Fire Muster

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Fire Trucks lined up on WheatonArts grounds

40th Annual Fire Muster & Fire Fighter’s Family Day
August 16, 2020

WheatonArts and the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade host the annual Fire Muster and Fire Fighter’s Family Day on August 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is included in “WheatonArts Family Days! Presented by PNC Arts Alive!” program, offering FREE admission to all visitors!

Over 80 antique fire trucks from the Mid-Atlantic States will be on display on the grounds.

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.

Show highlights include:

  • a firefighter competition to show how firefighters use their training and skills to battle fires
  • water barrel fight (two opposing teams try to move a barrel suspended on a cable to opposite ends using a high-pressure fire hose)
  • bucket brigade (each team is timed as they carry water to the roof of a small building in buckets
  • firefighting demonstrations including pumping displays of fire hoses on numerous fire trucks
An adult and small child look at an antique fire truck during the annual Fire Muster

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flea Market Open
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fused Glass Projects*
11 a.m. Barrel Fight at the School House
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Apparatus Judging
1 p.m. Bucket Brigade at the School House
1:30 p.m. Children’s Booster Contest
3 p.m. Awards Presentation on the Museum porch
4 p.m. Firetrucks exit

(Schedule subject to change.)

*Make-Your-Own Fused Glass Pendant or Magnet!
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Education Studio
Experience Fee: $13 per person 

Create your own fused glass pendant or magnet! Begin with a pre-fused glass blank, then 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 your glass is fired, our artists will glue a bail to the back. Completed projects will be ready to be picked up or shipped (for a fee), within one week.

Firemen and Firetruck
A child works intently on a fused glass magnet
young girl sitting in a retired old red fire truck
Bucket Brigade participant tossing water out of a bucket