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]‬

 
  • Tatting Workshop
    Schedule:
    Saturday, November 24
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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    Details:
    Beginners from 9-11:30 and Intermediate from 12-2:30. Tatting- “knot” a lost art! Karen Wattai, a self-taught tatter and member of the Lace Lovers of Lebanon, has years of experience teaching this versatile art form. A comparison of threads, needles and shuttle tatting will be discussed as students learn to make rings and chains resulting in a tatted bookmark. Kit includes medium size tatting needle, threads, and pattern. Bring scissors. Cost: $10. Registration with payment (payable to instructor) by Nov. 10. Call 610-374-8839.
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 1
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 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.6:30-8:30
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 2
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Free- Kids Holiday Movies & Crafts
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 2
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 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. (6:30-8:30 pm)
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Thursday, December 6
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Mike Miskie
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Friday, December 7
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    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
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  • 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
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 9
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    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
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    Details:
    The Belle Tones (6:30-8:30)
  • 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
    Schedule:
    Friday, December 14
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
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    Pretzel City Chorus
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Friday, December 14
    Time:
    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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    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:
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    Christmas Traditions in America w/ Roy Justice
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 16
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    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
    Schedule:
    Thursday, December 20
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    ​“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
    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
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    Details:
    Dave Kline & A Mountain Folk Christmas w/ Special Guests
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 23
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    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:
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    Maggie Spike with Tom Montgomery
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Friday, December 28
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    ​Peter Errich & Todd Zarzecki
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 29
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    "Good-Time Family Fun, Music & Comedy" w/ Ray Owen- shows at 6:30 and 7:30
  • Holiday Lights
    Schedule:
    Sunday, December 30
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble