2014 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, September 6th
Fly Fishing with Cabela's                        12:30-3:30 p.m.                        Red Bridge Recreation Area
Cabela's is proud to offer this industry-leading course for people interested in learning how to fly fish. The course will begin with a two-hour Introduction to Fly Fishing course that will cover equipment, basic entomology, basic casting and knot tying. The class will conclude with a one-hour Introduction to Fly Casting course, where participants will receive hands-on training on the fundamentals of fly casting, including overhead techniques and roll casting. Watch members of the Berks Fly Tyers demonstrate the art of fly tying under the pavilion.
Class size limited, call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to register by August 29th.

Saturday, September 6
Sewing Circle                                              10:00 a.m.                                                Heritage Center
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.

Sunday, September 7th
Grandparent's Day Walk                        1:00-4:00 p.m.                                              Heritage Center
Connect your future with the past on Grandparents Day! Bring the grandchildren out for a scavenger hunt anytime between 1 to 4 pm, to celebrate the Tulpehocken Creek Valley’s rich history. A gentle walk around the Heritage Center grounds and along a portion of the Union Canal Towpath will get you closer to earning the grand prize: Grandparent of the Day! Pictures can be taken in front of the Distelfink for lasting memories of this fun event.

Sunday, September 7th
Rafting and Lumbering Talk                      3:00 p.m.                                                   Heritage Center
Join Steve Runkle as he chronicles logging, river transportation of logs and cut lumber, and lumber milling from colonial times through the 19th Century, principally using the pictures of Thomas T. Taber, III of Muncy, Pa. Take an imaginary 346-mile trip on a timber raft from Cherry Tree down the Susquehanna River all the way to Port Deposit, Maryland. The logging, log boom and drives, logging railroad, lumber milling, and tanning industry portion of the presentation focuses on the West Branch Susquehanna River watershed above Williamsport. The wanton harvest of these virgin timberlands made Williamsport the “Lumber Capital of the World” during the middle of the 19th Century. It also brought with it labor exploitation, environmental devastation, and catastrophic flooding. In this presentation, get to know the “wood hicks”, rivermen, log drivers, boom rats, and industrialists that made the early “lumber boom” happen.

Saturday, September 13th
Moon Over Bioko:                                          1:00 p.m.                                                       Gring's Mill
Sea Turtles of Bioko Island 
Join us as we are honored to welcome Heidi Rader, Author of Moon Over Bioko: Sea Turtles of Bioko Island along with Illustrator Holly Smith. Together they will take us on an amazing journey to Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa where the lush environment became the inspiration for Heidi’s beautiful children’s book. Using life-sized sea turtle shell replicas, Heidi engages participants in this hands-on presentation about the endangered sea turtles that call Bioko Island their home. Children will have an opportunity to replicate the stunning artwork of Moon Over Biokofrom the artist herself with a step-by-step guide on how to draw a sea turtle.
FREE! Pre-registration required. Best suited for families with children ages 8-12.

Sunday, September 14th
Abaxacatabax: Magical Charms                  2:00 p.m.                                                 Heritage Center
and Medical Cures
The Pennsylvania Germans have been practicing a magical, mystical folk medicine since the 17th century when they brought the Brauche or tradition from Central Europe to PA. Know as Powwowing in English, their magical formulas and practices go back to Ancient times, and these in turn are related to the word-magic of primitive and complex cultures worldwide. Del-Louise Moyer, historian of 18th and 19th century American and Germanic Cultural History and German research consultant will present a lecture.

Sunday, September 21st
History of Quilting                                      2:00 p.m.                                                   Heritage Center
Join us as park volunteer Beth Shugar leads us on a journey to learn about quilting from centuries past until now. After the talk join us for an old-fashioned quilting bee, and take the opportunity to see how quilts are made, as well as adding a few stitches of your own to our quilt.

Friday, September 26th
Indian Stories & Dances by the Campfire    6:00 p.m.                                                Heritage Center
Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy returns to share nature stories told by the American Indians as we sit around the campfire. We’ll learn to dance to the beat of the drum as we participate in songs. Bring chairs and blankets.

Saturday, September 27th
History Hike                                                  9:00 a.m.                                          Antietam Lake Park
Join us for a Saturday morning walk at Antietam. Come and learn about the history of Antietam Lake, and its importance to Berks County’s past. Hike will last about 2 hours. Please make sure to wear sturdy walking shoes as the trails at Antietam are rocky. Also, bring along water to drink if you like.

Saturday, September 27th
Terrarium Workshop                                  10:30 a.m.                                                Heritage Center
What could be better than a terrarium to enjoy over the winter? Elaine Meinhart will lead our workshop today. Suitable for adults and children with parent.
Cost: $10. Registration and pre-payment (payable to instructor) required by Sept. 20th.
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