2016 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

 
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Sunday, May 22nd
 Spirits Along the Schuylkill                   5:13 p.m.                  Beidler House
Spend a spirited evening with well-known "ghost host" Charles J. Adams, III. We will start at the mysterious 18th century Beidler House and grist mill where many spirits reside, including Mr. Conrad Beidler, the builder of the house. Next we are off to quirky Naomi Hotel where a tavern has existed since the late 18th century. A favorite canal stop, playful spirits make mischief here. Finally we'll head up to the beautiful Ridgewood Farm Winery where a tragic ghostly tale of anger and jealousy lingers.
 Limited to 30 people - Cost: $24. Must be over 21. Call 610-374-8839 to register. Payment deadline 5/18/2016.
 
 
 

Sunday, May 22nd 

Pendora Park             2:00 p.m.                         Heritage Center  Pendora Park, created by local electrician Arthur V. Arrowsmith in 1907, had a short life, but the east Reading community continued to preserve the area as a place for children to play. Local author and historian, Paul A. Druzba, will take us back via a PowerPoint program sharing the history and developments to the present day.Pendora Park, created by local electrician Arthur V. Arrowsmith in 1907, had a short life, but the east Reading community continued to preserve the area as a place for children to play. Local author and historian, Paul A. Druzba, will take us back via a PowerPoint program sharing the history and developments to the present day.

 

 
Saturday, June 4th
Exploring the Trails of Berks Co. 1-3:00 pm                   Shiloh Hills, 303 Sage Dr., Sinking Spring
Join us for an informative walk on the trails of Shiloh Hills Park in Spring Twp. to celebrate National Trails Day! Bring binoculars to view wildlife or planes in the sky from the Mid-Atlantic WWII weekend. We'll have trail maps from around Berks County and nearby counties. Staff from Cabela's will be on-hand to share tips and equipment when day-hiking or for longer trips. This is a free program presented by Spring Twp., U.S.A.C.E Blue Marsh Lake and Berks County Parks & Recreation Dept. Please call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 for additoinal details.
 
 

 

Wed., Thurs., Fri., June 8-10
Puddle Jumpers Preschool Summer Camp, Wet & Wild                  5:00 p.m.          Angora Fruit Farm
Water is amazing and what lives there is cool. Come discover what lives in our stream and our "pool"! Examine critters in the water and give fishing a whirl. Be prepared to get wet as we play and learn. Let the magic unfurl. Children ages 3-5, with an accompanying adult. 
 Registration and payment required. $30.00 per child. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3, or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.​
 
 
 
Thursday, June 9
Lunch and Learn              12:15-12:45 p.m.            Heritage Center
Bring your lunch and learn something new! This month's topic: a PowerPoint tour of the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department's programs and facilities.

 

 
Saturday, June 11th
Get Outdoors Day                             11:00 a.m.-4:00p.m.                                         Blue Marsh Lake
                                                                                                                   -Dry Brooks Day Use Area
Join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and 40 plus organizations for a day of outdoor fun in the sun. You can try your luck at catching a catfish in the fish pond, learn how to fly fish, get your face painted, and visit numerous displays and presentations. Learn about the many recreation opportunities in the area, and how to stay safe when on land or in the water. There will also be a scavenger hunt that you can complete that will be entered into prize drawings; and fun activities for all ages.
 
Admission to the park is free that day. 
 
 

Saturday, June 11th

Take Your Kid Mountain Biking Day                1:00 p.m.                      Blue Marsh Lake-Dry Brooks Day Use Area

Bring your mountain bike, helmet and the whole family to bike the trails at Blue Marsh Lake, riding over the dam to the State Hill Boat area and back. Take part in this internationally recognized outdoor event sponsored by the Berks Area Mountain Biking Association and enjoy all that nature has to offer.
This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 for more information and to register. Deadline: June 6th

 

Wednesday June 15th

Needle Felting Workshop  6:00 p.m.                      Heritage Center
Join textile expert Kay Leisey as we learn to needle felt and create a robin. All supplies provided.
Cost: $10. Registration and pre-payment required (to instructor) Call 610-374-8839. Deadlline 6/8
 
 
 

 

Friday, June 17th
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!
 
 

 

Saturday, June 18th                             
Sewing Circle: Knit in Public Day         10 am                    Heritage Center.   
Join us for a special Knit In Public Day sewing circle. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it's knitting or crocheting. Beginners area welcome.

 

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