Welcome to the County of Berks
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, or at the number indicated.

 

 Interpretive Programs List of Events ‭[2]‬

 
  • Beautiful Bats w/ PA Bat Rescue
    Schedule:
    Friday, July 20
    Time:
    7:15 PM - 8:30 PM
    Details:
    ​​Come out to the parks on a beautiful summer evening to witness the wonder of our night time friends, bats. Pa Bat Rescue’s Stephanie Stronsick will guide us through bat fact and fiction, and what we can do to help these important species in our own backyards.
     
    FREE, pre-registration is required. Contact Jennifer Brooks, jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667 ext 3.
  • Family Fishing Program
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 21
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Details:
    ​​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 July 21 to register from the Calendar of Events. For information or directions, call 610-374-2944.
  • One Day Camp-Creepy Crawlers
    Schedule:
    Thursday, July 26
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    ​​Join  environmental education staff as we learn about the beautiful bugs around us and debunk some crazy myths!
     
    Rain date: 7/27
    This program is designed for children grades K-3.
    Pre-registration required. Cost $15.00.
  • Blue Marsh Lake Paddle & Pig Out
    Schedule:
    Friday, July 27
    Time:
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location:
    BLUE MARSH LAKE - Peacock Rd. Area
    Details:
    ​Join us for a paddle around a peaceful bay area of the lake; we will start and end at the Peacock Road Access. After the trip, you are welcome to Blue Marsh Outdoors for BBQ, a campfire and socializing. Water safety, history, and features of the lake will be covered before boats are in the water. Participants can bring their own kayak or reserve one through Blue Marsh Outdoors, 610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com. The trip is for people with paddling experience, and is limited to 20 people. Program presented by a partnership with Blue Marsh Outdoors, U.S.A.C.E. Blue Marsh Lake, Township of Spring Parks & Recreation, and Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.
     
    Pre-registration is required to 610-374-2944 by July 16th.
    Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
  • Beidler Open House & History Hike
    Schedule:
    Friday, July 27
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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 26th.
    Call 610-374-8839.
  • Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me - Spotted Lantern Fly
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 28
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Details:
    ​Join Evan Corondi from the Berks County Conservation District along with Parks Environmental Education staff as we head out on a hands-on adventure to learn more about this invasive pest and what you can do in your own backyard. Wear appropriate footwear FREE
  • Mouns Jones: Licensed Indian Trader in the Schuylkill Valley
    Schedule:
    Sunday, July 29
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    As his Swedish father in 17th century Philadelphia, Mouns Jones was a licensed Indian Trader, particularly in the newly settled area of the Manatawny/Monocacy Creeks. Like Conrad Weiser, he spoke the native’s language, and Jones traded actively with them. He was also a contributor to the treaties enacted during Penn’s era. Join historian Larry Ward as he presents newly found information about Mouns Jones, the first European to settle in the Berks County area. There will also be discussion of the various treaties enacted during the Penn era, prior to 1767 and the start of the French and Indian War.
  • Indians of the Plains-Blackfoot, Crow & Sioux
    Schedule:
    Sunday, July 29
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    This slide program will present the culture and environment of Indians living in Montana and South Dakota. Cultural items of these people will also be presented by Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy.
    Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
  • AO Float
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, July 31
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Meditation is a mind and body practice. Some forms of meditation instruct the practitioner to become mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations and to observe them in a nonjudgmental way. Meditating can help you disconnect from every day stress and mental demands and help you reconnect with yourself. Some benefits of meditation are; increase in ability to focus, anxiety and depression management, reduction of stress and pain, slows progression of Alzheimer's, and boosts the immune system. Experience the bliss of centering and connecting to self while floating on a SUP board in nature.
     
    Class would include: 5 minute demo of basic SUP instruction, paddle to location of class, anchor to AO Center Stage, 30-35 minute guided meditation, paddle back to launch destination. Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle. Rain date: 8/1
    -Limited to 8 spots. Pre-registration and payment due by July 24 to 610-374-2944. Appropriate for ages 16 yrs and up.
  • Stand Up Paddle Demos
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, July 31
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Explore nature and the beauty of the outdoors while paddling on a SUP board and learning all about basic water safety. Each 1/2-hour session will include: 15 minute water safety discussion, 5-10 minute demo of basic SUP instruction, paddle out to designated location, paddle back to launch destination. Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle. FREE - Rain date: 8/1
     
