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Saturday, February 255:30 p.m.
Learn about PA's native owls, their calls, and fun facts on how they've evolved into one of our animals of the night! A hike into the woods of Antietam Lake Park will follow a discussion and show & tell about our outstanding owls. For adults and children 5+. Wear appropriate footwear, dress warmly and bring a headlamp, flashlight or lantern. Registration Required.
Contact Jennifer A. Brooks, Environmental Educator to register: 484-509-2667, ext. 3 jbrooks@countyofberks.com
 
2/25/2017 5:30 PM
  
Saturday, April 1511:00 am- 1:00 pm
Join Environmental Educator, Jennifer Brooks, and partake in an egg hunt adventure like no other!  This non-traditional, non-competitive egg hunt will delight children and parents alike! Children will venture into the forest to hunt for and collect different types of decorated eggs that resemble hawks, owls, and other native birds hidden amongst the trees and leaves in the beautiful forest at Angora Fruit Farms.  We will learn about native nesting birds, and their eggs prior to the hunt!  After children return with their eggs and match them to the correct nest, a prize will be given to all so that everyone leaves with a great big smile!
 
Fee: $5 per child, adults FREE! Pre-registration is required.  Space is limited!
 
Contact Jennifer at 484-509-2667, ext. 3 to register. For children ages 3 - 10
 
 
4/15/2017 11:00 AM4/15/2017 1:00 PM
  
Saturday, April 186:30 p.m.
Join park staff and volunteer Gary Shugar to learn about the history of Antietam Lake. Hike will be about 1 hour. Please wear sturdy walking shoes. We will be meeting at Angora Fruit Farm to start this hike.
 
4/18/2016 6:30 PM
  
Saturday, April 2210:00 am
Dogs need to get exercise just as much as we do.  Join our park staff as they lead a hike designed for you and your dogs.  Hike will be about 1 hour and cover some of the easier and scenic trails at Antietam Lake Park.  Dogs must be good around other dogs, and be on a leash.  Please bring along water and a bowl for your dog, as well. 610-374-8839 for more information.
 
FEE: As a fee, we are requesting that you bring along something from the following list as a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County: Dog or cat food, washcloths, towels, blankets, and kitty litter
 
4/22/2017 10:00 AM
  
Sunday, August 27th6:00 p.m.
The Ringgold Band is back and will hopefully not get rained out of this concert.  The Band finishes out our series with some familiar classics, symphonic overtures, show tunes, solos, and marches at the Berks County Heritage Center starting at 6:00 pm, and there is a $5 parking fee per car. 
 
 
8/27/2017 6:00 PM
  
Friday, May 6th6:30-7:30 p.m.
Curious about wild ginger? Are dandelions really a weed? "Porcupine Pat" McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District shares plant folklore and will identify the many different spring wildflowers along the trail. Medicinal and edible plants will be emphasized. This and more will be shared in an informative program geared for teens and adults.
5/11/2016 6:30 PM
  
Friday, July 15th5:00 p.m.
If you haven't tried the newest watersport "Paddleboarding", then come out to Blue Marsh for a demo. Trained professionals from 3-D Outdoor Rentals will teach you the basics such as how to maintain your balance while standing on the board and how to properly and efficiently use the paddles. No experience required; spaces limited to first time participants only. A safe and fun workshop for the whole family.
Program is split into four sessions: 5:00, 5:45, 6:30 or 7:15 pm Registration required by July 11th at 610-374-2944, ext. 2611.
7/15/2016 5:00 PM
  
Saturday, Sept. 24th2:00 p.m.
Join the Berks Astronomical Society as they teach visitors about the sun. Get a chance to view the sun through specially designed lenses on telescopes. All ages are welcome!
9/24/2016 2:00 PM
  
Sunday, May 15th1:00p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Join our volunteers to learn about the operation and unique story of the Melcher Grist Mill, built by Nicklos Melcher in 1888.
5/15/2016 1:00 PM
  
Sunday, Sept. 25th2:00 p.m.
History has changed in Shoemakersville since its founding in 1765 by brothers Henry and Charles Shoemaker. However, history has a way of being forgotten or even disappearing. Come and experience a PowerPoint program about Shoemakersville presented by Heritage Center volunteer Robert Noecker.
9/25/2016 2:00 PM
  
Saturday, February 20th 4-6:00 p.m.
Bring appropriate footwear to join us for a wonderful combination program. Staff from the Parks & Recreation Dept. and Blue Marsh Lake will lead you on a cross-country trek in snowshoes or skis on one of the many trails at Blue Marsh Lake. There will be snowshoes from Buckman's Ski Shop to rent or bring your own. Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather. Call 610-374-2944, ect. 2611 to register by 2/16/16.
2/20/2016 4:00 PM
  
Saturday, April 16th8:00 am.
Enjoy the beauties of spring with naturalist Katrina Knight from the Baird Ornithological Club. Beginners are welcome! Be sure to wear good walking shoes and bring binoculars to spot spring warblers and other beautiful birds of spring.
4/16/2016 8:00 AM
  
Saturday,May 21st1:00 p.m.
Learn tips and techniques for photographing flowers in spectacular detail from Kerry Grim and Neven Dries, Blue Mountain Wildlife, Inc. members and exceptional photographers. We'll walk the scenic Cabela's Wetlands Trail selecting subjects to photograph, practicing focus, aperture, shutter speed and lighting. Rain Date: 5/22. $5 donation per person. Registration Required- Call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611. Registration Deadline: May 16th.
5/21/2016 1:00 PM
  
Friday, August 19th6:30 p.m.
Join us for a hike at the Beidler House/Allegheny Aqueduct. Learn about the importance of the Aqueduct and Schuylkill River, as well as the Beidler Hosue and Mill. Hiking skill level - easy. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along water.
8/19/2016 6:30 PM
  
Sunday, Sept. 1112 p.m.-4 p.m.
Dyed reed is what sets this basket apart from the others! It's a beauty! Vicky Heffner returns to lead this workshop. Please bring 10 spring clothespins, old scissors, bucket, towel, flat head screw driver and measuring tape.
Cost: $25. Registration with payment (to instructor) deadline is 9/1.
9/11/2016 12:00 PM
  
Wednesday, July 13th6:00 p.m.
Join fiber arts instructor, Rachel Liskey, as she shows us how to create a colorful felted bowl. All supplies will be provided. Please bring along a pair of old scissors. Limited to 15 students. $10-Call 610-374-8839 to register. Deadline: 7/8.
7/13/2016 6:00 PM
  
Saturday, February 4th10:00 a.m.
An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc. This month's topic: Simple Drawstring Bags.
2/4/2017 10:00 AM
  
Saturday, June 11th11:00 a.m.-4:00p.m.
Join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and 40 plus organizations for a day of outdoor fun in the sun. You can try your luck at catching a catfish in the fish pond, learn how to fly fish, get your face painted, and visit numerous displays and presentations. Learn about the many recreation opportunities in the area, and how to stay safe when on land or in the water. There will also be a scavenger hunt that you can complete that will be entered into prize drawings; and fun activities for all ages.
 
Admission to the park is free that day.
6/11/2016 11:00 AM
  
Sunday, October 2312-4:00 p.m.
In today's workshop, participants will weave a Christmas tree, an angel and a snowflake. Join instructor Vicky Heffner for a holiday season kick-off. Please bring a hot glue gun, bucket, flat head screwdriver, old pair of scissors, 10 spring clothespins and a towel.
Cost: $25. Registration and pre-payment (payable to instructor) required by 10/15.
10/23/2016 12:00 PM
  
Friday, July 15th6:30p.m.
Join park staff for a hike and history lesson in one. Please make sure to wear good hiking/walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Easy hiking skill level - all ages welcome!
7/15/2016 6:30 PM
  
Friday, August 12th5:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Come out to Blue Marsh Lake and enjoy one of the fastest growing water sports in the world: Paddle boarding. Trained professionals from 3-D Outdoor Rentals will teach participants the basics of paddle boarding; such as how to maintain your balance while standing on the board and how to properly and efficiently use the paddles to move. No experience required. Spaces limited to first-time participants only. A safe and fun workshop for the whole family!
 
Program size is limited to 25 people, and split into four sessions: 5:00, 5:45, 6:30 or 7:15 pm.
Registration required and pre-payment required by 8/5; call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 to sign-up.
 
8/12/2016 5:00 PM
  
Sunday, May 22nd5:30 p.m.
Spend a spirited evening with well-known "ghost host" Charles J. Adams, III. We will start at the mysterious 18th century Beidler House and grist mill where many spirits reside, including Mr. Conrad Beidler, the builder of the house. Next we are off to quirky Naomi Hotel where a tavern has existed since the late 18th century. A favorite canal stop, playful spirits make mischief here. Finally we'll head up to the beautiful Ridgewood Farm Winery where a tragic ghostly tale of anger and jealousy lingers.
 
Limited to 30 people - Cost: $24. Must be over 21. Call 610-374-8839 to register. Payment deadline 5/18/2016.
5/22/2016 5:30 PM
  
Saturday, June 4th1-3:00 pm
Join us for an informative walk on the trails of Shiloh Hills Park in Spring Twp. to celebrate National Trails Day! Bring binoculars to view wildlife or planes in the sky from the Mid-Atlantic WWII weekend. We'll have trail maps from around Berks County and nearby counties. Staff from Cabela's will be on-hand to share tips and equipment when day-hiking or for longer trips. This is a free program presented by Spring Twp., U.S.A.C.E Blue Marsh Lake and Berks County Parks & Recreation Dept. Please call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 for additoinal details.
6/4/2016 1:00 PM
  
Sunday, May 1st2:00p.m.
At one time, 51 covered bridges had provided a safe and economical way to cross the waterways of Berks County. Today there are 5 remaining. In this PowerPoint program presented by local author and Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of PA historian Fred Moll, we will take a trip back in time to view bridges past and present, learn about toll bridges, why they were covered and why they were painted red. Co sponsor: Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.
5/1/2016 2:00 PM
  
Saturday, July 910:00 a.m.
Learn about the basics of Geocaching and how you too can participate in this worldwide treasure hunting game. We'll explain the basics of GPS navigation and discover special geocaches hidden around Gring's Mill park. Come prepared with appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. If you do not own a handheld GPS, don't worry; we will have some to share. (call for more information if using your own GPS) This is a fun, FREE program. Please register by July 1st. Call 610-374-2944 for more information.
7/9/2016 10:00 AM
  
Saturday, March 11th10:00a.m.
Join us in our monthly gathering for an old-fashioned sewing circle. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc. This month’s topic is Quilting
 
3/11/2017 10:00 AM
  
Sunday, May 22nd2:00 p.m.
Pendora Park, created by local electrician Arthur V. Arrowsmith in 1907, had a short life, but the east Reading community continued to preserve the area as a place for children to play. Local author and historian, Paul A. Druzba, will take us back via a PowerPoint program sharing the history and developments to the present day.Pendora Park, created by local electrician Arthur V. Arrowsmith in 1907, had a short life, but the east Reading community continued to preserve the area as a place for children to play. Local author and historian, Paul A. Druzba, will take us back via a PowerPoint program sharing the history and developments to the present day.
5/22/2016 2:00 PM
  
Saturday, April 110:00 am-12:00 pm
An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc.This month's topic: All About Wool
 
4/1/2017 10:00 AM
  
Sunday, October 30th2:00 p.m.
Before any Indian conference or Treaty would begin, a preliminary ceremony would take place to have the participants in the right frame of mind and spirit. Usually a three-day period, and then the business could start. Join French and Indian War and Revolutionary War re-enactor, Lynn Otto for this presentation of an interesting aspect of our early history. FREE Program-Seating is limited - must register to attend by calling 610-374-8839.
10/30/2016 2:00 PM
  
