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]‬

 
  • 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 - Live Reindeer
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 8
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    For Two Nights only, Santa's reindeer will stop by Gring's Mill park for kids of all ages to visit. 12/8 & 12/16. The reindeer are courtesy of Spruce Run Farm. Be sure to bring your cameras for some great photos with live reindeer.

  • 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:
    Steve Walker-
    Steve will be performing country, bluegrass and seasonal music, getting us in the holiday spirit tonight! Many thanks to Steve for helping us out when our scheduled performer had to cancel due to illness.
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  • 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-Ice Sculpting Demos
    Schedule:
    Thursday, December 13
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    Watch as large blocks of ice are carved into cool seasonal works of art by Sculpted Ice Works, on Thursday, December 13 and Thursday, December 20.  Our ice carvers are members of the National Ice Carving Association, and will answer questions while they work!  Owner and lead carver, Mark Crouthamel is an award winning carver and has over twenty years of experience carving ice.

  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Friday, December 14
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Pretzel City Chorus Pretzel City Chorus  is an a cappella barbershop chorus, and a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society.  Enjoy music from their Christmas Show, and other holiday music done barbershop style! 
  • 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-
    Join us to explore the origins of seasonal customs and music that Americans enjoy today with Roy Justice, singing historian in Christmas Traditions in America.”  Why do we put lights in our windows at Christmas time and on our Christmas trees? Who sang the first Christmas song? What were some of the first Christmas tree ornaments, and which is, today, considered the most unique? What's a 'bob-tail nag'? What was considered 'a treasure' to receive on Christmas Morning during the Great Depression? These, as well as many other questions will be asked, and answered, through stories, and songs in a fun and engaging program!  www.royhjustice.com
  • 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 - Live Reindeer
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 16
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​​For Two Nights only, Santa's reindeer will stop by Gring's Mill park for kids of all ages to visit. 12/8 & 12/16. The reindeer are courtesy of Spruce Run Farm. Be sure to bring your cameras for some great photos with live reindeer.

  • 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-Ice Sculpting
    Schedule:
    Thursday, December 20
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    Watch as large blocks of ice are carved into cool seasonal works of art by Sculpted Ice Works, on Thursday, December 13 and Thursday, December 20.  Our ice carvers are members of the National Ice Carving Association, and will answer questions while they work!  Owner and lead carver, Mark Crouthamel is an award winning carver and has over twenty years of experience carving ice.

  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Friday, December 21
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Experience the beauty and elegance of harp and classical guitar music with the Williams Duo.   Sarajane is a signed recording artist, and Ted has an extensive classical repertoire, but is also well versed at playing jazz on the classical guitar.  They have performed together for more than 25 years, playing at concerts, festivals and special events.  Sarajane and Ted also operate Macungie Music Studios where they offer lessons on harp and classical guitar.
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 22
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Dave Kline & A Mountain Folk Christmas w/ Special Guests -
    Dave Kline has invited several musician friends to join him for a special Mountain Folk Christmas Show on our Gring’s Mill stage.  Celebrate the season with holiday and traditional mountain music through singing, Appalachian Mountain instruments, and audience participation songs.  Dave is the host of the weekly Mountain Folk radio show on WEEU on Sunday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. and writer of the weekly Mountain Folklore column in Berks Country magazine, published every Wednesday as a part of the Reading Eagle newspaper.  www.mountainfolk.com
  • 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 - 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
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Friday, December 28
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​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 albums “The Lost and Found” and “Beneath the Sun” with friend and pianist, Todd Zarzecki and other special guests.  www.petererrich.com
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 29
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    "Good-Time Family Fun, Music & Comedy" w/ Ray Owen- Ray is a GRAMMY Nominated Singer/Songwriter, and National Recording Artist- an entertainer whose engaging vocal style and infectious blend of good time music and humor continues to captivate audiences.  He brings a variety of the best from his of his Family and Kids Shows to our Gring’s Mill stage to enjoy over our holiday break.  (Shows at 6:30 & 7:30 pm)
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 30
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble - Inspired by the early 20th century tradition of the community mandolin orchestra, the Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble is a quintet of experienced musicians with a deep, rich sound.  The flexibility of their small group allows them to explore the tonal range from the mandolin to the mando bass, offering an eclectic assortment of music from Bach to bluegrass, jazz and roots music.