Hanover Dutch Festival - 2015 Vendor Application
Bratwurst, funnel cakes, handmade crafts and authentic German bands - combined, these traditions have drawn thousands of people to downtown Hanover for three decades.
The Festival was founded to promote community awareness and pride in the town’s strong Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. In its early days, Hanover was known as “McAllister’stown,” named after the innkeeper who laid it out, Richard McAllister. In the late 1700’s, immigrants from Rhineland and Palantine districts of Germany arrived en masse, drawn to the area because its geography resembled that of their homeland. As his town began to expand, McAllister renamed the place Hanover, after the German city so familiar to the new residents.
The German characteristics of hard work and expert craftsmanship shaped the economy of early Hanover, and when President Washington visited the town in 1791 he was impressed with the number of “good brick houses and mechanics.” Those characteristics are still here today, over 200 years after Washington’s visit. Hanover is home to an estimated 55,000 residents and is one of the largest retail districts and one of the largest manufacturing regions in Pennsylvania - a fitting tribute to the hard work and dedication of the Germans who settled here.
Open House Tours - Friday, July 25th
Adecco, 141 Broadway, is providing an open house for candidates to meet with recruiters and see what Adecco is all about. Bring a resume and a recruiter can give you great tips and job knowledge! Business owners and personnel can meet with the branch manager for market knowledge, placement, and other perks of partnering with Adecco. Meetings are available from 8 AM to 5 PM. Adecco is located in the basement of the old post office, and parking is available in the back of the building. For more information, please contact Mary Unger at 717-632-2454.
Amish Markets of Hanover , 1649 Broadway, is offering 15 minute tours of the markets with a chance to see a variety of vendors. Tours will be available from 9 AM until 7 PM. All visitors will receive coupons, a tote bag, and market vendors information! For more information, please contact Liz Johnides 717-646-1649.
Apple Collision Center, 100 Eisenhower Dr., is providing tours of its facility where visitors can see damaged vehicles with repairs and refinishes in process. Tours are being given between 8 AM and 3 PM and will last around 20 minutes. Parking is available beside Bay City Restaurant and behind York Town Pool and Spas. For more information, please contact Nathan Berwager at 717-637-3811.
Chick-fil-a, 340 Eisenhower Dr., invites you to tour the Chick-fil-a kitchen to see how their famous chicken sandwiches are breaded and fried. Tours will be offered from 8 AM to 11 AM and from 2 PM to 5 PM and should last about 20 minutes. Visitors are asked to park in the spaces between Chick-fil-a and McDonalds. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Kristi Kisce at 704-460-7075.
Columbia Cottage, 2288 Grandview Rd., is offering a tour of its assisted living community. Tours are being offered from 10 AM to 12:30 PM. Parking is available beside the building. For more information, please contact Karen Mackley at 717-630-9178.
Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, 195 Stock St., is providing tours of the theater, stage, and conservatory, and a preview of the set of Tarzan the Musical. Tickets to Tarzan the Musical will also be available in the box office. Tours are being offered from 9 AM to 3 PM and will last about 15 minutes. Visitors are asked to enter at the West Entrance and proceed to the 2nd floor box office. For more information, please contact David Adler at 717-632-9356.
Hanover Area YMCA, 500 N George St., is providing 20-minute tours. Tours will be held between 8 AM and 5 PM. Reservations are not required. Please enter the front of the building and ask for tour information at the front desk. Visitors will see the entire YMCA facility and learn about the benefits received with membership. For more information, please call 717-632-8211.
Hanover Fire Museum, 241 N. Franklin St., is offering one-hour tours from 10 AM to 3 PM. The last tour is at 2 PM. Parking is available next to the Wirt Park Fire Station. The Museum is located next to the Hanover Shoe Building. Visitors will see antique fire apparatus and equipment and learn about the history of the greater Hanover fire service. No reservations required. For more information, please call 717-637-6671.
Hanover Historical Society, 113 West Chestnut St., is offering tours of Hanover’s 1783 Neas House from 9 AM to 3 PM. Come visit the oldest brick residence in Hanover! See original 18th century furniture, and the art of chair-caning! The 16th Civil War Volunteer Regiment will camp in the side yard during the Dutch Festival. For more information, please call 717-632-3207.