Tuesday, July 26th6:30-8:00 p.m.
Back by popluar demand! Bring your digital SLR or film camera and learn how to use simple settings to best capture the character of the subject and surrounding scenery. Learn what to look for when taking pictures, and then professional photographer and instructor Valerie Hoffman will lead us on an exploratory walk around the grounds of the park capturing great moments in nature. (Rain Date 7/28)
 
Free program for all ages. Call 610-374-2944, ext 2611 to register. Deadline: 7/22 
7/26/2016 6:30 PM
  
Saturday, July 16th1:00-4:00 p.m.
Are you ready to try something new, or to hone your paddling skills in a kayak or canoe? Join members of the Keystone Canoe Club of Berks County in an informative land and flat water session trying out different style boats. This is your chance to learn some of the basics: paddle strokes, getting in and out safely, boat control, clothing and gear, etc. Ages: 10 to adult. Children ages 10-12 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: $10.00 which includes ACA event insurance.  Workshop limited to 25 participants.  Pre-registration with payment required to 610-374-2944, ext 2611 by July 11th.
7/16/2016 1:00 PM
  
Wednesday June 15th6:00 p.m.
Join textile expert Kay Leisey as we learn to needle felt and create a robin. All supplies provided.
Cost: $10. Registration and pre-payment required (to instructor) Call 610-374-8839. Deadlline 6/8
6/15/2016 6:00 PM
  
Sunday, August 21st1:00 p.m.
Monarch butterflies make the most incredible journey to Mexico every fall. Come and discover the strength and perseverance of these tiny insects by helping our staff tag real monarch butterflies for research before their journey south. Geared towards families with children 5+. FREE-Pre-registgration required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
8/21/2016 6:00 PM
  
Wednesday, August 24th6:00 p.m.
Join Rachel Liskey as she shows us how to use sculpey to create magnets, ornaments, etc. Please bring along old cookie cutters to use as patterns. All other supplies will be provided. Limited to 15 students.

Cost: $10. Registration and pre-payment required by 8/12. Payable to instructor. Call 610-374-8839.
8/24/2016 6:00 PM
  
Friday, June 17th6:30 p.m.
Join park staff for a hike and history lesson in one! Please make sure to wear good hiking/walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Easy hiking skill level-all ages welcome!
6/17/2016 6:30 PM
  
Sunday, July 10th2:00 p.m.
The Gibraltar and neighboring hamlets were bustling with the manufacturing of iron and textile goods, taking advantage of the valuable canal and railroad running through the landscape. Yet, many folks found time for fishing and picnics along the Schuylkill, and music and dance at the local hotels. Marcia Houston will share stories of the people and the places that shaped this valley during this time period. (Including a bit more murder and mayhem!) FREE Program. Seating is limited. Must register to attend-call 610-374-8839.
7/10/2016 2:00 PM
  
Sunday, August 14th2:00 p.m.
While the surname Beidler and related spelling variants is not a common name, there were more than a dozen such families who came to Colonial Pennsylvania. Join porfessional genealogist and descendant, Jim Beidler as he explains how placing individuals in their proper families is usually possible by utilizing standard genealogy methodologies that can help any family historian overcome the "name's the same game." Free program. Seating is limited - registration is required. Call 610-374-8839 to register.
8/14/2016 2:00 PM
  
Friday, August 26th7:00 p.m.
Dr. Karen Campbell, professor of Biology at Albright College returns to present this ever-popular slide lecture on bats from around the world and gives us an update on our own Little Brown Bats of the Red Bridge.
 
Co Sponsor: Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.
8/26/2016 7:00 PM
  
Sunday, July 10th2:00 p.m.
From the huge Monks Mound near St. Louis, to the strange serpent mound and Cahokia, a city of 15,000 Indians, this slide presentation by Dave "Big Owl" McSurdy of Native American Experiences, will explore the civilization of the Mississippi before the Europeans arrived. co-sponsored by Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.
7/10/2016 2:00 PM
  
Saturday, December 1010:00 a.m.
An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc.This month's topic: Quilts.
12/10/2016 10:00 AM
  
Friday, September 16th6:00 p.m.
Join us for a night under the stars and moon on Blue Marsh Lake. We'll paddle part of the lake looking for wildlife and watch the night sky light up the water. Water safety, local history and features of the area will be covered before we launch. Participants must provide their own boat, life jacket and lights. Dress up your boat with glow-sticks for our color-fun contest. Trip is limited to 20 boats and previous paddling experience is required. (rain date: 9/17)
 
Pre-registration required by September 9th. Please call 610-374-2944, ect. 2611 to register.
9/16/2016 6:00 PM
  
Saturday, June 11th1:00 p.m.
Bring your mountain bike, helmet and the whole family to bike the trails at Blue Marsh Lake, riding over the dam to the State Hill Boat area and back. Take part in this internationally recognized outdoor event sponsored by the Berks Area Mountain Biking Association and enjoy all that nature has to offer.
This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 for more information and to register. Deadline: June 6th
6/11/2016 1:00 PM
  
Saturday, October 1st1:00 p.m.
Bring your children along for a fun-filled family day of mountain biking on Mount Penn's best trails! You can help pass your passion for pedaling on to those that matter the most: your kids. Take part in this internationally recognized outdoor event sponsored by the Berks Area Mountain Biking Association and enjoy the early fall scenery and sights along the Mt. Penn trails. Bring our mountain bike and helmet.
 
FREE - Registration required by Sept. 26. Call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 to register.
10/1/2016 1:00 PM
  
Sunday, April 24th1:00 p.m.
Join us for a walk on the trails to learn about and see all the wildflowers growing in the park. Dr. Susan Munch will lead the hike. Call 610-374-8839 for more info.
4/24/2016 1:00 PM
  
Sunday, July 17th2:00 p.m.
A British officer, Lt. Col. Musgrave, goes back in time to the 18th century, a time that helped shape the American dream. This presentation by historian Joseph McDevitt and his wife Dolores, also includes women from that period who are not as well know, but whose contributions gave a decidedly woman's perspective. Step back into our country's "revolutionary time"! FREE program - Seating is limited. Call 610-374-8839 to register.
7/17/2016 2:00 PM
  
Saturday, April 30th10-11:00 a.m.
For you and your dog(s). All dogs must be good around other dogs and must be leashed. Please bring water for your dog. Fee: Bring a donation of pet supply items such as: dog/ct food, washcloths, towels, blankets, and kitty litter for the Animal Rescue League or Humane Society of Berks County. Call 610-374-8839 for more information.
4/30/2016 10:00 PM
  
Saturday, December 17th5:30-7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the longest night of the year with family and friends around a blazing bonfire. Wander down our candlelit walk to the main event at our cottage in the woods. Listen as a storyteller shares tales around the fire, meet King Winter, take a short hike on darkened trails, and warm up with snacks. Dress warmly, bring a flashlight.
 
$5 per car.- Best suited for families with children ages 3-12.-
Pre-registration required.Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com
12/17/2016 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, August 14th2:00 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how snakes climb trees? Or what a turtle shell is actually made of? Join Phil Witman educator and reptile extraordinaire, as he presents us with an up-close encounter of some of the local reptiles that call Pennsylvania home. All ages welcome!
8/14/2016 2:00 PM
  
Saturday, August 27th10:00 a.m.
Marcia Houston will start with a short lecture on the history of natural dyes. We will get to know a few of the early dye plants and people like Thomas Jefferson and Eliza Lucas Pinkiney, who tried to bring them to the colonies for production. John Bartram and is son William offered plants native to America for sale to use as dyestuffs. We will also look at the processing and use of natural dyes by local weavers and woolen mills. There will be examples of dyed wool, dyestuff and mordents, and an opportunity to dye wool outside with local native plants.
 
$5 - Registration with payment (payable to instructor) deadline: 8/19. Call 610-374-8839.
8/27/2016 10:00 AM
  
Wed., Thurs., Fri., June 8-105:00 p.m.
Water is amazing and what lives there is cool. Come discover what lives in our stream and our "pool"! Examine critters in the water and give fishing a whirl. Be prepared to get wet as we play and learn. Let the magic unfurl. Children ages 3-5, with an accompanying adult.
 
Registration and payment required. $30.00 per child. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3, or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.​
 
6/8/2016 5:00 PM
  
Thursday, May 19  1-2:30p.m.
Programs are designed to address PA Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology as well as STEM Education requirements. With a little addition, the mysteries of objects around us unfold. Fibonacci, an early mathematician discovered a sequence of numbers that apply to the numbers of seeds in a sunflower, branches on a tree, and many other examples from nature. Geared towards homeschool students in grades 1-4.
 
Cost: $7/per child. Registration and payment required. Call 484-509-2667 ext. 3  or jbrooks@countyofberks.com to register.
5/19/2016 1:00 PM
  
Sunday, Sept. 43:00p.m.
Steve Runkle, a volunteer with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, will present an illustrated lecture exploring the causes of the Native American Rebellion led by the Ottawa Chief Pontiac against the English colonies during 1763-1764.
9/4/2016 3:00 PM
  
Sunday, August 28th2:00 p.m.
Retired Social Studies teacher John Rausch joins us today with over 35 items you don't see or use much, if at all, anymore. This will be a hands-on interactive talk that will be sure to make you appreciate the conveniences we have today.
Co Sponsor - Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.
8/28/2016 2:00 PM
  
Saturday, August 13th10:00 a.m.
An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc. This month’s topic: Counted Cross Stitch.
8/13/2016 10:00 AM
  
Thursday, June 912:15-12:45 p.m.
Bring your lunch and learn something new! This month's topic: a PowerPoint tour of the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department's programs and facilities.
6/9/2016 12:15 PM
  
Sunday, October 911:00 am
Orienteering is an outdoor navigation sport, where participants use a topographical map and compass to find waypoints along a plotted course. It's a sport for any age; beginners are always welcome and we provide instruction at all events. Join members of the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association, for a day in the woods. Map fee day of event. Registration required by Oct. 3rd. Please call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 to register.
10/9/2016 11:00 AM
  
Sunday, October 9th2:00 pm.
Rodney Loose, an FBI agent who was assigned to the New York office during the 9/11 attacks will share his experiences about working at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, and the weeks that followed.
10/9/2016 2:00 PM
  
Friday, June 24th4 pm
Bring your own kayak or canoe and join us as we meander our way along the lower portion of the Tulpehocken Creek from the Blue Marsh Lake Stilling Basin to below the Berks Leisure Area. Water safety, local history, features of the creek and other water trails around the area will be covered before we launch. Participants must provide their own boat, life jacket and transportation. Event limited to 20 people. (Previous paddling experience suggested, and ACA insurance recommended) Pre-registration required to 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 by June 17th.
6/24/2016 4:00 PM
  
Sunday, October 9th2:00 pm
This interesting presentation will discuss the history of Irish contributions to the construction of the Schuylkill Navigation Canal System in the 1820's, and the thriving community they established at Port Union (now Douglassville/Unionville) which centered upon canal commerce. Some of presenter Capt. David R. Kohler's Irish ancestors were instrumental in this endeavor - and the deserted St. Paul's Mission Chapel; the former Black Bear Inn; and several residences and commerical buildings from this era still stand along Route 724 and the Schuylkill River.
 
