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What’s on Your Summer “Bucket List?” Fun things to do in Reading, PA

July 25th, 2013

Summer is in full swing here in Central Pennsylvania.  Are you taking advantage of all the culture and fun waiting for you in Reading?

If you still have a items to check off your summer fun “bucket list,” here are a few local options for you:

100th Anniversary of the Reading Public Museum – The Painters of Berks

Location: Reading Public Museum, 500 Museum Rd., Reading, PA

Phone:  (610) 371-5850

Cost: Museum admission. See specials on the museum web site.

This exhibit showcases paintings by 19th and 20th century Berks County artists. View nearly 60 works and trace the development of the regional school of painting in Reading, which emphasized landscapes, still life, and portraits. James Arthur Benade, Francis D. Devlan, J. Heyl Raser, Christopher Shearer, Ben Austrian, among others, are featured.


Chris Bergson Band @ the Bandshell, Reading City Park

Location: Hill Rd. and Constitutional Blvd., Reading, PA

Date: July 26th, 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Free!

Cool blues on a sultry summer night – what could be better? Concert is free and open to the public!


Jim Gaffigan – The White Bread Tour

Location: Sovereign Performing Arts Center, 136 N. 6th Street, Reading, PA

Date:  Sunday, August 4th, 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $39.75 – $49.75; available through TicketMaster

How about a little comedy? A major talent, beloved to a wide range of audiences, Jim Gaffigan has achieved accolades and awards for his stand-up comedy, acting, and writing. His clever, quiet style has made him one of the top five most successful touring comedians in the country today.

Things to Do in Reading, PA: Beat the Winter Blues!

January 3rd, 2013

So, the halls have been “un-decked” and the mercury is rapidly dropping. But that doesn’t mean the fun is over – quite the opposite, in fact!  Now is the perfect time to make plans for beating the winter blues in Central and Southern Pennsylvania.

If you’re looking for a few ideas, here’s what’s going on in Berks County, PA:


Reading Royals take on the Elmira Jackals

Date:  Saturday, January 5, 2013

Time:  7:05 p.m.

Place:  Sovereign Center

Come out and cheer our Royals, including recently named All-Stars Philipp Grubauer and Denny Urban, as they clash with the Elmira Jackals.  Ticket prices range from $9 to $27 and are available at the Reading Royals website.


Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Disney Magic

Date:  Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sovereign Center

Join the celebration as 65 of Disney’s unforgettable characters come to life in Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic! You will be captivated by the one and only Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and many Disney Princesses. Be thrilled by exciting moments from The Lion King; Mulan; and Disney-Pixars Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story films; in a skating spectacular filled with magical Disney moments you will remember forever as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! Tickets range from $15 – $55; group discounts are available.


Hit the Slopes at Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Place:  101 Doe Mountain Lane, Macungie, PA

Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center is nestled on over 330 acres in scenic Berks County, Pennsylvania. The resort offers skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing winter activities and hiking, biking, fishing, boating, tennis and nearby golf during the spring through fall months. Guests can plan an event in the spacious banquet and meeting facilities with mountain views, dine at The Grille at Bear Creek or the Trail’s End Cafe, relax at The Spa at Bear Creek or vacation at our resort hotel, with indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs.

Beat the Heat with Some Cool Art from Berks County Artists

August 5th, 2010

Visit the Berks Art Alliance’s 33rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition

Take a break from the summer heat to appreciate fine art created by local Berks County artists.

DATE: August 1 – September 8, 2010
OPENING RECEPTION:  Sunday, August 8, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington Street, Reading, 19601
PHONE: 610-374-4600

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:  Each year, the Berks Art Alliance invites local Berks County artists to submit work to its juried exhibition; each year, the artwork continues to transform and captivate the viewer.  The Berks Art Alliance is a fellowship of professional and amateur artists who foster an atmosphere of stimulation and encouragement, to support the visual arts within the Alliance as well as the community at large.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Visit the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts website.

Berks County Events: Celebrate Christmas in July with Incendio

July 22nd, 2010

Looking for a tinsel-free way to celebrate July 25th right here in Berks County?  Check out Incendio, who will perform this Sunday at the Gring’s Mill Amphitheater in Wyomissing:

Berks County 2010 Summer Concert Series – Incendio

Back by popular demand, this LA-based Latin guitar world fusion group (that’s a mouthful) features a unique alchemy of composition, technique and performance.  At the heart their music is the bold, romantic Spanish guitar, its timeless sound recast in powerful modern arrangements.  This concert is FREE and open to the public.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.  Refreshments will be available.  No rain date.  Click here for more information on Berks County’s 2010 Summer Concert Series.

Celebrate Earth Day This Weekend

April 22nd, 2010

Looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day in Berks County?

Even if you missed last weekend’s Berks County Earth Day 2010 celebration, organized by the Berks County Earth Day Committee, you can still get in on the action.

This Saturday, April 24th, is Wyomissing’s annual Earth Day celebration.  The event features: recycling, gardening and alternative fuel education; a “garden art goes green” contest; children’s crafts, activities and games; and refreshments. 

Free t-shirts, pine seedlings and ”green” grocery bags will be given out on a first come/first served basis.


Event details:

  • Date:  Saturday, April 24 (rain date Sunday, April 25, 1-4 p.m.)
  • Time:  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location:  Happy Hollow Playground, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Wyomissing

For more information, call the Wyomissing Borough Hall at 610.376.7481 or download the library’s Earth Day 2010 flyer.

Get Ready for the Southeast Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show

March 4th, 2010

Spring is just around the corner – what kind of home improvement projects do you have on tap?

Whether you’re tackling a major remodel, or just looking for a few new plants for a flower bed, you’ll find the inspiration you need at Reading’s Home & Garden Show.  The show, presented by HBA of Berks County, runs from March 12th through the 14th at the Greater Reading Expo Center.  

The event features beautiful landscapes, building supplies, poos and spas, as well as informative seminars to ensure the success of your next project.

For more information, visit the Southeast Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show website.  Be sure to follow the link for discount coupons!

Annual Celtic Oyster Festival in Town

August 20th, 2009

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?

The 7th annual Celtic Oyster Festival will be held this Saturday, August 22nd at St. Benedict’s Grove (Rt. 10) in Mohnton.  The event promises a fun-filled day complete with great Celtic entertainment, food, and clan heraldry information, as well as crafts and wares from Celtic nations.

Enjoy fresh oysters and seafood, and for the gastronomically gifted, an oyster eating contest.

Festival hours are from 12 – 9 p.m.  For more details, visit

Annual Stoudtburg Village Christmas in July

July 22nd, 2009

In my search for something fun and different to do this weekend, I came across a listing for The Annual Stoudtburg Village Christmas in July festival.

Located in Adamstown, PA, the shops of Stoudtburg promise all the ambience of an old European village. While developers Carol and Ed Stoudt aren’t promising snow for this weekend, they guarantee a festive, holiday-like atmosphere – and some great sales. Check it out!

Festival Details
July 24, 2009 – July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24th to Sunday, July 26, 2009 from 10AM-5PM. Stoudtburg Village Shops, Adamstown

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