee shirt, water, snacks and free entrance to the festival. Proceeds from the race will go to Sunnyside Ministry. Sponsorships are available.
Who are the Moravians? Moravians are a small group of Christians who trace their roots to Bohemia and Moravia, now the Czech Republic, and to John Hus whose protests preceded the Protestant Reformation. The Moravian Church, known as Unitas Fratrum or Unity of Brethren, was formally established in 1457. During the following two centuries, persecution forced the church underground and dispersed it throughout Northern Europe. In 1722, a small band of Brethren found refuge in the present-day German state of Saxony with the support of Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf. Herrnhut, the newly established Moravian community, became the church’s center from which Count von Zinzendorf encouraged missions to the West Indies and settlements in America.
In 1741, the first successful Moravian settlement in America was established as Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is today’s headquarters of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church. From Bethlehem, missions were sent to Native Americans and throughout the frontiers of Colonial America. One such mission led Bishop Augustus Spangenberg to survey and to purchase the expansive die Wachau (Wachovia) tract in North Carolina. Moravian settlers followed to establish Bethabara in 1753, Bethania in 1759 and Salem in 1766. Today, Winston-Salem is home to the Southern Province of the Moravian Church and where a large population of Moravians practices its faith through worship, service and mission.
For more details, visit www.moravianfestival.org or phone (336) 765-2331.
|"Salem Snow" by Bob Timberlake will be auctioned at the Festival.|