FREE Program - Seating is limited - Must register to attend. Call 610-374-8839.
10/9/2016 2:00 PM
  
Saturday, Sept. 310:00 a.m.
Join us in our monthly gathering for an old-fashioned sewing circle. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it's sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc. This month's topic: Buttons.
9/3/2016 10:00 AM
  
Saturday, June 18th10 am
Join us for a special Knit In Public Day sewing circle. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it's knitting or crocheting. Beginners area welcome.
6/18/2016 10:00 AM
  
Friday, Sept. 166:30 p.m.
Join us for a hike at the Angora Fruit Farm. We will hike some of the many trails at Antietam Lake Park. Hiking skill level - moderate. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along water. We will meet at the Angora Fruit Farm parking lot.
9/16/2016 6:30 PM
  
Saturday, June 18th12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Have you wanted to try casting a fly rod? Now is your chance to learn from members of the Berks Fly Tyers Club as they spend an afternoon along the Tulpehocken Creek sharing their knowledge and love of this relaxing past time. Equipment and demonstrations on tying flies will be presented. Fun for the whole family!
6/18/2016 12:00 PM
  
Sunday, Sept. 18th2:00 p.m.
Quilting came into its own by the mid-nineteenth century. It is these latter quilts that Del-Louise Moyer, noted 18th and 19th century American and German cultural historian will feature in her PowerPoint illustrated talk.
9/18/2016 2:00 PM
  
Wednesday, June 22nd10:00 a.m.
Ever wonder what makes something grow a certain way or why foods react to other foods? Ever wonder about the stars in the night sky? Try your hand at science experiments and join us to answer your questions. Program is suitable for students ages 7-12. Class is limited to 20 students.
 
$5.00- Registration required and pre-payment required by June 15th; call 610-374-8839 to sign up.
6/22/2016 10:00 AM
  
Sunday, June 19th2:00 p.m.
Want to learn more about canoeing and kayaking? Mitch Zimmer, Penn State Professor, will do a program on the Secrets of Canoeing. He will talk about what to bring and how to prepare for a canoeing trip. Bill McNaull, author of the book "My Travels by Canoe" will talk about waterways in PA and what to look out for when canoeing. Question and answer period will follow. - co-sponsor: Spring Twp. Parks and Rec.
6/19/2016 2:00 PM
  
Friday, July 1st4-7 pm
Join us for a double dose of outdoor recreation along the Tulpehocken Creek. We'll start with a 4-mile paddle down the creek to the Red Bridge Picnic Area; where we'll trade our kayaks for bikes, to pedal back to our starting point by the Union Canal Trail. Bring your own kayak, bike and tranportation; or reserve your equipment through 3D Outdoor Rental.
 
Call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 (if providing your own equipment) or call 3D Outdoor Rental, 610-488-1900. Deadline: June 25th.
7/1/2016 4:00 PM
  
Saturday, Sept. 108:00 p.m.
The Members of the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society will present a short program; then invite you to gaze into the night sky to view planets and star constellations. Bring your own telescope if you have one, a flashlight and chairs to enjoy summer night starwatching.
9/10/2016 8:00 PM
  
Thursday, July 289:30 a.m. -1:30  p.m.
Come spend a day with us exploring both pond and stream ecosystems for plants and animals that are specially adapted to the aquatic environment.  We will compare the critters and plants that call these two watery environments their home.  Prepare to get wet! For children who have completed K-3rd grade. (Rain date 7/29)
 
Cost: $15/per child. Registration and pre-payment required. 484-509-2667, ext.#3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com
7/28/2016 9:30 AM
  
Tuesday, July 197:00 pm
Experience an evening of peace and serenity on Blue Marsh Lake under the full moon. Navigate the lake, look for wildlife and watch the night sky light up the water. Water safety, local history and features of the area will be covered before we launch. Participants must provide their own boat, life jacket and boat running lights. Event limited to 20 people. (Previous paddling experience suggested) Pre-registration required to 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 by July 11th. Rain date: Wednesday, July 20th .
7/19/2016 7:00 PM
  
Sunday, July 17th2:00 p.m.
Darius Puff shares his lifelong love of history and his own native background by teaching us about the lives of these people and how society influenced their way of life through the 18th century, untilizing artifacts (real and reproductions), furs and traditional storytelling.
 
Co-sponsored with Spring Township Parks & Recreation Dept.
7/17/2016 2:00 PM
  
Saturday, Sept. 2411:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
Learn about the indigenous peoples who were living in our area before European settlement. The Lenape people were the first environmentalists, living sustainably off the land and ensuring their future by their thoughtful everyday practices. Tour a 'Three Sisters Garden', make natural cordage, and watch flint knapping firsthand. Geared towards families with children 5+.
FREE. Pre-registration required - Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
9/24/2016 11:00 AM
  
Thursday, August 49:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Flutter through our butterfly house to discover tiny monarch eggs, caterpillars, or chrysalises and learn about their amazing life cycle. Discover why milkweed is so important, and take some seeds home to plant. Rain Date: 8/5. For children grades K-3.
 
$15 per child. Pre-registration requird-Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com
8/4/2016 9:30 AM
  
Sunday, June 2612:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Constructed much like a willow basket of old, this basket can be used year-round, not just at Easter! Join expert basket maker Vicky Hefner to make ours to take home. Bring: bucket, towel, 10 spring clothes pins, screwdriver, old pair of scissors. Cost: $25. Registration and pre-payment (payable to instructor) required by June 15th Co-sponsored with Spring Township Parks & Recreation Dept
6/26/2016 12:00 PM
  
Thursday, August 18th6:30-7:30 p.m.
PowWow is said to be a collection of European magic spells, recipes, and folk remedies. Join "Porcupine Pat" McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District to learn about the history of this practice. For teens and adults.
 
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation 
8/18/2016 6:30 PM
  
Saturday, July 99:00 pm
Member's of the Berks County Amateur Astronmical Society will present a short program; then invite you to gaze into the night sky to view planets and star constellations. Bring your own telescope if you have one, a flashlight and chairs to enjoy summer night starwatching.
7/9/2016 9:00 PM
  
Saturday, July 16th7:30 p.m.
Join us as we learn about our friendly native bat population at the Angora Fruit Farm by taking part in a PA Game Commission wildlife study Bat Count. We'll learn about our tiny nocturnal guests and help the state understand how healthy the population is during this time of year. Bring your flashlights! Geared towards families with children 5+.  FREE -Pre-registration required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
7/16/2016 7:30 PM
  
Friday, September 236:30 p.m.
Dave "Big Owl" McSurdy returns to share nature stories told by the Native Americans as we sit around the campfire. We’ll learn to dance to the beat of the drum as we participate in songs. Bring chairs and blankets. Co-sponsored with Spring Township Parks & Recreation Dept
9/23/2016 6:30 PM
  
Thursday, June 236:30-7:30 pm
The practice of mindfulness can bring many benefits to your emotional and physical health. "Porcupine Pat" McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District will help us to become happy and healthy. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Beginners welcome!
Co sponsor: Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.
6/23/2016 6:30 PM
  
Sunday, July 242:00 p.m.
Join Ken Lebo, Mengel History Society member, as he presents his 15 years of research in a colorfully illustrated lecture that will explain the many different species, how they can be identified, and show the great variety of colors and patterns that make them a fascinating family to study.
7/24/2016 2:00 PM
  
Thursday, July 219:30 am-1:30 p.m.
Summer has the sweetest smell and the most delicious foods! Find out how those sweet smelling buds are helped along in their quest to look 'a-peeling'. Bees, butterflies, bugs, and more! Rain Date: 7/21. Children grades K-3. $15 per child. Pre-registration required - Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
7/21/2016 9:30 AM
  
Saturday, August 20th12:00-3:00 p.m.
Cabela's is proud to offer this industry-leading course for people interested in learning how to fly fish. The program will begin with a two-hour Introduction to Fly Fishing course that will cover equipment, basic entomology, basic casting and knot tying. The program will conclude with a one-hour Introduction to Fly Casting course, where participants will receive hands-on training on the fundamentals of fly casting, including overhead techniques and roll casting. Members of the Berks Fly Tyers will also be on hand to demonstrate the art of fly tying under the pavilion. Class size is limited to 15; call 610-374-2944, Ext 2611 to register by Aug., 12th.
8/20/2016 12:00 PM
  
Saturday, June 25th10:00 a.m.
Journeying outdoors can be a refreshing getaway from today's busy, technology-driven world. Don't rely on a GPS! instead, learn how to read a map and use a compass to navigate a beginner's level Orienteering course around the park. No experience needed. Join members of the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association to learn about this internationally competitive sport, as well as a valuable life skill.
6/25/2016 10:00 AM
  
Saturday, October 810:00 a.m.
Join us in our monthly gathering for an old-fashioned sewing circle. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc. This month’s topic: History of needles, threads, safety pins, etc.
10/8/2016 10:00 AM
  
Wednesday, July 2010:00 a.m.
Join us for a workshop all about paper! Kids will learn how to make their own paper, try their hand at marbling paper and a pencil, and create a notebook. You will have paper that Grows! to take home! Ages 6-12. Cost: $10. Registration and pre-payment required by July 13th. all 610-374-8839 to register.
7/20/2016 10:00 AM
  
Saturday, October 155:30-8:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening lantern tour of the Gruber Wagon Works, recognized as the finest example of rural manufacturing in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. See the Wagon Works in a “new light” and learn about the wagon making process in this 19th century factory. Tours will leave on the half hour. Group size limited to 12. Cost: $5. Please call to register and select a tour time.
 
10/15/2016 5:30 PM
  
Wednesday, October 194:30-6:00 pm
All ages are welcome in this delightful evening filled with pumpkin carving, and enjoying the company of our friends over pizza. We will be carving pumpkins that will illuminate the hiking path for our Halloween Hike and Hayride event on October 22. You bring a pumpkin to donate, carving tools, and a drink, and we provide the pizza! Participants may pick their carved pumpkins up after the Halloween Hike if they like.
 
This event is free, however pre-registration is required because space is limited! 484-509-2667, ext 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com
10/19/2016 4:30 PM
  
Sunday, August 21st12-4:00 p.m.
This gracefully shaped basket looks hard to weave, but it's really quite easy. Vicky Heffner will instruct you on this basket designed to hold and hide a jar for water for fresh flower arrangements. Please bring: bucket, towel, 10 spring clothes pins, screwdriver, old pair of scissors. Cost: $25. Registration and pre-payment (payable to instructor) required by August 10th. Co-sponsored with Spring Township Parks & Recreation Dept
8/21/2016 12:00 PM
  
Saturday, October 226:15-9 p.m.
Experience the wonder of the night while hiking through the beautiful Angora Fruit Farm orchards, meeting nocturnal animals along the way. Guides will lead families along a pumpkin-lit path where children will meet and talk with local "animals" of the night. Families can then enjoy a hayride, or a treat while sitting by a campfire. This program fills quickly! Hikes leave every 15 minutes. $5 per person - Pre-registration required. – 484-509-2667 ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com-All ages welcome! Children may wear their costumes.
10/22/2016 6:15 PM
  
Saturday, July 30th10 am
Explore the aquatic critters of the Tulpehocken Creek. Find out who lives in the creek while conducting a macro invertebrate study. For families with children 3 years and older.
 
