Wilcox Farms’s Corn Mazes Great Fun for Entire Family

By Lindsay Dierolf

Are you looking for an exciting way to entertain the kids, or maybe a whole group of kids?  The Wilcox Farms corn mazes might just be the answer to your quest.
There are two mazes set up this year.  One is specifically designed for younger children and follows a shorter route.  This smaller one is set up in the shape of a turtle.  There is also a bale maze and a small play area.  A Wilcox employee explained that “This one is popular with school groups.  It is open daily from 9:00AM – dusk”  The cost for this maze is $5.00 per person.
The larger maze is a Wizard of Oz theme and is open Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM, and Sundays from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.  The larger maze has a fire pit nearby for people to roast marshmallows, tell stories, or just relax.  The cost is $8.00 person.  Groups of 10 or more are $6.00 per person.
They also offer 20 minute hay rides for $4.00 per person.
In addition to the mazes, Wilcox Farms’s store is a great place to find a good selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, and they stock a variety of fall decor items.  After touring the mazes, you can select that perfect pumpkin for a pie or you Halloween Jack O’Lantern!

Fall Excitement in the Air

By Stephanie Graber

The air is turning brisk and the leaves are starting to fall.  We are finally breaking out of humid days of summer.  What better way to celebrate this beautiful change of season, than by bringing your family to the 5TH annual Turning Leaf Fall Festival at Boyertown Community Park?  The excitement begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 13TH and the fun doesn’t end until 6:00 PM that evening.  If the weather does not cooperate, it will be held Sunday, October 14TH instead.

Throughout the entire day, there will be live bands & musicians, including Taking Motion, Black Hat Borris, Comfort Zone, Yolanda Spohn, and many more!  If you enjoy sitting and listening to the music, bring a chair to make yourself more comfortable.  Start and finish times for each band will vary between Oak Stage and Walnut Stage.

Among all of the entertainment are plenty of activities for the children as well.  From horse & buggy, pony, and hay rides, to pumpkin painting, and scarecrow making, there is fun to be enjoyed by all!  Let’s not forget all of the carnival games and a moon bounce.

Don’t forget about The Boyertown Area Historical Society’s 3RD annual Quoit Tournament.  The tournament will begin at 1:00 PM.  Team registration is $15.00 unless at least one teammate is a BAHS member, in which case, registration is $10.00.  If you’re interested in registering your team of two, send an E-mail to the Society at boyertownhistory@windstream.net.  You may also register on the day of the tournament.

While you are there, please support the local crafters and artists, who will have many great items to browse through and purchase.  It is a great way to see all of the talented people in our community and also a wonderful way to support your locals!

If you work up an appetite after enjoying all of the activities, there’s no need to worry; there will be plenty of food and drinks to go around.  Enjoy some world-famous Dallas French Fries and many more delightful fall treats!

This event is a great way to get out and have some cool weather fun, before the cold days of winter are upon us, not to mention the support that it provides to our community and local businesses.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Coming This Year at Oley Valley Community Fair

By Ashley Parish

Are you looking for some good ol’ Dutch fun?  Well, head on down to the 66TH annual Oley Valley Community Fair!  The fair is located in Oley at 26 Jefferson Street.  Thursday, September 20th, through Saturday, September 22nd are the dates when the fair is happening this year.  On Thursday and Friday, hours are from 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM.  On Saturday, the hours are from 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM.Tractor pull at the Oley Fair
This may be a three-day event, but it takes so much more time to plan, set-up, run, and take down this fantastic event.  Oley Valley Community Fair is run by members of the community and volunteers from many local churches and other organizations.  There is something for everyone to do, like entering contests such as livestock judging, sheep judging, youth bale throwing contest, big wheel contest, donut eating contest, and much more.  There are many different prizes that can be won.  There are also rides for all ages and personalities.  The Cramer Brothers Band will be playing on Saturday night, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Free shuttle bus service from Reading Motorcycle Club, at 208 Jefferson Street is also provided.
There are tons of Dutch cooking and home style foods.  Popular foods, like French fries, hamburgers, funnel cakes, and more, are sold at the fair.  Michael Hoppes, Patrol Officer for Boyertown Borough, goes to the fair every year and says, “There is always a great line at the apple cider, French fries, and funnel cake.  There is nothing better than food cooked with love.”  Also, the French fry building has been rebuilt, so go and check that out!
The admission is free but there is a $5.00 parking donation.  This is an event that you don’t want to miss because it brings back the times from when our grandparents were young and things that were different back in the day!

