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Join us for this traditional celebration of the arrival of Spring with period dancing around the Maypole, games, music, open hearth cooking demonstrations, mortar demonstrations by the 1st Regiment Flying Camp of Lancaster, and guided tours of the mansion (see below). The Equestrian Team from Millersville University will be riding on the ground during the event and demonstrating what they do in competitions. In addition, Meduseld Meadery will have a selection of their hand-crafted meads available for purchase. All outdoor activities are free and open to the public and also weather permitting.

Open House Tours of the mansion will be from 10 am until 3 pm. The mansion closes at 3 pm. There is an admission charge for the Open House Tour.  No reservations required.  Admission: $5 per person. Free for children 5 and under.

dolores_parsilJohn Piersol McCaskey was among the first to collect and publish songs for the American public in the 19th century. Once McCaskey was able to convince Harper and Brothers publishing company that such song books would sell, his many songbooks sold in the hundreds of thousands and graced parlor pianos throughout the country. With Christmas, McCaskey’s favorite holiday, came a new host of opportunities including compiling a Christmas book, scheduling annual parties and programs for school students, and preserving the songs of the season in his music books. At this colloquium, local author Dolores Parsil will discuss McCaskey’s contributions to American music, love for the Christmas holidays, and uncanny connection to the song Jolly Old St. Nicholas.
Dolores Parsil, B.S. East Stroudsburg University, and M.A., University of Cincinnati, is a retired McCaskey High School communication arts teacher. She resides in Lancaster with her husband, Wayne. Parsil will be available before and after the lecture to sign copies of her biography of McCaskey, Lancaster’s Good Man, John Piersol McCaskey, available for purchase at the Museum Store.
The colloquium Lancaster’s Music Man will take place on Thursday, December 15, 2016 in Ryder Hall at, 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster. A social gathering with refreshments will begin at 4pm, followed by the lecture from 4:30-5:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.