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!

Nature, Music and Movies Come Together at Green Lane Park

By Lindsay Dierolf
The Boyertown Bulletin

Green Lane Park is an oasis of quiet that’s easily accessible from Routes 663 or 73, a place where one can go to birdwatch, fish, camp, boat, play tennis, and hike, bike and ride the Montgomery County park’s several trails, which vary in difficulty. There’s plenty of playspace for the children, too. Since installing a covered amphitheater in 2010, Green  Lane has also added a schedule of no-cost summer performances and movies.

Events scheduled this month include a migratory bird program, Shorebirds and Waders, on Aug. 10 at 6 p.m., free and open to ages nine and over.  Bring along your binoculars! On Aug. 11 the movie “Tangled” will be shown, beginning at dusk. Tree, a local Celtic band, will play the Green Lane Park Amphitheater Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. Pack snacks and drinks, and bring along your blankets and chairs for the outdoor shows.

“We’ve gotten a good number of people out for the concerts in the last couple years,” says Mark Schope, Green Lane Park’s supervisor. “We had a rock and reggae show the last weekend in June that brought out maybe 500 people.”

Schope encourages people to come out and see falconer Cheri Heimbach, of Lewisburg, who will demonstrate her ancient craft on Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

“(Heimbach) brings out a several owls and hawks, and then one big falcon,” Schope says. “Last year she was out in the rain, and the falcon went flying under the amphitheater where everyone was watching—it’s a very cool thing to watch.”

Green Lane Park’s nature center features an observation window to view the birds, a nature trail and a butterfly garden.  Amateur photographers will find many opportunities to take pictures.

Additional information is available by calling Green Lane Park at 215-234-4528 or e-mailing GreenLanePark@montcopa.org.

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Green Lane Park is an oasis of quiet that’s easily accessible from Routes 663 or 73, a place where one can go to birdwatch, fish, camp, boat, play tennis, and hike, bike and ride the Montgomery County park’s several trails, which vary in difficulty. There’s plenty of playspace for the children, too. Since installing a covered amphitheater in 2010, Green  Lane has also added a schedule of no-cost summer performances and movies.

Events scheduled this month include a migratory bird program, Shorebirds and Waders, on Aug. 10 at 6 p.m., free and open to ages nine and over.  Bring along your binoculars! On Aug. 11 the movie “Tangled” will be shown, beginning at dusk. Tree, a local Celtic band, will play the Green Lane Park Amphitheater Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. Pack snacks and drinks, and bring along your blankets and chairs for the outdoor shows.

“We’ve gotten a good number of people out for the concerts in the last couple years,” says Mark Schope, Green Lane Park’s supervisor. “We had a rock and reggae show the last weekend in June that brought out maybe 500 people.”

Schope encourages people to come out and see falconer Cheri Heimbach, of Lewisburg, who will demonstrate her ancient craft on Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

“(Heimbach) brings out a several owls and hawks, and then one big falcon,” Schope says. “Last year she was out in the rain, and the falcon went flying under the amphitheater where everyone was watching—it’s a very cool thing to watch.”

Green Lane Park’s nature center features an observation window to view the birds, a nature trail and a butterfly garden.  Amateur photographers will find many opportunities to take pictures.

Additional information is available by calling Green Lane Park at 215-234-4528 or e-mailing GreenLanePark@montcopa.org.

Have a Boyertown-area story or activity for us? E-mail life@boyertown.biz.

