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Berks Arts Council
The mission of Berks Arts Council is to cultivate, promote, and support the arts in our community through collaboration, education, and presentation. Berks Arts Council’s major events and programs include the Berks Jazz Fest, Bandshell Concert Series, Greater Reading Film Festival, the Pagoda Awards, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Re-Granting Program, and Artists Services.
Berks Community Television
Berks Community Television (bctv.org) is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation committed to providing live programming on cable TV and on our website, produced and hosted by people in the Berks County community.
Berks County Agricultural Land Preservation Board
It is the mission of the Berks County Agricultural Land Preservation Board to permanently preserve large clusters of viable agricultural lands by acquiring agricultural conservation easements (ACE). An ACE prevents the development of the land for any purpose besides productive agriculture.
Berks County Community Foundation
Berks County Community Foundation was founded in 1994 to help individuals, families, organizations and businesses achieve their charitable objectives. Since that time, the foundation has grown to manage hundreds of charitable funds. Each year, those funds distribute scholarships and grants to support local students and nonprofit organizations and causes.
Berks County Conservancy
The Berks Conservancy strongly supports Berks County’s number one industry, agriculture – and – the protection of our special natural areas. To date, we have permanently preserved over 7,500 acres through conservation easements, acquisitions, and transfers; and have facilitated the protection of an additional 1300 acres in Berks County. As important as these land preservation efforts are, we also realize that a healthy community needs economic growth. By using our County’s Comprehensive Plan as a guide, we continue to work with municipalities to promote growth in the proper places, such as areas surrounding existing development.
Berks County Heritage Center
The Berks County Heritage Center is a historical interpretive complex commemorating important eras of our cultural history. The Heritage Center hosts the annual Heritage Festival in October and several other annual events, along with a seasonal Interpretive Program series featuring workshops and programs for all ages. For a program guide, call 610-374-8839 or e-mail the Heritage Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Heritage Center is open from May 1 through the last Sunday in October.The hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.; the center is also open summer holidays. Tours are available daily; the last tour leaves one hour before closing.
Berks County Irish-American Home Association
Our mission is to expand our Celtic Heritage between Ireland and the United States through education, literature, music and ancient traditions, and to ensure our heritage continues to expand through the generations yet to come.
Berks County Living Magazine
Berks County Living is the region’s premier lifestyle magazine highlighting the people and places that stand out in Berks County. Look to us for dining suggestions, home interior ideas, unique shopping spots and more.
Berks County Parks & Recreation Department
The Berks County Parks & Recreation Department comprises 11 different Park areas throughout Berks County.
The 360 acre – 4.5 mile long Tulpehocken Creek Valley Park System includes: Stonecliffe Recreation Area, Berks Leisure Area/Sheeler House; Gring’s Mill Recreation Area; Red Bridge Recreation Area; the Berks County Heritage Center and the Union Canal Towpath Bicycle & Walking Trail. The Parks System also has outlying Parks around the County. Kaercher Creek Park is in Hamburg; the Allegheny Aqueduct/Beidler House is in Gibraltar; and Antietam Lake Park in Lower Alsace Township.
Picnic facilities, tennis and volleyball courts, play areas, special events, educational programs, festivals and concerts are held throughout the year.
Berks Heritage Council
Discover our Pennsylvania German culture, exciting historic sites, and fascinating museums. Attend our meetings featuring heritage experts. Use our resources for researching your family’s history and that of our county. Ride through our beautiful countryside to see our covered bridges, canals, mills, caves, iron furnaces, and distinctive architecture. Introduce your family to frontiersman Daniel Boone, automotive pioneer Charles Duryea, Indian treaty maker Conrad Weiser, and other figures. Visit our collections of vintage railroad memorabilia, aircraft, firefighting equipment, antiques, folk art, and fine art. For general information, call the Greater Reading Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Berks History Center
Our mission is to focus on the unique local history, the vast material and the diverse cultural heritage of Berks County by preserving, archiving and promoting this material to instill in our citizens of all ages and ethnic groups an awareness of this growing treasure of information.
Berks Jazz Fest
24th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest: March 28 - April 6, 2014.
Spend 10 jazz and blues-filled days and nights in the Greater Reading area! Over 120 scheduled events, plus great shopping and dining in one area, make the 24th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest your perfect spring getaway. Visit website for festival information, tickets and more.
Berks Salsa Fest
Berks Salsa Fest's mission is to unite our culturally-diverse community by providing a positive venue where individuals of all ages and backgrounds can come together to learn the invigorating form of dance known as “Salsa,” while promoting self-confidence and inspiring personal growth. Our professional Latin dance instructors will work diligently to unlock the individual’s potential, preparing them for dance performances, competitions, or to simply utilize dance as a form of fitness.