Free. Pre-registration required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
7/30/2016 10:00 AM
  
Tues, Wed, Thur., July 26, 27, 289:00 am-12:30 p.m.
Treat your kids to an exceptional experience of interactive programs that will open up their knowledge on three different aspects of early life in Berks County. Each day includes a lesson, games, crafts and hand-on activities. How Did We Move Things? - What Grows On A Farm? - What Makes PA Unique? - 3 1/2 days: 7/26, 7/27, 7/28. $30 - Call 610-374-8839 to register. Deadline: 7/15. For ages 6-12.
7/26/2016 9:00 AM
  
Thursday, October 1312:15-12:45pm
Bring a lunch and learn about the Angora Fruit Farm and Environmental Education Programs.
10/13/2016 12:15 PM
  
Friday,  February 10th6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Join us as we look to the skies to discover the first full moon and lunar eclipse of 2017. Investigate the science of a lunar eclipse, hike with education staff and warm up by a campfire with cocoa and marshmallows. All ages are welcome! $5 per family.
Pre-registration and payment required. Call 484-509-2667 ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com to register.
2/10/2017 6:00 PM
  
​Friday, May 206:30 p.m.
Join park staff and volunteer Gary Shugar to learn about the history of Antietam Lake. Hike will be about 1 hour. Please wear sturdy walking shoes. We will be meeting at Angora Fruit Farm to start this hike.
5/20/2016 6:30 PM
  
Saturday, Jan. 14th1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bring your DSLR or film camera and learn tips on how to shoot great winter-time photos outdoors. The program will start with a brief slide presentation; then professional photographer & instructor, Valerie Hoffman will lead us on an exploratory walk around the grounds of the park capturing great moments in nature. This is a free program for all ages. Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather. Please call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 and register by Feb. 8th
1/14/2017 1:00 PM
  
Saturday, January 28th1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bring snowshoes or cross-country skis and join us for this combination program for beginners. We will show you the basics of each. We'll be using the big field by the Herigage Center to ski or snowshoe in a nice open flat area. Or, try a small hill or get onto the Union Canal Trail. We will have some snowshoes available to borrow or you can rent equipment from Buchman's Ski Shop in Muhlenberg. In case of no snow, we'll hike along the trail for some winter activity and scenery. Please register by Jan. 18 at 610-374-2944, ext. 2611.
1/28/2017 1:00 PM
  
Saturday, January 28th1:00 p.m.
Hike into the forest at Antietam Lake Park and learn to identify species of trees without their leaves. Dress warm and be prepared to hike. Geared towards adults.
 
Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 to register.
1/28/2017 1:00 PM
  
Saturday, February 11th6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Join us and Spring Twp. as we enjoy the sunset and moonrise during an early evening hike. Weather permitting you'll be able to develop your skiing and snowshoeing technique. Please call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 to register.
2/11/2017 6:00 PM
  
Tuesday, February 14th1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Winter is a time of year when birds could us a little help finding food. Join us as we identify some common winter birds and make them a few treats to help them through the long cold winter. Homeschool Programs for Homeschoolers for children in grades 1-4. $7 per registered child per program. Pre-registration required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3.
 
2/14/2017 1:00 PM
  
Saturday, Feburary 25th1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join us as we experience an American tradition: Maple Sugaring! Explore maple sugaring from start to finish as we tap trees, boil the sap, and taste the final product. $3.00 per person. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. 610-374-2944, Ext 2611 to register. POSTER
 
2/25/2017 1:00 PM
  
  
Saturday, March 4th1-3:00 p.m.
​Join us as we experience an American tradition: Maple Sugaring! Explore maple sugaring from start to finish as we tap trees, boil the sap, and taste the final product.  $3.00 per person. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.  Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.comPOSTER
 
3/4/2017 1:00 PM
  
Tuesdays, March 7 through April 117-9:00 pm
This is a 6-week class for Beginners only. Fee to cover costs of materials will be $30, payable on or before the first class. Included in the fee is Club Membership for 2017. Pre-registration by 3/1/17. Call Jack Tucker at 610-777-0652 jart3@verizon.net or Rich Schappell at 610-926-3076 richa@epix.net to register. Poster
 
3/7/2017 7:00 PM
  
Tuesday, March 14th1-3:00 p.m.
Become a #1 expert at #2! Learn how to spot signs from animals visiting Antietam Lake Park. Homeschool Programs for Homeschoolers for children in grades 1-4.
$7 per registered child per program. Pre-registration required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3
 
3/14/2017 1:00 PM
  
Saturday, March 18th10-11:30 a.m.
Learn Grow as we Go Children are given a brief intriduction to gardening and its benefits, while assisting staff in preparing their garden beds for spring. This is the first program in a series.(March through August) $45 per registered child. Geared towards children from ages 6-10.  earn Grow as we Go Children are given a brief intriduction to gardening and its benefits, while assisting staff in preparing their garden beds for spring. This is the first program in a series.(March through August) $45 per registered child. Geared towards children from ages 6-10.  Pre-registration required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3
 
3/18/2017 10:00 AM
  
Tuesday, April 111-3:00 pm
As the days warm up, cold blooded critters awaken from their winter slumber to lay their eggs in the  wetlands at Antietam. We will hike and explore the places that they call home for the springtime. Homeschool Programs for Homeschoolers for children in grades 1-4.
 $7 per registered child perprogram. Pre-registration required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3.
 
 
 
4/11/2017 1:00 PM
  
Saturday, April 226:30 pm
Angora Fruit Farm boasts many species of frogs, toads, and salamanders which live or breed in the parks diverse aquatic and wetland habitats. Join us as we don our boots and headlamps in hopes of witnessing the natural phenomenon of their migration.
Free! Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3.
 
4/22/2017 6:30 PM
  
Sunday, April 231:00 pm
Join us for a walk on the trails to learn about and see all the wildflowers growing in the park. Dr. Susan Munch will lead the hike. Call 610-374-8839 for more information.
 
4/23/2017 1:00 PM
  
Tuesdays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 316:30-8:00 pm
Join noted local educator and musician Keith Brintzenhoff for this eight-week course to learn the language and culture of the Pennsylvania Germans. Keith is a retired teacher and holds a B.S. in Sociology from Albright College and a Masters Degree in Elem. Education from Kutztown University. The course includes a course notebook and will teach you not only vocabulary and phrases, but also lots of culture, music and humor. Cost: $120. Registration and pre-payment required by August 29th.  Call 610-374-8839 to register. Poster
 
 
9/12/2017 6:30 PM
  
Thursday, May 46:30-7:30 pm

Curious about Wild Ginger? Are dandelions really a weed? "Porcupine Pat" McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District shares plant folklore and will identify many different spring wildflowers along the Union Canal trail. Medicinal and edible plants will be emphasized. This and more will be shared in an informative program geared for teens and adults.

5/4/2017 6:30 PM5/4/2017 7:30 PM
  
Sunday, May 72:00 pm

Join park's staff as we explore two trails that go right thru Berks County. Learn some basics of what to bring when out backpacking on these types of trails. Co-Sponsor: Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.

5/7/2017 2:00 PM5/7/2017 3:00 PM
  
Saturday, May 1310:00 am

An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc Topic: putting in a casing.

5/13/2017 10:00 AM5/13/2017 12:00 PM
  
Saturday, May 131:00 pm

Ever wonder what the sun looks like.  Join the Berks County Astronomical Society for a glimpse at the sun through their specially designed telescope lenses. There will also be a lecture by Barb Geigel regarding the upcoming Solar Eclipse!

5/13/2017 1:00 PM5/13/2017 3:00 PM
  
Saturday, May 208:00 am

Enjoy the beauties of spring with naturalist Katrina Knight from the Baird Ornithological Club. Beginners are welcome! Be sure to wear good walking shoes and bring binoculars to spot spring warblers and other beautiful birds of spring and early summer. (raindate: 5/21)

5/20/2017 8:00 AM5/20/2017 9:30 AM
  
Tuesday, May 91-3:00 pm

Learn simple bookbinding techniques and complete your very own journal!  Students will then be asked to make their first entry while we discover the sights and sounds of the park.  Geared for homeschool students in grades 1-4.

Cost: $7. Registration with payment; Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
5/9/2017 12:00 AM5/9/2017 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, May 205:13 pm

Join “ghost  host” Charlie Adams for a spirited evening at two of the most haunted buildings in Berks County, as stated by Charlie in his list of the “10 Most Haunted places in Berks.”  First we will visit the mysterious 18th century Beidler House and grist mill. Then we’re off to the beautiful Ridgewood Farm Winery where a tragic ghostly tale of anger and jealousy lingers. 

Must be over 21.  Limited to 30. Cost $35. Registration and deadline for payment May 17. Call 610 374-8839.
5/20/2017 5:15 PM
  
Sunday, May 211-5 pm

​Join our volunteers to learn about the operation and unique story of this single family grist mill, built in 1888 by Nicklos Melcher.

5/21/2017 1:00 PM5/21/2017 5:00 PM
  
Sunday, May 211-4 pm

Join us for double dose of outdoor recreation along the Tulpehocken creek.  We’ll start with a 4-mile paddle down the creek to the Red Bridge Picnic Area; where we’ll trade our kayaks for bikes, to pedal back to our starting point by the Union Canal Trail.  Bring your own kayak, bike and transportation; or reserve a kayak through 3D Outdoor Rental, 610-488-1900 or www.3doutdoorrentals.com.    The trip is for people with paddling experience, and is limited to 20 boaters.

Pre-registration with payment required by May 14th. Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to register, or for more information
 
Co-sponsored:  by Spring Township Parks & Recreation
 
5/21/2017 1:00 PM5/21/2017 4:00 PM
  
Saturday, May 2710:00 am

Saddle up yer bike, and bring it to our park, where kids ages 4-12 will learn safe and responsible biking.  Members of Berks Area Mountain Biking Association (BAMBA) will lead kids through stations on bike-fit and a safety check, helmet fitting, basic bike maintenance and a bike-safe obstacle course.  Prizes will be awarded, and lunch provided for participants in the picnic area. 

For more information and to pre-register, call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 or
email John Pacharis (BAMBA) jp1974@ptd.net
  Co-sponsor:  Spring Township Parks & Recreation
5/27/2017 1:00 PM
  
Sunday, May 286-8 pm

Start off the holiday weekend with Berks County’s popular Ringgold Band for an entertaining and patriotic concert.  Formed in 1852 amid the area’s rolling hills and farms; the Ringgold Band is proud to be one of America's first community bands. Their diverse concert program will include familiar classics, challenging new works, as well as symphonic overtures, show tunes, solos and a myriad of marches.  www.ringgoldband.com 

Cost: $5 per car. Rain Date: Sunday, June 4th
5/28/2017 6:00 PM5/28/2017 8:00 PM
  
Saturday, June 39 am-12 pm

Come see the newly renovated Bingaman House, our “Nature Center” in this open house to observe National Trails Day.  Ever wonder what the area that we now call Antietam Lake Park was like in the late 1800’s and 1900’s?  Learn and explore the history of the Bingaman Nature Center and Antietam Lake Park.   A guided hike on nearby trails will be available.  Trail maps and information on trails around Berks County and beyond will also be available.

 Please call 610-374-8839 for additional details.  

Co-sponsored:  by Spring Township Parks & Recreation.

6/3/2017 9:00 AM6/3/2017 12:00 PM
  
Sunday, June 42:00 pm

Glenn Wenrich, noted canal historian and parks volunteer will explain the importance of canals in history around the world and in Pennsylvania. He will share information on anthracite canals, and discuss the difference between the Union Canal and Schuylkill Navigation System.

6/4/2017 2:00 PM
  
Sunday, June 42:00 pm

This presentation takes a look at the designs and practices used to grow and preserve plants for food and medicine. From Tudor times to modern day recreations, Marcia Houston will share her interest in the many traditional and ingenuous ways of keeping a kitchen garden.

6/4/2017 2:00 PM
  
Tuesday, June 61-3:00 pm

A hands-on stream class that introduces the topic of macro invertebrate identification.  Students also address water quality issues by taking part in chemical testing to determine the health of a stream.  Geared for homeschool students in grades 1-4.

Cost: $7. Registration with payment; Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
 
6/6/2017 1:00 PM6/6/2017 3:00 PM
  
Wed-Fri., June 7-99:30-11:30 am
Take flight and discover the world of flying animals.  Birds, Bats, Butterflies, and more!  at Angora Fruit Farm and Bingaman Nature Center.
For children ages 3-5, (adults must accompany child) $30 per registered child-484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
6/7/2017 9:30 AM6/9/2017 11:30 AM
  
Saturday, June 1010:00 am

​An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc Do you enjoy knitting or wish to learn?  Bring a knitting project to work on and join us for “Knit in Public Day”.

6/10/2017 10:00 AM6/10/2017 12:00 PM
  
Saturday, June 1010am-3pm

Dry Brooks Day Use Area - Kids Fun Run, Catfish Pond, Control Tower Tours, Sensory Garden Tours, Geocaching and Orienteering, Water Saftey and more! Call 610-376-6337 or 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 for more info.