    -Spaces are limited. Pre-registration to 610-374-2944 by July 24. Appropriate for ages 12 yrs and up.
  • One Day Camp-Boots, Buckets, & Beyond
    Schedule:
    Thursday, August 2
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Details:
    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 2 watery environments home. Prepare to get wet. Rain date: 8/3
    This program is designed for children grades K-3.
    Pre-registration required. Cost $15.00.
  • Intro to Orienteering
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 4
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    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. After some instruction, participants will put their skills to the test on a beginner-level course around the park. Free program, and great for all ages! Wear sturdy shoes, and bring water.
  • Knee Deep In the Creek
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 4
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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.
  • Labors of Our Fingertips: Poems from Manufacturing History In Berks Co.
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 5
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Writer and poet Jennifer Hetrick will share poetry, images and details of her 3-year poetry project that shares the story and memories of Berks County manufacturing workers.
  • Historic Poole Forge
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 5
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Historic Poole Forge, near Churchtown, Lancaster County, played an important part in Pennsylvania’s early iron industry, providing forged iron to Hopewell Furnace NHS and Joanna Furnace. Join Dawn Rise Ekdahl, executive director of Poole Forge, as we learn about Poole Forge, and how the beautiful iron master’s house, tenant houses, and surrounding park were restored and became a popular gathering place for the whole community.
  • Storytime-Canals
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, August 8
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Join us as we learn and explore all about canals. This month’s story will be: The Cow who Fell in the Canal.
  • Stand Up Paddle Flight & A Concert Float
    Schedule:
    Thursday, August 9
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Enjoy a concert in the park while on the water, paddling around the Tully or just anchor up and float enjoying the sounds of Jimmy Buffet & beach music with The Landsharks. Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle. No rain date. $10.00
     
    -Limited to 16 spots. Pre-registration and payment due by August 1 to 610-374-2944. Appropriate for ages 12 yrs and up.
  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 11
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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 Sewing Tips
  • Covered Bridges of Berks County
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 12
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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.
  • Stand Up Paddle Beginner Yoga
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, August 14
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Come experience the beauty of this thousand-year practice while building strength, flexibility and connecting mind, body and spirit. Class will include: 5 minute demo of basic SUP instruction, paddle to location of class, anchor to AO Center Stage, 30-35 minute guided yoga practice, paddle back to launch destination. Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle. Rain date: 8/15 - $20.00
     
    -Limited to 8 spots. Registration and payment due by August 7 to 610-374-2944. Appropriate for ages 16 yrs and up
  • Stand Up Paddle Demos
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, August 14
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Explore nature and the beauty of the outdoors while paddling on a SUP board and learning all about basic water safety. Each 1/2-hour session will include: 15 minute water safety discussion,5-10 minute demo of basic SUP instruction, paddle out to designated location, paddle back to launch destination. Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle. Rain date: 8/15 - Free
     
    -Spaces are limited. Pre-registration to 610-374-2944 by August 7. Appropriate for ages 12 yrs and up.
  • History Hike-Bissinger Suicide Story
    Schedule:
    Friday, August 17
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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.
  • It's All About Bats
    Schedule:
    Friday, August 17
    Time:
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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.
  • Peach Pickin' Basket-Workshop
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 19
    Time:
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Just in time to make tis basket to use while picking peaches in the orchard! Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
    Cost $30. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by Aug. 12th. Call 610 374-8839.
    Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
  • Fall Full Moon Float
    Schedule:
    Friday, August 24
    Time:
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    BLUE MARSH LAKE - Church Rd. Parking Lot
    Details:
    Have you ever kayaked under the stars, and watched the moon rise over the lake? We’ll paddle part of the lake looking for wildlife and watch the night sky light up the water. Dress up your boat with glow-sticks for our color-fun contest! Participants can bring their own kayak or reserve one through Blue Marsh Outdoors, 610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com. The trip is for people with paddling experience, and is limited to 25 people. Program presented by a partnership with Blue Marsh Outdoors, U.S.A.C.E. Blue Marsh Lake, Township of Spring Parks & Recreation, and Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.
    Pre-registration is required to 610-374-2944 by August 13th.
    Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
  • Vinegar Painting Workshop
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 25
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​In the early to mid-1800s, craftsmen decorated their furniture with colorful patterns using pigment dissolved in vinegar and different tools. We will create a variety of vinegar paint patterns on practice boards and a lidded tin. All supplies are provided. You may bring your own tools such as combs, feathers, paint brushes and sponges to create patterns.
     