Berks Youth Chorus
Berks Youth Chorus singers – from a diverse cross-section of neighborhoods, cultures, religions, and economic strata – come together, make music, and make friendships that last a lifetime.
Best Western Plus Reading Inn & Suites
Kick back in comfort. This Shillington hotel was recently renovated in 2008-2009, so you're not missing out on any of the latest spoils. After a day at the Berks Jazz Fest or exploring the Jehovah Witness Watchtower Convention, you deserve to come back to a welcoming, contemporary room. You get complimentary Wi-Fi and daily complimentary full breakfast so you will feel right at home. Dig into a buffet spread of waffles, delicious fruits and pastries, yogurt, cereal and our staple 100% Arabica gourmet coffee. After filling up, you have easy access to the highway to start your adventure.
Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction
The Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction is a reproduction of the Old Testament tabernacle. The center is also an information center for those looking to acquire more information on the life and faith of the Amish and Mennonites.
Big Bus Tours
The unique history and beauty of Philadelphia is displayed on the Big Bus Tours through an authentic London double decker bus. Fully trained guides entertain guests on board with fascinating facts and interesting stories about the city and its inhabitants.
Big Creek Vineyard
A family-owned and operated craft winery Big Creek Vineyard makes a variety of wines including reds whites roses and fruit wines. The winery welcomes visitors and offers tastings in its storefront the Jim Thorpe Shoppe.
Big Vision Foundation
Our tournaments feature age groups ten and under (10-U), 12-U, 13-U, 14-U, 16-U, and 19-U. Games are played at the Berks County Youth Recreation Facility (1098 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533) as well as various other locations around Berks County (see website schedule for further details). Our events draw teams from the entire Mid-Atlantic region and from as far away as California, Colorado and Canada. For more info or to register, visit our website or call us. The Berkshire Optimist Baseball & Softball Club promotes amateur baseball & softball at every level and strongly encourages our beliefs of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, dignity, humility, class and respect for authority.
Bird in Hand Farmers Market
Bird in Hand Farmers Market is a collection of stores and vendors specializing in Amish fare crafts baked goods fresh vegetables meat and cheeses. The Market is open on weekends and seasonally during the week.
Bird-in-Hand Restaurant Stage
Bird-in-Hand Restaurant Stage offers theatre performances on the banquet level of the restaurant. Performance tickets are available separately or can be combined with a meal at the restaurant.
Black Walnut Winery Tasting Room
Located in downtown Phoenixville Black Walnut Winery Tasting Room offers a warm and welcoming ambiance for fellowship and conversation. Special events are also often scheduled where select wines are served.
Blair Vineyards is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Stop by our beautiful vineyard nestled in the hills of Kutztown to explore our wines and local cheese. Feel free to bring a picnic basket and enjoy the views of the Blue Mountains from the covered tasting pavilion with a bottle of our Pinot Noir or a crisp glass of Chardonnay.
Blue Marsh Lake (Recreation Area)
Located six miles northwest of Reading, Blue Marsh Dam was authorized by Congress for flood control, water supply, water quality and recreation. From hiking, biking, boating, and horseback riding to fishing, picnicking, water skiing and snow-shoeing, Blue Marsh is a lake for all seasons. Public programs are offered by the project staff and include tower tours, trail walks, and water safety programs.
Blue Mountain Sports & Wear
Blue Mountain Sports and Wear offers Lehigh Gorge and Switchback Trails bike trips and Lehigh River kayaking trips. The company also offers kayak canoe rowboat and bike rental along with shuttle service to popular area attractions.
Blue Mountain Vineyards
Specializing in low-sulfite red and white wines Blue Mountain Vineyards prides itself on offering 'straight from the barrel' wines. They host tastings for visitors as well as a variety of special events including 'picking parties' with live music.
Blue Rocks Family Campground
Blue Rocks is a rustic fun-filled environment for everyone. Blue Rocks consists of 125 acres of oaks and pines with mountain streams flowing freely throughout the park. You’ll find our awe-inspiring Blue Rocks glacier deposit astonishing.The formation occurred during the last ice age and has been dated to be as old as 350 million years. The formation covers 15 acres and is said to have a stream that still runs beneath the field. Although Blue Rocks caters to hikers and tenters, we offer a wide choice of tent and RV sites in both open and wooded settings. For those looking for a compromise between a tent and an RV, we offer cabins for rent.
Body Zone Sports & Wellness Complex
Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex has something for every visitor! Whether you just want to stop over for a day and workout, take group exercise classes, swim laps, go ice skating, or play ball on one of our indoor fields or basketball court, we have something for everyone. Visit our website or call today!
