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2022 Programs and Events
  • Yocum Institute Presents: The Mad Tea Party
    Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022 11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Details:

    Mad Hatter Flyer
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    Bring the whole family and a blanket to enjoy live theater in the beautiful Gring's Mill Ampitheater.  Performances of Brian D. Taylor's "The Mad Tea Party" will be held at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

    SYNOPSIS: 
    Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland characters are brought together in an original story with the same wit and whimsy as the classic tales.  Mad Hatter, Dormouse, and March Hare meet for a tea party to honor Time, who has forgiven the Hatter and set time right once again.  When the Jabberwock comes and wreaks havoc, the tea party guests — including the Caterpillar, the Duchess, the Frog Footman, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum — decide that something must be done.  Time  suggests they travel back through time to the moment when the Jabberwock arrives so that they might catch him.  They travel back several times, but White Rabbit’s watch is fast, Hatter’s is slow, and they just can’t catch the Jabberwock.  Finally, Hare realizes they must fix the nick in Time… Time’s cloak, that is, to save them from the Jabberwock!  After all, a stitch in Time saves nine! 

    Tickets and parking are FREE. 
    Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 for more info.

    This program is presented in conjunction with the Yocum Institute for Arts Education.

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  • Art Exploration: Clay Critters
    Date: Wednesday, July 06, 2022 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Details:

    2022 Drop In Art Flyer
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    Learn animal facts and figures that help to create a ceramic clay critter of your very own. Meet animal ambassadors and learn their amazing adaptations, as well as identification of local wildlife in the parks. Clay projects will be taken to be fired and will need to be picked up later.

    This program is designed as a drop-off program for children ages 7-12. Each day includes a healthy snack, time to explore in the park and a themed art project.

    Cost: $5 per person. Registration required. Contact Lisa Gauker at 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 or email lgauker@countyofberks.com.

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  • Sunset Paddle
    Date: Friday, July 08, 2022 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
    Location:

    ​Blue Marsh Lake, Old Church Road Access

    Details:
    2022 Paddleboarding Programs Flyer
    The Berks County Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Aqua Om to host two paddle board programs this summer.

    In Sunset Paddle, participants will experience the sunset like never before while riding a paddle board on Blue Marsh Lake.  Instruction for beginners will be provided. Those who have their own canoes, boards or kayaks are welcome to join the group at no charge and do not have to register.  Appropriate for ages 10 years old and up.

    Cost: $20 per person. Board, paddle, and life vest will be provided by Aqua Om Paddle for registered participants.

    Space is limited and registration is required for those needing a board.

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  • History at the Heritage Center
    Date: Saturday, July 09, 2022 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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    History of Nicholas Stoltfus Homestead
    FREE. Open to the public.
  • Summer Concert Series at Gring's Mill
    Date: Sunday, July 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Details:

    July 10 Summer Concert Flyer

    Join us for the second installment of our Summer Concert series at Gring's Mill.  Each concert day includes three musical acts set against the backdrop of our beautiful parks, free parking and on-site food trucks, creating a perfect summer outing for the family. 

    Concert Lineup:
    • 1:30-3pm: Miss Maggie Sings
    • 3-5pm: Dave Fry
    • 5-7pm: Maggie Spike
    • Food Truck: Mad J's of Blandon

    FREE. Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 for more info.

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  • History at the Heritage Center
    Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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    History of the Union Canal
    FREE. Open to the public.
  • Ranger-led Photo Hike
    Date: Saturday, August 06, 2022 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Details:
    FREE.  Pre-registration required, contact Lisa Gauker, lgauker@countyofberks.com or call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.
  • History at the Heritage Center
    Date: Saturday, August 06, 2022 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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    ​The Schuylkill River Project
    FREE.  Open to the public.
  • Art Exploration: Nature Notes Sketchbook
    Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Details:

    2022 Drop In Art Flyer
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    Take a walk with an artist and see the forest for the trees. Kids will make a sketchbook to make their first entry as we walk and document the things we encounter in the parks.

    This program is designed as a drop-off program for children ages 7-12. Each day includes a healthy snack, time to explore in the park and a themed art project.

    Cost: $5 per person. Registration required. Contact Lisa Gauker at 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 or email lgauker@countyofberks.com.

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  • Summer Concert Series at Gring's Mill
    Date: Sunday, August 14, 2022 01:00 PM - 07:00 PM
    Details:
    ​​Featuring:
    • TBA  1-7pm
    • Food truck on site
    FREE. Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 for more info.
  • Return of the Bats to Wertz's Red Bridge
    Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
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    FREE. Open to the Public.
  • Summer Concert Series at Gring's Mill
    Date: Friday, August 26, 2022 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
    Details:
    ​​Featuring:
    • Fooling Ourselves: A Tribute to Styx
    • Food truck on site
    FREE. Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 for more info.