Yip and Dip Doggie Swim

By Stephanie Graber

This month summer is coming to an end, but there is still so much to see and do around our community!  If you have a chance to make it out to the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles before Labor Day, they are offering free admission for Active duty military personnel and their families! Children and adults will have a great time walking through the museum and seeing more than 80 cars, trucks, carriages, motorcycles, sleighs, and other types of vehicles that were locally manufactured.  I can personally say that the displays are very interesting and educational.  The children tend to look at the displays in awe, because they are not something that you have the opportunity to see anymore.  If you do not qualify for free admission, the cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children.  The museum is located at 85 S. Walnut St.
Does your family have a friendly dog that enjoys water?  Maybe you just have children who love to look at and watch someone else’s animal.  Then the “Yip and Dip Doggie Swim” would be a great opportunity to get out and do so.  This year, it will be held on Sunday, September 9TH from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (rain date is set for September 16TH) at the Boyertown Community Pool.  The entire pool will be open to dogs and their owners to get in and splash around.  They are asking for a minimum of $10 donation per dog or $25 for a household.  If you do not have a dog or do not wish to participate, you are still welcome to watch.  For more information or forms please visit www.boyertownymca.org.
I sure hope that you will have the chance to bring the children out for some of these fun-filled events taking place this month.  Fall will be starting on September 22ND, so this month will be our last chance to take advantage of the summer fun.  No need to worry, though.  There will be lots of great things to do in the upcoming months and eventually we will be led into some wonderful winter fun!

Goschenhoppen Folk Festival: Historic Fun for the Family

By Josh Brokaw
The Boyertown Bulletin

The Goschenhoppen Historians will present the 46th annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival on August 10 and 11 at the Henry Antes Plantation in Upper Frederick Township, on Colonial Road off Route 73.

What is a Goschenhoppen, you ask?

“Western Montgomery County is how I’d describe it,” says Bob Wood, a member of the Goschenhoppen Historians. “Little Road is the dividing line between what land drains into the Perkiomen and what drains into Swamp Creek—Goschenhoppen is the upper Perkiomen watershed, about 10 miles wide and five long, north of 73 and up through the Tri-Towns.”

The name is a regional one that showed up on the old maps, but never came into use for a specific borough or village, and thus became lesser used over the years. The large 1736 stone building at the center of the Antes plantation is not the only attraction for the weekend Folk Festival, though it serves as the centerpiece of the Historians’ land, who draw their members and Festival attendees from a wide area.

“We exist to increase the understanding of Pennsylvania Dutch, or Pennsylvania German culture,” Wood says. “We get people coming in from all over the region, and even up and down the East Coast—though we call it a plantation, that’s not a Southern name; the word ‘farm’ didn’t come into use until around the Civil War.”

Festival attendees, which average approximately 3,000 over the weekend, can attend a number of “hay bale” seminars, where folks knowledgeable about Pennsylvania Dutch history and practices will give talks on a variety of topics. There will also be a butchering demonstration, when “Butcher Miller” will show techniques in his craft from the 18th and 19th centuries.

“He’ll butcher, smoke the pigs and cows, make lard, prepare everything, show fire-skulling, they do everything,” Wood says. “We have lots of demonstrations, and reenactors who show work methods and crafts through the weekend.”

The Grand Fantastical Parade is a focal event of the Folk Festival; the name comes from pre-Civil War times, when militia musterings were a regular event.

“The (parade name) goes back to Battalion Days,” Wood says. “That was really the origin of county fairs—when people were required to come out for militia training, they came out for a few days, and they had elephants and everything—travel wasn’t so easy then.”

The Goschenhoppen Folk Festival is $10 for adults ($15 for an adult two-day pass) $2 for children ages 6-15, and free for those 6 and under. Call (215) 234-8953 or visit goschenhoppen.org for more information.

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5th Annual Cruise Night

Whether its Corvairs or Corvettes, Bonnevilles or Buicks, Fords or Firebirds, car buffs know the difference detail by detail.  Those who love the old leather interiors and the shine of fresh paint will be gathered on Saturday, July 21ST at Boyer’s Corner for the 5th Annual Cruise Night in Boyertown.  Car enthusiasts who love to show their cars will line the streets and parking lots on Reading Avenue from 3rd Street – 5th Street.  Last year’s event exhibited over 250 cars and trucks, with over 750 spectators in attendance throughout the evening.  The event is held from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, with Car Registration beginning at 3:00 PM.
Entering its 5TH year, this car show has become so popular that it can be found on websites of car, truck, and motorcycle organizations.  It also has its own Facebook page.  Not only can patrons leisurely stroll through the streets, free of charge, to browse through the displayed vehicles, but other entertainment is also provided such as a DJ and various vendors, including food and refreshments.  Vehicle owners have the opportunity to enter their car or truck into the competition, hoping they might win a trophy, which adds to the pride that they take as they chat with the spectators, tell their stories, and answer questions.