6/10/2017 10:00 AM6/10/2017 3:00 PM
  
Sunday, June 112:00 pm

There is a world of nature in our backyard! Carol DeWolf, Director, Schuylkill Highlands, will present a power point program discussing the Partnership’s work to protect the natural and cultural resources of this area.  Conservation efforts within the communities will show water quality improvements and ecological diversity.

6/11/2017 2:00 PM
  
Sunday, June 116-8 pm

Rescheduled from 2016.  Under the direction of conductor Will Rapp, the orchestra presents “America The Beautiful: A Salute to Our Country.”  The cornerstone work for this concert will feature guest soloist Jill Haley and her “National Park Landscapes Suite,” a collection of 4 pieces written to celebrate the National Parks centennial anniversary.  Members of the Hamburg Area High School Band and Orchestra will be performing alongside members of the Reading Pops Orchestra in the side-by-side portion of the concert. The Reading Pops Orchestra will also present a variety of selections paying tribute to American Music, including marches and Broadway favorites. www.readingpops.com  FREE concert.

6/11/2017 6:00 PM6/11/2017 8:00 PM
  
Wednesday, June 1412:15-1:00

This lunch and learn program will explore the history of the Bingaman Nature Center and Antietam Lake Park.  Bring along your lunch and join us for a program followed by a short walk around the park.  

6/14/2017 12:15 PM6/14/2017 1:00 PM
  
Saturday, June 172-3 pm

Curious about Wild Ginger?  Are dandelions really a weed? “Porcupine Pat” McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District shares plant folklore and will identify the many different seasonal wildflowers along the trail at Antietam Lake.  Medicinal and edible plants will be emphasized.  This and more will be shared in an informative program geared for people of all ages. 

6/17/2017 2:00 PM6/17/2017 3:00 PM
  
Sunday,   June 1812-4 pm

Happy Father’s Day! Members of the Berks Fly Tyers Club will be on hand to share equipment and fly tying techniques for fisherman of all ages. Join us and learn how to cast!      

 Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

 
6/18/2017 12:00 AM6/18/2017 12:00 AM
  
Sunday,   June 181:00 pm

Bring your own boat and paddle with us down the creek from the Blue Marsh Lake Stilling Basin to below the Berks Leisure Area.  Water safety, local history, features of the creek and other water trails around the area will be covered before we launch. Participants must provide their own boat, life jacket and transportation.  Event limited to 20 participants with paddling experience.  ACA insurance recommended.

Pre-registration required by June 12.
Call:  610-374-2944 ext. 2611.
6/18/2017 1:00 PM6/18/2017 3:00 PM
  
Mon.-Fri., June 19-239:30-12:30 pm

Let your child discover their wild side through exploration in the forest!  Every child deserves to feel dirt between their fingers and let out a howl like a wolf under the full moon, so let them shake their sillies out under a green canopy filled with critters of all shapes and sizes!  (children who have completed K-3rd grade).

Registration Required -  $75 per child – 484-509-2667, ext. 3
6/19/2017 9:30 AM6/23/2017 12:30 PM
  
Wednesday, June 216-8:30 pm

We will celebrate the longest day of the year with evening tours of the Gruber Wagon Works and Hiester Canal Center. Join us for a walk to the historic Deppen Cemetery, crafts, a campfire and yoga walk.  FREE

Call 610-374-8839.

 
6/21/2017 6:00 PM6/21/2017 8:30 PM
  
Wednesday, June 216:30-7:30 pm

“Porcupine Pat” McKinney will lead this walk taking the time to explain mindfulness or a means to manage stress. Participants will be shown standing yoga postures as we walk the Heritage Center grounds. Wear comfortable clothes.

Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
 
6/21/2017 6:30 PM6/21/2017 7:30 PM
  
Fri.,Sat.,Sun., June 23-257:00 pm
Love is in the air and mischief abounds. Join us on Midsummer for one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies filled with song, laughter and fairies.
6/23/2017 7:00 PM6/25/2017 8:30 PM
  
Sat. & Sun., June 24 & 254:00 pm

Take a ragtag group of actors, a wandering friar, and add a young William Shakespeare to the mix, and you have one whirlwind, interactive evening for the young and the young at heart. Young "Billy" takes us through the ideas of plays he'd like to write one day: some funny, some sad, and some full of awesome swordfights! A light-hearted, engaging introduction to Shakespeare's plays, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Richard III.

6/24/2017 4:00 PM6/25/2017 5:30 PM
  
Sunday,   June 251:00 pm

Many people think only of allergies when they hear the word pollen. But pollination is an essential part of a healthy ecosystem. Pollinators play a significant role in the production of over 150 food crops in the United States.  Join Environmental Education staff as we embark on a hands-on journey into the world of some of the more common pollinators, bees and butterflies.  Nature’s superheroes indeed!   Special pollinator guests will be sure to tag along!     

FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com
6/25/2017 1:00 PM
  
Mon.-Fri., July 24-289-11 am

Run by the Holistic Skateshop.  Are you a beginner who is eager to learn or do you know the basics but want to learn some new skills?  Spin your wheels and learn advanced street skating/riding techniques and ramp maneuvers.  Participants must provide their own board/bike and helmet – some loaners available.

Cost $10 per camper. Registration with payment due 6/16. To register call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 or visit www.countyofberks.com
 for a registration form.
 
7/24/2017 9:00 AM7/28/2017 11:00 AM
  
Tuesday, June 276:30 pm
Back by popular demand!  Bring your Digital SLR or film camera and learn how to use simple settings to best capture the character of the subject and surrounding scenery.  Learn what to look for when taking pictures and then professional photographer & instructor, Valerie Hoffman will lead us on an exploratory walk around the grounds of the park capturing great moments in nature.  Free program for all ages.  (Rain Date: Thursday, June 29th)
Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to register by June 19th.

6/27/2017 6:30 PM6/27/2017 8:00 PM
  
Wednesday, June 289 1m-12:30 pm
Back by popular demand!  Bring your Digital SLR or film camera and learn how to use simple settings to best capture the character of the subject and surrounding scenery.  Learn what to look for when taking pictures and then professional photographer & instructor, Valerie Hoffman will lead us on an exploratory walk around the grounds of the park capturing great moments in nature.  Free program for all ages.  (Rain Date: Thursday, June 29th)
Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to register by June 19th.

6/28/2017 9:00 AM6/28/2017 12:30 PM
  
Thursday, June 299:30 am-1:30 pm
Science is all around us.  Join us as we do some simple experiments, and projects to learn about the science behind the place we call home.   How does water pollution affect us?  How we can power things with solar power?  Learn how a volcano works, and get a chance to create your own wind turbine.  
Limited to 20. Cost $5. Ages 7-12. Registration and deadline for payment June 21st. Call 610 374-8839.

6/29/2017 12:00 AM6/29/2017 12:00 AM
  
Friday,   June 307:30 pm
Join us as we take a look at our state insect the firefly.  Gather round a glowing fire to learn about our glowing friends.  With nets in hand, we will venture through an open field to view bioluminescence in action. 
FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com

6/30/2017 7:30 PM
  
Thursday,   July 69:30 am-1:30 pm
I hear the earth move under my feet! Take a look underground at what happens to rocks and why some stones are shiny, and some are plain brown. Walk away with some rocks in your pockets and a noggin full of knowledge. For children who have completed K-3rd grade.
Cost $15. Registration required -  Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3  (Rain Date: 7/7)

7/6/2017 9:30 AM7/6/2017 1:30 PM
  
Thursday,  July 66-7:30 pm
Interactive!  Engaging!  Fun for the whole family!  Grammy winning  artist, Steve Pullara is a Philly-based, New Jersey-born singer-songwriter-artist whose musical roots are rich with family inspiration and cultural traditions.  Children and parents alike find his performances engaging, entertaining and often quite hilarious.   www.coolbeansmusic.com    FREE.

7/6/2017 6:00 PM7/6/2017 7:30 PM
  
Saturday, July 810 am-12 pm

An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc . Topic: Spinning with a drop needle.​

7/8/2017 10:00 AM7/8/2017 12:00 PM
  
Saturday,  July 810:00 am
Orienteering is a navigational sport, using just a map and compass to find your way around ‘a course’ point by point in unfamiliar terrain.  Join Ed Scott, of the Delaware Orienteering Association as he explains this sport which is widely popular in Europe, often described as a thinking man’s game combined with a 5k.  Free program, and great for all ages!  After some instruction, participants will put their skills to the test on a beginner-level course around the park.  Wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. 
Pre-registration required by July 3rd to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

7/8/2017 10:00 AM7/8/2017 11:30 AM
  
Sunday,   July 92:00 pm
The small town of Leesport was settled in 1840, and the Leesport Area Historical Society started sharing the history of their town in 2003. Dexter Mengel, Secretary of the LAHS will present a power point program highlighting the 1930’s print shop, Leesport artifacts and Sunners softball team.

7/9/2017 2:00 PM
  
Sunday,  July 96-8:00 pm
This basket is so cute. Who knew basket material can create sunflowers? Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
Cost $30. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by July 5th. Call 610 374-8839.

7/9/2017 12:00 PM7/9/2017 4:00 PM
  
Sunday,   July 96-8:00 pm
Calling all parrotheads!  This night of Jimmy Buffett music will feel like one big beach party!  The Landsharks play all styles of music including, Rock, Rock 'N Roll, Top 40, Dance Music, Party Music, and music from just about all styles from all time periods.  www.landsharksband.com   Cost: $5.00 per car

7/9/2017 6:00 PM7/9/2017 8:00 PM
  
Tuesday,   July 116:30 pm
Bring your electronic device (I-pod, Pad, Cell or Smartphone) and explore the park with us, learning how to shoot great photos outdoors.  The evening will start with a brief slide presentation on what to look for when taking pictures; then professional photographer & instructor, Valerie Hoffman will lead us on an exploratory walk around the grounds of the park capturing great moments in nature.  Learn fun things you can do with your images after the walk, and share them online in our Facebook “Capture the Moment” Photo Contest. 
Call 610-374-2944 to register by July 3rd.
(Rain Date: Thursday, July 13th)

7/11/2017 6:30 PM
  
Wednesday, July 126:30 pm
Join us for a hike at Beidler House/Allegheny Aqueduct.  Learn about the importance of the Aqueduct and Schuylkill River, as well as the Beidler House and Mill.  Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a bottle of water.  Hiking skill level: easy
Free –Limited to 30. Registration required by July 11th 
Call 610-374-8839.

7/12/2017 6:30 PM
  
Wed.-Fri., July 12-149:30 am-1:00 pm
Let nature inspire as we learn about the world around us and use that knowledge to create masterpieces of art. Try papermaking, pottery, and tie-dying with natural dyes.
Cost $50 per child. Registration required, ages 7-11. 
Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 

7/12/2017 9:30 AM7/14/2017 1:00 PM
  
Saturday,  July 151-4:00 pm
Are you ready to try something new, or to hone your paddling skills in a kayak or canoe?  Join members of the Keystone Canoe Club of Berks County for an informative land and flat water session trying out different styles of boats.  This is your chance to learn some of the basics: paddle strokes, getting in and out safely, boat control, clothing and gear, etc.  Ages: 10 to adult.  Children ages 10-12 MUST be accompanied by an adult. 
Cost: $10.00 per person.  Pre-registration with payment required to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 by July 10th.
Workshop limited to 25 participants.

​Co-Sponsor: Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.

 

7/15/2017 1:00 PM7/15/2017 4:00 PM
  
Sunday,    July 162:00 pm
The Lancaster Spinners and Weavers Guild will do a wool processing, spinning, and weaving presentation. Many of them are master weavers and will bring various sized looms to demonstrate as well.

