Heritage Trust to serve free sweets for Fastnacht Day

FlipSide file; Fastnachts cool before packaging February 2010 at Stewartstown United Methodist Church.

The York County Heritage Trust will serve free fastnachts, coffee, tea and hot chocolate to the public 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 21 — Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras — at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York.

The event is to thank the community for its support of The Trust’s Auxiliary and its projects, including the Holiday Schermer Pecan Sale, Mother’s Day Ice Cream Parlor and the Annual Turkey Trot. The Auxiliary provides funding to the Trust to support its programs and services.

According to the Trust, The Fastnacht Day tradition began with the Pennsylvania German immigrants on Shrove Tuesday, the day that fat had to be removed from the home before Lent. Historically, fastnachts were made to use the fat in the house before the fasting season.

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