Celebration of National French Fry Day; Moon over the Woods Dance

By Dawn Haas Rhude

Seniors have great independent living opportunities in our small community.  Walnut Woods, 35 North Walnut Street, provides independent, senior living housing in Boyertown.  Found on their monthly calendar, Walnut Woods residents can choose to participate in up to as many as 8 different daily activities and events.  Walnut Woods also has activities and events that it shares with the surrounding communities.  Sheryl Jackson, Community Sales Leader, is pleased to invite everyone to their upcoming events.  Informational presentations are often given on topics that are beneficial to seniors, such as a Veterans Seminar on Thursday, July 12TH at 10:00 AM and again at 6:00 PM.  Steven Kuter helps residents and potential residents alike with their VA Aid & Attendance paperwork.  Steve will speak about veterans’ benefits and will have a Question and Answer session.  On Monday, July 16TH at 11:00 AM, Genesis Rehab will present The Benefits of Antioxidants.
Did you know that Friday, July 13TH is National French Fry Day?  To celebrate, on Wednesday, July 11TH at 2:00 PM, Walnut Woods resident chef will offer a demonstration of fun dips that go with French fries and onion rings!  All can enjoy sampling and tasting!  Another fun and social event is “Moon over the Woods”; a dance to be held on Wednesday, July 18TH from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. DJ Crazy Dave will provide the music.  This dance is open to all seniors; please call by 610-367-6616 Wednesday, July 11TH for a reservation.

Walnut Woods’s next Open House event is scheduled for July 13, 14, and 15.  The general public is invited for tours of their beautiful community.  Walnut Woods, its staff, and its residents are warm & welcoming and are waiting for YOU to be their guests!  Perhaps, one day, you will be their neighbors!!

Seniors have great independent living opportunities in our small community.  Walnut Woods, 35 North Walnut Street, provides independent, senior living housing in Boyertown.  Found on their monthly calendar, Walnut Woods residents can choose to participate in up to as many as 8 different daily activities and events.  Walnut Woods also has activities and events that it shares with the surrounding communities.  Sheryl Jackson, Community Sales Leader, is pleased to invite everyone to their upcoming events.  Informational presentations are often given on topics that are beneficial to seniors, such as a Veterans Seminar on Thursday, July 12TH at 10:00 AM and again at 6:00 PM.  Steven Kuter helps residents and potential residents alike with their VA Aid & Attendance paperwork.  Steve will speak about veterans’ benefits and will have a Question and Answer session.  On Monday, July 16TH at 11:00 AM, Genesis Rehab will present The Benefits of Antioxidants.

Did you know that Friday, July 13TH is National French Fry Day?  To celebrate, on Wednesday, July 11TH at 2:00 PM, Walnut Woods resident chef will offer a demonstration of fun dips that go with French fries and onion rings!  All can enjoy sampling and tasting!  Another fun and social event is “Moon over the Woods”; a dance to be held on Wednesday, July 18TH from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. DJ Crazy Dave will provide the music.  This dance is open to all seniors; please call by 610-367-6616 Wednesday, July 11TH for a reservation.

Walnut Woods’s next Open House event is scheduled for July 13, 14, and 15.  The general public is invited for tours of their beautiful community.  Walnut Woods, its staff, and its residents are warm & welcoming and are waiting for YOU to be their guests!  Perhaps, one day, you will be their neighbors!!

Bingo: From New Hanover to Oley

By Dawn Haas Rhude

While the game of Bingo is enjoyed by all ages, Seniors enjoy it because it is relaxing, yet exciting, at the same time. The thrill of calling “Bingo” is a joy to all who play the game! Many area venues hold bingo opportunities once weekly, and Seniors usually know where to find them. Often, prizes are awarded—sometimes grocery prizes and sometimes monetary prizes, which add to the pleasure! In case you haven’t been able to find a local Bingo game, or now you want in on the action, here are some area locations:


Package Bingo
The Center at Spring Street
200 West Spring Street, Boyertown
Every other Tuesday (June 5 & June 19), 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Friendship Hook and Ladder Company
10 Warwick Street, Boyertown
Wednesday nights


Gilbertsville Fire Company
Thursday nights


New Hanover Volunteer Fire Company
2154 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville (New Hanover Township)
Thursday nights, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Walk-in Bingo
The Fun Place
PA Route 73, Oley


Contact these locations for more information, and don’t forget to call out loud and clear, “BINGO!”

