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 6
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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    Details:
    The Reading Choral Society Chamber Choir is a subset of the full Choral Society that takes on small-ensemble projects and outreach performances within the community.  Enjoy their prepared selection of artful arrangements of Christmas carols, most familiar, but some unusual choices too.
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 7
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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    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.Santa’s reindeer will stop by Gring’s Mill park for kids of all ages to visit on Saturday, December 7 and Saturday, December 14 between 6-9 pm.  The reindeer are courtesy of Spruce Run Farm, which is a family farm in northeastern Pennsylvania.  Be sure to bring your cameras for some great photos with live reindeer!
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 8
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Details:
    1-4 pm:  Kid’s Holiday Workshop & Holiday Movies- Bring pillows & blankets to enjoy The Polar Express.  Kids can also make crafts to decorate your home or tree at our craft stations around the barn.  Visit with Santa for a treat, and check out our model train display.  Free admission
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 8
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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    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.
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Thursday, December 12
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    “Old Time Christmas Songs & Instruments” with Keith Brintzenhoff
    Listen to some old-time Christmas songs, with some old-time instruments. Sing along to the most popular Thanksgiving song ever written. Continue with the silliest Dutch/English/Spanish Christmas song, and end with the holiest one, in German.    (Shows at 6:30 and 7:30 pm)  www.toadcreekmusic.com
    Watch as large blocks of ice are carved into cool seasonal works of art by Sculpted Ice Works, on Thursday, December 12 and Thursday, December 19.  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 13
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    The 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.  Their holiday repertoire includes familiar music, traditional and non-traditional carols as well as a variety of “sing-a-long” pieces encouraging audience participation.
  • Nature Crafts for Kids- Workshop
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 14
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 2:30 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.
    $5.  Pre-registration is required, contact Jennifer Brooks, jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667.
  • Candlelight Open House
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 14
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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    ​ Experience a colonial era German  Christmas featuring musicians, German holiday delicacies  and decorations of traditional fresh greens.

  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 14
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Beverly McDevitt brings her instrumental style of traditional and classic carols, as well as fun Christmas songs.  Sing-along if you like with one of our songsheets.  www.beverlymcdevitt.com
    Santa’s reindeer will stop by Gring’s Mill park for kids of all ages to visit on Saturday, December 14 between 6-9 pm.  The reindeer are courtesy of Spruce Run Farm, which is a family farm in northeastern Pennsylvania.  Be sure to bring your cameras for some great photos with live reindeer!
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 15
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    1-4 pm:  Kid’s Holiday Workship with ‘Music & Comedy by 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.    (Shows at 6:30 & 7:30 pm)  Kids can also make crafts to decorate your home or tree at our craft stations around the barn.  Visit with Santa for a treat, and check out our model train display.  Free admission!
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 15
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 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!
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Thursday, December 19
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 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
    Watch as large blocks of ice are carved into cool seasonal works of art by Sculpted Ice Works. 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 20
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 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.
  • Winter Solstice Celebration with King Winter
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 21
    Time:
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    Hike lantern-lit trails to discover whether King Winter has made his return!  Warm up next to a campfire and hear stories about the shortest day of the year.  FREE, pre-registration required, contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com to register, or call 484-509-2667.
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 21
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    All ages will enjoy "The Magic of Daniel Clemente” who performs interactive comedy magic shows.  Daniel’s magic show includes side splitting comedy, interactive magic and most importantly, jaw-dropping entertainment. Every show is designed for all ages with only family-friendly material!  (Shows at 6:30 and 7:30 pm)  www.BookAMagicShow.com
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 22
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Crow Hill is known for its high-energy, audience-engaging brand of music that excels in vocal harmonies.  Based in the Bluegrass tradition, Crow Hill sings songs about shoo-fly pies, race horses, old home places, leather gloves, and country churches, along with some seasonal music.
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Thursday, December 26
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Harp & Soul- features Nichole Rohrbach on the harp and Noelle Bryant on the cello.  They play a variety of music, from popular hits to traditional classics.  www.harpnsouln.com
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Friday, December 27
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Stephanie Grace is a 22-year old country/pop artist from Douglassville, and a gifted songwriter/singer and charismatic live performer.  Stephanie brings her energetic musical style to our stage with an acoustic trio.  www.stephanie-grace.com
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 28
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 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
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 29
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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    Details:
    The Little Lehigh Band is a two-family member band of talented musicians ranging in age from 8 to 19 years old. They specialize in bluegrass, folk and Celtic music with seasonings of Irish Step Dancing and vocal favorites.