    Cost:  $10.00 Registration and payment by August 17th, class limited to 20 people. Call 610-374-8839
  • Harvest to Hearth
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 26
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Late summer into autumn would have been the busiest time of year for the Colonial housewife. She and all her help would be intent on preserving the homestead's harvest to sustain the family and workers through the months ahead. Join historian and Colonial hearth cook Courtney McKay Stevens for a glimpse into life in and around Beidler house at this time of year.
  • Butterfly Walk w/ Karl Gardner
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 26
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Blue Marsh Lake-Swiftwater Access Parking
    Details:
    ​​Join naturalist and butterfly expert, Karl Gardner, for a butterfly walk along the Connector Trail. Karl will start out by showing everyone some caterpillars. After looking at some of the caterpillars you will find it hard to believe that they actually turn into such colorful butterflies! All participants will receive a butterfly checklist, and he will have some extra nets if you want to try your skills at catching these quick moving insects. We will use viewing jars to see the butterflies up close and personal. If you have binoculars and a camera bring them along as they may become handy during this adventure.
  • Geocaching For Beginners
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 2
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Details:
    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 details if using your own GPS). Free program, fun for all ages!
     
    Register by Aug 27th to 610-374-2944.
  • A Walk on the Wild Side at Lake Louise
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 2
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Steve Runkle and his wife will present an illustrated lecture which will chronicle two hikes in the Canadian Rockies at Lake Louise and a canoe excursion on Moraine Lake. The areas’ spectacular alpine scenery, lush vegetation and abundant wildlife, and history will be shown.
  • Stand Up Paddle Flight
    Schedule:
    Thursday, September 6
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Get ready to take flight! Soar into a SUP experience by sampling four different Aqua Om services. Get a taste of SUP life with this unique two-hour event which include; paddling instruction, Paddle Pump, Intro to SUP Yoga and AO Float, a guided meditation done while relaxing on the board. Class would include: basic SUP instruction, education on paddling techniques, paddle to a private location on the lake where you will be led through three different guided practices and paddle back to the launch location. Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle. Rain date: 9/7 - $30.00
     
    -Limited to 8 spots. Registration and payment due by August 30 to 610-374-2944. Appropriate for ages 18 yrs and up.
  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 8
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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: Pin Cushions
  • Jewels From Junk
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 8
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    ​If you can’t beat them, wear them instead! Get the scoop on invasives, know what to look for, how to combat them, and how they can be used to create something beautiful. Cast leaves and plant parts safely in resin to make jewelry components for necklaces and earrings. No experience with jewelry making necessary! Come to learn and walk away with a way to combat those pesky invasive plants!
     
    Ages 14-adult - To register, call 484-509-2667, ext. 3. – Cost: $10.00
  • History of Quilting
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 9
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Join park volunteer Beth Shugar and Becky Hughes for a program about the history of quilting. Learn about how quilts were pieced together and what fabrics and materials were used. Quilts and quilt squares will be on display to look at.
  • Nature Photography
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, September 11
    Time:
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Antietam Lake Park offers some natural beauty for the budding photographer. Our hike will start at the Seidel Road parking area, and we will head towards the lake and the beautiful seven-step dam where we’ll learn some tips and techniques in capturing great landscape and waterfall shots.
     
    Pre-registration is required and class size is limited- call 610-374-2944 to register. Participants must be able to hike a moderate distance on uneven ground, while carrying their camera equipment. Rain date: Thursday, 9/20.
  • Starwatch in Northern Berks
    Schedule:
    Friday, September 14
    Time:
    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Kernsville Dam Recreation Area
    Details:
    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. (rain date: 9/15)
  • Storywalk: Dori Hoch, The Bunny Brothers Books
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 15
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    ​Blandon author Dori Hoch will lead a Story Walk to share her newest book The Bunny Brothers: Lost in the Woods. During the walk, the children will not only hear and see the pages from the book but will actively participate by moving from sign to sign to reenact the Bunny Brothers' saga of getting lost in the woods and finding their way back home again.
     
