2015 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

Saturday, July 4                                
Sewing Circle                                         10:00 a.m.                      Heritage Center
Join us for a 4thof July Sewing Circle – come and learn to create a 4th of July pin out of ribbon. All ages welcome.

Sunday, July 5                              
"Princesses in the Park"                                                 4:00 p.m.                            HC-Garden
Enjoy an afternoon with the "Princesses in the Park".  These talented and beautifully costumed princesses from Ever After Costumed Entertainment  will enchant both young and old with an interactive and fun-filled show.  The characters will sing, joke, and delight audiences as they compete against one another in "Ever After Idol".  Eager audience members will be recruited to participate as judges and the winner will be determined by audience vote.  That's right... you choose the winner!  After the show, the princesses invite you to cool off in the barn with a "Frozen" treat and special surprise guest!  (Children: wear your finest princess attire.  Knights and pirates are welcome too!  Don't forget your camera!)  Rain Location:  Barn
Bring a picnic supper and stay for the evening concert at 6 pm featuring the Amber Waves Band. 

Friday, July 10                             
Paddle & Pedal along the Tulpehocken #2                 4-7 pm                   Blue Marsh Lake- Stilling Basin
Can’t decide how best to experience the Tulpehocken Creek’s natural scenic beauty? Join 3D Outdoor Rental and Parks staff for a double dose of outdoor recreational fun as we kayak down the creek and then bike along the trail. Starting at the Blue Marsh Lake Stilling Basin, we will paddle the creek to the county’s iconic Red Bridge. After we pull out by the picnic area, we’ll take a break for an energizing snack.  Then we’ll hop on our bikes and pedal back to the Stilling Basin via the Union Canal Towpath Trail to return to our starting point, approximately 8 miles round-trip. The trip is for people with paddling experience, and is limited to 20 boaters. Kayaks and bikes can be reserved through 3D Outdoor Rental, or you can bring your own equipment.  Cost: $40, which includes kayak and bike rental from 3D Outdoor Rental and ACA Insurance.  Life jackets, bike helmets and ACA insurance required. 
Call 610-374-2944 for more information.  Pre-registration with payment required to 3D Outdoor Rental, 610-488-1900 by July 6th.


Saturday, July 11                              
Sewing Circle                                         10:00 a.m.                              Heritage Center
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 is Fabric YoYo’s.


Saturday, July 11                                        
Kid’s Bike Rodeo                                    10am- 2 pm                              Blue Marsh Lake
Saddle up yer bike, and bring it to Parking Lot D, where kids ages 4-12 will learn safe and responsible biking.  Members of Berks Area Mountain Biking Association will lead kids through stations on bike-fit and a safety check, helmet fitting, basic bike maintenance and a bike-safe obstacle course.  Prizes will be awarded, and lunch provided for participants by the Lakeview pavilion.  For more information and to pre-register, call 610-376-6337.



Sunday July 12 
“Robbery at the Neversink Distillery and the Albright Homicide Case—Crime Scene ,  Investigation in the 1800s”.                  2:00 pm.                      Beidler House
Just about the time Arthur Conan Doyle put his pen to paper to create Sherlock Holmes, and long before Agatha Christie had Hercule Poirot use his little grey cells to solve a mystery, local crimes were already being investigated by using observation and deduction as well as scientific methods of the time period.  Marcia Houston will relate several stories of murder, mischief, crimes and calamities, including a robbery at the Neversink Distillery at Exeter Station and the homicide case involving Daniel Albright, proprietor of the Allegheny Hotel in Gibraltar.


Tuesday, July 14                                
Work and Play-Not All Day                               5:30-7:30 p.m.          
Children had many responsibilities on the canals, farms and in businesses like the Gruber Wagon Works.  Visit GWW and discover how canals work, then play some games.  3 1/2 days: 7/14, 7/15, 7/16.  $30 - Call 610-374-8839 to register.  Deadline: 7/9.  For ages 6-12. 

Wednesday, July 15

Music, Songs, Dances and Pasttimes       9:00 am-12:30 pm 
Learn songs in the PA German dialect, master colonial dances, be creative with traditional crafts and churn ice cream.  (3 1/2 day camp)   $30-Call 610-374-8839 to register. Deadline 7/9. For ages 6-12.
Thursday, July 16    
Life On A Farm                                           9:00 am-12:30 pm
Farm life could be fun and yet tiresome! Discover what it was like to grow up on a farm, find out how grist mills work, why covered bridges are covered and make your own snacks.  (3-1/2 days) $30-call 610-374-8839 to register. Deadline: 7/9. For ages 6-12.

Friday, July 17                                  
History Hike-Hiking the Towpath (Upper End)          6:30 p.m.            Heritage Center
Join park staff for a hike and history lesson in one. Please make sure to wear good hiking/walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Easy hiking skill level – all ages welcome!

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