Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. This past year was a busy one and offered little time to make most of the events I usually get to. Hopefully,  2014 will different, we'll see! Have a safe winter season and I'll see you at events next year.

Best regards,

Jack Johnson

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Some great news from Schoenbrunn. They have received 3 grants totaling around $155,000! This grant money will go to repair the Museum roof, fix bad chimney's inside the Village, repair other cabins, and possibly build new structures! The work is starting this fall and phase one will be done by spring 2014. I'll keep you informed on the progress.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Schoenbrunn Village Trade Fair was a success!

The 5th annual Trade Fair was held last weekend at Schoenbrunn Village in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Set up day was beautiful with sunny skies. Saturday began cloudy and the rains set in around 1pm. Traffic was heavy until around 2pm when the rain increased in strength until it stopped around 4:30 pm. Sunday was another beautiful day, sunny with cool temperatures. Participant were treated both Saturday and Sunday to another free breakfast put on by the Village volunteers and it was a great feast! The public was treated to an 18th century Apothecary, gunsmith, musket demonstrations each day and historical talks by author Matt Wulff and Mark Cory. A Moravian church service was held in the Church on Sunday morning for the local towns people and was very well attended.
Overall, we had a great time and I am already working on next year's event which will be October 18th an 19th, 2014. The raffle saw Jim Cummings win the Ken Netting smooth bore and all prize winners can be seen very soon on our web site at

Next year we plan on having a native camp in the woods next to the Village so any native reenactors should think about being juried for the event. Updated jury applications will be forthcoming on the web site soon as well. Thanks to all who participated and to the public for attending. Thanks.

Jack Johnson

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Well, we are getting closer to the Trade Fair, less than 3 weeks till another great event. Still time to be juried but I will not be jurying people at the Fair. Applications will be taken up to October 14th. After that date, jurying is closed. We have a great selection of prizes for the raffle to be held on Sunday October 20th at 3:00pm. Tickets will be sold the Fair weekend until 2:50 pm on the 20th.
This year we have well over $3000 in prizes to be handed out so come and get your tickets at the Fair. I hope to see you all in three weeks. Take care.

Jack Johnson

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The fall Lantern Tour was last night in the Village and we had a pretty good crowd. The weather didn't look good up until about an hour beforehand but it came thru!  The Village is ready to go for the Trade Fair in 4 weeks and I am looking forward to another great weekend.
Our prize list for the Trade Fair raffle keeps growing and growing. We have hand forged knives, hand made leather goods, pottery, glassware, custom powder horns, Peter Goebel brass tea kettle, and more. Don't forget the custom Ken Netting Type G Trade Gun! If you don't have your tickets yet, get them at our web site, or better yet, come to the Fair and buy them there!
Hope to see you all on October 19th!


Friday, September 13, 2013

Next Saturday, October 21st. will be the final Lantern Tour at Schoenbrunn village. It will run from 7:30 to 9:30 Saturday night. If you get a chance, stop by, the Village looks awesome lit by candles only. 4-5 of us will be on hand to demonstrate firelock functions for the public.
The Trade Fair is only 6 weeks away! Time flies but we are ready for year #5. We have some fantastic prizes for the raffle to be given out at 3pm on Sunday, October 20th. Want tickets, go to our web site at for details on purchasing the tickets.

Hope to see you at the lantern tour and Trade Fair.


Jack Johnson

Saturday, August 24, 2013

It's 2 months till the Trade fair at the Village and we can't wait. Everything is ready for another great weekend and we hope to see all of you there for a fun time. Juried participants and Vendor's are still coming in so don't delay those applications. We'll be at The Fair at New Boston next weekend and hope to talk with many of you there. Also, the last lantern Tour at the Village for 2013 will be Saturday 9/21 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Stop by if you get a chance. Thanks.


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Boy, with the cool weather today, it seems like Trade Fair weather! At any rate, less than 3 months till the Schoenbrunn Village Trade fair and it will be here before we know it. There will be several new Vendors this year to add to our list of quality Vendore's we now have. The Village is looking great, several groups are volunteering their time to keep it looking fantastic. We are working on getting several grants and will use this money for cabin repairs and such. We also have a desire to built some of the lost buildings that were put up in the 20's so let's hope these grants come thru.

Don't forget to get your raffle tickets, information on our web site at We have another list of fantastic prizes again this year. One change, the raffle prizes will be given out starting at 3pm on Sunday, October 20th. This is a change from previous years at 2pm.

Not juried yet, still plenty of time, check out the web site for applications and rules. Jury ends September 30, 2013.

Hope to see you at events remaining til October. have a safe summer.


Jack Johnson

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Schoenbrunn Lantern Tour Coming Soon!

The first big event at Schoenbrunn Village will be Saturday, May 18, 2013. It is the first of 2 dates for the Lantern Tours thru the Village. The tour is from 7pm to 10pm and each cabin will be filled with Village Volunteers in period dress discussing the daily lives at the Village during it's operation. 

I will be there along with Lee McBee and Roy Howman demonstrating the use of firelocks. We can be found hanging around the Connor Cabin. It is a great event and kicks off the Village season. We will also be displaying this year's custom Ken Netting fowler that is the grand prize for the Trade Fair raffle. Tickets for the raffle will be for sale in the gift shop.

If you can make it, you will not be disappointed. If you can't, and want raffle tickets, just send your check made out to John Johnson to:

1795 Lexview Circle
Mansfield, Ohio 44907

$5 each or 3 for $10. We have close to $2700 in prizes thus far with more sure to come. The prizes will be given out at 3pm on Sunday, October 20,2013. You do not have to be present to win! Hope to see you on May 18th!


Jack Johnson

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The 2013 Schoenbrunn Village Trade fair is set for October 19th and 20th, 2013. I have the Ken Netting Type G English Trade Gun on hand and am selling tickets for that and other prizes for our Raffle. All prizes will be given out at the Fair on Sunday 10/20 at 3pm. If you would like to purchase tickets, they are $5 each or 3 for $10. Please send a check for the number of tickets you want to:

John Johnson
1795 Lexview Circle
Mansfield, Ohio 44907.

If you would like to get your ticket stubs, please send along a stamp and I'll mail them back to you right away. This year we are only selling 1000 tickets and all proceeds after paying off the Trade Gun go to running next years Trade fair. Please remember, the Trade Fair is run completely by volunteer help so buying tickets helps us maintain the Trade Fair operations. If you'd like to call me for information on the jury process or about the Raffle, give me a call at 419 756-6878. I hope to see you at this year's Trade Fair!


Jack Johnson