2014 Interpretive Programs

We offer a series of programs and workshops starting in February through December.  These programs are free unless otherwise indicated.  For more information, or to register for a workshop, please call the Berks County Heritage Center at 610-374-8839.


 Interpretive Programs


Wednesday, October 22nd
Pumpkin & Pizza Party                         4:30-6:00 p.m.                                         Antietam Lake Park
                                                                                                                               -Angora Fruit Farm
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 25th. 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, but pre-registration is required because space is limited!

Saturday, October 25th
Halloween Hike & Hayride                    6:15-9:00 p.m.                                         Antietam Lake Park
                                                                                                                               -Angora Fruit Farm
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.
All ages welcome! Children may wear their costumes.

Sunday, October 26th
The Story of Hawkins Boone                        2:00 p.m.                                                    Beidler House
Hawkins Boone was a Revolutionary War soldier who was one of many who gave their life for the cause of liberty. He is truly an unsung American hero few people know about. Come join historian Lynn Otto as he presents a riveting first-person story about this everyday American hero!

Sunday, October 26th
PA German Hex Symbols:                            2:00 p.m.                                                 Heritage Center
Their History and The Art of Rebecca Ross
Rebecca has been a Berks County artist for the past 21 years. Much of her artwork of the past ten years has been based on PA German hex symbols. Becky is the Cultural Resource Manager at Hopewell Furnace NHS where she has worked for 21 years. With a powerpoint program, she will address both the general history of the PA German hex symbols and the development of their use in her own art.

Sunday, November 30th
Orienteering on Antietam Lake Trails        11:00 a.m.                                          Antietam Lake Park
                                                                                                                                -Angora Fruit Farm
Join members of the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association, for a day in the woods. Beginners program will show participants how to read a topographical map, and find your way through unknown terrain with just a map and compass as your guide. Then you will go out on the trail for some practical experience, on an easy ‘white’ or yellow’ course. It’s not just compass anymore! For all ages.
Free program, but pre-registration is required by November 24th. Call 610-374-2944 to register.

Saturday, December 20th
Winter Solstice with King Winter              5:30 p.m.                                             Antietam Lake Park
                                                                                                                               -Angora Fruit Farm
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.
FREE - Best suited for families with children ages 3-12.
Pre-registration required.