Coffee Hour and Quizzo

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 W. Fourth St., will be hosting a Coffee Hour lecture about clear candies and the molds that make them at 10 a.m. Thursday. From 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Quizzo will also be held at the Taber Museum.

Coffee Hour

Historian Rich Nornhold will address the tradition of clear candy making with a look at some of the metal molds that were used. Nornhold will have samples of the candy for the guests to try to make their own candy. He will bring all the supplies necessary.

On Christmas Eve following a long-established tradition, children of Pennsylvania German families would leave a plate on the table hoping that it would be filled with nuts, an apple or an orange and clear toy candy. The candy, often made in shapes such as farm animals, trains or Father Christmas were created from a solution of corn syrup, sugar and water. Yellow, red or green food coloring were often used to enhance the candy’s appeal.

Nornhold, a native of Snyder County, has been studying and admiring decorative arts for most of his life. He remembers his great-great-grandfather handing out clear candy as Christmas mementoes to his family. His early love of history developed into a teaching career which spanned 40 years, teaching history and government studies at Warrior Run High School.

The final 2019 lecture will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 12. John DeWald will be speaking on scrimshaw and the carving of powder horns. Following the December lecture there will be music by the Williamsport Music Club.


Jon Mackey is going to hold the Historical Society’s Quizzo. Teams of up to six people may compete. The top scoring team will receive a cash prize. There will be consolation prizes for other top-scoring teams.

On that evening, there will be the opportunity of acquiring a museum membership at a discounted price, museum store discounts and the chance to win a 50/50 drawing. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the game will start at 8 p.m.


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