Fire Muster

Fire Trucks lined up on WheatonArts grounds

42nd Annual Fire Muster & Fire Fighter’s Family Day
Sunday, August 20, 2023
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
rain or shine

Explore over 80 antique fire trucks from the Mid-Atlantic States on display throughout the WheatonArts campus! Now in its 41st year, the Fire Muster & Fire Fighter’s Family Day, presented by the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2022. Highlights include water pumping displays of fire hoses into the lake, a Firematic Flea Market, apparatus judging and awards presentation, and the dramatic exit of the fire trucks’ driving off the grounds at the end of the event.

Fire Muster is FREE and open to the public, part of “Wheaton Wide Open, sponsored in part by PNC Arts Alive” All WheatonArts exhibitions and artist demonstrations are free for the day as well.

The Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade is the South Jersey chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA). This national organization of over 3,000 members and over 50 chapters was organized in 1958 in Syracuse, NY.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flea Market Open
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Apparatus Judging
2 p.m. Awards Presentation on the Museum porch
4 p.m. Firetrucks exit

Food Vendors:
Big Papa Jai’s Barbecue
Everything Classie, LLC
Kona Ice
Matty G’s Hotdogz
Twisted Lemonade

Free Family Art Activities

Thaumatrope Firefighter
A thaumatrope is a scientific toy consisting of a disc with different pictures on each of its two sides. When rapidly rotated, the two images appear to combine into one! This spinning craft activity creates the imagery of a firefighter with a water hose and a flame.

Paper Tube Firefighters
Create a firefighter using paper tubes, construction paper, foil, and other materials. Add personality and character to each of your firefighters!

Popsicle Stick Fire Truck
Create a firetruck for imaginative play or decoration using popsicle sticks and construction paper!

An adult and small child look at an antique fire truck during the annual Fire Muster
Firemen and Firetruck
A child is wearing a blue button up and safety goggles while designing a pendant to be fused in the center of the image. At the bottom of the image are materials for the pendant place in cups. There are 3 cups of materials and 3 containers of beads. The first cup on the left contains green glass pieces, the middle cup contains small blue glass , and the right contains small yellow glass. The pendant in the center has an orange base, a blue square glass fragment, a blue and yellow fragment, a square black fragment, and a bright yellow fragment. The kid is holding a small design tool in his right hand.

Fused Glass Magnet or Pendant (fee-based)
Create a fused glass magnet or pendant, beginning with a 2″ x 2″ inch pre-fused glass blank. Using small pre-cut pieces of glass and an assortment of accessory glass, including frit and stringers, create a design to be tack fused. After firing your fused glass, our artists will glue a bail or a magnet to the back, depending on your project choice. In one week, completed glass magnets and pendants will be ready to pick up or ship (for a fee). This glass fusing activity has a discounted fee of $10 per piece. 

(Schedule subject to change)