Bulletin Board: Museum Day and Melcher’s Grist Mill Open Day this weekend


The Berks County Heritage Center in the Canton of Bern will celebrate the 18th annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with demonstrations and free admission to all of its sites, including the Gruber Wagon Works and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Museum.

During the demonstrations, they will ignite Wagon Works’ 15-horsepower Otto engine, which served as the primary power source for the factory, and set its driveshaft system in motion.

Tours of the Wagon Works will be offered at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Demonstrations of the driveshaft system will take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Otto engine demonstrations will take place at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

On Sunday from noon to 4 there will be an open house at Melcher’s Grist Mill.

Visit the relocated 1888 mill to learn more about its history and function. The mill was in use on a farm in Bally before the structure was moved to the Heritage Center in 1985. It is a rare and complete example of a water-powered multipurpose agricultural mill.

These programs are presented by the Berks County Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information, contact Dan Roe at [email protected] or call 610-374-8839 ext. 201.
The Heritage Center is located at 1102 Red Bridge Road.

Ride with a Ranger

The Berks County Park Rangers will present family programming throughout the fall, beginning with Ride with a Ranger on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Berks County Heritage Center.

Kids will hop on their bikes to ride the trail with Berks County Parks Chief Ranger Eric Seidel, who will provide an interactive insight into the daily life of a ranger. This two-hour ride on the Union Canal Trail will guide kids through activities and bike skills to help Seidel complete his daily chores.

The program is for children aged 6 and over, accompanied by an adult. Children must bring their own bike and wear a helmet when riding. This program is free, but registration is required.

Mansion to reopen

Visitors are invited to attend the re-dedication of the Shelley-Pendleton Education Center and the reopening of the George Douglass Mansion on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Morlatton Village in Douglassville.

Visitors will be welcomed into the mansion by Mistress Mary Douglass, and Trust volunteers will discuss the restoration of the building. The Society of Pennsylvania Archeology Chapter 21 will feature the latest archaeological findings at Mouns Jones House, the oldest surviving building in Berks County.

For more information, call 610-385-4762 or visit historicpreservationtrust.org.

Family Fall Festival

Clare of Assisi House hosts a Family Fall Fest on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. at St. Benedict’s Picnic Grove (4541 Morgantown Road in Robeson Township). Admission is free and there will be music, food, a flea market and fun activities for the whole family. Coupons for Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends purchases will be available, and November’s 30-Day Designer Bag Calendars will be available for pre-purchase. For more information, call 484-869-5483.

concert at the library

“My Politic,” a musical duo based in Nashville, Tennessee, will perform a house concert at the Wyomissing Public Library on Sunday. Doors open at 3 p.m. at the library, located at 9 Reading Blvd.

Reminiscent of the late John Prine and inspired by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel among others, Missouri natives Kaston Guffey and Nick Pankey have recorded nine albums. They have toured the country extensively, providing intimate concert experiences combined with a potluck-style shared meal. Participants are asked to bring a starter, appetizer, dessert or drink to share.

A donation of $15 per person and $35 for a family is requested for the Sunday concert; all donations go directly to the musicians.

Masks and vaccines are highly recommended. To reserve a seat, contact [email protected] or [email protected]

“Whiskey Experience”

The Reading Science Center’s “The Whiskey Experiment” fundraiser will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel in Reading on Friday from 7-10 p.m. Local and national distillers will come together for an evening of tastings.

The lecture series for VIP ticket holders will feature Erik and Jim Wolfe of Stoll and Wolfe Distillery. The father and son duo will share stories about the return of rye whiskey to Pennsylvania.

The event also includes music from the Hot Club of Reading, appetizers, raffles, silent auctions and interactive science exhibits.

The Whiskey Experience raises funds for the Reading Science Center, 645 Penn St., which seeks to foster a love of science through experiential STEM education.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit readingsciencecenter.org/whiskey2022 or facebook.com/ReadingScienceCenter.

Prices are $40 for a ticket without tasting, $75 for general admission and $100 for VIP access.

Historic encounter

Hawk Mountain Chapter 31 of the Society of Pennsylvania Archeology meets tonight at 7 a.m. in the Hamburg Municipal Building, 61 N. Third St. The guest speaker is Sean Keller of the Berks County Metal Detecting Group. The topic will focus on equipment used and treasures found in Berks County. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Conflict resolution forum

Albright College is hosting a Conflict Resolution Community Forum in the South Lounge on Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. There will be presentations by chaplains and two local agencies, followed by a question and answer session. The forum is free and open to the public.

caring day

The United Way of Berks County Day of Caring and Campaign Launch events take place on Wednesday. The event begins at 8 a.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium with the official campaign launch. Then, 400 Day of Caring volunteers will roll up their sleeves and take part in 40 projects across the county.

Hit a truck

The Swamp Lutheran Church of Reinholds will be sponsoring a “Community Touch A Truck” exhibit on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon.

All children and adults in the Cocalico/Ephrata area are invited to attend the event with over 15 vehicles expected including fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, cranes and construction equipment, giving people the opportunity to see the equipment and talk with the operators.

Children are invited to climb and explore the trucks. There is no admission charge, but people are asked to bring a canned item for the church pantry. The Church youth group will be selling refreshments by donation.

The church is located at 275 Swamp Church Rd. in Reinholds.

deer hunting

Reading is preparing to launch the Mount Penn Preserve Deer Management Program to help reduce deer populations, lessen the negative impact on the park, and create a balanced ecosystem. The program is a joint venture between the city, Berks County and the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services.

Organizers said white-tailed deer are one of the most influential wildlife species in Pennsylvania’s forest ecosystems. However, when their population is out of balance with their habitat, deer can negatively affect forests and parks by excessively browsing on tree seedlings, shrubs and wildflowers. This changes the diversity and habitat of other forest mammals and birds, eliminates the shrub layer, greatly reduces the diversity of forest floor plant species, and creates a risk of flooding.

The program will begin on Saturday and run until January 28. During this period, there are only three Sundays when the program will operate: November 13, 20 and 27. It is a controlled hunting program involving experienced archers who have been selected to participate. No hunting is permitted without permission from the USDA Wildlife Services.

All hunters interested in information about participating in the program are encouraged to contact the city arborist at 610-655-6035 or email [email protected]

Retired doctor wins job

Dr. Peter A. Schwartz, chairman emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at Reading Hospital – Tower Health, has been elected chair of the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethics and Judicial Affairs for a one-year term. He has been a board member since 2016. He creates medical ethics guidelines for physicians and the disciplines of physicians who practice outside of those guidelines.

“Even after his retirement from the practice of medicine, Dr. Schwartz continues to be a trusted resource to his fellow physicians in the Reading community,” said hospital President and CEO Dr. Charles F Barbera. “We are extremely fortunate to have a doctor of his caliber continue to provide his medical expertise and insight both locally and nationally.”


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