7/16/2017 2:00 PM
  
Sunday,    July 162:00 pm
Paul L. Miller, Pres. of the Sinking Spring Area Historical Society will bake us on an illustrated tour of Spring Twp. using vintage historical photographs. We will see villages, mills, hotels, schoolhouses, churches and early businesses.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

7/16/2017 2:00 PM
  
Tues.-Thurs., July 18-209:00 am-12:00 pm
July 18th  Canal Life and Irish American History
Learn what life was like for families who lived and worked on the canals.  Why did so many Irish Immigrants come here and help to build the canals.  Learn how to create a family tree and find out what your story is. 
July 19th – Art and Games of the past.
Create your own petroglyph, and learn how to do pin striping on a wagon.  Try your hand at making a bean bag and playing old fashioned games.
July 20th – All about the farm.
Both animals and plants were important on the farm.  Learn about some of the many farm animals (chicken, sheep and cows) that were important to farms.  Fruits, vegetables and grains were also grown on farms.  Learn how these foods are stored, prepared and ground into cornmeal.    

$30 per student- Call 610-374-8839​ to register by 7/11.

7/18/2017 9:00 AM7/20/2017 12:00 PM
  
Thursday,  July 209:30 am-1:30 pm
Come spend a day with us exploring both pond and steam ecosystems for plants and animals that are specially adapted to the aquatic environment. We will compare the critters and plants that call these two watery environments their home. Prepare to get wet! For children who have completed K-3rd grade 
Cost $15. Registration required -  Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3  (Rain Date: 7/21)

 

7/20/2017 9:30 AM7/20/2017 1:30 PM
  
Saturday,  July 2210:00 am
Find out what interesting aquatic critters live in the Tulpehocken Creek with Environmental Educator Jennifer Brooks.  For families with children 3 years and older. 
FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com

7/22/2017 10:00 AM
  
Saturday,  July 225:00 pm
Call to schedule a 45 min. demo, space limited
If you haven’t tried the newest watersport “Paddleboarding”, then come out to Blue Marsh Lake for a demo.  Trained professionals from 3-D Outdoor Rentals will teach you the basics such as how to maintain your balance while standing on the board and how to properly and efficiently use the paddles.  No experience required; spaces limited to first time participants only.  A safe and fun workshop for the whole family! 
Program split into four sessions: 5:00, 5:45, 6:30 or 7:15 pm.  Registration req. by July 17th; call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

7/22/2017 5:00 PM7/22/2017 8:00 PM
  
Sunday  July 231:00 pm
Explore the variety and importance of “bugs” including Insects, Crustaceans and Arachnids.  We will investigate live and mounted specimens, and discuss how bugs can even be a tasty snack, “bon appetite”.  Get up close (as you care too) with the world of bugs and discover that  creepy can be cool!
FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com

7/23/2017 1:00 PM
  
Sunday,  July 232:00 pm
The stories of four women who served and died during WWI will be shared by local history buff Barry Kauffman. One of these brave women also earned the Navy Cross. Learn the stories of these unsung heroes from our community.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

7/23/2017 2:00 PM
  
Thursday,  July 279:30 am-1:30 pm
Bugle the beetle, call a cricket, or summon a stick bug!  Don your finest safari gear and take a walk on the wild side! The insect world may be small, but there’s flurry of fun happening right under our noses! For children who have completed K-3rd grade 
Cost $15. Registration required -  Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3  (Rain Date: 7/28)

7/27/2017 9:30 AM7/27/2017 1:30 PM
  
Thursday,  July 276-8:00 pm
Formerly of the band Shame, Peter Errich is a local singer/songwriter who has been writing, recording and performing original music since 1996.  Peter will be sharing music from his first solo album “The Lost and Found”.  www.petererrich.com    Cost: $5.00 per car. 

7/27/2017 12:00 AM7/27/2017 12:00 AM
  
Friday,   July 287:00 pm
Campfires aren’t just for roasting marshmallows!  Join the Environmental Education staff as we gather around a warm evening fire to learn about the creatures living it up when the sun goes down.  Identify the sounds coming from the shadows, discover the flying creatures keeping bugs at bay, and learn to love our crepuscular critters.  FREE!
FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com

7/28/2017 7:00 PM
  
Saturday,  July 2910-11:00 am
Join us for story time on Mildred the House Boat. This kids program will explore what life was like on the canals. Listen to a story, play with some old time toys, and create an old fashioned toy to take home.
Free.  Space limited- Pre-registration required.
Call: 610-374-8839.

7/29/2017 10:00 AM7/29/2017 11:00 AM
  
Tuesday,  Aug. 17:00 pm
Did you always want to learn to juggle?  Join the Berks Jugglers group at Gring’s Mill for a beginner class on Juggling. 
Free – Pre-registration requested by calling 610-374-8839.

8/1/2017 7:00 PM
  
Sunday,   Aug. 62:00 pm
Park volunteer and historian Mike Brady will present a slide program about what it takes to fix old tombstones.  He will share the knowledge he gained for many years,  in the repairing of stones.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

8/6/2017 12:00 AM
  
Sunday,  Aug. 62:00 pm
Presenter Captain David R. Kohler shares the history of Irish contributions to the 1820s construction of the Schuylkill Navigation Canal System and the thriving, surrounding community.

8/6/2017 2:00 PM
  
Friday,  Aug. 118:00 pm
Bring blankets or chairs, snacks and enjoy a family-friendly movie favorite on the BIG SCREEN in the park. "SING"  610-374-2944, ext. 2611. (Rain Date- Saturday, August 12th)

8/11/2017 8:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Aug. 1210 am-12 pm

An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc . Topic: How to sew on a button.​

8/12/2017 10:00 AM8/12/2017 12:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Aug. 131:00 pm
Bring your kayak or canoe for a paddle on a calm back area of the lake, heading over to explore the Spring Creek Cove.  We will start and end at the Peacock Road Access.  Water safety, history, and features of the lake will be covered before boats are in the water.  The trip is for experienced paddlers, limited to 20 boats.  Bring your own boat and life jacket. 
Pre-registration required by August 7th
Please call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to register.

8/13/2017 1:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Aug. 132:00 pm
This program by Dave McSurdy will use slides, narration and artifacts to describe the Iroquois in New York, the Susquehanna and Lenape in Pennsylvania, and the Cherokee and Seminoles in the South. 
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

8/13/2017 2:00 PM
  
Saturday,  May 2010 am-2 pm
Discover just how much fun fishing can be when you do it together at a PFBC Family Fishing Program.  Learn basic fishing skills like knot tying, casting, baiting the hook, and taking a fish off the hook. You and your family will have the opportunity to fish – no fishing license required.  All equipment provided.  The “catch???” Adults must bring a child and children must bring an adult.  You’ll be learning and fishing together.
Free program.  Participants need to register before the event at www.fishandboat.com, select the Family Fishing Program on May 20 to register from the Calendar of Events.  For information or directions, call 610-374-2944.

5/20/2017 10:00 AM5/20/2017 2:00 PM
  
Thursday,  Aug. 172:00 pm
On August 17th 1875 at about 2:00 pm Mrs. Bissinger along with her children jumped into lock # 49.  Join us for a hike as we explore the history surrounding this tragic event.  Please wear sturdy walking shoes.  Hiking skill level: easy.   

8/17/2017 2:00 PM
  
Friday,  Aug. 187:00 pm
Dr. Karen Campbell, professor of Biology at Albright College returns to present an illustrated lecture on bats from around the world as well as an update on the little brown bats that live here in the Red Bridge.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

8/18/2017 12:00 AM
  
Saturday,  Aug. 199 am-12 pm
Tatting- “knot” a lost art! Karen Wattai, a self-taught tatter and member of the Lace Lovers of Lebanon, has years of experience teaching this versatile art form. A comparison of threads, needles and shuttle tatting will be discussed as students learn to make rings and chains resulting in a tatted bookmark. Kit includes medium size tatting needle, threads, and pattern. Bring scissors.
Cost: $10. Registration with payment (payable to instructor) by August 11. Call 610-374-8839.

8/19/2017 9:00 AM8/19/2017 12:00 PM
  
Saturday,   Aug 1910:00 am
Learn about the basics of Geocaching and how you too can participate in this world-wide treasure hunting game. We’ll explain the basics of GPS navigation and discover special geocaches hidden around the Mansion area.  Come prepared with appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. If you do not own a handheld GPS, don’t worry; we will have some to share- (call for more information if using your own GPS). 
Free program. Fun for all ages!  Register by August 14th to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.

8/19/2017 10:00 AM
  
Sunday,  Aug. 2012-4:00 pm
This wall hanging basket will make you feel like it’s spring no matter the weather outside! Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
Cost $25. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by Aug. 15th. Call 610 374-8839.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

8/20/2017 12:00 PM8/20/2017 4:00 PM
  
Wednesday,  Aug. 2312:15-12:45 pm
This lunch and learn program will explore the history of Gring’s Mill Park.  Bring along your lunch and join us for a program at the Gring’s Mill barn followed by a short walk.

8/23/2017 12:15 PM8/23/2017 12:45 PM
  
Thursday,  Aug. 246-8:00 pm
Let “America ’s Most Exciting Show Band”, Rick K. & The Allnighters, take you on a high speed, cross country, tour of rock’s greatest hits!  Your tour guide, Rick K. will lead you through the Fabulous Fifties, get groovy with the 60’s Explosion, then hustle you into the Disco Nights of the 1970’s. The road trip hits high gear with a head on collision into the classic top forty, pop rock of the 1980's & 90's. Your tour heads for home with high octane hits of the new millennium. 
   www.rickkandtheallnighters.com       Cost: $5.00 per car.

8/24/2017 6:00 PM8/24/2017 8:00 PM
  
Thursday,  Aug. 246:30-7:30 pm
Pow-Wow is said to be a collection of European magic spells, recipes and folk remedies of a type familiar to students of folklore. Learn the history of this practice and discuss techniques with “Porcupine Pat” McKinney from the Schuylkill Conservation District.                                                                  
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

8/24/2017 6:30 PM8/24/2017 7:30 PM
  
Saturday,  Aug. 2612-3:00 pm
Cabela's is proud to offer this industry-leading course for people interested in learning how to fly fish. The program will begin with a two-hour Introduction to Fly Fishing course that will cover equipment, basic entomology, basic casting and knot tying. The program will conclude with a one-hour Introduction to Fly Casting course, where participants will receive hands-on training on the fundamentals of fly casting, including overhead techniques and roll casting. 
Class size is limited to 15; call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to register by August 21st.

8/26/2017 12:00 PM8/26/2017 3:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Aug. 272:00 pm
Join Susan Speros, historic preservationist, for a discussion on dating, interpreting, and preserving your historic house, and a look at local cultural building traditions.
 

8/27/2017 2:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Sept. 33:00 pm
River Basin volunteer,  Steve Runkle gives an overview of the region’s canals and their engineering and construction, boats and their operation, life of canal families, and recreation on the canals.  He utilizes the best canal photographs from the PA Canal Society in Easton and the Erie Canal museum in NY.

9/3/2017 3:00 PM
  
Wednesday,  Sept. 67:00 pm
Join us for a night under the stars and moon on Blue Marsh Lake.  We’ll paddle part of the lake looking for wildlife and watch the night sky light up the water.  Water safety, local history and features of the area will be covered before we launch. Participants must provide their own boat, life jacket and lights.  Dress up your boat with glow-sticks for our color-fun contest.  Trip is limited to 25 boats, and previous paddling experience required. 
Pre-register to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 by September 1st.  Rain date: Thursday, September 7th.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

9/6/2017 12:00 AM
  
Saturday,  Sept. 910 am - 12 pm

An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc . Topic: Swedish Weaving​

9/9/2017 10:00 AM9/9/2017 12:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Sept. 911 am-2 pm
Learn about the Lenape people who were living in our area before European settlement.  Tour a “Three Sisters Garden”, make natural cordage and watch flint knapping in action.  For families with children 5 and over.
FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com

9/9/2017 11:00 AM9/9/2017 2:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Sept. 102:00 pm
Nature is all around us...join us as we use things found in nature to create leaf rubbings, and make animals out of pinecones and other seedpods.

