Historic Ephrata Cloister, where Ephrata began, will open its grounds to the community on Sunday, August 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. for their summer Ice Cream Social. Sponsored by the Ephrata Cloister Associates with cooperation from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, this fund-raising event will feature ice cream and brownie sundaes, scooped by Celebrity Dippers, including WIOV morning radio host Casey Allyn, author and journalist Larry Alexander, Ephrata Review editor Andy Fassnacht, and Akron mayor John McBeth. The 2021 Ice Cream Social is the first in-person event to be held on the museum property since the site was shuttered in March 2020 due to COVID pandemic restrictions. Tickets cost $10 for the general public, but tickets for members of the Ephrata Cloister Associates are $5. Tickets can be purchased at the gate the day of the event.
In addition to ice cream, admission to the property is included in the ticket price. Guides in garb will be stationed in the buildings to greet visitors and interpret the history of the original buildings. Visitors are encouraged to stroll the grounds of the Cloister, visit with KPETS therapy dogs, watch the Spinners and Weavers Guild in action, and enjoy live music. The Museum Store, featuring candles, cards, books of historical interest, and the work of local craftspeople, will also be open for browsing and purchases.
Proceeds from the day will support educational programming at the Cloister, including the Ephrata Virtual Academy and Community Days for local elementary students, and the reinvigoration of the Ephrata Cloister Chorus. The event will be held rain or shine. Please consult the Ephrata Cloister website www.ephratacloister.org for updates and information or call the Visitor Center at 717-733-6600.