Holiday Lights

December 2-30, 2016

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

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

  • FREE Kids Holiday Workshop Sunday, December 4th, 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.

Entertainment Schedule

 

12/02 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.

 

12/03 Jameson Sisters - Relish the Celtic sounds of voices, mandolin and harp come together as Ellen Tepper and Terry Kane trace the origins of Christmas Carols through a thousand years. www.jamesonsisters.com

 

12/04 Free Kid's Holiday Workshop and Sing-Along with Steve Walker 1-4:00 pm

Kids can make crafts to decorate your home, and Christmas tree.  Or borrow a songsheet to sing-along to some family favorite Christmas songs with Steve Walker, of Hex Hollow Rounders.  Visit with Santa for a treat, or check out to the model train display.  Free admission!
 

and Harp & Soul presents Harpist Nichole Rohrbach and cellist Noelle Bryant on harp and cello.  The roots of Harp & Soul can actually be traced back to the girl's teen years when they would volunteer at many local Berks and Montgomery County historic sites in order to gain performance experience and publicity.  Now more than 15 years later, Nichole's dream has been realized and Harp & Soul is highly sought after both locally and up and down the East Coast.  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

 

 SPECIAL
12/7 Evening Photography Program - 6-7:30 pm 
We have a special event for photographers this year! If you love to capture the beauty of holiday light displays, but have always found it to be a difficult challenge, then join professional photographer, Valerie Hoffman, as she leads us on a photo tour of the grounds.
 
Instruction will be given on what are the best settings and techniques to use to come away from almost any nighttime scene with great results. This walk is specifically for those with a DSLR camera. Any lens will do, but a wider angle lens, such as an 18-55 or 18-105mm is suggested. A tripod is also a necessity, as long exposures are the key to getting the images you are looking for.
 
This event will be entirely outside, so dress for the weather! Also bring a flashlight so you can more easily make adjustments to your camera in the dark.
 
Space is limited! Register today! 610-374-2944 x 2611. Please meet at Gring’s Mill pavilion. Class is free, but you must pay the $5/per car entrance fee for the Holiday Lights at Gring's Mill program.
 

12/7 Hesse's Hot Jazz - Playing together since the last century, Chris Heslop and Hesse's Hot Jazz will bring the spicy sounds of New Orleans to the Holiday Lights at Gring's Mill stage.  Repertoire will include classic holiday favorites done in a toe-tapping Dixieland feel. HessesHotJazz.com 

 
 

12/8 Pagoda Brass  is a traditional brass quintet whose name reflects the local icon above the city. Many of the musicians are also members of our infamous Ringgold Band. Extend the season with some great holiday music! www.pagodabrass.com

 

12/9 The Belle Tones  are a female vocal trio in the style of The Andrews Sisters, with close-knit three-part harmony.  The Belle Tones shows feature Standards, Pop, Jazz, Broadway show tunes, Patriotic, and holiday music.  Influenced by the Great Girl Groups and Sister Acts throughout the ages The Belle Tones capture the sounds and intensity of the legendary artists that defined each era and hit, while adding their own sense of style, humor, and showmanship. Great arrangements, choreography, and costumes round out this energetic family friendly group not to be missed.

 
 

12/10   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

 

 

12/11   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

 

 

12/14  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 

 
 

12/15    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

 

12/16      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, this performance is sure to be enjoyable for all!

 

12/17  Songs & Stories of Christmas with Matt Dodd  (shows at 6:30 & 7:30)

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!  
 
 

12/18     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!  www.mariadamore.com

 

12/21 Bravura Brass is Central PA’s premiere brass quintet. Based in Lancaster, Pa, they have performed at a multitude of locations. They specialize in customized programming and their interactive and entertaining programs are a favorite of all audiences.’ Yule’ love the variety in their holiday music, which ranges from sacred carols to Jingle and much, much more! www.bravurabrass.net
 
 

12/22 Celtic Seasonings with Ken Gehret andIrish Mist

Ken Gehret and the Irish Mist isbased in Reading, and performs locally and regionally featuring Ken and friends, Alan Chelius and Henry Koretzky.They play a full spectrum of celtic musicincluding traditional, modern, original and seasonal favorites for the holidays.www.kengehret.com

 

12/23    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!

 

12/28     Sitka Hollow Stings is a musical duo from Adams County, Pennsylvania, composed of mandolinist Mike Shaffer and cellist Danielle Karppala.  Named for Sitka spruce, a tonewood used to make their hollow-bodied stringed instruments, the group draws inspiration from classical and American folk music roots to create a unique and eclectic sound.  www.sitkahollowstrings.com

 

 

12/29     Maggie Spike , featuring Peggy & Eric Gernerd bring to the stage a mixed bag of folk, world and Celtic music that is sure to please.  Joining them as their special guest is Tom Montgomery (accordion/keyboards) of The Dave Mell Blues Band.  Maggie Spike performs regionally and throughout Berks County.  www.maggiespike.com

 

 

12/30     Peter Errich & Todd Zarzecki -  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” with friend and pianist, Todd Zarzecki.  www.petererrich.com

 

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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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