Cost: $3.00. Registration Required by Sept. 6. Call:  610-374-8839.

9/10/2017 2:00 PM
  
Wednesday,  Sept. 136:00 pm
Learn the skills needed to do a penny rug while you make this coaster.
Cost $10. Registration and deadline for payment payable to Kay Leisey by Sept. 12th. Call 610 374-8839.

9/13/2017 6:00 PM
  
Thursday,  Sept. 1410-11:00 am
The first in our series for pre-school students. Encourage your child’s curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hands-on activities fill this 1-hour program. A craft completes each lesson.
 
For children 3-5. Cost: $5 per program, per child. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
 

9/14/2017 10:00 AM9/14/2017 11:00 AM
  
Saturday,  Sept. 1610:00 am
Learn about the basics of Geocaching and how you too can participate in this world-wide treasure hunting game. We’ll explain the basics of GPS navigation and go on a hike to find real caches hidden around Antietam Lake Park.  Come prepared with appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. If you do not own a handheld GPS, don’t worry; we will have some to share- or you can use your smartphone (call for more information if using your own GPS or phone).
Free program that is fun for all ages!  Pre-registration required by September 8th to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.

9/16/2017 10:00 AM
  
Saturday,  Sept. 1610:00 am
Monarch butterflies journey to Mexico every fall.  Discover the strength and perseverance of these tiny insects by helping our Park staff tag real monarch butterflies for research before their journey south. 
Pre-registration required as space is limited. 484-509-2667, ext. 3

9/16/2017 10:00 AM
  
Sunday,  Sept. 1712-4:00 pm
A variety of dyed reed will make this a most colorful basket. Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
Cost $30. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by Sept. 12th. Call 610 374-8839.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

9/17/2017 12:00 PM9/17/2017 4:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Sept. 171-4:00 pm
Join our Park Ranger to learn the basics of backpacking and why preparation is key to any successful hike.  Learn how to properly plan for your adventure, including logistical aspects from equipment needed, to food and transportation.  East Ridge Outfitters of West Reading will have some different styles of backpacks to show and demonstrate, as well as essentials you should have in your pack for any trip.  Create a backpacking checklist, and learn how to properly pack your backpack.  Then we will use our skills on a moderate hike around the trails of Antietam Lake Park.  Wear good hiking shoes, and bring along water for this rain or shine workshop.
Free program, but pre-registration is required by September 11th to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.

9/17/2017 1:00 PM9/17/2017 4:00 PM
  
Wednesday,  Sept. 2010-11:00 am
Join us for story time on Mildred the House Boat. This kids program will explore what life was like on the canals. Listen to a story, play with some old time toys, and create an old fashioned toy to take home.
Free.  Space limited- Pre-registration required
by calling 610-374-8839.

9/20/2017 10:00 AM9/20/2017 11:00 AM
  
Friday,   Sept. 226:30 pm
Join the Berks County Astronomical Society for a glimpse at the night sky.  Program starts inside followed by a chance to look through telescopes at the stars in the sky. 

9/22/2017 6:30 PM
  
Sunday,  Sept. 242:00 pm
In the 1800s charcoal was very important as a fuel for the iron furnaces in the area.   Collier Rick Brouse will discuss the importance of charcoal, how it is made, and why it was used. 
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

9/24/2017 2:00 PM
  
Friday,   Sept. 297:00 pm
Members of the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society will present a short program; then invite you to gaze into the night sky to view planets and star constellations.  Bring your own telescope if you have one, a flashlight and chairs to enjoy a summer night starwatching.  Cloud/Rain date: Saturday, 9/30

9/29/2017 7:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Oct. 71:00 pm
Bring your children along for a fun filled family day of mountain biking on Mount Penn’s best trails!  You can help pass your passion for pedaling on to those that matter the most: your kids.  Take part in this internationally recognized outdoor event sponsored by the Berks Area Mountain Biking Association and enjoy the early fall scenery and sights along the Mt. Penn trails.  Bring your mountain bike and helmet.  
FREE.  Pre-registration required.
Call:  610-374-2944 ext. 2611 by September 29th.

10/7/2017 1:00 PM10/7/2017 4:00 PM
  
Sunday,   Oct. 82:00 pm
The Moravian reputation for superior education and morals prompted such prominent and prosperous American of the new republic as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to educate their families at Moravian boarding schools. Del-Louise Moyer will focus on the teachers, their crepe work, embroidered silk pictures, Berlin work, and watercolors – highlighting their significance then and now.

10/8/2017 2:00 PM10/8/2017 5:00 PM
  
Sunday,   Oct. 82-4:00 pm
Adults and students alike will enjoy this hike around the Heritage Center to identify the trees that grow here – some familiar, some not! We will share how different types of wood from these native species were used in building canals, wagons and buildings in our past.  A fall leaf project will conclude the program led by Parks staff and Rangers.
Registration requested. Call 610-374-8839.                     
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

10/8/2017 2:00 PM10/8/2017 4:00 PM
  
Thursday,  Oct. 1210-11:00 am
The second in our series for pre-school students. Encourage your child’s curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hands-on activities fill this 1-hour program. A craft completes each lesson.
For children 3-5. Cost: $5 per program, per child. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.

10/12/2017 10:00 AM10/12/2017 11:00 AM
  
Friday,   Oct. 136:00 pm

​Become​ a detective in this interactive dinner mystery. Each participant is assigned a role to play in this fictional, yet historically-based murder mystery. Set in the late 19th century at the Turnkey Inn. On a dark evening, the innkeeper is found murdered. During dinner, discover who has the motive to commit this crime.

10/13/2017 6:00 PM10/13/2017 12:00 AM
  
Saturday,  Oct. 1410:00 am
Join Environmental Education staff and get outdoors to take a gander at the fall leaves as we stroll on the trails at Antietam Lake Park.
FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com

10/14/2017 10:00 AM10/14/2017 12:00 AM
  
Saturday,  Oct. 1410 am- 12 pm

An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc . Topic: stitch on gingham.​

10/14/2017 10:00 AM10/14/2017 12:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Oct. 145:30-8:30 pm
Evening lantern tour of this National Historic Landmark and the finest example of rural U.S. manufacturing. Tours leave every half hour.
Groups limited to 12. Cost: $5/person. Call to register and
select tour time at 610-374-8839.

10/14/2017 5:30 PM10/14/2017 8:30 PM
  
Sunday,   Oct. 152:00 pm
Living along and owning a section of the Schuylkill Navigation for 45 years, it is only natural that Parks volunteers Vernie and Bob Noecker began to wonder about the families whose lives revolved around “Canaling”. Wondering leads to questioning, which leads to researching. They will share the stories they have pieced together about this fascinating linear community.

10/15/2017 2:00 PM10/15/2017 5:00 PM
  
Thursday,  Oct. 195-6:30 pm
Bring a pumpkin to carve and donate it to the Halloween Hike and Hayride.  Also bring your carving tools and a drink, and we’ll provide pizza!  All donated pumpkins will line the trail for the hike on the 22nd.  All ages welcome.
FREE.  Pre-registration required - Call 484-509-2667 ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com

10/19/2017 5:00 PM10/19/2017 6:30 PM
  
Saturday,  Oct. 216:15-9:00 pm

Experience the wonder of the night through the beautiful Angora Fruit Farm orchards, meeting nocturnal animals along the way. Guides will lead families along a pumpkin-lit path where children will meet and talk with "local" animals of the night. Families can then enjoy a hayride or a treat while sitting by a campfire. Hikes leave every 15 minutes. Costumes optional. For all ages

​$5/person. Registration with payment; pelase call 484-509-2667, ect. 3 or email: jbrooks@countyofberks.com

10/21/2017 6:15 PM10/21/2017 9:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Oct. 2212-4:00 pm
No other stocking will look like this one hanging on your mantel this holiday season. Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
Cost $30. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by Oct. 17th. Call 610 374-8839.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

10/22/2017 12:00 PM10/22/2017 4:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Oct. 2810-11:00 am
Dogs need to get exercise just as much as we do.  Join park staff as they lead a hike designed for you and your dogs. Hike will be about 1 hour and cover some of the easier and scenic trails at Antietam Lake Park.  Dogs must be good around other dogs, and be on a leash.  Please bring along water and a bowl for your dog as well.  Fee:  As a fee we are requesting that you bring along something from the following list as a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County:  dog or cat food, washcloths, towels, blankets and kitty litter.

10/28/2017 10:00 AM10/28/2017 11:00 AM
  
Sunday,   Oct. 292:00 pm
A Whimmey Diddle Gee Haw, Dancing Dandy, Tumbling Tom, Flying Fred, Shut the Box, Ball n’ Cup . . . these and more will set the stage for today’s program sure to be a hit for all ages!. “Porcupine Pat” McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District and Heritage Center staff will present a show and tell, including the history of toys and hands-on playing.

10/29/2017 2:00 PM10/29/2017 4:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Oct. 292:00 pm
Presented by historian and French and Indian War, and Rev. War re-enactor Lynn Otto, this is the story of the Indian town of Shamokin in the early to mid 18th century in Pennsylvania.
 

10/29/2017 2:00 PM10/29/2017 5:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Nov. 410:30 am
This program will explain what orienteering is, along with a brief history of the sport.  Participants will learn how to read a topographical map, along with course markings and different course levels.  Tips and techniques will be shared that will be useful in trying your skills on a Beginner’s Level  “White” Course.  This program is part of a national orienteering event weekend.
Map fee of $12 per individual or group (youth discount available). 
Pre-registration required by October 18th to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.

11/4/2017 10:30 AM11/4/2017 1:00 PM
  
Sunday,   Nov. 510:30 am
This program will explain what orienteering is, along with a brief history of the sport.  Participants will learn how to read a topographical map, along with course markings and different course levels.  Tips and techniques will be shared that will be useful in trying your skills on a Beginner’s Level  “White” or “Yellow” Course. .  This program is part of a national orienteering event weekend.
Map fee of $12 per individual or group (youth discount available). 
Pre-registration required by October 18th to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.

11/5/2017 10:30 AM11/5/2017 1:00 PM
  
Thursday,  Nov. 910-11:00 am
The third in our series for pre-school students. Encourage your child’s curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hands-on activities fill this 1-hour program. A craft completes each lesson.
For children 3-5. Cost: $5 per program, per child. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.

11/9/2017 10:00 AM11/9/2017 11:00 AM
  
Saturday,  Nov. 1110 am-12 pm

An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc Topic: Felt

11/11/2017 10:00 AM11/11/2017 12:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Dec. 910am-12pm

An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc Topic: Quilting

12/9/2017 10:00 AM12/9/2017 12:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Dec. 91-6:00 pm

Experience a colonial era German Christmas featuring musicians, German holiday delicacies and decorations of traditional fresh greens.​

12/9/2017 1:00 PM12/9/2017 6:00 PM
  
Thursday,  Dec. 1410-11am
The fourth in our series for pre-school students. Encourage your child’s curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hands-on activities fill this 1-hour program. A craft completes each lesson.
For children 3-5. Cost: $5 per program, per child. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.

12/14/2017 10:00 AM12/14/2017 11:00 AM
  
Saturday,  Dec. 165:30-7:30 pm

Celebrate the longest night of the year with family and friends around a blazing campfire. Wander down our candlelit path into the Enchanted Forest filled with fairies, trolls and winter creatures preparing for Jack Frosts' icy glare. Warm up with snacks, make a winter craft for our feathered friends, learn about the winter sky and listen to music around a fire. Bring a flashlight. Best suited for families with children ages 3-12.