Activities for Seniors: May 2012

By Dawn Haas-Rhude
gold@boyertown.biz

Chestnut Knoll Residential Care Community was officially opened at 120 West 5th Street, Boyertown, PA on September 18, 2000. This facility is licensed by the Department of Public Welfare as a personal care home. Chestnut Knoll has 82 suites, 34 of which are located within their secured dementia care unit devoted to memory-impairing illnesses such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Chestnut Knoll provides compassionate, individualized care for seniors through their Residential Care Community, Memory Care Neighborhood, and At Home Services.

Chestnut Knoll’s compassion is demonstrated in many ways, one of which is providing events and entertainment for their residents. Additionally, Chestnut Knoll opens their doors and welcomes the public to many of these events. Some events provide entertainment—Dancing and Twirling Reflections will perform on Friday, May 11 at 7:00 PM. Some events provide information—a doctor from Haven Behavior Hospital in Reading will lead a medical discussion, entitled “Behavior, Health, and Medical Issues in Older Adults” on Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 PM. Events such as these, and more, are a monthly occurrence at Chestnut Knoll.

Director of Activities, Diane Heffner is most excited by Chestnut Knoll’s newest adventure, fondly known as the “Mall Trip.” On the day of the “Mall Trip,” community members, who are unable to provide their own transportation, are picked up at their homes, brought to Chestnut Knoll, served a complimentary lunch, and then taken to Coventry Mall for some leisurely shopping time. Upon leaving the mall, folks will then be taken back to their homes. This service is all provided by Chestnut Knoll, free of charge! Currently scheduled bi-monthly, the next “Mall Trip” is Thursday, May 24. Please call the front desk at 610-473-8066 for details and to make arrangements.

Find out how Chestnut Knoll can improve the quality of life for yourself or an aging family member. Visit their beautiful facility, participate in their events, and visit a resident while you’re there—they love a friendly face!

Activities for Seniors: April 2012

By Dawn Haas Rhude
gold@boyertown.biz

Who says life slows down as we age? Not The Center at Spring Street! One of the five major services of Boyertown Area Multi-Service, Incorporated is The Center at Spring Street, a gathering place for individuals age 55 or older. Serving our community since 1975, people gather to socialize, make new friends, enjoy meals, and participate in a wide variety of activities offered. Conveniently located at 200 West Spring Street (across from Eastern Foundry), The Center is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. In an attempt to provide something of interest to everyone, The Center offers a wide variety of activities including exercise & wellness, computer instruction, bus trips, dances, dance instruction, guest speakers, choral opportunities, quilting, bowling, and more.

The Center at Spring Street features monthly, chartered bus day-trips, two annual overnight trips, plus special annual events. April’s bus trip is to Sight and Sound Theatre, in Lancaster, for the production of Jonah. This trip currently has a waiting list, however. If you contact The Center for a bus trip schedule, you will find other exciting trips in the months to come. As another featured monthly entertainment event, The Center hosts live entertainment for dances. Mix, mingle, and dance the night away on Friday, April 13, as Bill Murray and The Crossover Band return by popular demand. Dances begin at 7:30 PM. A schedule of dates and bands is available by simply calling The Center.

Also offered, several times annually, are Driver Safety Programs. The dates of April 11 and April 12 are offered, providing an 8-hour course, and April 18 provides a 4-hour course. Special AAA discounts are available. Some auto insurance companies offer discounts upon completion of this course.

No membership is required to participate in any of the activities or events at The Center at Spring Street. “Anyone age 55 and over is welcome to do anything at the Center without being a member,” said Karen Youse, Center Director. However, for a modest fee of $15 per year, a membership can provide benefits, which include various discounts within the organization and at local businesses & restaurants. You will also receive the monthly newsletter to keep you informed. For further information, call The Center at Spring Street at 610-367-2313 or visit www.boyertownareamulti-service.org.