Hanover Home & Garden, 1169 Eichelberger St., is providing tours of their gardens where quality plants, unique statuary and décor, outdoor furniture, birdfeeders, fairy gardens, and much more will be on display. Tours will begin at 10 AM and start every hour until 2 PM. Visitors are encouraged to bring questions about plants and garden décor, and will receive $5 in Anniversary Bucks to be used towards any purchase! Refreshments will also be available. For more information, please contact Dennis Axline at 717-633-7883.
Hanover Hospital Medical Fitness Center, Hillside Medical Center, 250 Fame Ave., Suite 100, is offering 15 minute tours from 9 AM to 4 PM on the hour. The tours will feature the waiting/lounge area, gym with cardiovascular and strength training equipment, client monitoring by staff, warm water exercise pool, locker rooms, aerobic/movement room, and classroom. Please enter the parking lot from either Fame Ave. or Moul Ave. Enter building at Entrance B (lower level). No reservations are required. For more information, please contact Judy Cromer or Brady Slater at 633-8869.
KLK Welding, 15 Barnhart Dr., is providing tours of its facility where you can see their welding and fabrication projects and other productions. Tours are being offered from 7 AM to 4 PM and will last around 10 minutes. For more information, please contact Rose Kirkpatrick at 717-637-0080.
Minuteman Press, 955 Carlisle St., invites you to attend a tour of their facility where you will see digital and offset press operation along with bindery operation. The tour will start at 10 AM and will last about one hour. Parking is available at the north end of the parking lot between Rumbaugh Insurance and Minuteman Press. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Scott or Kitty Kurz at 717-632-5400.
PA Theatrical Arts, 10 N Railroad St., is providing tours of its studios, costume room, and workshop. Tours will be offered from 10 AM to 11:30 AM and from 4 PM to 6 PM. Tours will last around 20 minutes and will provide information about upcoming productions and classes. Parking is available behind the PNC Bank. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Brittany Stevens at 717-698-3254.
Residences at Hanover Shoe, 261 N Franklin St., is offering tours of the rehabbed Hanover Shoe Factory and its 70 affordable apartments. Tours will be given from 9 AM to 4 PM and will last around 30 to 45 minutes. Visitors will receive information regarding the application process, income requirements, and the tenant selection process. Visitors are asked to park in the N. Franklin St. parking lot and enter through the rental office door. For more information, please contact Deb Hankey at 717-637-5444.
Snyder’s of Hanover Factory Store, 1350 York St., is providing 20 –30 minute tours from 10 AM to 2:30 PM. Visitors will see the art of baking quality pretzels, as well as robotics in action, and visitors can shop the Factory Store. Parking is available in front of the store. Visitors must be able to climb a flight of 20 steps. For more information, please call Pam Topper at 632-4477, ext. 28592.
St. Marks Evangelical Lutheran Church, 129 Charles St., is offering tours of it sanctuary and halls of the church. Visitors will experience 150 years of heritage and be able to see the church’s 100 year old organ and pipes and the first town clock from the original building on Carlisle St. Tours are being given between 10 AM and noon and will last about 30 minutes. Visitors are asked to enter at Willow St through the semi-circular parking entrance. For more information, please contact Rev. Kirk Griffin at 717-637-8904.
Warehouse Gourmet Bistro and Brewpub, 7 Pennsylvania Ave., is providing brewery tours from noon until 5 PM. Tours will last 10 to 15 minutes and will exhibit the brewing process in Hanover’s first brewery. Visitors are asked to take the tour in groups of 4 or less. The tour can be accessed through the main entrance at the Upstairs Pub. For more information, please contact Keith Stambaugh at 717-451-7370.
White Rose Credit Union, 1001 Carlisle St., is providing tours of its lobby, lunch room, and offices from 9 AM until 4 PM. Tours will last about 10 minutes. Each visitor will receive a free tote bag. For more information, please contact Jen Swanner at 717-818-3588.