Boyertown’s 5TH Annual Cruise Night is a community function hosted by Building a Better Boyertown.  Recently, site improvements have been made to Philadelphia & Reading Avenues, which include new streetlights, brick ribbons, and trees.  These improvements will provide the perfect backdrop for Cruise Night.  Volunteers are placed throughout the gathering to guide spectators and traffic.  The Inner-Core parking lot and nearby streets can be used for patron parking.  The rain date for Cruise Night is July 28TH.  More information and/or registration forms to enter your vehicle in advance ($10.00) are available at www.boyertownpa.org under news and events.  Registration can also be made on the day of the event ($15.00).

Singles Dancing the Night Away

By Dawn Haas Rhude

Our culture offers many social opportunities for singles, many of them via the internet. But, if you choose good, old fashioned face-to-face mingling, The Original United Singles, Inc. offers singles dances in our area. If you enjoy, music, dancing, chatting and laughing, this may be the perfect event for you. The United Singles Dance Schedule includes Friendship Hook & Ladder, 10 Warwick Street in Boyertown on June 2 and Keystone Steam Fire Engine Company, Walnut Street, Boyertown on June 23. The Saturday night dances run from 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM, for a fee of $10, which includes a light buffet.

While these dances do cater to single folks, couple are welcome to be part of the fun, also.

Activities for Adults: May 2012

By Dawn Haas-Rhude

Held on the last Monday in May of each year since the mid 1860’s, Memorial Day is a special day for those who had family members in the various wars, battles and conflicts in our country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who lost their lives while in military service for our country. Memorial Day was first enacted to honor Union soldiers of the Civil War and it was expanded, after World War I., to include American casualties of any war or military action.

The Boyertown area joins the rest of the country in observation of Memorial Day on May 28, in traditional fashion, with memorial services and the annual parade. With Boyertown’s Mayor, Marianne Deery, in attendance for all events, The Civil Air Patrol will start the day with a flag raising ceremony at the Spaatz Memorial on Second Street at 8:00 AM. Tom McHugh, of The Boyertown Alumni Marching Unit will play “Taps.” Next, Charles B. Yerger Post No. 471, American Legion of Boyertown, will begin its ceremonies with a memorial tribute and “Taps” at Union Cemetery, also known as Cannon Hill. The American Legion will then begin its Parade at 9:00 AM, which originates at Boyertown Area Senior High School. The parade route runs two blocks south on Monroe Street, to East Philadelphia Avenue, then turns right and continues west through town. The parade pauses at the Mennonite Cemetery, located between National Penn Bank and The Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ for a brief Memorial Tribute and “Taps,” then continues 2 more blocks ending at the monument area of Fairview Cemetery. At approximately 10:00 AM, the annual memorial service will begin with an honored guest speaker from the military. Community members are encouraged and invited to follow the parade to Fairview Cemetery and to be present for the memorial service.

As the meaning of Memorial Day has broadened to include events not originally associated with Decoration Day, more and more Americans celebrate the day. Please come out to honor the sacrifices of the men and women of our armed forces who can no longer be with us.

Tour of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

By The Boyertown Area Historical Society

The May General Meeting of The Boyertown Area Historical Society will be held in the fellowship hall of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 45 North Reading Avenue, Boyertown. All Society meetings are open to the public. There, Margaret Harner will present and discuss the 200 year history of the church. You will get to hear about the minister who wouldn’t leave, the organist who disappeared, and the triumphs & tribulations of one of the largest Lutheran congregations in The Commonwealth.

A tour of the church will be proffered to members of The Boyertown Area Historical Society, as well as guests attending the Society’s General Meetings. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in St. John’s fellowship hall.

Activities for Adults: April 2012

By Dawn Haas Rhude

Despite our mild winter, we still look forward to the new season of Spring. Building a Better Boyertown’s Spring event, Coming Out of Hibernation, held on Saturday, April 21st, is the perfect way to shed the winter blues and welcome Spring! The event is located on East Philadelphia Avenue between Reading Avenue and Chestnut Street and runs from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Local vendors and business owners invite the community to visit downtown for a variety of activities and entertainment for all ages. A past favorite is the Chili Cook-Off competition held at The Hard Bean Café. Participants offer free samples though out the day. Ballots are provided and judging is by the community. Chili fans are encouraged to attend!

Also at The Hard Bean Café that day is a photo contest hosted by The Tree Committee, a sub-committee of Building A Better Boyertown. Using the subject of trees, high school students enter photographs into the contest to be judged by the public. Throughout the day, community members can stop by to view the entries and cast their votes. Winning students will be honored at the Arbor/Earth Day Event the following week.

Coming Out of Hibernation is hosted by the Building A Better Boyertown organization, designed as a fundraiser to assist in the sustainability of the organization, and to provide Boyertown and its surrounding area with community events.

Arbor/Earth Day is hosted by Boyertown Community Park’s Parks and Recreation Board, and is held at the park, on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Activities include a community shredding event, flower & perennial sale, educational & nature programs, bake sales, live music, and more. The event is held rain or shine.