    FREE, pre-registration is required. Contact Jennifer Brooks, jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667 ext 3.
  • History of the Red Cross
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 15
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    The free presentation is titled “The Red Cross & YOU!” which introduces our history, our services, what people need to do now to be prepared (we call this being Red Cross Ready) and we discuss volunteer opportunities too. We will also inform folks of our Home Fire Campaign “Sound the Alarm!” which is going door-to-door, neighborhood-by-neighborhood installing free smoke alarms (open to all home owners) and sharing life-saving fire safety tip information. Attendees are also eligible for these free alarms & information.
  • Tulip Basket - Workshop
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 16
    Time:
    12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    This basket is unique and craftily woven. Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
    Cost $22. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by Sept. 9th. Call 610 374-8839.
    Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
  • Penny Rug Workshop
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, September 19
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Join crafty lady Kay Leisey to learn about penny rugs while creating this attractive autumn piece.
    Cost $10. Registration and deadline for payment to Kay Leisey by Sept. 17th. Call 610 374-8839.
    Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
  • Pollination: Plants vs. Animals
    Schedule:
    Friday, September 21
    Time:
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Most people think of pollination as an example of cooperation between plants and animals, but even though plants and the animals that pollinate them may be completely dependent on each other, they have different goals. There are many and diverse strategies employed by both sides in the eons old relationship between flowers and the insects and other animals that visit them for sustenance. Mike Slater will present a photographic exploration of the diversity of relationships between pollinating animals, especially insects, and the plants they rely on. Saying “it’s complicated” is an understatement!
    Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
  • Pow-Wow: PA Dutch Folk Medicine
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 22
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    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
  • Tatting Workshop
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 29
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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 Sept. 22. Call 610-374-8839.
  • Indian Campfire Stories
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 29
    Time:
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location:
    Kernsville Dam Recreation Area
    Details:
    ​Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy will stand on ‘twelve skunk skins’ to tell stories about Rainbow Crow, How a Cicada tricked a Coyote, a race between a rabbit and a turtle, and other stories told around an American Indian campfire. Stories are for all ages from young to young at heart. In case of rain, the program will be canceled. Program sponsored by the Blue Mountain Wildlife Inc. in partnership with the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Spectacular Spiders
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 30
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Join us for this unique opportunity to be introduced to spiders found in the east and the unique adaptations of our eight-legged friends. Presented by Ken Lebo, visitors will learn how to identify spiders by their eyes, shape and webs, as well as discover the ways in which spiders catch their prey.
    Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
  • Take Your Kid Mountain Biking Day
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 6
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    BAMBA Parking lot on List Road by Camp Lily
    Details:
    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.
  • Lantern Tours of the Gruber Wagon Works
    Schedule:
    Friday, October 12
    Time:
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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.
  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 13
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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: How to read a clothing pattern.
  • Monoprintin' Madness!
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 13
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    ​Learn this easy printmaking technique that creates one-of-a-kind works of art! Draw inspiration from the woods as we gather materials to include in our masterpieces, learning about the flora and fauna of Antietam Lake Park. We’ll gather to experiment with inks and paints to create our piece, then use a simple printing press to make the magic happen. No experience necessary – come out and enjoy creating in the parks!
     
    Ages 12-adult - To register, call 484-509-2667, ext. 3. – Cost: $10.00
  • Paws on the Path
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 14
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    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
  • Wise & Witty Sayings on PA Dutch Slipware
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 14
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    One of the media the Pennsylvania Dutch used to create their everyday tools and utensils was clay. Utilizing a decorating process known as slipware, potters often ornamented their utilitarian and commemorative pieces with wise and witty sayings both in decorative Fraktur script and motifs, as well as everyday German script. In this illustrated powerpoint talk, we shall take a look at the scripts and motifs; the potters who made the redware; the materials they used; and how the pious and contrasting often very bawdy proverbs they used reflect the Pennsylvania Dutchman’s spiritual aspirations nurtured by a very human heart.
  • An October All Hallows with the Spirits Along the Schuylkill
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 14
    Time:
    5:15 PM - 7:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Spend a spooky Autumn evening with Charles J. Adams III. Visit the mysterious 18th century Beidler House, then on to Ridgewood Farm and Winery where a tragic ghostly tale of anger and jealousy lingers. Must be over 21. Cost $20. (Limited to 30). Register and payment at: ridgewoodwinery.com  Registration Deadline October 11.
  • Pumpkin and Pizza Party!
    Schedule:
    Thursday, October 18
    Time:
    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Details:
    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 20th . All ages welcome.
     
