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!

Summer Library Time for the Family

By Stephanie Graber
The Boyertown Bulletin

This summer’s been a hot one—as an adult you probably just want to relax and keep cool, but if your children are anything like mine, there’s no such thing as relaxing! Stopping in at the Boyertown Library, 29 E. Philadelphia Avenue, can help you and your youngsters cool down in an environment that hosts plenty of events during the day and evening.

If you have a child under 20 months old, check out the library’s “Lapsit Story Time,” Wednesdays at 10:30a.m., and “Toddler Story Time” is for those between 21 months and three years old at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Evening events include a“Pajama Story Time” the first Wednesday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Milk and cookies are provided. On Aug. 13, come out at 6 p.m. and read to Lucky, the library’s certified therapy dog.

“(Lucky) listens intently when you read to him,” says Deb Focht, a Boyertown librarian. “He’s just so cute and adorable.”

Other events happening at the library in August include Mystery Night on Aug.10, entitled “My Grandma’s Gonna To Kill Me.” The event is aimed at girls aged 8-12, according to library director Lindsey Riegner.

If your kids are dog people, “Dog Days in August” should delight them. This year the event, sponsored by Building a Better Boyertown, will be held on Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. Through 1 p.m. Bring out your furry friend to Downtown Boyertown’s Inner Core Lot for a pool party, scavenger hunt, grooming, pet first aid classes, demonstrations, dog contests and more! Contact Adrianne Blank at 610-369-3054 with any questions you may have.

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Going to the Races; Bike Night

By Stephanie Graber

After you are done with your Independence Day celebrations, come and bring the family out to Grandview Speedway on Saturday, July 7TH.  They will be having fireworks that evening, as well as a kid’s bicycle giveaway.  If you have never been to Grandview Speedway before, please note that, at Turn #4, there is a “family grandstand.”  This area is designated for fans who do not care to drink alcoholic beverages, as no alcoholic beverages are permitted in this area.  Please visit www.GrandviewSpeedway.com or call them at 610-754-7688 for detailed pricing and start/entrance times.  Parents, The Boyertown Bulletin asks to remember to provide your kids with the proper safety equipment, including, but not limited to ear plugs/protectors and safety glasses.
On Saturday, July 14TH, Gospel Riders T.E.A.M will be hosting their 13TH Annual Children’s Miracle Network Bike Night, from 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM.  The rain date will be July 15, 2012.  This fun, family event will be held at Boyertown Community Park and will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.  Admission is free for spectators, but a $2.00 donation is asked for parking, benefitting a local fire company.  For a full schedule, adjudication categories, and registration costs & information, check out their web page at http://www.pagospelriders.com/bikenight.htm.

There are so many fun and beneficial events around the Boyertown area, and each month brings more fun!  Hopefully, there will be a great turnout for these local events and our community can come together even more to help support some great causes!

Sidewalk Expo, Relay, & Gilbertsville Cruise Night

By Stephanie Graber

You can smell and feel it in the air; “it” is summer and rapidly approaching. Summer officially starts on June 20TH at 7:09 PM. The sun is directly overhead at its most northern point at “high-noon” on the summer solstice (which is actually 1:00 PM due to Daylight Savings Time), creating more sunlight, in the Northern Hemisphere, on this day than any other. This is the longest day of the year; hopefully, you will be able to get outside and enjoy it!

When June finally arrives, children of school age are filled with excitement as they look forward to the last few days of school and to starting their summer vacation. The Boyertown Area School District will be conducting its last day of classes for this school year with an early dismissal on June 6TH. Then, the summer fun can truly begin!

Bring the whole family out, on Tuesday, June 12TH, to the annual Sidewalk Expo hosted by Berks-Mont Business Association. The fun will begin at 10:00 AM and last until 5:00 PM. Don’t worry if it rains; the rain date is set for Thursday, June 14TH. This event is a great way to explore the various local businesses that we have in this town. You may be surprised with places that you didn’t even know existed! Most of the businesses give out various freebies on this day, lots of pens, bags, T-shirts, key chains, etc. There are also a lot of places that hold drawings to win some very nice things. Although the Sidewalk Expo has an end time of 5:00 PM, you may want to stick around for the 3RD annual Boyertown Idol contest, which starts at 6:00 PM. Singers will be competing for a $500 grand prize!

