Presentation of Pennsylvania German humor and music

Keith Brintzenhoff will be the speaker Monday at 7:30 pm at the Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Society membership meeting.

His talk will feature Dr. Witselsucht, a Pennsylvania German comedian in the style of Professor Schnitzel, and will include humor and banjo music.

Brintzenhoff is an expert on Pennsylvania German music, dance, instruments and folklore. In addition to his solo presentations, he leads the Toad Creek Ramblers.

The program at the group’s building at 116 N. Front St., Womelsdorf, is free and all are welcome.

Parking is in the rear of the building. For more information: 610-589-2527.

Annual 5K fundraiser

Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County presents its annual Hear Our Voices Team Holly 5K on Sept. 12 at Gring’s Mill Recreation Area in Spring Township.

Registration/number pickup begins at 8:30 am

The run will begin at 10 am A fun walk is at 10:05.

Lauren A. Little

A previous Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks Team Holly Hear Our Voices 5K Run and Walk at Gring’s Mill Recreation Area. (READING EAGLE)

There will also be rock painting, face painting, games, a raffle, refreshments and more.

Spectators and walkers are welcome to bring strollers and wagons.

Register at by Aug. 23 to get a free T-shirt and goodie bag. There might be some T-shorts and bags remaining after that.

The entrance fees are age 8 and under, free, but no T-shirt; ages 9 to 17, $10; and all those older are $20.

After Aug. 23, ages 9 to 17 are $15, and all those older are $25.

For questions or more information, visit

Cocarico Valley history

The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley presents “Court Cavalier Anna Thoma” on Aug. 24 at 7 pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 167 E. Main St., Ephrata.

Ephrata Cloister visitor service associate Lydia Jones will talk about Anna Thoma’s monastic life at Conrad Beissel’s settlement and her contributions as hymn writer and singer.

All are welcome to the free event. Parking lot and entrance in the rear alley.

For more information: or 717-733-1616.

History Center Road Ramble

Berks History Center will present its Fall 2022 Road Ramble on Oct. 22 from 10 am to 4 pm

The Road Ramble is a self-guided driving tour.

The Fall 2022 Road Ramble celebrates Berks County historian, Geroge M. Meiser IX, known for his long-running “The Passing Scene” book series, which he authored with his wife, Gloria Jean.

He also served as president of center, which was known as the Historical Society of Berks County, from 1998 until 2011.

The Berks History Center Fall '21 Road Ramble starts at the Berks History Center, 940 Center Ave., Reading, and rambles through Muhlenberg, Longswamp and Alsace Townships.  The route narrative covers the history of local towns and historic sites such as Reading Fairgrounds, Madeira Air Field, East Penn Manufacturing, Dryville Hotel and Mertztown Train Station.  (Submitted photo)
The Berks History Center 2021 Road Ramble.

Starting at the history center, 940 Center Ave., participants will ramble through Leesport, Hamburg, Lenhartsville, Virginville and Kempton. The route will highlight a blend of historic structures, scenic vistas, and locations associated with local folklore.

The Fall 2022 Road Ramble concludes at the Albany Township Historical Society, where food will be available for purchase. All proceeds there will benefit the Albany Township Historical Society and Berks History Center.

Tickets for the Road Ramble are $35 per car for Berks History Center members and $45 per car for nonmembers. They can be purchased online at or by calling 610-375-4375.

For more information: 610-375-4375, or

Berks History Center hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm

Muhlenberg Twp. festival

Muhlenberg’s food and music festival known as RiverFest is scheduled for the last weekend in August at Jim Dietrich Park along the Schuylkill River.

There will be two stages for performances, one for electric and one for acoustic, highlighting local musical talent with the river as the backdrop, organizers said.

There are 30-plus musical acts scheduled over the three days, performing bluegrass, classic rock, jazz, country, indie music and more, organizers said.

There will be numerous food vendors.

A previous RiverFest at Jim Dietrich Park in Muhlenberg Township.  (READING EAGLE)

Special to the Reading Eagle: Jeff Doelp

A previous RiverFest at Jim Dietrich Park in Muhlenberg Township. (READING EAGLE)

RiverFest will be open Aug. 26 from 5 to 10 pm and activities will be centered around the farmhouse with music, beer, frozen drinks and food vendors.

The main part of the event runs Aug. 27 from 11 am to 10 pm and Aug. 28 from 11 am to 7 pm

For more information, contact Muhlenberg Township at 610-929-4727, or on the RiverFest event page on Facebook.

Bring your own chairs.

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