“Brezelfest” at Historic Zoar Village

(Zoar, Ohio) – “Brezelfest,” or Pretzel Day, will mark the Zoar Separatists’ tradition of making pretzels on Good Friday and includes a sneak preview of a new multisensory art exhibit.

The German Separatists who founded Zoar traditionally baked soft pretzels on Good Friday as part of their religious celebration. On Friday, April 19th, the village will hold its first-ever Brezelfest, or Zoar Pretzel Day from 11 am to 4 pm. The day will include a demonstration on making original Zoar pretzels given by Nancy Gordon-Wyatt at noon, a descendant of the Separatists, children’s activities and tours of the village’s historic museums.

 

Visitors can also take in the new art exhibit at the Bimeler House. “Sense of Zoar” pairs paintings of various spots within the village with scents that complement the locations to provide a fuller sense of life in the village during the nineteenth century. For instance, an August Biehle painting of the Metal Shop is paired with the smell of coal while a George Adomeit painting of the Horse Barn is paired with sawdust. Paintings by many local artists are also included in the exhibit.

 

As an additional attraction, at 2 pm, former site director Kathleen Fernandez will deliver a presentation on the newly discovered poem, “A Separatist Song,” which focuses on Zoar’s beginnings.

 

Admission to Brezelfest and the art exhibit are free; admission to the village’s museum tours is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5-17, and free for children aged 4 and under. More information on the event and on Historic Zoar Village can be found at www.historiczoarvillage.com or by calling 330-874-3011.

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