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Haldeman Mansion’s Strawberry Fest Planned for June 3

The 13th Annual Strawberry Festival of the Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society will be held on Sunday, June 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at the mansion, 230 Locust Grove Road, Bainbridge. Admission is free; there is a nominal fee for parking.

Food is the main focus with a variety of dishes with fresh local strawberries, including strawberry sundaes, strawberries with cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, milkshakes and pink strawberry lemonade. Other food choices include hot dogs, bratwurst, chicken corn soup, chili and assorted drinks. Folk fiddler Beverley Conrad is to provide entertainment.

There will be a silent auction from local business to benefit the Heating Fund. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m.; winners who are not present will be called.

New this year is Paul Raber, senior archaeologist and director of archaeological service with Heberling Associates Inc. Raber plans to give a presentation inside the mansion at 1:30 p.m. on the topic “Native Americans at Locust Grove: Contact & Change.” Raber’s research interests include the archaeology of hunter-gatherers and early horticulturalists in eastern North America. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the Pennsylvania State University and has published in North American Archaeologist, Archaeology of Eastern North America, Pennsylvania Archaeologist and the Journal of Field Archaeology. He edits the series Recent Research in Pennsylvania Archaeology, published by the Pennsylvania State University Press, and is editor or co-editor of four volumes in the series.

All proceeds will benefit the Haldeman Mansion.

Anyone who wants more information may call 717426-3794 or email

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