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Holiday Lights

 

December 1-30, 2017

Wednesday through Sunday

6:00-9:00 p.m.

Closed 12/24 & 12/25

Gring's Mill Recreation Area

Wyomissing, PA

Directions to Gring's Mill

 

Bring your family & friends to Gring's Mill, and walk through the illuminated park and see our light displays and decorations. Sit in the upper level of the barn by the fireplace and enjoy lively entertainment each night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Kids will look forward to visiting Santa and telling him their wish list.

They will also like watching the trains wind their way through the miniature town in the former Generating Station on the bridge. Built and operated by members of the Pottstown & Reading Chapter of the National Historical Railway Society.

Light refreshments available. Admission is $5.00 per car. For more information please call 610.374.8839.

 

Gring's Mill blanketed in snow

 

 

Lighted Deer Display

Santa Claus nightly until 12/23 in the lower level of the barn.

 
  • FREE Kids Holiday Workshop Sunday, December 3rd, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

  • Model Train Display nightly.

  • Closed and "dark" Monday & Tuesday Evenings.

  • Entertainment nightly, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the upper level of the barn. 

  

2017 Schedule

 

12/01 Mt. Laurel Brass is a “Holiday Lights’ at Gring’s Mill” favorite! This seven piece brass ensemble, who specialize in seasonal music; has been entertaining Berks County for over 30 years.

 

12/02 Mike Hertzog Trio - Enjoy some seasonal music with a country and bluegrass twang, from local favorites Mike Hertzog and friends.  www.mikehertzogmusic.com

 
 

12/03 Free Kid's Holiday Workshop and Snowy Tales Upside-Down  1-4:00 pm

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!
  

Maria Damore & 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!  www.mariadamore.com (6:30-8:30)

 
 
 

12/6   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

 
 

12/7   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.

 

12/8 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.

 
 

12/9   The Magic of Daniel Clements  (shows at 6:30 & 7:30) - "Central Pennsylvania Magician Daniel Clemente is a fun and comical entertainer 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!  www.BookAMagicShow.com

 
 
 

12/10   Polished Brass quintet has been together for over 25 years, performing 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.  mrgumpert@yahoo.com

  
 

12/13  Classical Guitarist 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. http://www.thomasshugarmusic.com 

 
 

12/14    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

 
 

12/15      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

 
 

12/16     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
 
 
 

12/17     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

 
12/20     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.
 
 
 

12/21    Celtic Seasonings with Ken Gehret and Irish Mist - Ken Gehret and the Irish Mist is based in Reading, and performs locally and regionally featuring Ken and friends, Alan Chelius and Henry Koretzky.They play a full spectrum of celtic music including traditional, modern, original and seasonal favorites for the holidays.www.kengehret.com

 

12/22      Brass Menagerie invites you to enjoy an evening of traditional and "less traditional" seasonal brass music.  There is no better place than Gring’s Mill’s Holiday Lights to enjoy this Berks County based brass sextet. Playing together for over 15 years, the Brass Menagerie offers a night of music that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

 
 

12/23    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

 

12/27    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.

 
 

12/28      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)

 

 12/29     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

 
 
12/30    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.
 
 
 

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Location: Gring's Mill Recreation Area
This event is 2 miles from you (19601).

 

6 PM - 9 PM

 

Contact: Becky Richards Email: rrichards@countyofberks.com
Phone: 610-374-2944

 

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