Boscov's Ala Carte Catering
Boscov's Ala Carte Catering has been in business for 20 years and will cater an event at any venue or household. In addition to offering many delicious menu options, it offers the best Kosher food in Reading. Boscov's Ala Carte Catering prides itself on providing that distinctive personal touch that makes any event, regardless of budget or size, a success.
Boscov's Travel Center
We have been providing leisure vacations and services at honest prices for 37 years. Our once small company from Reading, PA has flourished into a sizable travel-management company found throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New York and New Jersey. Longevity in the marketplace has led to strong relationships with a variety of travel-industry providers worldwide, which translates into great travel savings for you!
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Discover rare and handsome vehicles you have never seen before and won't find anywhere else. More than 75 vehicles on display. Explore the surprising history of our region's vehicle building craftsmen and industry. Find out more about "Fleetwood," auto pioneers Charles Duryea and George Daniels, and other undiscovered giants of the early auto industry.
The site of the Revolutionary War's Battle of Brandywine Brandywine Battlefield now offers guided tours (visitors provide their own cars) with stops at the Birmingham Friends Meetinghouse Birmingham Hill and Sandy Hill and lunch at the Northbrook Marketplace. Self-guided exploration always available.
Brandywine Picnic Park
Resting beside the Brandywine River the Brandywine Picnic Park in West Chester Pennsylvania is open from mid-May to mid-September. Featured activities include softball paddle boating and tubing. Midway activities are featured as well.
Brandywine River Museum
The Brandywine River Museum is a historic and American art complex including an extensive collection with works by Andrew and Wyeth. Artworks are housed in a historic grist mill and guided walking tours of the collection and adjacent farm introduce visitors to the site.
Brewer's Bar & Grill
Brewer's Bar and Grill is West Reading's sports bar. With local memorabilia decorating the walls, fourteen flat screen TVs showing the best sporting events of the day, and 125 different bottled beers to choose from, Brewer's is the place for sports fans to gather, eat, and drink. Brewer's takes you deep into the history of Reading before & after Prohibition. Memorabilia from these decades can be found hanging on every wall. A great place to be!
Buca di Beppo
Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, planning a business dinner or having a night out with family and friends, you'll enjoy Buca di Beppo's authentic Italian cuisine served family style, to be shared with the entire table!
Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library & Museum
Located in the heart of historic Bucks County is the Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library & Museum. The library and museum houses rare artifacts from the civil war and a collection of first edition books periodicals and more.
Building A Better Boyertown
Building a Better Boyertown is a non-profit organization formed in 2002. It is a Main Street Community that develops and accomplishes tasks that maintain Boyertown’s historical heritage, promotes downtown Boyertown and attracts people to the community. We concentrate on business recruitment and retention and on providing technical assistance and grant opportunities for property and business owners in the Main Street District to make facade improvements enhancing the town's Victorian architecture.
Visitors can stroll through the park-like area known as Burns Plantation in the middle of the city. Visitors see a late 1800s farmhouse summer kitchen two barns a garden and outbuildings.
With the grounds decorated with flowers Caddy Shack has an extensive 20-hole miniature golf course for its guests. The concession stand serves ice cream fries and roasted chicken. Visitors can also see rabbits and ducks near the course.
With the goal of providing fuel for the day, Cafe Harmony offers its customers handcrafted coffees, teas, smoothies, and other beverages. Delicious pastries, sandwiches, soups, and quiches round out the delicious menu.
A unique coffee shop featuring specialty coffees, an espresso bar, hot breakfast, fresh-baked pastries and bagels, on-the-go lunch items made fresh daily, plus homemade soups and breads. We've got the fuel to get you through the day and bring energy and harmony to your life.
Cafe' Sweet Street
Café Sweet Street invites you to indulge in our inspired menu of chef-prepared, made-from-scratch lunches. We feature house-made soups, toasted gourmet sandwiches, spectacular salads, Angus beef burgers, and artfully created luscious desserts. All made using the freshest, most flavorful ingredients and seasonings.
Featuring 12 lanes of traditional bowling Cain's Lanes provides bowling for individuals leagues and private events. The center offers glow bowling automatic bumpers food drinks and Mad Games for an alternative bowling experience.
Caron Treatment Centers
Caron Treatment Centers is a non-profit provider of alcohol and drug addiction treatment. For over 50 years, Caron has provided primary, relapse and longer-term treatment for the disease of addiction.
Carribean Indoor Water Park
The Carribean Indoor Water Park offers a water walking pool a wading pool with dumping buckets an activity pool with basketball hoops and water slides with a plunge pool. The facility also has a spa with waterfalls.