Cost: $5 per car. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or email: jbrooks@countyofberks.com

12/16/2017 5:30 PM12/16/2017 7:30 PM
  
Tuesday, Oct. 106:30-8:00 pm
​Join noted local educator and musician Keith Brintzenhoff for this eight-week course to learn the language and culture of the Pennsylvania Germans. Keith is a retired teacher and holds a B.S. in Sociology from Albright College and a Masters Degree in Elem. Education from Kutztown University. The course includes a course notebook and will teach you not only vocabulary and phrases, but also lots of culture, music and humor. Cost: $120. Registration and pre-payment required by August 29th. Call 610-374-8839 to register. Poster
 
 
10/10/2017 6:30 PM10/10/2017 8:00 PM
  
Tuesday, Oct. 176:30-8:00 pm
​Join noted local educator and musician Keith Brintzenhoff for this eight-week course to learn the language and culture of the Pennsylvania Germans. Keith is a retired teacher and holds a B.S. in Sociology from Albright College and a Masters Degree in Elem. Education from Kutztown University. The course includes a course notebook and will teach you not only vocabulary and phrases, but also lots of culture, music and humor. Cost: $120. Registration and pre-payment required by August 29th. Call 610-374-8839 to register. Poster
 
 
10/17/2017 6:30 PM10/17/2017 8:00 PM
  
Tuesday, Oct. 246:30-8:00 pm
​Join noted local educator and musician Keith Brintzenhoff for this eight-week course to learn the language and culture of the Pennsylvania Germans. Keith is a retired teacher and holds a B.S. in Sociology from Albright College and a Masters Degree in Elem. Education from Kutztown University. The course includes a course notebook and will teach you not only vocabulary and phrases, but also lots of culture, music and humor. Cost: $120. Registration and pre-payment required by August 29th. Call 610-374-8839 to register. Poster
 
 
10/24/2017 6:30 PM10/24/2017 8:00 PM
  
Tuesday, Oct. 316:30-8:00 pm
​Join noted local educator and musician Keith Brintzenhoff for this eight-week course to learn the language and culture of the Pennsylvania Germans. Keith is a retired teacher and holds a B.S. in Sociology from Albright College and a Masters Degree in Elem. Education from Kutztown University. The course includes a course notebook and will teach you not only vocabulary and phrases, but also lots of culture, music and humor. Cost: $120. Registration and pre-payment required by August 29th. Call 610-374-8839 to register. Poster
 
 
10/31/2017 6:30 PM10/31/2017 8:00 PM
  
Wednesday, Dec. 6th 6-9:00 pm

Toad Creek Duo- join Keith Brintzenhoff and Mike

Hertzog for some old-timey, folk, country, gospel,
bluegrass, hoedown and seasonal music, along with
some entertaining banter.  Keith is an expert on
folklore.  He plays a variety of string instruments, tells
some of the world's best stories and jokes; that will
have you laughing in the New Year.  (6:30-8:30)
12/6/2017 6:00 PM12/6/2017 9:00 PM
  
Fri., Dec. 1st6-9:00 pm
Sit back and relax as the Mount Laurel Brass takes you on a
Christmas musical journey featuring classical, sacred hymns,
children’s songs, carols and contemporary Christmas music in
various styles from around the globe. (6:30-8:30pm)
 
12/1/2017 6:00 PM12/1/2017 9:00 PM
  
Sat., Dec. 2nd6-9:00 pm

Mike Hertzog Trio- Enjoy some seasonal music with a country and bluegrass twang, from local favorites Mike Hertzog and friends.  www.mikehertzogmusic.com ​(6:30-8:30 p.m.)

12/2/2017 6:00 PM12/2/2017 9:00 PM
  
Sun., Dec. 3rd6-9:00 pm

1-4 pm:  Kid’s Holiday Workshop & “Snowy Tales Upside-Down”  Kids can make crafts to decorate your home, and Christmas tree.  Visit with Santa for a treat, or check out to the model train display.  Free admission!

 6:30-8:30 pm -Maria Damore and Ken Bagenstose are ready to
treat you to an evening of holiday entertainment featuring
Maria, with her rich palette of vocal colors and charismatic
interpretations, along with Ken on guitar, keyboard and vocals. 
Their renditions of both traditional and popular holiday songs
and carols will instantly get you in the holiday spirit! 
12/3/2017 6:00 PM12/3/2017 8:00 PM
  
Wed., Dec. 6th6-9:00 pm
Toad Creek Duo- join Keith Brintzenhoff and Mike Hertzog
for some old-timey, folk, country, gospel, bluegrass,
hoedown and seasonal music, along with some
entertaining banter.  Keith is an expert on Pennsylvania
German music, instruments, and folklore.  He plays a
variety of string instruments, tells some of the world's best
stories and jokes; that will have you laughing in the New
Year.  www.toadcreekmusic.com (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/6/2017 6:00 PM12/6/2017 9:00 PM
  
Thurs., Dec. 7th6-9:00 pm
The Berks Holiday Tubadors is a low brass ensemble comprised of
local musicians who also play in various Brass groups, Concert Bands
and other musical organizations throughout the Greater Berks and
beyond area.  The Holiday repertoire includes familiar holiday music,
traditional and non-traditional carols as well as a variety of “sing-a
long” pieces encouraging audience participation. (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/7/2017 6:00 PM12/7/2017 9:00 PM
  
Fri., Dec. 8th6-9:00 pm

Reading Choral Society Chamber Choir is a subset of the full Choral Society that takes on small ensemble projects and outreach performances in the community. They have prepared a selection of Christmas carols - some familiar and some unusual choices.​ (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/8/2017 6:00 PM12/8/2017 9:00 PM
  
Sat., Dec. 9th6-9:00 pm
A truly magical performance last year, so we needed to bring back
"The Magic of Daniel Clemente” who performs interactive comedy
magic shows.  Daniel’s magic show includes side splitting comedy,
interactive magic and most importantly, jaw-dropping entertainment.
Every show is designed for all ages with only family-friendly material! 
(Shows at 6:30 and 7:30 pm)  www.BookAMagicShow.com

12/9/2017 6:00 PM12/9/2017 9:00 PM
  
Sun., Dec. 10th6-9:00 pm
Polished Brass quintet performs a wide variety of brass music,
ranging from the classics to contemporary.  Through the years, these
five brass players, originally from the Pottstown Band, have played in
various locations even at an art show!  With their vast experience and
unique approach this show promises to put you in the mood for holiday
fun. (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/10/2017 6:00 PM12/10/2017 9:00 PM
  
Wed., Dec. 13th6-9:00 pm

Thomas Shugar, presents a "Holiday Blend Program" - a diversified variety of classical guitar music from around the world, blended with his own arrangements of timeless Christmas Classics.

12/13/2017 6:00 PM12/13/2017 9:00 PM
  
Thurs., Dec. 14th6-9:00 pm

Pagoda Brass is a traditional brass quintet whose name reflects the local icon above the city.  Each of the musicians are also members of our infamous Ringgold Band.  Enjoy the season with some great holiday music!  www.pagodabrass.com (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/14/2017 6:00 PM12/14/2017 9:00 PM
  
Fri., Dec. 15th6-9:00 pm

Beverly McDevitt & Michael Trach bring their instrumental style of traditional and classic carols, as well as fun Christmas songs to Holiday Lights at Gring’s Mill.  The pair features Beverly on piano accompanied by Michael on sax.  www.beverlymcdevitt.com (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/15/2017 6:00 PM12/15/2017 9:00 PM
  
Sat., Dec. 16th6-9:00 pm

6 pm- “Who is the Belsnickel?” – Join Keith Brintzenhoff to learn about this PA Dutch Santa Claus, who is a mean and cranky old guy.  Keith will portray the character, just like they did it in the good old days, spoken in PA Dutch (with English translation.)  If you’ve been ‘gut’, he may have a treat for you.  But if you’ve been ‘schlecht’, beware the switch!

 Shows at 6:45 & 7:45 pm- Songs & Stories of Christmas with
Matt Dodd is a lively, fun show featuring Christmas songs both new
and old for kids and grown-ups alike. Matthew sings the songs we all
know and love, sometimes with funny alternate verses, many of which
he makes up as he goes along.   He will also tell us the stories behind
such songs as Silent Night and Good King Wenceslas.  Plus he tells
stories of holiday customs around the world, and he personalizes
famous songs by adding verses using names of folks in the audience. 
 It's a sing-along, laugh-along heart-warming Christmas time! 
www.songsandstories.homestead.com
12/16/2017 6:00 PM12/16/2017 9:00 PM
  
Sun., Dec. 17th6-9:00 pm

Steve Pullara & the Cool Beans Band- Steve is a multi-award winning children's recording artist and gifted performer from Philadelphia.  Together with the Cool Beans Band, they perform music for kids and families that is engaging and will have you singing and clapping along (if not dancing in the aisles)  www.coolbeansmusic.com (6:30-8:30 pm) 

12/17/2017 6:00 PM12/17/2017 9:00 PM
  
Wed., Dec. 20th6-9:00 pm

Crow Hill is known for its high-energy, audience-engaging brand of music that excels in vocal harmonies.  Based in the Bluegrass tradition, Crow Hill sings songs about shoo-fly pies, race horses, old home places, leather gloves, and country churches, along with some seasonal music. (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/20/2017 6:00 PM12/20/2017 9:00 PM
  
Thurs., Dec. 21st6-9:00 pm

“Celtic Seasonings” with Ken Gehret & Irish Mist performs a full spectrum of Celtic music including traditional, modern, original, and seasonal favorites to inspire you just in time for the holidays.  www.kengehret.com (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/21/2017 6:00 PM12/21/2017 9:00 PM
  
Fri., Dec. 22nd6-9:00 pm

Brass Menagerie invites you to enjoy an evening of traditional and "less traditional" seasonal brass music.  Playing together for over 15 years, the Brass Menagerie offers a night of music that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!  (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/22/2017 6:00 PM12/22/2017 9:00 PM
  
Sat., Dec. 23rd6-9:00 pm

Harp & Soul- features Nichole Rohrbach on the harp and Noelle Bryant on the cello.  The unique blend of the rich tones of the cello with the percussive sounds of the harp will help you ease into the holiday spirit.  www.harpnsouln.com  (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/23/2017 6:00 PM12/23/2017 9:00 PM
  
Wed., Dec.27th6-9:00 pm

The Rhythm Standard- Singer/guitarist Mike Noecker and percussionist Kevin Adams are an acoustic duo playing a variety of pop that will make you move.  Drawing from influences ranging from James Taylor to Jack Johnson and The Beatles to Maroon 5, The Rhythm Standard is like hearing your favorite Pandora station live. m(6:30-8:30 pm)

12/27/2017 6:00 PM12/27/2017 9:00 PM
  
Thurs., Dec. 28th6-9:00 pm

The Holly Jolly Puppet Show” by Marian and Friends- Join us for tons of Holiday fun and laugh along with Ventriloquist Marian and her cast of holly jolly characters!  The seasonal songs, silliness, and family-friendly fun will warm your heart.  You and your family will be smiling and singing along throughout the show!  (Shows at 6:30 & 7:30 pm)

12/28/2017 6:00 PM12/28/2017 9:00 PM
  
Fri., Dec. 29th6-9:00 pm

Haley Sheeler – Enjoy new and used country music this talented local singer and songwriter. Inspired by music from the 60s and 70s, her performance is speckled with familiar country songs, her original works, as well as her own brand of folk reminiscent of the Woodstock era. www.HaleySheeler.com (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/29/2017 6:00 PM12/29/2017 9:00 PM
  
Sat., Dec. 30th6-9:00 pm

Jurkiewicz Family Strings- Join us for an evening of some elegant chamber music featuring Mercedes Jurkiewicz, a cello player in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and her three musical children. (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/30/2017 6:00 PM12/30/2017 9:00 PM