A great way to get your children involved and give them more understanding about cancer would be to take them out to the Relay for Life event held at Boyertown Area Senior High School’s Memorial Stadium. Relay for Life takes place on June 23RD and starts at 10:00 AM. Everyone there will have a different reason for attending and/or walking, from honoring survivors, to remembering those whom they have to cancer. If you are unable to walk in this event, please consider donating. Times are tough, so, if you cannot make a donation, you are still welcome to attend and show your support. This will be a great day to bring our community together and help impact our future in a positive way!

Why not finish this month up by taking the kids out for the 10th annual Gilbertsville Annual Car Show and Cruise Night? This show will start at 4:00 PM and continue until 8:00 PM. It’s hosted by The American Dream Corvette Club, in conjunction with Gilbertsville Area Community Ambulance Services. Please email gacas332@dejazzed.com or call 610-367-9191 for more information.

Activities for Kids: May 2012

By Stephanie Graber

Now that spring is officially here, the fun, outdoor activities are just beginning. If you and your children love to look at cars, “cruze in for a cure,” and support a great cause on May 19. The show starts at 12:00 PM and runs until 4:00 PM. It will be held at Boyertown Community Park and will benefit Relay for Life of Boyertown. There will be music, food, door prizes, and 50/50 tickets, not to mention lots of cool cars to look at, both old and new! If you are interested in entering your own car in the show, please visit www.cruzein4acure.org. If you preregister, the cost is $15.00 and, if you register the day of the event, it is $20.00. Let’s get the children of our community involved in something that affects many families everywhere.

If you cannot make it to the car show, don’t worry; there are many other exciting things to do this month. The Boyertown Pool will opening on May 29 and will be open, daily, between the hours of 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM. For season ticket information, call Boyertown Area YMCA at 610-369-9622.

At the end of May (especially when the pool opens up), is there a single child in Boyertown who doesn’t look forward to Fun Days at Boyertown Community Park? This year, they won’t have to wait as long, because opening day takes place Thursday, May 29 this year! Fun Days will end on Sunday, June 2 at 10:00 AM.

In May, you can never be sure of what the weather will be like. So, if it’s too hot outside, a rainy day, or just any Thursday from May 3 – May 17 that you are looking for something to do, come on out to Boyertown Community Library. Since no registration is required, it makes a great, last minute activity. There will be books, songs, and finger plays from 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM with Miss Barb. The library also has an event on Monday, May 7, from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM called, “It’s a Girl Thing.” This is a book discussion group for girls who are ages 8 – 12. They will enjoy reading, discussing books, and joining other fun activities. Registration is required for this event, so please get in touch with the library before coming. The group gathers once per month. This is a great way for the young girl(s) in your life to make some new friends, all while building their minds!

Hopefully, this wonderful weather that we have had continues, because there is so much fun for our Boyertown community children to enjoy this month. As this month comes to an end, we will all be looking forward to summertime, especially summer vacation. Stay tuned, there are many more fun adventures to come throughout the year!

Activities for Kids: April 2012

By Tracy Slonaker

If it is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox (did you catch all that), then you have awoken to one of the most important holidays of the Christian faith, Easter.

This year, we are looking at April 8th.

And what do we do to get in the Easter spirit? Certainly, you will not see too many houses decked out in lights or garland, though a few might have trees adorned with colorful plastic eggs.

Ah yes, those wonderful eggs. The sight of them opens the eyes of the children even wider. That would be because current traditions usually demand that these little icons be filled with treats, candy, or toys.

When many of us were young, we hunted the hard-boiled eggs that we dyed with those little tablets in vinegar. Part of that fun was checking to see if the white of the egg underneath had been dyed, as well, and what color our egg salad would then become.

For those who keep their distance from eggs at Easter, concerned that it is a dip into pagan ritualism rather than a true Biblical celebration of the holiday, you may be relieved to know that eggs are at the heart of a proper remembrance. The history of including this tasty symbol in our fun precedes even Easter itself to the Jewish feast of Passover. A hard-boiled egg is traditionally offered during this meal as a reminder of the new life received from the Passover. Of course, this concept of new life is also embraced in Christianity. Jesus most likely ate a hard-boiled egg as part of his last meal with His friends.

So where will those in the Boyertown area go to find their Easter eggs? The annual hunt, sponsored by The Boyertown Lions Club, of course! Children, from babies to age 12, are invited to The Boyertown Community Park on April 1st to share in the event. (No joke, it really will take place. April Fool’s Day is a topic for another day). Make sure to be there by 3:00 PM for the start, because it will end at about 3:01! Children from all local municipalities are welcome and invited.

And, as you collect your eggs for this year, may their rainbow of colors brighten your own holiday celebration.