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 19

“Pumpkin and Pizza Party!”                         4:30-6:00 pm                 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 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



Saturday, October 22

Halloween Night Hike and Hayride                   6:15-9 p.m.                       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. – 484-509-2667 ext. 3 or ages welcome! Children may wear their costumes.
Sunday, October 23
Holiday Baskets Workshop                                 12-4:00 p.m.                                                 Heritage Center
 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.
Saturday, October 29th
Paws on the Path                                        10:00 a.m.                                         Angora Fruit Farm
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 aroung 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

Sunday, October 30th

Forest Diplomacy-The Edge of the Woods Ceremony                            2:00 p.m.                  Beidler House
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. 

Saturday, November 12

Sewing Circle                 10:00 am-12:00 pm.                                                  Heritage Center
Join us for an old-fashioned sewing circle for new and experienced stitchers. This month's topic: How to Hem.


Saturday, December 10
Sewing Circle                                              10:00 a.m.                                                Beidler House
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.


Saturday, December 17th
Winter Solstice with King Winter              5:30-7:30 p.m.                                               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.
$5 per car.- Best suited for families with children ages 3-12.-
Pre-registration required.Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or