    This event is free, however pre-registration is required because space is limited! 484-509-2667, ext 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com
  • Fall Leaf and Tree ID
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 20
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Bring the whole family on this hike led by Parks staff to identify native trees, learn about the historic and current uses of these trees and complete a fall leaf project. FREE Registration requested. Call 610-374-8839.
    Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
  • Halloween Night Hike
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 20
    Time:
    6:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    Details:
    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.
  • History Hike
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, October 24
    Time:
    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Details:
    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.
  • Murder Mystery -Murder at the Turnkey Inn
    Schedule:
    Friday, October 26
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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 (next to a train station by the new Lebanon Valley Railroad along the Union Canal). On a dark evening, the Turnkey’s innkeeper is found murdered. During dinner, discover who has motive to commit this crime and clear your character’s name.
     
    Cost: $25/person (limited to 22); includes four course meal and interactive mystery.
    Registration with payment deadline October 5. Call 610-374-2944.
  • Quilt Workshop
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 27
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​The Hopewell Quilters invite you to come for a workshop on quilting. Participants will be making quilted potholders.
     
    Cost $10 Registration and payment due by October 19th
  • Fall Leaf Hike
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 27
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Details:
    ​Get outside to enjoy Antietam Lake Park’s beautiful Fall foliage. Wear appropriate footwear.
     
    FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com
  • Monster Mash Halloween Bash
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 27
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​It’s a Monster Mash! A Halloween bash! Spooky fun, ghastly horrors and mad creations await any who dare enter the grim Gring’s Mill barn. Grab your Halloween costume and join us for some un-scary FRIGHTENING FUN!
     
    For ages 7-12. Cost $13/ghoul. Call 610-374-2944 by October 15 to register.
  • Cherokee Comb Basket - Workshop
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 28
    Time:
    12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    This basket has many colored reed to weave with and is handy to hold anything, not just combs! Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
    Cost $25. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by Oct. 21st. Call 610 374-8839.
    Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
  • The French & Indian War in PA 1749-1758
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 28
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    As early as 1749 the French were placing themselves in Western Pennsylvania and contending for the Ohio Country. Historian Lynn Otto will discuss how the British and Native Americans, along with the French, helped ignite the spark that flared into a War for Empire, all starting in Pennsylvania and continuing through 1758. FREE PROGRAM
  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, November 10
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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: Simple Placemats
  • Print A Log
    Schedule:
    Saturday, November 10
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    ​Learn to see the forest for the trees and investigate the flora around Antietam Lake park. We’ll be looking at several interesting species of trees that call Pennsylvania home, why we need them, and how you can help. Then we’ll ink up a few slices of logs to make a beautiful, one of a kind, tree ring print. Each participant can take home their print to frame on their wall, equipped with a new-found knowledge of our woody friends.
     
    Ages 14-adult - To register, call 484-509-2667, ext. 3. – Cost: $10.00
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 1
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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)
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 2
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Free- Kids Holiday Movies & Crafts
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 2
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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)
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Thursday, December 6
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Mike Miskie
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Friday, December 7
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Reading Choral Society -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)
  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 8
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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​
  • Candlelight Open House
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 8
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 8
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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)
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 9
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    1-4 pm: Kid’s Holiday Workshop & Santa's Sing-A-Long 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!
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 9
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    The Belle Tones (6:30-8:30)
  • Ice Fishing 101
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, December 11
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    New to ice fishing? Learn the basic skills with the PFBC, like rigging and using a tip-up, working a jigging rod, selecting bait and lures and using an auger to bore your fishing hole. Also included in the program is information about basic ice safety and how to determine adequate ice thickness for fishing. Participants will make and take an ice awl with them, after the program. Cost TBA. Call 610-374-2944 by November 26 to register.
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Thursday, December 13
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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-along” pieces encouraging audience participation.
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Friday, December 14
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Pretzel City Chorus
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Friday, December 14
    Time:
    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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.
  • Nature Crafts for Kids
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 15
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Celebrate the holidays with handmade gifts from the heart! This program is a drop-off program designed to give children the time to create masterpiece gifts for loved ones from natural materials for the holidays. Craft supplies are provided.
     Cost: $5.00 Pre-registration is required, contact Jennifer Brooks, jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667 ext 3.
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 15
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Christmas Traditions in America w/ Roy Justice
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 16
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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)
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Thursday, December 20
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​“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)
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Friday, December 21
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    The Williams Duo
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 22
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Dave Kline & A Mountain Folk Christmas w/ Special Guests
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 23
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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)
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Thursday, December 27
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Maggie Spike with Tom Montgomery
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Friday, December 28
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Peter Errich & Todd Zarzecki
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 29
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    "Good-Time Family Fun, Music & Comedy" w/ Ray Owen- shows at 6:30 and 7:30
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 30
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble